Cronenberg’s ‘Crimes of the Future’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 9 From Distribution Solutions

David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future will be released on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 9 from Neon, Decal and Distribution Solutions, a division of Alliance Entertainment. 

In the sci-fi thriller, a performance artist — who turns the removal of organs into real-time theater — is forced to consider the most shocking performance of all as the government and a strange subculture take note of his act. 

Written and directed by Cronenberg (The Fly, A History of Violence), the film marks his directorial return to the science-fiction and horror genres for the first time since the 1990s.

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The thriller, recently in 500-plus theaters, stars Viggo Mortensen (“The Lord of the Rings,” A History of Violence), Best Actress Academy Award nominated Kristen Stewart (Spencer, “The Twilight Saga”), Léa Seydoux (No Time to Die, The French Dispatch) and Scott Speedman (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Felicity”). 

 

Kino Lorber to Release Cronenberg’s ‘Eastern Promises’ on 4K UHD Blu-ray

Kino Lorber on March 22 will release acclaimed director David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The 2007 crime thriller stars Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts and was critically hailed, but could only muster a weak $17.3 million domestic box office tally ($56.1 million worldwide).

It was released two years after another acclaimed Cronenberg film, A History of Violence, which also starred Mortensen and generated more than $31.5 million in movie ticket sales.

In Eastern Promises,  Mortensen delivers an Oscar-nominated performance as Nikolai, a ruthless and mysterious Russian who has ties to one of the most dangerous crime families in London. His carefully maintained existence is jarred when he crosses paths with Anna (Watts), a midwife who has come across potentially damaging evidence against the family. Their unusual relationship sets off an unstoppable chain of deceit, death and retribution.

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The film picked up several awards, including a Best Actor win for Mortensen at the British Independent Film Awards. Mortensen was also nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. 

The 4K UHD release features a new HDR Dolby Vision master that was approved and graded by cinematographer Peter Suschitzky. Bonus features include a new interview with screenwriter Steven Knight and several featurettes, including three with Cronenberg: “Secrets and Stories” (10:32); “Marked for Life” (6:42); and “Two Guys Walk Into a Bath House” (1:55). Also included are a featurette with Watts, “Watts on Wheels” (0:55) and two theatrical trailers. 

The film also will be available on regular Blu-ray Disc, again with a new UHD SDR master approved and color traded by Suschitzky and the same set of bonus features.

For retailers, orders are due Feb. 22.

Scream Factory Releasing ‘The Fly’ Blu-ray Collection

Scream Factory, the horror imprint of indie distributor Shout! Factory, will release The Fly Collection on Blu-ray Dec. 10. The five-disc set includes the trilogy based on the 1958 original The Fly, plus the 1986 remake and its sequel.

The original film stars Vincent Price as the brother of a scientist whose experiments in creating a matter transporter accidentally swap his head with that of a fly. In 1959’s Return of the Fly (1959), the son of the first scientist continues his father’s work. In 1965’s The Curse of the Fly, a woman marrys into the family of scientists and learns about the horrible side effects of their experiments.

The 1986 remake directed by David Cronenberg stars Jeff Goldblum as Seth Brundle, the scientist whose experiments in teleportation merge his DNA with that of a fly, causing him to transform into a human-fly hybrid to the horror of the journalist (Geena Davis) chronicling his work. Its 1989 sequel, The Fly II, stars Eric Stoltz as Seth’s son, who continues his father’s efforts.

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With the exception of the 1986 version, this set represents of the first Blu-ray release of the films in North America.

The complete list of bonus features includes a bevy of new interviews and audio commentaries with cast and crew on each film, plus legacy bonus material.

Extras on the 1958 version of The Fly include:

  • A new audio commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman and filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr;
  • Audio commentary with actor David Hedison and film historian David Del Valle;
  • “Biography: Vincent Price”;
  • “Fly Trap: Catching a Classic”;
  • Fox Movietone News;
  • Theatrical trailer.

 

Return of the Fly extras:

  • New audio commentary with actor David Frankham;
  • New audio commentary with author/film historian Tom Weaver;
  • New audio commentary with actor Brett Halsey and film historian David Del Valle;
  • Theatrical Trailer;
  • TV spot;
  • Still gallery.

 

The Curse of the Fly extras:

  • New audio commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman and filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr;
  • New interview with actress Mary Manson;
  • New interview with continuity checker Renee Glynee;
  • Theatrical Trailer;
  • TV spot;
  • Still gallery.

 

Extras on the 1986 version include:

  • New audio commentary with author/film historian William Beard;
  • “The Meshuggener Scientist” — a new interview with executive producer Mel Brooks;
  • “Beauty and the Beast” — a new interview with producer Stuart Cornfeld;
  • “A Tragic Opera” — a new interview with composer Howard Shore;
  • “David’s Eyes” — a new interview with cinematographer Mark Irwin;
  • New interview with casting director Deirdre Bowen;
  • Audio commentary with director David Cronenberg
  • “Fear of the Flesh: The Making of The Fly” — covering all three stages of the production — Larva, Pupa and Metamorphosis;
  • “The Brundle Museum of Natural History” with Chris Walas and Bob Burns;
  • Deleted scenes with storyboard and script versions;
  • Extended scenes;
  • An alternate ending;
  • Test footage (main titles, lighting and makeup effects);
  • Vintage featurette/profile on David Cronenberg;
  • Still galleries (publicity, behind-the-scenes, concept art and visual effects);
  • Theatrical trailers;
  • TV spots;
  • George Langelaan’s short story;
  • Charles Edward Pouge’s original screenplay;
  • David Cronenberg’s screenplay rewrite;
  • Magazine articles with photos and video;
  • A trivia track;
  • Two Easter eggs.

 

The Fly II extras:

  • “Fly in the Ointment” — a new interview with producer Stuart Cornfeld;
  • “Original Visions” — a new interview with screenwriter Mick Garris;
  • “Version 2.0” — a new interview with screenwriter Ken Wheat;
  • “Big and Gothic” — a new interview with composer Christopher Young;
  • “Pretty Fly for A Fly Guy” — a new interview with special effects artist Tom Sullivan;
  • New interview with cinematographer Robin Vidgeon;
  • Interview with director Chris Walas;
  • Interview with producer Steven-Charles Jaffe;
  • Audio commentary with director Chris Walas and film historian Bob Burns;
  • “Transformations: Looking Back at The Fly II”;
  • “The Fly Papers: The Buzz on Hollywood’s Scariest Insect”;
  • Video Production Journal — a behind-the-scenes look at the special effects;
  • Composer’s Master Class: Christopher Young;
  • Storyboard-to-film comparisons with optional commentary by director Chris Walas;
  • Vintage featurette;
  • Extended press kit Interviews with Eric Stoltz, Daphne Zuniga and Chris Walas;
  • An alternate ending;
  • A deleted scene;
  • Teaser trailer;
  • Theatrical trailer;
  • Still gallery;
  • Storyboard gallery.