1980s Series ‘Moonlighting’ Available for Digital Purchase Jan. 16

For the very first time, all five seasons of “Moonlighting” will be available for purchase at digital retailers Jan. 16, complete with the original Grammy-nominated title track recording by Al Jarreau, from Disney.

Each episode has been remastered in HD from the original film source.

In the series, which aired from 1985 to 1989, when former fashion model Maddie Hayes goes broke and finds that one of her few remaining assets is ownership of the Blue Moon Detective Agency, she’s tempted to liquidate it until she meets the quirky employees and gets involved in their even quirkier cases.

The series stars Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley and Curtis Armstrong.

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’80s Comedy ‘My Best Friend Is a Vampire’ Due on Blu-ray Disc July 25

My Best Friend Is a Vampire (1987) arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) for the first time July 25 from Lionsgate.

The release features new artwork and new special features.

In the ’80s teen comedy, shortly after high school student Jeremy Capello (Robert Sean Leonard) goes on a hot date, he finds he can’t stand garlic and can’t see his reflection in mirrors, but he can make a delicious raw-steak shake. As maniac vampire hunter Professor McCarthy (David Warner) stakes him out, Jeremy just wants to pursue his high school crush.
 
In addition to Leonard (Dead Poets Society, TV’s “House,” Much Ado About Nothing), Cheryl Pollak (Pump Up the Volume, Time of Fear, TV’s “Alien Nation”), Primetime Emmy Award nominee Rene Auberjonois (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” MASH, “Boston Legal”), and Primetime Emmy Award winner David Warner (Titanic, Tron, Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country). The film includes an appearance by Oscar winner Kathy Bates.

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Special features include audio commentary with director Jimmy Huston and film historian Nathaniel Thompson; “A Most Alternative Lifestyle,” a conversation with writer and associate producer Tab Murphy and production executive Ken Aguado; “Gabbing with Grimsdyke,” an interview with actor Paul Willson; the theatrical trailer; a teaser trailer; and a still gallery.

Music Doc ‘Blitzed: The ’80s Blitz Kids’ Due on DVD Feb. 17 From MVD

The music documentary Blitzed: The ’80s Blitz Kids will be released on DVD Feb. 17 from MVD Entertainment Group.

The documentary explores the club where Boy George was the coat check girl (admittedly stealing money from the purses), and Bowie, synth beats, and a new freedom of sexual identity were in the air. The Blitz Club was where a hotbed of talent emerged: Ultravox, Spandau Ballet, Culture Club, Sade, and many others. This is the story of a cultural revolution — spawned from a grimy West End club patronized by impoverished but lavishly wardrobed trendsetters, art students and trans slackers. It was a movement that redefined music, fashion and sexual expression.  Among the stories: Mick Jagger was turned away from the door for not being well enough dressed.

Derided by many, the New Romantics can now claim influence that stretches to the modern wave of synth bands, sounds, gender fluidity and fashion sensibilities that mark the second decade of the 21st century. The music the scene spawned on the dance floor of Egan’s Blitz nightclub in Covent Garden can be heard on dance floors, films and TV soundtracks to this day. Through interviews with key players, current contemporaries, punters and pundits together with archival footage, recreated scenes and original footage, the documentary shows how and why the movement took hold and where it landed today.

’80s Comedy ‘The Last American Virgin’ Due on Blu-ray Jan. 24 in MVD Rewind Collection

MGM’s cult-classic 1982 teen comedy The Last American Virgin will be released on Blu-ray Jan. 24 as part of the MVD Rewind Collection.

The film follows a close-knit group of high school friends, Gary (Lawrence Monoson, Mask), the shy guy; his friend Rick (Steve Antin, The Goonies), the ladies man; and David (Joe Rubbo, Hot Chili), the comic foil; and their exploits in pursuit of love — or at the very least — their first time.

The film also stars Diane Franklin (Better Off Dead), Louisa Moritz (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and Kimmy Robertson (“Twin Peaks”) and features a classic ’80s soundtrack that includes songs from Devo, U2, Oingo Boingo, The Commodores, The Waitresses, The Cars, The Plimsouls and REO Speedwagon.

