Monday, May 18, 2015

PETER BENCHLEY'S CREATURE (1998)

PETER BENCHLEY'S CREATURE  (1998) 
Label: Olive Films 
Region Code: A
Rating: NR
Duration: 176 minutes
Video: HD Widescreen (1.78:1)
Director: Stuart Gillard
Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Kim Cattrall, Colm Feore, Michael Michele, Giancarlo Esposito

I only vaguely recall this mini-series airing on TV back in the late '90s and the concept of a half-man, half-shark hybrid terrorizing the inhabitants of small island community starring Craig T. Nelson was not something I felt needed to be seen. Looking back now after having watched a few dozen awful Syfy channel movies about hybrid sea creatures with basically the same premise I can safely say that Creature looks like a slightly better prospect with the benefit of hindsight, you could do way worse when it comes to man versus mutant creature features. . 

We begin back in the '70s with the military weaponizing a dolphin/shark hybrid at a remote island military base. The experiments are so successful they go one step further and splice some human DNA into the mix, and wouldn't you just know it the toothy flesh-tearing beast escapes into the ocean. Now 25 years later a marine biologist (Craig T. Nelson) studying sharks (Nelson) and his scientist ex wife (Kim Catrall) discover the existence of the creature off the coast of an island and they must fight to put an end to it's carnage or die trying.

Spicing up the story is the fact that this shark hybrid turns out to be amphibious and capable of walking on land, which it does maybe a bit too much for our own good. Aiding the film is the fact that monster-man Stan Winston designed the shark suit, which looks great. Early on we catch the creature in only small doses, a few quick glimpses which work but once this creature is walking on land and chomping his way through scientists and soldiers it loses some of  the initial appeal. At over three hours long there's just way too much clunky drama and goofy shark shenanigans, after the two hour mark it was a bit of chore to sit through. 

Made for TV the drama is ripe and the gore is nearly non-existent but I give the design of the creature a big thumbs up, but this is just too long in the tooth to carry you through to the end. The mini-series benefits from some good production value with attractive sets and island scenery, the cast is decent and the man-in-a-rubber-suit effects are a lot of fun, way more fun than your average Syfy shit fest, with the added benefit of a rubber-suited monster, but at three-hours and stuffed with familiar drama it turns into a marathon of mediocre. 2/5

SATAN'S BLADE (1984)


SATAN'S BLADE (1984) 

Label: Olive Films/Slasher//Video
Rating: R
Duration: 82 Minutes
Video: HD 1.33:1 Full Frame 
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 2.0
Director: L. Scott Castillo Jr
Cast: Tom Bongiorno, Stephanie Leigh Steel, Thomas Cue, Romona Andrada, Diane Taylor, Ski Mark Ford

Satan's Blade (1984) is a movie I have long wanted to see but never could find, the title has been written on a scrap of paper I carry in my wallet alongside about a dozen other obscure movies I am looking for, now it is making it's DVD/BD debut courtesy of team-up between Slasher//Video and Olive Films. Watching it now I can say that fans of trashy cult cinema are in for quite a '80s treat, a somewhat corny supernatural slasher hybrid dripping with blood, boobs and all the standard tropes you would expect from an early slasher cycle entry. 

We begin with a bank robbery, two gunmen enter a bank and force the bank tellers to hand over the cash, but not before forcing one to partially undress at knife point. It appears were heading into a rapey direction until the robbers shoot the tellers dead, their death scenes are deliciously over-acted, which totally sets the pace for this cheesy stab-a-thon. The robbers make off with the loot to a rental cabin in the mountains and we discover the thieving murderers are a pair or young ladies, which I thought was a nice touch. At the cabin we get plenty of awful acting and an eyeful of titty before the maybe-lesbians turn on each other with one shooting the other. While removing the body the back-stabber is stabbed in the back by an unseen assailant, which seems appropriate. 

