Tuesday, November 19, 2013

New This Week - 11.19.13

Tons of great titles out this week, here are a few I highly recommend picking up.

Assault on Precinct 13
Isolated and cut off from the city inside a soon-to-be-closed L.A. police station, a group of police officers and convicts must join forces to defend themselves against the gang called Street Thunder, who have taken a blood oath to kill someone trapped inside the precinct.

From John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing and Prince Of Darkness), Assault On Precinct 13 combines the elements of a classic western and a modern thriller to create a riveting cult classic.

The A/V quality is pretty much on par with the earlier Blu-ray release, but in addition to a few features carried over from the previous release, Scream has also included a few very exciting brand new extras:

• Audio Commentary with writer/director John Carpenter
• NEW Audio Commentary with Art Director & Sound Effects Editor Tommy Lee Wallace
• NEW interview with actress Nancy Loomis Kyes
• NEW interview with actor Austin Stoker
• Interview with John Carpenter and Austin Stoker
• Theatrical Trailer
• Radio Spots

Buy It:

Eve of Destruction
She's beautiful, indestructible and unstoppable! Renee Soutendijk is "sexy and lethal" (Boxoffice) as Eve VIII, a sophisticated and deadly android run amok in this heart-pounding sci-fi thriller. Created in the image other inventor, Eve VIII is the flawless culmination of years of research. Or is she? When an unexpected mishap during testing sends her into a sudden, irreversible rampage, Eve begins stalking and killing anything she perceives as a threat. And now it's up to terrorism expert Jim McQuade (Gregory Hines) to find and deactivate her before she realizes her ultimate capability nuclear annihilation!

Recommended for fans of ultra-violent Terminator knock-offs like Lady Terminator or Hands of Steel. Not quite as fun as those two, though still a hell of a good time. In a rare move for Scream Factory, there are zero bonus features for this release, but even still this one is well worth a look.

Buy It:

 Maniac Cop 2
The Maniac Cop is back from the dead and stalking the streets of New York once more. Officer Matt Cordell was once a hero, but after being framed by corrupt superiors and brutally assaulted in prison, he sets out on a macabre mission of vengeance, teaming up with a vicious serial killer to track down those that wronged him and make them pay... with their lives! Robert Davi (LICENSE TO KILL), Claudia Christian (THE HIDDEN), Michael Lerner (BARTON FINK), Laurene Landon (HUNDRA), Leo Rossi (HALLOWEEN II), Robert Z Dar (TANGO & CASH), Charles Napier (THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS), and Bruce Campbell (THE EVIL DEAD) star in this chilling, action-packed sequel written by Larry Cohen (IT S ALIVE) and directed by William Lustig (MANIAC). 

Featuring a brand-new 4K High Definition transfer from the original camera negative, this definitive presentation of MANIAC COP 2 comes packed with exclusive Extras!

Special Features:
Audio Commentary with Director William Lustig and Filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn
Back On The Beat - The Making Of MANIAC COP 2
Cinefamily Q&A with Director William Lustig
Deleted Scene
Theatrical Trailers
Poster & Still Gallery
Isolated Music Track
Enhanced for D-Box Motion Control Systems

Maniac Cop 3
When Officer Kate Sullivan storms a hostage situation, the whole incident is captured on tape by an unscrupulous media crew who edit the footage to show Kate killing a helpless victim. Now in a coma, Kate's only hope is Detective Sean McKinney, who desperately tries to clear her name. But unbeknownst to him, Maniac Cop Matt Cordell takes it upon himself to exact revenge upon those responsible for smearing her name. Returning stars Robert Davi (PROFILER) and Robert Z Dar (BEASTMASTER 2) are joined by Paul Gleason (DIE HARD), Jackie Earle Haley (WATCHMEN), Julius Harris (SUPER FLY), Doug Savant (MELROSE PLACE), and Robert Forster (JACKIE BROWN) in this thrilling third entry from MANIAC COP creator Larry Cohen (GOD TOLD ME TO). 

Featuring a brand-new 4K High Definition transfer from the original uncensored negative, this definitive presentation of MANIAC COP 3: BADGE OF SILENCE comes packed with exclusive Extras!

Special Features:
Wrong Arm Of The Law - The Making Of MANIAC COP 3
Deleted and Extended Scenes
Theatrical Trailer
Poster & Still Gallery
Original Synopsis
Enhanced for D-Box Motion Control Systems 

Grab em both from Amazon

Night of the Comet

Night Of The Living Dead Meets Valley Girl In This “Entertaining, Tongue-In-Cheek Pastiche Of Numerous Science Fiction Films.” - Variety
It’s the first comet to buzz the planet in 65 million years, and everyone seems to be celebrating its imminent arrival. Everyone, that is, except Regina Belmont (Catherine Mary Stewart,  The Last Starfighter) and her younger sister Samantha (Kelli Maroney, Chopping Mall), two Valley Girls who care more about  fashion trends than the celestial phenomenon. But upon daybreak, when the girls discover that they’re the only residents of Los Angeles whom the comet hasn’t vaporized or turned into a zombie, they do what all good Valley Girls do…they go shopping! But when their day of malling threatens to become a day of mauling, these gals flee with killer zombies and blood-seeking scientists in hot pursuit!

From Director Thom Eberhardt (who gave us the wonderfully eerie Sole Survivor)

• Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Thom Eberhardt
• Audio Commentary with Stars Kelli Maroney and Catherine Mary Stewart
• Audio Commentary with Production Designer John Muto
• Valley Girls At The End Of The World – Interviews with Stars Kelli Maroney and Catherine Mary Stewart
• The Last Man On Earth? – An Interview with Actor Robert Beltran
• Curse of the Comet – An Interview with Special Make-Up Effects Creator David B. Miller
• Still Galleries (Behind the Scenes and Official Stills)
• Theatrical Trailer

Buy It:

The World's End
20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching The World's End is the least of their worries.

This release features what I believe to be the largest amount of bonus I've ever seen on a single release. For example:

*Feature Commentary with Writers Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg
*Technical Commentary with Director Edgar Wright and Director of Photography Bill Pope
*Cast Commentary with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost & Paddy Considine
*U-Control - Storyboard Picture in Picture
*Deleted Scene
*Alternate Edits
*Completing the Golden Mile: The Making of The World's End
*Director at Work
*Pegg + Frost = Fried Gold
*Friends Reunited
*Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy
*Filling in the Blanks: The Stunts and FX of The World's End
*Hair and Make-Up Tests
*Rehearsal Footage
*Stunt Tapes
*VFX Breakdown
*Bits and Pieces
*There's Only One Gary King: Osymyso's Inibri-8 Megamix
*Signs & Omens
*Edgar & Simon's Flip Chart
*TV Spots
*TV Safe Version
*Trivia Track

Get it from Amazon

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