Combat Girls Boots Its Way Onto DVD and VOD From Artsploitation Films

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Artsploitation continues their onslaught of hard-hitting films with its July 9th release of Combat Girls.

LOS ANGELES (June 10, 2013) – Artsploitation Films, the rising American film company, continues to deliver edgy international movies to North American audiences with its latest release, COMBAT GIRLS. This searing coming of age drama follows two suburban girls from vastly different backgrounds who become ensnared in the Neo-Nazi youth movement. Twenty year old Melissa (a stand-out, powerhouse acting performance from newcomer Alina Levshin) is a hard-core believer, a semi-skinhead who is adorned with Nazi tattoos. Fourteen year-old Svenja (Jella Haase) is a sheltered, spoiled, straight A student who becomes fascinated with the group because of her Neo-Nazi boyfriend. They began as adversaries but soon become best friends though their loyalty to each other is shaken when Marisa decides she wants to leave the group. Like American History Xand Romper Stomper, COMBAT GIRLS is extremely dynamic, powerful filmmaking.
Artsploitation’s release of COMBAT GIRLS will arrive on DVD, VOD and Digital Download for the first time ever on July 9. The DVD extras include an interview with Alina Levshin and an 8-page booklet.
COMBAT GIRLS’ Alina Levshin won the Best Actress award at The Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Film Fest Munich and The AMD “Next Wave” Spotlight Competition Award for Best Actress at Fantastic Fest in Austin. The film also played the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Jeresulem Jewish Film Festival and Dubi International Film Festival respectively.

 

 

The Maddest Story Ever Told Comes To Blu-Ray Via Arrow Video

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Arrow Video is pleased to confirm the UK DVD and Worldwide Blu-ray premiere of Jack Hill’s landmark debut feature film, SPIDER BABY, on Monday June 17th.

Finally available on Blu-ray for the very first time anywhere in the world, this stunning version of “the maddest story ever told” features a beautifully restored high-definition transfer, a process supervised and approved by Jack Hill himself.

Starring cult superstar Sid Haig (House Of 1000 Corpses) alongside Lon Chaney Jr. (The Wolf Man, Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein) in one of his last ever on-screen roles,SPIDER BABY tells the unfathomable story of three orphaned siblings who suffer from “Merrye Syndrome” – a condition which causes them to mentally, socially, and physically regress backwards down the evolutionary ladder!

The super-deluxe dual DVD & Blu-ray edition comes LOADED with special features and bonus material, even including Hill’s 30-minute short film “The Host”. Made in 1960 and starring Sid Haig in his first ever leading role, “The Host” sees a fugitive gangster attempt to set-free a group of Spanish settlers who are held under the powers of evil.

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Other extras include audio commentary with Jack Hill and Sid Haig, three new featurettes, an alternate opening sequence, extended scenes, original trailer, behind-the-scenes imagery and an in-depth collector’s booklet. A complete list of special features and full details follow the synopsis.

Keeping with what is a now a fan-favoured tradition of Arrow Video restorations, SPIDER BABY will come complete with a reversible sleeve, featuring the original 1968 artwork and a stunning new design by Graham ‘Evil Dead’ Humphries.

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The director-approved special features included on the dual edition release of SPIDER BABY are as follows:

– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the main feature, available in the UK for the very first time.
– High Definition transfer of the feature approved by director Jack Hill.
– English SDH subtitles for deaf and hearing impaired.
– Audio commentary featuring Jack Hill and star Sid Haig.
– Panel discussion from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences “FILM-TO-FILM” Festival, recorded September 2012, featuring Jack Hill and stars Quinn K. Redeker and Beverly Washburn.
– “The Hatching of Spider Baby” – Interviews with Jack Hill, Sid Haig, star Mary Mitchel, fan Joe Dante and more on the making of the film.
– “Spider Stravinsky: The Cinema Sounds of Ronald Stein” – The composer of ‘The Terror’ and ‘Attack of the 50 Foot Woman’ among others is remembered by Harlene Stein, Jack Hill, American Cinematheque’s Chris D. and others.
– “The Merrye House Revisited” – Jack Hill revisits the original house that was used as the main location in the film.
– Alternate opening title sequence.
– Extended scene.
– Original Trailer.
– Gallery of behind-the-scenes images.
– The Host (1960) – Jack Hill’s early short film featuring Sid Haig in his first starring role.
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham ‘Evil Dead’ Humpreys.
– Collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by artist and writer Stephen R. Bissette, and an extensive article re-printed from FilmFax: The Magazine of Unusual Film and Television featuring interviews with the cast and crew, illustrated with original stills and artwork.