The local cops arrive on the scene and we get some back story about a similar crime occurring in the area some fourteen years earlier. Now arriving at the cabins are two groups of twenty-somethings looking for a holiday weekend of fun, now that we have our victims we need the harbinger of doom, enter the mother of the property manager who goes on about the local legend of a cursed mountain man who lives in the mountains and kills trespassers, which sort of puts the group on edge, but not enough to deter them from staying at the very same cabin where the girls were murdered just the night before!

From here we get some very minimal character development establishing the two of the couples who are staying in one of the cabins. We definitely know that one of theme are always hungry and the other one is way beyond faithful to his slightly annoying wife, despite a very strong and persuasive come-on from one women staying in the cabin next door. Other than that we don't get much more fleshing-out of the characters, but in a corny slasher film none is needed. I thought the overly faithful husband was a nice touch, in fact most of the group are decent people, no one is so vile you just cannot wait for them to die, maybe because they're such awful actors no one could muster up enough character to come off as a horrible person. 

Pretty soon the groups find themselves being stalked by a knife-wielding madman who takes them out one by one, a pretty typical slasher formula. Unfortunately the deaths are uninspired with no gore but at least we get a decent amount of bloodshed. The murders are disappointing but there are a few nice touches to the story, the aforementioned tale of the cursed mountain man inspires a nightmare, in an evil looking mountain man murders the girls in the cabin, it's a fun stuff, and probably the most suspenseful and best shot sequence in the film. 

Technically this is a mess of poor editing, poor pacing and even poorer acting, you sort of have to be a bad film buff to enjoy it, heck out that sweet cameo from boom mic, but somehow it limps along just barely getting by on a heady concoction of blood, titties and a trashy synthesizer score, the usual low-budget 80's slasher aesthetic. I also loved that is was somewhat set in the snow-covered mountains, the snow coverage seems patchy at times but I do love snowbound horror and I will take it where I can find it. Unfortunately the slasher elements while there are sub-par and that combined with the low-rent production will turn many of the less adventurous viewers away. However, if you're an intrepid movie fan and crave obscure eighties slashers this might be a fun watch, one best viewed with friends and large quantities of alcohol.

Audio/Video: Satan's Blade arrives on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time ever courtesy of a Slasher//Video and Olive Films team-up, a brand new transfer minted from a 2K scan of a 35mm print. Presented in the original 1.33:1 framing the film is surprisingly good looking, way better that what  had expected. There's some print damage and deterioration by way of speckling and scratches but overall the restoration looks great. While not on par with a modern film I think fans will be quite surprised by the quality of the HD image, just keep in mind that 1080p cannot makeup for the low-budget limitations of the source material. The same can be said for the DTS-HD MA 2.0, source material imperfections like poorly recorded sound and distorted screams are evident throughout and are the product of the source material and original audio mix, with the synth score drowning the dialogue and effects. 

Onto the extras on the disc we have quite an assortment, way more than one has come to expect from Olive Films, pretty sure we can thank Jesus Terden and the Slasher//Video crew for this. There are two on-camera interviews with director L. Scott Castillo Jr. totalling about 50 minutes in length. The director provides some history about the creation, making and distribution of the film, including some shady distribution practices. He seems like quite a character is enthused to be talking about the movie some thirty years after the fact, showing off a 35mm film can and reels of the film, two incarnations of the film on VHS and assorted artwork and ephemera. He speaks about the original VHS artwork also being used for the film Satan's Blood, which he was not happy about, and  then shows off a Dutch poster for Satan's Blade that seems to use cropped artwork from William Lustig's Maniac (1980), there seems to have been a lot of strange and shady distribution practices back in the day, and I am sure there still are.   

Additionally there scenes from the both the Dutch and Japanese VHS releases, which appeared identical to me but do serve to point out what a nice restoration Slasher//Video and Olive Films have afforded it. There are also two selection of music from the film, a scrapbook of behind-the-scene pics and a gallery of images, including various VHS artwork and the original reversible artwork planned for this 30th Anniversary release, which unfortunately didn't happen. 

