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Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs and Blu-rays (and hot off the server VODs), and on more distant horizons…
Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.
Gwendoline [AKA The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak] (1984): Read our review. An explorer’s daughter tracks her lost father to a remote Asian villahe where he’s being held by a lesbian bondage cult. This Severin Blu-ray release features the uncut original, with the American “Yik-Yak” cut included among the numerous special features. Also available (for a few dollars more) in a limited edition pressing with a reversible slipcover. Buy Gwendoline.
“Message from Space: Galactic Wars” (1978-1979): A band of rebels right wrongs and fight evil in the 15th Solar System in this Japanese space opera. This 27-episode TV series was a spinoff of the incoherent (buy campy) Message from Space feature film previously reviewed in these pages. All episodes apparently fit on a single SD Blu-ray disc. Buy “Message from Space: Galactic Wars”.
Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979): A fan tries to bring the Ramones to play a concert at her high school against the wishes of the stern principal in this Buy Rock ‘n’ Roll High School.-produced comedy with a cult reputation. This 40th anniversary release in steelbook format, with four separate commentary tracks among the extras, marks the flick’s debut on Blu-ray. This one also made it into the reader-suggested review queue.
Suspiria (1977): Read the Certified Weird review! Dario Argento‘s expressionist witchcraft classic is a feast for the eyes and ears, so it seems a natural for hi-def viewing. Synapse upgrades their restoration to a 4K Ultra HD disc, with the extras from last year’s special edition release housed on a separate Blu-ray. Buy Suspiria (4K Ultra edition).
CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We’ll only list irregularly scheduled one-time screenings of this audience-participation classic below. You can use this page to find a regular weekly screening near you.
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WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: In honor of H.R. 3884, Giles Edwards devotes next week’s reviews will be Star Leaf (the story of a PSTD-afflicted soldier seeking relief via extraterrestrial strain of marijuana) and Greener Grass. Inhale deeply.
Meanwhile, we’ve been working on a little something behind the scenes:
On schedule for a first-week of December release. Stuff the stocking of your favorite weirdo in 2019. (Shout out to cover designer Irene E. O’Leary: www.ioleary.com).
What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that we have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.