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Severin and Vinegar Sydrome

An impressive, must-own box set from Severin Films plus a whopping 13 killer new Blu-ray releases from our friends at Vinegar Syndrome.


There’s no doubt that Severin Films has been producing top-tier box set releases, like their exhaustive and excellent collection of folk horror, All The Haunts Be Ours and the Christopher Lee collections, The Eurocrypt of Christopher Lee Volumes 1 and 2.

Not resting on their laurels, Severin Films has just announced their new box set release, produced by Kier-La Janisse, House of Psychotic Women Rarities Collection, a 10-year celebration and companion to Janisse’s book, “House of Psychotic Women.”

Along with the box set, there are two limited edition bundles available for pre-order. Both bundles come with the companion book in an expanded edition. But for the full merch and movie, you want to pre-order The Batty Bundle. I can safely say that this is not a release fans of cult cinema are going to want to miss out on.

House of Psychotic Women Rarities Collection will release in late October 2022.



OCN Distribution is Vinegar Syndrome’s own distribution company, and they just announced a very lucky 13 new releases from their partner labels!

The films range from the 1950s to 2020, and include a broad range of genres like drama, comedy, horror, and the latest from renowned director, Gasper Noé.


Canadian International Pictures gives the first ever Canadian film to be nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or the blu-ray release it deserves; a beautifully shot (1.37:1, black and white) domestic drama from the late 60s that all but predicts a slew of similar films from famed filmmakers that would become hallmarks of cinema in the 1970s including, and especially, canon of the New Hollywood movement across the border.
Bobby Roth’s LA set relationship drama is one of the unsung great American films of the 1980s, featuring incredible cinematography from Michael Balhaus and a massively underrated score from Tangerine Dream! Very excited that Fun City has resurrected this from home video purgatory, as it’s been out of print on video since VHS, with a brand-new restoration.
There’s not much to say about Jeff Krulik’s and John Heyn’s seminal short film that has not been said before. And this release presents that iconic film alongside hours of other short films, including the companion films Heavy Metal Picnic and Heavy Metal Basement, as well as a wealth of supplements. Plus, it features brand new art from Johnny Ryan! This is a VS site exclusive and there be no standard edition.
This artful, gothic horror film out of New Zealand has been newly restored for its worldwide Blu-ray debut by Altered Innocence. Long under the radar and featuring an ensemble of great performances, including lead Alexis Arquette, it’s a perfect example of early 90s horror done right and by a country seldom associated with the genre (even if Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive predates this by a year).
Gaspar Noé needs no introduction and his latest, hallucinatory, masterpiece is a barely hour-long barrage of strobe effects and split screen, offering up a potent example of the intersection between horror and art-cinema. Yellow Veil presents this as a two-disc set, featuring a second disc of seminal short films that inspired the film, including works by artists as revered and provocative as Pier Paolo Pasolini and Kenneth Anger. It’s an indispensable release for one of the year’s greatest films thus far.
Pacific Northwest set horror, shot on super-16mm, that feels decidedly Lynchian but also, somehow, weirder than that. Likely not for everyone, but the more adventurous horror fans and people with a taste for the stranger side of American independent cinema of the 2010s will find a lot to admire here.
If you dug Sinistre earlier this year then you’re likely already eagerly awaiting the Blu-ray debut of Ronnie Sortor’s action-packed, gory, SOV follow-up film which takes everything that worked about his first film and accelerates it, past the limits of the medium and boundaries of good taste. And, as usual, Saturn’s Core has packed this release with extras including a feature-length documentary about the making of the film.
David A. Prior’s twisty 90s thriller features an unreal cast for the era, including Ted Prior, Traci Lords, Jan-Michael Vincent, and none other than Glenn Ford! It’s exactly what you’d expect from a 1991 procedural thriller from Prior, which is to say that it’s a little classy, a little trashy, and a lot of fun.
It seemed like everyone under the sun wanted Ilya Muromets when it was released in May, and Deaf Crocodile has suitably followed the success of that release with another fantastical epic by Aleksandr Ptushko with Sampo (released in the US as The Day The Earth Froze), presented in another glorious restoration.
Joe Wiezycki’s ultra-mean, Floridian exploitation movie is the type of sweaty 70s sleaze that feels right at home in the AGFA library; teeming with Satanism, brutality, and not an ounce of good taste throughout its under 90-minute runtime. It features a commentary with the one and only Elizabeth Purcell!
Akiko Ohku’s Japanese, teen romantic comedy is the perfect type of unassuming cinema, where you get a lot more than expected from any description. Consistently defying trends of the genre (and even incorporating a rousing musical number), it’s another exciting curatorial effort from KANI, shining a light on a recent Asian film that didn’t get the release it deserved back in 2017. Now available for audiences to discover. And it comes with two sticker sheets!
Maya Vitkova’s epic, 155-minute, absurdist comedy drama is about a baby born without an umbilical cord, and a whole lot more! There’s really nothing else like it out there, and Richard Brody even put it as his fourth favorite film of the year this movie was released!
Easily one of the best, and most unique, films of 2022 thus far, Jane Schoenbrun’s internet era horror film is the best type of genre work — where you’re constantly second guessing if it even is a horror film or not. Best experienced knowing as little as possible and featuring a truly immersive 5.1 surround track which only increases the dread of being a teenager browsing the internet at night. This also features a glow in the dark slipcover, which is fun!

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