Supernatural Thriller ‘The Unhealer’ Due June 8 from Shout! Studios, Scream Factory

Shout! Studios and Scream Factory in collaboration with VMI Worldwide will release the supernatural thriller The Unhealer through digital retailers and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, as well as VOD, on June 8.

Each collectible Blu-ray Disc and DVD of The Unhealer includes behind-the-scenes interviews, alternative/ extended scenes, a gag reel, and deleted scenes.

Directed by writer, producer, and filmmaker Martin Guigui (Beneath the Darkness, The Bronx Bull, Future World), the film stars Natasha Henstridge (Species, The Whole Nine Yards) and Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Near Dark).

Other cast members include TikTok superstar Elijah Nelson (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, S.W.A.T.), Kayla Carlson (Why Women Kill, Widow Detective), Adam Beach (Suicide Squad, Cowboys & Aliens), Chris Browning (Westworld, Bosch), and Branscombe Richmond (The Scorpion King, Hard To Kill).

The film is about a bullied teenager who gains the means to fight back when a botched faith healing bestows supernatural, shamanistic powers upon him. When his lifelong tormentors pull a prank that causes the death of someone he loves, the teen uses his newfound abilities for revenge and goes on a bloody rampage to settle the score.

A production of A Horror Business Films in association with 7 Ideas, Gard Dog Productions, Sunset Pictures, and Bloodstone Films, The Unhealer, a Martin Guigui Film, is produced by Galen Walker, Cristi Harris, J. Shawn Harris, and Tony Hannagan. Executive producers are James Gardner and Hamish Gibson.

Scream Factory Releasing 1976 ‘King Kong’ Remake on Blu-ray

Indie distributor Shout! Factory’s horror imprint, Scream Factory, is releasing a collector’s edition of the 1976 King Kong remake for the first time in North America May 11.

The updated ’70s version from producer Dino De Laurentiis and director John Guillermin features scheming oil company executive Fred Wilson (Charles Grodin) raiding an exotic island to harvest its resources despite the warnings of Jack Prescott (Jeff Bridges), a scientist who sneaks aboard their ship. The expedition also encounters an aspiring actress named Dwan (Jessica Lange in her first film role), who escaped from a wrecked yacht. Upon reaching the island, they discover the giant ape Kong, and use his infatuating with Dwan to capture him with the intent of bringing him to America and cash in by putting him on display. When Kong escapes and rampages throughout New York City, Jack and Dwan devise a plan for the beauty to subdue the beast at the top of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

Scream Factory’s two-disc Blu-ray set will include both the 134-minute theatrical cut with a DTS-HD 5.1 audio and a newly restored DTS-HD 2.0 theatrical stereo track; and the extended 182-minute TV broadcast version with a new 2K scan of the additional TV footage from the internegative.

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King Kong (1976)

The theatrical cut disc will include a new audio commentary with film historian Ray Morton, author of King Kong: The History of a Movie Icon. Other new extras include an audio interview with special makeup effects wizard Rick Baker; “Something’s Haywire,” an interview with actor Jack O’Halloran; “On the Top of the World,” an interview with assistant director David McGiffert and production manager Brian Frankish; “Maybe in their Wildest Dreams,” an interview with sculptor Jack Varner; “There’s a Fog Bank Out There,” an interview with second-unit director William Kronick; “From Space to Apes,” an interview with photographic effects assistant Barry Nolan; and “When the Monkey Dies, Everybody Cries,” an interview with production assistants Jeffrey Chernov and Scott Thaler. The disc also includes the theatrical trailer, TV spots, radio spots, and still galleries featuring posters, lobby cards and behind-the-scenes photos.

The extended-cut disc will include a panel discussion about the film conducted in 2016 at the Aero Theater.

Fans who order the Blu-ray from shoutfactory.com will also receive an exclusive poster featuring brand-new artwork, while supplies last.

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Shout! Factory Releasing ‘They Live’ on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Shout! Factory’s horror imprint, Scream Factory, will release director John Carpenter’s They Live on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 8.

