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Old 12-27-2013, 11:29 PM   #1
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Top 10 DVD/Blu-ray Releases of 2013

Inspired by a comment made by Chomp in our Top 10 of 2013 thread, I decided to see what everyone considers their favorite home video releases of the year. I don't know about the rest of you, but I spent a lot more time this year in front of my TV watching releases from Arrow or Scream Factory than I did watching new releases. My favorites for the year are below in no particular order. They are based on bonus features as well as my enjoyment of the film.

Big Trouble in Little China UK Blu-ray (Arrow)
The Fog (1980) Blu-ray (Scream Factory)
Badlands Blu-ray (The Criterion Collection)
The Howling Blu-ray (Scream Factory)
Night of the Comet Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (Scream Factory)
Maniac Cop 2 Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (Blue Underground)
The Last American Virgin UK Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (Arrow)
Crystal Lake Memories Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack with Bonus Disk (1428 Films)
Streets of Fire UK Blu-ray (Second Sight)
Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Blu-ray Collection (Sony)
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Old 12-28-2013, 12:56 AM   #2
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Right on....Off the top of my head:

Vincent Price BD Collection (Shout!)
The Fog BD (Shout!)
American Hippie in Israel BD (Grindhouse Releasing)
The ReAnimator Mediabook BD (Capelight)
Mad Foxes BD Mediabook (Illusions)
BoardingHouse 30th Anniversary DVD (Slasher Video)
Chester Turner DVD Collection (Massacre Video)
Repo Man BD (Criterion)
The Wicker Man BD (UK Version)
Night Train to Terror BD (Vinegar Syndrome)

Also want to acknowledge:
Dark Angel BD (Shout!)
Chucky BD Collection
Squirm BD (Arrow)
Deranged BD (Arrow)
Remote Control BD

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Old 12-28-2013, 02:29 AM   #3
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In no particular order:

- Top Sensation (Camera Obscura, DVD)
- Good Luck Miss Wyckoff (Vinegar Syndrome, BD)
- The Vampire's Night Orgy/Dr. Jekyll vs The Werewolf (Code Red, DVD)
- Dracula (1958) (Lionsgate (UK), BD + DVD)
- Scanners (Second Sight, BD)
- Dark Angel (Scream Factory, BD)
- The Burning (Scream Factory, BD)
- The Police Connection (Code Red, DVD)
- Boardinghouse: 30th Anniversary Edition (Slasher//Video, DVD)
- Death Force + Vampire Hookers double feature (Vinegar Syndrome, DVD)
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Old 12-28-2013, 04:00 AM   #4
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Demons/Demons 2 (Synapse)
The House on Straw Hill (Severin)
The Big Gundown (Grindhouse Releasing)
Badlands (Criterion)
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (Arrow)
Maniac Cop 2 (Blue Underground)
Motel Hell (Arrow)
Day of the Animals (Scorpion)
Ticks (Olive)
Lifeforce (Arrow)
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Old 12-28-2013, 04:26 AM   #5
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I'd definitely put Synapse's Demons Steelbooks on my list, but the price of them is just too much of a negative. Great fucking releases though...definitely deserve an acknowledgment.
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Old 12-28-2013, 04:57 AM   #6
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The Burning (Scream Factory)
Corruption (Grindhouse)
The Fog (Scream Factory)
Eyes Without a Face (Criterion)
In the Mouth of Madness (Warner Brothers)
Maniac Cop 2 (Blue Underground)
Re-Animator (Capelight)
Street Trash (Synapse)
The Town that Dreaded Sundown (Scream Factory)
The Vincent Price Collection (Scream Factory)


The Big Gundown (Grindhouse)
Dredd (Lionsgate)
The Driver (Twilight Time)
Electra Glide in Blue (Shout! Factory)
Slap Shot (Universal)
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Old 12-28-2013, 05:37 AM   #7
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The Driver (Twilight Time)
Lifeforce - Steelbook (Arrow)
Big Trouble in Little China - Steelbook (Arrow)
The Burning (Scream)
Badlands (Criterion)
Psycho 2 (Scream)
Electra Glide in Blue (Shout!)
Army of Darkness - Definitive Edition (Australasian Exclusive)
Two Men in Manhattan (Cohen)
Die Hard Legacy set - all uncut (Australasian Exclusive)
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Old 12-28-2013, 06:30 AM   #8
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In no particular order (Blu-rays):

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (Koch Media) Germany
Army of Darkness (Ultimate Edition) (Koch Media) Germany
Body Double (Twilight Time) U.S.
Howard the Duck (Koch Media) Germany
Isolation (Sunfilm) Germany
Marathon Man (Paramount) Germany
Peter Weir Collection (Koch Media) Germany
Serial Mom (Universal) Germany
Society (Capelight) Germany
The Crow: Salvation (Universum) Germany
Tootsie (Sony) Germany

Honorable mention:

Voyage of the Rock Aliens (VZ Handels GmbH) Germany. The 4:3 version looks decent, the zoomed 16:9 version is awful.
Sophie's Choice (Universal) Germany

Most disappointing:

Roland Emmerich Collection (Universum) Germany
They used poor VHS-like quality in SD for the included U.S. Versions of "Ghost Chase" and "Making Contact", with "Making Contact" letterboxed and forced subtitles. The German versions (Original Extended Versions) have excellent PQ, but no English audio or Subtitles. If anything, this set is worth checking out for "Moon 44" alone. Presented with English audio option, no forced subs and very good PQ.
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Old 12-28-2013, 10:38 PM   #9
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Some semblance of an order with the best at the end:

Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (Criterion)
This was really out of the blue and a fair price even at retail, a steal at 50% off!

Black Devil Doll From Hell / Tales from the QuaDead Zone (Massacre Video)
Long promised and passed between many a indie DVD label, Massacre Video finally delivered with a plethora of editions including VHS.

