MVD Adds Five Titles to Its ‘Rewind Collection’

MVD Entertainment Group has added five classic films on Blu-ray and DVD to its MVD Rewind Collection, which celebrates video store culture. They include Action U.S.A. (1989), Drive (1997), Mortuary (1983), The House on Sorority Row (1982) and The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films (2014), each loaded with extras.

“I’m excited to be working with our great content partners to bring both Drive and The Go-Go Boys to Blu-ray for the first time, and to give collectors a second chance to pick up Action U.S.A., Mortuary and The House on Sorority Row on disc once again,” Eric D. Wilkinson, MVD director of acquisitions and producer of the MVD Rewind Collection, said in a statement. “I’m a geek for video store culture and our packaging reflects that. It gives fans that lived through the video store era an opportunity to enjoy the nostalgia, and for our younger collectors, they get to experience these for the very first time, just as they were.”

Due May 11 is Action U.S.A. In the 1989 film, after her boyfriend is murdered by the gangsters whose diamonds he stole, a girl is protected by two FBI agents who plan to keep her from sharing the same fate. It stars Gregory Scott Cummins (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” Cliffhanger), Ross Hagen (Armed Response), Cameron Mitchell (How to Marry a Millionaire) and Barri Murphy (Armed for Action). Originally released on VHS by Imperial Entertainment, MVD Rewind Collection brings this cult classic action film to disc in conjunction with Verdugo Entertainment. Blu-ray bonus material include audio commentary with director John Stewart, star Cummins and cinematographer Thomas Callaway moderated by filmmaker Steve Latshaw; an interview with Stewart; a behind-the-scenes stunt featurette; the theatrical trailer; a mini-poster; reversible artwork; and, for the first pressing only, a limited edition retro slipcover that celebrates the rental packaging of legendary video store chain Erol’s Video (1980-1990).

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Also due May 11 is Drive, which follows a prototype enhanced human from Hong Kong who enlists help from a hostage and a free-spirited woman to evade killers-for-hire in a race against time in order to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Originally released in 1997 from A-Pix Entertainment, Drive makes its debut on Blu-ray with a brand new 4K HD scan of the original camera negative of the extended director’s cut of the movie. The cast includes Mark Dacascos (John Wick 3: Parabellum), Kadeem Hardison (White Men Can’t Jump), Brittany Murphy (Clueless), Sanaa Lathan (Alien vs Predator), Tracey Walter (Repo Man) and Ron Yuan (Mulan). Special features on Blu-ray include audio commentary by director Steve Wang, fight choreographer Koichi Sakamoto, and stars Dacascos and Hardison; the “Drive: The Force Behind the Storm” documentary; six deleted scenes; an interview gallery with cast, director and crew, including stars Dacascos and Hardison, Wang, second unit director Wyatt Weed and stunt coordinator Koichi Sakamoto; two versions of the film, the director’s cut and the original theatrical version; the original theatrical trailer; reversible artwork; a mini-poster; and, for the first pressing only, a limited edition retro slipcover. The Drive: Director’s Cut will also be released on a standard edition DVD.

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Coming July 6 is Mortuary. In the film, convinced that her father’s death was not accidental, Christie Parson decides to investigate to find out the truth. Her sleuthing draws her to a local mortuary, where deadly secrets are revealed. Originally released on VHS from Vestron Video in 1984, the film’s cast includes Lynda Day George (TV’s “Mission Impossible”) in her final film role, Christopher George (Pieces), Bill Paxton (Aliens), Mary McDonough (“The Waltons”) and David Wallace (Humongous). The special edition Blu-ray features bonus material courtesy of Scorpion Releasing and includes an interview with composer John Cacavas; the original theatrical trailer; a mini-poster; and, for the first pressing only, a limited edition retro slipcover.

Also due July 6 is The House on Sorority Row. In the film, after a seemingly innocent prank goes horribly wrong, a group of sorority sisters are stalked and murdered one by one in their sorority house while throwing a party to celebrate their graduation. Originally released on VHS from Vestron Video in 1983, The House on Sorority Row stars Kathryn McNeil (Sudden Death), Eileen Davidson (“Days of Our Lives”), Harley Jane Kozak (Arachnophobia) and Jean Schertler (Runaway Bride). The special edition Blu-ray features bonus material courtesy of Scorpion Releasing and includes audio commentary with director Mark Rosman; audio commentary with director Rosman and stars Davidson and McNeil; interviews with cast and crew, including Rosman, Kozak, Davidson, McNeil, composer Richard Band and producer Igo Kantor; the original pre-credit sequence; alternate ending storyboards; TV spots; the theatrical trailer; reversible artwork; a mini-poster; and, for the first pressing only, a limited edition retro slipcover.