 

Win The Purge Prize Pack, and Murder Your Neighbors In Style

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If, on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do?

Well, for starters, I’d probably hunt down whoever made the brilliant decision to make it so damn difficult to include outside widgets on this particular web host. See those numbers in the image above? They should be moving, but we’ll get to that. Other than that, I’d probably keep it simple – rob a White Castle and punch every bastard teenager in my neighborhood. Apparently, this is too tame for most people, who opt to go straight for the killing, as we will see in The Purge, opening in theaters June 7th.

In an America wracked with crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity–including murder–becomes legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It’s twelve hours when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this particular night in 2022, plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking.

When an intruder breaks into James Sandin’s (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear his family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide.

Seems simple enough, right? Well, if this sounds like your bag then maybe you’ll want to win a prize pack of The Purge goods, including a mask and t-shirt you can wear while you loot, rob and murder your way through the night. As you can see from the picture below, the mask won’t be much use to conceal your identity, but hey, you can always gouge someone’s eyes out with the stick, right? Right. I have one such prize pack to giveaway, and all you have to do to get your murderous mitts on it, is live in the US and email basementscreamsblog@gmail.com with the subject “I’ve got the urge to Purge.” One winner will be chosen randomly this Friday, June 7th to coincide with the opening of the film.

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Other ways to get extra entries will be announced over the next few days via our twitter feed, which you can follow @basementscreams. You can also click the image at the top (you know, the one that’s perfectly still) to take the Purge quiz, check out the trailer and have all kinds criminal fun.

Vinegar Syndrome Brings The Sleaze For The Summer

The past year or two has seen a handful of new DVD and Blu-Ray specialty labels pop up offering titles, old and new, that many never thought would get a decent release. Scream Factory  has given dozens of classic horror titles treatment of Criterion-like proportions. Newcomer Artsploitation has released a stream of challenging art house and international films that most would have never heard of. But if your tastes lean towards old school drive-in style grime, then Vinegar Syndrome has just what you need. Launched in the beginning of the year with the release of The Lost Films of Herschell Gordon Lewis collection, Vinegar Syndrome has been releasing choice exploitation goodness since. Most notable of these have been the aforementioned HG Lewis disc, Massage Parlor Murders and their signature Drive-In Collection double features. The label is starting the summer strong with a handful of releases that are guaranteed to put a sleazy smile on your face. Check out the previews below for the first three releases in the label’s summer slate, including the much-anticipated (by your’s truly, at least) Punk Vacation! 

A Labor Of Love (DVD) street date June 11th

In the winter of 1974, a naive independent filmmaker based in Chicago found funding to make his first feature, to be titled “The Last Affair.” The one stipulation mandated by his financial bakers was that the movie needed to include hardcore sex scenes. A LABOR OF LOVE documents the ensuing heart-felt and earnest attempt to create an X rated movie. Between struggles with the cast and problems with crew and locations, the production forges on in a manner NBC News described as “A true human comedy” and Hadrian Belove of Cinefamily acclaimed as “a lost vérité masterpiece … a movie-about-movies documentary classic.”

Punk Vacation (Blu-Ray/DVD combo) street date July 9th

A peaceful California town is shaken after the brutal murder of diner owner by a gang of vicious punks. When the daughter of the slain man attempts to avenge her father’s death, she’s held hostage by the gang resulting in an epic battle between punks and rednecks.
Directed by Stanley Lewis

 The Vixens of Kung Fu and Oriental Blue (Drive-In Collection DVD) street date July 9th

Two Times Square classics from the vaults of New York’s oldest surviving producers of underground
sexploitation and sleaze — Distribpix, Inc.

über-creepy porno dudes with furry shoulders, punk rocker versus redneck violence, and smoking vaginas? Count me in.