‘Starhunter ReduX’ Complete Series Coming to Blu-ray July 26

Shout! Factory will release Starhunter ReduX: The Complete Series on Blu-ray Disc for the first time July 26.

Co-created by Philip Jackson and Daniel D’or, “Starhunter” was a Canadian science fiction series that ran for two seasons from 2000 to 2004, totaling 44 episodes.

Set in the year 2275, when Earth has colonized the entire solar system, the show focused on bounty hunter Dante Montana (Michael Paré) and his crew searching for interplanetary criminals, including the Raiders — an evil cabal that Dante believes kidnapped his beloved son. Elsewhere, covert forces wage a desperate war to unlock the secrets of the mysterious Divinity Cluster, believed to hold powerful knowledge that in the wrong hands would offer the power to dominate the known universe. The cast also included Stephen Marcus, Tanya Allen, Claudette Roche and Clive Robertson.

In 2018 the show was re-released as “Starhunter ReduX” with updated visual effects, new footage and a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio (having originally been cropped for 4:3).

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Shout! Factory’s 10-disc Blu-ray collection includes the remastered episodes with newly filmed sequences and a new audio edit, plus a slew of bonus materials:

  • “Green Screen Follies” (new);
  • “Recording the Theme” (new);
  • “Composer Donald Quan…Live!” (new);
  • “The Rudolpho Monologues” compilation featurette (new);
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette, newly edited with additional material not included in previous releases;
  • “Effects: Before and After,” newly edited with additional material not included in previous releases;
  • Starhunter at FanExpo , newly edited with additional material not included in previous releases;
  • Promos.

Shout! Factory Preps 30th Anniversary Blu-ray + DVD Combo of ‘FernGully’

In the latest instance of an independent film distributor licensing movies from the major studios for disc release, Shout! Factory is prepping a 30th anniversary edition of FernGully: The Last Rainforest for Aug. 23 release in a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack.

The 1992 animated family feature, originally released by 20th Century Fox, has been restored from a brand-new 4K scan of the original film elements and will be issued under the Shout! Kids banner in a two-disc set.

Special features on FernGully: The Last Rainforest 30th Anniversary Edition include a new introduction from director Bill Kroyer, which includes never-before-seen pencil, character and animation tests. Other features include multiple commentaries, featurettes, a music video, a multi-angle scene study, a script-to-scene comparison, and more. 

FernGully is set deep in the heart of a forest, home to a paradise filled with tiny sprites, winged fairies, tree spirits, and all kinds of animals who live together in joyful harmony. But when their home is threatened by humans, one courageous sprite must give her all to save it.

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The film features an all-star voice cast, including Robin Williams, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Tim Curry, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong and Tone Loc.

FernGully is based on the series of books by Australian author Diana Young. The filmmakers used what was then brand-new special effects technology for penetrating layers of backgrounds, and to generate the beginning stages of drawings which were then completed by hand. Some 150,000 cels were created for FernGully, a total of 38 miles of artwork if they were laid end-to-end. Although many steps were computer assisted, every shot was primarily painted and animated by hand.

The key creative team spent time in the Australian rainforest and drew inspiration from the multi-hued colors of the forest and exotic wildlife.

Anime Film ‘Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko’ Arrives in Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack on July 19

GKIDS and Shout! Factory on July 19 will release Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko, a Japanese anime film from acclaimed director Ayumu Watanabe (Children of the Sea) and STUDIO4°C (MFKZ, Mind Game).

The film will be available in a Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack that may be ordered early at GKIDS.com and ShoutFactory.com.

Based on a novel of the same name by Kanako Nishi, Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko follows the story of a brash single mother named Nikuko who is well known for her bold spirit, and her pensive yet imaginative daughter Kikuko. In contrast to her mother, Kikuko wants nothing more than to fit in as she navigates the everyday social dramas of middle school. Their peaceful life in the harbor is threatened when a shocking revelation from the past begins to challenge the pair’s tender relationship.  

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The film won the Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation at the Fantasia International Film Festival and was also nominated for Best Independent Feature at the 49th Annual Annie Awards.

Bonus features include a “making of” documentary, trailers and footage from various events.

Shout! Factory, Eleven Arts Set July 5 Home Dates for ‘Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis’

Eleven Arts and Shout! Factory on July 5 will release the CG anime movie adventure Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis through digital retailers and as a Blu-ray Disc + DVD combo pack.

Directed by Hiroshi Koujina, the film is based on the blockbuster Japanese sports manga series and its sequels created by renowned manga author Takeshi Konomi, with 60 million copies sold over 22 years.

Ryoma! is the first CG anime movie from this popular franchise. Featuring an all-new storyline with music and lyrics by Konomi, the film becomes available for home viewers after a nationwide theatrical release.

