Stephen King Werewolf Movie ‘Silver Bullet’ Due on 4K Disc Dec. 5

Shout! Studios will release the 1985 horror film Silver Bullet in a new two-disc 4K collector’s edition Blu-ray Dec. 5 through the Scream Factory label.

Based on the novelette Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King, who also wrote the screenplay, Silver Bullet stars Corey Haim as wheelchair bound 13-year-old Marty Coslaw, who discovers that his rural town isn’t being terrorized by a madman, but that several recent murders are actually due to a werewolf on the hunt. With the help of his uncle (Gary Busey), Marty sets out to stop the beast.

The cast also includes Everett McGill, Megan Follows, Terry O’Quinn, Bill Smitrovich and Lawrence Tierney.

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The new collector’s edition will offer the film on both a 4K disc and a regular Blu-ray with a new transfer from the original camera negatives, and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono. The 4K version will include HDR-10 compatible Dolby Vision. Both discs will offer the film with a new audio commentary by Eric Vespe and Scott Wampler of “The Kingcast,” plus two legacy commentaries — one with director Dan Atlas, another with producer Martha De Laurentiis — and isolated score selections and an audio interview with composer Jay Chattaway.

The regular Blu-ray included in the set will also include additional bonus materials:

  • “A Little Private Justice” — An Interview With Actor Kent Broadhurst
  • “Cutting To The Bone” — An Interview With Editor Daniel Loewenthal
  • “The Wolf Within” — An Interview With Actor Everett McGill
  • “Full Moon Fever” — The Effects of Silver Bullet
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Radio spot
  • Still Gallery

Shout! Factory Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Rebranding to Shout! Studios

Shout! Factory on July 13 announced its 20th anniversary this month will include a corporate rebranding to Shout! Studios as well as a new motion logo that will appear on all upcoming Shout! releases.

The new corporate name, according to a press release, is meant to “better reflect the entire scope of its business expansion and strategic direction.”

The company has also launched a newly redesigned corporate website (www.shoutstudios.com).

Shout! Studios’ 20th anniversary will be celebrated through various consumer touchpoints, including special programming and streaming events on Shout’s digital entertainment service, Shout! TV; highlighted home entertainment releases; screening events; and fan-focused activations.  

At next week’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, Shout! Studios will have a booth focused on fan engagement activities, including a showcase of new home entertainment products and Comic-Con exclusive items, including 20th-anniversary tote bags and collectible promotional items for partner brands including ALF, Aardman Animation, Farscape, and others.

The anniversary will be further celebrated with monthly contests on the 20th of every month, recurring emails reminding fans of some of Shout!’s most popular releases over the last two decades, and a blog post looking back at 20 years’ worth of Shout! fan favorites.

Also on tap is a series of 20th anniversary-themed flash sales every Friday as well as themed programming blocks on the 20th of every month on Shout! TV, starting in July. 
 

‘Shaw Brothers Classics Vol. 2’ Blu-ray Arrives Aug. 15 From Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory will release the Shaw Brothers Classics Vol. 2 Blu-ray Disc collection of kung-fu actioners Aug. 15.

The set includes 12 films released between 1970 and 1974 by the venerable Shaw Brothers Hong Kong Studio not previously available on Blu-ray in North America: Lady of Steel, Brothers Five, The Crimson Charm, The Bride From Hell, The Shadow Whip, The Delightful Forest, The Devil’s Mirror, Man of Iron, Water Margin, Heroes Two, The Flying Gulliotine and The Dragon Missile.

Stars featured in the set include Chen Kaun Tai, Cheng Pei-Pei, Sammo Hung and Ti Lung.

The set also contains an abundance of special features including interviews and new audio commentaries from authors, critics, and experts such as Brain Bankston, Chris Poggialia, David West, Ian Jane, James Mudge, Jim Marcovic, Joseph Ellison, Meredith Lewis and Tony Rayns, along with trailers, still galleries and more.

Fans who preorder the set at shoutfactory.com an receive an exclusive 18×24-inch rolled poster of the artwork while supplies last.

