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Blu-ray/DVD roundup: Argento & Fulci collections, “VAMPIRE’S KISS,” “GRANNY” and more!

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We’re working on making a long-overdue update to our on-line DVD and Blu-ray Chopping List, but in the meantime, we’ve got several new disc announcements and updates for 2015 to tell you about.

Blue Underground has just revealed that it will release THE DARIO ARGENTO COLLECTION and THE LUCIO FULCI COLLECTION, a pair of three-Blu-ray sets, on March 31 for the low price of $39.98 each. ARGENTO will include THE CAT O’NINE TAILS, DEEP RED and INFERNO, while FULCI features CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY and THE NEW YORK RIPPER, all with the previously released interviews, trailers, poster/still galleries and other extras.

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Comic horror (intentionally and otherwise) is the focus of Shout! Factory’s February Blu-ray releases on its Scream Factory line. The big news is that the cult favorite VAMPIRE’S KISS (pictured at top), which shares a disc with Neil Jordan’s ghost fantasy HIGH SPIRITS, will include commentary by star Nicolas Cage and director Robert Bierman—that ought to be a memorable listen. It streets February 10, along with another hi-def double feature, LOVE AT FIRST BITE (with George Hamilton’s classic comedic Count Dracula) and ONCE BITTEN (featuring Jim Carrey’s first big-screen star turn).

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Then on February 24, the goofball Cannon Films slasher NEW YEAR’S EVIL hits Blu-ray, presenting a killer claiming victims at midnight in each of the U.S. time zones on the titular evening. This one will come with:

• Audio commentary by director Emmett Alston
• “The Making of NEW YEAR’S EVIL,” featuring new interviews with actors Kip Niven, Grant Cramer and Taaffe (GALAXY OF TERROR) O’Connell and director of photography Thomas Ackerman
• Theatrical trailer

All three Blu-rays retail for $24.97, but you can pre-order them for $19.97 each at the Shout! Factory website and get ’em shipped two weeks early.

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And looking ahead a little further, Camp Motion Pictures has set an April 21 date for its DVD and digital release of KILL, GRANNY, KILL. Jacob Ennis’ over-the-top gorefest is about a caregiver who discovers that the elderly woman she’s looking after in a remote farmhouse has some nasty secrets and unpleasant eating habits. Special features on this one are:

• Audio commentary by director/co-writer Ennis
• Outtakes
• Trailer Vault

Retail price is $19.98; look for coverage of KILL, GRANNY, KILL in an upcoming issue of GOREZONE.

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Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor. He now serves as editor-in-chief of the magazine while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews, as well as a contributing editor/writer for this website.
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