Comedy ‘Aliens, Clowns & Geeks’ Headed to Blu-ray and DVD June 7 From MVD

The zany comedy Aliens, Clowns & Geeks, from actor-director and creative multi-hyphenate Richard Elfman, is headed to Blu-ray and DVD June 7 from MVD Entertainment Group.

The out-of-this-world adventure finds out-of-work actor Eddy Pine (Bodhi Elfman) stumbling upon the key to the universe and getting twisted up in an intergalatic war between killer clowns and sneaky aliens.
 
Stars include the late Verne Troyer in his final film role, comedian Steve Agee, French Stewart and George Wendt. Additional cast includes Anastasia Elfman, Malcolm Foster Smith, Rebecca Forsythe, Angeline-Rose Troy, Nic Novicki and Martin Klebba.

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The soundtrack consists of all new original music from Oscar-nominated composer and Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman and Ego Plum. 

Special features include behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew, a new interview with Richard Elfman, and a music video from Mambo Diabolico, the surrealist musical collaboration between Elfman and Ego Plum.

Doc ‘The Beatles and India’ Arrives on DVD and Blu-ray June 21 From MVD

The feature documentary The Beatles and India, from Silva Screen Productions and Renoir Pictures, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray June 21 from MVD Entertainment Group.

The documentary examines how Indian music and culture shaped the music of the band and explores how The Beatles served as ambassadors of the pioneering World music sound and cultural movement. In 1968, The Beatles had achieved mass fame and fortune yet were searching for deeper meaning in their lives. Under the spiritual guidance of Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, The Beatles took a trip to Rishikesh, India, to study Transcendental Meditation. Drawing together an expansive archive of footage including contemporaneous locale shooting in India, recordings, photographs and first-hand interviews, The Beatles and India documents this East-meets-West touchstone in pop-culture history.

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Inspired by Ajoy Bose’s book Across The Universe — The Beatles In India, the documentary was produced by British Indian music entrepreneur Reynold D’Silva and directed by Bose (his directorial debut) and cultural researcher Pete Compton.

The Beatles and India has been awarded Best Film Audience Choice and Best Music at the 2021 U.K. Asian Film Festival “Tongues on Fire.” The film has also been nominated for Best Documentary at the 2022 New York Indian Film Festival.

Steven Seagal in ‘A Dangerous Man,’ ‘Robocop’ Series Due on Blu-ray From MVD and Liberation Hall May 24

The Steven Seagal actioner A Dangerous Man and “Robocop: The Series” are being released on Blu-ray May 24 from MVD Entertainment Group and Liberation Hall. 

Based on the classic 1987 film by Paul Verhoeven, “Robocop: The Series” (1994) stars Richard Eden (Shootfighter: Fight to the Death) as the titular cyborg. ”Delta City” (the project OCP is trying to complete in the films) is now complete. Robocop/Alex Murphy (Eden) is now working for the Metro South Police Precinct along with his partner, Lisa Madigan (Yvette Nipar, ”21 Jump Street”), and a new set of supporting characters, including precinct head Sgt. Stan Parks (Blu Mankuma, 2012), technician Charlie Lippencott (Ed Sahely, Maximum Risk) and an adopted orphan named Gadget (Sarah Campbell, Body Parts). Starting with pilot episode (which uses an early script for RoboCop 2 as its basis), the series sees Robocop running into several new enemies including “Pudface” Morgan (James Kidnie, Bird on a Wire), Dr. Cray Z. Mallardo (Cliff De Young, The Craft), Commander Cash (Roddy Piper, WWE and They Live) and corrupt corporate executive Chip Chayken (John Rubinstein, The Boys From Brazil). Bonus features include a behind the scenes featurette, a toy commercial, a photo gallery, cast profiles, “From Cinema to the Small Screen,” “The Future of Law Enforcement: The History of RoboCop,” fun facts, “Put Down Your Weapon: The Auto 9 Gun,” “The Car” and “The Suit.”

