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Film Fanaddict News : Kino Lorber and Redemption to Release Pete Walker's Home Before Midnight and House of Mortal Sin on Blu-ray
Posted by David Carter on 2014/5/26 17:40:28 (936 reads)

Open in new windowKino Lorber and Redemption are pleased to announce the release of two more cult classics from British exploitation filmmaker Pete Walker: HOME BEFORE MIDNIGHT, a serious look into an illicit affair between a songwriter and an underage fan, and HOUSE OF MORTAL SIN, about a corrupt priest who uses his power for his own sinister gain.

Continuing their tradition of releasing the best in European horror and cult classics in new HD transfers, with informative special features, Kino Lorber and Redemption bring HOME BEFORE MIDNIGHT and HOUSE OF MORTAL SIN to Blu-ray on June 17th, individually priced at $24.95 each. Both Blu-rays come packed with bonus features that will offer something new for long-time fans of these films, including interviews with Pete Walker by horror film expert Elijah Drenner and, on HOUSE OF MORTAL SIN, an audio commentary with director Pete Walker and Jonathan Rigby, author of English Gothic.

These two films from this master of British horror and exploitation join Kino Lorber and Redemption's other releases of Pete Walker films on Blu-ray, including DIE SCREAMING, MARIANNE, HOUSE OF WHIPCORD, SCHIZO, THE COMEBACK, and - most recently - FRIGHTMARE and THE FLESH AND BLOOD SHOW.

Blu-ray Street Date: June 17, 2014
Blu-ray SRP: $24.95
UPC: 738329131524

With his penultimate film as director, Pete Walker moved away from the flesh-and-blood exploitation that made him one of Britain's most notorious filmmakers, and created this serious (but no less sensational) examination of sexual prejudices. When hit songwriter Mike Beresford (James Aubrey) rescues a stranded hitch-hiker named Ginny (Alison Elliot), a steamy romance transpires. But passion turns to prosecution when Ginny's parents reveal that she is only fourteen. True to form, Walker questions the "justice" of a legal system that plots to destroy Mike's livelihood, and morally implicates the viewer by encouraging us to share in Mike's fondness for Ginny, even after we learn she is underaged. Along the way, Walker provides an entertaining (if not entirely accurate) portrait of the '70s rock scene, featuring Stones sibling Chris Jagger.

Special Features
* "Promiscuous Behavior," an interview with Pete Walker, by Elijah Drenner
* Theatrical trailer
* Additional Pete Walker trailers

UK 1979 110 Min. Color 1.66:1 1920 x 1080p

Produced & Directed by Pete Walker
Screenplay by Murray Smith
Photographed by Peter Jessop
Edited by Alan Brett
Music by Jigsaw
With James Aubrey, Alison Elliot, Mark Burns, Juliet Harmer,
Debbie Linden, Chris Jagger

aka The Confessional,
The Confessional Murders
Blu-ray Street Date: June 17, 2014
Blu-ray SRP: $24.95
UPC: 738329131623

"Walker's trademark amoral approach... elicits a strong urge to take a hot bath after viewing." - The New York Times

During the 1970s, the Catholic horror film enjoyed its heyday, with The Exorcist, The Omen, and House of Exorcism. Pete Walker's HOUSE OF MORTAL SIN is the only one to seriously address the hypocrisies of the church, without deviating from its grisly, slasher-movie form. As Walker told The Guardian, "I made that film because I went to a Catholic school where hellfire and damnation were rammed down my throat." That resentment shines through in his story of a corrupt priest (Anthony Sharp) who uses the institution of the church to commit heinous crimes: tape recording confessions for the purpose of blackmail, and serving communion with a poisoned wafer. Norman Eshley stars as a modern, liberated priest who defies the sinister Father Meldrum, but are his honesty and integrity any match for the elder priest's reign of holy terror?

Special Features
* "Pete Walker: An Eye For Terror, Part 2,"
an interview with Pete Walker, by Elijah Drenner
* Audio commentary by director Pete Walker and Jonathan Rigby,
author of English Gothic
* Pete Walker trailers

UK 1975 104 Min. Color 1.66:1 1920 x 1080p
Rated R
Produced & Directed by Pete Walker
Screenplay by David McGillivray
Photographed by Peter Jessop
Music by Stanley Myers
With Anthony Sharp, Norman Eshley,
Sheila Keith, Susan Penhaligon,
Stephanie Beacham

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