Wednesday, November 27, 2013

New This Week 11.26.13

First and most importantly is Shout! Factory's latest Mystery Science Theater 3000 set. This volume - which is the 28th box set, but labeled as the "25th Anniversary Edition" to celebrate the show's anniversary - comes housed in a Limited Edition collector's tin and contains six episodes, instead of the usual four. The four new to DVD episodes are as follows:

Moon Zero Two
The Day The Earth Froze
The Leech Woman

This set also features a bonus disc containing The Brain That Wouldn't Die and Mitchell, two classic long out of print episodes from way back  when Rhino was putting out single episode releases. I already have the original Rhino releases of these two, but their inclusion is very welcome for anyone who doesn't already own them.

In addition to the six episodes, Shout! has loaded this set up with even more great bonus material than usual including an excellent newly produced 70-minute three part Return to Eden Prairie documentary.

• 3-Part Documentary Return To Eden Prairie: 25 Years Of Mystery Science Theater 3000
• Ninth Wonder Of The World: The Making Of Gorgo (MST3K Edition)
• Last Flight Of Joel Robinson
• Life After MST3K: Mary Jo Pehl
• Interview with “Brain” performer Marilyn Neilson
• “Moon Zero Two” Intro by Hammer Films Historian Constantine Nasr
• MST Hour Wraps
• Leonard Maltin Explains Something
• Original Trailers
• 4 Exclusive Mini-Posters By Artist Steve Vance

This set is essential, grab it today:

Also from Shout! is George A. Romero's jousting biker film Knightriders. You know, I've never actually seen Knightriders, which is odd because I'm a big Romero fan. I don't want to knock the film or its fans because I've heard this is a good movie, but motorcycle knights seems like a ridiculous premise and every time I see this image of Tom Savini I turn into a 13-year old and start giggling uncontrollably:

Anyone out there reading this please chime in and let me know if this one is worth a look or not.

The members of a traveling Renaissance Faire, who saddle up on motorcycles instead of horses, ride from town to town to stage medieval jousting tournaments with combatants in suits of armor and wielding lances, battle-axes, maces and broadswords. The spectacle of this violent pageant soon garners national attention, much to the dismay of the current king of this Camelot. A challenger to his throne arises as they try to maintain their fairytale existence in a world wrought with corruption.

Written and directed by George A. Romero (The Night Of The Living Dead series) and starring Romero regulars Ed Harris (Creepshow), Tom Savini (Dawn Of The Dead), John Amplas (Martin), Patricia Tallman (Monkey Shines) and Ken Foree (Dawn Of The Dead), this “vastly underrated elegy to idealism and rugged individualism” (TV Guide) offers “a compelling reworking of Arthurian legend [and] remarkable action scenes in the process” (The Onion A.V. Club)!

Bonus features:

  • Audio Commentary w/ George Romero, Tom Savini, John Amplas, and film historian Chris Stavrakis
  • Behind the Scenes: The Stunts of Knightriders
  • New Interviews with Romero, Savini and Ed Harris
  • Trailers and TV Spots
Pick it up today:

From Scream Factory comes The Horror Show, a truly odd film from Jason X director James "Smash" Isaac (RIP) starring Lance Henriksen and Brion James (also RIP).

116 people are dead at the hands of Max Jenke (Brion James – Blade Runner, Crimewave) and his trusty meat cleaver. Now, justice is about to be served as Jenke is sentenced to the electric chair. But from the first high voltage blast, it becomes clear that Max is no ordinary serial killer.

With a blood-chilling laugh from the depths of hell, Max enters our world, transformed into a supernatural force by the high-voltage blast of electricity. Max vows revenge on the cop who captured him. Well-aware of the maniacal killer’s passion to destroy, Detective Lucas McCarthy (Lance Henriksen – Pumpkinhead, Aliens) can only begin to imagine the horror that awaits him and his family.

Get it
Scorpion is continuing to crank out new Blu-ray releases, and their latest is this reissue of Day of the Animals which was originally put out by Shriek Show in 2006. Non-Blu-ray people, fear not, this is also available on DVD.

The Terrifying Movie Of A World Gone Mad!

Scientists warn that the depletion of the earth's ozone layer is reaching critical levels, particularly in higher altitudes. How critical? Enough to unleash the vengeful wrath of the entire animal kingdom! No human is safe, particularly a group of nature-loving hikers (including Leslie Nielsen, NAKED GUN, AIRPLANE, Richard Jaeckel, GRIZZLY, Jon Cedar, THE MANITOU, Lynda Day George, PIECES)) lead by their guide (Christopher George, GRIZZLY, MORTUARY) who are constantly menaced by every conceivable mountain-dwelling creature. Dogs, rats, snakes, hawks, owls, mountain lions and bears are out to send a clear message about chlorofluorocarbon abuse.

Director William Girdler follows up his 1976 hit film, Grizzly, with this eco-sensitive, nature-runs-amok thrill-ride. Now see it from a brand new HD master from the original IP in correct widescreen scope format, along with a brand new 5.1 mix, first time anywhere in the world!

Also EXCLUSIVE to this BluRay release, isolated music track.

You can pick it up from Amazon, but it's currently significantly cheaper on ImportCDs

Scorpion also has a brand new Katarina's Nightmare Theater release out there:

Its a American Grindhouse double bill! Both for the first time digitally remastered from the original vault elements!

First up, LURKERS! From cult director Roberta Findlay (SNUFF) comes a psychological thriller about a beautiful, young New York cellist, whose demonic childhood nightmares have returned, plunging her into a horrific series of events that threaten her success, her sanity...and her life. Now see the horror from a brand new 16x9 master from the original IP first time anywhere!

Next up, DIE SISTER DIE!. A man (Jack Ging-SSSSSSS) hires a nurse (Antoinette Bower - PROM NIGHT) to care for his ailing but nasty and shrewish sister. What he really intends to do, however, is to convince the nurse to join him in a plot to kill her! Watch this film in its fist official/authorized DVD release, from a brand new master from the original negatives, first time anywhere! 

Get it from Amazon, but again, ImportCDs is often the cheapest place to get Scorpion titles. Actually they're usually the cheapest place to get a lot of these smaller company releases, so be sure to check them out if you haven't before.

1 comment:

Kevin said...

Your hesitation to not watch Knightriders is totally the same reason why I felt reluctant to see it. However, I cried both times I watched it and felt truly, deeply touched by it. It's absolutely one of his best films, without a doubt. Totally coming from the heart and the message in the film is how he felt about independent film making. When I met Romero, I told him how much this movie touched me and he was really pleased and we both kinda got choked up over how special the movie is. The idea of jousting knights on motorcycles is initially silly, but the film is so magical and poignant. Do yourself a favor and check it out, I think you will be surprised!


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