Video and DVD

The Slayer

The Slayer

| August 29, 2017

“Where have you been all my life?” Most of us have heard this phrase used as either a cheap pick-up line or as a question asked after having tried a new and particularly delicious food stuff. The above phrase can also have a literal meaning as well. The Slayer was released when I was 4, […]

Heal the Living

Heal the Living

| August 27, 2017

Heal the Living is available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms on August 29. Director and co-writer Katell Quillévéré’s film, adapted from the Booker Prize long listed novel by Maylis de Kerangal, is an elegant and moving drama about families brought together by shocking news. Quillévéré carefully weaves together three seemingly unrelated stories: a French […]

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Effects

Effects

| August 25, 2017

The restoration and preservation efforts from the collaboration of the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) and Something Weird Video got off to a spectacular start with their Blu-ray/DVD release of The Zodiac Killer. These two entities have done much to save cult and exploitation film history, AGFA primarily working in acquiring and distributing film prints […]

Ronin

Ronin

| August 24, 2017

John Frankenheimer established himself as a director of considerable note early on with films like Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) and the classic thriller The Manchurian Candidate (1962). Unfortunately, prominent titles in the later part of his career were met with understandable derision, including the epic disaster The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) and the meandering […]

The Zodiac Killer

The Zodiac Killer

| August 24, 2017

Something Weird Video is a legend in cult and exploitation home video for good reason. Since Mike Vraney founded the company in 1990, SWV has discovered and released countless numbers of features, shorts, trailers, educational films, and weird cinema of every imaginable type. Regional horror movies, Christian scare films, nudist pictures, grimy porn loops, drivers’ […]

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Fate

Fate

| August 16, 2017

Connor Hughes (Daniel Bonjour) is obsessed with his work trying to crack time travel, which means he often misses dates with his long-term girlfriend April (Anne Clare Lush).  By the time Connor gets his act together and decides he needs to make April more of a priority, it’s too late and she’s killed in a […]

After the Storm

After the Storm

| August 15, 2017

The complexities of failure and one’s acceptance of it are compellingly examined in director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest film After the Storm. The story follows Ryota (Hiroshi Abe), a struggling novelist employed at a private detective agency in Tokyo. Ryota claims the job is temporary, and his only reason for taking the position is to conduct […]

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Re-Animator: Limited Edition

Re-Animator: Limited Edition

| August 10, 2017

1985 was a banner year for the horror genre, especially for first time directors. Dan O’Bannon (co-writer of 1979’s Alien) made a big splash with the zombie/black comedy Return of the Living Dead. Tom Holland (writer of 1982’s Psycho II) took a stab at directing with the vampire/black comedy hit Fright Night. And, to keep […]

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Louise by the Shore

Louise by the Shore

| August 5, 2017

On the last day of summer at a small seaside resort town, 75-year-old Louise misses the last train out. After a torrential rainstorm, she emerges from her room the next morning to find the streets flooded and the town utterly deserted. Days, weeks and months pass in this dreamlike interlude as Louise learns to fend for […]

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Fargo: 20th Anniversary Edition Steelbook

Fargo: 20th Anniversary Edition Steelbook

| August 3, 2017

I vividly remember the first time I saw Joel and Ethan Coen’s Fargo (1996). I gasped—actually, literally gasped—when Carter Burwell’s iconic, haunting score swelled as Jerry Lundegaard’s (William H. Macy) car appeared over a hill outside Fargo, ND in a snowstorm. From that moment on I was entranced, unable to process what I was seeing […]

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