Available July 20 is The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films. This definitive documentary about Cannon films follows Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, two Israeli-born cousins who, in pursuit of the American Dream, turned the Hollywood power structure upside down, producing more than 300 films and becoming the most powerful independent film company in the world. Directed by Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee Hilla Medalia (After the Storm), The Go-Go Boys is an up close and personal documentary that examines the complex relationship between two contradictory personalities whose combined force fueled their success and eventual collapse. It features interviews with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Dudikoff, Eli Roth, Boaz Davidson and more, along with Golan and Globus themselves, as well as archive footage of Sylvester Stallone, Charles Bronson and Chuck Norris. Blu-ray special features include the original theatrical trailer; reversible artwork; a mini-poster; and, for the first pressing only, a limited edition retro slipcover.

Rutger Hauer Sci-Fi Actioner ‘Split Second’ Coming to Blu-ray Aug. 11 From MVD

The 1992 sci-fi action film Split Second will come out on Blu-ray for the first time in North America as part of MVD Entertainment Group’s MVD Rewind Collection Aug. 11.

The film is set in the year 2008. Cops are better armed than before, but nothing has prepared them for something swift, sharp-clawed and deadly moving among them on the streets, in the alleyways, on the rooftops, tearing out human hearts and devouring them. Maverick cop “Harley” Stone (Rutger Hauer) lost his partner to the beast, and now it looks like his girlfriend Michelle (Kim Cattrall) is next on the killer’s list. Teamed with rookie detective Durkin (Alastair Duncan), Stone must stalk the edge of his own sanity if he is to destroy the rampaging evil.

In addition to Hauer (Blade Runner, The Hitcher), Cattrall (Big Trouble in Little China, Sex and the City) and Duncan (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), the film also stars Michael J. Pollard (Tango & Cash) and Pete Postlethwaite (Inception). From director Tony Maylam (The Burning), Split Second features creature design effects by Stephen Norrington (Blade) and a screenplay written by Gary Scott Thompson (The Fast and The Furious).

MVD has teamed up with 101 Films on a special edition. Starting with a new high-definition presentation overseen by Joe Rubin, the main feature is presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, newly scanned, restored and color graded in 4K from the 35MM internegative, with uncompressed 2-channel stereo audio.

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The release includes hours of bonus material produced by 101 Films exclusively for the United States (and the United Kingdom) including new cast and crew interviews, new audio commentary, 1992 legacy features, an alternative cut of the film, deleted scenes and promos.

Eric D. Wilkinson oversaw this project on behalf of MVD.

“Collectors have been waiting for this release for a long time,” he said in a statement. “While MVD licensed this film almost two years ago, as a fellow collector, it was important to me to get this release right. At the time of the acquisition, MVD was originally provided with an older HD master, but I felt we could do better. With the help of Joe Rubin, we began a search for the best materials to scan. Once we had a beautiful new master I then reached out to 101 Films, who control the rights to Split Second in the U.K., and we worked together creating new bonus materials and locating classic material in order to make this truly the definitive release of Split Second in both North America and the U.K. I want to thank the 101 Films team for all of their hard work and thank the fans for their continued support of our collectors’ label. I promise it was worth the wait!”

1970s Animated Title ‘The Point’ Narrated by Ringo Starr Due on Blu-ray Feb. 18 From MVD

The animated title The Point (1971) is coming to Blu-ray for the first time from the MVD Rewind Collection Feb. 18.

Directed and animated by Academy Award winner Fred Wolf (Free To Be… You & Me, “The Flintstones”) with story and songs written by Grammy Award winner Harry Nilsson and narration by Ringo Starr, The Point is a family friendly fable about difference.

In The Land of the Point, everything has one — the barns, the houses, the cars, the people — everyone, that is, except Oblio (Mike Lookinland, “The Brady Bunch”), who was born round-headed. Since he has no point, Oblio — along with his trusty dog, Arrow — is banished to the Pointless Forest.

Nilsson released his album The Point in 1970, and the animated film version of The Point first aired Feb. 2, 1971, as an ABC Movie of the Week. Songs include “Me and My Arrow,” “Everything’s Got ‘Em,” “Poli High,” “Think About Your Troubles,” “Life Line,” “P.O.V. Waltz” and “Are You Sleeping.”

