Blu-ray and DVD Releases for 12/11/12

Doomsday Book Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Doomsday Book Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

It’s the holiday season. This week of releases was custom-designed for fans of all things cult and obscure. So let’s get cracking. If you’re interested in any of these titles, you can support the site by ordering through our affiliate. We appreciate it!

Here are your Blu-ray and DVD releases for the week of 12/11/12:

ASIAN CINEMA

Doomsday Book (Blu-ray/DVD) – this 2012 mind-bending sci-fi triptych arrives out of South Korea from the directors of “I Saw the Devil” and “Hansel & Gretel”

The Unjust (DVD) – Pathfinder grants an official DVD release to this 2010 Korean crime thriller, a Cityonfire.com favorite. Recommended to fans of “Infernal Affairs”

Ultra Seven: The Complete Series (DVD) – Shout! Factory compiles the entirety of this “Ultraman” spin-off in a 6-disc set

The Joy Luck Club (Blu-ray) – this beloved 1993 drama from director Wayne Wang chronicles the Asian-American experience

A Man Vanishes (DVD) – part documentary, part fictional film, this landmark 1967 feature from director/actor Shohei Imamura chronicles the numerous missing persons cases in Japan during this era

Lady Yakuza Double Feature (DVD) – imagine being born the daughter of a ruthless Yakuza boss…that’s just what happens in this 2008 double feature based on a true story and tell-all book

A Hole in my Panty (DVD) – this 2011 Japanese sex comedy follows three boys on summer vacation and the young woman they become smitten with

Sex Hunter: Wet Target (DVD) – Impulse Pictures presents more Japanese sexploitation, although the description warns this movie is more of a violent thriller

I Love It From Behind (DVD) – at times like these, what can I possibly say? The description of this film from Nikkatsu vaults promises “jaw-dropping” and “naughty” Japanese sexploitation

FOREIGN

Beloved (DVD) – this 2011 French musical arrives from Christophe Honore, the acclaimed director of “Love Songs” and “The Beautiful Person”

MAINSTREAM

The Bourne Legacy (Blu-ray/DVD) – Jeremy Renner takes up the mantle of the Bourne franchise in this 2012 summer blockbuster

Dick Tracy (Blu-ray) – Warren Beatty directs and stars in this visually stunning 1990 adventure based on the classic comic book serial. Now in hi-def

Following (Blu-ray/DVD) – the Criterion Collection presents this release of Christopher Nolan’s debut feature, the 1999 thriller “Following”

The Qatsi Trilogy (Blu-ray/DVD) – the Criterion Collection assembles this acclaimed series of films chronicling man’s interactions with, and destruction of, nature. Featuring music by Phillip Glass

The Story of Film: An Odyssey (DVD) – Mark Cousins of the BBC’s Scene by Scene assembles this 916-minute chronicle of world cinema, based on his book

Kill ‘Em All (Blu-ray/DVD) – Well Go USA distributes this 2012 action flick about a group of assassins battling for supremacy. Co-starring the legendary Gordon Liu and Joe Lewis

Les Miserables (Blu-ray) – this 1998 adaptation of the Victor Hugo story features an all-star cast, including Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush

Babes in Toyland (Blu-ray) – the 1961 Disney family film, now on Blu-ray

CULT

Miami Connection (Blu-ray/DVD) – unearthed from 1987, this hilarious action film details what happens when motorcycle ninja gangs take over the Florida narcotics trade

The Wild Geese (Blu-ray + DVD combo) – like an old-school “Expendables” team, Roger Moore, Richard Burton, and Richard Harris kick some ass in this 1979 action/adventure

The Island (Blu-ray + DVD combo) – not to be confused with the Michael Bay film of the same name, this 1980 thriller features Michael Caine. Based on a novel from the writer of “Jaws”

Ashanti (Blu-ray + DVD combo) – Michael Caine also headlines this 1979 exploitation film in which his supermodel wife is kidnapped by Saudi slave traders

Toxic Avenger: Japanese Cut (DVD) – Troma’s 1984 cult classic arrives with a Japanese cut that was previously unavailable in the States

Django! Double Feature: A Man Called Django! / Django and Sartana’s Showdown in the West (DVD) – Shout! Factory presents a double bill of Spaghetti Western exploitation with two “Django” spin-off titles

Django Unleashed: Western Movie Collection (DVD) – along those lines, Boot Hill presents 210 more minutes of Spaghetti Western exploitation

Wonder Woman TV Movie Pilot (DVD) – a 1974 stab at turning “Wonder Woman” into a TV series turned the character into a super-spy rather than a Greek goddess

Age of the Hobbits (Blu-ray/DVD) – the notorious copycats at Asylum Entertainment were very nearly sued for this film, featuring their take on modern day ‘hobbits’

HORROR

Baron Blood: Kino Classics’ Remastered Edition (Blu-ray/DVD) – legendary Italian director Mario Bava’s 1972 gothic horror film, starring Joseph Cotten. Now in hi-def

Death Valley (Blu-ray + DVD combo) – that little kid from “A Christmas Story” is under extreme duress in this 1982 horror movie about a family vacation that turns into a nightmare

Osombie (Blu-ray/DVD) – you likely guessed it from the title, but in this 2012 horror flick Osama Bin Laden returns as a zombie

House of Terror (DVD) – the 40th Anniversary Edition of this obscure 1973 horror film, starring Jessica Bishop

Shadowzone (DVD) – Full Moon Entertainment’s 1990 low-budget chiller is a mashup between “Alien” and “The Thing”

Dollman vs. Demonic Toys (DVD) – a 1-disc DVD version of this 1991 crossover between two of Full Moon Entertainment’s franchises

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The Running Man Blu-ray & DVD (Olive Films)

Running Man Blu-ray & DVD (Olive Films)

Running Man Blu-ray & DVD (Olive Films)

February 19, 2013

Olive Films presents the Blu-ray & DVD for The Running Man, a sci-fi thriller based on an early story by Stephen King starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the near future, a top-rated TV show, where condemned criminals are given a chance for freedom by running through a gauntlet of heavily armed killers known as “Stalkers”. Watch the trailer.

