Blu-ray of Cult Classic ‘The Vampire Lovers’ Due Dec. 21

Shout! Factory’s horror imprint, Scream Factory, will release The Vampire Lovers: Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 21.

The 1970 cult classic, adapted from J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s novella Carmilla, stars Ingrid Pitt, Madeline Smith and Peter Cushing in the tale of a diabolical female vampire that ravages the young girls and other townsfolk of a peaceful hamlet in 18th century Europe as revenge for the killing of her fellow vampires years earlier. A rousing hunt for the vampiress ensues as a group of men follow her bloody trail of terror through the countryside.

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The Blu-ray boasts a new 4K scan from the original camera negative and several newly produced and legacy bonus materials.

New extras include an audio commentary with film historians Dr. Steve Haberman and Constantine Nasr; “The Rapture of Cruelty: Carmilla In Classic Cinema,” an audio essay read by Madeline Smith; “To Love a Vampire,” an introduction by Smith; “Carnal Crimson, film historian Kim Newman on the Carmilla legend; and “Fangs for the Memories,” film historian Jonathan Rigby looks back on the film.

Additional extras include a commentary with director Roy Ward Baker, actress Ingrid Pitt and screenwriter Tudor Gates; a commentary with film historians Marcus Hearn and Jonathan Rigby; “Feminine Fantastique,” about resurrecting The Vampire Lovers; “New Blood: Hammer Enters the ’70s,” in which film historians discuss Hammer Films from the 1970s; “Madeline Smith: Vampire Lover,” an interview with the actress; a reading of Carmilla by Pitt; a deleted shot of the opening beheading; a “Trailers From Hell” episode about the film with Mick Garris; the theatrical trailer and radio spots; and a photo gallery with movie stills, behind-the-scenes photos, posters and lobby cards.

Fans who order The Vampire Lovers on Blu-ray from the ShoutFactory.com store will receive an exclusive 18×24-inch rolled poster featuring new artwork, while supplies last.

Scream Factory Releasing ‘Elvira’s Haunted Hills’ on Blu-ray Oct. 5

Scream Factory, the horror imprint of indie distributor Shout! Factory, will release a 20th anniversary collector’s edition of the 2001 camp classic Elvira’s Haunted Hills on Blu-ray Disc Oct. 5.

The tale begins in 1851, when Elvira and her maid Zou Zou are en route to perform in the Parisian Revue “Yes I Can Can,” but inadvertently end up at the sinister Lord Vladimere Hellsubus’ medieval castle. Bearing an uncanny resemblance to Vladimere’s long-dead wife, Elvira learns of the Hellsubus curse and finds her life in danger.

The film takes its inspiration from the classic Vincent Price/Edgar Allan Poe/Roger Corman films of the early 1960s.

With her voluptuous figure, voluminous black hair and hilarious one-liners, the Elvira character, played by Cassandra Peterson, was created in the early 1980s to present old horror movies on TV. Elvira’s Haunted Hills was the second feature film centered on Elvira, following 1988’s Elvira: Mistress of the Dark.

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The Elvira’s Haunted Hills Blu-ray features a brand-new 4K scan of the original camera negative. Extras include a new introduction by Elvira; audio commentary from Peterson and co-stars Mary Scheer, Mary Jo Smith and Scott Atkinson, with director Sam Irvin; outtakes; a photo gallery; an interview with actor Richard O’Brien; a making-of featurette; a “Transylvania or Bust” featurette; and an “Elvira in Romania” featurette.

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

‘A Quiet Place Part II,’ ‘Peter Rabbit 2’ Among Top Titles New to Disc and Digital July 27

Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II and a slew of titles from Lionsgate top the list of titles new to DVD and Blu-ray July 27, while Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit 2 and a new animated Batman movie become available through digital retailers.

The horror sequel A Quiet Place Part II debuts on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Paramount Home Entertainment. The second installment, written and directed by John Krasinski, picks up where the first left off, as the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path. It earned $157.5 million at the domestic box office.

