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Sunday 29th March 2020

On May 26th, Severin Films is releasing a hat trick of seminal international horrors: Italian Giallo maestro Sergio Martino’s masterpiece THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH with giallo queen Edwige Fenech, the original Indonesian haunting masterpiece SATAN’S SLAVE, and long thought lost German mind melter HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND are all making their glorious high definition US disc debuts packed with bonus features!

A year before they stunned the genre with ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK, director Sergio Martino, co-writer Ernesto Gastaldi, and stars Edwige Fenech & George Hilton made their collaborative giallo debut with this “incredible piece of cinema” (Flickering Myth) that is “every bit as thrilling as Argento’s best” (Goomba Stomp): Fenech “at her most luminous” (Digitally Obsessed) stars as an unfaithful diplomat’s wife who finds herself hunted by a razor-wielding sex maniac while simultaneously haunted by her own depraved desires. Alberto de Mendoza (HORROR EXPRESS), Cristina Airoldi (TORSO) and Ivan Rassimov (EATEN ALIVE!) co-star in the “daring shocker that set the pace for years to come” (Mondo Digital) – also known as BLADE OF THE RIPPER and NEXT! – newly scanned in 4k from the internegative and loaded with new & archival Special Features.

Special Features:
• Audio Commentary with Kat Ellinger, Author Of 'All The Colors Of Sergio Martino'
• "Of Vice and Virtue" interview with director Sergio Martino
• "Cold As Ice" interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
• "Vienna Vice" interview with actor George Hilton and Italian genre historian Antonio Bruschini
• Archival interview with actress Edwige Fenech
• Introduction By actor George Hilton
• Theatrical Trailer
• CD Soundtrack (Limited to 3000 units, Blu-Ray edition only)

In 1980, Indonesian exploitation studio Rapi Films and writer/director Sisworo Gautama Putra (PRIMITIVES, THE WARRIOR) unleashed the singular chiller that rocked the Muslim nation, transformed the country’s genre film industry, and remains one of the most influential shockers in Asian horror history: While mourning the death of his mother, a troubled teen discovers a nightmare world of restless spirits, supernatural vengeance and occult terror with “an intense creepiness that stands the test of time” (The Jakarta Post). Ruth Pelupessy (THE SNAKE QUEEN) and W.D. Mochtar (MYSTICS IN BALI) star in this “classic from the Golden Age of Indonesian horror” (Monster!) – whose 2017 Joko Anwar remake became an international festival favorite and one of Indonesia’s biggest hits ever – now scanned from the original negative and packed with all-new Special Features.

Special Features:
• "Satan's Box Office" interview with producer Gope T. Samtani
• "Indonesian Atmosphere" interview with screenwriter Imam Tantowi
• "Satan's Slave Obsession" audio interview with remake director Joko Anwar

Produced in 1960 as BODY IN THE WEB, it became a notorious Adults Only feature throughout Europe(though banned in the UK). Three years later and sheared of its nudity, it was repackaged for American audiences as a brain-melting monster movie filled with stripper catfights, skimpy lingerie and radioactive arachnids. Alexander D’Arcy – whose Hollywood career ranged from Leo McCarey’s THE AWFUL TRUTH to Al Adamson’s BLOOD OF DRACULA’S CASTLE – and ‘The German Jayne Mansfield’ Barbara Valentin (BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ) star in “the ultimate exploitation movie” (PsychotronicReview.com), produced by Wolf C. Hartwig of BLOODY MOON and SCHOOLGIRL REPORT infamy. Severin Films is proud to present both the complete uncensored version – scanned from the Düsseldorf dupe negative – as well as the alternate U.S. release – scanned from a pristine low con print – now together for the first time.
Special Features:
• German Version with English and German audio options as well as English subtitles
• Alternate US Release Version - IT'S HOT IN PARADISE
• "The History of Spider Island" interview with film historian Prof. Dr. Marcus Stiglegger
• Audio Interview with actor Alexander D'Arcy by horror historian David Del Valle
• Alternate Clothed Scenes
• Theatrical Trailer
• Limited Edition Slip Case (Limited to 3000 units, Blu-Ray edition only)

Bundles, including goodies such as a terrifying SPIDER ISLAND figure and an original design STRANGE VICE T-shirt and reproductions of rare original French STRANGE VICE and SPIDER ISLAND Foto-Comics, published for the first time in English, are AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY from the severin webstore: www.severin-films.com.