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The re-release was overseen by Lee Blackman for the Nilsson Estate and MVD’s Eric D. Wilkinson.

“We searched everywhere but came up empty-handed in regard to locating the original negative elements,” said Wilkinson in a statement. “Thanks to the generosity of collector Kier-La Janisse, who provided a rare 16mm print, we oversaw a 2K HD scan, which included shot-by-shot color-grading to reduce fade and improve consistency. Considering the condition of the elements we had — while a complete restoration proved to be unfeasible — the end result is the best the film has ever looked and we are proud to give fans and collectors the best edition on disc and digital that has ever been created for this classic animated film.”

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The disc features a new 2K High Definition transfer presented in its original aspect ratio and several special features, including a new interview with Lookinland; a new conversation with screenwriter Norm Lenzer; a new featurette “Everybody’s Got a Point: Kiefo Nilsson and Bobby Halvorson on Adapting the Point”; a new featurette “Nilsson on Screen,” with biographer Alyn Shipton and friends on Nilsson’s film projects and appearances; the four-part featurette “The Making of The Point” ; and a mini-poster.

Jean-Claude Van Damme’s ‘Double Impact’ Available on Blu-ray From MVD Rewind Collection

MVD Entertainment Group has released another Jean-Claude Van Damme action classic on Blu-ray in its MVD Rewind Collection, Double Impact: Special Collector’s Edition.

Already under the MVD Rewind Collection are collector’s editions of Van Damme’s Black Eagle and Lionheart.

Double Impact (1991), co-produced by Michael Douglas and co-starring Geoffrey Lewis (The Devil’s Rejects), Bolo Yeung (Bloodsport), Alonna Shaw (King of New York) and Cory Everson (Natural Born Killers), features Van Damme in the dual roles of Chad and Alex Wagner, twin brothers who were separated after their parents’ brutal murder. Years later, the two couldn’t be more different: Chad is a slick Beverly Hills fitness instructor, while Alex is a rough and tumble smuggler on the gritty streets of Hong Kong. When fate throws them together again, Chad and Alex discover that there’s one thing they have in common: they’re both fighting machines determined to enact revenge on their parents’ killers.

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Bonus features include a feature-length retrospective documentary about the making of the film from writer-producer Richard Schenkman (The Man From Earth) that includes brand new interviews with star and co-writer Van Damme, director and co-writer Sheldon Lettich, producer Ashok Amritraj, co-star Cory Everson-Donia, co-star and fight coordinator Peter Malota, and “Chad” and “Alex” photo doubles Jeff Rector and Jerry Rector; an hour of deleted and extended scenes including a newly unearthed alternate ending; “Double Impact: Anatomy of a Scene,” with Lettich highlighting how one of the film’s biggest action set pieces was constructed; behind-the-scenes featurettes; trailers; cast and crew interviews; and a mini-poster.

Cult Video Game Movie ‘Double Dragon’ Due Jan. 22 from MVD’s Rewind Collection

Double Dragon, the cult classic 1994 movie based on the video game hit, is smashing its way to Blu-ray and DVD combo pack Jan. 22 in MVD Entertainment Group’s “Rewind Collection.”

It’s the year 2007, and what remains of Los Angeles is now New Angeles, a city ravaged by earthquakes, tidal waves and vicious gangs. The evil tycoon Koga Shuko (Robert Patrick, Terminator 2: Judgment Day) is obsessed with finding the two halves of a talisman known as the “Double Dragon,” which will give him mystical powers. Two teenaged brothers, Jimmy (Mark Dacascos, John Wick 3) and Billy Lee (Scott Wolf, “Party of Five”) find themselves in possession of the amulet’s missing half, thrusting them into the adventure of their lives. With the help of Maria (Alyssa Milano, “Charmed”) and her vigilante group the Power Corps, Jimmy and Billy must summon all of their courage, resourcefulness and martial-arts skills to stop the villain’s malevolent plan.

Double Dragon was arguably one of my favorite projects for the Rewind Collection,” said MVD’s Eric Wilkinson, who oversees the collection, in a statement. “This release marks the first time Double Dragon will be available on Blu-ray and in HD in North America. Special features producer Richard Schenkman and I worked tirelessly to create some amazing brand-new bonus material that includes a feature length making-of documentary that I know collectors will love. With these new bonus features, along with some great archival bonus material and the addition of the pilot of the ‘Double Dragon’ animated television series (courtesy of Invincible Entertainment), MVD is proud to present the definitive edition of Double Dragon in a kick-ass (pun intended) Blu-ray plus DVD combo pack collector’s set.”

