Monday, December 5, 2022

WANTED ON BLU-RAY: CAGE (1989)

WANTED ON BLU-RAY:
CAGE (1989)


Rated R | Color | 100 minutes


I first witnessed CAGE nearly a decade ago when my good friend (and Vault-Cast cohost) "Silent" Steve and I were looking for something to watch one night, that we haven't already seen before. Luckily I had brought along my CD wallet filled with VHS rips for this occasion, and after flipping through dozens of pages of DVD-Rs, we settled on CAGE. What followed was an evening of pure entertainment with both of us frequently pointing at the screen and yelling "Hey, it's that guy!"

Synopsis: During the Vietnam War, a soldier named Billy Thomas (Lou Ferrigno) saves his friend Scott Monroe (Reb Brown), but ends up taking a bullet to the skull as their helicopter dusts off from the warzone. The wound amazingly doesn't kill the musclebound GI but instead causes brain damage, thus rendering him a child in a Hulk's body. Shortly after their stint in the military, the two friends open up a bar together only to run afoul of a local gang that runs an illegal underground fighting ring. Eventually, both men are pulled into the dark world of brutal cage matches, leading to a fairly action-packed finale filled with gun fights and fist fights.

CAGE is a tonally offbeat film that tries striking a balance between being a post-Vietnam drama about two men struggling to recover after their tour of duty in one of the most controversial military conflicts in American history, and being a proto-LIONHEART action crime-thriller! The end result is a movie that is sometimes cheesy, but highly entertaining! And you absolutely will not believe how many recognizable faces you'll see in CAGE Vault Dwellers! My God, the cast in this movie is crazy! 

Besides Reb Brown (STRIKE COMMANDO, HOWLING II: YOUR SISTER IS A WEREWOLF, SPACE MUTINY) and Lou Ferrigno (the original INCREDIBLE HULK himself), we get Al Leong (the Asian henchmen in every movie), Danny Trejo (in an early uncredited role), James Shigeta (Mr. Takagi in DIE HARD), Branscombe Richmond (Bobby Sixkiller on TV's RENEGADE), and a plethora of other (vaguely) familiar faces that'll have you bringing up the film's IMDB page on your phone over and over again!

After its theatrical premiere in 1989 and VHS release a year later, CAGE passed into absolute obscurity. And as of my writing this post, it has been several decades since this gem has been readily available to the public! Vault Dwellers, I declare that the time has come for CAGE to finally be given the chance to find itself an audience by getting a triumphant Blu-ray debut! The world needs to experience this film dammit!

Reb Brown and Lou Ferrigno share a sad, dramatic moment in CAGE (1989)!
The utter lack of a CAGE Blu-ray saddens Reb & Lou.

Availability: CAGE (aka THE CAGE, aka CAGE FIGHTER) is completely out of print! You can find used VHS copies all over eBay (hailing from the U.S., U.K., and South Korea) for around $10 each. If you no longer own a VCR, you could instead attempt to get your paws on the long out of print DVD on eBay (which ranges from $40 - $70)! However, your best bet to see this movie is to watch it on YouTube for free! There are several different channels that have uploaded CAGE in its entirety, but I personally think this is the best version available.


Current Rights Holder: CAGE hit theaters in the U.S. on September 1, 1989 and raked in a little over $618,000. (Note: The film also saw theatrical release in South Korea and Portugal over the following two years.) In 1989, Image Organization in the UK released CAGE in a big box VHS, while here in the States, Orion Home Video would bring the film to VHS in 1990 shortly before they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

In the same year, CAGE would get another stateside VHS release from the defunct UAV Corporation, and a cool clamshell VHS from Korean company Hanjin Video. After that, the movie dropped off the face of the planet until Trinity Home Entertainment briefly released CAGE to DVD in 2004. That release is now unavailable and being sold for exorbitant prices on eBay.

