Marineland Carnival With the ‘Munsters’ TV Show Cast Members & More Lost Treasures

DVD REVIEW:

MPI;
Comedy;
$19.98 DVD;
Not rated.
Stars Fred Gwynne, Yvonne DeCarlo, Al Lewis, Butch Patrick, Pat Priest, The New Christy Minstrels, Sid Gould.

Growing up Jewish didn’t leave much in the way of Easter memories, but it’s impossible to forget where I was on April 18, 1965. It was on that sacrosanct Sunday that The Magnificent Amersons of Munsterdom made its one-shot television debut. The CBS special was long thought lost, and it would be decades before Marineland Carnival: The Munsters Visit Marineland (with special guests the New Christy Minstrels) was resurrected. Located at the tip of the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County, Marineland opened its doors in 1954. About 33 years later, SeaWorld purchased the popular aquatic attraction and moved the tanks and their contents south. Whatever connection the producers drew between a theme park, green-skinned monsters, and a Rinso white band of minstrels is anybody’s guess. From a historical perspective, the 60-minute spectacular is best viewed as a Paleozoic infomercial.

The show’s one-joke premise couldn’t be simpler: Herman (Fred Gwynne), Lily (Yvonne DeCarlo), Eddie (Butch Patrick), and the alternate Marilyn (Pat Priest) drove from Mockingbird Heights to Marineland of the Pacific to buy Eddie an exotic pet fish. Grandpa had it on good authority that Marienland was a fish store with giant tanks stocked with aquatic pets. The 376-year-old Jewish Dracula hated cute fish. Given his druthers, Grandpa would rather have taken Eddie on a bloody Taiji dolphin drive hunt similar to the one seen in the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove.

Despite fears that plug ugly niece Marilyn will terrify the sharks, she accompanied Eddie poolside to watch the New Christy Minstrels folk things up while Uncle Herman, Aunt Lily and Grandpa scoured the grounds for pets. Why does so much of the show take place in the parking lot? Marineland was delighted to host the Carnival so long as it didn’t get in the way of business. The doors remained open to the public during the taping. The steady barrage of carnival sideshow acts are about as welcome as a romantic subplot in a Marx Bros. movie. A daredevil in Grandpa’s clothing is assigned the task of scaling a flexible pole to which he’s to hook the official flag of Marineland. For what seems to be an eternity, the Grandpa double swayed back-and-forth, a feat that no doubt thrilled an audience of spectators, but lost luster when translated to the small screen.

Any resemblance to the weekly sitcom was purely coincidental. The only thing the family appeared to have packed for the trip were their makeup artists. Joe Connely and Bob Mosher, the creative forces behind both “The Munsters” and “Leave it To Beaver,” were nowhere to be found. “The Bell Telephone Hour” scribes Charles Andrews and Bill Gammie shared writing duties. (One assumes the seal, walrus and dolphin acts wrote themselves.) Director Bob Lehman came from a background in musical spectaculars (Harry Owens and His Royal Hawaiians) as well as game shows (“Truth or Consequences”), neither of which prepared him for America’s First Family of Fright. The show climaxes with Herman (Gwynne, not a double) thrilling the crowd by dangling a fish for the giant killer whale to leap from the pool and swipe from his stitched green mit.

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They had me at “This product is not authorized by Universal City Studios, LLC,” but that was before realizing that the special features outclassed the feature presentation. Two fragments from “The Danny Kaye Show” usher in the supplementary features. A black-and-white snippet date-stamped Feb. 3, 1966, opens with Herman’s walk-on followed by a brief interview that ends with the promise of a sketch. Alas, the costume piece featuring Herman in the role of a human being didn’t make the final cut. Perhaps the folks at MPI wanted to limit the special features to Gywnne’s performances in green-face. According to IMDb, there was a show on Feb. 2, 1966, but there’s no mention of Gwynne’s name.

