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  • #16
    S'More Entertainment - March 31st releases

    Perhaps one of the oddest pairings in Hollywood history was the relationship between A.C. Stephen (whose actual name was Steve Apostolof) and Ed D. Wood, Jr., the infamous creator of such gems as “Plan 9 From Out Space” and “Glen or Glenda”. While Apostolof wanted to create art films with big budgets, Wood just wanted to churn out film after film, always blaming others for his lack of commercial success. Apostolof and Wood even paired up in 1965 for a loosely based sequel to “Plan 9 From Outer Space” entitled “Orgy of the Dead

    Toward the end of his career, Ed joined forces with A.C. in creating a series of cheesy sexploitation films that traded on the loose morals of the 1970’s and were quite similar to Russ Meyer’s brand of film making. Short on plot, long on nudity, veering into the bizarre and bearing the unmistakable stamp of off-kilter-phrasing and mixed metaphors that Stephen and Wood were known for, these films are incredibly bad but have a certain inexplicable charm.

    Perhaps the ultimate acknowledgement to Ed Wood Jr. came 2 years after his death when he was awarded the “Golden Turkey Award” as worst director of all.

    Fugitive Girls” aka “Five Lost Women” was written by AC Stephen and Ed D. Wood, Jr. and directed by AC Stephen, and is noteworthy as this is Wood’s last on screen appearance, playing dual cameo roles as both the gas station attendant “Pops” and the sheriff (wearing dark shades and a fake moustache). It’s a simple storyline, where five women break out of prison (including ‘60’s porn star Rene Bond) trying to find money one of the girls buried before being sent way. 4 are hardened criminals, the 5th was unjustly convicted. Most of the film is spent with the girls traveling around California, encountering hippies, beating up men and ultimately fighting amongst themselves.
    • WRITTEN BY: Ed D. Wood Jr. and AC Stephens
    • DIRECTED BY: AC Stephens
    • STARRING: Rene Bond, Tallie Cochrane, Donna Young, Margie Lanier, Nicolle Ridel, Eve Orlon, Forman Shane, Con Convert, Ed D. Wood Jr.
    • GENRE: Cult
    • RATED: R
    • ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1
    • DVD FEATURES: Original Trailer, Photo Galleries
    • RUNTIME: 90 mins
    • STREET DATE: March 31, 2009
    • SRP: $19.95

    Stephanie is a young hospital worker who just relocated from Aurora, Illinois and is in the process of settling into her new apartment. Upon her arrival, she befriends Paul, the new maintenance man at the apartment complex, who seems only too happy to help the attractive new resident move in. But just how much can you trust someone you just met, especially when he has access to freely wander the halls of your building and has keys to enter your apartment at any time he wants? The maintenance man is responsible for keeping things in working order…but what happens when his idea of ‘order’ conflicts with your own?
    • ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Jil Guenther
    • SCREENPLAY: Paul Mroczka
    • EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Paulo Diaz, Gianfranco Solimano, Alejandro Casinelli
    • STARRING: Mark Masten, Melissa DeBaca, Rondi Temple, Justin Frumkes, Doc Pingree, Alisha Patterson, Louise Warner, Marya Sylva, Heith C. Heine, Seth Spitler
    • GENRE: Psychological Thriller
    • RATED: Not Rated
    • ASPECT RATIO: 1.78:1
    • DVD FEATURES: Theatrical Trailer
    • RUNTIME: 81 mins
    • STREET DATE: March 31, 2009
    • SRP: $24.95

    The First Hmong movie to be filmed in China, The Legendary Script is a tale of mortal combat that takes place in China over 1000 years ago. The story was inspired by historical conflicts between the numerous ethnic groups in China, particularly the Hmong and Han. At a time when fighting superiority dictated survival, the appearance of a script detailing flawless fighting techniques left behind by a legendary martial artist triggered an endless search and bloodshed. Unknown to everyone, there is a curse that comes with the script and that there is a hidden secret to break the curse.