Promo Trailer for May 2020 Releases: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJgST80bDCA.


Thursday 26th March 2020

Cult Epics presents on May 15, 2020 the third release in the series Corpse Fucking Art: Jorg Buttgereit’s powerful materpiece DER TODESKING (aka The Death King) - seven stories on Death and Suicide, each taking place on a different day of the week, enframed by the decomposition of a human body - on the original home video standard in two editions, very limited numbers, following the highly successful VHS re-issue of NEKROMANTIK and NEKROMANTIK 2 in the last years.

DER TODESKING VHS-A (Limited Edition of 50):
- 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
- In German (stereo sound) with English subtitles
- Feature film with artwork by Martin Trafford of Original Poster Art
- Numbered Limited edition of 50 copies in Clamshell Case

- 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
- In German (stereo sound) with English subtitles
- Exclusive Der Todesking T-shirt (M, L, XL) with art by Martin Trafford
- Exclusive set of 7 Prints (8.5”x11” inches) featuring art by Martin Trafford, with certificate signed by Martin Trafford.
- Der Todesking enamel Pin, limited edition of 75 made.
- All housed in box with art by Martin Trafford


Monday 23rd March 2020

Hello again Severin Friends and Family,

Sale starts at midnight PST tonight. We know some of you are just as bummed as we are about not being able to meet up in person due to the numerous convention giants having to change their schedules because of COVID-19. If you're like us, we figured you may wish to stock up on viewing materials for the coming weeks. Since our two-person shipping team run the webstore without having to cross paths with other humans, our website and shipping department are still fully operational, unlike many other e-tailers, for the time being. So, we wanted to offer a special Convention Sabbatical Sale where ALL Blu-rays and DVD's will be 30% off at checkout from Sunday (3/22) through Monday (3/23). This 30% off sale excludes Pre-orders, Bundles, and Merchandise. NO CODE REQUIRED.

A couple of things to note. Due to our distributor being out of service right now, we will only be selling units that are actually in stock at our store, which right now is almost everything released to date that is in print. All item quantities in our webstore have been adjusted to reflect what is in-hand, which ranges from 1 unit to 200 units so QUANTITIES ARE LOW. As of right now, shipping is not limited in Arizona so all orders placed will be shipped first come, first served starting on Monday and will not be withheld and added to existing pre-orders. This means the ADD TO EXISTING ORDER function has been turned off completely while the sale runs. If worldly circumstances beyond our control change, then orders will be shipped when permitted. Our FREE SHIPPING tiers will remain the same during this sale. The whole Severin team thanks you for your loyalty and business during this bizarre time.

Severin Films


Sunday 22nd March 2020

Some of you might be aware that Connecticut has now followed New York and is ordering a business shutdown. This is, of course, going to cause problems for our shipping. Therefore, we're doing a sale THIS WEEKEND ONLY (ends early Monday morning EST) so that anyone who wants to stock up on titles can do so. The goal is to get (hopefully) every order placed out and into the hands of USPS on Monday.

You can read the general sale rundown here: Vinegar Syndrome Pre-Quarantine Sale

In essence, everything is discounted and additional 15% off of our already reduced prices (except April pre-orders), but here are a few more pertinent bullet points:

1) We are not 'closing down' in the sense that we're going to stop working on restorations, new releases, etc, but we are having to makes some new arrangements in regards to staffing and assisting everyone who's able to work from home. That's our #1 priority right now.

2) No releases are cancelled and no release dates have been changed or pushed back. The only change is to do with SHIPPING orders.

3) The planned May reveal (our first UHD release of 2020) and Halfway to Black Friday Flash Pre-order for next weekend (March 27th-30th) has not changed, so look out for it. We’ll share more details on that throughout the week.

