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A bumper collection of horror and martial arts from Eureka in the new year

26 November 2020

Eureka has announced its February and March 2021 line-up today which will feature a sinister bio-hacking thriller; the final film from one of German cinema’s great filmmakers; a slick, suspenseful techno-horror, and VHS favourite; a post-apocalyptic gore-filled sci-fi horror classic of the early 90s; a 1970s killer creature double feature; a ground-breaking gothic folktale; and three action comedy classics from Hong Kong’s brightest stars.

 

Breeder slipcase and Blu-ray cover art

Drawing comparisons to the New French Extreme films of the early 2000s, Breeder is a brutal modernist survival horror directed by Pusher screenwriter Jens Dahl.

A renowned health supplement company, run by a ruthless businesswoman (Signe Egholm Olsen), is selecting and abducting young women as part of an experiment bio-hacking babies’ DNA to enable her clients to reverse the ageing process.  When Mia (Sara Hjort Ditlevsen, Borgman) goes to investigate, she finds herself trapped, branded and tortured in a grim underground facility. Familiar faces start to appear, and she realises that she is not alone in this. Can she somehow find inner strength and escape from the nightmare?

The first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase, and will be released on the 15 February 2021. The film will also be available digitally.

BLU-RAY FEATURES:

  • Limited Edition O-Card slipcase [2000 copies]
  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray
  • DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with director Jens Dahl and screenwriter Sissel Dalsgaard Thomsen
  • A collector’s booklet featuring a new essay by film historian Kat Ellinger

 

The Last Warning Blu-ray and slipcase cover art

Adapted from Thomas F. Fallon’s 1922 Broadway play of the same name, The Last Warning is based on the story The House of Fear by Wadsworth Camp and centres on an unsolved murder that occurs during a live Broadway performance. When the victim’s body goes missing, the death remains unsolved and the theatre is condemned. That is, until years later when a suspicious new “producer” arrives to restage the play with the original cast and crew.

Part of Universal’s ongoing silent restoration initiative, The Last Warning honours the studio’s rich film history that has spanned more than a century. Universal’s team of restoration experts conducted a worldwide search for The Last Warning’s available elements, ultimately working with materials from the Cinémathèque française and the Packard Humanities Institute Collection in the UCLA Film & Television Archive. The Masters of Cinema series presents the completed 4K restoration on Blu-ray, the first time the film has ever been available on home video in the UK. The first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase, and will be released on 15 February 2021.

BLU-RAY FEATURES:

  • Limited Edition O-Card slipcase [2000 copies]
  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from Universal’s 4K restoration, available for the first time ever on home video in the UK
  • Score by composer Arthur Barrow
  • Brand new audio commentary with horror and fantasy authors Stephen Jones and Kim Newman
  • Paul Leni and “The Last Warning” – video essay by film historian and author John Soister on Leni’s final film
  • Rare stills gallery
  • A collector’s booklet featuring a new essay by Philip Kemp and a short essay by composer Arthur Barrow on his score for the film

 

Pulse Blu-ray cover and slipcase art

In every second of every day, it improves our lives. And in a flash, it can end them. In today’s world of modern conveniences, everything we rely on is run by electricity. But what happens if the power we take for granted turns against us? Old man Holger knows. He claims electricity is a living presence, whose voice can only be silenced by getting rid of anything that can hear it. Bill Rockland (Cliff De Young; Shock TreatmentFlight of the Navigator) however, refuses to believe him. It must have been an accident when an electric spark ruptured the gas pipe that nearly killed Bill’s son (Joey Lawrence). And it’s surely a coincidence when his wife (Roxanne Hart) is severely scalded by their electric water heater. But when his own power tools attack him and an electrical fire turns their home into a blazing inferno, Bill realises Holger may have been right after all, and perhaps the time has come to finally pull the plug!

Pulse was a VHS favourite, and returns to home video on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK as part of the Eureka Classics range. The first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase and Collector’s Booklet, and will be released on 22 February 2021.

