With Halloween just around the corner, and following the huge success of their limited edition debuts earlier this year, Second Sight is releasing a trio of horror classics on standard edition Blu-ray formats just in time for the witching season.
The chilling horrors on offer take in everything from supernatural possessions and spooky goings on in haunted houses to evil aliens, from chills and unseen terror to out and out gore and exploitation.
First up is the 1979 classic haunted house film The Amityville Horror, easily one of the all-time horror greats, having spawned numerous sequels (watch Amityville 2: The Possession and then I think you can skip the rest) spin-offs and inspiring numerous haunted house copycats – and now The Amityville Horror arrives on standard edition courtesy of Second Sight on 15 October 2018.
When George (played by James Brolin) and Kathy Lutz (played by the late Margot Kidder) and their children move to Amityville Long Island they believe they have found the perfect family home. But the house has a shocking history and within its walls a demonic presence lies in wait that will turn the Lutz’s lives into a living nightmare.
SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:
‘Brolin Thunder’ – A new interview with actor James Brolin
‘Child’s Play’ – A new interview with actor Meeno Peluce
‘Amityville Scribe’ – A new interview with screenwriter Sandor Stern
‘The Devil in the Music’ – A new interview with composer Lalo Schifrin
‘My Amityville Horror’ – feature-length documentary with Daniel Lutz
‘For God’s Sake Get Out’ – Archive Interview with James Brolin and Margot Kidder
Intro by Dr.Hans Holzer, PhD. In Parapsychology (author of ‘Murder in Amityville’)
Audio commentary by Dr.Hans Holzer
Original trailer, TV spot, radio spots
DTS-HD master audio 5.1 and uncompressed stereo audio options
New optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired
Next up is one of the titles I remember from walking around the video stores in my youth and a film that ended up on the notorious video nasty list of the early 1980s. That film is Xtro. Part E.T., part Alien, British horror classic Xtro is one of the strangest, most shocking exploitation flicks from these shores and you can revisit it or visit it with this special edition release from Second Sight. Loved by horror fans, reviled by highbrow critics on its original release and one of the most notorious homegrown films of its time, the demand continues for this British cult horror film – and now the arrival of Xtro: Standard Edition gets set to land on 22 October 2018.
SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:
New restoration featuring option of alternative endings plus the original UK video version edit
New director restoration
‘Xploring Xtro’ – a new 57 minute documentary featuring interviews with Harry Bromley-Davenport, Mark Forstater, Bernice Stegers, Susie Silvey, ‘Tik’ – Tim Dry, ‘Tok’ – Sean Crawford, Robert Pereno, Alan Jones and Craig Lapper
‘The World of Xtro – a new featurette with Harry Bromley-Davenport and Mark Forstater
‘Beyond Xtro’ – a new featurette with Harry Bromley-Davenport and Mark Forstater looking ahead to new reboot ‘Xtro – The Big One’, including exclusive test footage
‘Loving The Alien: A Tribute to Philip Sayer’ featuring exclusive Brian May music tribute
Reversible sleeve with 2 original artwork options
English subtitles for the hearing impaired
Finally for this month is not only one of my favourite haunted house films, but one of my favourite films of all time. I first saw The Changeling on a TV broadcast and it freaked me the hell out and to this day, I can still remember scenes from this film that chill my bones (but I wont say what they are as I dont want to spoil your viewing if you havent seen this film before)
Cited as a huge influence by renowned film-makers including Martin Scorsese and Alejandro Amenabar and lauded by horror aficionados and audiences alike, The Changeling is one of the most chilling horrors of all time. Now, following the success of the Blu-ray edition earlier this year, it arrives in a new standard edition on 29 October 2018.
After the tragic death of his wife and daughter in a car crash, composer John Russell (brilliantly played by George C Scott) leaves the city and retires to an old mansion in the hope of rebuilding his life. The peace and quiet he craves is soon disturbed however. Unexplained noises are just the beginning. Convinced there is a supernatural presence in the house he enlists the help a local historian. What they uncover is more shocking than he could ever have imagined.
One of the most highly acclaimed horror films of all time The Changeling will chill you to the bone.
SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:
Brand new 4K scan and restoration
Audio commentary with director Peter Medak and producer Joel B. Michaels moderated by Severin Films’ David Gregory
‘The House on Cheesman Park’: The Haunting True Story of The Changeling
‘The Music of The Changeling’: Interview with Music Arranger Kenneth Wannberg
‘Building The House of Horror’: Interview with Art Director Reuben Freed
‘The Psychotronic Tourist’: The Changeling
New English subtitles for the hearing impaired
Thats got your October covered I think but you can check out more titles from Second Sight at their official website http://www.secondsightfilms.co.uk