Blu-ray Collector’s Edition of 1983 Comedy ‘Joysticks’ Due May 7 From MVD

A collector’s edition of the 1983 comedy Joysticks will be released on Blu-ray Disc May 7 from MVD Entertainment Group in its MVD Rewind Collection.

The antic romp begins when “The Video Arcade’s” newest employee, Eugene (Leif Green, Grease 2) arrives pantless for his first day on the job. Teenage heartthrob Jeff (Scott McGuinnis, Secret Admirer), who runs the arcade and Dorfus (Jim Greenleaf, Liar’s Moon), the slovenly video game addict, decide to take revenge on the vivacious Alva (Kym Malin, Weird Science) and Lola for tricking Eugene out of his pants with a wild game of “strip video.” But before they can act, King Vidiot (Jon Gries, Napoleon Dynamite) and his sexy troupe of high-tech video addicts invade the arcade and pandemonium breaks loose. In the midst of the chaos, Joseph Rutter (Joe Don Baker, Fletch), an influential businessman, comes into the arcade looking for his daughter Patsy (Corinne Bohrer, Surf II). When he witnesses the madness around him, he vows to see the “den of juvenile delinquency” shut down for good.

Will the city council decide to close the arcade and spoil the kids’ fun? Or, will Jeff, Eugene and Dorfus manage to turn Rutter’s anger with a little help from Alva and Lola? It all comes together in a climatic and hilarious video game competition — with a winner-takes-all bet on the future of the video arcade in this early ’80s cult classic comedy.

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The film was directed by cult film legend Greydon Clark (Black ShampooFinal JusticeWithout Warning, Skinheads). Midway Games allowed the film to use the image of Pac-Man just for featuring its games in the film. These included Satan’s Hollow and the then-unreleased Super Pac-Man used during the film’s climactic video game showdown.

Special features for the release include a new fan commentary featuring MVD Rewind Collection’s Eric D. Wilkinson, Cereal at Midnight host Heath Holland and Diabolik DVD’s Jesse Nelson; audio commentary with director Greydon Clark; an interview with director Greydon Clark; “Coin Slots,” a faux “trailer” short written and directed by Newt Wallen and starring Mr. Lobo and Eric D. Wilkinson; reversible artwork; a collectible two-sided mini-poster; the original theatrical trailer; and, for the first pressing only, a limited edition slipcover.

The release features a 2K scan and restoration (in 2015) from 35mm film elements and is presented in 1080p HD in 1.78:1 aspect ratio with LPCM 2.0 Mono audio.

The Blu-ray was originally set for release Feb. 20 but was delayed due to an audio problem.

1980s Comedy ‘Joysticks’ Available on DVD in MVD Rewind Collection

The 1983 comedy Joysticks is available on DVD from MVD Entertainment Group in its MVD Rewind Collection.

The antic romp begins when “The Video Arcade’s” newest employee, Eugene (Leif Green, Grease 2) arrives pantless for his first day on the job. Teenage heartthrob Jeff (Scott McGuinnis, Secret Admirer), who runs the arcade and Dorfus (Jim Greenleaf, Liar’s Moon), the slovenly video game addict, decide to take revenge on the vivacious Alva (Kym Malin, Weird Science) and Lola for tricking Eugene out of his pants with a wild game of “strip video.” But before they can act, King Vidiot (Jon Gries, Napoleon Dynamite) and his sexy troupe of high-tech video addicts invade the arcade and pandemonium breaks loose. In the midst of the chaos, Joseph Rutter (Joe Don Baker, Fletch), an influential businessman, comes into the arcade looking for his daughter Patsy (Corinne Bohrer, Surf II). When he witnesses the madness around him, he vows to see the “den of juvenile delinquency” shut down for good.

Will the city council decide to close the arcade and spoil the kids’ fun? Or, will Jeff, Eugene and Dorfus manage to turn Rutter’s anger with a little help from Alva and Lola? It all comes together in a climatic and hilarious video game competition — with a winner-takes-all bet on the future of the video arcade in this early ’80s cult classic comedy produced and directed by Greydon Clark (Final Justice).