The Blu-ray + DVD combo pack includes the movie with both English audio and the original Japanese audio (with English subtitles). The English dub features a cast of high-profile voice actors, including Ry McKeand (Attack on Titan, SK8 the Infinity) as Ryoma Echizen, David Wald (Attack on Titan, My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission) as Nanjiro Echizen, Xanthe Huynh (Persona 5, Sailor Moon Eternal) as Sakuno Ryuzaki, Jonah Scott (Beastars, SK8 the Infinity) as Kunimitsu Tezuka, Tiana Camacho (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure) as Emerald, Edward Bosco (Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters) as Wolf, and William Ofoegbu (Next A-Class) as Boo.

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The disc package also includes the full-length alternative cut of the movie that includes different scenes featuring Hyotei team captain Keigo Atobe and Shitenhoji team captain Kuranosuke Shiraishi.

Advance orders for the film can be placed now at ShoutFactory.com.

The film finds Ryoma — inspired by his tennis champion father — determined to train in the United States after winning a championship in Japan. He runs into his classmate Sakuno right as she gets into trouble with street gangs, and Ryoma accepts a tennis match against the villains to save her. During the intense tennis battle, the shock of two tennis balls ramming into one another disrupts the flow. Ryoma and Sakuno are suddenly transported back into the past, decades before, when Ryoma’s father challenged his last match at a championship in the U.S.

Shout! Kids Readies ‘Gulliver Returns’ Movie, Promises Aid to Ukrainian Relief Efforts

Shout! Factory’s Shout! Kids unit has set home release dates for the new animated film Gulliver Returns, with a portion of the proceeds going to Ukrainian relief efforts.

The film will be released digitally July 26, followed by a DVD release on Aug. 9.

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A portion of first-year sales will be donated to World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that provides fresh meals in response to crises. The organization is currently active in Ukraine and surrounding countries, providing meals for as many people as possible at border crossings, shelters, and other locations. 
 
Inspired by both Jonathan Swift’s timeless tale and an original idea from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Gulliver Returns is a production of Gulliver Films and 95 Animation Studio in Ukraine. The English-language movie is directed by Ilya Maksimov, with Tony Bonilla (Encanto, Moana) as animation director. 

Advance orders for the Gulliver Returns DVD are being accepted now at ShoutFactory.com.

In the film, Gulliver receives an urgent letter from the people of Lilliput, asking for his help. Seeing that remarkable changes have taken place on the island, Gulliver and his friends find themselves in a whirlwind of extraordinary events, including encounters with crafty enemies and breakneck chases.

Shout! Factory Releasing Complete Series Blu-ray Disc Set of ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ July 12

Shout! Factory will release the complete series of “The Six Million Dollar Man” on Blu-ray Disc July 12. The 33-disc boxed set will include the original broadcast episodes of the entire series and come packed with a wealth of bonus features including the three pilot films, new audio commentary with author Herbie J. Pilato and more.

Running for five seasons in the 1970s, “The Six Million Dollar Man” made a star out of actor Lee Majors and a memorable pop culture figure in fictional character Steve Austin. The success of the series led to a flurry of action figures, comic books, lunchboxes, coloring books, records, board games and eventually “The Bionic Woman,” a spin-off series featuring lead character Jaime Sommers. 

The three pilot films and all 99 episodes were transferred in 2015 from new interpositive film elements struck in 2011 from the original negative. The complete series set can be ordered now on ShoutFactory.com.

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In the series, Col. Steve Austin is badly injured in an aircraft crash. He is rebuilt with cutting-edge bionic technology. Atomic-powered limbs propel him at speeds of 60 mph, giving him the ability to overturn massive objects and take on the world’s most nefarious villains and their evil plans. 

Shout! Studios Picks Up SXSW Favorite ‘Linoleum’

Shout! Studios, the multi-platform entertainment distribution and production arm of Shout! Factory, has acquired North American rights to the sci-fi comedy-drama Linoleum from Sub_Sequential Picture.

The announcement comes on the heels of the film’s successful world premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival and its Sloan Science on Screen Award win at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
 
Written and directed by Colin West, the film stars Jim Gaffigan and Rhea Seehorn. The cast also includes Katelyn Nacon, Gabriel Rush, Amy Hargreaves , Roger Hendricks Simon, Elizabeth Henry and West Duchovny. 
 
Linoleum is a personal and inventive story that weaves life-altering generational moments into a cosmic tapestry of human experiences. Cameron Edwin (Gaffigan), the host of a failing children’s science TV show called “Above & Beyond,” has always had aspirations of being an astronaut. After a mysterious space-race era satellite coincidentally falls from space and lands in his backyard, his midlife crisis manifests in a plan to rebuild the machine into his dream rocket. As his relationship with his wife (Seehorn) and daughter (Nacon) start to strain, surreal events begin unfolding around him — a doppelgänger moving into the house next door, a car falling from the sky, and an unusual teenage boy forging a friendship with him. He slowly starts to piece these events together to ultimately reveal that there’s more to his life story than he once thought.