The following segment dated April 13, 1966, alone is worth the purchase. Forget about the quality of the skit — Kaye and Gwynne are joined by Edie Adams for a spoof on “The Huntley-Brinkley Report” titled “The Munster-Dracula Report.” This is one of only four times that I can recall seeing a Munster in full color. A pilot episode starring Gwynne as Herman and Joan Marshall as Mrs. Munster was filmed in 1964, followed by a 16-minute color demo reel that Universal presented CBS with. (Both are included on “The Munsters” season one DVD.) Neither Universal nor CBS would cough up the extra $10,000 per episode needed for color, so the show was subsequently filmed in black-and-white. The two-inch quad master of Marineland Carnival they found lounging in Grandpa’s lab was in pristine shape. But when it comes to oversaturation, nothing could rival the vibrant Technicolor hues found in their one-shot theatrical release, Munster, Go Home.

A skit from “’The Red Skelton Hour” featuring the two Freddys, Gwynne and The Freeloader, is the longest 23 minutes you’ll spend watching television all year. As a kid, Skelton’s desire to break character by constantly laughing at his own blubbering ad libs sickened me. His schtick has not aged well. When it came time for Herman Munster to plug his wares on another CBS show, Skelton, and Danny Kaye for that matter, didn’t appreciate the subtle brilliance of Gwynne’s characterization, choosing instead to treat him like a jolly green jejune goon off which to bounce lame monster jokes.

Next up, a surprisingly insightful May 30, 1968, appearance by Yvonne DeCarlo on “The Joey Bishop Show.” Her wig, a leaning tower Broadloom Bouffant by Monsanto, defied gravity and left one questioning how she ever managed to fit her head through a door frame. The actress hated the makeup — she wondered aloud how much more intense the lighting would have been had the show been shot in color — and was happy to call it quits after two seasons. The anecdotes fly fast and free. She happened upon a taping of “The Jack Benny Show” with special guest star Milton Berle. Uncle Miltie took one look at her green pallor and cobweb accoutrement and quipped, “Hello, Yvonne. Are you working today?” A Q&A with the mini-skirted DeCarlo fielding questions from the audience yields more discussion about the rigors of the makeup chair.

There’s an exclusive-to-DVD talking-head segment featuring Butch Patrick reminiscing about his role as Eddie Munster and what it was like growing up on the Universal backlot. We close with a cluster of original commercials capped by promotional tie-in for Cheerios. If I sound disappointed, you have my heartfelt apologies. Part of me is a bit crestfallen knowing that these might be the last bits of vintage Munsterabilia to be had. Truth be told, within a day of it arriving in the mail and I already watched the disc and its stellar supplementary features three times. If you’re a Munsters junkie, treat yourself to a hit of heroin.

This Week’s MPN Podcast: ‘The Munsters,’ ‘In Bruges’ Reviews and a Look at ‘Fan Edits and Restorations’

On this week’s episode of the Media Play News podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley dive into reviews of The Munsters and the 4K re-release of In Bruges. The Munsters is interesting because of a notoriously poorly edited trailer promoting the release of the movie, which negatively colored Charlie’s opinion of the movie. All Charles has heard is “it’s fine,” which falls in line with John Latchem’s thoughts in his review. As for the review of In Bruges by Scott Marks, Charlie has seen it and gives it his endorsement.

During the episode intro, the hosts cover a video essay titled the bizarre world of fan edits and restorations, which details the explosion of independent film edits that were kicked off with a cut of The Phantom Menace, spread far and wide by the earlier days of the internet. These cuts are compiled and available at FanEdit.org.

Lastly, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery will get a week-long theatrical release across all three major theater chains in November. Both Charles and Charlie loved the first movie and are looking forward to the sequel. However, at the box office, the post-summer slog continues with horror movie Smile netting the most revenue from ticket sales, but still only in the low $20 million range.

The Munsters

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Universal;
Comedy;
$19.98 DVD, $22.98 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘PG’ for macabre and suggestive material, scary images and language.
Stars Sheri Moon Zombie, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Daniel Roebuck, Richard Brake, Jorge Garcia, Sylvester McCoy, Catherine Schell, Cassandra Peterson, Tomas Boykin.

