Rob Zombie’s ‘The Munsters’ Set for Disc and Digital Release Sept. 27

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release director Rob Zombie’s The Munsters on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and for digital purchase Sept. 27.

Produced by Universal 1440 Entertainment, the direct-to-video arm of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, the film is based on the 1960s TV series of the same name, and provides an origin story of the monster family.

The comedy focuses on the courtship between Lily (Sheri Moon Zombie), a 150-year-old lovelorn vampire, and Herman (Jeff Daniel Phillips), a seven-foot-tall green experiment with a heart of gold. However, her father The Count (Daniel Roebuck) has other plans for her future, and they don’t involve her bumbling new beau.

The cast also includes Richard Brake, Jorge Garcia, Sylvester McCoy, Catherine Schell, Cassandra Peterson and Tomas Boykin, with special appearances from original “Munsters” cast members Butch Patrick and Pat Priest.

Blu-ray and DVD extras include a commentary with Zombie, and the hour-long behind-the-scenes featurette “The Munsters: Return To Mockingbird Lane.”

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Sci-Fi Film ‘The Colony,’ Thriller ‘Megan Is Missing’ Among Lionsgate October Disc Releases

The sci-fi film The Colony, the thriller Megan Is Missing, a Target-exclusive Steelbook of Rob Zombie’s 31 and the 1986 Patrick Swayze starrer Steel Dawn are among the titles on the October disc slate from Lionsgate.

Executive produced by Roland Emmerich, the sci-fi thriller film The Colony arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD Oct. 12. In the film, Earth has been decimated by climate change, pandemics and war. Years after the ruling elite escaped to another planet, a mission was launched to find out if a return to an uninhabitable Earth were possible. That mission was lost. Now, a lone astronaut in search of answers struggles to survive the hostile planet, and she must ultimately make a choice that will seal the fate of the wasteland’s remaining populace. Special features include audio commentary with writer-director Tim Fehlbaum and “Visions of the Future: Making The Colony.”

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Director Rob Zombie’s 2016 horror film 31 will arrive Oct. 26 in a Blu-ray plus digital Steelbook exclusively at Target featuring new artwork from award-winning graphic artist Vance Kelly. Written, directed, and produced by Zombie, 31 is a Halloween horror-gore romp set in 1976, in which five happy-go-lucky carnies on a cross-country road trip are kidnapped and hunted by murderous clowns in an escape room-style hideaway in the middle of nowhere. The cast includes Sheri Moon Zombie, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Richard Brake, Jane Carr and Malcolm McDowell. Special features include the featurette “In Hell Everybody Loves Popcorn: The Making of 31,” a two-hour making-of documentary, and audio commentary with Zombie.

Also due Oct. 26 from the Vestron Video Collector’s Series is the 1986 Patrick Swayze starrer Steel Dawn — available for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray (plus digital). Swayze stars as Nomad, a new breed of warrior in a post-nuclear era where laws are useless and water is more precious than blood. When his mentor is killed before he can take the job of peacemaker in the town of Meridian, Nomad lends the townspeople his fighting skills instead, gaining the trust of war widow Kasha and her son Jux. But after the evil Damnil learns of a secret water supply flowing under Kasha’s farm, his thirst turns truly murderous. Special features include audio commentary with director Lance Hool; an interview with screenwriter Doug Lefler; an interview with director of photography George Tirl; an interview with production designer Alex Tavoularis and costume designer Poppy Cannon-Reese; an archival featurette “Making of Steel Dawn“; a still gallery; and the theatrical trailer.