    With their masterful fighting skills, two best friends, Yeng Tha and Seng, are assigned to a mission to find "The Legendary Script", but they soon discover that once they have attained control of the Script, there is a deadly price to be paid.

    This film was produced in the Hmong dialect and is sub-titled in English.
    • WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY: Ying Yang and Yeng Tha-Her
    • MARTIAL ARTS DIRECTED BY: Shanghai and Beijing Crew (China), Yia Yang and Rocky Her (US)
    • WIRE WORK: Professional Shanghai and Imagination Crew
    • STARRING: Isha Her, Yeng Tha Her, Taoli, Seng Vang, Ying Yang
    • GENRE: Action / Martial Arts
    • RATED: Not Rated
    • ASPECT RATIO: 1.78:1
    • DVD FEATURES: Theatrical Trailer, Production Photo Gallery, History of the Hmong
    • RUNTIME: 110 mins
    • STREET DATE: March 31, 2009
    • SRP: $24.95


    • #17
      Originally posted by Obscureness View Post
      I don't know if the actual release date has been said before (last I heard was just the end of May), but I just saw on HKFlix the two Wandering Ginza movies are coming May 19.
      Definitely getting those. Synapse do a great job with their asian stuff.


      • #18

        SPECIAL on DVD March 31 from Magnolia Home Entertainment As Part Of The Magnet Six Shooter Series

        Very Few People In Life Are Truly Gifted. SPECIAL Is A Movie About Everyone Else.

        “A stand out" - (USA Today)

        “**** IT WILL LEAVE YOU GLAD YOU FOUND IT. Michael Rapaport is excellent.” – (NY Dailly news)

        “Rapaport’s utterly fearless and committed performance is heroic” – (LA Weekly)

        Les Franken (Michael Rapaport; Hitch, “The War At Home”) is a kind-hearted, soft-spoken comic book lover who leads a painfully unremarkable life; that is, until he is accepted into an experimental drug diverse study for a new anti-depressant, nicknamed “Special.” An unexpected side effect of the drug convinces Les he is a superhero, prompting him to quit his job and pursue his new life calling.

        Part of the Magnet Six Shooter film series, a collection of six high-quality films that aims to bring fans a mix of the most intelligent genre-bending titles available. SPECIAL puts a twist on the typical Hollywood superhero movie and offers up an everyday kind of hero in an ordinary world.

        Can Les save the day?


        • #19
          Michael Rapaport really?


          • #20
            Wandering Ginza Butterfly 1-2 Official Announce





            Between her rise to stardom in the STRAY CAT ROCK series of girl gang biker movies made at Nikkatsu Studios in the late 60’s and early 70’s, and her elevation to cult icon in the FEMALE CONVICT SCORPION series begun at Toei Studios in 1972, Japanese actress Meiko Kaji made a pair of films—her first for the studio that would turn her into a legend—that featured her as a beautiful female gambler and swordplay expert, who did her best to survive a tough life on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo’s Ginza district, defending weaker friends and walking her own personal road of vengeance. Synapse Films is proud to give these two titles—an important missing link in the world of Japanese genre cinema—their world DVD debut.

            In WANDERING GINZA BUTTERFLY, gang leader Nami (Kaji) kills a member of a yakuza group and goes away to prison. Upon her release three years later, she’s a shamed woman confined to living in the shadowy world of sex clubs and street gangs. She returns to Tokyo to live with her uncle, a billiard-hall owner, and after befriending streetwise pimp and ne’er-do-well Ryuji (Tsunehiko Watase), she gets a job working at a hostess club in the chic Ginza neighborhood, where the expensive shops and neon lights conceal a dark world of crime and sexual slavery. But when a rival gang attempts to muscle in on the club, Nami becomes enmeshed in a violent struggle that forces her to wield a skilled pool cue to defend her uncle’s business, and eventually a short sword to wreak bloody vengeance upon her enemies.

