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Dare you view The Ring on Blu-ray?
By James Whittington, Sunday 30th December 2018
The Ring Blu-rayIn 1998, director Hideo Nakata (Dark Water) unleashed a chilling tale of technological terror on unsuspecting audiences, which redefined the horror genre, launched the J-horror boom in the West and introducing a generation of moviegoers to a creepy, dark-haired girl called Sadako. The film's success spawned a slew of remakes, reimaginations and imitators, but none could quite boast the power of Nakata's original masterpiece, which melded traditional Japanese folklore with contemporary anxieties about the spread of technology.

A group of teenage friends are found dead, their bodies grotesquely contorted, their faces twisted in terror. Reiko (Nanako Matsushima, When Marnie Was There), a journalist and the aunt of one of the victims, sets out to investigate the shocking phenomenon, and in the process uncovers a creepy urban legend about a supposedly cursed videotape, the contents of which causes anyone who views it to die within a week - unless they can persuade someone else to watch it, and, in so doing, pass on the curse...

Arrow Video will present the genre-defining trilogy - Ring, the film that started it all, plus Hideo Nakata's chilling sequel, Ring 2, and the haunting origin story, Ring 0 - as well as the 'lost' original sequel, George Iida's Spiral, gathered together in glorious high definition and supplemented by a wealth of archival and newly created bonus materials on March 18th.

Extras: Brand new 4K restoration of Ring from the original camera negative, approved by director of photography Junichiro Hayashi
High definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations
Lossless Japanese DTS-HD master audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 soundtracks
Optional English subtitles
Bonus feature: Spiral, George Iida's 1998 sequel to Ring
New audio commentary on Ring by film historian David Kalat
New audio commentary on Ring 0 by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
The Ring Legacy, a series of new interviews from critics and filmmakers on their memories of the Ring series and its enduring legacy
A Vicious Circle, a new video interview with author and critic Kat Ellinger on the career of Hideo Nakata Circumnavigating Ring, a new video essay by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas on the evolution of the Ring series
Spooks, Sighs and Videotape, a new video essay by critic Jasper Sharp on the J-horror phenomenon
The Psychology of Fear, a newly edited archival interview with author Koji Suzuki
Archival behind-the-scenes featurette on Ring 0
Ring 0 deleted scenes
Sadako's Video
Multiple theatrical trailers for the Ring series
Limited edition 60-page booklet containing new writing by Violet Lucca, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Jasper Sharp, Kieran Fisher and Kat Ellinger
Limited edition packaging featuring original and newly commissioned artwork

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Posted on Tuesday 26th March 2019
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The film features a host of British talent including Spencer Brown, Lauren Socha (Misfits), Emily Booth (Doghouse), and Ewen MacIntosh (The Bromley Boys, The Office). In addition, British actor Brian Blessed will be lending his unmistakable booming vocals as the film's narrator. The film also features US horror icons Kane Hodder (Friday 13th, Hatchet), Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects, Halloween), and Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes, One Flew Over The Cuc...

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Time to enter the fifth dimension with new The Twilight Zone box-set
Posted on Monday 18th March 2019
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Mediumrare Entertainment has announced The Twilight Zone 60th Anniversary Edition which will include all 5 seasons of the original classic cult TV series.

Explore the depths of the unknown in this complete collection of episodes from the Twilight Zone. Funny at times, heartbreaking at others, the Twilight Zone was one of the most unique and inventive television shows ever created. All 156 episodes from the classic show created by the legendary Rod Serling are collected here.

Being presented in an all new lenticular packaged limited anniversary Blu-ray Box Set which will include an 80 page companion book written by Marc Scott Zic...

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Celebrate Alien's 40th anniversary with new 4K transfer
Posted on Wednesday 13th March 2019
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In space no one can hear you scream. The terrifying sci-fi adventure, Alien, celebrates 40 years with an all-new 4K Ultra HD master, available April 22. A limited edition 4K UHD SteelBook of Alien 40th Anniversary Edition will also be available exclusively at Zavvi.