Special Features:
- Director's Narrative with L. Scott Castillo Jr. and Jesus Terden (16 Mins) 
- Remembering Satan's Blade (33 Mins) 
- Photo Gallery (11 Mins) 
- Satan's Blade Scrapbook (3 Mins) 
- Dutch Home Video Scene (2 Mins) 
- Japanese Home Video Scene (14 Mins) 
- Instrumental I(1 Min) 
- Instrumental II (1 Min) 
- Satan's Blade Trailer (1 Min) 

Slasher//Video and Olive Films have afforded this z-grade slasher a very fine restoration that is honestly far beyond what it may deserve, which is not to say that Satan's Blade is without a certain low-budget charm, to a certain sub sect of trash cinema fans this is guaranteed to be a ton of slashery goodness. There's no doubt the die-hard slasher fans will want this one on their movie shelf and I congratulate both Slasher//Video and Olive Films for bringing this obscure slasher to Blu-ray for the first time. I am eagerly looking forward to what this team-up brings forth next. 3/5

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

THE DROWNSMAN (2014)

THE DROWNSMAN (2014) 

Label: Anchor Bay Entertainment 

Region Code: A
Duration: 86 Minutes 
Rating: Unrated
Audio: English DolbyTrue HD 5.1 with Optional English Subtitles 
Video: HD Widescreen (2.35:1) 
Director: Chad Archibald
Cast: Michelle Mylett, Caroline Palmer, Gemma Bird Matheson, Sydney Kondruss, Clare Bastable, Ry Barrett, Joann Nordstrom, Samuel Borstein 

Madison (Michelle Mylett) is partying with her girlfriends one night when she nearly dies after falling into the lake, while unconscious she has a vision of a dark, menacing figure who is out to get her. She is revived but is psychologically traumatized by the near-death experience. Flash forward a year and she is suffering from an extreme form of hydrophobia, a fear of water. The fear is so extreme that she won't venture outside when it's raining or even drink water from a glass, she takes her fluids intravenously. Her friends have about had it with her irrational fear of water, drawing the line when Madison misses the wedding of her best friend Hannah (Caroline Korycki). Her friends organize an intervention with the help of a psychic medium named Claire (Clare Bastable) with the group forcing Madison into the bathtub where she is forced to face her fears head-on. Not unexpectedly this goes horribly wrong when it becomes clear that something supernatural is out to get her and she nearly drowns


That supernatural something is a man named Sebastian Donner (Ry Barrett), a serial killer who abducted women and drowned them while he listened to their dying heartbeats, which is a pretty novel trademark for a killer. At the start of the film we see how Sebastian was killed by one of his would-be victims, only now he's a water-logged bogeyman who lurks in the shadows, waiting to reach out from any puddle of water to pull victims into his nightmare world and drown them. 

Apparently Sebastian, or The Drownsman, only stalks you once you becomes aware of his existence, once you know of his existence he is empowered to stalk you, any source of water is a conduit from his nightmare world into yours. We see him reach out through a washing machine, a small puddle of water and so on, at times it was cool but then some of them just made me laugh, sorta of silly. As the story progresses there are revelations about possible offspring, a crazy woman in an asylum and so on, it get convoluted pretty quickly, they had a good idea, they should have just kept it simple. As for the kills, not much gore to speak of, drowning is not the most blood-soaked form of murder, this one relies more on atmosphere, suspense and psychological terror to get the job done, and in my opinion does it just okay, not great. 

The design of the Drownsman is a bit of ambiguous, a dark water-logged shape that's a bit slimy and undefined, with very limited dialogue. We just don't get a lot to chew on, he's glimpsed briefly in more detail and what I could see I liked but as a character he wasn't very fleshed-out or interesting outside of the concept. Not that Madison is developed any deeper, she is actually sort of annoying and I found it hard to root for her or her friends. 