            Nami returns in WANDERING GINZA BUTTERFLY 2: SHE-CAT GAMBLER, with a new story that finds her on the hunt for Hoshiden, the man who killed her gambler father when she was only a child. Arriving in Tokyo, Nami takes a job as a hostess in a swank Ginza club, all the while combing the back-alleys and gambling dens for news of Hoshiden’s whereabouts. Local street entrepreneur Ryuji (the STREET FIGHTER himself, Sonny Chiba) joins her in the search, and eventually in a bloody raid on the yakuza headquarters where Hoshiden—now living incognito, under an assumed name—is hiding out.

            Synapse Films’ WANDERING GINZA BUTTERFLY DVDs Feature the Following Special Features:
            • New, fully restored, anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) transfer mastered in high-definition from Toei’s original vault elements
            • Japanese language with newly-translated, removable English subtitles
            • New video interview with director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
            • Audio commentary by Japanese film expert Chris D. (exclusive to disc #1)
            • New video interview with Pinky Violence film expert J-Taro Sugisaku (exclusive to disc #2)
            • Original Japanese theatrical trailers for both WANDERING BUTTERFLY films
            • Meiko Kaji poster gallery and biography
            • Reversible cover with original Japanese poster artwork

            Look for Synapse Films’ Special Edition DVDs of WANDERING GINZA BUTTERLY and WANDERING GINZA BUTTERFLY 2: SHE-CAT GAMBLER in stores on May 19, 2009, at a retail price of $24.95 each. Each title is available separately.

            For further information on the WANDERING GINZA BUTTERFLY films, or other Synapse Films titles, please visit our website at or visit the Synapse Blog at or our MySpace page at


            • #21
              $25 each, aye? Pretty steep. Think I'll just pick up Ginza II with Chiba.


              • #22
                Originally posted by Ferg View Post
                $25 each, aye? Pretty steep. Think I'll just pick up Ginza II with Chiba.
                I'd say either pre-order or keep an eye on Deep Discount for a sale on Synapse discs. They have one once or twice a year. I got the three Poisonous Seductress discs for about $14 a piece during their Synapse sale at the end of 2007.


                • #23
                  Well the Ichi the Killer Blu-ray has been pushed back. Tokyo Shock doesn't have a definite date, but Amazon shows August 11th.


                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Obscureness View Post
                    Well the Ichi the Killer Blu-ray has been pushed back. Tokyo Shock doesn't have a definite date, but Amazon shows August 11th.
                    Boooo...well, I didn't pre-order anyway. Seems like Shriek Show/Tokyo Shock are having some trouble mastering Blu-Ray or something.


                    • #25
                      The Reader on DVD 4/14, Blu-Ray 4/28



                      KATE WINSLET CAPTIVATES IN HER

                      A mysterious older woman in post-World War II Germany has an elicit summertime affair with an young local boy, who is later forced to decide how far he’ll go to protect her secret in the thrilling Best Picture Oscar® nominee THE READER, debuting on DVD April 14th and Blu-Ray Disc April 28th from Genius Products and The Weinstein Company. With five previous Oscar nominations, Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road, Little Children) takes home her long-awaited first statuette for this “fierce, unerring portrayal” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) of the woman who falls for a teenager, leading a trio of powerful and “impeccable performances” (Jeffrey Lyons, NBC Reel Talk) that also includes two-time Oscar nominee Ralph Fiennes (Schindler’s List, The English Patient) and standout German newcomer David Kross. Based on the New York Times bestselling novel, THE READER has been heralded as “one of the most uplifting movie experiences of your life…a masterpiece” (New York Observer). With bonus features including all-new cast and director interviews, deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes featurettes, THE READER will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.95 for standard DVD and $34.99 for Blu-ray.


