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The Devil's Daughter

Review Italy released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Italian ( DTS 5.1 ), Italian ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: This stylishly photographed horror movie centers upon a beautiful, good-hearted schoolteacher whose life becomes a living hell after she is chosen to bear the son of Satan. Her horrible ordeal begins when an ancient enigmatic traveller places an ancient, supposedly extinct, insect up her nose. It crawls into her brain. She soon begins having terrifying dreams and more. When she learns the awful truth about her relationship with the Dark Master things get even worse. Still the baby is born and the poor woman faces a terrible and, genre-wise, surprising choice. ...The Devil's Daughter ( La Setta ) ( Demons 4 )
Death Walks Twice: Two Films by Luciano Ercoli (4-Disc Limited Edition Boxset) [Blu-ray + DVD] (includes Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight)

Review The Terrifying First Film from the Director of THE CHURCH and CEMETERY MAN

While a group of young actors rehearse a new musical about a mass murderer, a notorious psychopath escapes from a nearby insane asylum. But when the show's director locks his cast in the theater overnight, the madman is accidentally locked inside as well. Now, a killer with acting in his blood has gone berserk for the blood of actors (including several scenes that EuroHorror fans worldwide consider to be the most violent of the decade) and the stage is set for one unforgettable evening of shock, suspense and unstoppable carnage.

STAGEFRIGHT marked the stunning directorial debut of Dario Argento protege Michele Soavi and instantly sealed his reputation as the leader of Italian horror's new generation of filmmakers. Also known as AQUARIUS, DELIRIA and BLOODY BIRD, this brutal shocker has been newly transferred in gore-drenched High Definition from the original uncut and uncensored negative and comes loaded with exclusive new Extras!

EXTRAS:
Theatre Of Delirium - Interview with Director Michele Soavi
Head Of The Company - Interview with Star David Brandon
Blood On The Stage Floor - Interview with Star Giovanni Lombardo Radice
The Owl Murders - Interview with Make-Up Effects Artist Pietro Tenoglio
The Sound Of Aquarius - Interview with Composer Simon Boswell
Theatrical Trailer
Poster & Still Gallery
Cat In The Brain(2 Blu-rays, 1 CD)

Review With a financial crisis looming, the members of a local Church are faced with the very real possibility of having to put their Church up for sale. With chaos surrounding the Church's future, its members are plunged into spiritual doubt as well. It is up to the congregation to band together and through music and God's guidance, save the Church and themselves. Join a musical journey of praise, forgiveness & redemption.
The Cat O' Nine Tails [Blu-ray]

Review One of the most contraversial Italian made-for-TV thriller made in the recent years, by the hottest modern Italian horror director Michele Soavi retelling a true story that shocked the Italian public and society for over 10 years.

SYNOPSIS

In this violent action thriller, Kim Rossi-Stuart (THE NAME OF THE ROSE) and Dino Abbrescia (I'M NOT SCARED) are detectives on the trail of a criminal gang perpetrating terrorist attacks along the Rimini coast and getting away each time in a white Fiat Uno. When pursuit of the gang ends in the death of their superior officer, the detectives go beyond the law to bring the killers to justiceā€¦ only to find that their identities are as shocking as their crimes. UNO BIANCA finds Michele Soavi employing his trademark suspense tactics to give added tension to this fact-based action film, co-scripted by veteran EuroCult actor-writer Luigi Montefiori (RABID DOGS). NoShame Films is proud to present the American premiere of this two-part, three-hour film, originally broadcast on Italian television and unlike anything you've ever seen in prime time.


