Wednesday, October 29, 2014

New This Week 10.28 - Midian Monsters & Space Vampires

And we're back.

If you're wondering, no, I haven't thrown in the towel yet. I've just spent the past few weeks packing up everything I own, moving everything I own and then unpacking everything I own in a different house. I now hate everything that I own and pray I don't have to move it all again. So since moving all of my stuff is a massive ordeal I've had very little time to really worry about keeping up with movie news and releases. I'm pretty much done with the move, so I should be able to get back into action here.
The big release today is of course the Director's Cut of Nightbreed from Scream Factory. Available in both a standard Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and the way more expensive Limited Edition 3-disc version that includes the theatrical cut as well as the Director's Cut.

For the first time on home video, you can experience Clive Barker’s original director’s cut of Nightbreed with over 40 minutes of new footage, all mastered in high definition from the original camera negative!

Boone (Craig Sheffer) may be a troubled young man, but his troubles are just beginning. Set up as the fall guy in a string of slasher murders, he decides he'll hide by crossing the threshold that separates “us” from “them” and sneak into the forbidden subterranean realm of Midian. Boone will live among the monsters.

Hellraiser creator Clive Barker writes (adapting his novel Cabal) and directs this vivid leap into horror that asks: in the battle of man vs. monster, who's really the monster? The answer supplies flesh-crawling suspense, sudden fear, a colorful Danny Elfman score and a creepy array of shape-shifting beings. They are the Nightbreed, denizens of a world beyond death, beyond the imagination, perhaps beyond anything you've seen.

Bonus Features
    • New "Director's Cut" presentation of the film which contains over 40 minutes of new and altered footage
    • Introduction by writer/director Clive Barker and restoration producer Mark Alan Miller
    • Audio Commentary by writer/director Clive Barker and restoration producer Mark Alan Miller
    • Tribes of the Moon: The Making of Nightbreed featuring interviews with Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, Doug Bradley and more… (72 min.)
    • Making Monsters - interviews with makeup effects artists Bob Keen, Martin Mercer and Paul Jones (42 min.)
    • Fire! Fights! Stunts! 2nd Unit Shooting - an interview with Andy Armstrong (20 min.)
    • Original Theatrical Trailer

Bonus Features
    • --- DISC 1: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT ---
    • New "Director's Cut" presentation of the film which contains over 40 minutes of new and altered footage
    • Introduction by writer/director Clive Barker and restoration producer Mark Alan Miller
    • Audio Commentary by writer/director Clive Barker and restoration producer Mark Alan Miller
    • Tribes of the Moon: The Making of Nightbreed featuring interviews with Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, Doug Bradley and more… (72 min.)
    • Making Monsters - interviews with makeup effects artists Bob Keen, Martin Mercer and Paul Jones (42 min.)
    • Fire! Fights! Stunts! 2nd Unit Shooting - an interview with Andy Armstrong (20 min.)
    • Original Theatrical Trailer
    • --- DISC 2: BONUS DISC ---
    • Deleted and Alternate Scenes (approx. 20 min.)
    • Monster Prosthetics Master Class
    • Cutting Compromise – an interview with editor Mark Goldblatt
    • The Painted Landscape: The Concept Art of Ralph McQuarrie
    • Matte Painting Tests
    • Makeup Tests
    • Stop Motion Lost Footage
    • Extended Torture Scene
    • Rehearsal of Boone's dream
    • Extensive Still Galleries – Early Sketches, Deleted Scene, Posters and Pre-Production art, On the Set, The Cast and Crew
    • --- DISC 3: THE THEATRICAL CUT ---
    • New transfer from the inter-positive

Also from Scream is Jeff Lieberman's tongue-in-cheek killer worm epic Squirm. Finally, those of us who didn't import Arrow's release will have a chance to watch unappealing lead actors fight earthworms and spend half the movie searching for a dead guy named Mr. Beardsley (spoiler alert) - in high definition!

When a powerful storm knocks Fly Creek, Georgia’s power lines down onto wet soil, the resulting surge of electricity drives large, bloodthirsty worms to the surface: and then out of their soil-tilling minds! Soon, the townspeople discover that their sleepy fishing village is overrun with worms that burrow right into their skin! Inundated by hundreds of thousands of carnivorous creatures, the terrorized locals race to find the cause of the rampage: before becoming tilled under themselves! 