4) April titles are still being manufactured! There's a strong possibility that shipping will be delayed, but if you placed (or intend to place) a pre-order for April, be assured that they aren't going anywhere and we'll be sending them out as soon as we possibly can.

Thanks and be safe!

~ Team VS


Sunday 15th March 2020

March is a special month for Vinegar Syndrome with three Blu-ray releases, a Vinegar Syndrome Archive Blu-ray, and two DVD double features from the resurrected Peekarama line. All five titles are individually available, but the three Blu-rays will be available in a March 2020 bundle at 33% off SRP for $70.00 while an alternate bundle is also available containing all six releases at 35% off SRP for $125.00.

Malabimba, The Malicious Whore
From the warped and deranged mind of one of Italy’s foremost purveyors of top quality sleaze, Andrea Bianchi (Burial Ground, Strip Nude for Your Killer), comes one of the most shocking and blasphemous pieces of sexploitation cinema ever made: MALABIMBA. Co-starring Giancarlo Del Duca (Giallo A Venezia), Patricia Webley (Play Motel), and Mariangela Girodano (Patrick Still Lives), Vinegar Syndrome is proud to give this notorious, hardcore Exorcist riff its worldwide Blu-ray debut, newly restored in 2K from its original 16mm camera negative and presented here in its fully uncut and uncensored, 100 minute version.

• Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
• “Malabimba Uncovered” - interviews with actress Mariangela Giordano and cinematographer Franco Villa
• Brand new audio commentary with film historians and authors Samm Deighan, Heather Drain, and Kat Ellinger
• Theatrical trailer
• Reversible cover artwork
• SDH English subtitles
• A special limited edition embossed slipcover (designed by Earl Kessler Jr.) is limited to 2,000 units and is only available here at VinegarSyndrome.com

One of the true hidden gems of Canadian horror cinema, Mario Azzopardi’s DEADLINE is an unflinchingly grim, twisted, and cynically comedic study of a man’s slow descent into madness, punctuated by expertly rendered and creatively staged gory deaths. Featuring elegant and colorful cinematography by Fred Guthe (The Pit), tightly paced editing, and even a surprise musical sequence featuring acclaimed New Wave band, Rough Trade, Vinegar Syndrome proudly brings this gruesome masterpiece to Blu-ray for the first time, newly restored from 35mm vault elements.

• Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
• “Producing Something Horrific” interview with producer Henry Less
• “Embracing the Horror” interview with cinematographer Manfred Guthe
• Reversible cover artwork
• SDH English subtitles
• A special limited edition embossed slipcover (designed by Earl Kessler Jr.) is limited to 2,000 units and is only available here at VinegarSyndrome.com!

Perhaps the most offbeat film in the fascinating career of German actor turned exploitation auteur, Ulli Lommel (Tenderness of the Wolves, The Boogeyman) OLIVIA (also known as Prozzie and Double Jeopardy) finds a distinctive blend of slasher, erotic thriller, and straight forward sleaze, seasoned with touches of semi-surrealism. Atmospherically photographed and featuring a moody score by Joel Goldsmith (Man’s Best Friend), Vinegar Syndrome brings this nearly unclassifiable piece of early 80s genre weirdness to Blu-ray, newly restored in 4K from its original 35mm camera negative and presented in its completely uncensored version for the first time on disc.

• Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
• “Becoming Olivia” - an interview with actress Suzanna Love
• “Taking on Many Roles” interview with writer/asst. director John P. Marsh
• “A Chance Meeting” interview with cinematographer Jon Kranhouse
• “Learning From Ulli” interview with editor Terrell Tannen
• Super 8mm behind-the-scenes footage shot and narrated by writer/a.d. John P. Marsh
• Theatrical Trailer
• Reversible cover artwork
• SDH English subtitles
• A special limited edition embossed slipcover (designed by Earl Kessler Jr.) is limited to 2,000 units and is only available here at VinegarSyndrome.com!