The New York Ripper [Blu-ray]

Review Gripping from start to finish, Uno Bianca is an outstanding police procedural originally broadcast on Italian television in 2001, now available as a superbly packaged DVD set from NoShame Films. Italian horror and suspense master Michele Soavi (Cemetery Man) brings his formidable talent to bear on the fact-based 1991 case of the "Uno Bianca" gang of thieves and killers, so named because they use a white Fiat Uno as their getaway car. When their commander is killed in an attempted raid on the gang, detective Valerio Maldesi (Italian star Kim Rossi Stuart) and his partner Rocco (Dino Abbrescia) begin an aggressively maverick campaign to capture the killers, whose reign of terror leaves a rising body count at banks, supermarkets and gas stations along the Rimini coast. Intelligently scripted by veteran actor-writer Luigi Montefiori (a.k.a. George Eastman, Rabid Dogs), this two-part, three-hour action thriller unfolds with superior plotting, character development, and bursts of violence that emerge sensibly (and not gratuitously) from an intense series of cat-and-mouse confrontations. A slick, expertly crafted production, Uno Bianca plays out with the forceful momentum of Michael Mann's Heat combined with the sensible casework of Helen Mirren's acclaimed British series Prime Suspect. If the climax seems mildly anticlimactic, it's only because Uno Bianca is realistically faithful to actual police methods, uncompromised by artificial action or implausible plot devices. As the intricate plot unfolds to include Maldesi's pregnant wife and the stressful effect of his obsessive pursuit of justice, Soavi handles action and suspense with Hitchcockian precision, and the casting of Stuart and Abbrescia simply couldn't be better.

NoShame's two-disc DVD release of Uno Bianca is first-class in every way, with an abundance of bonus features (interviews, behind-the-scenes featurettes, a photo gallery, etc.), and an informative, well-written booklet of background detail and cast/director biographies. Just for fun, there's even a cardboard cut-out so you can make your own miniature white Fiat Uno! For discerning DVD collectors everywhere, it's this kind of care and attention that distinguishes NoShame from other, less fan-oriented DVD distributors, and Uno Bianca is entirely worthy of this high-class presentation. --Jeff Shannon


What Have You Done to Solange? (2-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD]

Review A writer returns home from World War I. He has developed a very bad case of post traumatic stress disorder. He contemplates suicide, but becomes interested in the 12 year old niece of the innkeeper at the place where he is recuperating.He becomes deeply infatuated with her, but can't physically consummate any kind of relationship with her. She brightens his day, but her sexuality is just beginning to bud. When she begins to prefer a male closer to her age than the writer, the finality of the plot is set.

When sold by Amazon.com, this product will be manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.


Without Warning (Bluray/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray]

Review Italy released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Italian ( DTS 5.1 ), Italian ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: This stylishly photographed horror movie centers upon a beautiful, good-hearted schoolteacher whose life becomes a living hell after she is chosen to bear the son of Satan. Her horrible ordeal begins when an ancient enigmatic traveller places an ancient, supposedly extinct, insect up her nose. It crawls into her brain. She soon begins having terrifying dreams and more. When she learns the awful truth about her relationship with the Dark Master things get even worse. Still the baby is born and the poor woman faces a terrible and, genre-wise, surprising choice. ...The Devil's Daughter ( La Setta ) ( Demons 4 )
Invitation, The [Blu-Ray/DVD]

Review The Terrifying First Film from the Director of THE CHURCH and CEMETERY MAN

While a group of young actors rehearse a new musical about a mass murderer, a notorious psychopath escapes from a nearby insane asylum. But when the show's director locks his cast in the theater overnight, the madman is accidentally locked inside as well. Now, a killer with acting in his blood has gone berserk for the blood of actors (including several scenes that EuroHorror fans worldwide consider to be the most violent of the decade) and the stage is set for one unforgettable evening of shock, suspense and unstoppable carnage.

STAGEFRIGHT marked the stunning directorial debut of Dario Argento protege Michele Soavi and instantly sealed his reputation as the leader of Italian horror's new generation of filmmakers. Also known as AQUARIUS, DELIRIA and BLOODY BIRD, this brutal shocker has been newly transferred in gore-drenched High Definition from the original uncut and uncensored negative and comes loaded with exclusive new Extras!