  • Audio Commentary By Writer/Director Jeff Lieberman
  • New interviews with Jeff Lieberman, Actor Don Scardino and Special Effects Artist Bill Milling
  • A tour of the locations with Jeff Lieberman
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Still gallery

    A New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) begins investigating a series of bizarre and disturbing inexplicable crimes. When he uncovers that the crimes are of super-natural origins, he must join forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are taking over and terrorizing their city. Filled with action and thrilling suspense, the film is inspired by the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases. 
    From Kino comes Mario Bava's Planet of the Vampires
    A Close Encounter Of The Undead Kind! Get sucked into a chilling black hole of cosmic creepiness when an evil alien race zeroes in on a crew of unsuspecting astronauts, turning them into zonked-out zombies! Packed with space-age suspense and extraterrestrial terror, this eerily photographed and electrifying thriller drips with an intoxicating, feverish atmosphere of dread. A band of space travelers has just intercepted a distress call from a distant world! Is it a desperate cry for help... or something far more sinister? After landing on the shadowy planet, the crew is attacked by a horde of disembodied aliens with a diabolical plan: to conquer the universe by controlling the crew's minds and stealing their souls-proving that even in outer space, possession is 9/10 of the law! Directed by horror legend Mario Bava (Black Sunday, Black Sabbath). 

    Daniela, a woman troubled from a childhood trauma, begins to have delusions that she is a werewolf. She spends her nights seducing and killing men, until she meets a kind man named Luca, who she falls in love with. Her happiness is short-lived when she is raped and Luca is killed, reverting her back to her werewolf delusions. Daniela gets her revenge by killing her rapists and Luca's killers. 

    Friday, October 03, 2014

    Blacula/Scream, Blacula Scream Double Feature + Supernova Hitting Blu-ray Soon

    More vampire films are coming from Scream Factory in February; this time it's Blaxploitation classic Blacula, and the not so classic sequel Scream, Blacula Scream. They've also made a completely out of left field announcement for sci-fi film Supernova, due out January 13th.

    Our month-long "Shocktober" celebration continues with THREE Films to reveal today to start your weekend off right!

    - On Jan 13th, The sci-fi thriller SUPERNOVA makes its debut on the Blu-ray format. Check out the all-over-the-place cast of some well-known names and cult film favorites: James Spader (The Blacklist), Angela Bassett (American Horror Story) , Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), Peter Facinelli (Twilight), Wilson Cruz (My So-Called Life) and Robin Tunney (The Craft).

    - In Feb, a blood-sucking double feature of guilty pleasures BLACULA and its sequel SCREAM, BLACULA SCREAM from the 70s will bare their fangs on blu-ray for the first time too in the U.S. and Canada. Both films star William Marshall as “Blacula” (and who also played “King of Cartoons” in Pee-wee’s Playhouse—out from Shout Factory on 10/21) and the legendary Pam Grier (Foxy Brown) is third-billed in SCREAM, BLACULA SCREAM.

    Artwork you see here is final. There are no details on extras at this time but they will be announced before the end of the year.

    Free 26 Track Metal Sampler From Relapse Records

    Metal fans take note; Relapse Records has just uploaded an excellent 26 track sampler over on Bandcamp, which you can download 100% free of charge. Some really good stuff on there including Death, Abysmal Dawn, Black Anvil, Myrkur and a track from the first Obituary album in a bunch of years. Stream the tracks below or head over to Bandcamp to download 'em all.

    Also, be sure to check the side of the page, you can still grab the 2012 and 2013 samplers for free as well. Zero dollars is a pretty good price for 78 songs.

    Arrow Video To Launch North American Office in 2015

    Some very exciting news from Arrow Video today, the hugely popular UK video label has announced plans to expand into North America early next year. They've set up a Indiegogo account featuring some very cool perks including Arrow T-Shirts and their future Blu-ray releases.


