Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Vestron Video Collector's Series Finally Returns With Two New Titles: LITTLE MONSTERS & SHIVERS!

Cover art for Vestro Video Collector's Series' Blu-ray release of LITTLE MONSTERS!

Rejoice for Lionsgate's Vestron label is back with two really solid titles! LITTLE MONSTERS has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid - I've always felt that it was a spiritual successor to NIGHTBREED. And speaking of David Cronenberg.... SHIVERS is the other new Vestron release this week! I've never seen it (I plan on rectifying that this weekend) but I'm definitely looking forward to this early body-horror tale that sounds like a mixture of NIGHT OF THE CREEPS and RABID! Both new Blu-ray releases come with a variety of new special features (including audio commentaries and cast & crew interviews) and are remarkably cheap - you'd be a fool not to add them to your collections ASAP Vault Dwellers!


Synopsis: Brian (Fred Savage - THE PRINCESS BRIDE, THE WIZARD) isn't scared of the monster living under the bed. On the contrary, when he gets to know the wild-eyed boogeyman, Maurice (Howie Mandel - WALK LIKE A MAN, voice of Gizmo in GREMLINS), the pair become fast friends. During the night, Maurice takes his young charge into the netherworld of monsters, where they have a great time making mischief in the lives of sleeping children. But Brian's opinion of Maurice and his freewheeling lifestyle changes when he discovers that he himself is turning into a monster.

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 101 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

  • NEW! Audio Commentary with Jarret Gahan, Editor-in-Chief of!
  • NEW! Isolated Score Selections and Audio Interview with Composer David Newman!
  • NEW! "Call Him Maurice" – An Interview with Actor Howie Mandel!
  • NEW! "Beneath the Bed" – An Interview with Producer Andrew Licht!
  • NEW! "Monsters Big & Small" – An Interview with Special Makeup Effects Creator Robert Short! 
  • NEW! Vintage Interviews with Actors Fred Savage, Ben Savage, Special Makeup Effects Creator Robert Short, and Director Richard Alan Greenberg!
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • "Making Maurice" – Vintage Footage of Howie Mandel's Makeup Transformation
  • Vintage EPK & VHS Promo
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery 
LITTLE MONSTERS is now available on Blu-ray and is shockingly cheap: The introductory price is between $13 - $15! That amazes me because of all the new extras included with this release, and also because all of the previous Vestron titles were in the $20 - $25 range! So relieve this (somewhat traumatic) late 80s children's classic today and get yourself a copy from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!

Cover art for the Vestron Video Collector's Series Blu-ray release of David Cronenberg's SHIVERS!

Synopsis: After a scientist living in a posh apartment complex slaughters a teen girl and kills himself, investigators discover that the murderer had been carrying on experiments involving deadly parasites. Roger St. Luc (Paul Hampton - WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET, HIT!), a doctor living in the building, and his aide, Nurse Forsythe (Lynn Lowry - THE CRAZIES, THE CAT PEOPLE), then realize that the parasites are on the loose, attacking fellow tenants. And those who become hosts turn into erotically obsessed maniacs who pass the bugs on through violent sex.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 88 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

  • NEW! Audio Commentary with Writer-Director David Cronenberg and Co-Producer Don Carmody!
  • NEW! "Mind Over Matter" – An Interview with Writer-Director David Cronenberg!
  • NEW! "Good Night Nurse" – An Interview with Actress Lynn Lowry!
  • NEW! "Outside and Within" – An Interview with Special Make-Up Effects Creator Joe Blasco!
  • NEW! "Celebrating Cinépix" – An Interview with Greg Dunning!
  • Archival 1998 David Cronenberg Interview
  • Still Gallery with Optional Archival Audio Interview with Executive Producer John Dunning
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spot
  • Radio Spots 
The Vestron Blu-ray release of SHIVERS is also currently available wherever Blu-ray discs are sold and goes for between $13 - $15! Again, this price point is mind-blowing considering previous Vestron title pricing, plus the number of new extras created for this release - I really hope this is a continuing trend! Get your copy of SHIVERS now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!

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