Advertised as a throwback to 80s slashers I would agree with that assessment somewhat. It wears it's Wes Craven influence on it's sleeve, unfortunately it feels less like A Nightmare on Elm Street and more akin to Shocker. The Drownsman is not an awful film, it has some cool ideas floating around and a retro vibe with some cool atmosphere, but the baddie and the cast are hollow creations without much substance. I can see them angling for a Freddy Krueger versus Nancy scenario, with the bogeyman haunting his victim and her friends, but this is pretty forgettable stuff. You probably won't hate yourself for renting this one but I certainly won't be revisiting it anytime soon, this is a classic one and done. ** 2/5. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

MAN, PRIDE AND VENGEANCE (1967)

MAN, PRIDE AND VENGEANCE (1967)

Label: Blue Underground 

Region Code: region FREE
Rating: Unrated
Duration: 100 Minutes
Audio: English DTS-HD MA Mono, Italian DTS-HD MA Mono with Optional English SDH, French, Spanish, English for Italian Version Subtitles 
Video: HD Widescreen (2.35:1)
Director: Luigi Bazzoni
Cast:  Franco Nero, Tina Aumont, Klaus Kinski, Franco Ressel

Synopsis: When stalwart Spanish soldier Don Jose (Franco Nero of DJANGO) meets the stunningly beautiful Carmen (Tina Aumont of TORSO), he becomes instantly obsessed with the mysterious gypsy woman. After discovering she has cheated on him with his Lieutenant, Jose kills the officer during a brawl and flees the city. Forced to become a bandit, Jose partners with Carmen's villainous husband Garcia (Klaus Kinski of FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE) to rob a stagecoach and prove his love for the seductive femme fatale. 

This one is also deceptively known as With Django Comes Death and stars g the steely-eyed Franco Nero (Django) as Don Jose, a Spanish soldier who becomes absolutely intoxicated by a gorgeous young gypsy woman named Carmen (Tina Aumont).  Thus unhealthy infatuation with the young woman pulls him into her world of thievery and smuggling despite his noble intentions, so enraptured by her wide-eyed beauty he is willing to risk imprisonment to have her to himself, and what guy hasn't been there, am I right? 

What we come to find out is that the young Carmen is quite a manipulator of men, now blinded by lust Jose is powerless to deny the attraction, which puts him on the run from the law when he accidentally murders a superior officer with whom Carmen is involved with. Carmen has the tendency to bring out the green-eyed monster in men, and it's hard to fault him for it, she's quite a vision.

Now on the run as a wanted murderer Jose joins a group of thieves with which Carmen is affiliated and begins planning a heist in hopes of grabbing enough money to begin a new life together in America. A wrench is thrown into the works when Carmen's estranged husband, played by the mad man Klaus Kinski, shows up things turn from bad to worse when treachery and jealousy erupt between the men. 

Man, Pride and Vengeance strays from the typical Spaghetti Western tropes of vengeance, violence and gun play and focuses more on the manipulation and betrayal of Don Jose, whose blind desire for a pretty face proves to be his undoing. This one is deliberately paced and punctuated with some stunning cinematography, if you're looking for an Italian Western that offers something different with a bit more emotional depth Man, Pride and Vengeance is quite a find. 

Audio/Video: Blue Underground presents Man, Pride and Vengeance on Blu-ray for the very first time in North America with a brand new HD transfer sourced from the original negative. At first glance this is quite a sight, wonderfully saturated colors come through vibrantly but upon closer inspection we have some odd digital noise infiltrating the image, sort of masking the fact that the fine detail is lacking. In fact the grain structure seems off. Not sure what exactly is going on here but the digital noise seems to masking a lack of film grain, the natural grain should be alive and move with the image but this is something different. Nero's blue officer's uniform and piercing blue eyes pop off the screen, but the black levels seem to suffer quite a bit during a fantastic knife fight towards the end of the film, the intense action is difficult to follow with poor contrast and shadow detail, which is unfortunate as the knife fight between Kinski and Nero is rather intense. 

Audio options include both the original Italian DTS-HD MA Mono audio and the English-dub, both are solid but I found the English dubbing of Carmen to grate on my nerves, the character is already a manipulative woman but the dubbing makes every line overwrought and insufferable. 

Extras on the disc include an informative Audio Commentary with Journalists C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke who seem to be the go-to guys for Italian Western commentaries, having done commentary for both The Big Gundown and Companeros recently. There's also interviews with Franco Nero and Camera Operator Vittorio Storaro who fondly recall their longtime friendship with each other and director Luigi Bazzoni and what a joy it was to come together on the project. Finishing up extras are a selection of trailers and a poster and stills gallery. 

