Pieces Of Talent Now Available On DVD & VHS

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I know very little about this film, mostly on purpose. I have heard Piece of Talent being mentioned by several friends, and on various Facebook groups that focus on solid indie horror, so it was already on my radar, but I have no idea what it is all about. A press release went out today, announcing that the film was now available on DVD & VHS through the Pieces of Talent website. I’m always excited to check out new indie horror films, even though the typical indie horror output as of late has been a little bit disappointing. However, there are definitely still a few gems that slip through the cracks, and this is shaping up to be one of them, in my eyes. Check out the press release below, and order your copy today.  Continue reading

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DEADtime TV: Week of 7/20/14

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Hey Liberal Dead fans, it’s Ryne from The Moon is a Dead World. This week we’re adding The Lottery to our continual rotation of Sunday night horror shows. Extant and True Blood are being covered by Shawn, and Kevin Lovell is picking up The StrainTeen Wolf, and Under the Dome. I’ve got the rest!

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Blu-ray Review Curtains (Synapse)

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A lot of classic Canadian genre films are making the transition to Blu-ray this year. Some have had a long home video life, and have been widely available throughout various formats, and others, like Curtains have had a practically non-existent presence on any format. From what I understand, a terrible version of the film was released in a random multi-pack, and featured audio and video quality that may have rivaled a third generation VHS dub. Synapse have resurrected Curtains, in a way only Synapse could. One thing you can be sure of, when a title is announced as being released to Blu-ray by the label, is that they’ll either put out a perfect, preserved transfer of the film, or they’ll release nothing at all. A lot of the time their releases get delayed, because they aren’t happy with how it has turned out, and they would like to do a little more work on the presentation. Delays can suck, I know, but with a reason like that, it’s hard not to understand, and even love them for this method of operating. A lot of boutique labels are just concerned about getting the product out there, and care very little about presentation, but folks like Scream Factory, Vinegar Syndrome, and especially Synapse are actually lovers of film, and do what they can to bring us the best possible release. That trend continues with this quirky little Canadian slasher film. In all honesty, if you’re a fan of Canadian horror, or if you’re a slasher completist, you should probably go ahead and hit this link to secure a copy for yourself.  Continue reading

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The Rover Hits Blu-ray & DVD On 9/26 From Lionsgate

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Despite its limited release, I managed to catch The Rover in theaters. I was just in the right place at the right time. My wife and I took our kid to a waterpark, among other things, and I noticed that there were advertisements for The Rover at a theater that we passed on our way through town, so my wife and I left our kid with the in-law, and returned to check the movie out before we left town. My wife and I were the only two people in the theater. I sat, enthralled by this film, while she sat up in her chair, face glued to her phone’s facebook app. I absolutely loved The Rover, and I can’t wait to check it out again. Pattinson Pearce are both fantastic, and this is a gritty, realistic and ultraviolent post-apocalyptic Australian thriller. Lionsgate will release the film to DVD & Blu-ray on September 23rd. Check out the press release below.  Continue reading

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TWILIGHT ZONE: COMPLETE EIGHTIES SERIES – On DVD AUG. 26

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We’ve covered quite a bit of Twilight Zone here on THELIBERALDEAD, mostly thanks to the nice folks at IMAGE that sent over the entire series for consideration. Now, it seems that they will be releasing the entire Eighties Twilight Zone series onto DVD, and I can’t wait. Nothing tops the O.G. Twilight Zone, but man, do I love the Eighties run of the show as well. I’m fairly certain they aren’t planning on sending a copy over for review this time around, so I’s say this will be the last word you hear about the set on this site, but I felt as if it were an important enough home video release that I needed to alert you of its existence. The set will street on August 26th, and the pre-order is already live on Amazon. Check out the press release below, and pick a copy up for yourself. One can never have too much Twilight Zone in their home video library.  Continue reading

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Kevin Smith’s Tusk Finally Gets A Trailer

