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'Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno: Special Ed.'
(Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Fabiana Udeino, Claude Earl Jones, David Gale, et al / 3-Disc Blu ray+DVD / R / (1989) 2016 / Arrow Films UK)

Overview: The success of Stuart Gordon's hit horror-comedy 'Re-Animator' meant that a sequel was all but inevitable. The resulting follow-up, 'Bride of Re-Animator' - this time helmed by director Brian Yuzna (Society, Return of the Living Dead 3 and Producer of the original Re-animator) - would prove that there was a good deal more life left in the story of Dr. Herbert West and his ghoulish exploits!

Blu ray Verdict: It is 8 years since the Miskatonic massacre. Unperturbed by the disastrous outcome of his previous meddling with the dead, Dr. West (again played by Jeffrey Combs) continues his research into the phenomenon of re-animation; only this time, he plans to create life starting with the heart of his young protégé Dan s dearly deceased, Meg Halsey. Surely nothing could go wrong?

That's right, folks! Dr Herbert West and Dr Dean Cain are back to their old ways. West isn't trying to bring back life now, but actually trying to create life from spare body parts. But along the way they have a police inspector snooping around and Dr. Hill is back.

This is a reasonably stylish, but crazy sequel to the very good original. Keeping with the tradition of the original it sticks to the black, campy humor we loved and also being soaked in blood and gore. The story is pretty much the same as the original with West's freaks of nature causing havoc again. Though just like the title implies, it parodies the film 'Bride of Frankenstein' - but the repetitiveness this time really shows throughout the film. It has some plot holes that aren't explained on from that of the first film, but it didn't fault the story, the humor or pace of the film.

The director this time around was the producer from the original, Brian Yuzna brings some nice added touches and a morbid sense to the film, though it might have been much better if Stuart Gordon held the realm. The performances are good, with the ever-reliable Jeffrey Combs delivering the eccentrically insane Herbert West, Bruce Abbott as the sympathetic Dean Cain, Claude Earl Jones as the mischievous police detective, Fabiana Udenio as Cain's concerned girlfriend Francesca Danelli and finally David Gale as Dr West's Nemesis the deviously evil head (yep, that's right) of Dr. Carl Hill!

The atmosphere is truly stunning - from the dark basement filled with enthusiastic experiments and West's bizarre creations to the coldness of the eerie mortuary and hospital. The cheese ball performances, along with the witty script and dazzling special effects add up to equal a lot of fun. With special effects master Screaming Mad George (the man behind the infamous shunting sequence in Society) on hand to contribute a host of characteristically weird and wonderful creations including zombified bats and a one-eyed finger spider, 'Bride of Re-Animator' is a more than worthy successor to Gordon's original cult classic. These are all High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations enhanced for 16x9 TVs and come with the Special Features of:

DIRECTOR-APPROVED 3-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:
Brand new 2K restorations of the Unrated and R-rated versions of the film, approved by director Brian Yuzna
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original Stereo 2.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
Limited Edition Collector's Booklet
Limited Edition Packaging (to be revealed!)

DISCS 1 & 2 BLU-RAY/DVD UNRATED VERSION:
Brand new 2K restoration of the Unrated version
Brand new audio commentary with Brian Yuzna
Audio Commentary with Brian Yuzna, star Jeffrey Combs, visual effects supervisor Tom Rainone and the effects team including John Buechler, Mike Deak, Bob Kurtzman, Howard Berger and Screaming Mad George
Audio Commentary with stars Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott
Brian Yuzna Remembers Bride of Re-animator brand new featurette in which the director looks back at the making of the first Re-animator sequel
Splatter Masters: The Special Effects Artists of Bride of Re-animator
Brand new FX featurette with a wealth of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Robert Kurtzman of KNB, Screaming Mad George, Tony Doublin and John Buechler
Getting Ahead in Horror - archive making-of featurette
Deleted Scenes

DISC 3 - BLU-RAY R-RATED VERSION:
Brand new 2K restoration of the R-rated version

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'Jean-Luc Godard + Jean-Pierre Gorin
(Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Fabiana Udeino, Claude Earl Jones, David Gale, et al / 3-Disc Blu ray+DVD / R / (1989) 2016 / Arrow Films UK)

Overview: The success of Stuart Gordon's hit horror-comedy 'Re-Animator' meant that a sequel was all but inevitable. The resulting follow-up, 'Bride of Re-Animator' - this time helmed by director Brian Yuzna (Society, Return of the Living Dead 3 and Producer of the original Re-animator) - would prove that there was a good deal more life left in the story of Dr. Herbert West and his ghoulish exploits!

