Saturday, July 30, 2016

Scream Factory to Release Five Limited Blu-ray Exclusive Titles!


Scream Factory is trying something a little new: They are doing limited runs of several cult film titles that they wouldn't normally have given major Blu-ray releases to. (Essentially it seems to be an experiment to see if what works for Twilight Time works for them.)

To kick things off, here are the first five titles that will be limited to a mere 1,000 Blu-ray discs each. They will be available exclusively through Shout! Factory's online store for $26.99 each!

DEATHSTALKER & DEATHSTALKER II 
Available on August 30th!

Film Synopsis:
Deathstalker (Richard Hill) is a mighty warrior chosen to battle the evil forces of a medieval kingdom who sets off on a journey to the most challenging tournament in the land. To the winner will go the throne of the evil wizard, the ultimate mystical power and the love of the beautiful Princess Codille (Barbi Benton). But first Deathstalker must prove himself worthy of his legacy... and treachery lurks at every turn.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 80 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - ?

Deathstalker Extras:
  • Audio Commentary By Producer/Director John Sbardellati, Special Makeup Effects Artist John Carl Buechler, and Actor Richard Brooker (Jason Voorhees from FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3). 
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Photo Gallery 

Sequel Synopsis: Deathstalker II (John Terlesky) has a mission: to save the kingdom from the wicked grip of the immoral wizard Jerak and his queen Sultana, who have ruled the land by creating an evil twin of the lovely Princess Evie (Monique Gabrielle). Capturing the real Princess Evie, Deathstalker must now return her to her rightful place of power – but the swordsman's battle has just begun.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 77 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - ?

Deathstalker II Extras:
  • Audio Commentary By Director Jim Wynorski, Actors John Terlesky And Toni Naples
  • Theatrical Trailer


MESSAGE FROM SPACE Available on September 27th!

Film Synopsis: From A Captive Planet Two Million Light Years Away, Came A Desperate Message From Space… Help Us!

On the verge of annihilation, Kido, the leader of the persecuted Jillucians, sends his beautiful granddaughter, Emeralida, to find the eight legendary brave warriors who alone can stop the steel-skinned hordes of the Gavanas Empire! This disparate, rag-tag group (a drunken general, a deposed prince, space hot rodders, a hoodlum, a royal retainer, and a broken-down robot) must band together before it's too late — before the Gavanas can reach their next target: Earth!

Born from the fallout of STAR WARS, along with STARCRASH and BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS, this wildly colorful, anachronistic Space Opera bristling with dazzling visual effects is available on Blu-ray for the first time! Directed by Kinji Fukasaku (BATTLE ROYALE, THE GREEN SLIME), told in an ancient fairy-tale style and featuring a stellar international cast, including Vic Morrow (COMBAT!, HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP), Sonny Chiba (THE STREET FIGHTER, KILL BILL!), Hiroyuki Sanada (THE WOLVERINE), Etsuko Shihomi (SISTER STREET FIGHTER), Tetsuro Tamba (YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE) and Philip Casnoff (SINATRA), MESSAGE FROM SPACE is a spectacular sci-fi adventure, where fantasies are real… and reality is fantastic!

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 105 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.00:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • Theatrical Trailer 
  • Still Gallery


TIME WALKER 
Available on September 27th!

Film Synopsis: From deep within the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun, Professor Douglas McCadden ships the coffin of Ankh-Vanharis to the California Institute of Sciences, where X-rays reveal five diamondlike crystals hidden within the coffin. 

Technician Peter Sharpe steals the crystals, but he doesn't notice that the powerful X-ray has revived a green fungus. When the coffin is opened at a university press conference, the reporters uncover more than they bargained for. The mummy has disappeared . . . the Time Walker is alive again!

Note: This film also appeared on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 as BEING FROM ANOTHER WORLD.

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 83 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • Interview With Kevin Brophy And Producer Dimitri Villard
  • Trailer


UP FROM THE DEPTHS Available on August 30th!

Film Synopsis: In the wake of JAWS, its sequels, and seemingly endless number of knock-offs, comes this Roger Corman-produced "classic."

In UP FROM THE DEPTHS, staff and vacationers at a first-class resort on the island of Maui are beginning to mysteriously disappear. A biologist believes that an underwater earthquake has caused a giant and very hungry dormant prehistoric fish to be released from his slumber. 


Voraciously the fish helps himself to a tourist buffet. Now it's open season for the local fishermen to find the creature and kill it! Starring Sam Bottoms (APOCALYPSE NOW, THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES).

