Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ghosts of Mars

R1 USA



From John Carpenter, the master of horror behind 1998's hit John Carpenter's Vampires and classics like The Thing and Halloween, comes a sci-fi thriller full of explosive action and bone chilling suspense. Natasha Henstridge (Species) is Melanie Ballard, a headstrong police lieutenant on Mars in the year 2025. Humans have been colonizing and mining on the red planet for some time, but when Ballard and her squad are sent to a remote region to apprehend the dangerous criminal James :Desolation" Williams, played by Ice Cube (Three Kings), they discover that he's the least of their worries. The mining operations have unleashed a deadly army of Martian spirits who take over the bodies of humans and won't stop until they destroy all invaders of their planet With a stellar cast including Pam Grier (Jackie Brown), Jason Statham (Snatch) and Clea Duvall (The Faculty) as well as explosive special effects, John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars is an intergalactic terror fest like you've never seen.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Premutos - Der gefallene Engel

R2 Spain



Premutos is the first of the fallen Angels, even before Lucifer. His Goal is to rule the world, the living and the dead. His son should pave the way for him and appears arbitrary throughout human history and is then recognized as some kind of monster. In the present time, a young man living in Germany begins to suffer from visionary flashbacks - of the lives he lived in the past as Premutos' son! He remembers how he appeared in the middle age, when mankind suffered from pestilence and during WWII in Russia. On his (earthly) father's birthday, a case containing some strange old book and a yellow potion is found in their garden, which was hidden by some peasant in 1943, who experimented with witchery in order to re-animate his deceased wife. Whe the young man gets in touch with the book and some of the yellow potion, he mutates into a monster and awakens an army of zombies, ready to bring back the fallen Angel Premutos and to disturb the little birthday party...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Jacob's Ladder

R2 Spain


Adrian Lyne's JACOB'S LADDER moves in time and space between Vietnam and New York with hallucinatory force. Something bad happened on the Mekong Delta, on October 6, 1971, and it is still affecting war veteran Jacob (Tim Robbins) in Brooklyn as he attempts to live a normal life with coworker and girlfriend Jezzie (Elizabeth Pena). Louis (Danny Aiello), an understanding chiropractor, tries to help him cope with his nightmarish visions--some of which occur at night, while others intrude into his daily life. When Jacob gets a call from Paul (Pruitt Taylor Vince), who was with him in Vietnam, it seems that Jacob is not alone in his visions. The film offers impressive and compelling performances by Pena, Aiello (no ordinary chiropractor), and Ving Rhames and Eriq La Salle (the latter of ER) as Jacob's comrades from Vietnam. Macaulay Culkin appears uncredited as Jacob's young son, Gabe. Director Lyne also guides an unerring interpretation of Bruce Joel Rubin's screenplay in Robbins's powerfully restless, searingly searching performance as Jacob; brilliant editing additionally rounds out this engrossing, disturbing film. JACOB'S LADDER is a jolting experience that is not easily forgotten.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

La Montagna del Dio Cannibale-Mountain of the Cannibal God

R2 France



When her anthropologist husband disappears in New Guinea, Susan Stevenson (Ursula Andress) convinces her colleague Dr. Edward Foster (Stacy Keach) to lead her into the dark heart of the deadly jungle. But while exploring the forbidden mountain of Ra-Rami, the expedition is attacked and captured by a tribe of primitive natives. Even if they can escape the barbaric tortures of these flesh-eating savages, can Susan survive the depraved lust of their Cannibal God?
Prepare yourself for the definitive edition of this notorious shocker! Mountain of the Cannibal God has been completely restored from original vault materials and now includes the legendary and never-before-seen footage of deviant sexuality from the private collection of director Sergio Martino (Torso).

Monday, January 26, 2009

The Howling

R2 Spain




Dee Wallace stars as Karen White, a popular female reporter in Los Angeles who cannot escape the horror of a traumatic experience that she suffered while trying to capture a dangerous serial killer. When her psychologist (played by Patrick Macnee) recommends a retreat to The Colony, up the Northern California coast, she reluctantly agrees hoping to recover from her nightmarish visions. Karen and her husband (played by Christopher Stone) arrive at the remote retreat and are shocked at the bizarre behaviour of the motley crew of residents. Lurking in the ominous Northern California woods, blanketed by fog, strange sounds can be heard at night, luring the members of the retreat into the forest. In anguish, Karen stumbles on the deadly secret of the community: when sexually excited, they turn into werewolves! Based on the best-selling novel by Gary Brandner, this horror film makes effective use of the classic werewolf tale.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Contamination

R1 USA



The original gut-blasting classic, now totally uncut and uncensored! A deserted ship arrives in New York City carrying a slaughtered crew and an even more horrific cargo: mutant green eggs the size of footballs that pulsate with life until they spray hideous chest-bursting death! But when a government research team begins an investigation, they uncover a grisly conspiracy of murder, space monsters and coffee. Who is harvesting these alien hell-spores? What is their connection to a doomed mission to Mars? And most important of all, how many actors will die screaming in massive explosions of blood, guts and gore? Ian McCulloch (Zombie) stars in this Italian splatter favorite co-written and directed by Luigi Cozzi (Starcrash), featuring a pounding score by Goblin (Suspiria). Also known as "Alien Contamination" and "Toxic Spawn," this juicy shocker was censored worldwide for its ultra-nasty exploding chest scenes now proudly restored from the original vault negative to all their gory glory!


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Maniac

R2 UK



Frank Zito (a career performance by co-writer/ co-executive producer Joe Spinell of Rocky and The Godfather fame) is a deeply disturbed man, haunted by the traumas of unspeakable childhood abuse. And when these horrific memories begin to scream inside his mind, Frank prowls the seedy streets of New York City to stalk and slaughter innocent young women. Now Frank has begun a relationship with a beautiful photographer (Caroline Munro) of The Spy Who Loved Me), yet his vile compulsions remain. These are the atrocities of a human monster. This is the story of a Maniac.
Experience Maniac like you've never seen or heard it before. Directed by William Lustig (Maniac Cop, Vigilante) and featuring landmark gore effects by Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead), this notorious classic was censored all over the world for its graphic violence and remains banned in Germany to this day. But Maniac is more than just one of the most relentlessly depraved films of our time; it is quite possibly one of the most disturbing horror movies ever made.

Brother

R2 Spain



Brother is the story of a displaced yakuza gangster (played by Kitano), whose crime family is annihilated in a Tokyo gang war. He flies to LA in search of his brother. Stranded in an unfamiliar culture, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young hustler (Epps), as they engage in a violent struggle to take over the down-town LA drug turf.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Plan 9 from Outer Space

R1 USA



This is it! The most popular Atomic Age cult film of the twentieth century. Winner of two Golden Turkey Awards for Worst Picture and Worst Director of All Time, the immortal Edward D. Wood, Jr.!
It's all here, the not-so-special effects, aliens in skating skirts zooming around in string-powered flying saucers to implement the ninth plan of Earth's conquest (the first eight failed) with an army of zombies (well, three actually), Vampira, Tor Johnson and Bela Lugosi in his legendary postmortem performance (with Ed's chiropractor standing in for Bela after his death). This truly original movie, Ed Wood's Citizen Kane, is a hymn to all those who have ever tried to create something intelligent and meaningful, only to fail miserably every step of the way.
English:Mono.The retrospective documentary Flying Saucers over Hollywood: The Plan 9 Companion (1992, 111 min.), featuring interviews with stars Gregory Walcott, Carl Anthony, Paul Marco, Vampira and Conrad Brooks, plus sci-fi historian Forrest J. Ackerman and directors/fans Sam Raimi and Joe Dante.



Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Torso - I Corpi presentano tracce di violenza carnale

R2 Spain



From Sergio Martino, director of the stylish ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK and the truly disturbing MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD, comes this fine gem of a slasher giallo that sits well up there with the best from Bava (Mario!) and Argento.
Delicious students, who we can only assume are studying for a masters degree in stripping, head off for a vacation to a location remote enough to ensure undisturbed carnage should a killer be lurking nearby…
Luckily for fans of psycho sexual thrillers a black gloved saw-wielding nutter has followed them to their bordello of nudity and soon starts effective slayer multi-tasking by molesting and mutilating his way through a cast of fine beauties including the ever delicious Suzy Kendall!


Monday, January 19, 2009

La Sindrome di Stendhal -The Stendhal Syndrome

R2 UK



When beautiful police detective Anna Manni follows the bloody trail of a sophisticated serial murderer/rapist through the streets of Italy, the young woman falls victim to the bizarre "Stendhal Syndrome" - a hallucinatory phenomenon which causes her to lose her mind and memory in the presence of powerful works of art. Trapped in this twilight realm, Anna plunges deeper and deeper into sexual psychosis, until she comes to know the killer’s madness more intimately than she ever imagined.
Horror maestro Dario Argento (Suspiria, Opera) reaches new heights of florid fantasy and Grand Guignol with this warped work of art starring Maxim Magazine’s "Sexiest Woman in the World" Asia Argento (Land Of The Dead, XXX), Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong, Blade II) and Marco Leonardi (From Dusk Till Dawn 3). Previously edited outside of Italy, The Stendhal Syndrome is now presented here in all its grotesque glory, remastered in High Definition under the supervision of cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno (All That Jazz, Amarcord) from the original Italian 35mm interpositive.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

L'Empire des Loups-Empire of the Wolves

R2 France



Anna (Arly Jover, Blade) is losing her memory. It started the day she failed to recognize her husband, Laurent (Philippe Bas). "I'm going crazy," she whispers to herself. Then at a dinner party, faces suddenly morph into death masks. Elsewhere in Paris, Captain Nerteaux (Jocelyn Quivrin, Syriana) is trying to catch a serial killer. The three female victims, all Turkish illegals, were tortured and mutilated. Out of desperation, Nerteaux turns to "Shifty" Schiffer (a blond Jean Reno) for help. A brutal cop with ties to the Turkish underworld, Schiffer is easily persuaded. (Too easily, perhaps.) Meanwhile, Anna begins seeing Dr. Mathilde (Laura Morante, The Son's Room). Despite the freaky Francis Bacon painting in her waiting room, which Anna finds terrifying, Mathilde turns out to be a sympathetic psychiatrist who helps unravel the truth about her condition--her face was altered and her memory erased. At the same time, Schiffer helps Nerteaux to solve his mystery. The link between the two is a right-wing organization called the Grey Wolves, which will lead all of them to Turkey for the explosive climax. Empire of the Wolves exerts the same grim fascination as The Crimson Rivers, a previous Jean-Christophe Grangé adaptation featuring Reno. While it marks a minor entry in the versatile actor's career, the gripping (if over-long) thriller ultimately belongs to Jover, whose Anna is as divided against herself as Anne Parillaud's La Femme Nikita.

Friday, January 16, 2009

StageFright: Aquarius aka Deliria /Bloody Bird

R1 USA




"A Stunning Debut Feature... One Of The Finest Examples Of The Stalk-And-Slash Subgenre!" --DVD Maniacs

The Terrifying First Film from the Director of THE CHURCH and CEMETERY MAN

While a group of young actors rehearse a new musical about a mass murderer, a notorious psychopath escapes from a nearby insane asylum. But when the show's director locks his cast in the theater overnight, the madman is accidentally locked inside as well. Now, a killer with acting in his blood has gone berserk for the blood of actors (including several scenes that EuroHorror fans worldwide consider to be the most violent of the decade) and the stage is set for one unforgettable evening of shock, suspense and unstoppable carnage.
STAGEFRIGHT marked the stunning directorial debut of Dario Argento protege Michele Soavi and instantly sealed his reputation as the leader of Italian horror's new generation of filmmakers. Also know as AQUARIUS, DELIRIA and BLOODY BIRD, this brutal shocker has been restored from original Rome vault materials and is presented unrated, uncensored and totally uncut.





Thursday, January 15, 2009

Bloodsucking Freaks

R1 USA



One of the most popular cult classics in film history, Bloodsucking Freaks is the gore-chocked masterpiece from director Joel M. Reed. Bloodsucking Freaks is a grand guignol tale of horror set in a New York theatre of the macabre, where the audience gets sex, violence, and cannibalism! No one can remain unmoved by the intense scenes of carnage--from the human dartboard to the infamous brain sucking scene. Bloodsucking Freaks is guaranteed to turn stomachs! This movie has made every top ten disturbing film list, so be sure to see what people protested against back in 1975.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Redneck Zombies

R1 USA



Fangoria "A backwoods blood-bath that'll tickle your funny bone then rip it out!"

When redneck dirt-farmers accidentally drink a barrel of nuclear waste they transform into tobacco chewing, flesh eating, cannibal kinfolk from hell! Meanwhile, seven sophisticated city slickers on vacation get lost in the woods and encounter a nightmare world of these illiterate, and extremely hungry, undead appalachains. While the tourists hikers use all their wits and courage to stay alive, more and more "down-home" types imbibe the nasty brew until Redneck Zombies are everywhere. What started as a scenic nature-hike turns into a bloodbath of dismemberment and cannibalism! Redneck Zombies, the directorial debut of effects genius Pericles Lewnes (Troma’s War, Toxic Avenger Part II and III), was the first feature film shot on video!


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Ted Bundy

R2 Spain



Michael Reilly Burke, Boti Ann Bliss A chilling combination of boy-next-door good looks and a murderously deranged psyche made Ted Bundy one of the most notorious and complex of all modern day serial killers. Looking for a means to satisfy his dark desires, Ted begins living out his fantasies by luring, tormenting and murdering a slew of unsuspecting women, leaving no trace for the police to solve the chain of apparently motiveless crimes. Told in shocking detail from the deranged point of view of Bundy himself, this twisted and, at times, darkly comic film captures the disturbed world of one of the most infamous serial killers of all time.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Flesh for the Beast

R2 France



At the turn of the century, a notorious occultist named Alfred Fischer conjures up a brothel full of ravenous demons in a bizarre ritual. Taking the form of beautiful women, the beasts demand a steady diet of fresh prey that only a human servant can provide. Almost a century after Fischer meets his mysterious end, a team of para-psychologists investigates his manor for signs of restless spirits. In no time they are besieged by sexy demons, a madman with a secret past, and a horde of slaughtering zombies! FLESH FOR THE BEAST features special cameo appearances by genre veterans Caroline Munro (GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD, DRACULA A.D. 1972, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME) and Aldo Sanbrell (THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY, GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD, KILLER BARBYS).


Saturday, January 10, 2009

Paura nella città dei morti viventi/City of the Living Dead - Non si sevizia un paperino/Don't Torture a Duckling

R1 USA



City of the Living Dead

The Seven Gates Of Hell have been torn open, and in three days the dead shall rise and walk the earth. As a reporter (Christopher George of Pieces) and a psychic (Catriona MacColl of The Beyond) race to close the portals of the damned, they encounter a seething nightmare of unspeakable evil. The city is alive - with the horrors of the living dead!

Directed and co-written by the legendary Lucio Fulci (Zombie, The Beyond), City Of The Living Dead features some of the maestro's most shocking and controversial sequences of all time. This is the definitive version of Fulci's hallucinogenic masterpiece of horror: uncut, uncensored and presented in all its brain-ripping, gut-spewing, head-drilling glory!

Don't Torture a Duckling

Several young boys are murdered in a remote village rife with sex and superstition, and the townspeople go mad with rage and violence. But when a hard-nosed reporter and promiscuous young woman search for the true killer, they discover a fiend - and motive - even more shocking than the crimes themselves.

Don't Torture A Duckling is a landmark giallo so savage, it could only come from the mind of director Lucio Fulci (The Beyond, Zombie, City Of The Living Dead). Featuring an international all-star cast that includes Tomas Milian (Run Man Run), Barbara Bouchet (Black Belly Of The Tarantula), Irene Papas (Z) and Florinda Bolkan (Lizard In A Woman's Skin), this re-discovered classic has been restored from the original vault materials and is now presented completely uncut and uncensored.




Friday, January 9, 2009

The Manson Family

R2 UK



You've seen the story through the eyes of the law...
.....now see it through the eyes of the Manson family!

August 9th 1969: in the quiet, secluded canyons above Beverly Hills, the silence of a summer's night is shattered by the terrified screams of a woman begging for mercy. Within 48 hours, Charles Manson and his so-called 'Family' have butchered seven innocent people in a killing spree that shook the world.
In a movie as controversial as it is relentlessly shocking, the story of the most infamous cult of all time unfolds; the story of one man's twisted vision of an Armageddon and how it turned the hippy dream into a nightmare. Take a glimpse inside the killers' minds and discover that the grisly truth is even more chilling than the myth!


Thursday, January 8, 2009

Basket Case 2 / Basket Case 3

R2 Spain



Basket Case 2: Belial is back and this time he's brought along friends! In this sequel to the notorious cult classic, Duane Bradley and his hideously deformed brother are accepted into a family of special individuals under the care of Granny Ruth, a kindly spinster doctor, and her beautiful granddaughter. When a snooping tabloid reporter and a sleazy photographer threaten to endanger the community's welfare. Duane and Belial join with the freaks to defend their privacy with a vengeance!

Basket Case 3 - The Progeny: It all starts innocently enough when the Bradley boys join kindly doctor Granny Ruth and her family of unique individuals for a road trip through the deep South. The occasion? Belial is about to become a proud monster father and no basket is big enough to hole this ungodly brood.But when a pair of warped sheriffs deputies kidnap Belial's babies Granny Ruth and the family strike back. Belial single handed decimates the local police station with crazed, Terminator-like fury and that's just the beginning. Threatened with the loss of the newest additions to their family, Granny Ruth and the other concoct a delicious revenge against their enemies, climaxing in Belial's futuristic one-on-one with the town Sheriff!



Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Basket Case

R2 Spain



The Tenant In Room 7 Is Very Small, Very Twisted And Very Mad.

Carrying a mysterious wicker basket around with him, Duane Bradley arrives in Manhattan and checks into a sleazy Times Square hotel. What's in the basket, you ask? Why, Duane's hideously misshapen Siamese twin brother, Belial, of course! Originally born attached to Duane's side., the little monster was surgically removed by some quack doctors and rudely left for dead in a plastic garbage bag. But Belial survived, and Duane has hit the Big Apple with his beastly bro to wreak havoc on the surgeons who separated them. Things get complicated, however, when Duane gets romantically sidetracked by the sexy, wig-wearing receptionist of one of the doomed doctors, and his jealous telepathic sibling reacts… well, poorly.With memorably gruesome scenes (the multiple scalpels stuck in a screaming face is a particular favorite) and some disturbing stop-motion animation, Frank Henenlotter's Basket Case is one of the most beloved, cheerfully demented cult classics of all time.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

La Morte Vivante - The Living Dead Girl

R2 UK



Gloomy and atmospheric, this is Rollin at his best and one of Redemption s bestsellers. Available uncut for the first time, with over 4 minutes restored from the original. Will appeal to hardcore fans and mainstream gore-fiends alike. A toxic spill revives a beautiful, dead heiress (Francoise Blanchard ) who, with the help of her childhood friend, must quench her overpowering bloodlust. An unholy mix of sex, zombies & vampires with a stunning & extremely gory finale. Also features cult movie star and Borowczyk s muse, Marina Pierro, who starred opposite Clockwork Orange star Patrick Magee in Bloodbath of Doctor Jekyll . Masters for the video transfers were created from Jean Rollin's own 35mm inter-negatives.