Bonus features include the new featurette “The Making of Double Dragon,” featuring interviews with stars Scott Wolf and Marc Dacascos, writers Peter Gould and Michael Davis, and producer Don Murphy; the new featurette “Don Murphy: Portrait of a Producer”; an archival making-of featurette; a behind-the-scenes featurette; the 1993 “Double Dragon” animated series pilot episode “The Shadow Falls”; a storyboard gallery; press photos, marketing and behind-the-scenes photo galleries; TV spots; a VHS home video trailer; the original theatrical trailer; a collectible mini-poster; and a reversible sleeve featuring alternate artwork.

Bram Stoker’s ‘Shadowbuilder’ Due on Blu-ray for First Time Aug. 28 From MVD

MVD Entertainment Group will release the Bram Stoker horror story Shadowbuilder for the first time on Blu-ray Aug. 28 as part of its MVD Rewind collection.

Shadowbuilder front cover

In the film, a demon is summoned to take the soul of a young boy, who has the potential to become a saint. If the demon succeeds, it will open a doorway to hell, blazing a terrifying trail of destruction, possession and mayhem and destroying humanity. The fate of the world hinges on the final outcome of a renegade priest’s battle with the soul-eating Shadowbuilder.

The cast that includes Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy), Leslie Hope (Crimson Peak), Kevin Zegers (Dawn of the Dead) and Tony Todd (Candyman).

Shadowbuilder reversible cover art

Bonus materials include the original 2.0 stereo audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray); audio commentary from director Jamie Dixon; a new “Making of Shadowbuilder” featurette with director Jamie Dixon, writer Michael Stokes, and stars Andrew Jackson (The Shadowbuilder) and Todd (Covey); a new “Shadowbuilder: Visual Effects” featurette; a new “Shadowbuilder: Kevin Zegers” featurette; reversible, two-sided artwork; Spanish subtitles; the original theatrical trailer; and a collectible poster.

MVD Adds Six Titles to its ‘Rewind’ Retro Collection

Independent home entertainment supplier MVD Entertainment Group has announced the spring and summer release schedule for its camp/cult/retro MVD Rewind Collection, launched in December 2017 with the Blu-ray Disc release of D.O.A.

Six titles are in the pipeline, including The Return of Swamp Thing, a superhero film based on the DC Comics character. Due May 8 in a Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack at a suggested list price of $39.95, the movie revolves around Dr. Alec Holland, a noble scientist who in a powerful explosion is coated him with a bio-restorative formula that sets him ablaze. Jumping into a nearby swamp for relief from the flames, Holland is transformed into the muck-encrusted, half-human/half plant Swamp Thing.

In the 1989 sequel, Dick Durock reprises his role as Swamp Thing as he falls in love with Abigail Arcane (Heather Locklear), step-daughter of a mad scientist, Dr. Anton Arcane. Arcane owns a plant store and is more comfortable talking to her plants than to men in the local singles bar. When she meets Swamp Thing she falls in love as well. Swamp Things winds up rescuing her from the the evil Dr. Arcane, his security forces, and his army of mutant creatures.

Also due May 8 is Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God … Be Back by Five (Blu-ray Disc only, $29.95), 1998 indie that was co-written, produced and stars 1980s icon John Cryer. The film is about a pair of friends looking for a third childhood friend whom they fear may be homeless and mentally ill, and is loosely based on a true story involving Cryer and a former classmate.

Due May 22 is director Pierre De Moro’s Savannah Smiles (Blu-ray Disc/DVD, $34.95), a family comedy from 1982 in which the young daughter of a politician runs away in an effort to get some attention from her parents. She ends up hiding in a car that belongs to a pair of two-bit criminals, and the result is a unique and unlikely bonding experience.

Two more films are coming on June 12, 2006’s Abominable and 1990’s Lionheart, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, both in Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo packs at suggested list prices of $34.95 and $39.95, respectively.

The final summer MVD Rewind Collection release is 1986’s Windrider, starring a 19-year-old Nicole Kidman 1986, The romantic comedy, which costars Tom Burlinson as an enthusiastic surfer attempting to develop a new, high tech surfboard, has never before been released on a home video format in North America. It will be out July 24 in a Blu-ray Disc special edition priced at $29.95.