Dick Dale surfer twang meets gothic horror in writer-director Rob Zombie’s The Munsters, which essentially serves as a prequel to the classic 1960s sitcom of the same name.

There isn’t much of a story to speak of beyond the connective tissue of plot threads that lead the characters into where they are on the 1964-66 series. In that sense, it works better as a nostalgia factory than a coherent film, though it is quite fascinating to watch with its broad performances, bright colors and neon sets.

Among the most notable story points we get to see is the creation of Herman Munster (Jeff Daniel Phillips), the affable Frankenstein’s Monster-esque head of the family on the show. Among the film’s best gags is that his creator wanted to steal the brain of a brilliant astrophysicist, but his dimwitted assistant instead stole the brain of the scientist’s brother, a wannabe comedian.

Herman’s bad jokes and naivete end up catching the eye of lovelorn Lily (Sheri Moon Zombie), who falls instantly in love with him, much to the chagrin of her father, the Count (Daniel Roebuck). After a whirlwind courtship, Herman and Lily are soon married, but find themselves on the bad end of financial improprieties by Lily’s wolfman brother, Lester. So Herman, Lily and the Count (who is yet to be “Grandpa” as he’s called on the show) head to Hollywood in search of fame and fortune.

The film plays more like Zombie’s homage to the same classic horror movies that influenced the “Munsters” TV series to begin with, through the filter of his hard rock sensibilities. Among some of the fun horror history references, one of Lily’s early suitors turns out to be Count Orlock, the Dracula ripoff from 1922’s Nosferatu.

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The Blu-ray includes an interesting hour-long behind-the-scenes featurette that presents the making of the film through on-set footage showing makeup tests and the shooting of certain scenes, giving some perspective on the creative intent of the film.

Also included is an insightful commentary track with Rob Zombie, who discusses the challenges of filming abroad during COVID, as well as making a “Munsters” film that honored franchise lore without being a retread of the TV show.

New Releases for Sept. 27 Include ‘Thor: Love and Thunder,’ ‘The Munsters’ on Disc, ‘Bullet Train’ on Digital

The week of Sept. 27 finds the Blu-ray and DVD debuts for Thor: Love and Thunder and Rob Zombie’s The Munsters, while Bullet Train becomes available through digital retailers.

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Sept. 27. The film from director Taika Waititi is the fourth solo “Thor” movie and the 29th Marvel Cinematic Universe film. Thor: Love and Thunder finds the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced — one of self-discovery. But his efforts are interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who — to Thor’s surprise — inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late. The movie generated more than $760 million at the global box office, including $343 million in North America. Read a review here.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment releases director Rob Zombie’s The Munsters on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and for digital purchase Sept. 27. Produced by Universal 1440 Entertainment, the direct-to-video arm of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, the film is based on the 1960s TV series of the same name, and provides an origin story of the monster family. The comedy focuses on the courtship between Lily (Sheri Moon Zombie), a 150-year-old lovelorn vampire, and Herman (Jeff Daniel Phillips), a seven-foot-tall green experiment with a heart of gold. However, her father The Count (Daniel Roebuck) has other plans for her future, and they don’t involve her bumbling new beau. The cast also includes Richard Brake, Jorge Garcia, Sylvester McCoy, Catherine Schell, Cassandra Peterson and Tomas Boykin, with special appearances from original “Munsters” cast members Butch Patrick and Pat Priest. Blu-ray and DVD extras include a commentary with Zombie, and the hour-long behind-the-scenes featurette “The Munsters: Return To Mockingbird Lane.”

Lionsgate releases the action film Bullet Proof on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 27. In the film directed by James C. Clayton, Vinnie Jones (Snatch) plays Temple, a sadistic mob boss. After stealing millions in cash from Temple’s drug-dealing hideout, the thief finds a stowaway in his getaway car — Temple’s pregnant wife Mia. Desperate to reclaim his cash — and his unborn son — Temple sends out a squad of hit men and bounty hunters to bring in Mia and the thief.

