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Demons / Demons 2, Female Demon Ohyaku, Live Free or Die Hard: Unrated

click to enlarge Live Free or Die Hard: Unrated (NR) 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment A welcome return to the '80s action-film - formula, this summer's Die Hard sequel, - Live Free or Die Hard, was met with enough - applause to make it a big hit. Fans, however, were pretty - dismayed by the film's PG-13 rating. All the previous - films had earned a nice little R for graphic action - violence and hilarious catchphrases that often included - the f-bomb. And while most of the violence was - blissfully intact, the swearing in the theatrical release of - Live Free or Die Hard was practically - nonexistent. The new unrated DVD rectifies this - situation, with constant references that will keep any - lover of bad language happy. Sure, it's not at all integral - to the plot, but it's just nice to know that, finally, John - McClane can say, "Yippie-ki-yay, motherfucker!" without - any intrusion from the MPAA.  Louis Fowler
  • Live Free or Die Hard: Unrated (NR)
    20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
    A welcome return to the '80s action-film formula, this summer's Die Hard sequel, Live Free or Die Hard, was met with enough applause to make it a big hit. Fans, however, were pretty dismayed by the film's PG-13 rating. All the previous films had earned a nice little R for graphic action violence and hilarious catchphrases that often included the f-bomb. And while most of the violence was blissfully intact, the swearing in the theatrical release of Live Free or Die Hard was practically nonexistent. The new unrated DVD rectifies this situation, with constant references that will keep any lover of bad language happy. Sure, it's not at all integral to the plot, but it's just nice to know that, finally, John McClane can say, "Yippie-ki-yay, motherfucker!" without any intrusion from the MPAA. Louis Fowler
click to enlarge Legends of the Poisonous Seductress: Female - Demon Ohyaku (NR) Synapse Films / - Panik House Entertainment Shot in crisp, - glorious black and white, the 1968 Japanese proto- - feminist revenge flick Female Demon Ohyaku, - the first in the Legends of the Poisonous - Seductress series, is a classic of world cinema that - is finally getting the release it deserves. Ohyaku is an - innocent actress wrongly sent to prison during the - corrupt feudal period of Japan. Vowing to avenge the - man she loved, she goes on a rip-roaring rampage of - revenge, with a demon tattoo on her back and a sword in - her hand. The film print is fully restored from the - original vault elements, and the DVD contains - commentary as well as trailers for other films in the - Poisonous Seductress series. In particular, - Quick-Draw Okatsu and Okatsu the - Fugitive, both recently released in special-edition - DVD, are well worth the investment.  Louis - Fowler
  • Legends of the Poisonous Seductress: Female Demon Ohyaku (NR)
    Synapse Films / Panik House Entertainment
    Shot in crisp, glorious black and white, the 1968 Japanese proto- feminist revenge flick Female Demon Ohyaku, the first in the Legends of the Poisonous Seductress series, is a classic of world cinema that is finally getting the release it deserves. Ohyaku is an innocent actress wrongly sent to prison during the corrupt feudal period of Japan. Vowing to avenge the man she loved, she goes on a rip-roaring rampage of revenge, with a demon tattoo on her back and a sword in her hand. The film print is fully restored from the original vault elements, and the DVD contains commentary as well as trailers for other films in the Poisonous Seductress series. In particular, Quick-Draw Okatsu and Okatsu the Fugitive, both recently released in special-edition DVD, are well worth the investment. Louis Fowler
click to enlarge Demons / Demons 2 (NR)  - Anchor Bay Entertainment Two - legends of Italian horror, Dario Argento and Lamberto - Bava, came together in the '80s to make two of the most - classic works in the annals of Spaghetti horror: the - Demons films. Eschewing the typical living-dead - entrapments, Demons finds a group of - stereotypes holed up in a movie theater, where a film - about Nostradamus has been converting the patrons to - bloodthirsty demons intent on turning the world into a - hell on Earth. This is followed with Demons 2, in - which a group of stereotypes in a state-of-the-art high- - rise apartment building, while watching a documentary - on the events of Demons, find themselves - plagued as well. It's entertaining as all, well, hell, with - liberal dashes of the grue and splatter that the Italians - are famous for. As an added treat, both feature insightful - commentary from director Bava.  Louis - Fowler
  • Demons / Demons 2 (NR)
    Anchor Bay Entertainment
    Two legends of Italian horror, Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava, came together in the '80s to make two of the most classic works in the annals of Spaghetti horror: the Demons films. Eschewing the typical living-dead entrapments, Demons finds a group of stereotypes holed up in a movie theater, where a film about Nostradamus has been converting the patrons to bloodthirsty demons intent on turning the world into a hell on Earth. This is followed with Demons 2, in which a group of stereotypes in a state-of-the-art high- rise apartment building, while watching a documentary on the events of Demons, find themselves plagued as well. It's entertaining as all, well, hell, with liberal dashes of the grue and splatter that the Italians are famous for. As an added treat, both feature insightful commentary from director Bava. Louis Fowler
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