The 1988 sci-fi allegory will be available as a two-disc They Live: Collector’s Edition combo pack with the 4K disc and a regular Blu-ray. This marks the first time the film will be available in 4K in North America.

The film stars Rowdy Roddy Piper as Nada, a drifter in Los Angeles who comes across a pair of sunglasses that allows him to see a hidden society of aliens living among humans and systematically taking over Earth by luring society into submission.

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The 4K combo pack will include a new 7.1 Dolby Atmos audio mix, Dolby Vision HDR, and all the previous bonus features from Scream Factory’s 2012 Blu-ray of the film:

  • Commentary with Carpenter and Piper;
  • “Independent Thoughts” — an interview with Carpenter;
  • “Man vs. Aliens” — An interview with actor Keith David;
  • “Woman of Mystery” — An interview with actress Meg Foster;
  • “Watch, Look, Listen: The Sights & Sounds of They Live” — A look at the visual style, stunts and music with director of photography Gary B. Kibbe, stunt coordinator Jeff Imada, and co-composer Alan Howarth;
  • Vintage “The Making of They Live” featurette;
  • Footage from commercials created for the film;
  • Original theatrical trailer;
  • TV Spots;
  • still gallery.

 

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The ShoutFactory.com store also features five exclusive offers tied to the They Live 4K release.

Fans who order the 4K disc (priced at $34.98) directly from ShoutFactory.com will receive an 18×24-inch rolled poster reproduction of the film’s original one-sheet, while supplies last.

ShoutFactory.com also has an exclusive limited-edition NECA 8-inch clothed action figure of Keith David’s “Frank,” who joins Nada in the fight against the aliens. Limited to a run of 4,000 units, the figure will be housed in retro box packaging featuring original theatrical art, and  comes with two accessory machine guns, a purple shirt, khaki pants, and a pair of the special sunglasses. The figure is meant as a companion to NECA’s Nada action figure due in November 2020.

The Frank figure can be purchased on its own for $39.99.

A bundle of the 4K disc, poster and the Frank figure is available for $74.99.

Scream Factory will also have an exclusive 7-inch bubble gum pink vinyl record via Sacred Bones, limited to a run of 2,500 units and featuring music from They Live composed by Carpenter. The ‘A’-side includes the 2017 version of the main title and the ‘B’-side contains a never-before-released recording of “Wake Up” recorded by John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies in 2019.

The 4K disc with the poster and vinyl is available for $58.99.

Finally, a deluxe bundle of the 4K disc with the poster, Frank figure and vinyl is offered for $94.99.

Scream Factory Releasing ‘Tales From the Darkside: The Movie’ Blu-ray Aug. 25

Shout! Factory’s horror imprint, Scream Factory, will release a collector’s edition Blu-ray Disc of the anthology movie Tales From the Darkside: The Movie.

From the clever and creepy minds of Stephen King (Pet Sematary), Michael McDowell (Beetlejuice), George A. Romero (Dawn of the Dead) and Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of Sherlock Holmes), comes an all-star anthology of horror.

In the 1990 movie featuring stories by Stephen King, Michael McDowell, George A. Romero and Arthur Conan Doyle, a young paperboy weaves three twisted stories to distract a modern-day witch (Deborah Harry) so she won’t eat him. In “Lot 249,” a vengeful college student (Steve Buscemi) resuscitates an evil mummy to teach unsuspecting student bodies (Julianne Moore) a lesson in terror. “The Cat From Hell” focuses on a furry black feline who cannot be killed, but those who cross his path are not so lucky. In “Lover’s Vow,” a stone gargoyle comes to life to commit murder.

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Extras include the new six-chapter feature-length documentary Tales Behind the Darkside: The Making of Four Ghoulish Fables, featuring director John Harrison, producer Mitchell Galin, director of photography Robert Draper, production designer Ruth Ammon, special make-up and creature effects artists Robert Kurtzman, Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger, creature performer Michael Deak, actors James Remar and Rae Dawn Chong, and editor Harry B. Miller.