Special Features: 
- Audio Commentary with Journalists C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke (
- Interview with Star Franco Nero and Camera Operator Vittorio Storaro
- International Trailer
- Italian Trailer
- Poster and Still Gallery

Spaghetti Western fans might be a slightly disappointed by the lack of gun play and epic showdowns, but this is a pretty decent tale of infatuation, lust and betrayal with a great finale bolstered by some fine cinematography. Man, Pride and Vengeance is yet another gem of an Italian Western cinema now on Blu-ray courtesy of the folks over at Blue Underground, only slightly marred by an odd PQ quirk. *** 3/5 

MAD MAX (1980)

MAD MAX (1980) 
Label: Scream Factory
Region Code: A
Rating: R
Duration: 93 Minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA 2.0, DTS-HD MA 5.1 with Optional English Subtitles 
Video: HD Widescreen (2.35:1) 
Director: George Miller
Cast: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Steve Bisley, Tim Burns, Geoff Parry, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Roger Ward


Synopsis: In the ravaged near-future, a savage motorcycle gang rules the road. Terrorizing innocent civilians while tearing up the streets, the ruthless gang laughs in the face of a police force hell-bent on stopping them. But they underestimate one officer: Max (Gibson). And when the bikers brutalize Max's best friend and family, they send him into a mad frenzy that leaves him with only one thing left in the world to live for – revenge! Also starring Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Steve Bisley (The Great Gatsby, Red Hill), this rugged racecar of a film runs on "comic book volatility… exhilarating rowdiness and visual intensity" (The New York Times)!

I can distinctly remember my parents bringing Mad Max home on Laserdisc in the '80s and what a white-knuckle viewing it was from the very start, it begins with a high speed pursuit of the cop-murdering outlaw biker named Nightrider (Vincent Gill). The Nightrider has made off with one of the Main Force Patrol (MFP) high-octane pursuit cars and managed to evade several rookie units before veteran officer 
Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) catches up to him and engages him in a nerve-shredding game of chicken, the Nightrider flinches first and  goes up in a fantastic fireball. We're only just a few minutes into the movie and already my nerves were shattered with an overload of amped up Ozploitation speed and vehicular destruction


Mad Max takes place prior to the more apocalyptic sequel The Road Warrior, things seem bad already but they aren't quite as bad as what's to come in. The world is ravaged by an energy crisis and the open roads of Australia are being menaced by rogue bikers bent on rape, murder and scrounging gasoline. It's not idyllic but society has not completely crumbled just yet. The MFP are leather clad brigade of toughened officers in souped-up muscle cars patrolling the open roads who seemingly offer a thin line of protection, sort of, you never see them stop a crime, just clean-up afterward. I guess it's comforting to know your rapist or murderer might at least be caught. The leather clad officers have a fetishistic quality about them, a dystopian version of the Tom of Finland illustrations, especially the beefy Captain Fred "Fifi" Macaffee (Roger Ward). 

The Nightrider belonged to a biker gang called The Acolytes, a nasty bunch led by the charismatic Toecutter (Hugh Keays-Byrne) and Bubba Zanetti (Geoff Parry). Toecutter has the twisted charm of a warlord and makes for quite a leader, he never chews up the scenery, but is very menacing. Soon after the death of the Nightrider's the Acolytes attack and rape a young couple, in the aftermath the MFP find one of the Acolytes strung out on drugs still on the scene and arrest him. However, when the case goes to court no witnesses or victims dare show up to trial and the biker walks free. A short time later Max's partner Jim "Goose" Rains (Steve Bisley) is ambushed by the gang who burn him beyond recognition, there's a scene of Max visiting Goose in the hospital, what he sees sends a wave of horror across his face. 