EXTRAS:
Theatre Of Delirium - Interview with Director Michele Soavi
Head Of The Company - Interview with Star David Brandon
Blood On The Stage Floor - Interview with Star Giovanni Lombardo Radice
The Owl Murders - Interview with Make-Up Effects Artist Pietro Tenoglio
The Sound Of Aquarius - Interview with Composer Simon Boswell
Theatrical Trailer
Poster & Still Gallery
Two Evil Eyes

Review With a financial crisis looming, the members of a local Church are faced with the very real possibility of having to put their Church up for sale. With chaos surrounding the Church's future, its members are plunged into spiritual doubt as well. It is up to the congregation to band together and through music and God's guidance, save the Church and themselves. Join a musical journey of praise, forgiveness & redemption.
Death Wish 40th Anniversary (BD) [Blu-ray]

Review One of the most contraversial Italian made-for-TV thriller made in the recent years, by the hottest modern Italian horror director Michele Soavi retelling a true story that shocked the Italian public and society for over 10 years.

SYNOPSIS

In this violent action thriller, Kim Rossi-Stuart (THE NAME OF THE ROSE) and Dino Abbrescia (I'M NOT SCARED) are detectives on the trail of a criminal gang perpetrating terrorist attacks along the Rimini coast and getting away each time in a white Fiat Uno. When pursuit of the gang ends in the death of their superior officer, the detectives go beyond the law to bring the killers to justiceā€¦ only to find that their identities are as shocking as their crimes. UNO BIANCA finds Michele Soavi employing his trademark suspense tactics to give added tension to this fact-based action film, co-scripted by veteran EuroCult actor-writer Luigi Montefiori (RABID DOGS). NoShame Films is proud to present the American premiere of this two-part, three-hour film, originally broadcast on Italian television and unlike anything you've ever seen in prime time.


The Blob [Blu-ray]

Review Gripping from start to finish, Uno Bianca is an outstanding police procedural originally broadcast on Italian television in 2001, now available as a superbly packaged DVD set from NoShame Films. Italian horror and suspense master Michele Soavi (Cemetery Man) brings his formidable talent to bear on the fact-based 1991 case of the "Uno Bianca" gang of thieves and killers, so named because they use a white Fiat Uno as their getaway car. When their commander is killed in an attempted raid on the gang, detective Valerio Maldesi (Italian star Kim Rossi Stuart) and his partner Rocco (Dino Abbrescia) begin an aggressively maverick campaign to capture the killers, whose reign of terror leaves a rising body count at banks, supermarkets and gas stations along the Rimini coast. Intelligently scripted by veteran actor-writer Luigi Montefiori (a.k.a. George Eastman, Rabid Dogs), this two-part, three-hour action thriller unfolds with superior plotting, character development, and bursts of violence that emerge sensibly (and not gratuitously) from an intense series of cat-and-mouse confrontations. A slick, expertly crafted production, Uno Bianca plays out with the forceful momentum of Michael Mann's Heat combined with the sensible casework of Helen Mirren's acclaimed British series Prime Suspect. If the climax seems mildly anticlimactic, it's only because Uno Bianca is realistically faithful to actual police methods, uncompromised by artificial action or implausible plot devices. As the intricate plot unfolds to include Maldesi's pregnant wife and the stressful effect of his obsessive pursuit of justice, Soavi handles action and suspense with Hitchcockian precision, and the casting of Stuart and Abbrescia simply couldn't be better.

NoShame's two-disc DVD release of Uno Bianca is first-class in every way, with an abundance of bonus features (interviews, behind-the-scenes featurettes, a photo gallery, etc.), and an informative, well-written booklet of background detail and cast/director biographies. Just for fun, there's even a cardboard cut-out so you can make your own miniature white Fiat Uno! For discerning DVD collectors everywhere, it's this kind of care and attention that distinguishes NoShame from other, less fan-oriented DVD distributors, and Uno Bianca is entirely worthy of this high-class presentation. --Jeff Shannon


The Church

Review A writer returns home from World War I. He has developed a very bad case of post traumatic stress disorder. He contemplates suicide, but becomes interested in the 12 year old niece of the innkeeper at the place where he is recuperating.He becomes deeply infatuated with her, but can't physically consummate any kind of relationship with her. She brightens his day, but her sexuality is just beginning to bud. When she begins to prefer a male closer to her age than the writer, the finality of the plot is set.

When sold by Amazon.com, this product will be manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.



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