Other extras include a new audio commentary with co-producer David R. Kappes; an archival commentary with Harrison and Romero; a behind-the-scenes gallery; a behind-the-scenes footage compilation; and publicity material including the theatrical trailer, TV spots, radio spots and a stills gallery.

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Scream Factory Presents ‘Friday the 13th’ Blu-ray Boxed Set Oct. 13

To mark the 40th anniversary of the original “Friday the 13th” film, Shout! Factory’s horror imprint, Scream Factory, will release The Friday the 13th Collection Deluxe Edition Oct. 13. The 16-disc Blu-ray set will include all 12 franchise films released by Paramount Pictures and New Line Cinema.

It also includes new and existing extras, a new collectible rigid slipcover with newly-commissioned art, a new 40-pg collectible essay booklet with archival still photography, and new 4K film transfers for the first four movies, with part three in its original 3D presentation. Additionally, each film comes with a dedicated Blu-ra case featuring original theatrical artwork.

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The 12 films included in the set are Friday the 13th (1980), Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982), Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985), Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986), Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988), Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989), Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday (1993), Jason X (2001), Freddy vs. Jason (2003) and the 2009 Friday the 13th remake.

The new boxed set is limited to a run of 13,000 copies. For a limited time, fans who buy the collection through ShoutFactory.com can receive an exclusive 36×24-inch lithograph featuring new artwork from artist Devon Whitehead, and an exclusive 24×36-inch 40th Anniversary poster featuring new artwork from artist Joel Robinson.

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Among the features of each movie are:

Friday the 13th (two discs):

  • New 4K scan of the original camera negative (theatrical cut and unrated cut);
  • Audio Commentary by director Sean S. Cunningham, screenwriter Victor Miller and more (unrated cut);
  • “Fresh Cuts: New Tales from Friday the 13th”;
  • “The Man Behind the Legacy: Sean S. Cunningham”;
  • A Friday the 13th Reunion;
  • “Lost Tales from Camp Blood Part 1”;
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • TV Spots (New to the Set);
  • U.S. Radio Spots (New to the Set);
  • U.K. Radio Spot (New to the Set);
  • U. S. Theatrical Trailer;
  • International Theatrical Trailer (New to the Set).

 

Friday the 13th Part 2:

  • New 4K scan of the original camera negative;
  • Amy Steel podcast interview;
  • Inside Crystal Lake Memories: The Book;
  • “Friday’s Legacy: Horror Conventions”;
  • “Lost Tales from Camp Blood Part 2”;
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • Radio Spots (New to the Set);
  • TV Spots (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer.

 

Friday the 13th Part 3:

  • New 4K scan from the original film elements;
  • Contains both the 2D and a new 3D version;
  • Audio Commentary with actors Larry Zerner, Paul Kratka, Richard Brooker and Dana Kimmell;
  • “Fresh Cuts: 3D Terror”;
  • “Legacy of the Mask”;
  • “Slasher Films: Going for the Jugular”;
  • “Lost Tales from Camp Blood Part 3”;
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • Radio Spots (New to the Set);
  • TV Spots (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer.

 

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter:

  • New 4K scan from the original camera negative;
  • Audio Commentary by director Joe Zito, screenwriter Barney Cohen and editor Joel Goodman;
  • Audio Commentary by fans/filmmakers Adam Green and Joe Lynch;
  • “Lost Tales from Camp Blood Part 4”;
  • Slashed Scenes with audio commentary by director Joseph Zito;
  • “Jason’s Unlucky Day: 25 Years After Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter”;
  • The Lost Ending;
  • “The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part I”;
  • Jimmy’s Dead Dance Moves;
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • Radio Spots (New to the Set);
  • TV Spot (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer.

 

Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning:

  • New audio commentary with Melanie Kinnaman, Deborah Voorhees and Tiffany Helm;
  • Audio Commentary by director/co-screenwriter Danny Steinmann, actors John Shepherd and Shavar Ross;
  • Audio Commentary by fans/filmmakers Adam Green and Joe Lynch (New to the Set);
  • “Lost Tales of Camp Blood Part 5”;
  • “The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part II”;
  • “New Beginnings: The Making of Friday the 13th Part V”;
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • TV Spots (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer.

