No release date set, but expect it by the end of the year:
AUSTIN, TX - Wednesday, June 19th,
2013 - Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo
Drafthouse Cinema, announced today the acquisition of North American
rights to '70s phantasmagoric sci-fi/horror/action/??? hybrid The
Visitor. Legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston (The Maltese
Falcon; Treasure Of The Sierra Madre) stars as an intergalactic
warriorbattling alongside a cosmic Christ figure against a demonic
eight-year-old girl and her pet hawk, as the fate of the universe hangs
in the balance. A new HD restoration from the original film materials is
planned for a theatrical, home video and multi Video On Demand/Digital
platform release later in the year.
In the dawn
of '70s American blockbusters, European production companies emerged
stateside, attempting to recreate box office gold by cloning Hollywood.
The infamous Supreme Court-banned Jaws copy Great White, The
Exorcist-esque Beyond The Door, and countless otherswere packaged for
export and the burgeoning drive-in circuit. Producer Ovidio G. Assonitis
and Director/Professional Body Builder Michael J. Paradise's
TheVisitorstands as perhaps the most ambitious of all, taking its
inspiration by artfully fusing The Omen, Close Encounters Of The Third
Kind, The Birds, Rosemary's Baby, The Fury and Star Wars alongside a
baffling cast that includes Shelley Winters (NightOfTheHunter), Glenn
Ford (Superman), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Franco Nero (Django) and Sam
Peckinpah (director of TheWildBunch).
is not so much a carbon copy, but rather an entertainingly hallucinatory
and inscrutable mash-up that repertory cinema programmers around the
country have rediscovered for late-night bookings. "Just when you think
you've nailed down which direction the film is heading in, it completely
shatters your notion of the time-space continuum," says LA art-house
The Cinefamily. At the time of its original release,
TheVisitoruniversally received poor reviews by mainstream critics
including TV Guide who simply called it "junk," but now, the film stands
as "the Mount Everest of insane '70s Italian movies" (Mondo Digital).
film is from another time, another place and another wholly different
dimension," says Drafthouse Films Creative Director Evan Husney, "and
contains the highest JDPM (jaw-drops-per-minute) ratio out of any movie
we have ever encountered. The Visitor is a repertory mainstay at the
Alamo Drafthouse and is truly one of the most joyfully delirious
theatrical experiences we've unleashed on our audiences. The world
wasn't ready for this film in 1979, and it still may not be. Regardless,
we are ecstatic to be able to reintroduce cinema's most colossally
bizarro achievement. Ever."
The 30th Anniversary DVD put out by Code Red is still available at their store, so Bill is probably going to shit when he catches wind of the Drafthouse release, especially if it sells well. I have the Code Red release, but it's a dementedly stupid good time, I'll grab this release as well.
On an unrelated note, any of you on Facebook with five seconds to spare, check out the newly created Manchester Morgue page and click the old like button.