In the film that birthed the wildly successful Alien franchise, the crew of the deep space tug Nostromo awaken from stasis during a voyage home to Earth when their ship's computer detects what is believed to be an alien distress signal coming from the desolate nearby moon, LV-426. While investigating, one of the crew, Kane (John Hurt), is attacked by an alien creature that latches to his face and he is rushed back to the N...

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Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich will march into cinemas in April
Posted on Wednesday 13th March 2019
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More Italian horror hits with Vault Of Horror Vol 2!
Posted on Monday 11th March 2019
Vault of Horror Vol 2

After the sold out success of volume one Vault Of Horror is back with 20 more choice cuts from the golden age of Italian Horror cinema.

Featuring Ennio Morricone, Bill Wyman, Claudio Simonetti, Fabio Frizzi, Stelvio Cipriani, Guido and Maurizio De Angelis, Nico Fidenco and many more.

The track listing includes themes and ques from Phenomena, Bay Of Blood, Opera, The Antichrist, Lizard In A Woman's Skin, Contraband, Zombie Holocaust and more.

With stunning artwork by Graham Humphreys and superb sleeve notes by Italian horror expert Alan Jones the set comes on 2 x 180G vinyl with CD in replica wallet. The release also includes an exclusive 12" x 12" print of the...
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Witness The Possession of Hannah Grace later this month
Posted on Monday 11th March 2019
The Possession of Hannah Grace DVD Cover

Directed by Diederik Van Rooijen and written by Brian Sieve (Scream TV series), The Possession of Hannah Grace will be available to Digital Download on March 25 and debuts on DVD on April 8.

A shocking exorcism spirals out of control, claiming the life of a young woman. Months later, Megan Reed (Shay Mitchell) is working the graveyard shift in the morgue when she takes delivery of a disfigured cadaver. Locked alone inside the basement corridors, Megan begins to experience horrifying visions and starts to suspect that the body may be possessed by a ruthless demonic force.

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The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot coming to DVD
Posted on Monday 11th March 2019
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Grimmfest introduce new Work-In-Progress Award for 2019
Posted on Friday 8th March 2019
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Manchester-based genre film festival Grimmfest is proud to announce the introduction of a brand new award category for their upcoming 11th edition in October 2019: the Work-In-Progress Award.

Grimmfest launched its very first festival awards in 2018, with the jury granting a total of 12 prizes. Winners included Issa Lopez's Tigers Are Not Afraid which scooped the Best Feature Film prize and John McPhail's Anna And The Apocalypse which bagged Best Director.

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The Stone Tape gets vinyl release for RSD
Posted on Friday 8th March 2019
The Stone Tapes RSD release

The first ever release of the original TV soundtrack for the cult TV classic, The Stone Tape by Desmond Briscoe/Radiophonic Workshop will be released on fluorescent green 10" Vinyl as a numbered limited edition on Record Store Day by Silva Screen Records.

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Its time to see The Hollow Man
Posted on Friday 8th March 2019
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From the mind of director Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop and Starship Trooper) come two tales of transparent terror!

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Silva Screen Records to release special Kubrick disc for RSD 2019
Posted on Tuesday 5th March 2019
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More Record Store Day 2019 news has reached us and Silva Screen are to release a limited numbered 7" double A side of The Shining/A Clockwork Orange with a die cut sleeve/printed inner sleeve pressed on transparent orange vinyl.

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Quandary Phase finally on vinyl.
Posted on Tuesday 5th March 2019
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Quandary Phase set

Don't panic and be ready for a brand new first-time vinyl edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Quandary Phase! This superb run of episodes comes on heavyweight blue vinyl, packaged in the lavish style of the preceding Primary Phase, Secondary Phase and Tertiary Phase LP releases.

Here, for the first time ever on vinyl, are Episodes 19 to 22 of the BBC radio series. First broadcast in 2005, the Quandary Phase is based upon the Douglas Adams's fourth novel So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish. This is the first ever publication of the original radio edits of the Quandary Phase, as heard on their ...

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