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Thursday, July 31, 2014

The VHS Archives: Ferdinando Baldi's SICILIAN CONNECTION (1972)

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SICILIAN CONNECTION
Ferdinando Baldi's Afyon oppio (1972)

The VHS Archives Factsheet
Label: Video City Productions
Catalog: None
Box Type: Clamshell
Year of Release: 1986
Runtime: 96:01
Print: 1.33:1 / English / No subs
Extras: Trailers for Mob War, Spy Story (2.35:1!), and "Air Show"

About the Film
Director: Ferdinando Baldi
Year of Release: 1972
Country of Origin: Italy / France
Stars: Ben Gazarra, Silvia Monti, Fausto Tozzi, Jess Hahn, Malisa Longo
AKAs: The Sicilian Connection, The Opium Connection, The Opium Route, For the Godfather of Sicily

Verbatim Box Synopsis
BEN GAZARRA stars in this best-ever depiction of the evil opium trade. Travel the "Opium Route" from the "Golden Triangle", across the Sahara, through Europe and on to the United States, in this non-stop, Mafia action thriller, sure to please all "gang-land" movie fans. 

U.S. Video City Productions sleeve!

UK Video Form Pictures pre-cert sleeve,
courtesy of Lovelock and Load's Jonny Redman!

Original Variety ad, courtesy of Unpopped Cinema!


International trailer, uploaded by "Night of the Trailers"!

Looking for Sicilian Connection on VHS? It's not readily available. Not on DVD, either. Good luck!

Investigate more titles with Project: Video City!

For a look at other labels, check out The VHS Archives!

© 2014 -- Bruce Holecheck. All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The VHS Archives: Sun Chung's A FIST FULL OF TALONS (1983)

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A FIST FULL OF TALONS
Sun Chung's Hu ying (1983)

The VHS Archives Factsheet
Label: Ocean Shores Video Limited
Catalog: OS-306
Box Type: Clamshell
Year of Release: 1986
Runtime: 82:32
Print: 1.33:1 / English / No subs
Extras: Trailers for Super Power, and The Big Risk

About the Film
Director: Sun Chung
Year of Release: 1983
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Stars: Billy Chong, Whang In-Shik, Liu Hao-yi, Bai Ying
AKAs: A Fistful of Talons, Tiger Hawk, Wind Forest Fire Mountain

Verbatim Box Synopsis
A classic of the Chinese cinema! Directed by the "David Lean of China," Sun Chung, and starring the amazing Billy Chong, it has the sweep and grandeur befitting it's subject: the creation of the Republic of China. But more than just a majestic epic, it is a thrilling martial arts showcase with some of the best fights ever put to film. If you're never seen a kungfu movie, this is the one to see! If you've never liked kungfu movies, this is also the one to see. And, if you love kungfu movies, you have to see this one!

U.S. Ocean Shores Video Limited sleeve!

 U.S. Ocean Shores Video Limited sales sheet!

U.S. Ocean Shores Video Limited sales sheet;
this one features alternate artwork and plot synopsis!

Variety trade ad, promoting the film's Cannes screenings!

And its 42nd St. marquee, double-billed with Kung Fu Zombie!


A highlights compilation, uploaded by "Mimikoooooooo." Includes
the entire berserk ending, complete with kung fu eagle bisection. 

Looking for A Fist Full of Talons on VHS? The Ocean Shores tape isn't readily available, but you can get the crappy Ground Zero cheapie release if you want it. There's also a bunch of budget DVDs, including this one paired with Kung Fu Zombie

Investigate more titles with Project: Ocean Shores!

For a look at other labels, check out The VHS Archives!

© 2014 -- Bruce Holecheck. All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The VHS Archives: Mario Bava's BLADESTORM (1966)

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BLADESTORM
Mario Bava's I coltelli del vendicatore (1966)

The VHS Archives Factsheet
Label: Mogul Communications, Inc.
Catalog: MOG1041
Box Type: Slipcase
Year of Release: 1987
Runtime: 81:02
Print: 1.33:1 / English / No subs
Extras: None

About the Film
Director: Mario Bava
Year of Release: 1966
Country of Origin: Italy
Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Fausto Tozzi, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Luciano Pollentin
AKAs: Knives of the Avenger, Viking Massacre, Flurry of Knives, Dagger Man, Duel with Knives, The Wrath of the Vikings, A Fistful of Knives, Rurik the Viking

Verbatim Box Synopsis
Bladestorm ... a terrifying story of brutality, horror and violence.
A powerful, emotional and violent story of war and determination, of a man's hatred as he takes on the superior firepower of the enemy.
A story of one man's burning ambition for total vengeance ... a man who will never forgive or forget.
The bloody conflict continues until Bladestorm erupts into total conflict ... a bloody war leaving death, destruction and sadistic killing in it's wake.
Nothing can stop the bloody battle as the culmination of years of hatred and vengeance finally result in a fight until death. Bladestorm will stop at nothing.

U.S. Mogul Communications, Inc. slipcase!