Blu ray Verdict: It is 8 years since the Miskatonic massacre. Unperturbed by the disastrous outcome of his previous meddling with the dead, Dr. West (again played by Jeffrey Combs) continues his research into the phenomenon of re-animation; only this time, he plans to create life starting with the heart of his young protégé Dan s dearly deceased, Meg Halsey. Surely nothing could go wrong?

That's right, folks! Dr Herbert West and Dr Dean Cain are back to their old ways. West isn't trying to bring back life now, but actually trying to create life from spare body parts. But along the way they have a police inspector snooping around and Dr. Hill is back.

This is a reasonably stylish, but crazy sequel to the very good original. Keeping with the tradition of the original it sticks to the black, campy humor we loved and also being soaked in blood and gore. The story is pretty much the same as the original with West's freaks of nature causing havoc again. Though just like the title implies, it parodies the film 'Bride of Frankenstein' - but the repetitiveness this time really shows throughout the film. It has some plot holes that aren't explained on from that of the first film, but it didn't fault the story, the humor or pace of the film.

The director this time around was the producer from the original, Brian Yuzna brings some nice added touches and a morbid sense to the film, though it might have been much better if Stuart Gordon held the realm. The performances are good, with the ever-reliable Jeffrey Combs delivering the eccentrically insane Herbert West, Bruce Abbott as the sympathetic Dean Cain, Claude Earl Jones as the mischievous police detective, Fabiana Udenio as Cain's concerned girlfriend Francesca Danelli and finally David Gale as Dr West's Nemesis the deviously evil head (yep, that's right) of Dr. Carl Hill!

The atmosphere is truly stunning - from the dark basement filled with enthusiastic experiments and West's bizarre creations to the coldness of the eerie mortuary and hospital. The cheese ball performances, along with the witty script and dazzling special effects add up to equal a lot of fun. With special effects master Screaming Mad George (the man behind the infamous shunting sequence in Society) on hand to contribute a host of characteristically weird and wonderful creations including zombified bats and a one-eyed finger spider, 'Bride of Re-Animator' is a more than worthy successor to Gordon's original cult classic. These are all High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations enhanced for 16x9 TVs and come with the Special Features of:

DIRECTOR-APPROVED 3-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:
Brand new 2K restorations of the Unrated and R-rated versions of the film, approved by director Brian Yuzna
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original Stereo 2.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
Limited Edition Collector's Booklet
Limited Edition Packaging (to be revealed!)

DISCS 1 & 2 BLU-RAY/DVD UNRATED VERSION:
Brand new 2K restoration of the Unrated version
Brand new audio commentary with Brian Yuzna
Audio Commentary with Brian Yuzna, star Jeffrey Combs, visual effects supervisor Tom Rainone and the effects team including John Buechler, Mike Deak, Bob Kurtzman, Howard Berger and Screaming Mad George
Audio Commentary with stars Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott
Brian Yuzna Remembers Bride of Re-animator brand new featurette in which the director looks back at the making of the first Re-animator sequel
Splatter Masters: The Special Effects Artists of Bride of Re-animator
Brand new FX featurette with a wealth of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Robert Kurtzman of KNB, Screaming Mad George, Tony Doublin and John Buechler
Getting Ahead in Horror - archive making-of featurette
Deleted Scenes

DISC 3 - BLU-RAY R-RATED VERSION:
Brand new 2K restoration of the R-rated version

www.mvdb2b.com





‘Gotta Serve Somebody: Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan'
(Bob Dylan, Arlethia Lindsey, Sounds Of Blackness, Shirley Caesar, Dottie Peoples, et al / DVD / NR / 2018 / MVD Visual)