Season one of the drama series “Mayor of Kingstown” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 27 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Starring Jeremy Renner and hailing from “Yellowstone” co-creator and Academy Award nominee Taylor Sheridan and Hugh Dillon, the series follows the McLusky family, power brokers in Kingstown, Mich., where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry. Tackling themes of systemic racism, corruption and inequality, the series provides a stark look at their attempt to bring order and justice to a town that has neither. In addition to Renner, the first season stars Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest, Emmy Award winner Kyle Chandler, Hugh Dillon, Taylor Handley, Emma Laird, Tobi Bamtefa, Derek Webster, Hamish Allan-Headley, Pha’rez Lass and Aidan Gillen.

Shout! Factory and Eleven Sept. 27 release The House of the Lost on the Cape, an anime feature based on the award-winning Japanese novel by Sachiko Kashiwaba, as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack as well as a digital download. Directed by Shinya Kawatsura (Non Non Biyori, Kokoro Connect), The House of the Lost on the Cape follows 17-year-old runaway Yui and 8-year-old Hiyori, who lost her family and her voice. They have no place to go when they run into Kiwa, a strange old lady. She offers them a place to stay in a slightly banged-up old house overlooking the sea. Despite joining Kiwa on a whim, the two girls find comfort in Mayoiga, a legendary house, said to look after lost travelers, and the warm hospitality of Kiwa. Both girls’ damaged hearts begin to heal little by little. Available for the first time in North America, the film will include bonus features such as a special Q&A with director Shinya Kawatsura at the Annecy Festival, and Yui and Kiwa’s secret recipes. The House of the Lost on the Cape won Best Animation Film at the 76th annual Mainichi Film Awards and was an Official Selection in feature film competition at the prestigious 2022 Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

The documentary Cinematographer will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Sept. 27 from MVD Entertainment Group and Lightyear Entertainment. A look at the art of filmmaking, the documentary include stories and clips from the making of some of the greatest films of the 1970s and 1980s. The film focuses on several men who made a huge impact on a craft that’s vital to the making of any film. Featuring actors Donald M. Morgan, Jack Green and Owen Roizman, the film is directed by Dan Asma.

The sports documentary The Jackie Stiles Story will be released on DVD Sept. 27 from Virgil Films. The documentary chronicles the career of Jackie Stiles, the greatest basketball player you’ve probably never heard of. It’s the story of a 5-foot-eight-inch girl from a small Kansas town, population 600, who became a basketball legend in the Midwest. Against all odds, Jackie became the all-time leading scorer in NCAA history, a record she held for 16 years. This feat was accomplished through hard work and unwavering determination. Her coaches and teammates agree that Jackie’s work ethic will probably never be matched.

The Spanish queer giallo comedy Cut! will be released on DVD and digital Sept. 27 from Ariztical Entertainment. In the feature, Marcos, a rather unsuccessful film director, is immersed in the shooting of his new film, when a series of terrible murders starts to happen in Barcelona, and all of them seem to be traced back to him. Vampirized by cinema, and despite being hated for his films, Marcos needs to keep making them in order to live. The film stars La Prohibida, Marc Ferrer, Marga Sarda, Maria Sola, Saya Solana, Alvaro Lucas Estada, Gregorio Sanz, Paco Serrano and Samantha Hudson.

