New Release: Dementia 13 Blu-ray/DVD

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Luana Landers has reason to be frightened in Dementia 13.

Film Chest’s HD Cinema Classics and CULTRA label issued the Francis Ford Coppola’s (Tetro) 1963 low-budget terror favorite Dementia 13 on Blu-ray for the first time on March 29, 2011, in a Blu-ray/ DVD combo pack. Film Chest’s HD Cinema Classics and CULTRA titles are distributed by Virgil Films & Entertainment.

The film follows the scheming Louise (Luana Anders, Easy Rider) who, after inadvertently causing her husband’s fatal heart attack, attempts to have herself written into her wealthy mother-in-law’s (Ethne Dunn) will. Forging a letter from her deceased spouse to convince his family he’s away on business, Louise – determined to get into their good graces – pays a surprise visit to the ancestral home in Ireland.

With other family members gathered at the foreboding castle, she joins in a morbid ritual to honor Kathleen (Barbara Dowling), her sister-in-law who died mysteriously seven years earlier. If only there wasn’t an axe-wielding lunatic lurking about and murderously stalking the gatherers…

Produced by Roger Corman (Galaxy of Terror) and considered to be Coppola’s first mainstream, “legitimate” directorial effort, the gothic psychological thriller was shot in black-and-white for a budget of $42,000.

Like other Film Chest/HD Cinema re-issues (Kansas City Confidential, The Stranger), Dementia 13 has been digitally restored in high-definition from original 35 mm film assets. It’s presented with a new 5.1 surround sound mix.

Special features include a collectible postcard reproduction of the original movie poster and a before-and-after film restoration demo.

The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack carries a list price of $15.99.


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