So who holds the very fate of CAGE in their hands at this point? Well, initially I was leaning towards Orion Pictures (now revived under parent company MGM), until I realized that they only acted as a distributor for the movie. So I deduced (correctly it would turn out) that the film's Producer/Director Lang Elliot (who is currently the President of Sunn Classic Pictures Inc.) still retains the rights to his film, and its sequel! 

I got this straight from the horse's mouth after recently getting in touch with Mr. Elliott, who was kind enough to share some cool background information about his movie, such as the Gracie family's involvement, and CAGE's impact on the mainstream appeal of cage-fighting & mixed martial arts!


Blu-ray Wishlist:

  • A new 2K transfer (4K would be asking a bit much, no?) made from the best surviving film elements available in the film's original 1.85:1 aspect ratio!
  • Dolby Digital 2.0 and/or 5.1 audio mixes!
  • CAGE II as a bonus feature film!
  • Audio commentary with Director Lang Elliott!
  • A making of featurette/documentary featuring interviews with Lang Elliott, Reb Brown, Lou Ferrigno, Al Leong, and other surviving cast & crew!
  • Deleted and/or extended scenes (if any exist)!
  • Behind-the-scenes footage! 
  • Poster and behind-the-scenes stills gallery!
  • Original theatrical trailers. 

CAGE has definite cult appeal and I'd hate to see it remain unreleased and unloved, especially in this current era where studios and boutique Blu-ray labels are scouring archives and vaults for titles to release. Hopefully by shining a spotlight on CAGE ever so briefly, I can generate enough interest for someone to dig up a print, get the film properly restored, and share it with the masses! And now that I've done my due diligence, all that I can do is play the waiting game and hope that CAGE's imprisonment in movie limbo ends soon.

UPDATE: In my recent discourse with Lang Elliott, I learned that there are currently several companies seeking to license the film for both Blu-ray and streaming releases, but nothing is set in stone yet. Here's hoping Vinegar Syndrome is one of the contenders - CAGE is definitely in their wheelhouse and they always do a fantastic job on all of their Blu-ray titles! Stay tuned for more updates on this one gang!


Tuesday, November 29, 2022

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New Blu-rays & 4K Discs for 11/22/22 and 11/29/22!

 

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Vault Master's Pick of the Week for 11/22!
November is about to end gang, which means that it's that sad time of the year that requires us to (GASP!) spend money on other people! (AHHHH! NOOO!) Luckily this is also typically the slow season for new releases from most boutique labels, so even if you're not shopping for others, your bank accounts can take a bit of a breather.

As has been the case lately, I'm a little behind on reporting the new Blu-ray and 4K releases, so this week is another double-up edition to get ya'll caught up on all the new stuff that you may want to add to your growing collections! Last week had a pretty solid lineup of new titles on both formats with Kino Lorber putting out MYSTERY MEN and HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER on 4K UHD, as well as new Blu-rays of THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR and Season 3 of NIGHT GALLERY!

Scream Factory delivered an all new 4K release of THE COMPANY OF WOLVES (a fantastical retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood" that is at times visually stunning, but isn't really my cup of tea), while,  Blue Underground gave the time travel classic THE FINAL COUNTDOWN its 4K debut, and Dark Force Entertainment released a trio of their popular Drive-In Double Features!

But despite all that good stuff, I chose Shout Factory's 4K debut of the original ROLLERBALL as my pick of the week! Along with the new 4K transfer, the disc comes with two audio commentaries, trailers, and a handful of archival featurettes about the making of this classic dystopian sci-fi flick!

Vault Master's Pick of the Week for 11/29!

Moving on to this week, well... there really isn't a whole lot gang. Discotek Media brings THE LEGEND OF DINOSAURS AND MONSTER BIRDS to Blu-ray for the first time, Cauldron Films dropped exclusive special edition releases of SHANGHAI JOE and CONVOY BUSTERS, and Season 4 of WESTWORLD arrived on both Blu-ray and 4K UHD!