                      • #26




                        An Inventive Cross Between A Psychological Thriller And A Creature Horror Flick, SPLINTER Arrives On DVD & Blu-Ray April 14 From Magnolia Home Entertainment Under The Magnet Label

                        "AN INGENIOUS, AWESOME MONSTER MOVIE! The economy and freshness of this material make this suspenseful, first-rate fright flick work so sensationally." - Paper

                        "Splinter features the year's best beast." - LA Weekly

                        " all-around great monster creation, one you won't likely forget anytime soon." -

                        A young couple and a fugitive on the run are forced to work together in order to escape from a vicious parasitic monster that transforms people into bloodthirsty hosts in SPLINTER . With bloodcurdling performances from Paulo Costanzo (Forty Days and Forty Nights), Shea Whigham (Fast and Furious) and Jill Wagner ("Wipeout"), SPLINTER was directed by Toby Wilkins whose design and effects credits include Spiderman 3, The Lord of the Rings, Death Proof and Planet Terror.


                        • #27
                          Miramax Home Entertainment in conjunction with Walt Disney Studio Home Entertainment has announced that they will bring 'Pulp Fiction: Special Edition' and 'Jackie Brown' to Blu-ray on August 4th. Technical specs have not been announced at this time, but you can expect the typical 1080p AVC video accompanied by a lossless audio soundtrack.

                          Special features have not been announced at this time.



                          I'm glad to see Jackie Brown coming to Blu-Ray - quite unexpected.


                          • #28
                            July 14th: The State on DVD


                            It's about time!

                            DVD specs here:
                            Last edited by SharkWeek; 04-20-2009, 07:08 PM.


                            • #29
                              Violence and Flesh



                              GUNS! GIRLS! LUST! FLESH!

                              IMPULSE PICTURES IS PROUD TO PRESENT

                              Before steaming up the screen in THE CHICK’S ABILITY, legend of erotic Brazilian cinema Helena Ramos raised temperatures in VIOLENCE AND FLESH (Violencia na Carne). While relaxing at their beach house in Rio, Jesse (Ramos) and her friends are terrorized by three criminals who have recently escaped from prison. Forced to strip and engage in lesbian acts, the ladies strike back against their attackers in this classic entry in the cannon of “extreme” erotic films that spread across Brazil in the late 70s known as “Pornochanchada”. The latest pic in Impulse Pictures Classic Latin Erotica Collection, VIOLENCE AND FLESH is like nothing you have ever seen!

                              Impulse Pictures’ VIOLENCE AND FLESH DVD Features Include:
                              • New Digital Transfer in the Original Full-Frame Aspect Ratio of 1.33:1
                              • Portuguese Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
                              • Newly Translated, Removable English Subtitles
                              • Chapter Selections

                              Look for Impulse Pictures’ DVD of VIOLENCE AND FLESH in stores on June 30, 2009, at a retail price of $24.95.

                              For further information on VIOLENCE AND FLESH, or other Impulse Pictures titles, please visit our websites:

                              Official Website:
                              Synapse Blog:


                              • #30



                                WHAT IS A HEADER?

                                SYNAPSE FILMS UNLEASHES
                                THE STOMACH-CHURNING FILM ADAPTATION
                                OF HORROR AUTHOR EDWARD LEE’S MACABRE TALE

                                Described as “wacky, tense” and “brutal as hell” by cult horror author, Jack Ketchum (The Girl Next Door, Offspring), HEADER is an unforgettable portrait of backwoods revenge. Stewart Cummings (Jake Suffian) is a government agent who has been playing both sides of the law. To maintain his cover, he finds himself slipping deeper into a series of gruesome murders, ultimately encountering the most twisted method of revenge: the header. Relentlessly terrifying, you may be forever changed once you learn the answer to the question, what is a HEADER?

                                Synapse Films’ HEADER DVD Features Include:
                                • Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1) Transfer
                                • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
                                • Interview Featurettes with Cast and Crew
                                • Original Promotional Trailers

                                Look for Synapse Films’ DVD of HEADER in stores on June 30, 2009, at a retail price of $19.95.

                                For further information on HEADER, or other Synapse Films titles, please visit our websites:

                                Official Website:
                                Synapse Blog: