Monday, 30 May 2011
On 6th June 2011 Sam Peckinpah's brutal war epic CROSS OF IRON is released on UK Blu-ray digitally restored for the first time. Based on the novel by Willi Heinrich the film stars James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason, David Warner & Senta Berger.
WWII, 1943, the Russian front. An arrogant aristocratic Prussian Officer named Stransky (Maximilian Schell) is assigned as the new commander of a German platoon, his only ambition to win the Iron Cross to maintain his family honour. When Stransky falsely claims credit for bravely leading the squad into a bloody battle against the Russians in order to be awarded the medal he craves, he names gutsy Sergeant Rolf Steiner (James Coburn) as his witness. When Steiner refuses to be complicit, a battle of wills between the two men from very different backgrounds ensures. Then Stransky purposefully fails to relay an order to the squad to fall back from their position, leaving them surrounded by Russian troops and suffering heavy bombardment. Knowing that defeat is inevitable their only goal is survival...
Heralded as the most 'anti-war' war film ever made, CROSS OF IRON is a bloody and thought-provoking depiction of the horrors of war and Peckinpah has served as an inspiration for everyone from Tarantino to Kathryn Bigelow.
Blu-ray Extras (all new): Passion & Poetry - Sam Peckinpah's War (46:00): A documentary by Mike Siegel featuring James Coburn, Senta Berger, David Warner, Vadim Glowna, Roger Fritz, Katy Haber & Sam Peckinpah. 5 featurettes with 1976 on set audio interviews: Sam Peckinpah (5:06) / James Coburn (5:30) / James Mason (6:05) / Maximilian Schell (4:35) / David Warner (3:14) / Featurette KRÜGER KISSES KERN (8:27) / Letters From Vadim & Sam Featurette (3:48) / Vadim & Sam - Son & Dad Featurette (5:55) / Cutting Room Floor Featurette (4:19) / Mike's Homemovies Featurette - Steiner meets Kiesel again (7:16) / Steiner In Japan (2-3 mins) / Before & After Restoration Comparison / German Trailer (3:10) / USA TV-Spot (0:30) / USA/UK Trailer (3:42).
Now here's your chance to win a new Blu-ray of this powerful film. Thanks to Optimum Home Entertainment we have 3 copies to offer. To be in with a chance of winning you need to answer the following question correctly:
Name the last movie that Sam Peckinpah directed?
Update 16th June 2011. The competition is now closed.
If you would like to catch this movie on the big screen then head over to The Odeon, Panton Street, London where it will be showing from June 17th.
Here's the trailer:
Sunday, 29 May 2011
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Greydon Clark's influential sci-fi horror classic WITHOUT WARNING is landing on DVD sometime in June or July 2011 thanks to the Danes over at AWE. The film stars Jack Palance, Martin Landau and Cameron Mitchell who square up against a bulby-headed alien hunter and his organic toothy friends. Not only did this film inspire Arnold Schwarzenegger's PREDATOR but the tall Kevin Peter Hall played the alien creature in both WITHOUT WARNING and PREDATOR!
Here's the trailer:
UPDATE 31st May 2011 - We have just learned that AWE's WITHOUT WARNING has been "postponed indefinitely". The materials provided by the distributor were of very poor quality. So the wait for this classic continues...
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
THE MAN WHO SAW FRANKENSTEIN CRY (EL HOMBRE QUE VIO LLORAR A FRANKENSTEIN) is a new documentary about PAUL NASCHY, the legendary horror actor, scriptwriter and Director, who is regarded as the Spanish Lon Chaney, and the country's most prolific filmmaker dedicated to Fantastic Cinema. This profile focuses on his enduring career spanning hundreds of films.
Hosted by Mick Garris (Masters of Horror, The Stand, The Shining), interviewing luminaries of genre cinema such as John Landis, Joe Dante, Nacho Cerda , providing a fascinating insight on this unique artist who influenced a whole generation and according to Tarantino is "one of the most fascinating filmmakers ever".
Thursday, 12 May 2011
Zombie followers need to take note of the new Danish horror film OPSTANDELSEN - it's heading onto DVD this month from the AWE label. We just love the ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS inspired cover art.
Here's the trailer...
You can purchase this movie by going here.
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
Attention exploitation fans - Mark Hartley's follow-up to his brilliant NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD is coming soon on Australian Region 4 DVD as a two disc set from Umbrella Entertainment. MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED! looks at Filipino trash films and will have you shelling out a small fortune for more movies that you simply have to see. I know that happened here at MMHQ with the Ozploitation flicks from NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD. This set arrives Down Under around mid-May time and here's a rundown of the contents:
The complete feature-length Documentary.
-Audio Commentary with Director and crew
-More stories from the cast (including Mitchum, Landis, Haig, Dante & Arkush) (60 min)
-Filipino exploitation trailer reel (65 min}
-The Oath of green blood
-"Up From The Depths" monster test footage
-Fantastic Fest red carpet featurette
-Fantastic Fest Q&A with Roger & Julie Corman, Hartley and Tim League
-Poster and stills gallery (100 images)
-Behind the scenes gallery (100 images)
-Cirio Santiago's full-length movie THE MUTHERS (16:9 transfer)