Just in time for Christmas, the Cinefantastique Laserblast crew – that would be Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski – offer up their recommendations for DVDs and Blu-ray discs that would make perfect stocking stuffers for the horror, fantasy, and science fiction fan in your life. Suggestions range from the 1932 classic ISLAND OF LOST SOULS, now on Criterion Blu-ray disc, to the 1968 Japanese giant monster fest, DESTROY ALL MONSTERS, out on Blu-ray from Media Blasters. As a special added bonus feature, this Laserblast podcast includes an interview with Steve Ryfle (author of JAPAN’S FAVORITE MON-STAR), who provided audio commentary for the DAM disc.
Merry Christmas, everyone! And truly, nothing says Christmas like Godzilla!
This week’s special edition of the Cinefantastique Laserblast podcast forgoes the usual rundown of recent horror, fantasy, and science fiction releases on home video, instead offering a 50th anniversary tribute to a beloved genre classic. Back in 1961, producer Charles H. Schneer and special effects supervisor Ray Harryhausen brought Jules Verne’s novel MYSTERIOUS ISLAND to the big screen, with Herbert Lom as Captain Nemo presiding over a strange land overrun by giant crabs, enlarged insects, and one or two other monstrous menaces.
Listen in as CFQ podcast regulars Steve Biodrowski and Lawrence French are joined by Ted Newsom, who wrote the extensive and excellent multi-part coverage of Ray Harryhausen’s career, which graced the cover of three issues of Cinefantastique magazine. Together, they offer fond reminiscences of the film, an assessment of how well it stands the test of time, and a look at the limited edition Blu-ray disc released last month by Last month, Twilight Time released, featuring a high-def transfer that makes MYSTERIOUS ISLAND look better than it has in decades.
Join this week’s Cinefantastique Black Hole Ultra-Lounge Podcast. Steve Biodrowski and Lawrence French discuss news from the world of horror, fantasy, and science fiction cinema: Matt Reeves selection to direct THE TWILIGHT ZONE movie; the death of David Hess (LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT); and the debut of Season Two of THE WALKING DEAD. Also on the menu, a look at this week’s numerous home video releases, ranging from the big-budget blockbuster PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES to the little-seen ’70s horror NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT, starring genre icons Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.
In honor of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 2, the Cinefantastique Podcast crew takes a look at sequels that surpass their predecessors, including TOY STORY 2, DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN, and BATMAN RETURNS. Joined by special guest Andrea Lipinski (formerly of the Chronic Rift podcast), the regular CFQ crew of Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski also take a look at superheros on screen this year and give a run down of this week’s home video release, including the director’s cut of LIMITLESS (featuring an alternate ending on Blu-ray), the most recent season of DOCTOR WHO (starring Matt Smith), and TEKKEN, a DTV title based on the popular games by Namco.
It’s the RETURN OF THE KING – along with THE TWO TOWERS and THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING – on this week’s episode of the Cinefantastique Laserblast Podcast. Headlining Tuesday, June 28’s horror, fantasy, and science fiction released on home video is the new Extended Edition Blu-ray box set of LORD OF THE RINGS: THE MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY. Lawrence French, Dan Persons, and Steve Biodrowski discuss the wisdom of picking up the new set, when all of the old bonus features are once again presented on DVD (the Blu-ray discs being reserved for the feature films).
Also on the turntable this week: SEASON OF THE WITCH, the horror film starring Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman; THE NESTING and ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST, low-budget horror from the early 1980s; a recommendation for COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE; and another look at THE RESIDENT, the direct-to-video thriller from Hammer Films, starring Hilary Swank.
Tuesday, June 21 brings us another wonderful week’s worth of horror, fantasy, and science fiction films on home video, and the Cinefantastique Laserblast crew – Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski – focus with laser-like attention on the details of THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU, the romantic science-fiction-fantasy starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, arriving on DVD and Blu-ray; the new Criterion Collection release of KISS ME, DEADLY, producer-director Robert Aldrich’s brilliant film noir deconstruction of private eye Mike Hammer, which adds a sci-fi macguffin not present in the Mikey Spillaine source novel; and the GHOST IN THE SHELL Blu-ray trilogy – feature-length condensations of the TV series inspired by Mamoru Oshii’s brilliant theatrical films. And if that’s not enough for you, how about some exploitation camp, in the form of MEGA PYTHON VS. GATOROID on Blu-ray and FACE OF THE SCREAMING WEREWOLF on DVD?
Celebrating the arrival of the new SUPERMAN Blu-ray box set, this week’s Cinefantastique Laserblast Home Video Podcast takes a look back at the five Warner Brothers films: SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE; SUPERMAN II; SUPERMAN III; SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE; and SUPERMAN RETURNS. Guest Orenthal V. Hawkins joins CFQ stalwarts Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski for a wide-ranging discussion of what made the films good, bad, or indifferent – and just what can we expect from Zack Snyder’s upcoming SUPERMAN: MAN OF STEEL? Also up for discussion: GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS on DVD and Blu-ray; CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: JOURNEY OF MAN on 3D Blu-ray; and the distinction between the DEEP RED BLu-ray disc and the “Uncensored English Language” DVD. Plus, the announcement that Tim Burton’s THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS will arrive in a 3D Blu-ray version this August. Listen in for all the details…
Looking for new horror, fantasy, and science fiction films on home video? Then look no farther than this week’s Cinefantastique Laserblast Podcast, in which Lawrence French, Dan Persons, and Steve Biodrowski run down the latest releases on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD: DRIVE ANGRY, TRUEBLOOD: THE COMPLETE THRID SEASON, SGU: STARGATE UNIVERSE – THE COMPLETE FINAL SEASON, STANLEY KUBRICK: LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION, STANLEY KUBRICK: THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION, CAT O’NINE TAILS. Also this week: news of the upcoming Blu-ray release of THE TWILIGHT ZONE’s fifth season, including 20 new audio commentaries not available on previous DVD releases.
In this edition of Cinefantastique’s weekly round-up of horror, fantasy, and science fiction films on home video, Lawrence French, Dan Persons, and Steve Biodrowski gag and guffaw over new releases I AM NUMBER FOUR, GNOMEO & JULIET, and DEATH HUNTER: WEREWOLVES VS. VAMPIRES. If the new titles leave something to be desired, your trio of CFQ correspondents find solace in some older films making comebacks on DVD and/or Blu-ray: SOLARIS, Tarkovsky’s 197s masterpiece of science fiction; L’AGE D’OR, the surreal collaboration between Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali; and TWIN DRAGONS, a martial arts comedy starring Jackie Chan as identical twins, separated and birth but linked by a psychic connection. Also out on home video this week: FERTILE GROUND, IMPOSTER, and more.
This week’s line-up of home video releases offers a smorgasbord of choices for viewers looking for horror, fantasy, and science fiction films on DVD, Blu-ray, or Video on Demand: the Satanic horror of THE RITE; the ’70s science fiction of THE BIONIC WOMAN; the uncensored English-language version of Dario Argento’s blood-tinged gem, DEEP RED, on Blu-ray and DVD; the hour-long episodes from the fourth season of the revered television classic THE TWILIGHT ZONE; the indie horror of VANISHING ON 7TH STREET; and the J-horror stylings of JU-ON: WHITE GHOST/BLACK GHOST. As usual, Lawrence French, Dan Persons, and Steve Biodrowski weigh in with their insights on the latest releases.