Disillusioned by the violent series of events Max threatens to leave the   he loses his mind, but is convinced by Capt. Fifi to take a short leave of absence to think it over first. Max and his wife Jessie (Joanne Samuel), along with their infant son, head for the coast and along the way encounter the Acolytes which ends in tragedy for Max. Afterward a grieving and revenge driven Max once again dons his leather MFP uniform and pursues the gang in a souped-up black Ford Falcon XB GT.  

I don't think that any movie prior to Mad Mad even came close to the amount of amped-up crash and burn that first-time George Miller put onscreen in 1980, this was some wild stuff and the death-defying stunt work and fiery awesomeness of Mad Max still holds up some thirty-five years later, these chase sequences still get the blood pumping, the cinematography roughly captures all the excitement from low angles and heighten the action, it looks and feels dangerous, because it is.  


Mel Gibson is bad ass as the revenge driven Max Rockatasnky, looking impossibly young and menacing in his steely, cold way. Sure, it takes about an hour for Max to actually get mad, but once he loses his cool he is one of the big screen's most iconic vengeance characters, a vigilante cop decked out in leathers and carrying a sawed-off shotgun. It makes for a pretty great back story for the Max we come to know in The Road Warrior, the wasteland warrior. 

Audio/Video: Mad Max has previously been issued on a pretty damn decent Blu-ray courtesy of MGM back in 2010 with some solid extras. Scream Factory's Collector's Edition Blu-ray ports over the extras from that disc and adds new interviews with stars Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel And Director Of Photography David Eggby. 


The MGM and Scream Factory transfers seem almost identical, sporting minor print damage and discoloration from the source material, there's a nicely managed layer of film grain offering as much fine detail as the soft-focus cinematography will allow. Color saturation is strong, black levels and contrast are pleasing. Astute HD viewers will notice some compression artifacting creeping in from time to time, I myself struggled to notice this during as I was enjoying the film, but they are there for scrutinizing, which gives the MGM disc the upper hand in respect to PQ.


Onto the audio options we are given the choice of the original Australian audio in both DTS-HD MA 2.0 and 5.1, plus the English-dub offered in DTS-HD MA 2.0 with optional English subtitles. The surround mix is potent and aggressive where it should be with great fidelity but I do prefer the 2.0, feels more natural with plenty of low-end roar and rumble. 


Onto the special features we have all the featurettes from the 2010 MGM release plus a brand new set of interviews with stars Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel and Director Of Photography David Eggby.



Additionally there's a sleeve of reversible artwork featuring the original poster artwork and a newly commissioned piece done by illustrator Paul Shipper, who designed a similarly layed out cover for Scream's Escape from New York Blu-ray. Most of the time I would say that the upgrade to the Collector's Edition from Scream is a no-brainer but in the case of Mad Max which already had a decent Blu-ray that largely depends on how much you value the new interviews and artwork option. I have some minor quibbles with the compression issues that appear throughout, but honestly you have to be scoping this out hardcore to notice it, this is a solid presentation from Scream, but it's not the definitive release. 

Bonus Features
- Contains Both the Original Australian English Audio and the US English Dubbed Audio
- NEW Interviews With Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel And Director Of Photography David Eggby (26 Mins) HD
- Audio Commentary By Art Director Jon Dowding, Director Of Photography David Eggby, - Special Effects Artist Chris Murray And Tim Ridge
- Mel Gibson: The Birth Of A Superstar (17 Mins)
- Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon (25 Mins)
- Theatrical Trailers (4 Mins)
- TV Spots (1 Mins)
- Photo Galleries (9 Mins)


Mad Max is a white-knuckled thrill ride loaded with amped-up car chases and fiery death scenes set in the near apocalyptic outback of Australia, Max Rockatansky is a fantastic leather-clad revenger and the black Ford Falcon XB GT is truly one of cinema's most bad-ass vehicles. Watching this has primed me for seeing Mad Max: Fury Road this weekend at the cinema, which looks mind-blowing. 
***1/2 3.5/5

ANTHROPOPHAGOUS 2000 (1999) on DVD 6/9 from MASSACRE VIDEO!