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Shaw Brothers Classics Vol. 2 Bonus Features:

 

Lady of Steel

  • New Audio Commentary by cult film critic Ian Jane
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Audio: Mandarin Mono DTS-HD Master Audio with new subtitle translation

 

Brothers Five

  • New Audio Commentary by James Mudge, Hong Kong Film Critic at easternKicks
  • New Audio Commentary by film historian Brain Bankston (Cool Ass Cinema blog)
  • Celestial Trailer
  • Audio: Mandarin Mono DTS-HD Master Audio with new subtitle translation

 

The Crimson Charm

  • New Audio Commentary by film historian Brain Bankston (Cool Ass Cinema blog)
  • Celestial Trailer
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Audio: Mandarin Mono DTS-HD Master Audio with new subtitle translation

 

The Shadow Whip

  • New Audio Commentary with David West, Critic and Author of Chasing Dragons: An Introduction To The Martial Arts Film
  • Celestial Trailer
  • Audio: Mandarin Mono DTS-HD Master Audio with new subtitle translation

 

The Delightful Forest

  • New Commentary with cult film critic Ian Jane
  • New Audio Commentary with film historian Brian Bankston (Cool Ass Cinema blog)
  • Celestial Trailer
  • Audio: Mandarin Mono DTS-HD Master Audio with new subtitle translation
  • English Dub Mono DTS-HD Master Audio

 

The Devil’s Mirror

  • New Audio Commentary with film historian Brian Bankston (Cool Ass Cinema blog)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Audio: Mandarin Mono DTS-HD Master Audio with new subtitle translation

 

Man of Iron

  • New Audio Commentary with James Mudge, Veteran Hong Kong film critic at easternKicks
  • New Audio Commentary with Chris Poggiali, co-author of This Fists Break Bricks and Brain Bankston (Cool Ass Cinema blog)
  • An Iron Will, a 77-minute documentary on the genesis, rise, peak and fall of the Shaw Brothers movie empire with Meredith Lewis, author of Ask for the Moon: Innovation at Shaw Brothers Studios
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • German Trailer
  • Celestial Trailer
  • Audio: Mandarin Mono DTS-HD Master Audio with new subtitle translation
  • English Dub Mono DTS-HD Master Audio

 

The Water Margin

  • New Audio Commentary with film historian Brian Bankston (Cool Ass Cinema blog)
  • “The Master: Chang Cheh” featurette
  • “Elegant Trails: Ti Lung” featurette
  • Extended Love Scene
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Celestial Trailer
  • TV Spot for the U.S. release of Seven Blows of the Dragon
  • Audio: Mandarin Mono DTS-HD Master Audio with new subtitle translation

 

The Bride From Hell

  • New Audio Commentary by James Mudge, Hong Kong Film Critic at easternKicks
  • A More Traditional Terror: Hong Kong film historian Tony Rayns talks Shaw Brothers horror films
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Celestial Trailer
  • Audio: Mandarin Mono DTS-HD Master Audio with new subtitle translation

 

Heroes Two

  • New Audio Commentary with David West, Critic and Author of Chasing Dragons: An Introduction to the Martial Arts Film
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • German Trailer
  • Celestial Trailer
  • Audio: Mandarin Mono DTS-HD Master Audio with new subtitle translation
  • English Dub Mono DTS-HD Master Audio

 

The Flying Guillotine

  • New Audio Commentary by James Mudge, Hong Kong Film Critic at easternKicks
  • New Audio Commentary with Chris Poggiali, co-author of This Fists Break Bricks and Brain Bankston (Cool Ass Cinema blog)
  • New Featurette “Flying Without Wings” — actor Kai Kang shares his memories of working with the studio in his first ever on-camera interview
  • New Featurette “Dubbing Delirium” — Joseph Ellison, dubbing artist on Flying Guillotine for its U.S. release, reflects on the early kung-fu film boom
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Celestial Trailer
  • Audio: Mandarin Mono DTS-HD Master Audio with new subtitle translation
  • English Dub Mono DTS-HD Master Audio

 

The Dragon Missile

  • New Audio Commentary by James Mudge, Hong Kong Film Critic at easternKicks
  • New Featurette “Cutting Comments” — Jim Marcovic, editor of many martial arts trailers for U.S. cinemas during the ’70s and ’80s, speaks about the kung fu film boom
  • Trailers for some of the films in Shaw Brothers Classics Vol. 1 and The Brave Archer Collection (The Jade Raksha, Little Dragon Maiden, Killer Darts, The Flying Dagger, Dragon Swamp, The Brave Archer and His Mate, The Bells of Death, The Sword of Swords, The Invincible Fist and The Thundering Sword)
  • Audio: Mandarin Mono DTS-HD Master Audio with new subtitle translation
  • English Dub Mono DTS-HD Master Audio

 

Shout! Factory Signs Distribution Deal for Iconic Aardman Titles

Indie distributor Shout! Factory July 6 announced it signed an agreement to gain North American distribution rights to several titles and franchises from the Aardman animation studio.