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Special features include the “First American Remake” interview with Boaz Davidson; the “Memories of a Pizza Boy” interview with Lawrence Monoson; the “Babe of the Eighties” interview with Diane Franklin; the “In Praise of Smaller Movies” interview with cinematographer Adam Greenberg; a photo gallery; the original theatrical trailer; a collectible mini-poster; a TV spot; and for the first pressing only a limited-edition slipcover.

’80s Actioners ‘Born to Fight,’ ‘Cop Game’ and ‘Double Target’ Due on Blu-ray Dec. 13 From Severin and MVD

Three 1980s action films — Born to Fight, Cop Game and Double Target — are being released on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 13 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

To create Born to Fight (1989), shortly after completing Strike Commando 2, director Bruno Mattei, screenwriters Claudio Fragasso and Rossella Drudi, and stars Brent Huff and former Miss World/Bond girl Mary Stavin immediately reloaded for another shot-in-the-Philippines, exploding-hut classic. In the film, when a badass Vietnam veteran (Huff) is hired by a television reporter (Stavin) to return to the jungle hellhole where he was tortured as a P.O.W., the fuse is lit for betrayal, vengeance, massive fireballs and incongruous Austrians. Romano Puppo (Robowar), Werner Pochath (Cop Game) and Massimo Vanni (Zombie 3) co-star in this action epic scanned in 2K from the original negative. Special features include audio commentary with Huff and Stavin (theatrical cut only); “Mr. Cobra Dundee,” an interview with screenwriter/assistant director Claudio Fragasso; “Cigarettes in Heaven,” an interview with screenwriter Rossella Drudi; and the trailer.

In Cop Game (1988), after exploding miles of Philippine jungle, director Bruno Mattei and screenwriter Rossella Drudi borrow the plot of Off Limits for an action-thriller that blasts more than just bamboo huts. In the film, in the final days of the Vietnam War, a squad of rogue U.S. soldiers begins slaughtering American officers. But when a tough Army investigator (Huff) and his partner (Max Laurel of Robowar) are assigned to the case, they tear apart Manila-as-Saigon in a frenzy of machine guns, car chases, stock footage and miniatures. Candice Daly (Zombie 4), Werner Pochath (Born to Fight) and Brett Halsey (The Devil’s Honey) co-star in the film restored in 2K from the original negative. Special features include “Sweet Home Manila,” an interview with second unit director Claudio Fragasso; “Giallo in Saigon,” an interview with screenwriter Rossella Drudi; “The Last King of the Philippines,” an interview with producer Franco Gaudenzi; extended scenes; and the trailer.

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In Mattei’s Double Target (1987), when terrorist attacks ravage Southeast Asia, the U.S. government recruits former loose-cannon commando Bob Ross (O’Keeffe of Tarzan the Ape Man and Ator) to return to Vietnam, hunt down the Russian madman (Bo Svenson of The Inglorious Bastards) responsible, rescue his long-lost Amerasian son and destroy anything that gets in his way. Ottaviano Dell’Acqua (Zombie 3), Luciano Pigozzi (Strike Commando), Massimo Vanni (Robowar) and Donald Pleasence co-star in the film restored in 2K from the original negative. Special features include “Italian Masters of War,” an interview with co-director/screenwriter Claudio Fragasso; “All About the Sentiment,” an interview with screenwriter Rossella Drudi; and trailers.

Drama ‘The Chocolate War’ Due on Blu-ray Sept. 27 From MVD

The 1988 MGM drama The Chocolate War will be released on Blu-ray Disc Sept. 27 as part of MVD Entertainment Group’s MVD Rewind Collection.

Based on Robert Cormier’s controversial novel — once the most widely banned book in America — this allegory of abusive power is set in a Catholic boy’s school where a chocolate sale becomes a war over conformity. Jerry (Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Weird Science) is a student who refuses to take part, undercutting ambitious school administrator Brother Leon (John Glover, Scrooged). Leon secretly enlists Archie (Wallace Langham credited as Wally Ward, Ford v. Ferrari) — the sadistic mastermind of the school’s resident gang — to force Jerry into line. But motives and results are far more complex than they first seem.

