Sci-Fi Film ‘The Colony,’ Thriller ‘Megan Is Missing’ Among Lionsgate October Disc Releases

The sci-fi film The Colony, the thriller Megan Is Missing, a Target-exclusive Steelbook of Rob Zombie’s 31 and the 1986 Patrick Swayze starrer Steel Dawn are among the titles on the October disc slate from Lionsgate.

Executive produced by Roland Emmerich, the sci-fi thriller film The Colony arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD Oct. 12. In the film, Earth has been decimated by climate change, pandemics and war. Years after the ruling elite escaped to another planet, a mission was launched to find out if a return to an uninhabitable Earth were possible. That mission was lost. Now, a lone astronaut in search of answers struggles to survive the hostile planet, and she must ultimately make a choice that will seal the fate of the wasteland’s remaining populace. Special features include audio commentary with writer-director Tim Fehlbaum and “Visions of the Future: Making The Colony.”

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Director Rob Zombie’s 2016 horror film 31 will arrive Oct. 26 in a Blu-ray plus digital Steelbook exclusively at Target featuring new artwork from award-winning graphic artist Vance Kelly. Written, directed, and produced by Zombie, 31 is a Halloween horror-gore romp set in 1976, in which five happy-go-lucky carnies on a cross-country road trip are kidnapped and hunted by murderous clowns in an escape room-style hideaway in the middle of nowhere. The cast includes Sheri Moon Zombie, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Richard Brake, Jane Carr and Malcolm McDowell. Special features include the featurette “In Hell Everybody Loves Popcorn: The Making of 31,” a two-hour making-of documentary, and audio commentary with Zombie.

Also due Oct. 26 from the Vestron Video Collector’s Series is the 1986 Patrick Swayze starrer Steel Dawn — available for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray (plus digital). Swayze stars as Nomad, a new breed of warrior in a post-nuclear era where laws are useless and water is more precious than blood. When his mentor is killed before he can take the job of peacemaker in the town of Meridian, Nomad lends the townspeople his fighting skills instead, gaining the trust of war widow Kasha and her son Jux. But after the evil Damnil learns of a secret water supply flowing under Kasha’s farm, his thirst turns truly murderous. Special features include audio commentary with director Lance Hool; an interview with screenwriter Doug Lefler; an interview with director of photography George Tirl; an interview with production designer Alex Tavoularis and costume designer Poppy Cannon-Reese; an archival featurette “Making of Steel Dawn“; a still gallery; and the theatrical trailer.

Megan Is Missing (2011) also arrives on Blu-ray Oct. 26. A cautionary tale from writer-director Michael Goi (Mary, “American Horror Story”) about the dangers of online communication, the film stars Amber Perkins, Rachel Quinn and Dean Waite. The disappearance of 14-year-old Megan Stewart and her best friend Amy Herman is explored via video chats, webcam footage, home videos and news reports. Notorious on social media and banned in New Zealand, Megan Is Missing offers an unflinchingly candid look at the dangerous online world today’s teenagers face — a world that’s every parent’s worst nightmare. Special features include audio commentary with the cast and producers; audio commentary with the writer-director; a deleted scene; a blooper; Marc Klaasʼs statement about the film; “Rachel Quinn: A Look Back at Megan Is Missing“; the Amber Perkins/Nikki Christie original audition tape; the “Barrel Scene” audition; “A Tour of the Locations for Megan Is Missing“; a selection of stills from the production; the original one sheet; the shooting script; and the trailer.

Lionsgate Releasing ‘Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat’ on Blu-ray Aug. 17

Lionsgate will release the 1989 horror-comedy Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat on Blu-ray Disc through its Vestron Video collector’s series Aug. 17.

Seeking atonement for centuries of human carnage, Count Mardulak (David Carradine) has instructed Purgatory’s vampire residents to slather on SPF 100 sunblock, pursue daytime activities and drink only synthetic blood. But some vampires don’t agree with Mardulak — they want real blood, even if it means a vampire civil war. The cast also includes Bruce Campbell, Maxwell Caulfield, Morgan Brittany, Jim Metzler, John Ireland, Deborah Foreman and M. Emmet Walsh.

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The Blu-ray edition also includes a digital copy of the film. Extras include a commentary with director Anthony Hickox and cinematographer Levie Isaacks; isolated score selections and audio interviews with music historian Randall Larson and producer Jefferson Richard; the theatrical trailer; a still gallery; and several featurettes:

  • “Wild Weird West” — An interview with director Anthony Hickox;
  • “Bloodsuckers From Purgatory” — An Interview with special makeup effects creator Tony Gardner;
  • “Memories of Moab” — An interview with actor Bruce Campbell;
  • “A Vampire Reformed” — An interview with actor David Carradine;
  • “A True Character” — An interview with actor M. Emmet Walsh.

 

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1980s Charlie Sheen Film ‘The Wraith’ Due on Blu-ray July 20 From Lionsgate

The 1986 film The Wraith arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) July 20 from Lionsgate as part of the Vestron Video Collector’s Series.

The Wraith stars Charlie Sheen (“Spin City”), Nick Cassavetes (Face/Off, The Hangover Part II, TV’s “Entourage”), Sherilyn Fenn (“Twin Peaks”) and Randy Quaid. In the film, when four glowing orbs crash into each other over the Arizona desert, they leave in their wake a badass Dodge Turbo Interceptor and its enigmatic, helmeted driver. The next day, the mysterious Jake (Sheen) appears in the town of Brooks, catching the eye of Keri (Fenn) and the ire of Packard (Cassavetes), the ruthless leader of a gang of street racers. When gang members start losing races — and lives — to the Interceptor, the recent death of Keri’s boyfriend suddenly seems connected to the arrival of Jake, the unbeatable car and an avenging entity called The Wraith.

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Special features include:

  • audio commentary with writer-director Mike Marvin;
  • audio commentary with actors Dave Sherrill and Jamie Bozian;
  • “Tales from the Desert,” an Interview with writer-director Mike Marvin;
  • “Rughead Speaks!,” an Interview with actor Clint Howard;
  • “Ride of the Future,” interviews with stunt coordinator Buddy Joe Hooker and transportation coordinator Gary Hellerstein;
  • “The Ghost Car,” interviews with visual effects producer Peter Kuran and effects animator Kevin Kutchaver;
  • isolated score selections featuring audio interview with co-composer J. Peter Robinson;
  • The Wraith Filming Locations: Then and Now” featurette;
  • an alternate title sequence;
  • a still gallery;
  • the theatrical trailer; and
  • TV spots.