The winner of my "coveted" pick of the week was easy this time around Vault Dwellers: Vinegar Syndrome's gorgeous 4K release of Tobe Hooper's TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2! Along with a pristine-looking transfer, this 2-disc set is absolutely loaded with special features including FOUR audio commentaries, an extended making-of documentary, new and archival cast & crew interviews, multiple featurettes, trailers, deleted scenes, and MORE! This release was limited to 10,000 copies, so if you see one online (or in the wild) jump on it fast!

Naturally there are plenty of other titles I didn't mention, so be sure to scroll onward to see the full list of new Blu-rays and 4K UHDs that came out over the past two weeks!


11/22: 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY NEW RELEASES
The Company of Wolves (4K UHD - Collector's Edition - Scream Factory)

The Final Countdown (4K Remastered - Blue Underground)
High Plains Drifter (4K UHD - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Ip Man (4K UHD - Well Go USA)
Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster (4K UHD - Well Go USA)
Mystery Men (4K UHD - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Rollerball (1975 - 4K UHD - Shout! Factory)
Sony Pictures Classics: 30th Anniversary Collection (4K UHD - Sony Pictures)
Wall-E (4K UHD - The Criterion Collection)


11/22: BLU-RAY NEW RELEASES
05-25-77 (MVD Visual)
The Blood Beast Terror (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Classroom Teasers & How to Seduce a Woman: Drive-In Double Feature #16 (Dark Force Entertainment)

Contraband (Cauldron Films)
The Dead Girl in Apartment 03 (Wild Eye Releasing)
Double Nickels & Between the Covers: Drive-In Double Feature #17 (Dark Force Entertainment)
Flossie & Keep It Up Jack: Drive-In Double Feature #15 (Dark Force Entertainment)
Ghosts: Season 1 (Lionsgate)
Madame Claude (2-Disc Limited Edition - Cult Epics)
MEAD (Vision Films)
Mind Melters 1-4 (Acid Bath)
Mind Melters 4 (Acid Bath)
Night Gallery: Season 3 (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Peacemaker: The Complete First Season (Warner Bros.)
Pennywise: The Story of IT (Collector's Edition - Cinedigm)
Ski Patrol (MVD Rewind Collection)

 


11/29: 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY RELEASES

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 (4K UHD - Vinegar Syndrome)
Westworld: Season 4 - The Choice (4K UHD - Warner Bros.)


11/29: BLU-RAY NEW RELEASES

Amityville Karen (Limited Edition - SRS Cinema)
Convoy Busters (Limited Edition - Cauldron Films)
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (imprint Films)
The Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds (Discotek Media)
Mind Melters 5 (Acid Bath)
Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon (Paramount)
Shanghai Joe (Limited Edition Blu-ray/CD combo - Cauldron Films)
Sherlock Hound: Complete & Unabridged (Discotek Media)
Westworld: Season 4 - The Choice (Warner Bros.)


If This Movie Doesn't Make Your Skin Crawl, It's on Too Tight! - BLACK CHRISTMAS Comes to 4K UHD on December 6th!

Cover art for Scream Factory's 4K UHD Collector's Edition of BLACK CHRISTMAS!

BOB CLARK'S OTHER HOLIDAY CLASSIC ARRIVES JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS WITH A NEW 4K TRANSFER AND NEWLY RESTORED MONO & 5.1 AUDIO TRACKS!

Roughly six years ago, Scream Factory graced us Horror fans with their 2-Disc Collector's Edition Blu-ray of BLACK CHRISTMAS, and now it's time for all of us to consider double-dipping! Scream's latest release of the film boasts a new 4K transfer that is guaranteed to be a notch above the two different masters contained on the previous release, plus a painstakingly restored Mono track and  5.1 mix for the film! This is big news because this particular upgrade remedies the audio issues that angry fans pointed out on the 2016 Scream Factory Blu. As an added bonus, several new special features have been added to this 3-disc set to further sweeten the deal, which should make all of us collectors feel a tad better about buying the same movie all over again! (HA!) Could this be the definitive release of BLACK CHRISTMAS that we've all been waiting for? Let's take a closer look and find out!