The Chocolate War — featuring a 1980s soundtrack with music by Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Joan Armatrading and Yaz — also stars Adam Baldwin (Full Metal Jacket) Doug Hutchison (The Green Mile) Jenny Wright (St. Elmo’s Fire) and Bud Cort (Harold and Maude).

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Extras include feature commentary by director Keith Gordon; an interview with Gordon on the movie; a collectible mini-poster; and a limited-edition slipcover (for the first pressing only).

’80s Classic ‘The Lost Boys’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital Sept. 20

The 1987 classic The Lost Boys will be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack and digital Sept. 20 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, the comedic horror film follows Michael (Patric) and Sam Emerson (Haim), who after their parent’s divorce move with their mother to their grandfather’s house in a California town nicknamed “The Murder Capital of the World.” Soon after arriving, Michael gets involved with a hell-raising motorcycle gang of vampires with a charismatic leader (Sutherland).  When Sam becomes involved with the Frog Brothers (Feldman and Jamison Newlander), who confess to being undercover Vampire hunters, he realizes it’s up to them to save Michael and the rest of the town from the vampire gang.

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The cast also includes Jami Gertz, Edward Herrmann, Barnard Hughes, Dianne Wiest, Jamison Newlander and Alex Winter.

The 4K disc includes commentary with Schumacher. Special features on the Blu-ray Disc include his commentary, several featurettes, the trailer, the Lou Gramm “Lost in the Shadows” music video, and “The Lost Scenes.”

1980s Horror Flick ‘Fright Night’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD Steelbook Oct. 4

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the 1985 horror film Fright Night on 4K Ultra HD Oct. 4 in a limited-edition Steelbook.

The film stars Chris Sarandon as the seductive vampire Jerry and William Ragsdale as the frantic teenager struggling to keep Jerry’s deadly fangs out of his neck. Only 17-year-old Charley Brewster (Ragsdale) knows Jerry’s bloodcurdling secret. When Charley can’t get anybody to believe him, he turns to TV horror host Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), who used to be the “Great Vampire Killer” of the movies. They try to save Charley and his sweetheart Amy (Amanda Bearse) from the wrathful bloodsucker’s toothy embrace.

The release includes more than 14 hours of special features, including two commentaries, previously unreleased deleted scene storyboards and an alternate trailer, and behind-the-scenes featurettes.

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1980s Flicks ‘Deep Space’ and ‘3:15’ Due on Blu-ray Feb. 22 From Ronin Flix and MVD

Two 1980s flicks, the action adventure 3:15 and the sci-fi fantasy Deep Space, are headed to Blu-ray Feb. 22 from Ronin Flix and MVD Entertainment Group.

In the classic ’80s grindhouse film 3:15 (1986), “The Cobras” rule Lincoln High and everyone in it — everyone except Jeff Hanna. Once the most feared member of the Cobras, Hanna got sick of fighting and got out of the gang. Now the Cobras have brutalized his new girlfriend and threatened to kill him for his disloyalty. It’s time for one last fight.

The film stars a young Adam Baldwin (Independence Day, TV’s “Chuck” and “Firefly”) and Deborah Foreman (Valley Girl, April Fool’s Day), Gina Gershon, Danny De La Paz and Mario Van Peebles. The release features DTS-HD master audio stereo, a new 2019 HD master, an on-camera interview with actor Danny De La Paz, and the theatrical trailer.

In Deep Space (1988), a U.S. satellite transporting a secretly engineered creature crashes to Earth near Los Angeles. Police officers McLemore (Charles Napier, Last Embrace, One Eyed Monster) and Sandbourn (Ann Turkel, The Cassandra Crossing, Golden Rendezvous) are assigned to pursue the escaped mutant beast. Along the way, they clash with their superior, Capt. Robertson (Bo Svenson, Breaking Point, Final Chapter: Walking Tall, Delta Force), and the scientists behind the project. Psychic Lady Elaine Wentworth (Julie Newmar) also lends them a hand.