BLU-RAY FEATURES:

  • Limited Edition O-Card slipcase [2000 copies]
  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray
  • LPCM 2.0 audio
  • Optional English SDH
  • Brand new audio commentary by author and film historian Amanda Reyes
  • Tuning in to Tech Horror – video essay by writer and film historian Lee Gambin
  • Limited Edition collector’s booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar and author Craig Ian Mann [2000 copies]

 

Mindwarp slipcase and Blu-ray cover art

In the future, life will be a dream. And reality a nightmare. In a post-apocalyptic world, one woman (Marta Alicia) relies on computer fantasies to entertain herself, but a glitch sends her to a far-off wasteland to deal with monsters called Crawlers. She is saved by a young rebel (Bruce Campbell; the Evil Dead franchise, Bubba Ho-Tep), but the pair are later captured and brought underground by the Crawlers. There, an overlord called the Seer (Angus Scrimm; the Phantasm series) presides over the kingdom and tries to make life miserable for his captives.

The first film produced as part of the Fangoria Films label, Mindwarp is a gore-filled sci-fi horror classic of the early ‘90s, and Eureka Classics is proud to present the film on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK. The first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase and Collector’s Booklet, and will be released on 22 February 2021.

BLU-RAY FEATURES:

  • Limited Edition O-Card slipcase [2000 copies]
  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray
  • LPCM 2.0 audio
  • Optional English SDH
  • Brand new feature length audio interview with Tony Timpone, former longtime editor of Fangoria Magazine
  • Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors 1990 – footage from the horror convention, with Bruce Campbell and Angus Scrimm in attendance after recently filming Mindwarp
  • Reversible sleeve artwork featuring original poster artwork for both the original US release, and the international “Brain Slasher” artwork
  • Limited Edition collector’s booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar and author Craig Ian Mann; and a reprinted article from Fangoria sister publication, Gorezone [2000 copies]

 

Nightwing and Shadow of the Hawk Blu-ray cover art

Up next, a 1970s Killer Creature Double Feature: Is a wave of mysterious deaths on a Native American reservation being caused by killer vampire bats, or a curse from beyond the grave? Featuring special effects work by Carlo Rambaldi (Alien, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial), Nightwing was one of many creature features produced to cash in on the success of Jaws, but director Arthur Hiller (Love Story) also imbues the film with a humanitarian edge.

An ageing medicine man recruits his sceptical grandson to aid him in a spiritual battle against evil spirits and black magic. Filmed in the forests of British Columbia to stunning effect, Shadow of the Hawk features a number of eerie and effective sequences of supernatural terror.  Both films will be released together as a ‘1970s Killer creature double feature’ as part of the Eureka Classics range. The first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition Collector’s Booklet, and will be released on 15 March 2021.

BLU-RAY FEATURES:

  • O Card slipcase featuring new artwork by Darren Wheeling
  • English SDH subtitles
  • Nightwing – Brand new audio commentary by film historians Lee Gambin and Amanda Reyes 
  • Shadow of the Hawk – Brand new audio commentary with film writer Mike McPadden and Ben Reiser
  • Oil and the (Geo)Politics of Blood – Audio essay by John Edgar Browning
  • Trailers
  • A limited edition collector’s booklet featuring essays by film historian Lee Gambin and film scholar and author Craig Ian Mann [2000 copies]

 

VIY Blu-ray cover art

Bursting with startling imagery and stunning practical effects courtesy of directors Konstantin Yershov, Georgi Kropachyov, and perhaps most notably, artistic director Aleksandr Ptushko (the legendary special effects artist whose spectacular stop-motion effects and innovative colour cinematography has seen him referred to as the Soviet equivalent of Willis O’Brien, Ray Harryhausen, and even Mario Bava), VIY has influenced generations of directors for more than half a century.

In 19th century Russia, a seminary student is forced to spend three nights with the corpse of a beautiful young witch. But when she rises from the dead to seduce him, it will summon a nightmare of fear, desire, and the ultimate demonic mayhem.

The Masters of Cinema series presents VIY in its UK debut on Blu-ray from a HD restoration of the original film elements. The Limited-Edition release (3000 copies only) will feature a Bonus Disc containing A Holy Place (1990, dir. Djordje Kadijevic) and an exclusive O-Card Slipcase, and will be available from 22 March 2021.