 

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives:

  • New audio Commentary with Thom Mathews, Vinny Gustaferro, Kerry Noonan, Cynthia Kania and CJ Graham;
  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Tom McLoughlin;
  • Audio Commentary With writer/director Tom McLoughlin, actor Vincent Guastaferro and editor Bruce Green;
  • Audio Commentary by fans/filmmakers Adam Green and Joe Lynch (New to the Set);
  • “Lost Tales from Camp Blood Part 6”;
  • “The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part III”:
  • Jason Lives: The Making of Friday the 13th: Part VI”;
  • “Meeting Mr. Voorhees”;
  • Slashed Scenes
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • TV Spots (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer.

 

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood:

  • Audio Commentary with director John Carl Buechler and actor Kane Hodder;
  • Audio Commentary with director John Carl Buechler and actors Lar Park Lincoln and Kane Hodder;
  • “Jason’s Destroyer: The Making of Friday the 13th Part VII”;
  • “Mind Over Matter: The Truth About Telekinesis”;
  • “Makeover by Maddy: Need A Little Touch-Up Work, My A**”;
  • Slashed Scenes with introduction;
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • TV Spot (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer.

 

Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan:

  • Audio Commentary with director Rob Hedden;
  • Audio Commentary with actors Scott Reeves, Jensen Daggett and Kane Hodder;
  • “New York Has A New Problem: The Making of Friday the 13th Part VIII – Jason Takes Manhattan”;
  • Slashed Scenes;
  • Gag Reel;
  • Theatrical Trailer;
  • TV Spots (New to Set).

 

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (two discs):

  • New 2K scan of the original film elements (Theatrical Version);
  • New 2K scan of the original film elements with HD inserts (Unrated Version)
  • New interviews with Sean Cunningham, Noel Cunningham, Adam Marcus and Kane Hodder;
  • New audio Commentary with Adam Marcus and author Peter Bracke;
  • Audio Commentary with director Adam Marcus and screenwriter Dean Lorey;
  • Additional TV footage with new optional audio commentary with director Adam Marcus and author Peter Bracke;
  • Electronic Press Kit (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer;
  • TV Spots (New to the Set).

 

Jason X:

  • New audio commentary with Kane Hodder, writer Todd Farmer and Peter Bracke;
  • New interviews with Sean Cunningham, Noel Cunningham, Kane Hodder, Kristi Angus and Todd Farmer;
  • Audio commentary with director Jim Isaac, writer Todd Farmer and producer Noel Cunningham;
  • “The Many Lives of Jason Voorhees,” a documentary on the history of Jason;
  • “By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Jason X“ making-of/production documentary;
  • Electronic Press Kit (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer;
  • TV Spot (New to the Set).

 

Freddy vs. Jason:

  • Audio commentary by director Ronny Yu, and actors Robert Englund and Ken Kirzinger;
  • 21 deleted/alternate scenes, Including the original opening and ending with optional commentary by director Ronny Yu and executive producer Douglas Curtis;
  • Behind-the-scenes coverage of the film’s development, including screenwriting, set design, makeup, stunts and principal photography;
  • Visual effects exploration;
  • “My Summer Vacation: A Visit to Camp Hackenslash”;
  • Pre-fight press conference at Bally’s Casino in Las Vegas;
  • Original Theatrical Trailer;
  • TV Spots;
  • “How Can I Live” music video by Ill Nino.

 

Friday the 13th (2009):

  • Includes the theatrical cut and the special extended version;
  • “Hacking Back/Slashing Forward” — remembering the groundbreaking original movie;
  • Terror Trivia Track with Picture-In-Picture with comments from the cast and crew;
  • “The Rebirth of Jason Voorhees,” a look at the making of the film;
  • Additional Slashed Scenes;
  • The Best 7 Kills.