Jean Rollin Blu-ray (Kino / Redemption)
Jesus Franco Blu-ray (Kino / Redemption)
It's been great to see the surge continue into 2013 from Kino and Redemption with the Jean Rollin and Jesus Franco titles on Blu-ray. Also props to Severin and Mondo Macabro for their strategic support under the Franco category as well! Here's hoping for even more in 2014!

Day of the Animals (Scorpion)
Scorpion should be given props for saying, "No not again" to bad transfers and doing what Media Blaster never would: pay to re-do a scan if the results aren't satisfactory.

Vincent Price Collection (Scream Factory)
The key here are the Vincent Price introductions which were very literally saved from the landfill to end up in this set.

House of Wax 3D (Warner)
It's just so great that Warner ponied up to bring us House of Wax and Dial M for Murder in their original 3D.

Mario Bava / AIP (Arrow)
Arrow went the extra mile over Kino and delivered the alternate cuts of the Mario Bava releases which have gone unreleased for many years since VHS. They also delivered superior transfers so we wouldn't have to weight the options of better transfers vs. having Karloff's original voice. Overall Arrow has become a much more rounded company delivering superior extras, packaging and now finally transfers.

The Wicker Man (StudioCanal)
Another search of materials and this time they were able to find the director's preferred version. While there may still be some footage out there this is a great find and the extra effort put forth in the UK edition to include all three cuts is exactly what the fans would want.

Demons / Demons 2 (Synapse)
The Re-Animator (Capelight)

They were both excellent restorations when second rate transfers were available for them to ship out without any effort. Both were expensive limited editions that were dickish in their own way. However Re-Animator is simply the better film and was more of a must have because of that.

Honorable Mentions: 88 Film's Full Moon Releases.
None of these releases are especially earth shattering but 88 Films have proven they can release a better product than Full Moon themselves and they're doing it for all of our favorites.

So close yet so far away: Horror of Dracula (Blu-ray)
It's fantastic that most (but not all) of the cut footage was found in Japan, but unfortunately the transfer itself was overly tinted Blue. Hammer's "restorations" in general have been a mixed bag and while some were acceptable others were simply disasters. It's these disasters that lead me to believe even the acceptable transfers could probably have been done better with more knowledgeable people behind the wheel. For now I've held off on all of these releases hoping for a second chance, especially because Warner has yet to release theirs.
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Old 12-29-2013, 05:31 AM   #10
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The Fog (Blu-Ray)
The Beast Within (Blu-Ray)
The Fly (Blu-Ray)
Lords Of Salem (Blu-Ray)-Should have had more supplements but just happy to have this film finally.
Crossfire Hurricane-The Rolling Stones (Blu-Ray)
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:33 AM   #11
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I didn't buy many more than ten 2013 releases. I could list 10, but after about five they'd make the list basically by default. I'll only submit the standouts.

1. Red River (Wild Side Video)
2. The Quiet Man (Olive)
3. Runaway Train (Arrow)
4. The Vincent Price Collection (Shout)
5. Two-Lane Blacktop (Criterion)
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:16 AM   #12
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Some of my highlights of the year for bith movie and transfer quality.
The Big Gundown(Grindhouse) what a wonderful package and a soundtrack CD.I would have liked a English dub with subs for the Italian scenes in the directors cut but that is the only gripe.
Corruption(Grindhouse). Been after this for ages and this BD didnt disappoint.
Dracula(Hammers 1958 version). Beautiful transfer, good extras and a fully uncut print.
The Car(Arrow). Another guilty pleasure of mine given the delux treatment.
Tales From The Crypt(Anolis media book Germany). A release that came from nowhere. Classic Amicus horror on a great BD with very cool packaging.
Tower Of Evil(Scorpion). Another movie where the upgrade from DVD to BD was most welcome.
Blood On Satans Claw(Odean). Another great Blu ray upgrade of a classic British horror movie.
Day Of The Animals(Scorpion). Great transfer and DTS HD MA sound mixes. Chuck out those old Shriek Show DVDs.
The Mummy(1959). Another well produced Hammer classic on BD with good extras and transfer.
House On Straw Hill(Severin). Not a great transfer by any stretch but good to see it finally uncut.
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Old 12-29-2013, 06:03 PM   #13
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Of the top of my head...

The Car (Arrow)
Squirm (Arrow)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Arrow)
Maniac Cop 2 (BU)
Maniac Cop 3 (BU)
Vincent Price Box Set (SF)
The Incredible Melting Man (SF)
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (SF)
The Burning (SF)
In the Mouth of Madness (WB)
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:00 AM   #14
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No order

Re-Animator (CapeLight)
Demons / Demons 2 (Synapse)
On the Waterfront (Criterion)
Repo Man (Criterion)

Honorable mentions, but flawed

Friday the 13th: Complete Collection (WB)
Dawn of the Dead (Happinet)
Halloween (Anchor Bay)
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:46 PM   #15
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Für ein paar Dollar mehr (For a Few Dollars More) (1965) - German
Lifeforce [Collector's Edition] (1985) - Shout Factory
Ninja III: The Domination [Collector's Edition] (1984) - Shout Factory
The Police Connection (The Mad Bomber) (1973) - Code Red
Mad Foxes [Mediabook] (1981) - Illusions
Hard Times [The Limited Edition Series] (1975) - Twilight Time
Alley Cat [Katarina's Kat Skratch Cinema] (1984) - Scorpion
Fairy in a Cage [Nikkatsu Erotic Films Collection] (1977) - Synapse
Body Melt [Katarina's Nightmare Theater] (1993) - Scorpion
Samurai Cop [Special Edition] (1989) - Cinema Epoch
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