The agreement provides Shout! Factory with exclusive physical home video, digital sellthrough and VOD rights, as well as limited theatrical rights, in the United States and Canada to “Wallace & Gromit,” “Shaun the Sheep,” “Timmy Time” and “Morph.”

“We’re big fans of Aardman and these wonderful films and series and are very much looking forward to creating a release plan that excites dedicated fans and creates new ones,” said Melissa Boag, EVP of kids and family at Shout! Factory. “Aardman’s worldwide reputation as an innovative home for compelling stories that captivate audiences make them an ideal partner for Shout! Factory.”

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“Wallace and Gromit” have been Aardman’s flagship characters sing debuting in Nick Park’s Academy Award-winning Wallace & Gromit: A Grand Day Out in 1989. The pair went on to star in three more shorts — 1993’s The Wrong Trousers, 1995’s A Close Shave and 2009’s A Matter of Loaf or Death — and the 2005 feature Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Most recently, the duo featured in their first augmented reality story, “The Big Fix Up,” that launched in 2021, and a new Wallace & Gromit film has been announced for 2024, directed by Nick Park and Merlin Crossingham.

“Shaun the Sheep” is a TV series based on the character that first appeared in Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave. The series, created by Richard Starzak, launched on BBC One in 2007. The first Shaun the Sheep Movie with feature film partner Studiocanal was released in 2015, followed by a sequel, Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, in 2019. A new festive special Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas was released in December 2021.

Timmy is the littlest lamb in Shaun the Sheep’s flock and the star of his own award-winning spin-off series “Timmy Time,” which premiered on CBeebies in April 2009 and is broadcast in over 150 territories worldwide. Timmy Time is set in a Nursery and the core audience are preschoolers. Each episode follows a day in the life of Timmy and his friends as they learn about life and friendship. The original series consisted of 78 10-minute episodes with no dialogue. Aardman recently produced an updated version of Timmy Time for a new generation of fans, creating five-minute edits of the original episodes and featuring a child’s voiceover. Aardman and the British Council joined forces in 2014 to create “Learning Time With Timmy” — a multi-dimensional learning experience to help children aged 2-6 around the world to learn the English language. The portfolio has various learner touchpoints including face to face courses in themed venues around the world, apps, complementary merchandise and an animated video series which launched on a dedicated YouTube channel in 2018.

Morph is an animated clay character who made his TV debut in 1977 in the children’s BBC program “Take Hart,” alongside the artist and presenter Tony Hart. He was one of Aardman’s first creations and was later joined by his cream-coloured partner-in-crime Chas. Morph was a regular fixture on children’s television throughout the ’70s and ’80s. Most recently Morph has been featured in the series “The Epic Adventures of Morph” that launched on Sky Kids and NowTV in 2020.

“We are thrilled to be entering into such a great partnership with Shout Factory, who are real experts in the physical and digital ownership space,” said Laura Taylor-Williams, head of digital and strategic development at Aardman. “To be delighting North American audiences once again with our much-loved catalog is key to our new strategy. We are collaborating on an exciting release schedule that will speak to ardent Aardman fans as well as bringing our joyful animations to new audiences.”

The distribution deal was negotiated by Boag and Jordan Fields, SVP of acquisitions and originals, on behalf of Shout! Factory, and Taylor-Williams and Alison Taylor, director of Distribution, for Aardman.

Shout! Factory Announces Anime Expo 2023 Lineup

Indie distributor Shout! Factory has announced its plans for the 2023 Anime Expo, which takes place July 1-4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Fans and convention attendees are invited to visit the Shout! Studios booth (#2225) on the main convention floor for a showcase of the latest collectible anime home entertainment offerings, fan-engaging booth activities, exclusive gift-with-purchase items, promotional giveaways and sweepstakes.

In honor of the upcoming home release of Lonely Castle In the Mirror, Shout! has partnered with GKIDS to give away a button two-pack from the film that features the characters Kokoro and Wolf Girl.

Ahead of the North American premiere of the Japanese dub of Laika Studios’ Kubo and the Two Strings, an actual puppet of Kubo will be on display at the Shout! Studios booth for viewing and photo opportunities. Shout! and Laika Studios are also celebrating the premiere by giving away a limited-edition statue of Kubo, along with the 4K UHD Steelbook of the film, which includes the Japanese dub. Three runners-up will also win a Steelbook of Kubo and the Two Strings. Winner will be announced after the screening. Enter the contest here.