 

Bonus Disc 1:

  • New interview with composer Harry Manfredini;
  • New location featurette on Parts 1 & 2;
  • “The Friday the 13th Chronicles” — an eight-part featurette;
  • “Secrets Galore Behind the Gore” — a three-part featurette;
  • “Crystal Lake Victims Tell All!”;
  • Tales from the Cutting Room Floor;
  • “Friday the 13th” artifacts and collectibles;
  • “Jason Forever” — a Q&A with Ari Lehman, Warrington Gillette, C.J. Graham and Kane Hodder;
  • More TBA.

 

Bonus Disc 2:

  • Scream Queens: Horror Heroines Exposed (2014) — including interviews with Adrienne King and Melanie Kinnaman (78 minutes);
  • Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever (2013) — including interviews with Corey Feldman and John Carl Buechler (75 minutes)
  • Trailer Reel — all 12 trailers in a row;
  • Friday the 13th (2009) TV Spots;
  • Friday the 13th (2009) Electronic Press Kit;
  • More TBA.

 

All 12 films were previously released in a boxed set by Warner in cooperation with Paramount in 2013, but with fewer extras and without the Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday unrated cut.

Paramount in June released a 40th anniversary Steelbook Blu-ray of the original film.

Hammer Films’ ‘Phantom of the Opera’ on Blu-ray Aug. 11

Shout! Factory’s horror imprint, Scream Factory, will release the 1962 Hammer Films adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera on Blu-ray Aug. 11.

Directed by Terence Fisher with music by Edwin Astley, and based on Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel, the film stars Herbert Lom as “The Phantom,” the deranged madman terrorizing a London opera house. When Christine (Heather Sears), the young star of a new musical, is contacted by the shadowy specter, her producer investigates, tracking the Phantom to his secret underground lair.

The cast also includes Edward de Souza, Michael Gough, Patrick Troughton and Ian Wilson.

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The collector’s edition includes a new 2K scan from the interpositive, with both 1.85:1 and 1.66:1 aspect ratio options available.

Extras include a new audio commentary with film historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson; the new featurette “The Men Who Made Hammer: Anthony Hinds”; “Phantom Triumphant: Edwin Astley and Hammer’s Horror Opera,” a new interview with author David Huckvale; the new featurette “Herbert Lom: The Soul Behind the Mask,” an interview with film historian/screenwriter/novelist C. Courtney Joyner; a new interview with special effects artist Brian Johnson; the featurette “The Making of Phantom Of The Opera” narrated by Edward De Souza plus interviews with Richard Golen, Alan Lavender and Edward De Souza; the theatrical trailer; a still gallery; and the longer TV version of the film.

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Escape From L.A. — Collector’s Edition

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Shout! Factory;
Action;
$34.93 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for violence and some language.
Stars Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi, Stacy Keach, Cliff Robertson, Peter Fonda, Pam Grier, Bruce Campbell, Valeria Golino, Georges Corraface, Michelle Forbes, A.J. Langer, Peter Jason.

Nowadays, a character such as Kurt Russell’s Snake Plissken would be tagged for franchise potential and, if his first outing shows a modicum of success, thrust into a series of sequels (e.g. John Wick). But fans of 1981’s Escape From New York had to wait 15 years before director John Carpenter would bring the character back to the big screen.

Such a gap between sequels might not seem like such a big deal anymore, with studios frequently greenlighting follow-ups to popular movies from 20 to 30 years ago, or longer (case in point, the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick getting made 34 years after the original).

Carpenter and Russell certainly didn’t end their creative partnership following Escape From New York, collaborating on other cult classics such as 1982’s The Thing and 1986’s Big Trouble in Little China (both receiving their own Scream Factory special-edition Blu-rays).

The delay in getting a Plissken sequel off the ground wasn’t for lack of trying. Russell reportedly wanted to play the character again, and a script had been in development since the mid 1980s. The project suffered additional setbacks after the original film’s distributor went bankrupt and rights to the sequel bounced around, eventually ending up with Paramount. (Distribution rights for the original film ended up with MGM, making a DVD bundle of the two films problematic —though perhaps Shout! Factory can remedy that now that it has been able to release both films on separate Blu-rays).

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The film finally hit theaters in 1996, just a year before the “futuristic” setting of the original film, in which Snake had to rescue the U.S. president from the island of Manhattan, which had been turned into a lawless maximum security prison.

