‘B-52s: Live at the US Festival’ Coming to DVD and Digital Platforms Sept. 4

Shout! Factory has announced the Sept. 4 release of The B-52s: Live at the US Festival, a live performance recorded of the B-52s in action at the 1982 inaugural US Festival.

The performance, which will be available on DVD and other digital platforms, features all five original band members and is dedicated to the band’s guitarist Ricky Wilson, who passed away five years after the performance.

The B-52s: Live at the US Festival is the first-ever DVD release from their classic era, and comes packed with 13 hits and favorites from the groups earlier years, including “Party Out of Bounds,” “Give Me Back My Man,” Planet Claire,” “Throw That Beat in the Garbage Can,” “Lava,” “Mesopotamia,” “6060-842,” “Big Bird,” “52 Girls,” “Dance This Mess Around,” “Private Idaho,” “Rock Lobster” and “Strobe Light.”

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Bonus features will include new interviews with Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson talking about Ricky and what he meant to their unique sound, along with memories from their performance at the US inaugural festival.

Shout! Factory TV Slates Week of ‘Ferocious Fish Flicks’

Shout! Factory TV, indie home entertainment distributor Shout! Factory’s streaming service, in August will stream “a daily double feature of fan-favorite ferocious fish flicks,” according to a July 31 announcement.
The marathon features cult classics such as Barracuda, Demon of Paradise and Creature From the Haunted Sea. It kicks off Sunday, Aug. 9, and continues daily through Saturday, Aug. 15, on the Shout! Factory TV live streaming channel, Shout! Factory TV’s Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV and Android apps; and the following digital streaming platforms: Twitch, Samsung TV Plus, Comcast Xfinity, Xumo, Vizio, Redbox, IMDb TV and STIRR.
The complete schedule:
Aug. 9:
  • Demon of Paradise — Fishing with dynamite in Hawaii drives a lizard-man out of the water to terrorize people.
  • Elvira’s Movie Macabre: Monstroid — When a small Colombian village is viciously attacked by a creature from a nearby lake, a corrupt chemical company sends a specialist (Jim Mitchum) to destroy the beast and cover up their involvement with its creation.
Aug. 10:
  • Devil Fish — When Dr. Stella Dickens concludes the recent string of grisly deaths and demolished boats can’t be the result of any known marine creature, she sets out to capture the beast, a genetically created bioweapon that must be kept secret … at any cost.
  • The Blood Waters of Dr. Z — Seeking revenge against those responsible for stripping him of his tenure and the denial of human research subjects, Dr. Z mutates himself into a hideous half-human-half-fish-like creature!
Aug. 11:
  • Piranha (1995) — A government tank containing genetically engineered piranha is unwittingly emptied into a river that flows past a resort area.
  • Barracuda — A little coastal town is being terrorized by deadly barracudas.
Aug. 12:
  • Killer Fish: Deadly Treasure of Piranha — Jewel thieves attempt to recover treasure from piranha infested waters.
  • Lords of the Deep — America’s first self-contained undersea laboratory is the pride of the nation, and expectations are high for an elaborate undersea mining operation. What wasn’t expected was the inhabitants of an undiscovered world.
Aug. 13:
  • Elvira’s Movie Macabre: Monstroid
  • Creature from the Haunted Sea — A crook decides to bump off members of his inept crew and blame their deaths on a legendary sea creature. What he doesn’t know is that the creature is real.
Aug. 14:
  • Piranhaconda — Two piranha/anaconda hybrid creatures hunt down the scientist who stole their egg and a film crew; making a slasher film in the jungle.
Terror Beneath the Sea — While covering a test of guided torpedoes, two reporters believe they saw what appeared to be a strange-looking swimming creature. They investigate the matter further and discover that there is a race of fish-men living under the sea. The fish-men capture the pair and keep them prisoner in their underwater city.
Aug. 15
Sharktopus v. Pteracuda — An American scientist creates a half-pterodactyl, half-barracuda creature, Pteracuda, which inevitably escapes, leaving the Sharktopus to stop it.
Sharktopus v. Whalewolf — When a mad scientist mixes the genes of a killer whale and a wolf, it creates the Whalewolf, and it’s up to Sharktopus to stop it.
The films featured in Killer Fish Week are also available to watch on demand via Shout! Factory TV. 

Shout! Factory to Reissue, on Blu-ray Disc, 2002 Nicolas Cage Film ‘Adaptation’

The film wShout! Factory has announced the Oct. 20 home release date of Adaptation, a 2002 American comedy-drama starring Nicolas Cage (Face/Off, Valley Girl), Meryl Streep (Little Women, Sophie’s Choice), and Chris Cooper (Little Women, August: Osage County).

ill be available on Blu-ray Disc, and includes special features such as the original featurette, a stills gallery, and a trailer.