Lionsgate July 27 releases the thriller Midnight in the Switchgrass on Blu-ray and DVD. Bruce Willis and Megan Fox star as FBI agents who cross paths with a state cop (Emile Hirsch) during the investigation of a string of murders.

Also arriving on DVD July 27 from Lionsgate is the family comedy Joey & Ella. When a baby kangaroo gets accidentally swept up in a jewelry heist, she becomes separated from her mother for the first time in her young life. The story begins when two bumbling jewel thieves lose a mysterious diamond when it is pocketed by a baby circus kangaroo that escapes to a nearby barn and is found by Ella (Jennifer Michele), a lonely teen who names the critter Joey. But the magical gem causes Joey to grow quickly and gain the power of speech.

American Gods: Season Three hits Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 27 from Lionsgate. Based on the popular novel by Neil Gaiman, the Starz fantasy series stars Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning as Laura Moon, and Crispin Glover as Mr. World. In the 10 episodes of the third season, dangerous secrets intensify the inevitable war building between the Old Gods of mythology and the New Gods of technology. When Shadow Moon discovers that his boss, Mr. Wednesday, is not only one of the Old Gods but is also his father, Shadow attempts to break away and find his own path. Guided on this spiritual journey by the gods of his black ancestors, the Orishas, Shadow puts down roots in the idyllic, snowy town of Lakeside, Wisconsin — but this small town holds dark and bloody secrets that force him to accept his destiny. Rather than facing a choice between divinity or humanity, Shadow must now decide just what kind of god he wants to be.

Lionsgate also releases a DVD of V.C. Andrews’ Landry Family 4-Movie Series. Based on the best-selling novels from V.C. Andrews, the collection includes the Lifetime movies Ruby, Pearl in the Mist, All That Glitters and Hidden Jewel. The series follows the story of Ruby Landry (Raechelle Banno) as she digs deeper into the roots of her mysterious family tree. Raised by her grandmother in the Louisiana bayou, Ruby gets caught up in a web of dark secrets and betrayal. All four movies aired in March 2021 on Lifetime.

Screen Media releases the crime drama The Birthday Cake on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 27. In the film, Gio (Shiloh Fernandez) continues a family tradition by bringing a cake to a memorial celebration of the 10th anniversary of his father’s mysterious death, hosted by his uncle (Val Kilmer), a Brooklyn mafia boss. Gio’s life begins to change as he pieces together what really happened to his father. The cast also includes David Mazouz, Ewan McGregor, Lorraine Bracco, Ashley Benson, Aldis Hodge, Penn Badgley, Emory Cohen, Vincent Pastore and Jeremy Allen White.

The 2001 cult favorite horror fantasy Brotherhood of the Wolf makes its Blu-ray Disc debut July 27 from Scream Factory, the horror imprint of indie distributor Shout! Factory. In a rural province of France, a mysterious creature is laying waste to the countryside, savagely killing scores of women and children. Unseen, possessed of enormous strength and a human intelligence, the beast has eluded capture for years. King Louis sends in a renowned scientist and his Iroquois blood brother, an unconventional team whose combined methods and capabilities may bring the beast down. But the true nature of the beast is not what anyone could have anticipated.

Scream Factory also releases a new collector’s edition of the 1983 Stephen King Adaptation The Dead Zone, starring Christopher Walken and directed by David Cronenberg. The Blu-ray features a new 4K scan of the film and a slew of new bonus materials, including four audio commentaries.

