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Anchor Bay UK January slate including Tenebrae Uncut

Anchor Bay UK have announced their January 2003 R2 DVD line-up which consists of six titles arriving on January 27th. Precise details are subject to change, but here is what you should expect to see...

Tenebrae - £17.99 RRP - Generally regarded as one of Italian horror maestro Dario Argento's finest films, the terrifying TENEBRAE marked the director's return to the "giallo" (mystery-thriller) genre in which he first made his name, after making two supernatural themed films, ‘Suspiria' (1977) and ‘Inferno' (1980). Banned on video in the UK until 1999, when it was released in a cut form, TENEBRAE is now being released on DVD' in its rarely seen uncut and uncensored version for the first time.

Shortly after American mystery-thriller novelist Peter Neal arrives in Rome to promote his new book (the "Tenebrae" of the title) an attractive young woman is murdered by a razor-wielding maniac who stuffs pages of Neal's latest novel into the mouth of his victim before slashing her throat. So begins a bizarre series of horrific murders, the details of which strangely resemble the fictional murders in Neal's book. Baffled by the killings, the local police believe the author may hold the key to solving the case and turn to him for help. Circumstances change, however, when Neal himself begins to receive death threats from the killer.

Speaking about TENEBRAE, Argento said it was his intention to put on film a "gory rollercoaster… full of fast and furious murders." There is no question about whether or not he succeeded. As well as being a superbly orchestrated and inventive suspense thriller, TENEBRAE is a shockingly horrific orgy of graphic violence, set to a pounding score by Argento regulars Goblin (credited as Simonetti-Morante-Pignatelli) and beautifully shot by Suspiria cinematographer Lucio Tovoli. The film is a perfect showcase for Argento's inimitable trademark visual style.

Starring Anthony Franciosa (Death Wish II), John Saxon (From Dusk Till Dawn; Cannibal Apocalypse; Black Christmas; Enter The Dragon), Daria Nicolodi (Opera; Phenomena; Inferno; Deep Red) and the stunning Veronica Lario (the real-life wife of multi-billionaire Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi), TENEBRAE also features cameo appearances by cult directors Lamberto Bava (Macabre; Demons) and Michele Soavi (The Sect; The Church), both of whom also worked as assistant directors on the film.

DVD Features:

  • Widescreen Presentation Enhanced for 16x9 TVs
  • Optional 5.1
  • Uncut and Uncensored Director's Cut
  • Audio Commentary with Director Dario Argento, Music Composer Claudio Simonetti and Journalist Loris Curci
  • Interview with Dario Argento
  • Two Behind-the-Scenes Segments: Special Camera Effects Documentary & Sound Effects Documentary
  • Alternate End Credits Music
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Biographies
  • Film analysis by Xavier Mendik
Nightmare City - £14.99 RRP - Held in high regard by zombie film fans the world over, NIGHTMARE CITY features some of the wildest, most energetic zombies ever to hit the screen. Here, notorious Italian director Umberto Lenzi (Cannibal Ferox; Eaten Alive) dumps the traditional stumbling, brainless legions of the undead, replacing them with a bunch of fast-moving, flesh-ripping, ass-kicking maniacs intent on taking over the world. Released on video in a heavily cut version in 1986, Anchor Bay UK is now releasing this infamous splatterfest on DVD completely uncut and uncensored.

Following reports of a radioactive spill at the state nuclear plant, TV reporter Dean Miller (Hugo Stiglitz) awaits at the airport for the arrival of nuclear specialist Otto Hagenbach, who Miller hopes to interview. Meanwhile, a mysterious, unmarked military plane is picked up on radar by the air traffic controllers and the runways are cleared for an emergency landing. Surrounded by armed military and police, the plane crash-lands, unloading a horde of bloodthirsty, radioactive zombies who immediately lay siege upon the waiting soldiers. Miller tries to alert the public to the crisis but is foiled by his own superiors and the Head of Civil Defence, General Murchison (Mel Ferrer), who intends to keep a lid on events. As the zombies continue to kill and multiply, Miller attempts to find his wife and flee the nightmare of a city overrun by the crazed undead.