The sequel takes the obvious approach to a follow-up to a movie called Escape From New York, and transfers the setting to Los Angeles. Aside from that, the film is essentially a beat-for-beat remake of the first film, with a few details mixed around for good measure. Most of the new characters Plissken meets correspond to characters from the first movie, from the head of the police force that recruits him for an impossible mission, to the leader of the gangs on the prison island where he’s sent.

In the years since Snake’s first escape, a massive earthquake strikes California in the year 2000, causing the greater Los Angeles area to break off from the mainland. A presidential candidate (Cliff Robertson) who happened to predict the disaster is subsequently swept into office, and he oversees a series of Constitutional amendments, including one giving him a lifetime term. He outlaws all religions but Christianity, and anyone who violates the new U.S. moral code is deported to the island of Los Angeles, which is monitored by a national police force.

In 2013, however, the president’s daughter (A.J. Langer) falls in love with a revolutionary, steals a top-secret weapons control system, and exiles herself to the island. When the rescue team fails to find her, the president recruits Plissken, who has experience with this sort of thing (even eliciting a comment from Snake about how familiar it all is).

Plissken has a day to infiltrate the island and recover the weapons system, which is apparently America’s only defense against an imminent invasion from the rest of the world the president has managed to tick off. The invasion will be led by Che Guevara wannabe Cuervo Jones (Georges Corraface), who now possesses the weapon thanks to the First Daughter, and plans to use it against the U.S.

So, as with New York, Snake must navigate a series of unsavory characters and dangerous situations to recover the items of national importance and return to the authorities for the cure to the deadly ailment they secretly gave him to motivate him to go on the mission.

Where Escape From New York mostly treats its setting as a generic burned-out urban sprawl, Escape From L.A. puts more emphasis on re-creating the dystopian version of specific recognizable Los Angeles landmarks, and revels in extrapolating a lawless world from a number of L.A. tropes, from a gang of mutant plastic surgeon victims led by a doctor (Bruce Campbell) trying to keep them fresh, to the aging surfer (Peter Fonda) who helps Snake get around town by riding the waves.

And in one of the film’s best gags, a character implies that Disney has somehow gone bankrupt by 2013. In the real timeline, that would have been a year after they bought Lucasfilm.

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Escape from L.A. plays a bit like what Carpenter would have done with the first movie if he had an actual budget to work with. Where the first film felt gritty and was quite effective in making the most out of its limited resources, the sequel seems a bit too polished. The film makes extensive use of computer animation for its visual effects, but they haven’t aged well, looking more like video game graphics than anything that exists in the real world.

Still, its fun to get a sense of the future version of L.A. that Carpenter was going for. The Blu-ray features a new 4K scan of the original negative that makes it easy to enjoy the film’s production design, even if it doesn’t do many favors for the visual effects.

Where the previous Paramount Blu-ray of the film offered no bonus materials, the new single-disc Scream Factory edition presents more than an hour’s worth of newly recorded interviews with some of the cast and filmmakers. They are presented as six separate videos, one for each subject.

Among the actors showcased here are Stacy Keach, who plays the police commander, and Peter Jason, who plays another police official, in addition to Campbell and Corraface. The behind-the-scenes guys include special effects artist Jim McPherson and visual effects artist David Jones. The discussions don’t always stick to Escape From L.A. as the topic and hand and at times veer into the subjects’ careers in general.

Rounding out the package are the trailer, TV spots and a still gallery. While a better offering than the original Blu-ray, it’s a far cry from the two-disc Escape From New York collection that included several audio commentaries and deleted scenes in addition to behind-the-scenes interviews.

Carpenter and Russell reportedly had additional sequels planned, but the underwhelming critical and box office response to Escape From L.A. put an end to that. One potential sequel supposedly ended up being turned into Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars.

Scream Factory Releasing ‘Escape From L.A.’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray May 26

Scream Factory, the horror imprint of indie distributor Shout! Factory, will release a collector’s edition of director John Carpenter’s Escape From L.A. on Blu-ray May 26.