The film also stars Ron Glass (“Barney Miller”), James Booth (Avenging Force, Zulu), Elisabeth Brooks (The Howling) and Norman Burton (Scorchy, The Terminal Man) and is directed by cult icon Fred Olen Ray. The release features a new 2018 HD master  and audio commentary with the director.

1960s Christopher Lee Classics, 1980s Actioner ‘Strike Commando’ Among Titles Due on Disc June 22 From MVD and Severin

Christopher Lee European classics and 1980s actioners Invaders of the Lost Gold and the “Rambo”-inspired Strike Commando and Strike Commando 2 are coming to disc June 22 from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films.

Due on Blu-ray is The Eurocrypt of Christopher Lee. The collection features movies made during his career in 1960s Europe and brings together five of these Lee classics — Crypt of the Vampire (1964); Castle of the Living Dead (1964) co-starring an unknown Donald Sutherland; Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962); The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism (1967); and the rarely-seen Challenge the Devil (1963) — with the 24 surviving episodes of the 1971 Film Polski anthology series “Theatre Macabre” hosted by Lee. All are remastered from original negative materials with more 10 hours of trailers, rare promos, audio commentaries and vintage interviews, plus the Castle of the Living Dead soundtrack and a new 88-page book by Lee biographer Jonathan Rigby.

Coming on Blu-ray and DVD are the actioners Strike Commando and Strike Commando 2.

For Strike Commando, writer-director Bruno Mattei and co-writers Claudio Fragasso and Rossella Drudi borrowed from Rambo: First Blood Part II, Missing in Action and more to create their own ’Namsploitation masterpiece. Reb Brown (Uncommon Valor) stars as Sgt. Mike Ransom, a one-man war machine on a vengeance mission against brutal Vietcong, merciless Russians and double-crossing U.S. officers. Christopher Connelly (Raiders of Atlantis), Luciano Pigozzi (All the Colors of the Dark) and Jim Gaines (Island of the Living Dead) co-star in the film mastered in 2K from the original negative for the first time. Special features include “War Machine,” an interview with Fragasso; “All Quiet on the Philippine Front,” an interview with Drudi; and in-production promo; and the trailer.

In Strike Commando 2, Mattei, Fragasso and Drudi return to the Philippine jungles with a higher budget, bigger action and actor Richard Harris for a film that borrows from Apocalypse Now, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Rambo and other actioners. This time, Sgt Mike Ransom (Brent Huff) battles the KGB, rogue CIA agents, an army of ninjas and a tough bar owner (Miss World 1977 Mary Stavin), among others. Mel Davidson (Robowar) and Vic Diaz (The Big Bird Cage) co-star in this sequel featuring a 2K scan from the original negative for the first time ever. Special features include “Guerrilla Zone,” an interview with Fragasso; “Michael Ransom Strikes Back,” an interview with Huff; and the trailer.

From producer Dick Randall — whose international trashterpieces include Escape From Women’s Prison, The Wild Wild World of Jayne Mansfield and Pieces — comes Invaders of the Lost Gold, an all-star Philippine production of the 1980s, on DVD and Blu-ray. In the last days of WWII, a Japanese platoon is attacked by headhunters while attempting to hide millions in gold. Then, 36 years later, a grizzled guide (Stuart Whitman) is hired to lead an expedition — including Woody Strode (Spartacus), Harold “Oddjob” Sakata and Laura Gemser (Black Emanuelle) — into a jungle inferno of greed, violence, nudity and murder. Edmund Purdom (Absurd) and Glynis Barber (Dempsey and Makepeace) co-star in this film directed by Alan Birkenshaw (Killer’s Moon). Also known as Horror Safari, the film is scanned in 2K for the first time ever. Special features include “Rumble in the Jungle,” an interview with director Alan Birkinshaw, and outtakes from Machete Maidens Unleashed with Birkinshaw and the wife of Randall.