Welcome to Home Again, where each and every Tuesday I’ll be running down some of the best genre releases coming to home media.
All info is from the excellent Blu-ray.com. This isn’t every genre release, just the ones I find interesting. For the full list, follow that link.
Stranger Than Paradise (1984) – Criterion – I’m a fan of the Jim Jarmusch movies that I have seen, but I can’t claim to have tracked down all of his work. Dead Man was the first one that got me, but Ghost Dog made me a fan. I’ve watched and loved everything since then, though I won’t claim that his films are the kind that I can just pop in and watch any time.
If I had to speculate I’d say that most of the best films are like that.
I haven’t seen Stranger Than Paradise yet, but I will soon after today.
Night on Earth (1991) – Criterion – This might have been the first Jim Jarmusch film I ever saw and I’m not going to lie – at the time I did not appreciate it.
I’m sure I would have rented it from a video store around 1992. That would mean I was sixteen-ish years old and not at all ready for Jarmusch’s pacing, mood, and style. I specifically recall watching it because Winona Ryder was in it and I also specifically recall being disappointed. People sitting in taxis having conversations was not exactly my cup of tea.
I haven’t revisited Night on Earth since acquiring a taste for Jarmusch’s films and honestly didn’t even remember this movie until just now, so I’m curious to see if it’s still a snoozer or if there’s enough there for me to enjoy.
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) – Shout Factory – I spent years tracking this movie down after I first heard about it.
For some reason the Hammer catalog has been very inconsistently produced over the years and this is one of the movies that has seen far fewer releases. You’d think a collaboration between Hammer and the Shaw brothers would be a notable, often-re-released gem. I owned Anchor Bay’s release with two different versions, but it seems to have been another casualty of roommate syndrome. Years later I found a split DVD with Frankenstein Created Woman, which is another good one.
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires is not, of itself, a particularly amazing movie, but it is a remarkable collaboration and a lot of fun to watch. Not as much fun as you’d expect from Peter Cushing fighting Kung-Fu vampires, but still well worth your time.
The Hemisphere Box of Horrors – The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism/The Black Cat/The Blood Drinkers/Blood of the Vampires/Brain of Blood (1966-1972) – Severin Films – Each of the horror movies included in this set are familiar to some degree, but I can’t say with any certainty that I’ve seen them. I’m intrigued, but not sixty bucks intrigued.
Each of these films is also available separately if you have a favorite and don’t want the rest. I’m sure plenty of you are more familiar with these than I am.
Cold Sweat (1970) – Kino Lorber Charles Bronson getting revenge for something that happened to his wife is a fairly common theme of 70s films. Cold Sweat features just such a scenario, only this time Bronson is a former drug trafficker.
What makes this one interesting is that it’s based on a novel by Richard Matheson (I Am Legend, Somewhere in Time, many of the most well-known episodes of The Twilight Zone), Ride the Nightmare.
Project Blue Book: Season 1 (2019) – Lionsgate Films – Many of you might know that I have a deep seated fear of little grey men from outer space. Despite that, I am fascinated by all of the stuff about the US government and UFOs.
Did anyone watch this? Is it worth checking out? I’m all for seeing Petyr Baelish tracking down some aliens.
Frankenstein 1970 (1958) – Warner Bros. – WOW. This sounds oddly forward-thinking for something that was released in 1958:
Baron Victor von Frankenstein (Boris Karloff), who suffered at the hands of the Nazis as punishment for not cooperating with them during World War II. Horribly disfigured, he nevertheless continues his work as a scientist. Needing funds to support his experiments, the Baron allows a television crew to shoot a made-for-television horror film about his monster-making family at his castle in Germany.
Doesn’t that sound like it could easily be a synopsis for some weird miniseries on Netflix? I’m shocked nobody is reworking this for a modern adaptation. I’d watch it.
And yes – I see the grammatical problems with that paragraph. I didn’t write it. I can make my own grammatical problems, thank you very little.
The God Inside My Ear (2017) – Gravitas Ventures – I saw some promotion for this on Facebook a while ago and it sounds pretty cool. I try to limit how much I cut and paste synopses, but this one is a little too much for me to summarize:
Elizia has just experienced a sudden breakup with her boyfriend, Fred, who has left her to join a UFO Cult in California. This breakup becomes a catalyst that triggers strange visions and voices. Mysterious figures hidden away in a secret control room begin controlling Elizia, hypnotizing her and sending her cryptic messages that she becomes determined to decode. Confiding her problems to a random telemarketer only attracts more problems as the telemarketer begins stalking her. Elizia seeks solutions through a number of methods, including visits to physicians, psychiatrists, psychics and even experimenting with hallucinogenics. But all of her troubleshooting only seems to add more chaos as the psychedelic darkness encroaches around her. Throughout the film, Elizia’s friends try to help her figure out if these experiences are real or some sort of delirium.
It’s either going to be a weird, fascinating experience or a complete drag, but I want to see it and find out.
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