A classic of the genre, NIGHTMARE CITY is full of gore, gunfire and chaos, all tinged with the dark pessimism that is almost a trademark element of Italian horror films. What elevates Lenzi's movie above the average is the director's unique take on the portrayal of the zombies themselves, transforming them from the "walking dead" into the "running dead" and arming them with machetes, knives, axes and machine guns! Starring Hugo Stiglitz (Blood Feast; Survive!; Tintorera), Mel Ferrer (Eaten Alive; TV's Falcon Crest; The Antichrist) and Francisco Rabal (Dagon; Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!; Belle De Jour), the film is essential viewing for anyone with even the slightest interest in Italian horror.

DVD Features:
  • Widescreen Presentation enhanced for 16x9 TVs
  • Tales Of The Contaminated City (featuring an all new interview with director Umberto Lenzi)
  • Umberto Lezni biography
  • Original theatrical trailer
The Message - £17.99 RRP - It is the 7th Century in Mecca, where powerful leaders are in conflict with Mohammad who attacks their way of life and the injustice it produces. After seeing a vision of the Angel Gabriel, Mohammad calls the people of Mecca to cast aside the 300 idols of the Kaaba and worship only one God. Despite bitter opposition from the leaders of Mecca, Mohammand and his faithful followers meet secretly to listen to the revelations of the word of God. The leaders respond with persecution, forcing the moslems to leave Mecca and take sanctuary in Medina. After a revelation from God, Mohammad agrees to take arms against Mecca and battle until more people are converted to the emerging religion and ready to accept the prophet. Then, the idols of Kaaba are destroyed and the holy place is dedicated to the worship of one God. Mohammad is the Prophet... the Messenger of God.

The Message is an epic film in the true sense of the word. It took six years to prepare and over one year to film.

DVD Features:
  • Widescreen Presentation Enhanced for 16x9 TVs
  • Documentary: Making of An Epic
  • Arabic and English Language Versions
  • English and Arabic Theatrical Trailers
  • Stills Gallery
Justine - £17.99 RRP - Once declared by the Catholic Church to be one of the most dangerous filmmakers alive, the controversial and highly prolific Spanish director Jess Franco (Vampyros Lesbos; Venus In Furs) gained his infamous reputation with a series of low budget exploitation films before taking on the challenge of adapting the works of the Marquis De Sade, resulting in his late 1960s classics, Eugenie and Justine.

One of the most lavish and bizarre erotic shockers ever made, JUSTINE concerns two orphaned sisters, Justine (Romina Power, daughter of Tyrone Power and Linda Christian) and Juliette (Maria Rohm, wife of producer Harry Alan Towers), who are cast out of their convent home when their father is killed. Thrust into an uncaring world, Juliette retreats to a brothel and begins a love affair with lesbian Claudine (Rosemary Dexter), while Justine takes up employment as a maid at an inn. After being framed for stealing the jewels of a wealthy guest, Justine finds herself caught up with Madame Dubois (Mercedes McCambridge), a lesbian murderess on the run, along with her sex-crazed companions and a gay aristocrat, the Marquis de Bressac (Horst Frank). A series of bizarre sexual encounters ensues, involving perverted cult members, bondage, branding and a supremely sadistic monk (Jack Palance), all relayed through the writings of the incarcerated Marquis De Sade himself (Klaus Kinski).

Superb production values and an incredible cast help raise JUSTINE above and beyond the usual cinema erotica fare. Starring Romina Power (Mayerling), Franco regular Maria Rohm (Eugenie; Venus In Furs; Black Beauty), Rosemary Dexter (For A Few Dollars More), Mercedes McCambridge (Touch Of Evil; Suddenly Last Summer; the voice of the demon Pazuzu in The Exorcist), Klaus Kinski (Fitzcarraldo; Nosferatu) and, giving an outrageous performance, Jack Palance (Shane; Young Guns; Batman; City Slickers), JUSTINE is a fitting cinematic tribute to the undisputed master of erotic literature.