Synopsis: The college town of Bedford is receiving an unwelcome guest this Christmas. As the residents of sorority house Pi Kappa Sigma prepare for the festive season, a stranger begins to stalk the house. A series of obscene phone calls start to plague the sorority and it becomes clear that a psychopath has more than merriment on his mind. As the police try to trace the phone calls, they discover that nothing is as it seems during this BLACK CHRISTMAS.


Disc Specs:
DISC ONE
Rated R | Color | 98 minutes | Region Free
Video - 2160p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono & DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

DISC TWO
Rated R | Color | 98 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono & DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

DISC THREE
Rated R | Color | 98 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - English Dolby Digital 5.1


 
Extras:
DISC ONE (4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY)
  • NEW! 2022 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative!
  • In Dolby Vision (HDR 10 Compatible)
  • NEW! 2022 DTS-HD Master Audio Mono – A Restoration Of The Original Mono Track!
  • NEW! 2022 Restoration Of The 5.1 Audio, Restoring Missing Dialogue, Music And Sound Effects!
  • Audio Commentary With Director Bob Clark!
  • Audio Commentary With Actors John Saxon And Keir Dullea!
  • Audio Commentary With Billy (Actor Nick Mancuso)!
  • Audio Interview With Director Bob Clark!

DISC TWO (BLU-RAY)
  • NEW! 2022 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative!
  • NEW! 2022 DTS-HD Master Audio Mono – A Restoration Of The Original Mono Track!
  • NEW! 2022 Restoration Of The 5.1 Audio, Restoring Missing Dialogue, Music And Sound Effects!
  • Audio Commentary With Director Bob Clark!
  • Audio Commentary With Actors John Saxon And Keir Dullea!
  • Audio Commentary With Billy (Actor Nick Mancuso)!
  • Audio Interview With Director Bob Clark!
  • NEW! Black Christmas: Restoring The Sound – Brett Cameron Discusses The Hundreds Of Hours Put Into The Restoration Of The Film’s Audio Track For This Release!
  • NEW! Newspaper Ad Gallery By Drive-In Asylum!

DISC THREE (BLU-RAY)
  • 2006 Critical Mass HD Master (1.78:1) – DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Film And Furs – Remembering Black Christmas With Art Hindle!
  • Victims And Virgins – Remembering Black Christmas With Lynne Griffin!
  • Black Christmas Legacy!
  • 40th Anniversary Panel At FanExpo 2014 Featuring John Saxon, Art Hindle, Lynne Griffin & Nick Mancuso!
  • On Screen!: Black Christmas Featurette
  • 12 Days Of Black Christmas Featurette
  • Black Christmas Revisited Featurette
  • Archival Interviews With Olivia Hussey, Art Hindle, Margot Kidder, Bob Clark, & John Saxon!
  • Midnight Screening Q&A With Bob Clark, John Saxon And Carl Zittrer!
  • Two Scenes With A New Vocal Soundtrack
  • Original Theatrical Trailers (English And French)
  • Original TV And Radio Spots
  • Alternative Title Sequences
  • Still Gallery
So to sum this release up: It contains all of the previous extras (plus a few new ones), a new 4K transfer, and restored audio? Seems like this is in fact the definitive release of BLACK CHRISTMAS to me! Scream Factory's 3-Disc Collector's Edition will be available to own on Tuesday, December 6th and should cost between $30 - $35! If you're ready to take the plunge you can pre-order a copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY. I should also note that Shout! has an exclusive (limited to 500) BLACK CHRISTMAS BUNDLE for sale on their site as well, which includes an 18 x 24 poster (featuring the original theatrical artwork), and a set of cool enamel pins! If you've got $97 to burn, or think that it'd make a great Christmas gift, grab one HERE!


Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Go Bigfoot Hunting for the CREATURE FROM BLACK LAKE - Coming to Blu-ray Disc on December 13th!

Blu-ray artwork for Synapse Films' release of CREATURE FROM BLACK LAKE!SYNAPSE FILMS GIVES THIS 1976 SASQUATCH CLASSIC SOME MAJOR LOVE WITH A NEW 4K RESTORATION AND BONUS FEATURES!

Made in the wake of Charles B. Pierce's THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK (and several other films trying to capitalize on its success), Joy Houck Jr.'s entry into the Bigfoot movie sub-genre was one of the better made docudramas of that era. Once a staple of late night television, CREATURE FROM BLACK LAKE would eventually make its way to VHS, but wouldn't see the light of day again until an official DVD release back in 2005. And now, thanks to the efforts of the folks at Synapse Films, this forgotten tale of two intrepid researchers scouring the swamps of Louisiana for proof of a legendary "missing link" is back and better than ever, boasting a 4K restoration and fantastic new extras! Let's take a closer look at this upcoming release, shall we?

Synopsis: There's a hairy humanoid beast lurking in the Louisiana swamps, but only trapper Joe Canton (Jack Elam, ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST) has seen it and lived to tell the tale, and the other residents of Oil City, Louisiana don't talk about it. But that's not about to stop intrepid grad students Pahoo (Dennis Fimple, HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES) and Rives (John David Carson, EMPIRE OF THE ANTS), who are determined to track down the Bigfoot-like creature. Defying local sheriff Billy Carter (Bill Thurman, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW), the duo trek deep into the wilds of Black Lake, and a series of frightening encounters make it clear the monster is no mere legend.

Following in the (big) footsteps of THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK and similar docudramas, 1976's CREATURE FROM BLACK LAKE is a fictional Sasquatch saga, albeit one inspired by real reports. With a colorful cast, also including Dub Taylor (THE WILD BUNCH), and plenty of rural atmosphere courtesy of cinematographer Dean Cundey (HALLOWEEN, THE THING, JURASSIC PARK), scripter Jim McCullough Jr.—who also co-stars—and director Joy Houck Jr. bring touches of humor and humanity that complement the mystery of the monster, and the terror of its attacks.
 
Screen still from CREATURE FROM BLACK LAKE.
"Mr. Creature.... you are trying to seduce me!"
 
Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 95 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - English Dolby TrueHD 2.0 Mono


Extras:

  • NEW! 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM FROM THE ORIGINAL 35MM CAMERA NEGATIVE!
  • NEW! Audio commentary with author/filmmaker Michael Gingold and film historian Chris Poggiali!
  • NEW! SWAMP STORIES – Featurette with Director of Photography Dean Cundey!
  • Original theatrical trailer and radio spot!

Though I wouldn't be surprised if a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release pops up later on down the road, for the time being, this release is guaranteed to be the very best that CREATURE FROM BLACK LAKE has ever looked or sounded! Coupled with the Dean Cundey featurette, plus the audio commentary by Gingold and Poggiali, this is the most love the film has been shown since it was shot, edited, and released theatrically over four decades ago!

If you're a Bigfoot film enthusiast, then make sure to pre-order your copy right now (for approximately $20) from AMAZON or BULLMOOSE! However, if you're the type of movie collector that prefers a slipcover with their disc, then hurry and grab a limited edition copy of CREATURE FROM BLACK LAKE right this minute (for approx. $30) from DIABOLIK DVD or directly from SYNAPSE FILMS!



Saturday, November 19, 2022

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New Blu-rays & 4K Discs for 11/15/22!

 

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Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Greetings fellow collectors and welcome to an almost on-time edition of our world famous STOCK YOUR VAULT column! This week offers up a great selection of new Blu-ray and 4K releases that span every genre, with a heavy dose of both Action and Comedy! If you're in the process of making a holiday wishlist, well grab a pen because there are definitely some titles here that you're gonna want for Christmas!