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The film was directed by cult film legend Greydon Clark (Black Shampoo, Final Justice, Without Warning, Skinheads). Midway Games allowed the film to use the image of Pac-Man just for featuring its games in the film. These included Satan’s Hollow and the then-unreleased Super Pac-Man used during the film’s climactic video game showdown.

’80s Horror Flicks ‘Ghoulies,’ ‘Ghoulies II’ Due on Disc Sept. 12 in MVD Rewind Collection

MVD Entertainment Group will release the 1980s horror flicks Ghoulies and Ghoulies II on disc Sept. 12 in the MVD Rewind Collection.

The 1985 flick Ghoulies will be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc (plus Blu-ray), Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Take a creepy old Hollywood mansion, a naïve young man and a pretty girl. Add an over-the-top orgy and some slimy, winged goblins who crawl out of toilets, and you have Ghoulies, a horrifying and hilarious ride into the darkest regions of hell. Conjured during a party thrown by the mansion’s new owner, the hairy, fanged demons waste no time wreaking havoc on the scene — and declaring the unsuspecting owner their new lord and master. The film stars Peter Liapis (Wishmaster), Lisa Pelikan (Lionheart), Keith Joe Dick (Cop Out), Michael Des Barres (Mulholland Drive), Jack Nance (Eraserhead) and Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”). It features a score by legendary horror and cult movie composer Richard Band (Re-Animator, From Beyond) and special effects and make-up by John Carl Buechler (Hatchet, Re-Animator, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood). From executive producer Charles Band (Puppet Master, Trancers), the film is written and directed by Luca Bercovici (Rockula, Dark Tide, Fallen).

Special features on the Ghoulies 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray) release include:

  • Archival 2015 Audio commentary with director Luca Bercovici
  • Archival 2016 Audio commentary by director Luca Bercovici moderated by Jason Andreasen of Terror Transmission
  • Video Introduction by Luca Bercovici (Blu-ray disc only)
  • Editing an Empire: Interview with Ted Nicolau (Blu-ray disc only)
  • The Mind Is A Terrible Thing to Waste: Interview with Scott Thomson (Blu-ray disc only)
  • “Just For The Chick Man” interview with Luca Bercovici (Blu-ray disc only)
  • ‘From Toilets to Terror:’ The Making of Ghoulies (Blu-ray disc only)
  • Photo Gallery (Blu-ray disc only)
  • Theatrical Trailer (Blu-ray disc only)
  • 4 TV Spots (Blu-ray disc only)
  • Collectible “4K LaserVision” Mini-Poster

Features on the Ghoulies Blu-ray release include:

  • Archival 2015 Audio commentary with director Luca Bercovici
  • Archival 2016 Audio commentary by director Luca Bercovici moderated by Jason Andreasen of Terror Transmission
  • Video Introduction by Luca Bercovici
  • Editing an Empire: Interview with Ted Nicolau
  • The Mind Is A Terrible Thing to Waste: Interview with Scott Thomson
  • “Just For The Chick Man” interview with Luca Bercovici
  • ‘From Toilets to Terror:’ The Making of Ghoulies
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • 4 TV Spots 
  • Collectible Mini-Poster

 

The Ghoulies DVD includes the original theatrical trailer.

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Ghoulies II (1987) will be released on Blu-ray and DVD. The demonic, toilet-dwelling goblins are back. Stowed away in “Satan’s Den,” the traveling House of Horror operated by carnival workers Larry and Uncle Ned, the Ghoulies merrily devour the sideshow attraction’s patrons — until Larry realizes his horror house is for real and tries to flee the scene. The film features a soundtrack that includes “Scream Until You like It” by 1980s metal band W.A.S.P. and special effects and make-up by John Carl Buechler (Hatchet, Re-Animator, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood). It stars Damon Martin (Night of the Demons), Royal Dano (Killer Klowns From Outer Space), Phil Fondacaro (Return of the Jedi), J. Downing (Robot Wars), Kerry Remsen (Pumpkinhead) and Sasha Jenson (Dazed and Confused); is produced and directed by Albert Band (Robot Wars, Prehysteria, Prehysteria 2); and is written by Dennis Paoli (Re-Animator, From Beyond, Body Snatchers, The Dentist, Dagon).