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Say what you want about Kevin Smith, I love the man, and I love his films. I love what he does for independent film, and I love that he’s just as big of a movie nerd as the rest of us. Kevin Smith’s first dip into the wave pool that is the horror genre was met with mostly positive reviews, though the film does have its detractors. One of the main arguments I read to this day, was that it wasn’t really a “horror” film. You know, because horror is limited to zombies and slashers, I guess is what they’re saying. Red State was every bit as much of a horror film as any other horror film that was released that year. It deserves the praise that it got, and it did get praise, regardless of whether or not your anti-Kevin Smith friend agrees. The trailer for his new horror film, Tusk, has finally made it to the surface. It looks horror enough for me, though now the complaints are that it appears to have borrowed elements from other horror movies. Shocking, right? I couldn’t imagine another filmmaker paying homage to already existing horror films. The nerve! Anyway, check the trailer out below, and look for more details on the stateside release of the film to start trickling in soon. Tusk will have its world premiere at TIFF, and it looks like A24 are planning some sort of theatrical exhibition beginning on September 19th. As to the scope of the theatrical release, we don’t have that information yet, but I’d wager it’ll be fairly limited.  Continue reading

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AFTERMATH Available on Blu-ray and DVD on August 26 IMAGE Entertainment

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I know absolutely nothing about this movie, beyond the fact that it features Ed Furlong, and is supposedly some kind of post-apocalyptic horror film. I do love both Ed Furlong, and post-apocalyptic films, but neither of them have been very good to me in return as of late. I know most people hate the Night of the Demons remake, but I love it, and I love Furlong’s sleazy performance in that movie. Hopefully he brings what he considers to be his A-Game to this role, and there will be that for me to enjoy at the very least. IMAGE Entertainment will be releasing the film on Blu-ray & DVD on August 26th. Check out the press release below.  Continue reading

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Scream Factory Update: Release Date Announcements And More

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So, Scream Factory announced a whopping 10 titles while at Comic Con. Some of the titles announced were expected, and others were not. All of them will be awesome additions to their already-impressive arsenal of classic genre films. On their Facebook page today, Scream Factory issued an update for some of their future lineup. This includes the release date for some titles, and further information about some of the more popular releases this fall, such as the availability of Nightbreed Limited Edition, as well as the current status of Dog Soldiers. See below for details.  Continue reading

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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For – Red Band Comic Con Trailer

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Tons of great trailers and other promotional videos for upcoming genre film and TV have been trickling out of San Diego Comic Con. Yesterday we saw the first trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road, and now today we have a new Red Band trailer for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. I was already dying to see this movie, but after watching this, I need to see it right now. Check out the new trailer below, and look for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For in theaters August 22nd.  Continue reading

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First Trailer – Mad Max: Fury Road

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Comic Con has been wild, even for those of us that weren’t able to attend. So many spectacular announcements have been made, and some of the trailers have blown me away. Mad Max: Fury Road is a title that was announced forever ago, and that I have been anxiously awaiting ever since. The news is slowly trickling in. Most of the time it’s just a scan from a magazine interview, or a poster, but thanks to Comic Con, we now have the very first trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road. I’ve gotta say, this trailer has done for me, exactly what I hoped it would do. It has given me a glimpse of the style and tone of the film, and now that I have a taste for what they’re doing with this franchise, the day of release couldn’t possibly come soon enough. I want this movie inside of me right now. Until that day happens, check out the trailer below, and wait a few minutes before standing up. Your nerd-on will be mighty.  Continue reading

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PENNY DREADFUL – SEASON ONE Arrives On DVD & Blu-ray October 7

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If you follow along with our DEADtime TV series, in which we review as many currently running horror TV shows as we can, on an episode-by-episode basis, you will know that I am the one that decided to tackle Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. This was a show that turned out to be entirely different than I expected it to be. Penny Dreadful gives new meaning to the term “slow-burning”. If you followed along with my reviews, you will recall that I spent much of it practically begging for something exciting to happen. But, at the end of the day, it started strong, told a strong story, and ended on a strong note. It is a very good show, despite the possibility of turning off some viewers that need to have everything bombard them in the face at a constant rate. I have a feeling that it will be a little more bearable, the slow nature of the thing, with a concurrent viewing rather than waiting week-to-week. Paramount Pictures will bring the show home to DVD & Blu-ray on October 7th. Hit this link to pre-order a copy of your own. Check out the press release below for specifics.  Continue reading