Vinegar Syndrome Archive: Hell Riders
A spectacularly trashy and weird 80s biker film from the exploitation dream team of James Bryan (Don't Go in the Woods, Executioner Part 2) and Renee Harmon (Frozen Scream, Escape From the Insane Asylum), HELL RIDERS is loaded to the gills with jaw dropping, head scratching, and mind numbing thrills. Featuring Adam West (Batman) and Tina Louise (Gilligan's Island) and co-produced by exploitation legend Lee Frost (A Climax of Blue Power), Vinegar Syndrome Archive proudly presents the world disc debut of HELL RIDERS, newly restored from its original 35mm camera negative.

• Region Free Blu-ray
• “Straight to Hell” - an interview with co-writer/director James Bryan
• Original storyboard excerpt gallery
• Limited edition of 3,000
• Double-sided poster
• Reversible cover artwork
• SDH English subtitles
• This collection was inspired by our own video store, The Archive in Bridgeport CT, and is designed to be extra appealing and affordable for all local brick and mortar video stores by offering them below market wholesale pricing. Click here to view a list of all participating VSA retailers. Unique to this line, each hand numbered limited edition release will come fitted in a specially designed, bottom loading VHS inspired slipcase, featuring the original video art used for the film, while also including a double-sided poster.

Frankie and Johnnie Were Lovers /The Mislayed Genie
Inspired by the classic folk song, director Alan Colberg's contemporary reimagining of the great American love tragedy, Frankie and Johnnie Were Lovers follows the tumultuous romance of Frankie (Bond), a successful singer, and Johnnie, her computer whiz, race car loving beau (Rick Lutze), who can't keep his hands off beautiful Mary Bly (Cyndee Summers). Action and eroticism packed, Peekarama presents Frankie & Johnnie Were Lovers in its never on home video hardcore version.

After accidentally summoning up a genie (played by cult character actor Tobar Mayo), a sex-starved young man finds all of his erotic wishes can come true, but soon finds himself embroiled in time hopping orgies, gangster schemes, and other uproarious happenings, all while trying to score the girl of his dreams in The Mislayed Genie. Rene Bond co-stars as a sex-ed teacher whose students take 'family planning' a bit too literally in this never released on English language home video, sexploitation rarity.

• Region Free DVD
• Newly scanned & restored in 2k from 35mm and 16mm archival elements
• Promotional image gallery for FRANKIE
• Inside cover artwork

Carnal Highways /Carnal Olympics
Two friends have decided to take their lusty passions on the road, and to help them on their journey, purchase a big rig truck. They're soon inundated with more beautiful women than they can handle, including Seka, Brook West, and Juliet Anderson (Aunt Peg), and find themselves going from one sex filled adventure to the next, along the Carnal Highways.

Herschell Savage stars as a lecherous magazine publisher who's staged a phony contest to find the hottest sex film starlet, but actually intends to use the event to play out his own voyeuristic fantasies. Little does he know that the joke will end up being on him...Featuring Gail Sterling and Lynx Canon, Carnal Olympics is an orgiastic delight, in classic Carlos Tobalina fashion.

• Region Free DVD
• Newly scanned & restored in 2k from their 35mm original camera negatives
• Theatrical trailers for both films
• Inside cover artwork


Monday 9th March 2020

“Pornography is there to give you an erection. Erotica is there to give you emotions.” – Tinto Brass

Cult Epics premieres P.O. BOX TINTO BRASS, Tinto’s most explicit film since Caligula, in it’s full Uncut version and boasting a brand new 4K Transfer, packed together with the in-depth documentary ISTINTOBRASS, following the career of the Maestro, available April 28, 2020 as a 2 Disc Ltd. edition, both on Blu-ray and DVD.

Italian director Tinto Brass is known as the absolute master of erotica, creator of works like All Ladies Do It, Frivolous Lola and Paprika. His gift at perfectly portraying the beauty of the female body has made him celebrated by both men and women. And it is precisely the latter category that sends him boxes full of fan letters.