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The actioner Bullet Train will be released on digital Sept. 27 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In Bullet Train, Brad Pitt stars as Ladybug, an unlucky assassin determined to do his job peacefully after one too many gigs gone off the rails. Fate, however, may have other plans, as Ladybug’s latest mission puts him on a collision course with lethal adversaries from around the globe — all with connected, yet conflicting, objectives — on the world’s fastest train. The thrill-ride through modern-day Japan comes from David Leitch, the director of Deadpool 2. The film also stars Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Benito A Martínez Ocasio and Sandra Bullock. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 18

The thriller Fall arrives on digital Sept. 27 from Lionsgate. Written and directed by Scott Mann (Heist, The Tournament), the height-induced nightmare follows two best friends as they ascend a 2,000 foot tower and end up stranded. In the film, for best friends Becky (Grace Caroline Currey, Shazam, Annabelle: Creation) and Hunter (Virginia Gardner, Marvel’s “Runaways,” Project Almanac, Halloween), life is all about conquering fears and pushing limits. But after they climb 2,000 feet to the top of a remote, abandoned radio tower, they find themselves stranded with no way down. Now Becky and Hunter’s expert climbing skills will be put to the ultimate test as they desperately fight to survive the elements, a lack of supplies, and vertigo-inducing heights in this thriller from the producers of 47 Meters Down. The film co-stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, Rampage, “The Walking Dead”). It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 18.

The supernatural drama romance The In Between will be released on digital Sept. 27 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Joey King (The Kissing Booth) stars in this film based on the heartbreaking novel. Tessa is a teenage girl with a love for old movies and film photography but doesn’t believe she deserves her own love story. Skylar (Kyle Allen, West Side Story) is a senior from a neighboring town who’s a true romantic. Despite their differences, their chance encounter at a matinee showing of a classic French film opens her heart. But tragedy strikes all too soon, and a car accident takes Skylar’s life. As Tessa searches for answers in the aftermath of the accident, she soon finds signs that Skylar might be attempting to reconnect with her — from an afterworld known as “the in between.” With the help of her best friend and a newfound open mind, Tessa attempts to make contact and prove that love never dies. Directed by Arie Posin, the film also stars Kim Dickens, John Ortiz Celeste O’Connor, April Parker and Donna Biscoe.

The supernatural sci-fi thriller Control will be available via on demand and for digital purchase starting Sept. 27 from Saban Films. Directed by James Mark, the film stars Sara Mitich, George Tchortov and Evie Loiselle. In the film, a mother locked inside a stark room is tasked by an unknown voice to complete increasingly difficult challenges if she wants to save her daughter’s life. As the frequency and intensity of the tasks threaten to overwhelm her, she must piece together half-remembered chapters of her life before imprisonment if she wants to secure her freedom, rescue her child, and escape a waking nightmare.

The horror film Haunted Trail will be released through digital retailers Sept. 27 from Level 33 Entertainment. In the film, directed by Robin Givens and Raven Magwood, a group of college friends visit a local haunted trail. After many screams and a few nervous laughs, an actual killer approaches the group. Scared out of their minds, the friends run through the trail, trying their best to get to the end without being killed. After much of the group is slaughtered, the remaining friends make a horrific discovery about who the killer really is. The film stars comedians Desi Banks and Reggie Couz, along with Marquise C. Brown, Brook Sill, Magwood, Matt William Knowles, Anna Perdun and Grace Perdun.

Two epic 1950s science-fiction thrillers, The War of the Worlds and When Worlds Collide, arrive as a Paramount Presents double feature on Sept. 27. The release marks the 4K Ultra HD disc debut for The War of the Worlds and the first Blu-ray Disc appearance of When Worlds Collide. The 1953 adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds was nominated for three Academy Awards and won for Best Special Effects. The Technicolor classic has been fully remastered in 4K Ultra HD. The disc also includes access to a digital copy of the film, the notorious 1938 radio broadcast of War of the Worlds narrated by Orson Welles, and other bonus content, including audio commentaries by film director Joe Dante, film historian Bob Burns, and author Bill Warren; documentaries on the making of the film and H.G. Wells; and the original theatrical trailer. When Worlds Collide (1951) was nominated for two Academy Awards and won for Best Special Effects. Like The War of the Worlds, it was produced by George Pal, a Hungarian-American animator, director and producer who was a leading figure in sci-fi filmmaking. Also making its Blu-ray Disc debut, the Paramount Presents edition of When Worlds Collide includes access to a digital copy of the film, as well as the original theatrical trailer.