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 85 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • TV And Radio Spots
  • Theatrical Trailer


THE VELVET VAMPIRE 
Available on September 27th!

Film Synopsis: In The Velvet Vampire, a couple accepts an invitation from the mysterious Diane LeFanu (Celeste Yarnall, The Mechanic) to visit her in her secluded desert estate. Unaware that Diane is actually a centuries-old vampire, the couple soon realize that they are both the objects of her seduction and cravings...

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 80 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - ?

 
Extras:
  • Audio Commentary With Star Celeste Yarnall
  • Trailer

If any of these titles looks enticing, then be sure to mark August 30th and September 27th on your calendars gang. If you're on an insane quest (much like myself) to own every Scream Factory title, then you won't want to miss out on these!


Davide Melini rekindles man's biggest fear this October with LION!


Man's Biggest Fear Has Risen Again
HUSH MY DARLING, FOR THE LION STALKS TONIGHT, IN DAVIDE MELINI'S UPCOMING SHORT!

I was recently contacted by filmmaker Davide Melini, who has worked on ROME, MOTHER OF TEARS, and PENNY DREADFUL. He is currently finishing up post-production on his upcoming short LION, and was eager to share some info about it.

Synopsis: An isolated chalet in a snowy forest... A man blinded by alcohol... A woman unable to rebel... And an 8-year-old child troubled and dark... The silent night is broken with cries... the start of a terrible nightmare...

Written and directed by Davide Melini, LION was shot in the UK, using the Red Epic Dragon 6K, and stars Pedro Sánchez, Michael Segal (COLOUR FROM THE DARK, ANGER OF THE DEAD), and Tania Mercader.

Melini's short was produced by Luca Vannella (THOR, HARRY POTTER, APOCALYPTO, HEART OF THE SEA), Alexis Continente (THOR, PENNY DREADFUL), Vincenzo Mastrantonio (TITANIC, MOULIN ROUGE, THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, ROMEO + JULIET), Bobby Holland (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, Game of Thrones, SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS, 007 - QUANTUM OF SOLACE), Ferdinando Merolla (TROY, GANGS OF NEW YORK, HANNIBAL RISING), and Roberto Paglialunga.

LION is due out sometime in late October. When I get an official release date, I'll be sure to share it here! In the meantime, scope out the teaser trailer below!

For additional updates and information, visit the official site, Facebook page, and Twitter feed!


Phan-tastic News: Well Go USA snags rights to distribute Coscarelli's Phantasm series!


File the following press release under "things you never thought you'd see in your lifetime." I got an e-mail yesterday from Well Go USA touting some of the best news I've heard in some time: They had picked up the distribution rights to Don Coscarelli's PHANTASM! Remastered in 4K (spearheaded by J.J. Abrams!), the film has been promised a small theatrical re-release (September 24th!) and a (finally!) legit Blu-ray release as well. But the good news did not stop there fellow Tall Man phans....

Along with PHANTASM: REMASTERED, Well Go USA is also issuing HD redos of PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD and PHANTASM: OBLIVION. Plus.... they are releasing PHANTASM RAVAGER theatrically (select theaters on October 7th) and on VOD, DVD, and Blu-ray later this year! Go ahead and scream with delight. It's ok, I'll wait.

While you may be wondering why PHANTASM II is missing from the news, it is because that particular sequel is currently available exclusively through Scream Factory. Here's hoping that Scream Factory works with Well Go USA to give us phans a complete collector's set on DVD & Blu-ray (not an impossibility when you realize that there's been Blu-ray sets for FRIDAY THE 13TH and HALLOWEEN). At the very least, Well Go USA should creature a box to house their four discs, and leave a little space to fit your copy of PHANTASM II into it. (Because let's face it, if you're reading this, you probably own it.) 

For a further details, scope out the press release below and get excited!!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Well Go USA Entertainment announced its acquisition of North American rights for Don Coscarelli’s legendary Phantasm series, including: An all-new 4K restoration of the original 1979 cult classic, Phantasm: Remastered, never-before-seen HD restorations of 1994’s Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead and 1998’s Phantasm IV: Oblivion, and the long-anticipated debut of the fifth and final film in the series, 2016’s Phantasm: Ravager.

On October 7th, for the first time ever, the Phantasm series will be available in remastered, high-definition versions across all cable and digital platforms.