In A Dangerous Man (2009), after serving six years for a crime he didn’t commit, Shane Daniels (Seagal), an ex-Special Forces agent, is released from prison with an apology from the State of Arizona. Within hours of his release, he unluckily witnesses the murder of a cop by members of the Chinese mafia who have kidnapped a girl and taken a bag of drug money. Shane intercedes with the help of the Russian mafia, whose boss owes him a favor for saving his son from the Chinese cop killing that set off the chain of events. Bonus features include the trailer and EPK with cast interviews.

‘Wild Things’ on 4K Ultra HD Among Titles Available From Arrow and MVD in May

The thriller Wild Things on 4K Ultra HD, the horror title Girls Night Out, and the martial arts actioner One-Armed Boxer are available on Blu-ray from Arrow Films and MVD Entertainment Group in May.

In the early 1980s, the slasher film reigned supreme. On May 17, Arrow will shine a light on one of these lesser-known efforts, Girls Nite Out. Originally released as The ScaremakerGirls Nite Out is an oddball slasher directed by a former documentarian and produced by a pair of Ohio attorneys. In the film, a group of college coeds participates in an all-night scavenger hunt when the fun is interrupted by a killer in a bear costume. Arrow is releasing the film in a new 2K restoration with special features including new interviews with stars Julia Montgomery, Laura Summer, Lois Robbins, Paul Christie, Lauren-Marie Taylor and John Didrichsen.

On May 24, Arrow will celebrate the life of the late Jimmy Wang Yu with the release of One-Armed Boxer. Yu directs and stars as Tien Lung, a martial arts student that loses an arm in the same attack that leaves his classmates and master dead. Fueled by revenge, Lung studies the art of one-arm boxing with plans to track down the Hook gang responsible for his unfortunate predicament. One-Armed Boxer is widely regarded as one of the most influential martial arts films of the 1970s and the film that put Jimmy Wang Yu on the map. Director Quentin Tarantino has referred to it as “one of the best martial arts films ever made,” and it paved the way for an iconic sequel in Master of the Flying Guillotine. The new release from Arrow features a 2K restoration, audio commentary with Frank Djeng from the NY Asian Film Festival, and a career retrospective interview with Wang Yu.

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Due May 24 is John McNaughton’s Wild Things on both standard Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. In the film, Matt Dillon stars as a high school guidance counselor accused of rape by two students (Denise Richards and Neve Campbell). During the highly controversial trial, a police detective (Kevin Bacon) begins to suspect the trio may be in cahoots. Arrow presents the film with 4K restorations of both the original theatrical version and the unrated edition from the original camera negatives by Sony Pictures Entertainment. Special features include two audio commentary tracks, new interviews with McNaughton and Richards, a making-of documentary, and a double-sided fold-out poster.

‘Atlanta Rhythm Section’ Anthology, Horror Film ‘A Taste of Blood’ Among Titles on Disc From MVD and Cleopatra in May

The concert films Atlantic Rhythm Section: Sound and Vision Anthology and Grounded With the Goo Goo Dolls and the horror film A.K. Tolstoy’s A Taste of Blood are being released on disc from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment in May.

Southern Rock group Atlanta Rhythm Section presents a multimedia package featuring studio and live recordings in Atlantic Rhythm Section: Sound and Vision Anthology on DVD plus CD May 6. The disc includes new versions of the band’s biggest hits “Imaginary Lover,” “So Into You” and “Spooky” plus cover versions of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bachman Turner Overdrive, ZZ Top and more. The DVD features video and audio of a full concert performance. Additional bonus content on the DVD includes an interview with key band members, a band biography, discography and more.

Available May 20 is the concert film Grounded With the Goo Goo Dolls on Blu-ray plus CD and DVD. In the midst of the pandemic, the Goo Goo Dolls put on a  rock show of their most popular songs on an Augmented Reality FanTracks Stage. From the heartfelt “Indestructible” to other hits such as “Iris,” the band played a twenty-plus song back catalog for a career-spanning set live from Thunder Studios in Long Beach, Calif. Viewers can enjoy the full slick, multi-camera angled show.

