THE UNNAMABLE (1988), NIGHTWISH (1989) and THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (1990) Come to Blu!

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  1. bruce h

    bruce h Editor - CINEMA ARCANA

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    From my Cinema Arcana FB page :

    Though Unearthed Films has been around for fifteen years, the company’s recent focus has been the distribution of newer, challenging horror titles and the full-on production of similar content, like their successful AMERICAN GUINEA PIG series. However, head honcho Stephen Biro recently teased that they’re “taking a chance” and getting back to their roots with the 4K restorations of a triptych of Paul White productions, all fondly remembered from the VHS era.

    First up is Jean-Paul Ouellette’s much-requested Lovecraft adaptation, THE UNNAMABLE (1988). The film follows a group of Miskatonic college kids who decide to stay the night in their local “haunted” mansion. Unfortunately for them, the old stories are true, and there really is a pissed-off, winged beastie stalking the grounds. Can they make it back to class alive? Packed with gothic atmosphere, gory set-pieces and a truly memorable monster, THE UNNAMABLE definitely earns its spot on your shelf.

    Second is Bruce R. Cook’s NIGHTWISH (1989), which finds more college kids placed in peril after visiting a dilapidated estate. This time they’re on location for a professor’s out-there experiments, planning to battle the supernatural with science. And there are aliens, or something. It’s all kind of strange, but there’s plenty of gooey KNB FX to keep you occupied!

    Lastly is D.J. Webster’s sci-fi terror, THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (1990). In the way-off future of 2022, a space crew accidentally travels to the titular eclipse, a sort of astrological Bermuda Triangle that wreaks havoc with their ship’s functionality. When team members start showing up dead, it becomes readily apparent something sinister is at play. A surprisingly creepy, well-made horror definitely deserves some wider recognition!

    A solid trio of films, and though my VHS tapes have served me well all these years, I’m glad to see them all spruced up for Blu. Let’s hope they do well enough to encourage Unearthed to attempt similar titles in the future – I mean, I’m all for exposing newer genre fare to wider audiences, too, but this stuff is much more my speed! Watch this site for further details!

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  2. Angelman

    Angelman OCD Blu Ray Collector

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    Always liked Nightwish. Also Elizabeth Kaitan!
     
  3. hots4

    hots4 Dogs In White

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    I second Nightwish, looking forward to revisiting this in a good quality print, I've seen it once on the very rare UK VHS entitled 'Grave' Misdemeanours', definitely picking this up,
     
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    You may be thinking of Night Life, one of the best horror films that is still MIA on disc.

    Nightwish is a strange one. I don't remember it making a lot of sense. I mostly just remembered people standing in a circle in the basement of a cabin around a green glowing thing.
     
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    Yeah, Night Life really needs a digital release.
    Nice creepy atmosphere, and cool FX.
    The late 80:s (and early 90:s) was pretty mediocre, when it came to horror movies, but this was one of the good ones.

    I found Nightwish on youtube, but I could barely make it through the first 30-40 minutes, before shutting it off.
    The characters was annoying and unlikable.
    An easy pass.
     
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    People have been asking for these movies for years. Everybody just assumed it was next to impossible or improbable since the rumor mill was that Lionsgate had these. You can't write something off just because there hasn't been a release. So I wonder what else these guys have up their sleeves.
     
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    Your right, damn, I was so exited when I saw that I put 2 and 2 together and got 15!!!!!! Ow well, sums up my day today.
     
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    I am definitely in for The Unnamable. Unsure about Nightwish & Dark Side of the Moon, both of which I have never seen.
     
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    KGBRadioMoskow Makes any meat boneless!

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    I had Dark Side of the Moon on my hit list, based on vague descriptions and scattered chat, for many years. Naturally the title made for difficult searching when trying to find information on a DVD/Blu release. Particularly when the only readily available versions were cheap German language only editions.

    Finally I obtained a boot leg, to at least watch the thing and see if it was worth pursuing. It wasn't, by a wide margin. Even by bad 80s movie standards it stunk, I ended up rating it 1 star out of 4 and purged it from my collection.

