Vestron Nick Nolte Actioner ‘Extreme Prejudice’ Due on Blu-ray May 17

Vestron Video’s 1987 action Western Extreme Prejudice, starring Nick Nolte, is being released on Blu-ray Disc May 17 from Lionsgate.

In addition to Nolte, the film, directed by Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hrs.) with a story co-written by Academy Award nominee John Milius (1979, Best Writing/Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Apocalypse Now), also stars Powers Boothe, Maria Conchita Alonso (The Running Man, Predator 2, Spread), Michael Ironside (Starship Troopers, Total Recall, Top Gun) and Rip Torn. 

The gritty, modern Western follows Texas Ranger Jack Benteen (Nolte) who locks horns with a former friend, Cash Bailey (Boothe), now a ruthless drug kingpin. Though they’re on opposite sides of the law, they share a love interest in the sensual Sarita (Alonso). When a crew of rogue soldiers descends upon the border town for an off-the-books mission, all roads lead to a bloody, to-the-death showdown, as loyalties shift and the lines between good and evil are blurred. 

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Special features include audio commentary with film historians C. Courtney Joyner and Henry Parke; isolated score selections with an audio interview from music historian John Takis; interviews with Hill, Ironside, actor Clancy Brown, and director of photography Matthew F. Leonetti; trailers; TV spots; and a still gallery.

1989 Vestron Comedy ‘Dream a Little Dream’ Due on Blu-ray and Digital March 15

The 1989 cult comedy Dream a Little Dream is joining the Vestron Video Collector’s series on Blu-ray and digital March 15 from Lionsgate.

The film stars the two Coreys, Corey Feldman (Stand by Me, The Goonies, The Lost Boys) and Corey Haim (The Lost Boys, License to Drive, Lucas), as well as Piper Laurie (The Hustler, Carrie, TV’s “Twin Peaks”), Jason Robards (All The President’s Men, Parenthood, Magnolia), Harry Dean Stanton (Repo Man, Alien), and Meredith Salenger (The Journey of Natty Gann, A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, Lake Placid).

In the body-swap comedy, Bobby has everything a young guy should: a good buddy, a girlfriend and parents who love him. When the older couple down the street try a transcendental experiment to extend their lives, they become trapped in the teens’ bodies. 

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Dream a Little Dream bonus features include interviews with Corey Feldman and executive producer Lawrence Kasanoff, audio commentary with film historian Jarret Gahan, theatrical trailers, TV spots, and a stills gallery.

1999’s ‘Candyman: Day of the Dead’ Available on Blu-ray

The 1999 horror thriller Candyman: Day of the Dead, the third installment in the original “Candyman” series, is available on  Blu-ray (plus digital) from Lionsgate in the “Vestron Video Collector’s Series.”

Based on the characters created by horror writer Clive Barker, this film stars Donna D’Errico (“Baywatch,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “9-1-1”), Robert O’Reilly (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”), and Tony Todd (Candyman, The Crow, “The Flash”). 
 
In the film, the Candyman is back. As the Day of the Dead celebration approaches the barrio of East Los Angeles, the tortured ghost is intent upon bringing his family together in a bloody reunion beyond the grave. Challenged to confront the horrifying legend of her ancestor, Caroline (Donna D’Errico, “Baywatch”) must come face to face with the monster who has destroyed her past — and now wants to steal her future. 

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Special features include audio commentary with director-cowriter Turi Meyer and producer-cowriter Al Septien; isolated score selections featuring an audio interview with composer Adam Gorgoni; interviews with actor Tony Todd, special prosthetic effects designer Gary J. Tunnicliffe, director of photography Michael Wojciechowski and production designer Marc Greville-Masson; English and German trailers; a home video promo; a home video trailer; and a still gallery.

The series was recently rebooted with a sequel to the original cowritten by Jordan Peele.

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.

‘Beyond Re-Animator’ Due on Blu-ray July 24 from Lionsgate

The Vestron Video Collector’s Series releases the third entry in the iconic “Re-Animator” series, Beyond Re-Animator, on Blu-ray July 24 from Lionsgate at $39.97.

Directed by horror veteran Brian Yuzna and starring Jeffrey Combs as Dr. Herbert West, in the film everyone’s favorite mad scientist continues his re-animation research, turning the penitentiary he’s been incarcerated in for the past 14 years into a new branch of hell.

The release is region-free, restored and remastered.

All-new special features include interviews with Brian Yuzna and Jeffrey Combs, isolated score selections with an audio interview with composer Xavier Capellas, a production art gallery by illustrator Richard Raaphorst, and an Interview with S. T. Joshi, author of I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H.P. Lovecraft. Other extras include an audio commentary with Yuzna, a still gallery, a vintage EPK featurette, the “Dr. Reanimator – Move Your Dead Bones” music video and a theatrical trailer.