P.O. Box Tinto Brass is a collection of those letters, photos and videos of female sexual fantasies. This erotic comedy by the Maestro himself, with a score by Riz Ortolani, contains a succession of exciting, downright sensational and sometimes even shocking material. Previously unreleased in the US, Cult Epics presents the Uncut version in a 4K transfer with both the original Italian language track and the English dub. This 2 Disc Limited Edition of 2000 Copies includes exclusively the Documentary; IsTintoBrass, and a 48-page Photo book of unpublished images from the Tinto Brass Archives by right-hand set photographer Gianfranco Salis

In this documentary, Tinto Brass talks candidly about his long-life career, from his earliest anarchistic, innovative and experimental art-house films (Whoever Works is Lost, The Howl, Attraction) to the decidedly derriere-obsessed fetishism of his later work. Starting as an assistant to Roberto Rossellini, Henri Langlois and Joris Ivens, he soon found himself at the very beginning of the Nouvelle Vague, discussing cinema with auteurs such as Bresson, Godard, and Truffaut. The biography brings to light an almost forgotten chapter of cinema history, thanks to the analyses of Marco Muller and Gianni Canova, who trace the beginnings on up to the films on power, such as the Nazi-brothel melodrama of Salon Kitty and the infamous Caligula, which was enormously successful with the public. To this very day, Brass remains an icon of erotic pleasure and voyeurism, and his story is revealed in the tales of Gigi Proietti, Serena Grandi, Helen Mirren, Franco Nero and Sir Ken Adam, among others.

• New Restored and Re-mastered 4K HD Transfer
• Interview with Tinto Brass, 1995
• P.O. Box Tinto Brass Poster & Photo video gallery
• Optional Italian & English language tracks
• Trailer

• Interview with director Massimiliano Zanin, 2013
• Tinto Brass Archives Photo video gallery
• Praise
• Trailers

Housed in a limited edition collectible slipcase and reversible sleeve with a 48-page Tinto Brass Films photo book.

Available directly from Cult Epics as limited edition 2-disc Blu-ray or 2-disc DVD sets.

Cult Epics website Exclusive: First 100 Pre-orders of Blu-ray or DVD receive double-sided “IsTintoBrass” 14” x 7” Foldout Poster.


Thursday 13th February 2020

Unavailable worldwide for 30 years, the film has been newly remastered by the BFI from a 4K scan for release in a Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD set on 15 June 2020.

Originally conceived as an hour-long video directed by Jack Bond based on Pet Shop Boys’ 1987 album "Actually", it became a full-scale feature film with pop surrealism meeting the classic road movie, it features chart-topping singles from the duo’s first two studio albums, including ‘West End Girls’, ‘It’s a Sin’ and ‘Always on My Mind’. As well as a 48-page book containing new writing, the discs will be accompanied by an exciting collection of extras including a brand new feature commentary with Jack Bond, co-writer James Dillon and cinematographer Simon Archer, new interviews and more.

The re-release will be launched with a special preview screening at BFI Southbank on Friday 3 April 2020 at 20:10 in NFT1, preceded by an on-stage Q&A with Neil Tennant, Jack Bond and choreographer Arlene Phillips. Tickets will be listed at the BFI Southbank site on 24 February.

Pre-order the Blu-ray/DVD set now at Amazon UK.


Thursday 13th February 2020

The sale will begin February 14th at around Midnight EST and end Sunday the 16th at 11:59 EST.

50% off almost 150 classic erotica titles!
A must have limited edition V-Day shirt!
And specially discoutned pre-order prices for:
• three new VS releases
• two brand new Peekarama releases
• a new VSA release

only here at Vinegar Syndrome

V-Day Pro Tip
If you place more than one order during the sale, select "add to my existing sale order" free shipping option and everything will ship in one large package.


Thursday 13th February 2020

Over forty years after Todd Browning's FREAKS shocked audiences, director Jack Cardiff (Award winning cinematographer of Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes, and African Queen) and writer / producer Robert D. Weinbach return to the circus sideshow.

Not satisfied with the pace of natural selection in driving evolution, a deranged biologist decides to create his own genetically engineered mutations. With the promise of using his experiments to "cure" them, Dr. Nolter (Pleasence) enlists members of the local Freakshow to help him kidnap students from a nearby college to use as human guinea pigs.