Criterion Collection just released a Blu-ray set of the  INFERNAL AFFAIRS TRILOGY, while Lionsgate dropped THE INHABITANT and Ti West's PEARL onto Blu-ray disc! Lionsgate also finally released Tarantino's RESERVOIR DOGS to 4K  this week as well!

If you're looking for laughs, Paramount re-released AIRPLANE II: THE SEQUEL to Blu-ray and gave WAYNE'S WORLD a gorgeous 4K release, while Shout Select brought the absolutely hilarious USED CARS to 4K UHD for the first time! And how's this for a head-scratcher: Warner Bros. dropped the all new AQUA TEEN FOREVER: PLANTASM without any warning, on both Blu-ray and 4K UHD. (Seriously, did any of you see a trailer or ad for this one, because I sure as hell didn't!)

Universal put out their COMPLETE BOURNE COLLECTION on 4K this past Tuesday, along with the unexpected (and likely unwanted) sequel R.I.P.D. 2: RISE OF THE DAMNED! Mill Creek released two more ULTRAMAN series to DVD, namely ULTRAMAN MAX and ULTRAMAN NEXUS (which also comes with the feature film ULTRAMAN: THE NEXT), and Grindhouse Releasing's fabulous new 2-disc Collector's Edition of DEATH GAME is now readily available at all retailers!

But this week's Pick of the Week goes to Shout! Factory for their new SONNY CHIBA COLLECTION! Featuring seven of the martial arts star's classic films (YAKUZA WOLF 1 & 2, THE BODYGUARD, KARATE KILLER, SHOGUN'S SHADOW, SAMURAI REINCARNATION, and SWORDS OF VENGEANCE), this new Blu-ray set contains trailers for the films, as well as an interview with the late and great Shinichi Chiba!

Believe it or not, there are a few other titles I've failed to mentioned that came out this week - to view the full roster of new Blu-rays and 4K UHDs please continue scrolling Vault Dwellers!


 

NEW TO 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY
Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm (4K UHD – Warner Bros.)
The Bourne Complete Collection (4K UHD – 20th Anniversary Limited Edition – Universal)
Halo: Season One (4K UHD – Paramount)
Halo: Season One (4K UHD – Limited Edition Steelbook – Paramount)
Reservoir Dogs (4K UHD – Lionsgate)
Sonic the Hedgehog: 2-Movie Collection (Limited Edition Steelbook – 4K UHD – Paramount)
Three Thousand Years of Longing (4K UHD – Warner Bros.)
Used Cars (Collector’s Edition – 4K UHD – Shout Select)
Wayne’s World (30th Anniversary Edition – 4K UHD – Paramount)


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Airplane II: The Sequel (Paramount)

Allegoria (Shudder)
Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm (Warner Bros.)
Blue Hawaii (Paramount Presents)
Death Game (Grindhouse Releasing)
The Doom Patrol: The Complete Third Season (Warner Bros.)
El Vampiro Negro (aka The Black Vampire – Flicker Alley)
Halo: Season One (Paramount)
The Infernal Affairs Trilogy (The Criterion Collection)
The Inhabitant (Lionsgate)
Jeepers Creepers Reborn (Screen Media)
Pearl (Lionsgate)
R.I.P.D. 2: Rise of the Damned (Universal)
The Sonny Chiba Collection (Shout Factory)
Spider-Man: 8-Movie Collection (Sony Pictures)
Three Thousand Years of Longing (Warner Bros.)


NEW TO DVD
Ultraman Max: The Complete Series (DVD – Mill Creek Entertainment)
Ultraman Nexus: The Complete Series & Ultraman: The Next (DVD – Mill Creek Entertainment)

Friday, November 18, 2022

When There's No More Room in Hell, the Dead Will Walk the Earth - Zach Snyder's DAWN OF THE DEAD comes to 4K UHD in early 2023!