The 1988 MGM drama The Chocolate War will be released on Blu-ray Disc Sept. 27 as part of MVD Entertainment Group’s MVD Rewind Collection. Based on Robert Cormier’s controversial novel — once the most widely banned book in America — this allegory of abusive power is set in a Catholic boy’s school where a chocolate sale becomes a war over conformity. Jerry (Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Weird Science) is a student who refuses to take part, undercutting ambitious school administrator Brother Leon (John Glover, Scrooged). Leon secretly enlists Archie (Wallace Langham credited as Wally Ward, Ford v. Ferrari) — the sadistic mastermind of the school’s resident gang — to force Jerry into line. But motives and results are far more complex than they first seem. The Chocolate War — featuring a 1980s soundtrack with music by Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Joan Armatrading and Yaz — also stars Adam Baldwin (Full Metal Jacket) Doug Hutchison (The Green Mile) Jenny Wright (St. Elmo’s Fire) and Bud Cort (Harold and Maude).

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases I Know What You Did Last Summer on 4K Ultra HD Sept. 27 for its 25th anniversary. Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sarah Michelle Gellar star with Freddie Prinze Jr., Ryan Phillippe and Johnny Galecki in this horror tale of teenage suspense. After an accident on a winding road, four teens make the fatal mistake of dumping their victim’s body into the sea. Exactly one year later, the four friends’ deadly secret resurfaces as they’re stalked by a hook-handed figure. The 4K Ultra HD disc includes the feature scanned from the original camera negative and presented with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos audio plus original 5.1. Bonus features on the 4K disc include six deleted scenes plus an alternate ending, “My Own Summer: An Interview with Director Jim Gillespie,” and “He Knows What You Did: An Interview with Muse Watson.” The Blu-ray Disc includes the feature presented in HD and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio. Bonus features on Blu-ray include filmmaker commentary, the director’s short film “Joyride” with optional commentary, the “Now I Know What You Did Last Summer” featurette, the music video “Hush” performed by Kula Shaker, and the theatrical trailer.

The 1932 Joan Crawford drama Rain, celebrating its 90th anniversary, will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 27 from VCI Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group. The release features a new 4K restoration produced from the original, uncut 94-minute version. Rain — a classic that caused controversy when first released — portrays W. Somerset Maugham’s powerful story of Sadie Thompson and is perhaps the most celebrated version. It vividly captures the lives of several very different human beings, thrown together on Pago Pago during a fierce monsoon. Crawford is the cynical prostitute, and Walter Huston is the minister who tries to reform her. Special features include a commentary track by Mick LaSalle, writer for the San Francisco Chronicle and noted film historian; a commentary track by Richard Barrios, writer, historian and commentator; a liner note booklet written by Marc Wannamaker, writer and film historian; the  original theatrical trailer; a poster and photo gallery; a period appropriate Betty Boop cartoon and newsreel; and the alternate 76-minute “cut version” of the 1938 Atlantic Reissue for comparison.

The horror film Sator and the Hungarian cult film Liza The Fox Fairy are headed to Blu-ray Disc Sept. 27 from Cauldron Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

In Sator, secluded in a desolate forest, home to little more than the decaying remnants of the past, a broken family is further torn apart by a mysterious death. Adam (Gabriel Nicholson), guided by a pervasive sense of dread, hunts for answers only to learn that they are not alone; an insidious presence by the name of Sator has been observing his family, subtly influencing all of them for years in an attempt to claim them. Shot in the Santa Cruz mountains and drawing from a grandmother’s real life belief in a protective spirit that spoke to her, Sator quietly unspools a story of isolation and dread that fits firmly into the recent wave of unsettling arthouse horror. Special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette and director’s commentary.