Using the same techniques that he developed mixing the DNA of plants and animals, he begins crossbreeding plants and humans with unpredictable results. One by one his failed experiments are cast off to the circus until the freaks have had enough and seek their bloody revenge.

Starring Donald Pleasence (Escape From New York, Halloween, Wake In Fright), Tom Baker (Golden Voyage Of Sinbad and Dr Who's popular 4th doctor), exploitation great Brad Harris (Kommissar X) and Michael Dunn (Best Supporting Actor nominee for Ship Of Fools).

For this release, writer / producer Robert D Weinbach restored his archival 35mm print for a vivid new master!

Along with the new transfer the disc presents English SDH subtitles for the first time on home video, a Featurette about the making of the film, a Commentary with Producer/Writer Robert D Weinbach and actor Brad Harris, an Audio Interview with Jack Cardiff, a Trailer and TV Spot, and a Still Gallery with Basil Kirchin's eerie score isolated.

• Blu-Ray All Region
• New Scan from an archival 35mm print framed at 1:66:1
• Featurette
• Audio Commentary with Producer/Writer Robert D Weinbach and actor Brad Harris
• Audio Interview with director Jack Cardiff
• Trailer and TV Spot
• Still Gallery with Isolated Score
• English SDH Subtitles

The initial, limited release includes 2 double sided postcards featuring new and vintage poster art for the film plus a Slipcover with a reproduction of the original, hand painted Art by Mike Tommyrot (Instagram: @miketommyrot) inspired by the European VHS cover DR OF EVIL and the art of Basil Gogos!



Monday 10th February 2020

It’s that time of year when a little guy armed with a crossbow goes on a questionable rampage. Yes, we’re talking about Cupid and we’re not completely sure of his intentions. That’s why we bring you the Love Is In The Scare sale, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Scream Factory is giving props to ‘90s Horror! Choose from the star power of Species, some great John Carpenter films, or the original Candyman before Jordan Peele’s remake hits theaters this summer. In honor of an era that rocked the horror genre, we present nearly seventy of our best horror films from the '90s. This is a “hella” good time to complete your ‘90s collection. When you own it, you can watch it whenever you want, and with this sale, you’ll save up to 80% off list price and get free standard U.S. shipping on orders over $50!*

Whether you love John Carpenter’s direction, Bruce Campbell’s acting, Clive Barker’s writing, or a “bangin” Stephen King movie, indulge! And while you’re shopping, enter for a chance to win some of our favorite ‘80s films, because we love the ‘80s, too.

Mark your calendar, the sale ends late night at 11:59 Pacific time on February 17th.


Saturday 8th February 2020

In Celebration of Bong Joon-Ho’s Academy Award® Nominations, New Subscribers Can Purchase a Discounted Annual Subscription for a Limited Time

For a limited time, fans will have the opportunity to purchase an annual subscription to Magnolia Selects for $24.99, half off the regular price of $49.99. Available only to new subscribers that maintain a subscription past the free trial period, the promotion, in celebration of Director Bong Joon-Ho’s six nominations at the 2020 Academy Awards®, will allow fans to revisit his earlier works, including Barking Dogs Don’t Bite, Mother and The Host.

The annual subscription will also give fans access to Magnolia Pictures’ expansive catalog of critically acclaimed indie and award-winning films including works from celebrated filmmakers including Academy Award winner Alex Gibney, Academy Award winner James Marsh, Academy Award and Golden Globe® Nominee Lars Von Trier, Academy Award and BAFTA nominee Luca Guadagnino and many more.

The offer is only available to new subscribers until February 10, 2020 and for additional details, visit the Magnolia Selects homepage at Magnolia Selects to purchase an annual subscription. Offer is subject to additional terms and conditions.


Thursday 2nd January 2020

The DVDBeaver site has compiled from their users and reviewers (our site's James-Masaki Ryan and Eric Cotenas included) a list of the best discs released in 2019. See the full list here.


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