Special features on the Ghoulies II Blu-ray include:

  • Introduction by Screenwriter Dennis Paoli
  • More Toilets, More Terror: The Making of Ghoulies II
  • Under A Magic Moon: Interview with Dennis 
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Two-Sided Artwork
  • Collectible Mini-Poster
  • Limited Edition Slipcover (First Pressing Only)

 

The Ghoulies II DVD includes the original theatrical trailer.

Horror Flick ‘Witchtrap’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD June 13 in MVD Rewind Collection

The 1989 horror film Witchtrap will be released on DVD and special-edition Blu-ray June 13 in the MVD Rewind Collection from MVD Entertainment Group.

From director Kevin Tenney (Night of the Demons, Witchboard), the film follows a team of parapsychologists who try to exorcise a house which is haunted by the owner’s heartless uncle. In the attic, there’s a secret sacrificial altar where the former owner Avery Lauter (J. P. Luebsen, Witchboard) was found dead — his heart brutally cut from his body and his restless spirit rumored to still be wandering the halls. In the living room, there’s a team of experts (among them, Witchboard‘s James Quinn and Judy Tatum) assembled at the request of Avery’s sole heir and nephew Devon Lauter (Tenney), along with the sexy Ms. Ginger Kowowski (Linnea Quigley, The Return of the Living Dead), who have no inkling as to the dangers that are about to befall them as they attempt to trap the evil spectre. The film also stars Kathleen Bailey (Night Visitor)  and Rob Zapple (Eternity).

The cult classic ’80s horror flick originally came from video store staple Magnum Entertainment. Written and filmed as The Haunted, the title was changed by the producers in hopes that audiences might assume it was a sequel to the successful Witchboard (1986), Tenney’s previous film.

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Extras on Blu-ray include a group commentary track with Tenney, producer Dan Duncan, cinematographer Tom Jewett and actor Hal Havins; an interview with Tenney; an interview with Quigley; an interview with Jewett; an interview with special effects supervisor Tassilo Baur; the Witchtrap VHS version; a photo gallery; the original trailer; reversible cover artwork; a collectible mini-poster; and, for the first pressing only, a limited edition slipcover. The DVD includes the group commentary track.

’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.

‘Panther,’ ‘Ski Patrol,’ ‘5-25-77’ Due on Disc Nov. 22 From MVD

The drama Panther and the comedies Ski Patrol and 5-25-77 are being released on disc Nov. 22 from MVD Entertainment Group.

Panther (1995) is being released on Blu-ray in the MVD Marquee Collection. Set in Oakland, Calif., in 1968, the film follows the Black Panthers, led by Huey Newton (Marcus Chong, The Matrix) and Bobby Seale (Courtney B. Vance, The Preacher’s Wife), who have armed themselves and are ready to fight for freedom. To the people, they’re heroes, but to the FBI they’re Public Enemy No. 1. The Feds will do everything they can — on the right or wrong side of the law — to bring them down. Written by filmmaker and author Melvin Van Peebles (Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song) based on his own novel and directed by Mario Van Peebles (New Jack City, Posse), Panther stars include Kadeem Hardison (Drive), Bokeem Woodbine (Queen & Slim), Joe Don Baker (GoldenEye), Angela Bassett (Black Panther), Chris Tucker (Rush Hour), Chris Rock (The Longest Yard), James Le Gros (Guncrazy), M. Emmet Walsh (Blood Simple), Robert Culp (“I Spy”), James Russo (Django Unchained), Bobby Brown (Ghostbusters II) and Tyrin Turner (Menace II Society).