In Liza the Fox Fairy, Liza is a lonely nurse whose only company is the ghost of a long-dead Japanese pop-star. Out of jealousy, he turns her into a Fox Fairy and now everyone that is attracted to Liza dies a horrible death. In order to finally find true love, Liza must overcome the curse and defeat the jealousy of her suave, supernatural suitor. Although the film was released in 2015 and played the U.S. festival circuit, Liza has been unavailable on Blu-ray worldwide until now. Special features include behind-the-scenes interviews, storyboards, a music video, a trailer and an audio essay by Kat Ellinger.

Three collections of classic films — the William Castle Adventures Collection, the Samuel Fuller Collection and the Hammer Films 12-Movie Collection — are being released on DVD Sept. 27 from Mill Creek Entertainment and Distribution Solutions.

The William Castle Adventures Collection includes four 1950s titles from director William Castle: Serpent of the Nile (1953), about the romance of Antony and Cleopatra; Charge of the Lancers (1954), set during the Crimean war and starring Paulette Goddard; The Iron Glove (1954), a story about the English throne starring Robert Stack; and The Saracen Blade (1954), set in 15th century Italy and starring Ricardo Montalban.

The Samuel Fuller Collection includes Power of the Press (1943), about the murder of a newspaper publisher during World War II (written by Fuller); Scandal Sheet (1952), about a murderous newspaper editor (based on a novel by Fuller); The Crimson Kimono (1959), about two detectives seeking a stripper’s killer in the Japanese quarter of Los Angeles (written and directed by Fuller); and Underworld U.S.A. (1961), about a teenager who vows revenge against the mobsters that murdered his father (written and directed by Fuller).

The Hammer 12-Film Collection includes a dozen classic horror films: The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958), The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960), The Gorgon (1964), The Snorkel (1958), Never Take Candy From a Stranger (1960), The Old Dark House (1963), Scream of Fear (1961), Stop Me Before I Kill! (1961), Die! Die! My Darling (1965), The Stranglers of Bombay (1960), The Terror of the Tongs (1961) and The Pirates of Blood River (1962).

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

‘Munsters’ at Marineland DVD Coming in October From MPI Media Group

MPI Media Group on Oct. 4 will release on DVD Marineland Carnival With the Munsters TV Show Cast Members & More Lost Treasures, a compilation of rare shows from the 1960s sitcom about a monster family living in a suburban neighborhood.

The collection features long-lost television appearances featuring the Munster family —Fred Gwynne (Herman), Yvonne De Carlo (Lily), Al Lewis (Grandpa), Pat Priest (Marilyn) and Butch Patrick (Eddie).

Included is the hour-long “Marineland Carnival 1965” special; a 1966 full-color “Munsters”-themed “episode” with Herman on “The Danny Kaye Show,” additional rare skits and vintage talk show interviews with “The Munsters” TV stars, an all-new featurette (Munster Memories) with Butch Patrick, hit music from the New Christy Minstrels, and guest appearances by Edie Adams, Joey Bishop and others.

The DVD will carry a suggested retail price of $19.98.

Rob Zombie’s ‘The Munsters’ Set for Disc and Digital Release Sept. 27

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release director Rob Zombie’s The Munsters on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and for digital purchase Sept. 27.

Produced by Universal 1440 Entertainment, the direct-to-video arm of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, the film is based on the 1960s TV series of the same name, and provides an origin story of the monster family.

The comedy focuses on the courtship between Lily (Sheri Moon Zombie), a 150-year-old lovelorn vampire, and Herman (Jeff Daniel Phillips), a seven-foot-tall green experiment with a heart of gold. However, her father The Count (Daniel Roebuck) has other plans for her future, and they don’t involve her bumbling new beau.

The cast also includes Richard Brake, Jorge Garcia, Sylvester McCoy, Catherine Schell, Cassandra Peterson and Tomas Boykin, with special appearances from original “Munsters” cast members Butch Patrick and Pat Priest.

Blu-ray and DVD extras include a commentary with Zombie, and the hour-long behind-the-scenes featurette “The Munsters: Return To Mockingbird Lane.”

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