Megan Is Missing (2011) also arrives on Blu-ray Oct. 26. A cautionary tale from writer-director Michael Goi (Mary, “American Horror Story”) about the dangers of online communication, the film stars Amber Perkins, Rachel Quinn and Dean Waite. The disappearance of 14-year-old Megan Stewart and her best friend Amy Herman is explored via video chats, webcam footage, home videos and news reports. Notorious on social media and banned in New Zealand, Megan Is Missing offers an unflinchingly candid look at the dangerous online world today’s teenagers face — a world that’s every parent’s worst nightmare. Special features include audio commentary with the cast and producers; audio commentary with the writer-director; a deleted scene; a blooper; Marc Klaasʼs statement about the film; “Rachel Quinn: A Look Back at Megan Is Missing“; the Amber Perkins/Nikki Christie original audition tape; the “Barrel Scene” audition; “A Tour of the Locations for Megan Is Missing“; a selection of stills from the production; the original one sheet; the shooting script; and the trailer.

Lionsgate’s ‘Rob Zombie Trilogy’ Steelbook Blu-ray Coming Exclusively to Target Sept. 8

The Rob Zombie Trilogy, featuring the horror films House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects and 3 From Hell, arrives Sept. 8 on Steelbook Blu-ray from Lionsgate exclusively at Target.

Featuring all new artwork from artist Vance Kelly, filmmaker Rob Zombie’s trilogy Steelbook Blu-ray is priced at $34.99.

Baby Firefly, Otis Driftwood, Captain Spaulding, Sheriff Wydell and Rob Zombie’s other killer characters wreak havoc in the blood-soaked trilogy that made them famous. Two young couples cross paths with Otis Driftwood and the cannibalistic Fireflys while touring America’s backroads in House of 1000 Corpses. In The Devil’s Rejects, Sheriff Wydell deals with depraved, hostage-taking murderers holed up in a rundown motel in his uniquely unhinged way. Baby, Otis, and Captain Spaulding are finally put behind bars in 3 From Hell.

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The series stars Sherri Moon Zombie (HalloweenHalloween IIThe Lords of Salem), Bill Moseley (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2Repo! The Genetic Opera) and Sid Haig (Kill Bill Vol. 2Bone Tomahawk).

Three’s a Harm in Zombie Trilogy

Writer-director Rob Zombie confronted a problem when mounting a new installment in his bloody serial killer series that includes House of 1000 Corpses (2003) and The Devil’s Rejects (2005) — his lead baddies had been shot and presumably killed.

Leave it to Zombie to bring them back from the dead. He came up with the idea of a faux documentary, explaining the miraculous survival of the lead trio.

“I’ve always been obsessed with this one documentary on [Charles] Manson that came out in 1970 I think it was. It’s all real footage. The filmmakers got in there, shot him going out of court, and I thought this is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen. … Serial killers have now achieved this fame, which they always seem to do,” Zombie said in the sequel’s disc extras. “Why don’t we just explain it through this documentary that takes it to a whole other place?

“I thought it’s a good way to explain what happened and make it realistic.”

Thus, the revived killers — Baby Firefly (Sheri Moon Zombie), Otis Driftwood (Bill Moseley) and Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) — make a repeat appearance in 3 From Hell, which debuts on digital and 4K Ultra HD combo pack (plus Blu-ray and digital), Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD and on demand Oct. 15 from Lionsgate. Special features include an audio commentary with Zombie and a four-part making-of featurette. Additionally, the 4K and Blu-ray discs feature the unrated cut.

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Unfortunately, Haig was sick during filming and appears only in the initial documentary. He passed away in September.

“It became clear that Sid was not physically capable,” Zombie recalled in the featurettes.

Richard Brake stars as Winslow Foxworth Coltrane, a new killer in the series.

Still, the director felt three was the magic number and created a new half-brother in the murderous clan, Winslow Foxworth Coltrane (Richard Brake), to assist in the mayhem. He also explored the progression of the characters: “What would it be like 15 years later with the characters?”

“I didn’t want to just make a sequel,” Zombie said, adding, “I wanted there to be a purpose to doing it. I think a lot of times the sequels that don’t work are the ones that you’re feeding the fans everything they think they want.”

Thus, the crazy Baby is even more off the wall. In fact, her jail scenes are shot in the very prison that the deranged female Manson followers occupied.

