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Vinegar Syndrome Announces Three Blus For May

Vinegar Syndrome has announced that their May line-up and it is pretty impressive.

Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

One of the most iconic, notorious, and influential American films of the 1970s, Melvin Van Peebles' Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song stars Van Peebles as Sweetback, a black orphan raised in a brothel and groomed into becoming a sex show performer. Set up by his boss and two corrupt white policemen for a murder he didn't commit, Sweetback escapes custody only to find himself thrust into an increasingly hallucinogenic world of violence and bigotry where no one can be trusted and the possibility of death lurks at every corner.

Considered to be among the most significant features ever directed by a black filmmaker and included in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art, Sweet Sweetback is a brutal and shocking story of survival and is credited as the first 'blaxploitation' film ever made. Featuring a rousing score from a nascent Earth, Wind, & Fire as well as surrealist tinged visuals from cinematographer Robert Maxwell, Van Peebles creates an unforgettable and immersive study of perseverance in the face of racism.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM from the original 35mm camera negative
  • NEW video interview with actress Niva Ruschell
  • Archival Making of featurette
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible cover artwork
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
  • AND MORE...

Her Name Was Lisa

Beautiful, innocent Lisa (Samantha Fox) has been found dead of a heroin overdose. At her funeral, the people in her life gather to memorialize her, reflecting on how their own deeds sent her down a path of self-destruction and death. As each memory unfolds on screen, Lisa is seen to transform from a naive model who's forced to use her body to achieve her goals, to a manipulative vixen capable of luring men into her web of carnal abuse, to a tragic victim of her own insecurities and victimization.

The first and most popular erotic feature directed by Roger Watkins (Last House on Dead End Street), Her Name Was Lisa is a chilling study in sexual and emotional manipulation, punctuated by arresting performances from Samantha Fox and Vanessa Del Rio.

Long unavailable in its original form and only viewable through grey market sources, Vinegar Syndrome brings this explicit classic to Blu-ray, fully restored from its original 35mm camera negative and completely uncut.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • BRAND NEW AND FULLY UNCUT 2K RESTORATION OF THE FILM from the original 35mm camera negative
  • Video interview with Watkins' historian & friend, Art Ettinger
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Reversible cover artwork
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

Bloodsuckers From Outer Space

Synopsis: A mysterious and invisible alien presence has landed in rural Texas and has started turning the nearby townspeople into white-faced, bloodthirsty killers. As the local authorities begin to investigate the strange and violent goings on, a photographer and his girlfriend find themselves trapped in the midst of an unexpected rural bloodbath, which seeks to turn them into another pair of bloodsuckers from outer space…

A low budget, low rent horror comedy from writer/director Glen Coburn, Bloodsuckers From Outer Space is a gory and silly slice of home made regional genre filmmaking. Vinegar Syndrome presents the Blu-ray debut of this straight-to-video classic, freshly restored from its 16mm negative and filled with a whole host of newly created special features.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • BRAND NEW 2K RESTORATION OF THE FILM from the original 16mm camera negative
  • Audio Commentary Track with writer/director Glen Coburn, actor Thom Meyers, and cinematographer Chad D. Smith
  • 34 Years Later - a 50-minute Making of documentary
  • Back To Bloodsucker Town - 15-minute featurette
  • Bloody Arm Rip 101 - a how-to guide on recreating the special effect from the film
  • Stills Gallery: Featuring over 100 images from Glen's personal collection on the making of the film
  • Reversible cover artwork
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature


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