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On the digital side of things, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases Peter Rabbit 2 through digital retailers. In the sequel to 2018’s Peter Rabbit, Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be. The cast includes Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson and David Oyelowo, and the voices of Elizabeth Debicki, Margot Robbie and James Corden. The film earned $39.6 million at the domestic box office after being delayed more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will arrive on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 24.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment July 27 releases Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two for digital purchase. The film continues the storyline from Part One, due June 22, which is based on the 1996-97 comic book storyline that takes place early in Batman’s vigilante career, as the young crimefighter forms a pact with the city’s only two uncorrupt lawmen, police Capt. James Gordon and DA Harvey Dent, to take down organized crime in Gotham City, only to be tested by a serial killer who murders his victims on holidays throughout the year. The voice cast includes Jensen Ackles as Batman, Josh Duhamel as Harvey Dent, Billy Burke as Jim Gordon, Katee Sackhoff as Poison Ivy, Titus Welliver as Carmine Falcone, David Dastmalchian as Calendar Man, Troy Baker as Joker, Amy Landecker as Barbara Gordon, Julie Nathanson as Gilda Dent, Fred Tatasciore as Solomon Grundy, Jim Pirri as Sal Maroni, Alastair Duncan as Alfred, and the late Naya Rivera as Catwoman in one of her final performances, recorded before her death in 2020. A Blu-ray of Part Two arrives Aug. 10, while a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of both parts edited into a single film will arrive in 2022.

The thriller Profile comes out on digital July 27 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Inspired by true events, Profile follows an undercover British journalist on her quest to bait and expose a terrorist recruiter through social media, while trying not to be sucked in by her recruiter and lured into becoming a militant extremist herself. The unconventional thriller directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) plays out entirely on a computer screen in the screen life format. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Aug. 10.

Later this week, on Friday, July 30, the musical In the Heights will be available for  premium digital sale from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 31.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Scream Factory Bringing First Five ‘Halloween’ Films to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Scream Factory, the horror imprint of indie distributor Shout! Factory, is releasing the first five “Halloween” movies on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Sept. 28.

The films will be available individually in a limited-edition rigid slipcase and will include a regular Blu-ray Disc of each film as well as previously released bonus materials.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of 1978’s original Halloween features a return to the original camera negative for the first time.

This also marks the North American 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray debut for 1981’s Halloween II, 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch, 1988’s Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and 1989’s Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers.

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Scream Factory taking preorders for each movie at the shoutfactory.com online store, which has also made available several exclusive offers (while supplies last).

First, fans can get a poster featuring newly commissioned cover art from artist Joel Robinson included with a 4K UHD purchase of each movie for $36.99 each.

Second, the first three movies are offered with a seven-inch vinyl album from Sacred Bones Records featuring newly recorded music from John Carpenter for $58.99 each.

The third offer is for a bundle of all five films on 4K Ultra HD, all five posters and all three albums for $245.99.

The fourth offers includes all five movies with the posters and albums, plus an exclusive limited-edition set of five enamel pins in a collectible box from Gutter Garbs, for $299.99.

‘Brotherhood of the Wolf’ Blu-ray Due July 27 From Scream Factory

The 2001 cult favorite horror fantasy Brotherhood of the Wolf will make its Blu-ray Disc debut July 27 from Scream Factory, the horror imprint of indie distributor Shout! Factory.

In a rural province of France, a mysterious creature is laying waste to the countryside, savagely killing scores of women and children. Unseen, possessed of enormous strength and a human intelligence, the beast has eluded capture for years. King Louis sends in a renowned scientist and his Iroquois blood brother, an unconventional team whose combined methods and capabilities may bring the beast down. But the true nature of the beast is not what anyone could have anticipated.

Directed by Christophe Gans (Silent Hill), the film features an all-star cast including Vincent Cassel and Monica Bellucci.

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The Blu-ray includes an extended version of the film that showcases more martial arts action.

Extras include deleted scenes with introduction by Gans; theatrical trailers; and three featurettes:

  • “The Guts of the Beast” — a look at the creation of the film from the fight scenes to the digital effects;
  • “The Making of Brotherhood of the Wolf” — a look behind the scenes;
  • “The Legend” — a look at the historical facts behind the legend of the Gévaudan Beast.