“Everything she does is bizarre, even to Otis,” the director noted.

Otis has become an elder statesman in the killing clan, prompting Winslow to continuously attempt to gain his approval.

“Now in 3 From Hell I seem to be the wise old owl of the trio,” said Moseley in the featurettes. “That’s kind of funny and strange. You know, I’m a psychopathic killer.”

Zombie’s horror projects, including 3 From Hell, are unique in tone. “When I look at what people really consider a horror movie, people being shocked in the theater, reacting to the scares, that’s not what we are doing at all,” Zombie said.

“There’s different layers to it,” added Jeff Daniel Phillips, who plays the prison warden, in the featurettes. “It’s not so simple. This isn’t just a horror film. This is a thriller. This is a road picture. There’s a dark comedic thing in it without being a comedy.”

Indeed, the film is an amalgam of Zombie’s passions and experiences that he calls “a post-modern sort of crazy bloody western.”

“I’ve taken all these things I’ve loved my whole life and sort of jammed them together,” he said.

Three for the Road

The first two titles in the Zombie serial killer series, House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects, will be included with 3 From Hell in a digital-only triple feature from Lionsgate.

House of 1000 Corpses introduces audiences to the sadistic backwater family as two young couples traveling in Texas to investigate urban legends of murder end up as their prisoners.

In The Devil’s Rejects, the murderous, backwoods Firefly clan takes to the road to escape a vengeful police force.

Rob Zombie’s ‘3 From Hell’ Rampages to Digital and Disc, Including 4K UHD, Oct. 15

Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell will come out on digital and 4K Ultra HD combo pack (plus Blu-ray and digital), Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD and on demand Oct. 15 from Lionsgate.

Written and directed by Zombie (House of 1000 CorpsesThe Devil’s RejectsHalloween), the film follows three of the director’s most vicious creations as they leave a trail of corpses in their wake.

3 From Hell stars Sheri Moon Zombie (The Devil’s RejectsHouse of 1000 CorpsesHalloween), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s RejectsHouse of 1000 Corpses), Richard Brake (“Game of Thrones,” Hannibal Rising31The Chameleon), Jeff Daniel Phillips (The Lords of Salem, “Westworld”), with Danny Trejo (The Devil’s RejectsMacheteFrom Dusk Till Dawn), and Sid Haig (The Devil’s RejectsHouse of 1000 CorpsesKill Bill: Vol. 2).

After barely surviving a furious shootout with the police, Baby Firefly (Sheri Moon Zombie), Otis Driftwood (Moseley), and Captain Spaulding (Haig) are behind bars. But pure evil cannot be contained, and a firestorm of murder, madness and mayhem will be released.

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Special features include an audio commentary with director Zombie and a four-part making-of featurette. Additionally, the 3 From Hell 4K and Blu-ray discs will feature the unrated cut.

‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Concert: Encore’ Due Sept. 21 From Time Life

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Concert: Encore, featuring live concert events from 2010-2013 induction ceremonies, will be released Sept. 21 in two-disc Blu-ray ($39.99) and four-disc DVD ($34.99) sets from Time Life.

The program includes on-stage reunions, induction speeches and iconic performances from such inductees as Genesis, The Stooges, The Hollies, Tom Waits, Dr. John, Leon Russell, Darlene Love, Freddie King, Donovan, Small Faces/Faces and Heart.

Among the highlights:

  • Canadian power trio Rush performing “Tom Sawyer”and “The Spirit of Radio”;
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers leading an all-star jam session of “Higher Ground”anchored by Slash and Ron Wood;
  • Heart performing “Crazy on You”before being joined onstage by Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains;
  • Alice Cooper performing “Eighteen”and “Under My Wheels”before closing the set with Rob Zombie on “School’s Out”;
  • Donovan joined onstage by John Mellencamp for a performance of “Season of the Witch”;
  • And complete induction speeches from Don Henley inducting Randy Newman, Neil Young inducting Tom Waits and others.