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Punch DVD (5 Points Pictures)

"Punch" Korean Theatrical Poster

"Punch" Korean Theatrical Poster

RELEASE DATE: March 12, 2013

5 Points Pictures presents the DVD for Punch, a coming-of-age story with equal parts humor and humanity. Punch, a box-office smash, features direction by Lee Han (Lover’s Concerto) and standout performances from Yoo Ah-in (Antique) and Kim Yun-seok (The Chaser), along with Kim Sang-ho (Moss), Park Soo-young (Architecture 101) and Jasmine Lee. Watch the trailer.

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Cloud Atlas Blu-ray & DVD (Warner)

Cloud Atlas Blu-ray & DVD (Warner)

Cloud Atlas Blu-ray & DVD (Warner)

RELEASE DATE: February 5, 2013

Warners presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Cloud Atlas. Everything is connected. An exploration of how individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. Directed by The Wachowskis (The Matrix) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run).

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Planet of Snail DVD (Cinema Guild)

Planet of Snail DVD (Cinema Guild)

Planet of Snail DVD (Cinema Guild)

RELEASE DATE: February 12, 2013

Cinema Guild presents the DVD for Yi Seung-jun’s Planet of Snail, a mesmerizing documentary about an accomplished young poet who can no longer hear or see and his relationship to the world around him. Watch the trailer. “A love story of uncommon loveliness and simplicity.” – Andrew O Hehir, Salon

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Die Screaming, Marianne: Remastered Edition Blu-ray (Redemption)

Die Screaming, Marianne: Remastered Edition Blu-ray (Redemption)

Die Screaming, Marianne: Remastered Edition Blu-ray (Redemption)

RELEASE DATE: February 12, 2013

Redemption presents the Blu-ray for Die Screaming, Marianne: Remastered Edition. After the death of her mother, a girl (Straw Dogs’s Susan George) inherits the family fortune. Now, her sister and her father both want their hands on Marianne’s inheritance, even if it means murder! Watch the trailer.

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Innocent Bystanders Blu-ray & DVD (Olive Films)

Innocent Bystanders Blu-ray & DVD (Olive Films)

Innocent Bystanders Blu-ray & DVD (Olive Films)

RELEASE DATE: February 19, 2013

Olive Films presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Innocent Bystanders, which stars Stanley Baker (Sands of the Kalahari) as John Craig, a James Bond like British secret agent who’s given one last chance to redeem himself after a failed mission. Stylishly directed by Peter Collinson (The Italian Job). Also starring Donald Pleasence. Watch the trailer.

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Looper Blu-ray & DVD (Sony)

Looper Blu-ray & DVD (Sony)

Looper Blu-ray & DVD (Sony)

RELEASE DATE: December 31, 2012

Sony presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Rian Johnson’s Looper. In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe, who one day learns the mob wants to ‘close the loop’ by transporting back Joe’s future self.

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Monster Squad Blu-ray & DVD (Olive Films)

Monster Squad Blu-ray & DVD (Olive Films)

Monster Squad Blu-ray & DVD (Olive Films)

RELEASE DATE: February 19, 2013

Olive Films presents the Blu-ray & DVD for the 1987 cult classic Monster Squad. Count Dracula and his gang adjourn to Earth in search of a amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. The Monster Squad are the only ones who can stop ’em. The original Lionsgate Blu-ray has been long out of print. Olive Films is bringing it back! Watch the trailer.

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Ichi the Killer & Ichi 1 Origin: 2-Disc Uncut Duo Edition DVD (Tokyo Shock)

Ichi the Killer: 2-Disc Uncut Duo Edition DVD (Tokyo Shock)

Ichi the Killer: 2-Disc Uncut Duo Edition DVD (Tokyo Shock)

RELEASE DATE: March 26, 2013

Tokyo Shock presents Takashi Miike’s Ichi the Killer & Ichi 1 Origin: 2-Disc Uncut Duo Edition DVD. Includes the original, along with the hard-to-find prequel, Ichi 1: Origin. Welcome to a world where violence is a virtue and depravity is a way of life. This is the underside of Shinjuku and the home of Kakihara, a sadistic yakuza killer who relentlessly tears apart the underworld searching for the man who killed his boss. Check out the trailers: Original | Prequel

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Night of the Demons 2 Blu-ray & DVD (Olive Films)

Night of the Demons 2 Blu-ray & DVD (Olive Films)

Night of the Demons 2 Blu-ray & DVD (Olive Films)

RELEASE DATE: February 19, 2013

Olive Films presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Night of the Demons 2, directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith (The Man from Hong Kong). In this 1994 horror flick, High-schoolers throw a Halloween party in a mansion that happens to be haunted by a young demon. Watch the trailer.

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Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann Blu-ray (Shout! Factory)

Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann Blu-ray & DVD (Shout! Factory)

Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann Blu-ray & DVD (Shout! Factory)

RELEASE DATE: March 19, 2013

Shout! Factory presents the Blu-ray for 1982’s Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann. When a motorcycle champion (Remo Williams’ Fred Ward) accidentally goes far off course, he stumbles across a time travel experiment that takes him to a past filled with rapists, thieves and murderers. Watch the trailer.

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