Friend John Grace pointed out the Bladestorm cover art is just a flipped reworking of Frank Frazetta's popular Conan the Destroyer painting from 1971. The original piece actually made news in 2010 by selling for a whopping $1.5 million!

U.S. Mega Video sleeve!

Canadian Videoline Productions, Inc. slipcase,
courtesy of Tales from the Snikt!

Spanish DGV Video sleeve!

German Spectrum glassbox cover,

German Cannon VMP sleeve!

Greek Video Alsen sleeve!

Finnish Magna Filmi sleeve, originally scanned by "giallohunter"!


U.S. theatrical trailer (printed in B&W),
uploaded by Criterion Dungeon!

Looking for Bladestorm on VHS? It's available on Amazon here. It was also released to DVD by Anchor Bay under the title Knives of the Avenger as part of their first Mario Bava Collection, and as an earlier standalone release from Image. 

Investigate more titles with Project: MOGUL!

For a look at other labels, check out The VHS Archives!

© 2013 -- Bruce Holecheck. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The VHS Archives: Chan Hung-Man's LITTLE HERO (1978)

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LITTLE HERO
Chan Hung-Man's Zhu Ge Si Lang da dou shuang jia mian (1978)

The VHS Archives Factsheet
Label: Ocean Shores Video Limited
Catalog: OS-132
Box Type: Clamshell
Year of Release: 1983
Runtime: 88:55
Print: 1.33:1 / English / No subs
Extras: None

About the Film
Director: Chan Hung-Man
Year of Release: 1978
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Stars: Polly Shang-Kuan, Barry Chan, Lo Lieh 
AKAs: Little Hero Wins the Masks

Verbatim Box Synopsis
When Sergeant Chu-ko went riding through the dense forest, he heard continuous yells for help. He rushed to detect and found that it was his disciples Ching Feng and Ming Yueh who were hanged on the branc. He saved them immediately. However, he was entangled by the ropes set by villain. Happily he was smart enough and also superior in kungfu. He finally turned peril into safety.
The villain hurriedly returned Fort Skeleton to report to Smiling Mask. In knowing that his scheme for stopping sergeant Chu-ko to go to Feihsien Village was in failure he ordered his men to rob Dragon and Phoenix treasure swords. Just at the time, it was reported that Chin Hsiao-Yu and Chin Liang would bring Phoenix Sword to return Feihsien Village tomorrow noon. Smiling Mask thought that it was the best chance to fulfill his plan. He appointed Hsueh Yen-Niang and some men to rob. They captured Chin Hsiaoi-Yu. Chin Liang was forced to fall down the cliff by Crying Mask. Nevertheless, he gave the Phoenix Sword to the boy Lin while he was in danger...

U.S. Ocean Shores Video Limited sleeve!

Hong Kong Ocean Shores Video Limited VCD cover,

Rare original poster, part of a retro Taiwanese theatrical display,
as covered by Zaphkiel's Journey!



Some screenshots, originally captured by "Beavis"!


Polly vs. the legendary kung fu octopodes in an amazingly ridiculous
scene, uploaded by Kenneth Brorsson!

Looking for Little Hero on VHS? Good luck. No DVD, either!

Investigate more titles with Project: Ocean Shores!

For a look at other labels, check out The VHS Archives!

© 2013 -- Bruce Holecheck. All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The VHS Archives: Alberto De Martino's NEW MAFIA BOSS (1972)

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NEW MAFIA BOSS
Alberto De Martino's I familiari delle vittime non saranno avvertiti (1972)

The VHS Archives Factsheet
Label: Video City Productions
Catalog: 5047
Box Type: Clamshell
Year of Release: 1985
Runtime: 100:03 (99:37 + end credits music)
Print: 1.33:1 / English / No subs
Extras: Trailer for Proof of the Man

About the Film
Director: Alberto De Martino
Year of Release: 1972
Country of Origin: Italy
Stars: Antonio Sabato, Telly Savalas, Paola Tedesco, Guido Lollobrigida, Maria Valente  
AKAs: The Family of the Victim Will Not Be Warned, The New Mafia Boss, Crime Boss, The Mafia Traitor, The Mafia Terminator, The Murder Network

Verbatim Box Synopsis
Telly Savalas delivers another riveting performance in this brutal gangster epic of mafia families at war.
At stake are millions in mafia profits. The struggle for leadership leaves dozens of corpses in its wake. Bullets fly; loyalties are forgotten as powerful mafia dons claw for the top spot in this corrupt kingdom.

U.S. Video City Productions sleeve!

U.K. Medusa Home Video reissue sleeve, courtesy of Pre-Cert Video!

German Mondial Video hardbox cover!

French VIP Video Club sleeve!

Spanish Luna sleeve!

Argentinean World Video sleeve, courtesy of Raro VHS!


A ltbx print of the entire movie, uploaded by PizzaFlix!

Looking for New Mafia Boss on VHS? It's available on Amazon here. You can also get a cheapo (bootleg) Italian crime DVD set including the flick as Crime Boss, if that's your thing. 

Investigate more titles with Project: Video City!

For a look at other labels, check out The VHS Archives!

© 2013 -- Bruce Holecheck. All Rights Reserved.