Genre releases on June 7 include THE FEAST (Blu-ray/DVD), EVIL: SEASON TWO (DVD), THE NORTHMAN (4K UHD/Blu-ray/DVD)

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Happy Tuesday dear readers! Today we have an eclectic day of at-home press releases showcasing some great genre flicks from the past and present. One of my favorite films of 2022 is that of Robert Eggers The man from the north, and Universal is releasing the film on a variety of formats today. Ahead of the new season debuting later this month, CBS Studios is bringing Evil: Season 2 on DVD, and Lee Haven Jones’ Celebration is also heading to Blu-ray and DVD today. Synapse show some love to The Living Dead at Manchester Mortuary with their brand new Blu Special Edition, and if you’re a Shaw Brothers fan, you’ll definitely want to pick up the Blu for human lanterns.

Other home press releases for June 7 include Dario Argento The Phantom of the Opera adaptation, Gore in Venice, Beyond Evil, House Squatch, Poltergeist 3-Film Collection, Ultrasound, and Uktena: The Horned Monstrosity.

Evil: Season 2 (CBS-Studio, DVD)

In the second season of Evil, Kristin (Katja Herbers) struggles with her darker nature after killing a man, while David (Mike Colter) experiences temptation as he nears his ordination. Meanwhile, Ben (Aasif Mandvi) is visited by night terrors that prey on his greatest fears. Includes all 13 episodes plus over 20 minutes of deleted scenes!

Celebration (RLJE Movies, Blu-ray & DVD)

A wealthy family hosts a lavish dinner party, only for a mysterious young waiter to frightenly unravel their lives with terrifying consequences they could never see coming.

human lanterns (88 Movies, Blu-ray)

THE LEGENDARY SHAW BROTHERS TACKLE THE SERIAL KILLER GENRE IN THEIR INIMITABLE HONG KONG STYLE!

While featuring the Shaw Brothers’ custom brand of martial arts mayhem, HUMAN LANTERNS also taps into the early ’80s American slasher film craze and earlier Hammer horrors by delivering a macabre take on the serial killer in a inimitable Hong Kong style. When an unhinged craftsman decides to exact revenge on two Kung Fu masters by creating special lanterns constructed from the human skin of their deceased loved ones, all hell breaks loose in this gruesome tale of bloody retaliation. Drawing inspiration from movies like Psycho and real-life cases like Ed Gein, HUMAN LANTERNS clearly isn’t for the faint-hearted with its over-the-top gory and sadistic qualities, but this darker-than-dark slice of fantasy still manages to be both wonderfully gruesome and incredibly entertaining.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • High definition presentation (1080p) in 2.35:1 aspect ratio
  • 2.0 DTS-HD MA Mandarin Soundtrack with Newly Translated English Subtitles
  • Audio commentary by Kenneth Brorsson and Phil Gillon from the On Fire Network Podcast
  • A Shaw Story – an interview with Susan Shaw
  • Beauty and the Beasts – An interview with Linda Chu
  • Lau Wing – The Ambiguous Hero

The Walking Dead at Manchester Mortuary: Special Edition (Synapse Movies, Blu-ray)

A strange twist of fate brings two young travellers, George (Ray Lovelock, The Cassandra Crossing) and Edna (Christine Galbo, The House That Screamed), to a small town where an experimental farm machine could bring the dead back to life! As zombies infest the area and attack the living, a headstrong detective (Academy Award® nominee Arthur Kennedy, Peyton Place) believes the pair are Satanists responsible for the local murders. George and Edna must fight for their lives and prove their innocence as they try to stop the impending zombie apocalypse!

The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (aka “Let Sleeping Corpses Lie” and “Don’t Open the Window”) is a bloody horror tale by Spanish director Jorge Grau and widely regarded as one of the best zombie films ever made. . Beautifully restored in 4K from the original camera negative, Synapse Films presents the film with the original true English theatrical mono mix and the true opening and closing credit sequences intact.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • New exclusive 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
  • New English 5.1 surround stereo remix made exclusively for the Synapse Films release
  • Restoration of the original true mono theatrical mix in English
  • Two audio commentaries featuring authors and film scholars Troy Howarth, Nathaniel Thompson and Bruce Holecheck
  • Jorge Grau – The king of cult cinema in Catalonia (89 min.) – This feature-length documentary explores the life and films of director Jorge Grau
  • The Scene of the Crime – Giannetto De Rossi in Discussion from Manchester (16 Mins.) (BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE)
  • Giannetto De Rossi – Q&A at the Festival of Fantastic Films, UK (43 Mins)
  • Theatrical trailer, TV spots and radio spots
  • Newly translated removable English SDH subtitles

The man from the north (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray/Digital, Blu-ray/Digital and DVD/Digital)

Visionary director Robert Eggers presents The Northman, an action-packed epic that follows a young Viking prince on his quest to avenge the murder of his father. With an all-star cast including Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk and Willem Dafoe.

EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES on DIGITAL*, 4K UHD, BLU-RAYMT AND DVDs:

  • DELETED AND EXTENDED SCENES
  • AN AGELESS EPIC – An in-depth look at how the filmmakers, cast and crew immersed themselves in Norse history and mythology in an effort to make THE NORTHMAN the most accurate Viking epic ever filmed.
  • THE FACES OF THE VIKINGS – The cast of THE NORTHMAN, alongside director Robert Eggers, discuss the depth of the characters and their experiences working together.
  • FILM COMMENTARY WITH CO-WRITER/DIRECTOR ROBERT EGGERS

EXCLUSIVE COLLECTOR’S EDITION BONUS FEATURES ON DIGITAL*, 4K UHD and BLU-RAY™:

  • AMLETH’S JOURNEY TO MANhood – Aurvandil’s initiation of Amleth into manhood is one of the most pivotal points in his journey. Find out how the filmmakers and actors crafted this mysterious ritual.
  • FILMING THE RAID – Go behind the scenes of the raid and see how different departments worked together to pull off this complex sequence.
  • KNATTLEIKR GAME – Learn all about this little-known game, how the scene was filmed and why it’s a pivotal moment for Amleth.
  • A NORSE LANDSCAPE – We explore the spectacular filming locations of THE NORTHMAN and discuss how the filmmakers were able to overcome the unique challenges of shooting the film in Northern Ireland.

The Phantom of the Opera (1998) (Scorpion Release, Blu-ray)

Dario Argento (Suspiria) brings a different approach to the classic Phantom of the Opera tale. Mysteriously, a series of terrifying accidents and brutal murders leave a bloody trail in the underground caverns of the opera house. Beneath the theater lies a man (Julian Sands, Warlock) raised by creatures from the underworld. He falls tragically in love with the beautiful rising opera singer Christine (Asia Argento, Le Syndrome de Stendhal). He lures her into his underground lair. Will she be saved from his clutches before it’s too late?

Special Features:

-Audio commentary by film historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson

-Interview with writer/director Dario Argento

-Interview with decorator Antonello Geleng

-Interview with producer Giuseppe Colombo

ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:

beyond evil (Troma, Blu-ray)

Gore in Venice (Full Moon Pictures, Blu-ray & DVD)

homemade squat (SRS Cinema, DVD)

Poltergeist 3-Movie Collection (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DVD)

Uktena: the horned monstrosity (SRS Cinema, DVD)

Ultrasound (Magnolia Home Entertainment, DVD)

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