 

Artwork for Scream Factory's Collector's Edition 4K UHD of DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004)!
SCREAM FACTORY CONTINUES THEIR MARATHON OF DOUBLE DIPS WITH THE 4K RELEASE OF THE "DAWN OF THE DEAD" REMAKE!

I keep saying it, and others seem to agree - Scream Factory is the second coming of Anchor Bay! (Ha!) Though they have continued to release surprise titles (most recently THE HOT BOX and THE WARRIOR AND THE SORCERESS), cool Horror collectibles, and modern fright favorites to Blu-ray and 4K disc (e.g. FREAKY), a huge part of Shout!/Scream's current business model is getting collectors to use their hard-earned cash to buy the same titles again and again! I mean it was inevitable that Scream Factory would eventually embrace the 4K UHD format, but damn, they could at least sweeten the deal by including some new extras along with the new transfer, right?! 

That all being said, let's take a look at Scream's upcoming 4K release of the James Gunn-penned/Zach Snyder-directed DAWN OF THE DEAD remake that is way better than it has any right to be! If you don't already own it, then you may want to hold out for this release. And if you do already own it.... you are probably breaking into a cold sweat right now and starting the process of talking yourself into ordering the 4K, even though you just got the Collector's Edition Blu-ray during the last Shocktober sale....

Synopsis:
Heart-pounding action and bone-chilling thrills power this edgy and frightening remake of George A. Romero's apocalyptic horror classic starring Ving Rhames (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: VOL. 2), Sarah Polley (SPLICE), Jake Weber (WENDIGO), Mekhi Phifer (DIVERGENT), and Ty Burrell (Modern Family).

From visionary filmmaker Zack Snyder (300, ARMY OF THE DEAD, JUSTICE LEAGUE), comes a nightmarish vision where society is endangered by a mysterious virus that turns people into mindless, flesh-eating zombies, and a handful of survivors must wage a desperate, last-stand battle to stay alive ... and human!


4K Disc Specs:
Rated R & Unrated | Color |  101 & 110 minutes | Region Free
Video - 2160p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0



Extras:

DISC ONE

  • NEW! 2022 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative Of The Unrated Cut!
  • Audio Commentary With Director Zach Snyder And Producer Eric Newman!


DISC TWO

  • NEW! 2022 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative Of The Unrated Cut!
  • Audio Commentary With Director Zach Snyder And Producer Eric Newman!
  • Introduction To The Unrated Cut With Director Zach Snyder!
  • Splitting Headaches: Anatomy Of Exploding Heads!
  • Attack Of The Living Dead!
  • Raising The Dead!
  • Andy’s Lost Tape!
  • Special Report: Zombie Invasion!
  • Undead And Loving It: A Mockumentary!
  • Drawing The Dead Featurette!
  • Storyboard Comparisons!
  • Hidden Easter Egg!!!


DISC THREE

  • 2K Scan Of The Interpositive!
  • Take A Chance On Me – An Interview With Actor Ty Burrell!
  • Gunn For Hire – An Interview With Writer James Gunn!
  • Punk, Rock, & Zombie – An Interview With Actor Jake Weber!
  • Killing Time At The Mall: The Special Effects Of Dawn Of The Dead – An Interview With Special Makeup Effects Artists David Anderson And Heather Langenkamp Anderson!
  • Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary By Director Zach Snyder And Producer Eric Newman!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

The 4K Collector's Edition of DAWN OF THE DEAD is tentatively scheduled for release on Tuesday, January 31st of next year, and should cost between $30 - $36! Again, if you do not already own this movie, I'd recommend taking the plunge on this 3-disc set since it is, more or less, (currently) the definitive release for this film. For those of you who already own the previous Blu-ray release, well... the choice to upgrade is entirely up to you! Once your mind is made up, you may pre-order yourself a copy right this very minute at AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY, which will net you an exclusive poster (while supplies last)!