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Shout! Studios has secured all distribution rights in North America, including theatrical, digital, video-on-demand, broadcast, and home entertainment for cross-platform releases. Shout! Studios plans a strategic launch of this movie across all major entertainment platforms, beginning with a theatrical launch later this year. 
 
“Jim Gaffigan delivers a sensational, versatile performance in Colin’s wonderfully offbeat story about dreams, connection and alternate realities. Linoleum is one of those singular gems that gets fervently recommended to friends and family for years and years, and we’re eager to do everything we can to help make that happen,” said Jordan Fields, Shout VP of acquisitions. 

1993’s ‘Fire in the Sky’ to Make North American Blu-ray Disc Debut on June 21

Fire in the Sky will make its North American Blu-ray Disc debut on June 21, courtesy of Scream Factory, indie film distributor Shout! Factory’s horror imprint.

The 1993 film will be presented in a new 4K scan from the original camera negative. Bonus features include a new interview with director Robert Lieberman, as well as previously available interviews with actors D.B. Sweeney and Robert Patrick and composer Mark Isham.

Consumers can place advance orders for the film at shoutfactory.com. 

Based on a true story, Fire in the Sky stars Sweeney, Patrick, Craig Sheffer, James Garner, Henry Thomas, and Kathleen Wihoite. The film was nominated for four Saturn Awards: Best Science Fiction Film, Best Writing, Best Music and Best Actor (Patrick).

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In 1975, logger Travis Walton (Sweeney) and his co-workers encountered a UFO. His pals were able to flee — but Walton was not so lucky. Whisked aboard the strange craft, he was subjected to a painful, unearthly medical study. Fire in the Sky details Walton’s ordeal … as well as the contempt and ridicule he and his friends endured as they tried to convince others of this otherworldly experience.

Shout! Factory Slates Blu-ray Disc Set of Oliver Stone Doc ‘JFK Revisited’ Plus Miniseries

Shout! Factory has announced the July 19 release of JFK Revisited: The Complete Collection in a Blu-ray + DVD combo.

The release will include both acclaimed director Oliver Stone’s JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass and the four-part miniseries “JFK: Destiny Betrayed.” Bonus features include a new audio commentary for JFK Revisited: Through The Looking Glass from Stone and writer James DiEugenio.

The collection marks the first time that both releases will be available on physical media in North America. The JFK Revisited: The Complete Collection Blu-ray + DVD four-disc set is now available for preorder on ShoutFactory.com. Customers ordering from the Shout! Factory website can purchase JFK Revisited: The Complete Collection on its own or with a limited-edition poster autographed by Stone while supplies last.

In the documentary, released last year and based on DiEugenio’s 1992 non-fiction book Destiny Betrayed: JFK, Cuba, and the Garrison Case, Stone takes viewers on a journey through recently declassified evidence in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The film premiered on July 12, 2021 in the Cannes Premiere section at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. Speaking with Variety, Stone described it as “an important bookend to my 1991 film. It ties up many loose threads, and hopefully repudiates much of the ignorance around the case and the movie.”  The film is narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and Donald Sutherland.

Shout! Factory, GKIDS Set Home Dates for Anime Feature ‘Pompo the Cinephile’

Shout! Factory and GKIDS have announced home release dates for the acclaimed animated feature Pompo the Cinephile.

The film will make its home entertainment debut on digital platforms June 28 and in a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack on July 12.

An entertaining yet heartfelt story about the joys and heartbreak of the creative process, Pompo the Cinephile comes with numerous bonus features including audio commentary by the director and crew, feature-length storyboards, a character design gallery and more! Fans can place advance orders for the film at ShoutFactory.com or GKIDS.com.

Based on the popular manga series by Shogo Sugitani, Pompo the Cinephile made its North American premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival (where it was nominated for the Satoshi Kon Award) and screened at the Sitges Film Festival, the Sydney Film Festival, and the Animation Is Film before being nominated for Best Independent Feature at the 49th Annual Annie Awards.

In the film, Pompo is a talented and gutsy producer in “Nyallywood,” the movie-making capital of the world. Although she’s known for ‘B’ movies, one day Pompo tells her movie-loving but apprehensive assistant Gene that he will direct her next script: a delicate drama about an aging and tormented creative genius, starring the legendary and Brando-esque actor Martin Braddock, and a young actress seeking her first break. The production heads toward chaos and Gene has to do everything in his power to rise to the occasion.