Ski Patrol (1990) is being released on Blu-ray in the MVD Rewind Collection. In the film, the lease on the Snowy Peaks Lodge, a popular ski resort, is up for renewal and its owner Pops (Ray Walston, Fast Times at Ridgemont High) has no worries about signing a new lease. Despite his Ski Patrol, an out-of-control group of skiers led by Jerry (Roger Rose, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives) and Iceman (T.K. Carter, John Carpenter’s The Thing), the resort has an impeccable safety record. However, a devious land developer (Martin Mull, Clue) has other plans in mind for the resort and hires the talents of a young blonde named Lance (Corby Timbrook, The Glass Shield) to undermine the Ski Patrol’s efforts to keep the slopes safe. Extraordinary aerial stunts, impressive snowboarding, and an incredible downhill showdown all add to the excitement as the Ski Patrol does their best to save Pop’s Mountain. The supporting case includes Leslie Jordan (“Will & Grace”), Paul Feig (Bridesmaids), Stephen Hytner (“Seinfeld”) and comedian George Lopez (“George Lopez”).

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The comedy 5-25-77 (2021) is being released on Blu-ray and DVD from MVD Visual. Set during the spring of 1977, the film follows sci-fi obsessed teenager Pat Johnson (John Francis Daley, Game Night, “Freaks and Geeks”), who finds himself torn between making 8mm sequels to his favorite movies and pursuing the girl of his dreams Linda (Emmi Chen, Normal). Desperate to help her son escape his likely future in Wadsworth, Ill., (population 750), his mother Janet (Colleen Camp, Wayne’s World) cold-calls the editor of American Cinematographer magazine and Pat soon finds himself on “the ultimate trip” to Hollywood, becoming the very first outsider to see the film that would change him (and movies) forever — Star Wars. But when Pat returns to his hometown existence, he struggles to choose between chasing a seemingly impossible dream and accepting the comforting familiarity of home. Produced by Gary Kurtz (Star Wars: A New Hope, American Graffiti), Fred Roos (The Godfather Part II, St. Vincent) and Leigh Jones (Here Alone) and written and directed by Patrick Read Johnson (Dragonheart, Angus), the heartfelt true story-based film features a supporting cast that includes Austin Pendleton (My Cousin Vinny) and Neil Flynn (Mean Girls) along with an original score by David E. Russo (“Gotham”, Sin City) with additional themes and songs by rock musician Alan Parsons (“The Alan Parsons Project”). Special features on Blu-ray include audio commentary with writer/director Patrick Read Johnson, moderated by Seth Gaven, founder of the A.V. Squad and editor of the film Spaced Invaders; a Q&A from the 2013 Fantasia Film Festival with director Patrick Read Johnson; three theatrical trailers; and three photo galleries.

1986 Sean Penn Thriller ‘At Close Range’ Due on Blu-ray Nov. 1 From MVD

The 1986 thriller At Close Range, starring Sean Penn and Christopher Walken, will be released on Blu-ray Disc Nov. 1 as part of the MVD Rewind Collection from MVD Entertainment Group.

In the film, a teenage farm boy looking for excitement finds himself on a collision course with his smooth-talking gang leader father in this tale based on the story of real-life killer Bruce Johnston.

Juvenile delinquent Brad Whitewood Jr. (Penn) knows about petty theft, but he wants big money — enough to blow the lid off his boring life, enough to get out of town and to find his old man (Walken). He wants to be like his dad, a big-time thief, who knows “the business.” Seductive and sinister, Brad’s father is full of toxic wisdom that makes his illicit life appear eerily sexy. But when Brad witnesses his father deliberately killing someone, he realizes he may not only be in over his head, he may also lose it for good.

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The film — which features the single “Live to Tell” by Madonna — also stars Mary Stuart Masterson, Crispin Glover, Tracey Walter, Kiefer Sutherland, David Strathairn, Stephen Geoffreys and Candy Clark.

At Close Range is written by Academy Award nominee Nicholas Kazan (Reversal of Fortune, Fallen, Bicentennial Man, Enough), who is also the son of legendary director Elia Kazan. It’s directed by James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross, Fear, After Dark, My Sweet, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed).

1998 Horror Film ‘Disturbing Behavior’ Available on Blu-ray in MVD Rewind Collection

The 1998 horror film Disturbing Behavior is available on Blu-ray Disc in the MVD Rewind Collection from MVD Entertainment Group.

