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Rare musical re-issue of JACK THE GIANT KILLER to Blu-ray in 2018 from Kino Lorber Studio Classics!

Rare musical re-issue of JACK THE GIANT KILLER to Blu-ray in 2018 from Kino Lorber Studio Classics!

I should really stop being surprised by the things that are announced for Blu-ray these days, but this is another that arrived out of nowhere. The Edward Small-produced Seventh Voyage of Sinbad-inspired 1962 fantasy Jack the Giant Killer will see its HD home video debut in early 2018 […]

Blu Notes: MATANGO「マタンゴ」⋅ 2017 ⋅ Toho Visual Entertainment

Blu Notes: MATANGO「マタンゴ」⋅ 2017 ⋅ Toho Visual Entertainment

Eiji Tsuburaya’s lauded effects production takes a backseat in this oddball genre offering from Toho studios, released to critical ambivalence and general audience confusion in the fall of 1963. A standout among Toho’s glitzier sci-fi actioners and giant monster fantasies, if by virtue of its […]

A Song Before Annihilation: YOR’S WORLD (Oliver Onions)

A Song Before Annihilation: YOR’S WORLD (Oliver Onions)

With a 35th anniversary blu-ray edition of the film due in a few months from Mill Creek, now seems as good a time as any to revisit this fun bit of cheeseball film scoring. Hailing from that bygone era where it seemed every movie had […]

Apocalyptic sci-fi epic VIRUS「復活の日」DAY OF RESURRECTION infects 4k UHD and Blu-ray in December!

Apocalyptic sci-fi epic VIRUS「復活の日」DAY OF RESURRECTION infects 4k UHD and Blu-ray in December!

Director Kinji FUKASAKU’s bigger-than-big 1980 adaptation of Sakyo KOMATSU’s classic sci-fi novel Day of Resurrection「復活の日」is seeing the home video reissue it’s always deserved this December from Kadokawa. Huge, hyperbolic, and ultimately irresistibly human, Virus will see dual-format release in native 4k UHD Blu-ray and remastered standard Blu-ray […]

Blu Notes: The Neptune Factor (An Undersea Odyssey) ⋅ 2016 ⋅ Kino Lorber Studio Classics

Blu Notes: The Neptune Factor (An Undersea Odyssey) ⋅ 2016 ⋅ Kino Lorber Studio Classics

Ben Gazzara and a rag-tag crew of scientists and engineers (Yvette Mimieux, Ernest Borgnine, Donnelly Rhodes) fend off the inexplicably gargantuan denizens of a deep-sea trench on their way to rescuing their earthquake-stranded comrades in this oddball Canadian-produced maritime disaster yarn. The ambitious $2 million […]

A Billion Volts of Death in Every Finger! THE PROJECTED MAN to Blu-ray from Scream Factory in January

A Billion Volts of Death in Every Finger! THE PROJECTED MAN to Blu-ray from Scream Factory in January

It looks like another longtime ExB favorite is heading to Blu-ray, courtesy Shout! Factory’s dependable genre imprint Scream Factory. The Projected Man wasn’t exactly a staple of early ’90s television syndication, but it cropped up frequently enough to capture this child’s imagination. For years I hunted […]

A Song Before Annihilation: LE NOTTI DEL TERRORE (Fan Edition)

A Song Before Annihilation: LE NOTTI DEL TERRORE (Fan Edition)

It’s a sad state of affairs that the original score to Andrea Bianchi’s Burial Ground, a stripped down garbage heap of horror show that positively revels in its own singular pointlessness, remains so woefully obscure. Original may be a bit of a misnomer here. Credited […]

THE HIDDEN slithers its way to Blu-ray next week from Warner Archive

THE HIDDEN slithers its way to Blu-ray next week from Warner Archive

Director Jack Sholder’s 1987 twist on Hal Clement’s seminal sci-fi novel Needle finds alien FBI agent Kyle MacLachlan (pre-Twin Peaks) and Earth policeman Michael Nouri (Flashdance) joining forces to combat a fiendish people-possessing invader as it weaves a path of violent destruction through Los Angeles. Punctuated […]

Blu Notes: BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE「宇宙大戦争」⋅ 2017 ⋅ Anolis Entertainment

Blu Notes: BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE「宇宙大戦争」⋅ 2017 ⋅ Anolis Entertainment

