Disc News: Playmates, Germans and Winged Serpents coming to Blu-ray in August

A Playboy legend, an insane German, an Aztec creature and an Expendable are coming to Blu-ray. Late August won’t be that bittersweet end to summer with three releases coming from Scream Factory. X-Ray/Schizoid is a double feature of healthcare scares. At least with X-Ray, the screaming girl is Barbie Benton. She’s best known for all her time at Playboy thanks to being Hugh Hefner’s girlfriend when he moved to Los Angeles. Schizoid has Klaus Kinski. He was born to stalk and menace. Q The Winged Serpent frightens Manhattan with an mythical creature. You might know Dark Angel from the title I Come In Peace. This was a classic video title that always lurked on the shelf. It’s an overdose of interstellar macho thanks to Dolph Lundgren. Here’s the press release from Scream Factory:

This August, loyal fans are invited to combat the summer heat with a quadruple dose of 80s high-camp horror classics when a double feature presentation of Boaz Davidson’s

X-RAY (aka HOSPITAL MASSACRE), starring former Playboy Playmate Barbi Benton, and David Paulsen’s SCHIZOID, starring cult film favorite Klaus Kinski (Crawlspace), debut on home entertainment shelves together in a double-feature Blu-ray™ + DVD combo pack on August 20, 2013; Larry Cohen’s creature terror classic Q THE WINGED SERPENT, starring Michael Moriarty Law & Order), Candy Clark (American Graffiti), David Carradine (Kung Fu, Kill Bill) and Richard Roundtree (Shaft); and Craig Baxley’s DARK ANGEL starring Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables) arrive on Blu-ray™ for the first time on August 27, 2013. Available for the first time on Blu-ray, each movie collection boasts original theatrical key art, anamorphic widescreen movie presentations and exciting bonus content.

X-RAY / SCHIZOID Double Feature Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack

Release Date: August 20 / $26.99 SRP


This movie will scare the life out of you! Susan Jeremy (Barbi Benton) goes to a local hospital for a “routine examination.” Once inside, she discovers that someone doesn’t want her to check out…unless it’s in a body bag. A psychotic killer keeps her trapped inside the hospital, having fixed her x-rays to make it look like she has a terminal illness. Meanwhile, he brutally murders everyone she comes in contact with!


In this “lurid shocker” (Leonard Maltin), a newspaper advice columnist (Marianna Hill, Blood Beach) starts receiving threats from a mysterious person. At the same time, the female members of her psychiatrist’s (Klaus Kinski) therapy group are being murdered one by one…by a maniac wielding a large pair of scissors. Could these incidents be linked? Donna Wilkes (Angel, Jaws 2), Craig Wasson (Body Double), Flo Gerrish (Don’t Answer The Phone) and Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future) also star.

X-ray/Schizoid Double Feature Bonus Content:

Schizoid– interview with actress Donna Wilkes – Theatrical Trailer
X-ray – interview with director Boaz Davidson

DVD: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)/ Dolby Digital Stereo

BD: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen/DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo

89 mins. (X-RAY)/89 mins. (SCHIZOID)

Available at Amazon.com.


(Release Date: August 27, 2013 / $19.97 SRP)

Q is a genuinely entertaining film. A terrific performance by Michael Moriarty, wonderful writing by Larry Cohen – it’s all a lot of fun! Recommended.” – Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune

Its name is Quetzalcoatl, a dragon-like Aztec god that is summoned to modern-day Manhattan by a mysterious cult. But just call it “Q”…because that is all you’ll be able to say before it tears you apart! Roosting within the top of the Chrysler Building, this fearsome monster begins raining blood – from the bodies of window washers, construction workers and rooftop sunbathers alike – onto the streets of New York!

Director Larry Cohen (It’s Alive, Maniac Cop) “proves himself to be among the most creative, original and intelligent American horror film directors [with] this bizarre masterwork” (TV Guide), while the fantastic cast includes Michael Moriarty (Law & Order), who’s “fun to watch” (Roger Ebert) as a small-time thief who finds the nest of the creature, and Richard Roundtree (Shaft) and David Carradine (Kill Bill) as New York’s finest, hot on the serpentine tail of the bloodthirsty Q!

Special Features:

NEW Audio Commentary with writer/producer/director Larry Cohen
Theatrical Trailer and Teaser Trailer

Available at Amazon.com.

DARK ANGEL Blu-ray™ (Release Date: August 27, 2013 / $19.97 SRP)


Detective Jack Caine (Dolph Lundgren, Joshua Tree, The Expendables) thought he’d dealt with every kind of crime on earth. But now, someone is using human bodies to manufacture narcotics. Someone – or something – not of this world.

To the Alien that has arrived on earth, humans represent ideal drug factories because of our endorphins. To detective Caine, the Alien represents mankind’s worst threat. If the alien’s mission succeeds, our planet will be destroyed.

Together with his straight-arrow FBI partner (Brian Benben, Private Practice) and his girlfriend, the city coroner (Betsy Brantley, Deep Impact), Caine is going to send this alien home in pieces!

Special Features:

Interviews with director Craig R. Baxley and actors Dolph Lundgren and Brian Benben
Theatrical Trailer
Available at Amazon.com.

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