The film is a sequel to Carpenter’s 1981 film Escape From New York, which starred Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, the anti-hero tasked with rescuing the U.S. President from Manhattan, which in the future has been converted into a walled off prison.

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In 1996’s Escape From L.A., Russell returns as Plissken, who this time is forced to rescue the president’s daughter from Southern California, which in the future has been rendered an island wasteland by a massive earthquake.

The cast also includes Stacy Keach, Steve Buscemi, Bruce Campbell, Peter Fonda, George Corraface, Peter Jason, Cliff Robertson and Pam Grier.

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The Blu-ray will offers the film with a new 4K scan from the original negative, and new interviews with Keach, Campbell, Jason, Corraface, special effects artist Jim McPherson and visual effects artist David Jones. Other extras include a still gallery, the theatrical trailer and TV spots.

A bare-bones Blu-ray edition of Escape From L.A. was previously released by Paramount in 2010. A Scream Factory Blu-ray of Escape From New York was released in 2015.

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.

 

‘Big Trouble in Little China’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Coming Dec. 3 From Scream Factory

Indie home entertainment distributor Shout! Factory’s horror imprint, Scream Factory, is bringing director John Carpenter’s 1986 cult classic Big Trouble in Little China back to Blu-ray in a big way Dec. 3 with a new collector’s edition and a number of packaging options for fans.

Kurt Russell stars as tough-talking truck driver Jack Burton, who gets pulled into a supernatural adventure to rescue his best friend’s fiancée from a dangerous, magical world beneath San Francisco’s Chinatown. The cast also includes Kim Cattrall, James Hong and Dennis Dun.

Scream Factory’s two-disc Blu-ray set includes a trove of new bonus material.

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The first disc will include the film with a new audio commentary by producer Larry Franco, a new commentary by special effects artist Steve Johnson moderated by filmmaker Anthony C. Ferrante, and the legacy commentary with Carpenter and Russell from previous home video releases. An isolated score track also will be available. The disc also includes previously released material such as deleted and extended scenes, an extended ending, a vintage audio interview with John Carpenter, electronic press kit interviews and profiles, theatrical trailers, TV spots, a gag reel, a music video and photo galleries.

The second disc will include a vintage featurette and an interview with visual effects artist Richard Edlund from previous disc releases; interviews with Carpenter, Russell, Franco, director of photography Dean Cundey and stuntman Jeff Imada; and hours of new interviews, including actors Dun, Hong, Donald Li, Carter Wong, Peter Kwong and Al Leong, writers W.D. Richter and Gary Goldman, associate producer/martial arts choreographer James Lew, The Coupe De Ville’s member Nick Castle, second unit director/The Coupe De Ville’s member Tommy Lee Wallace, and movie poster artist Drew Struzan.

The Shout! Factory store at ShoutFactory.com is offering fans five different special offers for preorders of the title.

One is the collector’s edition Blu-ray with an exclusive 18-inch x 24-inch rolled poster of the new cover art by Laz Marquez.

‘Big Trouble in Little China’ Steelbook

The second is the collector’s edition in limited-edition Steelbook packaging.

The third is the Steelbook with an exclusive 28.5-inch x 16.5-inch rolled lithograph of the new Steelbook artwork by Nat Marsh, and a 7-inch green vinyl record by Sacred Bones, featuring music composed by John Carpenter and recorded by him, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies, with a slipcase with new art by frequent Carpenter collaborator Chris Bilheimer. Limited to 2,500 copies, the A-side includes the 2017 version of the main theme, “Porkchop Express (Big Trouble in Little China),” and the B-side contains a never-before-released recording of “The Alley War,” recorded in 2019.

The fourth bundle includes the Blu-ray with slipcover, rolled poster and green vinyl album.

The fifth option includes both the standard and Steelbook Blu-rays of the collector’s edition, the artwork posters for both editions, and the limited-edition record.

Preorders of the collector’s edition or Steelbook bundled with a purple vinyl variant of the 7-inch record are available from Sacredbonesrecords.com.