 

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Shout! Factory TV Slates Week-Long ‘Summer of Fear’

Scream Factory and Shout! Factory TV have announced that June 20 to 26 the indie label’s streaming service will present the “Summer of Fear,” with a themed double-feature of horror movies screening every night of the week.

Beginning with its Father’s Day double-bill of The Stepfather (1987) and its sequel, Shout! Factory will present “Cat & Mouse” (The Cat O’ Nine Tails, Ben), “Mad Scientists” (The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, Brain Dead) and “College Horror”(Sorority House Massacre, Hell Night), among other themes.

The films will be available at 6 p.m. PT on ShoutFactoryTV.com; Shout! Factory TV’s Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and Android apps; and digital streaming platforms including Twitch, Samsung TV Plus, Xumo, Vizio, Redbox, IMDb TV, STIRR, Sling TV, and Local Now.

The films will additionally be made available for streaming on demand across Shout! Factory TV platforms: on ShoutFactoryTV.com; Shout! Factory TV’s Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Android apps; and on various Shout! Factory TV branded channels including Tubi, Amazon Prime Channels, and the Roku Channel.

The Summer of Fear schedule will include:

Sunday, June 20 (Father’s Day):

  • 6 p.m. PT: The Stepfather (1987)
  • 8 p.m. PT: The Stepfather II

 

Monday, June 21 (Cat & Mouse):

  • 6 p.m. PT: The Cat O’ Nine Tails
  • 8 p.m. PT: Ben

 

Tuesday, June 22 (Space Horror):

  • 6 p.m. PT: Galaxy of Terror
  • 8 p.m. PT: Forbidden World

 

Wednesday, June 23 (Sequel):

  • 6 p.m. PT: The Terror Within
  • 8 p.m. PT: The Terror Within II

 

Thursday, June 24 (Mad Scientists):

  • 6 p.m. PT: The Brain That Wouldn’t Die
  • 8 p.m. PT: Brain Dead

 

Friday, June 25 (Werewolves):

  • 6 p.m. PT: Bad Moon
  • 8 p.m. PT: The Company of Wolves

 

Saturday, June 26 (College Horror):

  • 6 p.m. PT: Sorority House Massacre
  • 8 p.m. PT: Hell Night

Scream Factory Sets July 13 Date for Collector’s Blu-ray for 2005’s ‘House of Wax,’ With Paris Hilton

Scream Factory, the horror imprint of indie distributor Shout! Factory, has set a July 13 release date for its collector’s edition Blu-ray Disc of the 2005 House of Wax remake.

A loose remake of the 1953 Vincent Price film, House of Wax stars Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Van Holt, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki, Jon Abrahams and Robert Ri’chard. When their car breaks down on a road trip, six college friends are sidetracked into an eerie backwoods town. Curiosity gets the better of them when they are intrigued by its macabre House of Wax. They soon find out that the town is not what it seems, and that they must find their way out before they fall victim to its ghoulishly inventive killers.

From Dark Castle Entertainment and producers Joel Silver and Robert Zemeckis, the remake arrives on Blu-ray with a new 2K scan of the interpositive.

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New bonus materials on the Blu-ray include:

  • “Die, My Darling” — an interview with actress Paris Hilton;
  • “The Tale of Blake and Paige” — an interview with actor Robert Ri’chard;
  • “Organ Grinder” — an interview with composer John Ottman;
  • “To Me, They Live and Breathe” — an interview with makeup effects artist Jason Baird.

 

Additional extras include:

  • B-Roll and bloopers video cast commentary;
  • “From Location: Joel Silver Reveals the House of Wax”;
  • “Wax On: The Design of House of Wax”;
  • “The House Built on Wax: The Visual Effects of House of Wax”;
  • Alternate opening: “Jennifer Killed”;
  • Gag reel;
  • Vintage interviews with cast and crew from the electronic press kit;
  • Vintage featurette;
  • Theatrical trailer.

 

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

 

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.