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Based on Aleksey Tolstoy’s 1839 short story “The Family of the Vourdalak,” A.K. Tolstoy’s A Taste of Blood, due on Blu-ray and DVD May 10, tells the story of a man, who after going off to kill a vampire, returns home at the magic hour, between night and day. His family has doubts about whether he’s still human or whether he’s been bitten by the undead. His teenage daughter is determined to defend him, but doubts and fears grow as the darkness of the night approaches. The Blu-ray includes a bonus CD soundtrack.

VCI Horror Flick ‘Dark Night of the Scarecrow 2’ Headed to Blu-ray and DVD May 10 From MVD

The horror flick Dark Night of the Scarecrow 2 will be released exclusively on DVD and Blu-ray May 10 from VCI Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group.

On Oct. 24, 1981, television audiences tuned into CBS to catch the premiere of Dark Night of the Scarecrow. The made-for-TV feature developed into a cult hit and sparked an entire scarecrow-centric subgenre of horror films. More than four decades later, the scarecrow returns in the all-new frightener Dark Night of the Scarecrow 2.

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In the film — written and directed by J.D. Feigelson, the writer of the original — single mother Chris (Amber Wedding) and her son Jeremy (Aiden Shurr) have moved to a small country town in Stubblefield County. While Chris begins work at the local country store, Jeremy starts to bond with the older lady (Carol Dines) that watches him after school. On her way home from work one day, Chris happens upon an old, weather-beaten scarecrow. Chris places a flower in its lapel and whispers in its ear. Little does she know that this seemingly harmless gesture awakens an evil from the past.

Erotic ‘Caligula’ Titles, Australian Actioner ‘Stone’ Due on Blu-ray April 26 From MVD and Severin

The erotic features Caligula & Messalina and Caligula: The Untold Story, as well as the Australian biker actioner Stone, will be available on Blu-ray Disc April 26 from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films.

In Caligula & Messalina (1981), one of the earliest entries in the subgenre, ItaloFilth veteran Bruno Mattei (The Other Hell, Women’s Prison Massacre) set the Caligsploitation standard for informative history and jaw-dropping depictions of ancient Roman depravity. When the deranged emperor (Vladimir Brajovic of The Story of O) falls for an insatiable gladiatrix (Betty Roland of Mattei’s Caligula Reincarnated as Nero), their reign will launch a mind-bending bacchanal of torture, sodomy, incest, castration, borrowed footage and aroused livestock. Françoise Blanchard (The Living Dead Girl), Florence Guérin (Cozzi’s The Black Cat) and Sal Boris (The Beast in Heat) co-star in this saga of saturnalian obscenity, presented in both the explicit Italian version and the unrated U.S. Release scanned in 2K from the original negatives. Special Features include “Caligula: The Life Behind the Legend,” an interview with Anthony A. Barrett, author of Caligula: The Corruption Of Power; a trailer; and the CD soundtrack.

Also due is Caligula: The Untold Story (1982). Directed by Joe D’Amato (Emanuelle in America, Absurd), the erotic exploitation film stars David Brandon (Beyond Darkness, Stagefright) as the insane young emperor whose love of brutality and degradation is surpassed only by his hunger for enslaved virgins, cruel vengeance, extreme acts of “horseplay” and beyond. Laura Gemser (Black Emanuelle), Gabriele Tinti (Endgame), Charles Borromel (Absurd) and future director Michele Soavi (Cemetery Man) star in this epic of orgiastic excess written by D’Amato and Luigi Montefiori/George Eastman with a score by Carlo Maria Cordio, presented in both the explicit Italian version and the U.S. release scanned in 2K from the original negatives. Special features include “The Orgy Of Power,” an interview with actor David Brandon; “A False True Story,” an interview with screenwriter Luigi Montefiori; “Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy,” an interview with actor Mark Shannon; deleted scenes; the U.K. video trailer; and the CD soundtrack.