Based on the 1998 nonfiction book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean, the film is a blend of fictional characters and situations with the lives of reach people.

Directed by Spike Jonze and scripted by Charlie Kaufman, Adaption follows the story of Hollywood screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Cage) as he struggles to adapt Susan Orlean’s (Streep) best-selling book The Orchid Thief. The lives of Kaufman and Orlean’s book become strangely intertwined, as each one’s search for passion collides with one another and his life quickly goes from unamusing and pathetic to bizarre.

Documentary on Manson Murder Victim Jay Sebring Heading Home From Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory has announced the Sept. 22 release for home audiences of Jay Sebring … Cutting to the Truth, a documentary directed by Anthony DiMaria on the life of Hollywood trendsetter Jay Sebring, from his meteoric rise as a cultural icon to his untimely murder at the hands of the Manson family.

The documentary will be available on demand or digitally on Apple TV, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Xbox, Hoopla, Fandango Now, Verizon, DirecTV, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum, Cox, Charter and AT&T U-verse.

Jay Sebring … Cutting to the Truth is an illuminating portrait of Sebring, the long-forgotten artist, designer, and entrepreneur who created a billion-dollar men’s hair and fashion industry and defined iconic Hollywood styles for men. The documentary traces Sebring’s life from his Michigan roots to his meteoric rise as a trendsetter, and further examines the facts as well as the myths leading up to the fateful night on Cielo Drive where he was brutally murdered, with Sharon Tate and three others, by followers of Charles Manson – as well as the endless media reports on the murders that followed.

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Filmmakers Johnny Bishop (producer/editor) and Sebring’s nephew, Anthony DiMaria (director/producer), embarked on a 12-year quest to decipher the facts. Among those interviewed in the documentary are Dennis Hopper, Nancy Sinatra, Quentin Tarantino, Quincy Jones, Robert Wagner, Paul Anka, Andy Williams, Vidal Sassoon, Max Baer Jr., Vanity Fair’s Dominick Dunne, Fred Segal, Barbara Luna, forensic specialist Dr. Michael Baden, Sebring protégé Joe Torrenueva, Debra Tate, Manson prosecutor Stephen Kay, Linda Lee (Bruce Lee’s wife), Stuart Whitman, and Vic Damone.

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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Anime Film ‘Weathering With You’ Arrives in 4K Ultra HD Collector’s Edition Nov. 17

GKIDS and Shout! Factory are following up their initial home release of Weathering With You with a special collector’s edition that becomes available Nov. 17.

The four-disc set includes the film on both 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Disc, along with the feature-length documentary “The Making of Weathering With You.” Priced at $79.98, the collector’s edition also includes the film’s soundtrack CD, a 104-page perfect-bound book, a mini poster, and a decal, all in a hard limited-edition case.

The set also comes with all the bonus features included on the earlier home releases.  Weathering With You first becomes available for home audiences on Aug. 4 as a digital download. A standard DVD and Blu-ray Disc, as well as a Steelbook, will be released Sept. 15.

A new film from director Makoto Shinkai and produced by Genki Kawamura, Weathering With You follows the story of a boy named Hodaka, who runs away from his remote island home in Tokyo the summer of his high school freshman year. He quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits, and notices the weather is unusually rainy and gloomy every day (a sign of his troubled future). He lives his days in isolation, finally finding his place as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. One day, he meets a bright and strong-willed girl named Hina, who possesses a strange but wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky.

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Japan’s official submission for the Best International Feature at the 92nd Academy Awards, and a Toronto International Film Festival official selection, the film is backed by an all-star voice cast, including Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy, “The Hobbit Trilogy”), Alison Brie (Glow, the “Lego” movie franchise), and Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Venom).

Japan’s official submission for the Best International Feature at the 92nd Academy Awards, and a Toronto International Film Festival official selection, the film is backed by an all-star voice cast, including Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy, “The Hobbit” Trilogy), Alison Brie (Glow, the “Lego” move franchise), and Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Venom).

New ‘Sesame Street’ DVD, Digital Release Set for Sept. 1

Shout! Kids and Sesame Workshop have set a Sept. 1 release date for Sesame Street Monster Hits: Rock & Rhyme With Elmo, available on DVD and for digital download.

Packed with over two hours of content, the release includes the full-length feature Elmo’s Music Magic as well as an exclusive Elmo poster.