One of cult director Jean Rollin's most successful films, THE LIVING DEAD GIRL takes in resurrection, despair, and a desperate addiction to blood.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Fausto 5.0

R2 Spain









Winner of a host of international film awards including a Goya Award for Best Lead Actor (Eduard Fernández), and Best Film at the 2002 Fantasporto Festival, FAUSTO 5.0 is a contemporary reworking of the Faust myth as a psychosexual surrealist horror film. Directed by Álex Ollé, Isidro Ortiz and Carlos Padrisa (better known as members of La Fura Dels Baus, the controversial experiemental theatre group responsible for the notorious sexually explicit stage play "XXX"), the film stars Miguel Ángel Solá (Tango), Eduard Fernández (The Goalkeeper) and Najwa Nimri (Sex And Lucia).






Sunday, January 4, 2009

Three Kingdoms: Resurrection Of The Dragon

R3 Hong Kong



China's greatest literary classic Romance of the Three Kingdoms comes to the big screen in the period epic Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon. Though big-budget Chinese epics have become a mighty familiar sight in recent years, the Three Kingdoms era and its fabled lore is rarely tackled in cinema, making this latest blockbuster from Daniel Lee (Dragon Squad, A Fighter's Blues) a groundbreaking effort. Deftly hitting screens before John Woo's Three Kingdoms adaptation Red Cliff, Resurrection of the Dragon is based on Luo Guangzhong's 14th-century novel which romanticizes the heroic exploits of Shu King Liu Bei and his larger-than-life generals and advisor.

Maintaining his Mandarin period blockbuster streak after A Battle of Wits and The Warlords, Andy Lau stars as legendary general Zhao Zilong (better known as Zhao Yun), immortalized in both Luo's novel and in popular culture as the paragon of courage, charisma, and strength. Starting off as a foot soldier, Zhao rises quickly in the ranks to become the top general under Liu Bei (Ngok Wah). He becomes a living legend in his time with his undefeated record and staggering feats, including single-handedly rescuing Liu's infant son from the grips of Wei King Cao Cao (Damian Lau). Through the many years of war, tides rise and ebb for the Kingdom of Shu and comrades fall one by one, leaving Zhao alone as the invincible general. With his legacy at stake, Zhao leads his final expedition against a Wei army now headed by Cao Cao's granddaughter Cao Ying (Maggie Q).

Other than leading man Andy Lau and pan-Asian beauty Maggie Q (Mission: Impossible III), Resurrection of the Dragon features a stunning line-up of veteran actors including some of Hong Kong's greatest stars of yesteryear. Producer Sammo Hung serves as the narrator of the film in the role of Pingan, Zhao's ambitious friend of humble achievements. Damian Lau, Iron Monkey's Yu Rong Guang, and Shaw Brothers heroes Ngok Wah and Ti Lung light up the screen in welcome supporting appearances, while rising action stars Andy On and Vanness Wu lead the way for a new generation. Though it takes some liberal departures from history and the original novel, Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon hits the mark with its epic story, sweeping images, and fierce characterization, gallantly capturing the life and times of Three Kingdoms hero Zhao Zilong.

This edition comes with the following special features:
Making Of
Interviews with Director and Cast (Andy Lau, Sammo Hung, Maggie Q)
Behind-the-Scenes Footage
Trailers & TV Spots



Saturday, January 3, 2009

Red Cliff

R3 Hong Kong



Legendary director John Woo (A Better Tomorrow, The Killer) returns to Asia after fifteen years in Hollywood with Red Cliff, his adaptation of the Chinese classic, The Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Woo's epic is much more faithful and grand than the recent Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon, but the director still puts his own personal stamp on the material, concentrating on his human heroes, their personal relationships, and above all the brotherhood they forge in the heat of battle. The first of two films chronicling the legendary battle, Red Cliff is without doubt the Chinese film event of the year.