BLU-RAY FEATURES:

  • Limited Edition Exclusive O-Card slipcase 
  • Limited Edittion exclusive bonus disc: A Holy Place [Sveto mesto] (1990, dir. Djordje Kadijevic) an adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s short story and a stunning example of Serbian Gothic cinema from director Djordje Kadijevic. Described by critic Dejan Ognjanovic as “an unparalleled excess of perversity and terror”
  • New Interview with A Holy Place director Djordje Kadijevic (Limited Edition Exclusive Only)
  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray
  • Original Russian mono audio
  • Optional English mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles and English SDH
  • Brand new audio commentary with film historian and eastern European cinema expert Michael Brooke
  • Brand new video essay on Russian novelist and VIY author Nikolai Gogol
  • Archival documentary on VIY
  • Three Russian silent film fragments, The Portrait [1915, 8 mins], The Queen of Spades [1916, 16 mins], and Satan Exultant [1917, 20 mins]
  • Newly commissioned sleeve artwork by Peter Savieri [TO BE REVEALED AT A LATER DATE]
  • A collector’s booklet featuring a new essay on Aleksandr Ptushko by Tim Lucas, and a new essay by Serbian writer and film critic Dejan Ognjanovic

 

The Lucky Stars Blu-ray cover art

Three action packed comedy classics – The Lucky Stars 3-Film Collection: Winners and SinnersMy Lucky Stars; and Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars  come to Blu-ray for the first in the UK from brand new restorations. The original trilogy of Lucky Stars films were massively successful both in Hong Kong and internationally. Featuring star-studded ensemble casts including Sammo Hung (also directing), Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao, and appearances from Richard Ng, Andy Lau, Rosamund Kwan, Moon Lee, Dick Wei, James Tien and many more.

Winners and Sinners (1983) – Five former prisoners form a cleaning company and endeavour to keep clear of crime, but inadvertently find themselves in the middle of a counterfeit money scheme, and now the Triads and the police are out to get them!

My Lucky Stars (1985) – The Lucky Stars are sent to Japan to help the police apprehend a gang of dangerous criminals and a corrupt cop. Of course nothing goes to plan, and a series of gut-busting and neck-breaking action sequences ensue, leading up to one of the best climactic fight sequences ever filmed.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Lucky Stars (1985) – Tasked with busting a crime syndicate, the Lucky Stars wreak havoc in a holiday paradise with their unique brand of high-kicking justice and outrageous antics.

The first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase and Collector’s Booklet, and will be release as part of the Eureka Classics range from 22 March 2021.

BLU-RAY FEATURES:

  • A unique variant edition Limited Edition O-Card slipcase featuring new artwork by Darren Wheeling [2000 copies]
  • All three films presented in 1080p on Blu-ray from brand new 4K restorations, including the alternate extended Taiwanese version of Twinkle, Twinkle, Lucky Stars also fully restored in 4K
  • Cantonese audio tracks (original mono presentations)
  • Optional English dubbed audio tracks for all films
  • Newly translated English subtitles
  • Brand new feature length audio commentaries on all three films by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival)
  • Winners and Sinners – Archival interview with director and star Sammo Hung (6 mins)
  • Winners and Sinners – Archival interview with director and star Sammo Hung (13 mins)
  • Winners and Sinners – Sammo Hung retrospective featuring interviews with friends of the legendary director, actor, and action choreographer (20 mins)
  • My Lucky Stars – Archival interview with Michiko Nishiwaki (20 mins)
  • My Lucky Stars – Archival interview with Sammo Hung (18 mins)
  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Lucky Stars – Archival interview with Richard Norton (33 mins)
  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Lucky Stars – Archival interview with Richard Ng (21 mins)
  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Lucky Stars – Scott Adkins interviews Richard Norton, an excerpt from Adkins’ own “The Art of Action” series featuring Richard Norton discussing his experiences working on Twinkle, Twinkle, Lucky Stars
  • Behind-the-scenes featurettes on all three films originally produced for their Japanese releases
  • Outtakes, NG (“No Good!”) shots for all three films 
  • Trailers for all three films
  • Limited Edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing by James Oliver [2000 copies]