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New on Blu: THE MASK and BLACK CHRISTMAS

Canadian film fans will want to fire up those Blu-ray players and snag a couple of essential CanCult releases that street today. Not only are these fine films, but Canuxploitation site editor Paul Corupe (that’s me!) appears on both of these discs talking about the lasting importance of these two classics.

Until today, THE MASK (1961) has had a spotty history on home video, with only a gray market DVD from a few years back that looked like it was sourced from the old Rhino VHS release. All that changes with this new remastered and restored version, a joint effort between TIFF and the 3-D Film Archive that restores the film to its former eye-popping glory. Extras include additional 3-D films and a documentary on the life of director Julian Roffman in which I appear.

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Although it has been released on disc a few times in the past, BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974) is an essential Christmas horror movie that gets a definitive release in Anchor Bay’s new “Season’s Grievings Edition,” featuring a bunch of new extras (along with all the older ones) including great cover art from Canuxploitation logo designer Gary Pullin, a new doc that I’m part of, a 2014 panel that I moderated featuring Art Hindle and John Saxon (among others) and my “from the vaults” interview with Bob Clark for Rue Morgue magazine reproduced in the booklet.

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Motion Picture Purgatory: SEX ISN’T SIN (1970)

This month’s MOTION PICTURE PURGATORY by Rick Trembles is another foray into the brief “maple syrup porn” boom that warmed up the frozen north in the 1970s. Montreal-based Cinepix pretty much dominated the scene at the time and while their 1970 flick SEX ISN’T SIN (AKA LOVE IN A 4 LETTER WORLD) (1970) doesn’t emphasize comedy as much as the trend’s most popular efforts, this tale of a sexual awakening of an entire family still delivers the goods. Rick sez:

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