Originally released with over 30 minutes cut, the infamous JUSTINE (cert. 18) is released on VHS (£10.99) and DVD (£17.99) on 27th January 2003 by Anchor Bay UK, fully restored and completely uncensored for the first time. Special features on the DVD include...

  • The Perils And Pleasures Of Justine (a 20-minute featurette including interviews with director Jess Franco and producer Harry Alan Towers)
  • Original French Theatrical trailer
  • Extensive poster and stills gallery
  • Jess Franco biography
  • Liner notes by Video Watchdog's Tim Lucas
Eugenie - £17.99 RRP - One of the most controversial and prolific filmmakers of all time, having made over 180 films during a 45-year period (and still working today), Spanish director Jess Franco (Vampyros Lesbos; Venus In Furs) initially made his name directing low-budget exploitation thrillers and horror films. In the late 1960s, however, Franco turned his attentions to the works of the Marquis De Sade and managed to produce two of the most highly regarded classics of the erotic film genre, Justine and Eugenie.

Based on De Sade's notorious novel Philosophy In The Boudoir, EUGENIE tells the tale of an innocent young woman whose father takes her to stay at an island paradise at the request of the elegant Madame de Saint Ange, by whom he is entranced. There, Eugenie becomes the unwitting pawn in a game of sexual debauchery and sadomasochistic pleasure as the enigmatic hostess and her stepbrother conspire to corrupt her, transforming her from a virginal innocent into a sexually-charged sadist.

Regarded by many as Franco's masterpiece, EUGENIE is a visually stunning and unusually faithful adaptation of De Sade's work and remains one of the most controversial explorations of extreme sexuality in European cinema history. Swedish beauty Marie Liljedahl (Inga) stars as the titular heroine, while Maria Rohm (Justine; Venus In Furs; Black Beauty) turns in one of the finest performances of her career as Madame de Saint Ange. The film also stars Christopher Lee (The Lord Of The Rings; Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones) as the sinister Dolmance and Jack Taylor (The Ninth Gate; 1492: Conquest Of Paradise) as Eugenie's father, Mirvel.

Eugenie (cert. 18) is now being released completely uncut by Anchor Bay UK. DVD Features include...

  • Widescreen 2.35:1 Presentation Enhanced for 16x9 TVs
  • Perversion Stories (a 17-minute featurette including interviews with director Jess Franco, producer Harry Alan Towers and stars Marie Liljedahl and Christoper Lee)
  • Extensive poster and stills gallery
  • Jess Franco biography
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Liner notes by Video Watchdog's Tim Lucas
Werewolf Shadow - £14.99 RRP - International horror star Paul Naschy stars as the immortal Waldemar Daninsky, a man cursed for eternity with the mark of the werewolf. But when he rescues two young women researching the legend of a vampire queen, they unleash a ferocious rampage of bloodlust, lycanthropy and lesbianism. In the final battle to the death, can a werewolf in love destroy the depraved desires of the undead?

Also known as The Werewolf Vs. Vampire Woman, Blood Moon and Night of the Walpurgis, this 1971 classic is now recognised as a milestone film in Spanish horror history. Werewolf Shadow has been painstakingly restored from original vault elements and is now presented completely uncut and uncensored for the first time ever, including full restoration of its long-rumoured scenes of sex and violence.

DVD Features:
  • Widescreen presentation enhanced for 16x9 TVs
  • Paul Naschy Poster Gallery
  • Paul Naschy Biography
  • Interwiew with the Werewolf - a conversation with Paul Naschy
  • Theatrical trailer
  • TV Spot
Be sure to check out the official Anchor Bay UK Website for any updates.

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