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Available titles include 5 Centimeters Per Second Blu-ray, Belle: Limited-Edition Steelbook, Blue Thermal Blu-ray, Castle In the Sky: Limited Edition Steelbook, Children Who Chase Lost Voices Blu-ray, DEEMO: Memorial Keys Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, Howl’s Moving Castle: Limited Edition Steelbook, Millennium Actress: Limited Edition Steelbook (includes gift-with-purchase while supplies last), My Neighbor Totoro: Limited Edition Steelbook, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind: Limited Edition Steelbook, New Gods: Yang Jian Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, Perfect Blue: Limited Edition Steelbook, The Place Promised In Our Early Days Blu-ray, Pompo: The Cinephile Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, Ponyo: Limited Edition Steelbook, Poupelle of Chimney Town Blu-ray/DVD combo pack (includes gift-with-purchase while supplies last), Spirited Away: Limited Edition Steelbook and Weathering With You: Limited Edition Steelbook.

Pompo the Cinephile Presented by GKIDS will screen Saturday, July 1, at 1 p.m. in Room 403.

 Takayuki Hirao, director of Pompo the Cinephile, will have an autograph signing from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 2, at AUT-G 5 in Kentia Hall.

Kubo and the Two Strings will have its North American Premiere of the Japanese Dub, presented with English subtitles, Saturday, July 1, at 7pm in Room 411.

Full details about the Anime Expo are available at anime-expo.org.

Shout! Factory, GKIDS Set Sept. 26 Disc, Digital Release Date for ‘Lonely Castle in the Mirror’

Shout! Factory has set a Sept. 26 Blu-ray Disc and digital release date for the GKIDS anime adventure fantasy Lonely Castle in the Mirror, directed by Keiichi Hara (Miss Hokusai, ColorfulThe Wonderland) and based on the bestselling novel by Mizuki Tsujimura.

Bonus features include trailers and an art gallery of the film’s visuals. Lonely Castle in the Mirror is now available for pre-order from GKIDS and Shout! Factory, as well as Amazon.

Lonely Castle in the Mirror is a drama about the pains of growing up and the unlikely bonds that can bring people together. Shy outcast Kokoro has been avoiding school for weeks when she discovers a portal in her bedroom mirror. She reaches through and finds herself transported to an enchanted castle where she is joined by six other students. When a girl in a wolf mask explains that they have been invited to play a game, the teens must work together to uncover the mysterious connection that unites them. However, anyone who breaks the rules will be eaten by a wolf.

Lonely Castle in the Mirror was the first Japanese animated feature to be selected for the Rotterdam International Film Festival, where it had its international premiere, and was nominated for Animation of the Year at the 2023 Japan Academy Film Prize.

Animated Fairytale ‘Mavka: The Forest Song’ Coming to DVD, Digital Aug. 15

Shout! Kids, in collaboration with Animagrad Animation Studio and Film.UA Group, will release the Ukrainian CG-animated feature Mavka: The Forest Song on DVD and for digital download Aug. 15.

Produced by Ukraine-based Animagrad Animation Studio (Stolen Princess) amid the ongoing attack from Russia, Mavka‘s filmmaking process was arduous and hindered by continuous armed bombardment, gunfire, unrest, and massive property destruction onsite. 

Based on the Ukrainian drama “The Forest Song” by celebrated poet and author Lesya Ukrainka, the ecological animated fable unfolds in a universe that blends ancient Slavic traditions and folklore with a modern narrative that showcases Ukrainian culture, values, designs and music. The movie boasts a soundtrack written by well-known Ukrainian musicians, a mix of folk tunes in modern adaptations, and compositions created especially for the animated adventure.

Oleg Malamuzh and Sasha Ruban direct the English-language movie. The voice cast includes Laurie Hymes (Lupin III: The First), Eddy Lee (Your Name), Sarah Natochenny (Pokemon Master Journeys), Tom Wayland (Pokemon), Marc Thompson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Scottie Ray (Zane Truesdale), HD Quinn (A Night Before Christmas), Nikki Thomas (Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous), Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld (Pokemon), and Mike Pollock (A Cat in Paris).