    London, 3rd October 2014

    Arrow Films are today thrilled to announce plans to expand its celebrated Arrow Video label into North America early in 2015. Fans will be able to learn all the details of this bold and exciting move, and discover regular updates, through a dedicated crowdfunder campaign which is launched today.

    Lauded with positive feedback from a loyal fan base for its great success in releasing various acclaimed restorations of cult and horror releases, Arrow Video have in recent years won several prestigious ‘Label of the Year’ awards by such notable outlets such as broadsheet newspaper The Guardian and Home Cinema Choice Magazine.

    By popular demand Arrow Video will launch into North America with a host of cult titles, receiving deluxe treatment in video, audio, supplements and artwork. Launch titles include Tonino Valerii’s Spaghetti Western Day of Anger [I Giorni dell’ira, aka Gunlaw] starring genre icons Lee Van Cleef and Giuliano Gemma; Michael Armstrong’s bloody and brutal critique of state-funded religious corruption Mark of the Devil in a director-approved release; and the thrillingly bizarro yakuza-samurai-ghost story-horror hybrid from Teruo Ishii, Blind Woman’s Curse (1971, also known as Black Cat’s Revenge). Future releases include films never-before-released on DVD and/or Blu-ray from European and Japanese cult directors. More to be revealed soon.

    Read more at Indiegogo

    Wednesday, October 01, 2014

    A Trio of Andy Milligan Horror Titles Coming to Blu-ray From Code Red

    Just a couple weeks after the last titles were announced Code Red has listed three more limited edition Blu-ray titles. Three Andy Milligan titles; Bloodthirsty Butchers, The Man With 2 Heads and Torture Dungeon are due out around the beginning of November. Preorder now directly from Code Red.

    A murderous barber and his equally psychopathic friend, a baker, hatch a plan whereby the barber murders people and the baker makes them into pies to be sold in his shop.

    Dr. William Jekyll is experimenting with a formula that will remove the evil in man, but when he can't get test animals, he loses his patience and tests on himself... with horrible results.
    In Medival England, a sadistic duke plots to kill off all the heirs to the throne of England so he can claim he title crown for himself.

    Scream Announces Love At First Bite & Once Bitten Blu-ray Double Feature

    Scream has started this Shocktober off with an announcement of a vampcomedy Blu-ray double feature featuring Love At First Bite and Once Bitten. I've actually never seen First Bite, (though I've been meaning to for years) but Once Bitten is a hell of a lot of fun. I can't wait for this set to come out. Fingers crossed for a Jim Carrey commentary.

    "Good morning everyone. We start our month-long "Shocktober" celebration with a new title announcement (one of several this month). Actually, we have TWO films to reveal today that will be in a double-feature: The horror comedies LOVE AT FIRST BITE (with George Hamilton) and ONCE BITTEN (with Jim Carrey)! This is the first time on the Blu-ray format for both films and is expected to land near Valentine's Day 2015. No details on extras at this time.

    Re: LOVE AT FIRST BITE - We are aware that prior DVD versions of the film were altered, specifically during a key moment in a disco in which the song "I Love the Nightlife" song (sung by Alicia Bridges) was replaced by another track. We are doing our best to correct this and will keep you posted on the progress.

    Stay tuned this month for many more surprises!"

    Shout! Factory Is Currently Streaming MST3K: Mitchell With Annotations

    Heads up for all of the MSTies out there, Shout! Factory is currently streaming the full Mitchell episode of Mystery Science Theater on YouTube. I know what you're thinking, "so what, so is this guy." What makes the Shout! version awesome is that they've gone through and added annotations for every single joke and reference, sort of like the trivia tracks on the Seinfeld DVDs. This is a great idea - in fact I (like a lot of fans, probably) immediately thought of this way back when the first DVDs started coming out, glad to see it finally happen. I'm sure most of us get a lot of the jokes, but sometimes the references are incredibly obscure, so this will make everyone enjoy more of the jokes that might've gone over their heads. Check it out below:

    Unfortunately I couldn't get the annotations to work for me when using the YouTube app on my TV, so I haven't watched the whole thing yet. I think there's probably some way turn them on, but I haven't really used that app before so who knows, I didn't really investigate the problem too much. It works perfectly on my computer though.


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