Toho tokusatsu fans can scratch one more title off the list, courtesy of dependable German cult outfit Anolis Entertainment. Shinichi SEKIZAWA penned this action-minded follow up to 1957’s comparatively somber The Mysterians, which finds the newly-unified governments of Earth repelling an invasion from the high-tech bandits of […]

Phantom Beast AGON roars to Blu-ray this December from T.C. Entertainment

Phantom Beast AGON roars to Blu-ray this December from T.C. Entertainment

Tokusatsu completists take note. Nippon Denpa Eiga’s oddball daikaiju serial Agon「アゴン」will mark the 50th anniversary of its original broadcast next January, an occasion monster fans will be able to celebrate with a brand-new blu-ray edition of the title, due for release on December 22nd from Japan’s […]

LION MAN resurrected – 4k Restoration of THE SWORD AND THE CLAW to Blu-ray from AGFA in January

LION MAN resurrected – 4k Restoration of THE SWORD AND THE CLAW to Blu-ray from AGFA in January

For all the persistent talk of how physical media is dying, it’s been a great few years to be a genre video fan – and the more niche, the better. To that end, the American Genre Film Archive are prepping a 4k restoration of one of […]

Blu Notes: The Valley of Gwangi ⋅ 2017 ⋅ Warner Archive Collection

Blu Notes: The Valley of Gwangi ⋅ 2017 ⋅ Warner Archive Collection

There are few films with which I am more familiar than 1969’s The Valley of Gwangi, pioneering effects talent Ray Harryhausen’s ode to late friend and mentor Willis O’Brien’s never-made tale of cowboys and dinosaurs. As a kid I owned this on pre-record and still managed […]

S.O.S. Tidal Wave surges to Blu-ray from Olive in October

S.O.S. Tidal Wave surges to Blu-ray from Olive in October

Olive Films dives deep into the Republic archives for this quickie thriller from 1939, notable for its wholesale plundering of the monumental disaster footage from R.K.O.’s ill-fated 1933 apocalypse drama Deluge. That film was pulled from circulation as part of Republic’s contract to buy its effects […]

Of birds and battleships: Columbia’s essential monster misfire at 60

Of birds and battleships: Columbia’s essential monster misfire at 60

Spendthrift producer Sam Katzman’s Clover Productions struck gold with It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955) and Earth vs. The Flying Saucers (1956), a pair of mid-century science fiction thrillers that punched well above their weight courtesy of ace production from Charles H. Schneer (Hellcats of […]

Will you believe it when you’re dead?? THE GREEN SLIME creeps to Blu-ray this October from Warner Archive

Will you believe it when you’re dead?? THE GREEN SLIME creeps to Blu-ray this October from Warner Archive

When I first started ExB way back in 2013, our first recurring feature was a dumb little thing called “99 Reasons for The Green Slime on Blu-ray”. That feature, which came with a petition for… guess…, only ever got through the first two reasons, and […]

Kaiju Buffet to become regular event, stalks the Parkway Theater again this Sunday

Kaiju Buffet to become regular event, stalks the Parkway Theater again this Sunday

Pepitos Tex Mex Grill and the Twin Cities Psychotronic Film Society are at it again. At noon this Sunday (24th) Minneapolis’ Parkway Theater is to be beset once more by a mystery daikaiju feature (they’ll never tell!), and for a mere $12 patrons can enjoy […]

Creatures from lagoons and Its from space: 3D Jack Arnold Double Feature at the Trylon next weekend

Creatures from lagoons and Its from space: 3D Jack Arnold Double Feature at the Trylon next weekend

Minneapolis’ newly-renovated (bigger! stronger! faster!) Trylon Cinema will host a pair of classic Jack Arnold-directed creature-features next weekend – 1953’s It Came From Outer Space and 1954’s Creature From the Black Lagoon, both of which will be presented in anaglyphic 3D from 35mm prints. Tickets are available now […]

ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES: New 4k Restoration to Blu-ray in January

ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES: New 4k Restoration to Blu-ray in January

File this under “shit we never thought we’d see”. I first stumbled upon John DeBello’s improbable and indomitable cult item on a video store shelf as a kid, rented it with hard-earned allowance money, and was confounded. Twenty-five-plus years later I still couldn’t tell you […]