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Stone (1974), released five years before Mad Max, comes from producer/director/co-writer/star Sandy Harbutt. In his first and only feature film, he ignited Australia’s exploitation explosion, launching a global censorship battle with this biker movie. In the film, an undercover cop (Ken Shorter of Sunday Too Far Away) infiltrates an outlaw motorcycle gang (led by Harbutt). Hugh Keays-Byrne (Immortan Joe in Mad Max: Fury Road), Helen Morse (Picnic at Hanging Rock), Roger Ward, Vincent Gil, Reg Evans of Mad Max fame, and members of the Sydney Hells Angels co-star in the film, which features an uncut 4K scan from original vault elements supervised by Harbutt himself shortly before his death. Special features include “The Making of Stone“; deleted and extended scenes; “Stone Forever”; “Not Quite Hollywood,” extended interviews: make-up tests; a slideshow with commentary by Harbutt; the trailer; and the CD soundtrack.

Exploitation Classic ‘Girl on a Chain Gang’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD April 19 From Film Detective and MVD

The exploitation classic Girl on a Chain Gang (1966) will be released on special-edition Blu-ray and DVD April 19 from Cinedigm’s The Film Detective, Something Weird Video and MVD Entertainment Group.

From famed shlock distributor-producer-director Jerry Gross, who made his directorial debut with Girl on a Chain Gang, the stirring feature about small-town hate stars William Watson, Julie Ange and Ron Charles. It follows three young people who are framed, arrested and tossed into jail by corrupt Southern police.

Gross — who produced everything from Blaxploitation films to features about teen pregnancy — exercised his social conscience in this drama about racist Southern cops. Made the year after three civil rights workers were murdered in Mississippi, Girl on a Chain Gang addresses a subject Gross must have believed worth exploiting into drive-in theater fare. True to his low-budget roots, the movie was filmed nowhere near the South, but in Long Island, N.Y.​

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Special features include full-length audio commentary with Movies are Magic author and “Classic Films for Kids” host Jennifer Churchill; a new, original essay from Something Weird Video’s Lisa Petrucci, in a full-color booklet insert; and “It’s All in the Title: Exploiting Jerry Gross,” a short history of the semi-legendary producer with author/film historian Chris Poggiali, from Daniel Griffith at Ballyhoo Motion Pictures.

Music Doc ‘Where Are You, Jay Bennett?’ Due on Blu-ray April 19, DVD With Vinyl Albums April 23 From MVD

The feature-length documentary Where Are You, Jay Bennett?, on the renown multi-instrumentalist and recording studio savant, will have its Blu-ray Disc and pay-per-view release on April 19 from MVD Entertainment Group.

Four days later on April 23, it will have a “Record Store Day” release featuring the film on DVD along with Bennett’s last two albums Kicking at the Perfumed Air and Whatever Happened I Apologize available for the first time on vinyl.

As a member of Wilco, Bennett was a large part of the genius behind their three seminal albums. He joined the band prior to the recording of their second album Being There and subsequently co-wrote most of Summerteeth and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot with Jeff Tweedy (and has been called the sonic architect of both albums). Bennett was also instrumental in the recording of the Mermaid Avenue/Woody Guthrie sessions with Billy Bragg, and went on to a critically acclaimed solo career before dying tragically at the age of 45.

Directors Gorman Bechard and Fred Uhter use a mixture of audio interviews with Bennett, never-before-seen performance footage, animation, and extensive interviews with those who knew him best to give an account of the artist’s life. The offers a look at the other side of the narrative that had been created in the media once Bennett had been asked to leave the band.

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“At the time of his firing, Jay’s behavior was cast in a negative light. But there are always two sides to every story,” Bechard said in a statement. “In this film, we show just how instrumental Jay was to Wilco’s brilliance. How Bennett and Tweedy together truly were one of the greatest collaborative teams in rock history, but also how they were both perfectionists who needed to push boundaries. Ultimately, that was simply not sustainable in a band setting.”