A Blu-ray and DVD Collector’s Edition Set of the Phantasm series will follow later this year, along with individual Blu-rays and DVDs of Phantasm: Remastered and Phantasm: Ravager, all of which will be packed with special bonus features.

Phantasm: Remastered and Phantasm: Ravager will hit theaters as well. Phantasm: Remastered will screen across the county as part of the inaugural Art House Theater Day on September 24, 2016, and Phantasm: Ravager will be released in select theaters on October 7th, day and date with its digital HD release. In addition, fans across the country will have the ability to bring both films to their hometowns using Tugg, an innovative platform that empowers individuals and groups to host screenings in their local theaters and community venues.

Phantasm: Remastered came into being when filmmaker J.J. Abrams, a fan of the original, wanted to screen the film for his team at Bad Robot Productions- only to find the available prints in terrible shape. Working on the premises of Bad Robot with their expert staff, director Don Coscarelli was invited by J.J. to supervise a meticulous 4K digital remaster using their state-of-the-art tools. This included a brand-new 5.1 audio mix using the original stems, ensuring Phantasm will forever be available to scare the hell out of generations to come with perfect picture and sound.

Phantasm: Ravager is an all-new film that brings one of cinema’s longest-running franchises (36 years!) without a reboot to a close, with Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) and Reggie (Reggie Banister) teaming up to confront the dimension-hopping Tall Man (Angus Scrimm, in his final role) once and for all.


“The Phantasm films are iconic, and Well Go is ecstatic to have them. We get to bring a classic to a whole new audience with Phantasm: Remastered, and with Phantasm: Ravager we get to bring the die-hard fans - of which I am one - the closure they’ve been waiting for,” said Dylan Marchetti, SVP of Well Go USA Entertainment. “This is the kind of deal that every distributor dreams of doing, and when you get to do it with a true independent like Don, well, that’s just the extra cherry on the sundae.”

"I’m thrilled to be working with Well Go USA and their talented and dedicated team,” said Phantasm creator Don Coscarelli. “I am excited by their innovative new ideas and intense drive to bring the Phantasm franchise to a new generation of fans."

Phantasm: Remastered, Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead, and Phantasm IV: Oblivion were written and directed by Don Coscarelli. Phantasm: Ravager was written by Coscarelli and David Hartman, executive produced by Brad Baruh, and directed by Hartman. All films star Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, and A. Michael Baldwin.
As excited as I am for this news, I do have a few reservations, but that's mainly because I'm largely unfamiliar with Well Go USA. Aside from a few foreign titles (TAI CHI ZERO, TAI CHI HERO, and CHRONICLES OF THE GHOSTLY TRIBE) I haven't seen enough of their releases to decide if they are up to the task. Here's hoping that they knock it out of the park with the design of the packing and cover art, and most importantly, the extras!

Details on Well Go USA's upcoming DVDs and Blu-rays have yet to be released, so stay tuned as I anxiously await more updates!


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

New DVDs & Blu-rays for 07/26/2016!


Well Vault Dwellers, July is just about over (holy cow that was fast!) and we're getting one last dose of awesome before August arrives! This week, Severin Films delivers what may be the definitive release of DR. BUTCHER MD (aka ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST) which boasts two versions of the film and numerous extras.

Not to be outdone, Scream Factory has put out THE BOY WHO CRIED WEREWOLF and finally released HELLHOLE, which was held back because they strove to give fans the best released possible. Scream's parent company, Shout! Factory, has released the latest MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER collection (VOLUME XXXVI!), which contains STRANDED IN SPACE, CITY LIMITS, THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN, and RIDING WITH DEATH!

There are several other cool releases (like Blue Underground's KILLER THRILLER COLLECTION - BABA YAGA, NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS, and STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER), so scroll down to see what's new!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Dr. Butcher M.D. (aka Zombie Holocaust)
Five Miles to Midnight
Hardcore Henry
The Perfect Husband


NEW TO BLU-RAY
18 Fingers of Death
The Beast of Xmoor
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf
Dementia 13
Death Wish II (Special Edition)
Hellhole
The Killer Thrillers Collection


NEW TO DVD
City of the Dream Demons
Consumption
Darkstalkers: The Complete OVA Collection
Deadly Pickup
Exorcist House of Evil
Heinous Movie
Jacob's Hammer
Listening
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume XXXVI
Night Seekers
Ozland
Vampires: Lucas Rising
The Vampire Within
The Zombie King


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Scream Factory announces 13 awesome new titles at 2016 San Diego Comic-Con!