On Monster Hits: Rock & Rhyme with Elmo, classic nursery rhymes are paired with favorite Sesame Street clips. For example, “Do You Know the Muffin Man” is paired with a scene in which Cookie Monster and Gonger whip up cranberry muffins on their “foodie truck.”

Currently in its 50th season, Sesame Street is the country’s longest-running children’s television program and has received more Emmy Awards than any other show in television history.

Shout! Kids is the children’s imprint of independent home entertainment distributor Shout! Factory.

Elmo’s Music Magic was originally released on DVD in 2011.

Two Acclaimed Anime Films Get Steelbook Treatment in October from Shout! Factory

Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, in October will re-release My Neighbor Totoro (1988) and Princess Mononoke (1997), two Japanese animated films from Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki.

The films will be available Oct. 20 in a limited-edition Steelbook that includes a Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack, along with hours of bonus features and a booklet with art and statements from the filmmakers.

My Neighbor Totoro tells the story of a professor and his two young daughters, Satsuki and Mei, who move into a new home in the countryside, only to find life is not as simple there as it seems. They soon discover that the house and nearby woods are full of strange and delightful creatures, including a gigantic but gentle forest spirit called Totoro, who can only be seen by children.

Bonus features include feature-length storyboards, theatrical trailers, “Behind the Microphone”; textless opening and end credits; the featurettes “Creating My Neighbor Totoro,” “Creating the Characters,” “The Totoro Experience,” and “The Locations of My Neighbor Totoro”; a making-of featurette, “Producer’s Perspective: Creating Ghibli”; and an eight-page booklet with statements from the producer and director.

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Set in the late Muromachi period (1336-1573) in Japan, Princess Mononoke follows young warrior Ashitaka as he heads west in search of a cure for a deadly curse he’s been inflicted with. He stumbles into a bitter conflict between Lady Eboshi, the proud people of Iron Town, and the enigmatic Princess Mononoke, a young girl raised by wolves who will stop at nothing to prevent the humans from destroying her home and the forest spirits that live there.

Bonus features include feature-length storyboards, theatrical trailers, TV spots, a “Behind the Microphone” featurette; and an eight-page booklet with statements from the producer and director.

Live-Action ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ Film to Make Blu-ray Disc Debut

Shout! Kids has announced a Sept. 29 home release date for Thomas and the Magic Railroad: 20th Anniversary Edition, starring Alec Baldwin, Mara Wilson, the late Peter Fonda and others.

The release marks the first time the live-action film, based on the iconic “Thomas the Tank Engine” children’s books and cartoons, will be available on Blu-ray Disc.

The film tells the story of Mr. C (Baldwin), who comes from a family of miniature Conductors who travel between the Island of Sodor and Shining Time Station thanks to a supply of mysterious gold dust. However, the steam engines of Sodor suddenly find themselves in trouble when confronted by the ruthless Diesel 10, whose plan is to take over Sodor before Sir Topham Hatt’s return. Mr. C Teams up with Thomas and Lily (Wilson), who believes her grandfather (Fonda) may be the one who can crack the code and save the conductor family and get Sodor back on track.

While Thomas and the Magic Railroad celebrates its 20th anniversary, Thomas the Tank Engine is marking his 75th year as a beloved children’s character. Originally part of the Rev W. Awdry’s “Little Railway” book series, first released in 1945, Thomas was brought to life through the animated TV series “Thomas & Friends” in the 1980s.

Shout! Kids is the children’s imprint of Shout! Factory, one of the leading independent home entertainment distributors.

Anime Film ‘The Wonderland’ Available for Home Viewing Oct. 6

Shout! Factory and Eleven Arts have announced an Oct. 6 home release date for The Wonderland, a 2019 Japanese animated coming-of-age fantasy adventure film directed by Keiichi Hara.

The film will be available for digital download, on demand, as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and also as a standalone DVD.

Based on the 1988 children’s story Chikashitru Kara no Fushigi na Tabi (Strange Journey from the Basement), the film follows the story of a girl named Akane with little self-confidence, who, on her birthday, meets a mysterious alchemist named Hippocrates who brings her through a basement and into a fantastical world full of magic and color. Though things seem peaceful on the surface, he reveals this world is in danger and Akane finds herself being labeled as the Wonderland’s savior.

Bonus features include interviews with the Japanese voice cast, featuring the talent of Mayu Matsuoka (Young Shoya, A Silent Voice) as Akane and audio commentary with character designer and concept artist Ilya Kuvshinov.