The film, funded completely through KickStarter, is an insight into a piece of American musical history exploring Bennett’s life, his influences, his art, his obsessions, his vices, music, recording, and Wilco and their unfortunate split.

“The animation by Ed Gendron brings to life these amazing interviews with Jay,” Uhter said in a statement. “To be able to hear his voice, to have Jay himself tell his side of the story, talk about how records were made, and what role he played, it’s a priceless piece of music history.”

Bechard is the filmmaker behind 2011’s Color Me Obsessed, a Film About the Replacements.

‘Ballad in Blood,’ ‘Forbidden Door’ Among Horror Films Due on Disc March 29 From MVD and Severin

Three horror films — Ballad in Blood, House on the Edge of the Park and The Forbidden Door — are being released on disc March 29 from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films.

House on the Edge of the Park (1980) will be available on both DVD and Blu-ray Disc. For his follow-up to Cannibal Holocaust, director Ruggero Deodato delivers one of the most disturbing exploitation films of all time. In the film, David Hess, of The Last House on the Left infamy, stars as a charismatic psychopath who, with his equally unhinged sidekick (Giovanni Lombardo Radice of City of the Living Dead), turns a get-together of chic New Yorkers into an ordeal of class warfare and sexual violence. Annie Belle (Absurd), Christian Borromeo (Tenebrae) and Lorraine De Selle (Wild Beasts) co-star in this notorious DPP 39 “video nasty” from the screenwriters of The New York Ripper with a soundtrack by Riz Ortolani.

The film is scanned uncut in 4K from the original negative. Special features in the limited edition, three-disc Blu-ray set include audio commentary by Bruce Holecheck (Cinema Arcana) and Art Ettinger (Ultra Violent); interviews with Deodato, cinematographer Sergio D’Offizi and Radice; “External Beauty & Internal Ugliness,” an archival interview with David Hess; “House Sweet House,” an interview with set designer Antonello Geleng; and Deodato Holocaust, a feature-length documentary by Felipe M. Guerra that explores the film-by-film triumphs, tragedies and controversies of Deodato; deleted scenes; and a CD soundtrack. Extras on DVD include audio commentary by Bruce Holecheck (Cinema Arcana) and Art Ettinger (Ultra Violent); interviews with Deodato, cinematographer Sergio D’Offizi and Radice; “External Beauty & Internal Ugliness,” an archival interview with David Hess; and “House Sweet House,” an interview with set designer Antonello Geleng.

Available on Blu-ray and DVD is Ballad in Blood (2016). For his first film in 23 years, Deodato — the director of such ItaloSleaze classics as Cannibal Holocaust, House on the Edge of the Park and Raiders of Atlantis — explored a different breed of butchery inspired by the Perugia exchange student murder that shocked the world. In the film, after a wild night of sex, drugs and clubbing, a young woman, her boyfriend and his dealer pal wake to find her straight-laced roommate brutally murdered. Special features include an interview with Deodato; an interview with Nina Burleigh, author of the New York Times bestseller The Fatal Gift Of Beauty: The Trials Of Amanda Knox; “It Happened in Perugia,” an interview with film historian Fabio Melelli; “Things to Do in Perugia When You’re Dead,” an interview with actress Noemi Smorra; an interview with executive producer Raffaele Mertes; a behind-the-scenes featurette; and trailers. 

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The Forbidden Door (2009) will be available on DVD and for the first time in North America on Blu-ray Disc. With his third disturbing feature, Joko Anwar, Indonesian writer/director of Impetigore and the remake of Satan’s Slave, became one of the most daring new genre filmmakers in the world. In the film, as a successful young sculptor increasingly loses his grip on sanity, he imagines his wife, friends and family are all conspiring against him and begins filling his best-selling works with unspeakable human matter, becomes obsessed with brutal hidden-camera abuse videos, and inches inescapably closer towards the most horrific final act of all. Special features include audio commentary with Anwar; an interview with Anwar; deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary by Anwar; a behind-the-scenes featurette; Herosase footage; a poster and still gallery; and trailers.