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Raro Video and Kino Lorber Release Bankers of God: The Calvi Affair on Blu-ray & DVD August 5th

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So, I’ll be the first to admit that I have never seen this film, nor have I ever heard it mentioned, even on the corners of the internet where friends are obsessed with Italian cinema. However, this is a Raro Video Blu-ray, which means it will be part of my collection. I don’t know if you that are reading have ever purchased a Raro Blu-ray before, but they are fantastic releases, and serve a great purpose of exposing us to some of the best of the criminally ignored entries into the Italian genre film scene. On August 5th, Raro Video, in partnership with Kino Lorber will release the new Raro Video Blu-ray release of Bankers of God: The Calvi Affair, and if you’re a fan of what Raro and Kino do, then you should probably hit this link and pre-order a copy for yourself. Check out the press release below.  Continue reading

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Hannibal Season 2 To Be Released To DVD & Blu-ray On 9/16

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So, I’ve been a bad horror TV fan, I’ve let Hannibal slip through my fingers. It’s not that I’m not interested. I actually watched half of the first season. It’s just that I have so many different shows to keep up with, some for review here on the site, and some because I’ve invested so much of my life in them, and on top of that, piles upon piles of Blu-rays and DVDs to review, that I just couldn’t find the time to keep up with this show. That’s about to be rectified, as season 2 is about to hit home video. I’ll catch up on the first season by the time the review copies go out, though, so expect a review of the second season on or around the date of release, which we have learned is the 16th of September. Check out the press release below, and click here to pre-order your copy.  Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review – Blue Ruin (Radius-TWC/Anchor Bay)

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When I first saw Jeremy Saulnier’s Murder Party, I thought for sure that he would soon become a household name. Of course, I thought the same thing about Toby Wilkins after I saw the awesome Splinter, and look how that turned out. Turns out, I’m not much of an entertainment industry speculator. Unfortunately, years and years moved by, and no word about a film in production by Saulnier surfaced. In 2013, if I recall, Heather from Viewer Discretion Advised put together a list of her most anticipated films of 2014. Blue Ruin was featured on this list, and that was honestly the first time I had ever been exposed to the news that it was coming soon. Immediately it jumped to the top of my list as one of my most anticipated titles, and when the film hit VOD a while back, I jumped on it instantly. Blue Ruin is a different kind of revenge movie. It takes the tired, classic formula of that type of film, and changes it up in so many different ways that a film from a sub-genre that has become almost as prevalent as the found footage film, felt fresh and original. Radius TWC and Starz/Anchor Bay have finally brought said film to DVD & Blu-ray. Continue reading

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DEADtime TV: Week of 7/13/14

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Hey guys, it’s Ryne from The Moon is a Dead World. We’re still trying to get caught up on all the horror shows right now, so this week we’re adding The Strain to the setlist, which Kevin will be covering along with Teen Wolf and Under the Dome. Shawn’s got True Blood and Extant. I’ve got the rest. Salem ends this week! Continue reading

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Cage Rage! Nic Cage Is Back In Rage, Coming To Blu-ray & DVD On August 12th From IMAGE Entertainment

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I do love Nic Cage, in most of what he has appeared in. My devotion doesn’t rival that of Jesse Bartel, who holds a PHD in Cagerey, but I’ve followed and enjoyed his career. So, I do look forward to seeing a new Nic Cage movie, even if I know it could be potentially bad. After a glance at the trailer, it actually looks pretty good. I’m excited to watch it now. IMAGE Entertainment announced that they would be bringing the film to Blu-ray & DVD on August 12th. Check out the trailer below, and click here to pre-order a copy for yourself.  Continue reading

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Blu-Ray Review – The Legend of Billie Jean/Anaconda/Flatliners/Last Action Hero