    I'm sure others regard the movie higher than I did, but I saw neither "so bad its good" potential (Troll 2) nor having stand out bits despite overall being bad (Galaxy of Terror), and definitely knew I'd never re-watch it.

    The Unnamable I also ended up purging, but rated significantly higher, 2 stars out of 4. Mainly I thought it was worth watching once, but was fairly certain I'd never watch it again and thus didn't need to keep it. Same with the sequel, which I rated 2 1/2 stars out of 4 (the usual balance point rating where it may stay in my collection or get kicked out, mainly based on whether I think I'll ever re-watch it).
     
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    https://www.facebook.com/UnearthedFilms/posts/2165091496840876
     
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    https://mailchi.mp/e4d57fe263ff/theunnamable-593753?e=2542bbf16f
     
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    There is an audio issue on The Unnamable. Read below:

    Stephen Biro here from Unearthed Films.

    Just found out about this today. Yeah... the 5.1 was taken from a UK source. The film never had a 5.1 sound mix so we were excited to find one but the conversion process, the middle speaker of the 5.1 wasn't converted properly.

    Turns out there was a bug in the software that was used and it exported 5 of the 6 tracks wrong on the 5.1. The person who did the export said they tried it again and it would sometimes give the correct audio and sometimes not so we know where it went wrong now. It was unnoticed as the main center track is correct with the dialog. The 2.0 audio on the releases is the correct audio and also the original since this was a low budget 80s film that already was echoey and reverby which we thought was what people were worried about. Please enjoy it for now with the original 2.0 sound and we will let you know what we are doing to get it fixed soon.

    I personally apologize cause this is the 1st in our classics line up.

    Death and Dismemberment,

    Stephen Biro
     
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    I watched the Blu-ray last night, and the transfer was a just little disappointing. The image looks soft for a 4K transfer, especially in the darker scenes. Certain brighter scenes look better than others, perhaps different film stocks were used? There are no traces of DNR or anything, but it just looks abnormally soft on a whole for a 4K transfer. It gets the job done...but the transfer isn't going to win any awards.

    As for the botched 5.1 audio, I can't comment since I didn't even bother with that. There are two separate uncompressed 2.0 Stereo set-up options on the disc (one being Vintage Grindhouse Audio)

    The Extras are extensive though. The Interviews (all are basically via remote Skype) alone are several hours in total. The Audio Commentary, Photo Gallery, and Bonus Trailers for other films are the only other bonus features. The Trailer for The Unnamable that was included on the old Anchor Bay Entertainment UK DVD release is absent for whatever reason.

    The Slipcover is nice looking, albeit with a couple of typos on the back Overview (The Unnamamble for instance)
     
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    Getting this next week can't wait to revisit this childhood fav of mine. Hope the sequel gets a bluray release as well!
     
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    Finally got around to ordering The Unnamable today. Have they followed up about a replacement disc for the audio?
     
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    Not yet. The 2.0 tracks appear to be unaffected though.
     
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    This thread was started over a year ago and so far we've only gotten one title out of the three initially announced. If they release any of the other two closer to August 2019 that means they only plan to roll these out every two years.
     
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    Has anyone watched their blu-ray of The Unnamable yet?

    Looking at reviews, it looks like there's over 4 hours of interviews! The shortest interview on the disc runs 31 minutes, and the longest is well over an hour! I also saw that some are over Skype and not the best quality. With the runtimes, I assume they're just unedited raw interview footage? Which could make for a rough sit.

    Anyway, I don't know if I'm up for 4+ hours of interviews on The Unnamable. Anyone who has dived into the extras here, which ones are not to be missed? I'll probably at least watch the Laura Albert one, as I'd love to hear her talk about her scream queen career (Blood Games, Mirage, Death By Dialogue, etc).
     
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    I've watched the main movie (with the original audio) but still have yet to get through all the Interviews. They are indeed basically just Skype Interviews and not professionally filmed or anything. From the ones that I have had time to watch thus far, they seem to be mostly raw and unedited.

    I'm surprised they haven't said anything yet about a replacement disc for the 5.1 audio track screw-up yet. I don't really care about the 5.1 mix, but it sounded like they were going to be fixing it at some point.
     

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