ANTHROPOPHAGOUS 2000 (1999)

Label: Massacre Video
Release Date: June 9th 2015
Duration: 76 minutes 

Language: Dolby Digital Mono Swiss-German with English subtitles
Color Widescreen (1.66:1) 
Region 0
Director: Andreas Schnaas
Cast: Andre Sobottka, Achim Kohlhase, Maja Carstens

Synopsis: Nikos and his family are trapped during a heavy storm in a boat, leading to the unfortunate death of their daughter Vicky. Nikos becomes mad with the desire to survive, and he begins to kill and eat his own wife. Nikos manages to reach the shore of a small island, but his appetite for human flesh has consumed him. A group of young people on vacation have an unfortunate meeting with Niko. Will these youngsters make it out alive?

Massacre Video proudly presents, ANTHROPOPHAGOUS 2000, from the German Splatter master Andreas Schnaas, fully uncut for the first time ever in America!

Bonus Features:
- English Subtitles
- Rare Deleted Scenes
- Image Gallery including Stills, Original Storyboards and more!
- Trailers for other Massacre Video Releases


DOG SOLDIERS (2002) Collector's Edition BD/DVD Available June 23rd from Scream Factory

Neil Marshall's DOG SOLDIERS (2002) is getting a new Collector's Edition Blu-ray from Scream Factory on June 23rd, after quite a bit of delay while Scream sorted out some rights issues apparently. We;re getting a new 2K transfer supervised by director Neil Marshall, a new director's audio commentary, a new making of featurette!
DOG SOLDIERS (2002) 

Six Men. Full Moon. No Chance. The terrifying thriller Dog Soldiers gets the Scream Factory treatment with a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack available June 23rd, 2015. Fans who order their copy from ShoutFactory.com will receive an exclusive Dog Soldiers poster, available while supplies last. Directed by Neil Marshall (The Decent, Doomsday, Centurion and episodes of Game Of Thrones) and starring Kevin McKidd (Rome, Hannibal Rising), Sean Pertwee (Gotham, Event Horizon), Emma Cleasby (Doomsday) and Liam Cunningham (Game Of Thrones, Clash Of The Titans), Dog Soldiers features a new 2k scan HD transfer supervised and approved by director Neil Marshall and comes loaded with brand-new bonus features, including an audio commentary with director Neil Marshall, a look at the model of the sets created by production designer Simon Bowles and the featurette The Making of ‘Dog Soldiers’, featuring new interviews with director Neil Marshall, producers Christopher Figg and Keith Bell, actors Kevin McKidd, Sean Pertwee, Darren Morfitt, Leslie Simpson and Emma Cleasby, special effects artist Bob Keen, special effects supervisor/creature designer Dave Bonneywell, production designer Simon Bowles and director of photography Sam McCurdy. Dog Soldiers also includes Neil Marshall’s short film Combat, theatrical trailers, and a still gallery.

A group of soldiers dispatched to the Scottish Highlands on special training maneuvers face their biggest fears after they run into Captain Ryan – the only survivor of a Special Ops team that was literally torn to pieces. Ryan refuses to disclose his mission even though whoever attacked his men might be hungry for seconds. Help arrives in the form of local girl who shelters them in a deserted farmhouse deep in the forest…but when they realize that they are surrounded by a pack of blood-lusting werewolves, it’s apparent their nightmare has just begun!


Dog Soldiers Bonus Features
· NEW 2K scan HD transfer supervised and approved by director Neil Marshall
· NEW audio commentary with director Neil Marshall
· NEW The Making of Dog Soldiers featuring new interviews with director Neil Marshall, producers Christopher Figg and Keith Bell, actors Kevin McKidd, Sean Pertwee, Darren Morfitt, Leslie Simpson and Emma Cleasby, special effects artist Bob Keen, special effects supervisor/creature designer Dave Bonneywell, production designer Simon Bowles and director of photography Sam McCurdy
· NEW A look at the model of the sets created by production designer Simon Bowles
· Theatrical Trailer
· Neil Marshall’s short film: Combat
· Two Still Galleries – photos from the film and rare photos from production designer Simon Bowles and special effects artist Dave Bonneywell’s archives