Happy March, everyone! This month’s home entertainment offerings are starting off with the proverbial bang as there seems to be a little something for every genre fan arriving on Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday. Scream Factory is releasing both The Boy and Narcopolis on both formats this week, and Kino Lorber is resurrecting a pair of cult classics in HD as well: Gog (3D) and Transformations. Grindhouse Releasing has assembled an incredible Blu set for their release of Pieces, and the recent home invasion thriller, Intruders, makes its way onto DVD on March 1st.
For those of you who have made the leap to 4K, both The Last Witch Hunter and Mad Max: Fury Road are getting a special 4K release on Tuesday and other notable titles making their way home this first week of March include Zoombies, The Sinful Dwarf, The Fear of Darkness, Scream at the Devil, and season two of Z Nation.
The Boy (Scream Factory, Blu-ray & DVD)
From Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision and Chiller Films comes a disturbing new film exploring the birth of evil.
In the summer of 1989, nine-year-old Ted Henley (Jared Breeze, Cooties) and his father John (David Morse, True Detective, World War Z) are the proprietors of the Mt. Vista Motel, a crumbling resort buried in the mountains of the American West. Since Ted’s mother left, John has drifted into despondency: leaving Ted to fend for himself. In this isolation, unchecked by the bounds of parenting, Ted’s darker impulses begin to manifest. The arrival of a mysterious drifter, William Colby (Rainn Wilson, Cooties, The Office), captivates young Ted and the two form a unique friendship: setting the stage for Ted’s final, unnerving metamorphosis.
Gog (3D) (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray)
Newly restored in HD and 3-D! In a remote, underground research laboratory two scientists, engaged in space travel research, are frozen to death in a cold chamber when their instruments comes under the control of an unknown power. A security agent, Dr. David Sheppard (Richard Egan, The 300 Spartans) arrives at the secret space research base, home of two experimental robots to investigate the possible sabotage. Early in his investigation, Sheppard finds that the underground laboratory under the control of the Supercomputer NOVAC and experimental robots GOG and MAGOG. Herbert L. Strock (The Crawling Hand) directed this Sci-Fi/Horror classic with a stellar cast that includes Constance Dowling (Black Angel), Herbert Marshall (The Letter) and William Schallert (TV s The Patty Duke Show).
Special Features Include Audio Commentary by Film Historians Tom Weaver, Bob Furmanek and David Schecter and Trailers.
Intruders (Entertainment One, DVD)
Anna is isolated from human contact in nearly every way, which is exactly how she likes it. Suffering from crippling agoraphobia and holed up in an old Victorian on the outskirts of town, the people in Anna’s life can be counted on two fingers: her terminally-ill love, Conrad, and the charismatic Meals-on-Wheels driver, Dan. when a trio of criminals break into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee. But what the intruders don’t realize is that agoraphobia is not her only psychosis.
Pieces (Grindhouse Releasing, Blu-ray/CD Combo)
YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO TO TEXAS FOR A CHAINSAW MASSACRE! Grindhouse Releasing is proud to present the sickest and most violent of all the early ’80s slasher movies. A psychopathic killer stalks a Boston campus, brutally slaughtering nubile young college co-eds, collecting body parts from each victim to create the likeness of his mother who he savagely murdered with an axe when he was ten years old! PIECES is a wild, unrated gorefest, with enough splatter and sleaze to shock the most jaded horror fan.
Special Features Include TWO complete versions of this shocking gore classic:
PIECES (83 minutes) – the original, unrated U.S. theatrical version, presented in English and MIL GRITOS TIENE LA NOCHE (86 minutes) – the original uncensored director’s cut, presented in Spanish with original score by Librado Pastor, Spectacular new 4K transfers – scanned from the original camera negative, Brand new audio commentary by star Jack Taylor, Special 5.1 audio option – the Vine Theater Experience!, In-depth interviews with director Juan Piquer Simón and genre superstar Paul L. Smith, 42nd STREET MEMORIES – all-new feature-length documentary containing interviews with Sam Sherman, Bill Lustig, Larry Cohen, Frank Henenlotter, Buddy Giovinazzo, Jeff Lieberman, John Skipp, Lynn Lowry, Terry Levene, and many other exploitation icons, Extensive gallery of stills and poster art, Exhaustive filmographies, Liner notes by legendary horror journalist Chas. Balun and Rick Sullivan, BONUS CD – original soundtrack – newly remastered from the original studio tapes, Beautiful embossed slipcover, AND OTHER SURPRISES!
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:
Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Limited Edition) (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu-ray)
Dudes & Dragons (Entertainment One, DVD)
The Fear of Darkness (Alchemy/Millennium, DVD)
Home (Inception Media Group, DVD)
Kill or Be Killed (RLJ Entertainment, DVD)
The Last Witch Hunter (Lionsgate, 4K Ultra HD/Blu/Digital HD)
Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Home Video, 4K Ultra HD/Blu/Digital HD)
Narcopolis (Scream Factory/IFC Midnight, Blu-ray & DVD)
San Andreas (New Line Home Video, 4K Ultra HD/Blu/Digital HD)
Scream at the Devil (Entertainment One, DVD)
The Sinful Dwarf (Severin Films, Blu-ray)
Survival (Alchemy, DVD)
Transformations (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray)
Z Nation: Season Two (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, DVD)
Zoombies (Asylum/Gaiam, DVD)