The film follows Mavka — the soul of the forest — who has been chosen by the supreme spirits to become the forest’s new guardian. But when she meets a talented human musician named Lucas — a man on the hunt for a mysterious tree with the power to give life — she is faced with an impossible choice between her newfound love and her duty to the spirits. Bonus features on DVD include a featurette, a music video and trailers.

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The film first drew international attention when the initial teaser was presented at the MIFA content market in 2017, held within the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. It gained further acclaim as the only Ukrainian project to be selected to be pitched at the European animation forum Cartoon Movie 2017 in Bordeaux for two years in a row. The project has since grown into a multi-platform IP — Mavka Universe, which brings together people from the creative, technological, and business spheres, scientific and public institutions, and government agencies.

Lily James Rom-Com ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It?’ Due Digitally May 26 From Shout!

Shout! Studios will release the romantic comedy What’s Love Got to Do With It?  for digital rental and purchase May 26.  

Directed by Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) and written and produced by Jemima Khan (“Impeachment: American Crime Story”), the film stars Primetime Emmy Award nominee Lily James (“Pam & Tommy”), Shazad Latif (“Star Trek: Discovery”), Shabana Azmi (“Halo”), Academy Award and BAFTA winner Emma Thompson (Matilda), Sajal Aly (Yakeen Ka Safar), Asim Chaudhry (“Black Mirror: Bandersnatch”), Jeff Mirza (Eternals), and Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan as himself.

In the cross-cultural comedy, for documentary maker and dating app addict Zoe (James), swiping right has only delivered an endless stream of Mr. Wrongs, to her eccentric mother Cath’s (Thompson) dismay. For Zoe’s childhood friend and neighbor Kaz (Latif), the answer is to follow his parents’ example and opt for an arranged (or “assisted”) marriage to a bright and beautiful bride from Pakistan. As Zoe films his hopeful journey from London to Lahore to marry a stranger chosen by his parents, she begins to wonder if she might have something to learn from a profoundly different approach to finding love.

The film premiered at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival and won Best Comedy at the 2022 Rome Film Festival.

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Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award-winning and Mercury Prize nominated composer Nitin Sawhney CBE created the music for the film with British-Pakistani record producer, DJ, songwriter and musician Naughty Boy, who brought his production and writing skills to the soundtrack alongside three-time BRIT Award and Mercury Prize nominee Joy Crookes. The film features an original song by Naughty Boy called “Mahi Sona (The Wedding Song)” with a special vocal performance from James. Kanika Kapoor and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan are also featured on the soundtrack, with Rahat appearing in the film itself.

 

Sci-Fi Drama ‘Linoleum’ Gets Digital Release Dates

Shout! Studios April 11 released the critically hailed sci-fi drama Linoleum for digital rental and purchase.

Written and directed by Colin West, the film stars Jim Gaffigan as Cameron Edwin, the host of a failing children’s science TV show called “Above & Beyond,” who has always had aspirations of being an astronaut. After a mysterious space-race era satellite falls from space and lands in his backyard, his midlife crisis manifests itself into a plan to rebuild the machine into his dream rocket.

As his relationship with his wife (Rhea Seehorn) and daughter (Katelyn 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.

The cast also includes Gabriel Rush, Amy Hargreaves, Roger Hendricks Simon, Elisabeth Henry, West Duchovny, Michael Ian Black and Tony Shalhoub.

Linoleum premiered at SXSW 2022 and is currently Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Shout! Sets April 25 VOD, May 16 DVD Release Dates for German Musical Fantasy ‘The Magic Flute’

Shout! Factory has announced home release dates for The Magic Flute, a 2022 German musical fantasy based on the 1791 opera of the same name by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Directed by Florian Sigl and written by Andrew Lowery, the film stars Jack Wolfe and Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham along with an ensemble cast of international opera stars.

The film, which was released theatrically in early March, will initially be released to home audiences on premium VOD on April 25.

Then, on May 16, the film will become available for digital rental or purchase at regular prices, as well as on DVD and in a Blu-ray Disc + DVD combo pack.

The Magic Flute follows a teen on two journeys: one into a prestigious boarding school to fulfill his aspirations as a singer, and another into a parallel world filed with fantasy and adventure. Tim (Wolfe) has been dreaming his whole life about attending Mozart All Boys School, but in his first days there he is confronted with a hostile headmaster (Abraham). When he discovers a mystical gateway in the school’s library, he is pulled into the fantastic cosmos of Mozart’s opera, where imagination has no limits.

The opera originally premiered at the rustic Theater auf der Wieden near Vienna on September 30, 1791.