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Mill Creek released several noteworthy Blu-ray releases on Tuesday, most of which were re-issues, but The Legend of Billie Jean makes its high-def debut. Those of you that are familiar with this film, or its practically non-existent home video presence, will realize immediately how big of a deal it is to have this film released to the Blu-ray format. The Legend of Billie Jean has always been an eighties favorite of mine. A lot of really cool movies came out during the decade, but this one always stood out. It could be that it got away with being as dark as it is, even with a PG-13 rating, or it could be it is one of Helen Slater’s few, and very best roles. I know, I know, Supergirl, The Secret of My Success, blahblahblahblah, but I genuinely consider this to be the seminal Helen Slater role. It doesn’t hurt that it has a soundtrack that deserves to be ranked among probably the top 10 movie soundtracks of all time. Mix in an intelligent, dark and seductive script, extremely interesting characters and countless horror and genre references, and you have a recipe for badassery. The Legend of Billie Jean just barely even made it to DVD, being released just a couple of years ago, and on a MOD(Manufactured-on-demand) disc to boot, regardless of how vanilla this Blu-ray release is, I still feel it is an important day in home video history.  Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review – Scanners (Criterion)

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I wouldn’t go so far as to say that Scanners is my favorite Cronenberg film, because it really isn’t.  But, whenever his name is mentioned, it is the first film that I picture in my head. I don’t know if it is because of the exploding head scene at the beginning of the film, or if it is Michael Ironside’s spectacularly eerie “scanning” face, but either way, at the mere mention of his name, it is immediately the film I associate with David Cronenberg. As a matter of fact, if you were to ask me what my favorite Cronenberg film was, I wouldn’t be able to tell you. I have debated with myself for a long time now about this very thing. The problem is, Cronenberg’s body of work is so diverse, that it’s hard to pinpoint just one of his films to label as THE Cronenberg film. I know most people associate him with body horror, to the point that anytime a new horror film comes along that features a killer within a human host, it is immediately referred to as “Cronenbergian”, and, he has earned that credit, to say the very least. But when you really look at his complete filmography, he is so, so much more than that. David Cronenberg might be one of the most diverse genre filmmakers that has ever existed. Even his “horror” films are completely different when compared. The world of Blu-ray has felt a little less complete, due to the lack of a Scanners release, but I assumed since Criterion had previously released Naked Lunch and Videodrome, that it would be here eventually, and be placed in the best possible hands for a restoration job, and that day has finally come. Criterion have released the definitive edition of the explosive Sci-Fi epic, and it sits nicely on the shelf next to Scream Factory’s Blu-ray double feature release of Scanners II and Scanners III.

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Blu-ray Review – Ginger Snaps (Scream Factory)

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The werewolf film is a strange thing. You’d think, being such a well-known movie monster, that there would be millions of examples of the type. However, there is not. I’m not even saying that there aren’t a ton of examples of great werewolf films, I’m saying there are barely any werewolf films at all. A long time ago, we did an article on this site to coincide with the theatrical release of one of the Twilight sequels. It was a list of 30 films, 15 of which were werewolf films, and 15 of them were vampire films, to watch instead of seeing the new Twilight. The hardest part about finding 15 worthy vampire films, was narrowing it down to 15. The hardest part of putting together a list of 15 sold werewolf films was a different beast entirely. It was hard to put together even a list of 15 mediocre werewolf films. Sure, you have the obvious classics like American Werewolf and The Howling, but what after that? Werewolves are a criminally under-utilized movie monster, and that makes me sad. Thankfully, we have innovative, quirky little films like Ginger Snaps, that bothered to not only capture everything that makes a werewolf movie great, but expand upon the mythology, and do so in an intelligent way that had never been done before. Yes, there were films that came before Ginger Snaps that featured female puberty as a plot device, but none of them really infused them as deep into the folklore of an already-existing creature, and for that reason, Ginger Snaps is sitting comfortably at the top of the list, next to the two greatest, and most notable werewolf films.  Continue reading

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DEADtime TV: Week of 7/6/14

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Welcome to another DEADtime! I’m Ryne from The Moon is a Dead World and I’m here to take you through another week of horror TV. This time, we add Extant to the list of things we’re foolishly covering. Kevin Lovell is still giving us all the Teen Wolf and Under the Dome goodness, and Shawn is still doing True Blood now that Penny Dreadful has left us along with Extant. I’ve got the rest. Continue reading

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