James Marsden (X-Men, Sonic the Hedgehog), Katie Holmes (Batman Begins) and Nick Stahl (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) star in this jolt-fest from veteran “X-Files” director David Nutter.

Written by Scott Rosenburg (Con-Air), the film explores a deranged high school clique. When the esteemed Blue Ribbon club of Cradle Bay High take their slogans too far, things in the small coastal town begin to go wrong and a “dark sinister force” begins turning the school’s curricularly challenged into the soulless, academic elite. Three “outsiders” join in a desperate race to avoid becoming insiders and losing their individuality forever.

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Extras include audio commentary by Nutter; deleted scenes and an alternative ending with optional commentary by Nutter; the original theatrical trailer; reversible artwork; a mini-poster; and a limited-edition slipcover (first pressing only).

Neo-Noir Classic ‘Miami Blues’ Headed to Blu-ray July 12 in MVD Rewind Collection

The 1990 comedic crime drama Miami Blues will be released on Blu-ray Disc July 12 as part of the MVD Rewind Collection.

In the MGM neo-noir film, Junior Frenger (Alec Baldwin, The Departed, “30 Rock”) is trouble and Sgt. Hoke Moseley (Fred Ward, Tremors, Short Cuts) knows it. The smooth-talking, good-looking ex-con tiptoes on the borderline of psychotic behavior. The detective is hot on his trail after Junior kills a Hare Krishna, robs a pickpocket, then steals Moseley’s badge, his gun — and even his false teeth. Junior’s running around the streets of Miami posing as a cop, assaulting people and making arrests. And even though he promises his live-in lover (an ex-prostitute played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight) that he’ll stay out of crime, he continues playing cops and robbers on both sides of the law.

Written and directed by George Armitage (Grosse Pointe Blank, The Big Bounce, The Last of the Finest), the film was produced by Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Something Wild).

The feature is presented in HD with a master provided by MGM.

Special features include interviews with Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Jason Leigh; the original theatrical trailer; three TV spots; the original Orion Home Video trailer; a photo gallery; a mini-poster; reversible artwork; and a limited edition slipcover for the first pressing only.

Matt Dillon Film ‘Liar’s Moon’ Debuting on Blu-ray Feb. 8

The 1982 Matt Dillon starrer Liar’s Moon will make its debut on Blu-ray Feb. 8 from MVD Entertainment Group in the MVD Rewind Collection.

The title will also be available on DVD.

In the teen drama, Dillon (The Outsiders) plays Jack Duncan, an athletic, hardworking boy from the small town of Noble, Texas. Jack is happy just enjoying himself with the local boys, until he meets Ginny Peterson (Cindy Fisher), the town’s wealthiest young lady. Despite their obviously different backgrounds, Jack and Ginny fall in love. Even though their parents have forbidden them to meet, Jack and Ginny sneak out, and finally elope, hoping to find happiness far from their hometown. But their love falls prey to the sins of their elders and the intrigue of two families.
 
Liar’s Moon, which celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year, cemented Dillon’s status as a leading man in motion pictures (along with Disney’s Tex) after supporting turns in My Bodyguard, Over the Edge and Little Darlings. The film also stars singer-songwriter-actor Hoyt Axton (Gremlins, Heart Like a Wheel), Yvonne DeCarlo (The Ten Commandments, “The Munsters”), Academy Award Nominee Susan Tyrrell (Fat City, Cry Baby), Richard Moll (House, “Night Court”) and Academy Award Winner Broderick Crawford (Born Yesterday, All the King’s Men) in his final film performance.

The film also features the work of Academy Award Nominated editor Christopher Greenbury (American Beauty). Grammy award winning Austin-based American swing band Asleep at the Wheel provides soundtrack music.

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Released theatrically in 1982 by Crown International Pictures and originally on home video by Vestron Video, Liar’s Moon has been long out of circulation. Filmmaker Richard Schenkman has produced supplemental material for the new collector’s edition release that reunites the cast and crew for the first time in decades.