Re-teaming with Woo for the first time since 1992's Hard Boiled is Tony Leung Chiu Wai, fresh from his Golden Horse Award-winning turn in Lust, Caution. Leung plays the role of strategist Zhou Yu, and stepped in to help old friend John Woo when original lead Chow Yun Fat vacated the leading role. Rounding out the all-star cast are Kaneshiro Takeshi (The Warlords), Chang Chen (The Go Master), Zhang Feng Yi (The Emperor and the Assassin), Vicki Zhao (Shaolin Soccer), Hu Jun (Infernal Affairs 2), Japanese actor Nakamura Shidou (Fearless), and in her debut performance, Taiwanese model Lin Chi Ling.

208 A.D., The Battle of Chang Ban. Liu Bei (You Yong) and his followers narrowly escape the armies of Prime Minister Cao Cao (Zhang Feng Yi), but Cao Cao's lust for power continues to grow. Fearing that Liu Bei and the Kingdom of Shu cannot oppose Cao Cao, strategist Zhuge Liang (Kaneshiro Takeshi) proposes an alliance with the Kingdom of Wu. However, Wu ruler Sun Quan (Chang Chen) is uncertain on challenging Cao Cao. Zhuge Liang instead looks to persuade Sun Quan's chief strategist Zhou Yu (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), and discovers in Zhou a kindred spirit versed in the arts as well as battle. The two men form an instant bond, and decide to battle Cao Cao at the water port of Red Cliff. Their alliance comes not a moment too soon, as Cao Cao approaches with an army that vastly outnumbers the combined Wu and Shu forces. But Zhuge Liang has a plan - one that will hopefully enable the smaller force to emerge victorious.


Friday, January 2, 2009

Frontière(s)

R2 UK



2007. The French presidential elections are a face-off between a conservative and an extreme right-wing candidate. The banlieues are ablaze. After a failed robbery, a gang of small-time crooks splits up and goes on the run from the police, some of them seeking refuge in a seedy hostel, deep in an industrial wasteland. Unbeknownest to the robbers, their hosts are a bunch of Neo-Nazi cannibals, who will go to any lengths to turn their fascist fantasies into reality. Our young protagonists' ordeal begins and, subjected to all kinds of mutilation and torture, they learn the true meaning of universal suffrage.

Samuel Le Bihan (BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF) co-stars in this French horror film that will appeal to fans of SAW, HOSTEL, and other ultra-violent fare.


Thursday, January 1, 2009

Tesis

R2 Spain




Alejandro Amenabar's first film Tesis has impressive restrain for a debut, as you might expect from the man who went on to make Open Your Eyes and The Others. It's also the most intelligent consideration of the urban myth of snuff films seen onscreen in recent years. Ana Torrent is a priggish young student writing a thesis on violence in movies and finds out more than she wants to know. From the opening shots of her fascinated attempt to see a suicide victim mashed on the Madrid metro to her ambivalent involvement with Chemo (Fele Martinez)--a sinister nerd, obsessed with collecting dubious videos--and her flirtation with one of their principal suspects, Torrent portrays a traditionally plucky heroine along with her darker, more complicit and self-destructive side. As in his later work, Amenabar achieves maximum terror with minimum effect--dark rooms, gazes averted from torture we never see--because of his rich sense of the complexity of human character. What terrifies us here is the sense of our own demons.

LANGUAGES: Spanish ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ),English ( Subtitles ),French ( Subtitles ),ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Collectors Edition, Deleted Scenes, Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Photo Gallery, Production Notes, Scene Access, Short Film, Trailer(s)