Best of the New Releases: TIE - The Road and True Blood: Season 2
I had to go with a tie this week, since we have two (hopefully) great releases that I'm familiar with but haven't had a chance to see yet. My assumption based on what I know is that they're both pretty solid. We start with The Road, and let me say first off, I realize it might not be what many people initially think of as horror but there are few things that are more frightening than fighting for survival at the end of the world. Cormac McCarthy's novel was bleak and brutal but peppered with small bits of hope peeking through the darkness. I've heard mixed things about the film adaptation and I'm anxious to check out it and see how well the story was carried over to the big screen.
Next up is season 2 of HBO's hit show True Blood about vampires living openly among humans. Focusing on a group in the Louisiana swamps, the show has garnered legions of fans thanks in part to the current vampire craze, but also thanks to a solid cast and interesting writing. Sadly, I've only seen the pilot episode, but it was enough to get me hooked and I'm looking forward to digging into the series.
Best of the Catalog Releases - City of the Living Dead
God bless Blue Underground. Bill Lustig's distribution company has made an amazing commitment to releasing quality genre films on DVD and Blu-ray disc. These are older, often forgotten films that haven't always been preserved or well taken care of, but you can almost always count on Blue Underground to get the best possible transfer based on the existing elements. This week sees two amazing releases, as they drop both Lucio Fulci's City of the Living Dead as well as Sergio Corbucci's awesome Franco Nero-starring Western, Django. Fulci's classic, also known as The Gates of Hell, is another awesome slice of crazy 80s Italian horror, featuring scenes that will burn themselves into your brain forevermore. If you've never seen it, I highly suggest you remedy that now. It's just fantastic to see a company take the time and effort to release a film like this on Blu-ray and I can't wait to add it to my collection.
Complete list of Horror releases for the week of May 25th:
The Road - DVD and Blu-ray
True Blood - DVD and Blu-ray
City of the Living Dead - DVD and Blu-ray
NYC Tornado Terror - DVD - yes, that's really the title. The cover art is just as bad.
It Waits - Blu-ray - I would have sworn this was an 80s film based on the cover.
The Shortcut - Blu-ray - ahhh DTV PG-13 horror from Anchor Bay. Can't say I'm holding out much hope here.
The Landlord - DVD - yet another new release with 80s-style cover art!
Goth - DVD - new Japanese horror about a deranged killer stalking the Tokyo streets.
Finale - DVD
Someone's Knocking at the Door - DVD
Babysitter Wanted - DVD and Blu-ray
Of interest (these films aren't exactly horror but might be noteworthy to horror fans for one reason or another):
Django - Blu-ray - Sergio Corbucci's Western starring Franco Nero as a drifter dragging a coffin around from town to town is just flat out cool. Even if you're not typically a fan of Westerns, there's something for nearly everyone to love about Django. You'll find yourself singing the theme song to yourself days later. See it now.
Whitewall - Blu-ray - According to Twitch this is "a post-apocalyptic sci-fi action flick that looks to incorporate a large dose of martial arts." What more can you ask for?
Tromeo and Juliet - Blu-ray - Troma brings one of their best known films to high def.
Class of Nuke 'Em High - Blu-ray - another Troma favorite gets the HD treatment.
Machine GIrl - DVD - a new 3-disc release of this crazy Japanese flick in a special edition tin.
Submission of a Woman - DVD an Italian genre film about a woman wronged who goes on a grisly revenge streak, seemingly in the style of films like They Call Her One Eye and I Spit on Your Grave.
Seven Swords - Blu-ray - Dragon Dynasty continues their slate of martial arts Blu-ray discs with this Donnie Yen flick.
We'll be back next week with a look at the releases for June 1st!