BLU-RAY REVIEW: REQUIESCANT

Hey there creepies! Continuin’ my trend of bein’ a horror-hound that seems to only review spaghetti westerns for this site; let’s take a look at the new release from those beautiful lil’ devils at Arrow Video entitled REQUIESCANT!

Let me tell ya, REQUIESCANT is a strange one as far as yer typical pistols and pasta flicks are concerned. At it’s core it’s a basic revenge picture; there’s this dude played by Lou Castel (named Requiescant…go figure) that’s a peacenik, raised by a preacher after Confederate soldiers murdered his family that discovers he has a natural talent for sharp shootin’. Now it doesn’t take a braniac to figure out which die-rection this lil’ yarn is takin’. But, while the path is well tread, the way there is not. Die-rector Carlo Lizzani takes a ramblin’ road tellin’ this tale…a road laced with heavy philosophical pondering…especially in regards to the Communist movement in Italy (so class struggle is front and center). Also of note is that the villain of the piece, George Ferguson (Mark Damon) that looks for all the world like he would be at home in a Gothic vampire flick playin’ the main fang banger. It’s an odd aesthetic choice that stands out in an already off-kilter flick.

Now this bein’ an Arrow release, I was a bit shocked that it was so light in the extras department (a few interviews and a trailer is all you get), as usually their releases are packed fat with a bonanza of bonuses; but the transfer is as beautiful as can be, so that is a huge plus. All in all, REQUIESCANT will make a fine addition to anyone’s spaghetti western collection; it’s different enough to stand out from the crowd but well made enough to take it’s place next to your Leone’s and Corbucci’s!

Head here to pick up REQUIESCANT when it’s released on October 13th!

BLU-RAY REVIEW: PIT STOP!

Let me tell ya cats; one look at the film PIT STOP, now on Blu-ray Special Edition from those rascally rascals o’er at Arrow Video, and you’ll see why Quentin Tarantino is as cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs for Jack Hill’s films as he is.

PIT STOP tells the tale of hard drivin’ youth named Rick (Richard Davalos) who gets swept up in the organized car accident disguised as racing entitled The Figure Eight. Soon he meets the circuits big star named Hawk, who is played by Sid Haig, so you know all hell is gonna break loose in a matter of seconds…and break loose it does; cars are smashed, relationships are destroyed and lives are shattered all in the name of winning.

While that seems like heady, dreary stuff, Hill manages to keep things completely off-kilter as he presents the world of the Figure Eight as both parts gritty and completely surreal. Most of the films action takes place at night; enrobed in grime, dust and sparks which creates an other-wordly feel; not to mention all of this nocturnal activity among hard livin’ youths makes them seem almost vampiric as they live lives far away from the normalcy of regular nine to fivers (and it’s that paradoxical surreal reality that aforementioned Hill fan Tarantino manages to emulate so well in his own oeuvre).

This release of PIT STOP is worth picking up just on the strength of the film alone, but this being an Arrow release you are treated to a full compliment of extras; a commentary, interviews, mini-docs…all help the viewer to better appreciate just how this unique flick was brought to life. I highly recommend this one, and you can head here to pick up a copy today!