Anchor Bay will be (finally) debuting the Embodiment of Evil on DVD and Blu-ray and the Coffin Joe Collection on DVD in the United Kingdom today!
The five-disc collection includes At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (1963), This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse (1966), The Strange World of Coffin Joe (1968), Awakening of the Beast (1970), The End of Man (1971), Strange Hostel of Naked Pleasures (1976), Hellish Flesh (1977), Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind (1978), and the recent 2001 documentary The Strange World of José Mojica Marins. All nine features were passed uncut from the BBFC. I'm assuming all these will be presented in widescreen and Portuguese, but these details have been notoriously sketchy even now.
Embodiment of Evil has also passed uncut and is presented in anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen with Portuguese Dolby 5.1 and 2.0 tracks. Supplements include a subtitled half hour making-of and trailer. The Blu-ray mirrors the DVD release, but features a 1080p MPEG-4 AVC encoded transfer with Portuguese Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and PCM 2.0 lossless tracks. According to this DVD Times review, the Blu-ray appears to also be region free, so it should play in U.S. BD players with no problem.
These have been a long time coming. I've already placed an order with Amazon.uk for the Embodiment Blu-ray, but I'm holding off on confirmation on the box set's specs before I inevitably grab it as well. Also to get all techie, U.S. Blu-rayers who use their Playstation 3 as a player should take note. Firmware version 2.76 (and on) seems to fail to detect the 50hz start-up screens on certain European BDs resulting in a complete failure to play. I'm unsure if this particular Blu-ray has this problem, but if you're on the newest PS3 FW keep this in mind. I'm personally on 2.70, so I should be fine. Watch this space for a review in the coming weeks!