Overview: ‘Gotta Serve Somebody - The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan’ is all about redemption. That's apparent enough in the music, where the struggle between sin and salvation is inherent in the tunes that are interpreted here by a host of superb gospel artists. But in a larger sense, the very existence of this DVD (and the Grammy-nominated CD that preceded it in 2003) can be viewed as redemption for Dylan himself, who weathered another controversy and emerged, if not triumphant, then certainly vindicated.

Verdict: When he plugged in an electric guitar in 1965, he was labeled Judas by the folkie faithful; ironically, when he turned to Jesus some 15 years later, proclaiming himself born again and releasing “Slow Train Coming” and “Saved“, the outcry was even louder!

But once again Dylan has the last laugh, as now, a quarter of a century after the fact, it's clear that the material on those recordings was his strongest not only since 1975's Blood on the Tracks, but perhaps since his '60s heyday.

The quality of the songs lies in what Jerry Wexler, co-producer of the two Dylan albums, describes as the immaculate funk of the music, and especially in the heartfelt simplicity (especially by Dylan standards) and emotional directness of the lyrics; clearly, that's what attracted great gospel singers like Shirley Caesar (singing “Gotta Serve Somebody“, the most recognized song on the two Dylan albums), Dottie Peoples (a powerful version of the beautiful “I Believe in You“), the Mighty Clouds of Joy (a rockin', sanctified “Saved“), the Fairfield Four (the stirring, a cappella “Are You Ready“), and the angel-voiced Aaron Neville (“Saving Grace“) to this project.

Fifty years on and I continue to be astonished by Bob Dylans range and influence as we also get Dylan himself, performing “When He Returns” at a 1980 concert, along with an animated rendering of his original “Gotta Serve Somebody.”

In addition to the inspiring performances in the studio, there are a number of interviews with the performers, as well as interviews with those who recorded and/or performed with Dylan back in 1979-1980: drummer Jim Keltner, guitarist Fred Tackett, keyboardist Spooner Oldham, producer Jerry Wexler, and singers Regina McCrary, Terry and Mona Lisa Young, amongst others.

Much of the footage was either shot in recording studios, churches, along with a bit of commentary from musicians and others who worked with Dylan over the years. Don't expect a lot of Dylan concert footage, because there is only a bit of scratchy late 70's film footage in the beginning of the video.

However, the real and absolute beauty of this video is in the gospel versions of Dylan's songs that you see performed and being recorded by some amazing gospel artists whose passion for their faith and musical talent really reaches out and grabs you.

Watch it, take in some beautiful gospel music performed by tremendously talented people of faith, and hopefully you'll similar experience spirit-filled moments joy that I did while watching. Hallelujah, y'all. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:,

Animated Video to -Bob Dylan's original GRAMMY® -winning, “Gotta Serve Somebody.”

(Bob Dylan, Arlethia Lindsey, Sounds Of Blackness, Shirley Caesar, Dottie Peoples, et al / DVD / NR / 2018 / MVD Visual)

Overview: ‘Gotta Serve Somebody - The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan’ is all about redemption. That's apparent enough in the music, where the struggle between sin and salvation is inherent in the tunes that are interpreted here by a host of superb gospel artists. But in a larger sense, the very existence of this DVD (and the Grammy-nominated CD that preceded it in 2003) can be viewed as redemption for Dylan himself, who weathered another controversy and emerged, if not triumphant, then certainly vindicated.

Verdict: When he plugged in an electric guitar in 1965, he was labeled Judas by the folkie faithful; ironically, when he turned to Jesus some 15 years later, proclaiming himself born again and releasing “Slow Train Coming” and “Saved“, the outcry was even louder!

But once again Dylan has the last laugh, as now, a quarter of a century after the fact, it's clear that the material on those recordings was his strongest not only since 1975's Blood on the Tracks, but perhaps since his '60s heyday.

