Any Code Red release updates?

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  1. baggio

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    I could be wrong, but wasn't there news a long while back about Dead Pit getting a Blu treatment? Can somebody confirm this or shed some light?
     
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    Havent seen any news either on DeadPit but it would be an easy upgrade. I had the vhs that the eyes lit up green and still have the rare 2 DVD bestbuy set from code red love that film!
     
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    I watched Love Me Deadly the other night and had a good time with it. I think I was a bit disappointed when I first saw it some 10 years ago, because for a horror movie, it doesn't really go for the scares. What it does instead, and which I found myself enjoying now, is create an eccentric mix of melodrama and perversity. Wilcox looks striking and delivers a spirited performance, vulnerable one moment, then suddenly creepy when she attends a open casket funeral and kisses a corpse a little too affectionately. I love the schmaltzy music supporting the equally schmaltzy love story, and I love the more lurid scenes, such as the one where a man picks up a handsome male prostitute only to tie up his naked body in a funeral parlour and exsanguinate him.

    As for the Blu-ray, I want to say that it looks and sounds good, but I may have been overly enthusiastic about the video quality of Monster Shark (which others have commented on as being noisy and having poor compression). Love Me Deadly does have some minor frame damage, and I noticed a vertical green line that lasted a few seconds, but these flaws are inherent to the source and are not distracting. The movie can be watched in Maria's B-Movie Mayhem, and I enjoyed her spunkiness up to a point. She mentions Lyle Waggoner as a special treat for "all you ladies over 50." Personally, I prefer the burly handsome appearance of Christopher Stone (woof!), but then, I'm under 50 and no lady. But back to Maria Kanellis, her welcome suddenly wore out when the movie ended and she started complaining about how bad it was. I felt kind of insulted on behalf of the movie and was in a mood to tell Maria that her material didn't really compare favourably to anything.

    As an aside, weren't Porno Holocaust and Erotic Nights of the Living Dead supposed to be hosted by a male porn star? What happened with that?
     
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    I was wondering about that. She kind of just disappears. I assume creeper guy killed her after he dropped olives on her at the pool?

    This was my first time watching Devil Fish / Monster Shark and although it was fun, it was also a bit disappointing. Not enough Monster Shark for my liking, and the character stuff wasn't engaging enough either. Was kind of hoping for a fun surprise like Scorpion's Killer Fish, which I thought was amazing.

    However, after watching the trailers on the disc, now I really want to see Blastfighter. I guess I assumed it was an Italian post-apocalypse thing, which I'm really not into. But a rural southern action film, yes please!
     
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    Monster Shark was very good video quality. Considering it's over 30 years old and very low budget it looked great. Unfortunately the film itself wasn't very good. I got a good laugh out of all of the computer graphics they showed. The Shark itself was terrible. I loved the trailer for Devouring Waves. Can't imagine how anyone came up with that title.

    The Blastfighter trailer made me want to see it too although I imagine it will be about as entertaining as Monster Shark.
     
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    I disagree. It’s obvious that they based the head not on a shark, but on Dunkleosteus terrelli, a prehistoric fish with a bite force exceeding that of the great white shark. Dunkleosteus had no teeth, but was instead armed with sharpened bony plates with which it could shear off large chunks of its prey in crippling bites.

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    The marine paleontologist herself even shows a picture of a Dunkleosteus in her badly bungled lecture on prehistoric ocean predators (seriously, she gets EVERYTHING wrong).

    Agreed. I would also have liked to see attacks in the water (though the bloody aftermath shots we get are pretty good) and more lingering shots of the creature. I actually like the design as well as the execution of the monster shark. It may not be completely lifelike (but then, neither is Bruce in Jaws), but I can appreciate it for what it is. I even think they did an okay job of making the tentacles appear to move autonomously. And I’ll take imperfect practical effects over imperfect CGI any day of the week.

    As for Blastfighter, it’s a vastly different film from Monster Shark. If the idea of a southern fried action thriller like Trapped or Southern Comfort with a helping of spaghetti, rape, and George Eastman appeals to you, you’ll probably like it.
     
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    I wasn't saying that the shark was terrible because it didn't look like a shark. To me it appeared extremely cheap and rubbery. The shots of the creature were laughable rather than scary. Adding the tentacles didn't help but I guess it allowed them to attack more people.
     
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    I guess part of my fondness for it is because I first saw the movies at an impressionable age. And I like practical effects. Heck, I even think there's a certain charm to most of the creature effects in Don Dohler's Alien Zone. ;) I guess I also find it easy to forgive whatever shortcomings the monster shark has not only because of the budget, but also because it doesn't have a real-world equivalent.* With Bruce, all you have to do is look up a picture of a great white shark to see the fakery. Now, I love Jaws, and it's obviously a far superior movie, but even though the effects team had a better budget, there were just certain things they didn't manage to get quite right. Like that extremely pronounced fold at the corner of the mouth.
     
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    With Jaws, one of the exciting things is that you can see the fin chasing them. Here, it's just people speeding around in boats and you have to assume there's something chasing them.

    And the one scene where you do see a fin, it's obviously a diver swimming with a plastic fin. Actually, it looks like it's about the topple over, and the shot abruptly cuts right as it's about to hit the water. I bet these are the culprits:

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    But yeah, I agree. Practical effects give these movies a charm that the SyFy CGI fests will never have. I'm glad Universal has left Jaws alone (remakes, new sequels, etc) because it would never work with a CGI shark.
     
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    I would describe the colour fluctuations in God's Bloody Acre as strobe-like. Epileptics be warned. This, coupled with the fact that dialogue is frequently difficult to comprehend, made it difficult for me to commit to the viewing experience. Based on the technical presentation, I'd hesitate to comment on the movie itself. The finale is pretty intense, though.

    On the same disc, So Sad About Gloria fares much better in terms of video and audio.

    On a related note, I wish both Code Red and Dark Force would invest more love in their trailers. On Code Red discs, they are typically low resolution, and on this Dark Force double feature, they are entirely absent. Just two movies slapped cheaply on one disc for an "authentic grindhouse presentation".
     
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    I couldn't find a Dark Force thread, but Freeway II: Confessions Of A Trickbaby blu-ray is supposed to be available tomorrow on the Dark Force Big Cartel.

    According to the Dark Force guy, it's the uncut 98 minute version.
     
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    Delayed now: https://www.facebook.com/Dark-Force-Entertainment-158542421434304/

     
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    Coming soon to Ronin:

    SavageStreets_OCard_530x@2x.jpg Grizzly_OCard_530x@2x.jpg SlaveCannibal_OCard_530x@2x.jpg
     
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    That is awesome - unless Savage Streets is just a reprint, I am in for all three!
     
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    Love the grizzly and cannibal god sleeves, great artwork.
     
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    I thought no more Code Red stuff at Ronin?

    Anyway, Savage just reprint? Savage Streets one of those releases that Bill always seems to find more. :rolleyes: First I heard of Bill doing a reissue Blu.

    I know Grizzly is not a reprint according to Scorpion.

    Slave of the Cannibal God is obviously new from Code Red.
     
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    Speaking of reissues:

    Now Cut and Run is coming from Kino Lorber on October 16th. Same transfer, special features, just under Kino instead. What the hell is Bill up to? o_O
     

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