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HANDS OF THE RIPPER (BLU-RAY/DVD COMBO)

HANDS OF THE RI

An underrated Hammer title is given special treatment by Synapse, including a completely restored HD transfer and terrific extras.

Highly recommended.
Release Date: July 09, 2013 from Synapse

  

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - September 8, 2013, 8:42 am - DVD Review
Keywords: hammer, peter sasdy, jack the ripper



BASKET CASE 2

BASKET CASE 2

This second installment of the adventures of everyone's favorite surgically separated conjoined twins takes the weirdness level up a few notches, to say the least.
Release Date: October 30, 2007 from Synapse

  

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Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - January 1, 2013, 4:23 pm - DVD Review
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BASKET CASE 3

BASKET CASE 3

The further adventures of Duane and his malformed, formerly conjoined twin brother Belial stick in my memory as a case of director Frank Henenlotter going to the well one too many times. That opinion could change, given that it's been at least 15 years since I've seen this second sequel, but I have a bad feeling it won't.
Release Date: October 09, 2012 from Synapse

  

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Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - November 1, 2012, 6:27 pm - DVD Review
Keywords: macabre, conjoined, monsters



THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A PORNO GANG (BLU-RAY)

THE LIFE AND DE

Not for the faint of heart or those easily offended by graphic sex and violence. For everyone else: do I have a movie for you.

Very highly recommended - but for adventurous viewers only.
Release Date: August 14, 2012 from Synapse

 

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - September 22, 2012, 8:12 am - DVD Review
Keywords: snuff, mladen djordjevic, a serbian film



TWINS OF EVIL (BLU-RAY/DVD COMBO)

TWINS OF EVIL (

Any horror fan worth their salt should go a little nutty for a Hammer film with Peter Cushing and twin Playboy centerfolds in the lead roles. This may not be the celebrated Hammer's finest work, but Cushing chews it up beautifully, the Collinson girls are eye-pealing and the new Synapse 1080p transfer is quite nice.
Release Date: July 10, 2012 from Synapse

  

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - July 21, 2012, 10:37 am - DVD Review
Keywords: peter cushing, hammer films, vampires, mary collinson, madeleine collinson



RED SCORPION (BLU-RAY/DVD COMBO)

RED SCORPION (B

Fans of late-1980s action flicks should be quite pleased with Synapse Films impressive restoration and overall treatment of Dolph Lundgren's Red Scorpion, available in a new Blu-Ray/DVD Combo pack carrying an uncensored version that can be had for less than fifteen bucks.

Recommended for all those who appreciate the genre.
Release Date: June 12, 2012 from Synapse

  

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - July 8, 2012, 11:27 am - DVD Review
Keywords: dolph lundgren, jack abramoff, joseph zito, red scorpion



42ND STREET FOREVER THE BLU-RAY EDITION

42ND STREET FOR

If the thought of nearly four hours of B-movie trailers from the late 1960s/early 1970s - blaxploitation, sexploitation, martial arts, horror, sci-fi, vengeance, etc - gets you as giddy as it does me then the 42nd Street Forever: The Blu-Ray Edition from Synapse is necessary viewing.

Recommended, but for a very select audience.
Release Date: May 08, 2012 from Synapse

  

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - May 27, 2012, 1:51 pm - DVD Review
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THOU SHALT NOT KILL...EXCEPT (BLU-RAY)

THOU SHALT NOT

I tried to watch this movie 10 years or so ago and simply couldn't get through it. Now, with Synapse responsible for this new Blu-ray treatment I'm more than willing to give the film another shot.
Release Date: April 10, 2012 from Synapse

     

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Keywords: war, hell, cult, crazed



FRANKENHOOKER (BLU-RAY)

FRANKENHOOKER (

Synapse scores another winner with this beautiful 1080p treatment of Frank Henenlotter's twistedly comic reimagining mashup of Frankenstein and The Brain That Wouldn't Die.

Highly recommended, and one of my favorite releases of 2011.
Release Date: November 08, 2011 from Synapse

  

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - November 6, 2011, 8:05 am - DVD Review
Keywords: horror, comedy, patty mullen, frankenstein, the brain that wouldn't die, frank henenlotter, james lorinz



THE EXTERMINATOR (BLU-RAY/DVD COMBO)

THE EXTERMINATO

One of the great unheralded revenge films of the late 19770s/early 1980s gets the 1080p treatment from Synapse, and the result truly kicks as much ass as The Exterminator himself. If not more.

Highly recommended.
Release Date: September 13, 2011 from Synapse

   

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - October 22, 2011, 10:20 pm - DVD Review
Keywords: revenge, vigilante, exploitation



THE DORM THAT DRIPPED BLOOD (BLU-RAY + DVD COMBO PACK)

THE DORM THAT D

One of the unsung slasher classics of the early 1980s gets the fancypants treatment from Synapse in all of its uncensored director's cut glory. For fans of the dead teenager genre, this is an opportunity to finally see this film as it was meant to be seen.

Highly recommended.
Release Date: April 26, 2011 from Synapse

   

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - June 8, 2011, 6:18 pm - DVD Review
Keywords: slasher



EMBODIMENT OF EVIL (BLU-RAY)

EMBODIMENT OF E

Coffin Joe returns over 40 years since he last appeared on screen. Having this little-seen, low budget shocker on Blu-ray is a nice surprise courtesy of the always great Synapse Films.
Release Date: March 29, 2011 from Synapse

    

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Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - May 17, 2011, 3:38 pm - DVD Review
Keywords: sadistic undertaker, ghostly visions, past victims



VAMPIRE CIRCUS (BLU-RAY)

VAMPIRE CIRCUS

Synapse's first foray into BD is a genre-fan-favorite with this 2-disc Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack of Hammer Studios Vampire Circus (1972).An impressive transfer doesn't save the wonky bits from being any less nonsensical or incomplete, but the presentation and extras make this a necessary addition to any Hammerhead's collection.

Recommended.
Release Date: December 14, 2010 from Synapse

     

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - February 13, 2011, 7:52 am - DVD Review
Keywords: hammer studios, vampires



STEPFATHER II Special Edition

STEPFATHER II

It's easy to dismiss a sequel as being more of the same, and this one certainly is that. It's also surprisingly well-made and entertaining.
Release Date: September 29, 2009 from Synapse

    

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Keywords: horror sequel, 80s horror, 80s sequel, terry o' quinn



SICK GIRL

SICK GIRL

Lopsided indie horror flick has its moments, but read on to see whether or not you should bother.
Release Date: August 25, 2009 from Synapse

  

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Keywords: indie horror, low-budget horror, sick girl, revenge



HEADER

HEADER

What's a header? You're going to have to delve into the absolutely nasty delights of this Ed Lee adaptation to find out. Of course, you could do one better and just read the book ...
Release Date: June 30, 2009 from Synapse

  

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Keywords: ed lee, backwoods horror, hillbilly horror, archibald flancranstin, elliot v. kotek



PATRICK (Special Edition)

PATRICK

Revisiting films like Patrick makes me yearn for the days of 70s horror. They just built em differently back then. True, this wont win any awards for being the most rollicking genre film ever made, but if you like dollops of atmosphere with your horror, than this is as good a thriller as any. Director Richard Franklin takes what probably looked like a Carrie rip-off on paper and creates a quietly riveting and spooky - slow burn. The kind of horror film that sneaks up on you and, if youll indulge me for one quick second, that they just dont make anymore.
Release Date: October 28, 2008 from Synapse

  

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