CineSavant Column

Saturday May 1, 2021



Viavision [Imprint] just sent out a teaser for their July Blu-ray titles, which turns out to be an interesting selection of horror pictures including two boxed sets and a couple of rarities. The stand-alone releases are David Cronenberg’s The Dead Zone, Mike Newell’s The Awakening, Lewis Gilbert’s Haunted, and Bernard McEveety’s The Brotherhood of Satan.


A “Hammer Horror: Four Gothic Horror Films” box gives us a quartet of 1970s features: Peter Sasdy’s Countess Dracula and Hands of the Ripper, John Hough’s Twins of Evil and Robert Young’s Vampire Circus ( ).


And a “Silver Screams Cinema” box reaches way back for new Blu-rays, three of which I’ve never seen: John English’s The Phantom Speaks, Lesley Selander’s The Vampire’s Ghost, Phil Rosen’s Return of the Ape Man, Philip Ford’s Valley of the Zombies, Kurt Neumann’s She Devil and Charles Marquis Warren’s The Unknown Terror. ( )  That’s a nice selection of arcane oddities.

We can’t wait to review some Viavision [Imprint] items coming sooner: Alfie, The President’s Analyst, their “Essential Film Noir Collection 2” box and The Face Behind the Mask.



But there’s still more — we finish off with Arrow Films’ welcome announcement of a big Daiei Daimajin triple bill box, with all three of the 1966 films about the perpetually pissed-off giant samurai warrior made of stone, Daimanin, Return of Daimajin and Wrath of Daimajin. The announced release date is July 26.

Thanks for reading! — Glenn Erickson