Along with the cool announcements from various toy companies (like NECA), and the flood of awesome teaser trailers for upcoming films and TV shows, the most highly anticipated moment in this household is the aftermath of Scream Factory's Comic Con panel! While last year was pretty exceptional, I think they've easily topped it with these upcoming releases. Take a deep breath fellow Scream Factory fans, and please remain seated, because these thirteen upcoming Blu-ray titles are gonna rock your world!


BUBBA HO-TEP (COLLECTOR'S EDITION)
This cult classic features Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis as Elvis and JFK respectively. Both men team up to stop a soul-sucking mummy that's been attacking residents at their retirement home.

WILLARD
HOLY COW! I NEVER thought this would get a legit release, let alone from the powers that be at Scream Factory! What's even cooler is that...

BEN
The sequel is getting released too! More killer rat high jinks, and a classic Michael Jackson theme song!

BLACK CHRISTMAS (COLLECTOR'S EDITION)
Bob Clark's slasher classic is looking to get a major high-def upgrade!

POLTERGEIST II (COLLECTOR'S EDITION)
Not too shocked by this, as Scream Factory does now own the distribution rights to a lot of former MGM titles! This sequel boasts Native American themes, and the ultra creepy Reverend Henry Kane!

POLTERGEIST III (COLLECTOR'S EDITION)
Even this much-maligned sequel is getting the royal treatment. Reverend Kane returns to try and claim Carol Anne, leading to a lots of sleight of hand with mirrors and stand-ins for young Heather O'Rourke, who passed away before filming was completed.

DREAMSCAPE (COLLECTOR'S EDITION)
I adore this movie, and can't wait to see what extras Scream Factory adds to this release! Dennis Quaid  can jump into people's dreams (among other things), and battles a psychopath who is trying to murder the US president.

RABID (COLLECTOR'S EDITION)
This David Cronenberg classic features Marilyn Chambers as the unfortunate host of an experimental treatment after she is in a motorcycle accident. The result is an armpit orifice that infects people and turns them violent and bitey.

DEAD RINGERS (COLLECTOR'S EDITION)
Another Cronenberg favorite featuring Jeremy Irons. Identical twin brother gynecologists turn on each other, when a woman comes between them. |

SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE II & III (DOUBLE FEATURE)
A double dose of driller killers attacking slumber parties! This is a must own in my book!

THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED
An early AIP “slasher” film, where the students at a school for wayward girls begin disappearing one by one. Never seen it, but looking forward to adding it to my collection regardless.

DEAD OF WINTER
Mary Steenburgen plays a struggling actress who attends a private taped audition at the secluded mansion at the behest of a Mr. Murray (the late and great Roddy McDowell). But soon, she realizes that things aren't as they seem, and ends up fleeing for her life.

Well, what say you Vault Dwellers? Are you as excited as I am?! While a few of these films are relatively unknown to yours truly, I have to say that I am super excited for at least 80% of these titles!

Word is that some of these will see a release in November, so start saving some money, and keep an eye out for official release dates, disc specs, and extras, because I will be sharing them as soon as they arrive in my inbox!


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

New DVDs & Blu-rays for 07/19/2016!


Hiya Vault Dwellers, I hope you're all enjoying your Summer! For those of you staying indoors to avoid the searing rays of sunlight, here's this week's small list of genre releases. Scream Factory wins the day with Blu-rays of BAD MOON and (some would say the definitive) RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD! The Ultimate (extended) Cut of BATMAN V SUPERMAN is now available, as are two relatively cheap William Castle double features, courtesy of Mill Creek Entertainment.

There's not too much else to get excited for, so scroll on down to see what's new!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
The 100: The Complete Third Season
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition & Deluxe Collector's Edition)
Kill Zone 2
The Magicians: Season 1
Outatime: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine
A Touch of Zen (Criterion Collection)


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Bad Moon
Bleach (TV) Set 1
Crimes of Passion (2-Disc Special Edition)
Man of Steel (4K UHD)
Return of the Living Dead: Collector's Edition
Watchmen: Ultimate Cut (4K UHD)
William Castle Double Feature: 13 Ghosts & 13 Frightened Girls
William Castle Double Feature: Homicidal & Mr. Sardonicus


NEW TO DVD
Bitten: Season 3
Caged: Female Hostages
Comix: Beyond the Comic Book Pages
End of the World
Sci-Fi Cartoon Classics Vol. 3: Adventures of Scott McCloud
Superman: 5-Film Collection