The quality of the songs lies in what Jerry Wexler, co-producer of the two Dylan albums, describes as the immaculate funk of the music, and especially in the heartfelt simplicity (especially by Dylan standards) and emotional directness of the lyrics; clearly, that's what attracted great gospel singers like Shirley Caesar (singing “Gotta Serve Somebody“, the most recognized song on the two Dylan albums), Dottie Peoples (a powerful version of the beautiful “I Believe in You“), the Mighty Clouds of Joy (a rockin', sanctified “Saved“), the Fairfield Four (the stirring, a cappella “Are You Ready“), and the angel-voiced Aaron Neville (“Saving Grace“) to this project.

Fifty years on and I continue to be astonished by Bob Dylans range and influence as we also get Dylan himself, performing “When He Returns” at a 1980 concert, along with an animated rendering of his original “Gotta Serve Somebody.”

In addition to the inspiring performances in the studio, there are a number of interviews with the performers, as well as interviews with those who recorded and/or performed with Dylan back in 1979-1980: drummer Jim Keltner, guitarist Fred Tackett, keyboardist Spooner Oldham, producer Jerry Wexler, and singers Regina McCrary, Terry and Mona Lisa Young, amongst others.

Much of the footage was either shot in recording studios, churches, along with a bit of commentary from musicians and others who worked with Dylan over the years. Don't expect a lot of Dylan concert footage, because there is only a bit of scratchy late 70's film footage in the beginning of the video.

However, the real and absolute beauty of this video is in the gospel versions of Dylan's songs that you see performed and being recorded by some amazing gospel artists whose passion for their faith and musical talent really reaches out and grabs you.

Watch it, take in some beautiful gospel music performed by tremendously talented people of faith, and hopefully you'll similar experience spirit-filled moments joy that I did while watching. Hallelujah, y'all. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:,

Animated Video to -Bob Dylan's original GRAMMY® -winning, “Gotta Serve Somebody.”

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‘A Fanatic Heart: Bob Geldof on W.B. Yeats’
(Bob Dylan, Arlethia Lindsey, Sounds Of Blackness, Shirley Caesar, Dottie Peoples, et al / DVD / NR / 2018 / MVD Visual)

Ocerview: Through performances of some of Yeats' most iconic poems by leading Irish and British cultural figures, Geldof reveals how Yeats and others built the scaffolding of a new independent Ireland decades before the Rising.

But how Yeats' vision for a modern, pluralist, inclusive Ireland was pushed aside by the narrow-minded Catholic elite of the new Free State: the ''Banana Republic'' that Geldof in turn rebelled against half a century later, is also brought forth here, of course.

Verdict: ‘A Fanatic Heart’ is a captivating tale of mythology, nation-building, insurgency and disillusion - and how one man dreamed an entire country out of the ravages of famine and into a new dawn.

With performances of Yeats' poems by Sting, Noel Gallagher, Edna O'Brien, Bono, Van Morrison, Olivia O'Leary, Liam Neeson, Stephen Fry, Dominic West, Richard E. Grant, Bill Nighy, Anne Enright, Colin Farrell, Ardal O'Hanlon, Shane MacGowan, and more, ’A Fanatic Heart’ is one the finest examples of how to construct a documentary, that you will ever witness.

Chock full of 73 poetry readings and 23 discussion pieces, for those not in the know, W.B. Yeats was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, he helped to found the Abbey Theatre, and in his later years served as an Irish Senator for two terms.

Indeed, Yeats was also a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival along with Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn and others. It’s very obvious that Geldof obviously had a great enthusiasm for this subject matter, as well as an enduring resentment of what has happened to Ireland since 1922.

The country might have achieved independence, but at what cost? Sometimes Geldof's script seemed a little florid in tone, with his talent for words running away with him somewhat, but this shortcoming is offset by his willingness to find out more about his subject.

Including a CD featuring readings from the award winning documentary, there’s also a new song set around the poem, 'A Terrible Beauty is Born,' which features a vocal by Bono (which Geldof coordinated for the DVD extras). This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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