Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Artsploitation Films' Oct. 8 DVD Debut Of Horror Stories ... Update

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The venerable horror anthology gets a fresh look on Oct. 8 with Artsploitation Films delivers the South Korean film entry, Horror Stories.
Four separate stories from four different filmmakers are spun around the conceit of a beautiful high school girl (Kim Ji-won) being kidnapped by a crazed psycho (Yoo Yeon-seok) who cleverly forestalls what she believes to be the evitable — her rape and murder — by amusing her captor with tales of horror.
If you are a fan of those great horror anthologies of the 1970s — Asylum, The House That Dripped Blood, Tales From the Crypt, etc. — then you are going to feel right at home here.   Only, kick the violence, the blood and gore up a notch or two.  
Min Kyu-dong handled the introduction and connecting segments, with filmmakers Jeong Beom-shik (Epitaph) delivering “Don’t Answer the Door” (two kids are left home alone with instructions not to answer the door); Yim Dae-woong “Endless Flight” (a serial killer with a captive audience); Hong Ji-young cooks up “The Secret Recipe” (an evil step-sister steals her sister’s groom much to her regret) and the filmmaking team of Kim Gok and Kim Sun takes us for a zombie plague ride in “The Ambulance.”

A little uneven, but that’s to be expected, but overall Horror Stories from Artsploitation Films will not disappoint.   In Korean with English subtitles. 
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The Adventures Of Robin Hood DVD Collection Will Be Released By The Film Chest On Sept. 17

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The Film Chest, in association with Topics Entertainment, has selected Sept. 17 as the release date for a six-disc, 26-episode DVD collection of the classic Brit-TV series starring Richard Greene, The Adventures of Robin Hood.

Launched in 1955, this series ran for five years and was a hit in both the UK and the USA.  Richard Greene starred as the Saxon knight — loyal to King Richard — who becomes an “outlaw” and enemy of Richard’s brother Prince John, but more importantly, he finds himself locked in a live-and-death struggle with the Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Wheatley).   

Bernadette O'Farrell and Patricia Driscoll took on the role of Maid Marian, while Alexander Gauge starred as Friar Tuck and Archie Duncan was Little John.

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment's Red 2 Out On DVD And Blu-ray On Nov. 26

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Nobody mixes action and comedy quite like Bruce Willis.   Lionsgate Home Entertainment brings Red 2 to DVD and Blu-ray on Nov. 26 

The ARR comes in at 130 days and the take was box office $52.5 million.  Bonus features include “The Red 2 Experience,” which offers an in-depth look at the characters, weapons, gadgets and stunts from the film.   There are also deleted scenes and a gag reel.

Red 2 — the follow up to the surprise 2012 hit — sees Willis as a retired black-ops CIA agent who must reunite his team of operatives to take on both terrorists and government officials.   John Malkovich (Burn After Reading), Mary-Louise Parker (Showtime's Weeds) and Helen Mirren (The Queen) are back a second time and joined by Anthony Hopkins (Thor).

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Green Apple Entertainment's A Christmas Tree Miracle Arrives On DVD On Dec. 3

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A lot of families forget what Christmas is all about, and you can count the George family as one of them.  That’s the family in director J.W. Myers’ A Christmas Tree Miracle, out Dec. 3 on DVD from Green Apple Entertainment.

The set up has all the makings of an ugly Christmas — the father, David (Kevin Sizemore — Under the Dome, Red Line) is wrapped up in his job: his wife, Julie (Claudia Esposito — Doughboy, Flight to India) is too on edge to focus and teens Nick and Natalie (Barrett Carnahan and Emily Capehart) only care about the gifts.   Only young Nina (Siomha Kenney) seems to know what Christmas is really about.

When David loses his job and the family continues living its privileged suburban life as if nothing happened, something awful is bound to happen.  It may take the unexpected kindness of a near-stranger to remind this family exactly what Christmas is all about.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Sets White House Down And Breaking Bad: The Final Season For Both DVD And Blu-ray In Nov.

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Instead of just involving the White House or just blowing it up, this time director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) goes primarily inside of it.   And then blows it up.

White House Down comes to DVD and Blu-ray Disc Nov. 5 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, and fans will want to go with the Blu-ray on this one, getting more than an hour’s worth of bonus features, include an exclusive gag reel and nine exclusive making-of featurettes.    Both the DVD and Blu-ray feature four featurettes.

The ARR works out to 130 days and the box office take was $72.8 million.

Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street, Magic Mike) is a Capitol Hill officer who just got shut down from his dream job: Secret Service agent for the President (Jamie Foxx).   Before he can leave the White House with his tail tucked between his legs, a heavily armed paramilitary group attempts a hostile take-over — he’s in the right place and wrong time, but makes the most of it.   

Also getting a swift-to-market push is Breaking Bad: The Final Season, which just launched its final cable run on Aug. 11.   Both DVD and Blu-ray sets will be available to own on Nov. 26.   

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Bonus features include commentary on all eight episodes, four featurettes — “The Main Event,” “The Final Showdown,” “Life of a Show Runner” and “Behind-the-Scenes of the Alternate Ending” — deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel and a three-minute alternate ending (which seems very intriguing).  

A complete Blu-ray collection will also street on Nov. 26 featuring all 62 episodes in the series in special packaging with exclusive bonus features unique to the collection.

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Eagle Rock's Dream Theater Lands On DVD And Blu-ray On Nov. 5

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The progressive metal band Dream Theater has been at it for a quarter century now, and nobody other than Eagle Rock Entertainment would be capable of treating the band’s work like this.

On Nov. 5, Eagle Rock releases Dream Theater: Live At Luna Park on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and as a deluxe edition.  The performance from Luna Park Arena in Buenos Aires, Argentina (from August 2012, as part of the band’s “A Dramatic Tour Of Events” world tour) covers two nights in this concert presentation, with the centerpiece being the 160-minute main show (including the songs “Metropolis Pt. 1,” “The Silent Man,” “Pull Me Under,” “On The Backs Of Angels” and more).

Bonus features include a documentary, a behind-the-scenes featurette, a trailer, a cartoon intro, six multi-angle options for “Outcry,” and live versions of “These Walls,” “Build Me Up, Break Me Down,” “Caught In A Web,” “Wait For Sleep,” “Far From Heaven” and “Pull Me Under.” 

Spring for the deluxe edition, and fans get the package in an 11.5-inch, square 60-page hardback photo book with the Blu-ray, two DVDs and three CDs, presenting all the physical formats in one release.

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Image Entertainment's Paradise On DVD And Blu-ray Nov. 12

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Meet Lamb (Julianne Hough — Rock of Ages, Footloose, Safe Haven, etc.), she’s a 21-year-old devout Christian, a proper, God-fearing young woman out of Montana, who, well, is in for a shock.  

She’s the subject of writer/director Diablo Cody’s Paradise, due out from Image Entertainment on both DVD and Blu-ray on Nov. 12 … a mid-October release in theatres (to raise awareness) is also planned.  

After a near-fatal plane crash leaves her seriously burned, Lamb’s faith is tested when she decides to use her insurance payout to try out a list of untried sins in the only place appropriate in the nation: Las Vegas.   

A bartender named William (Russell Brand) and a card dealer known as Loray (Octavia Spencer — The Help, Fruitvale Station) help out with the little things: binge drinking, tattoos and quite a bit of soul-searching.

Bonuses include an audio commentary with writer/director Diablo Cody (Oscar-winner for her Juno script and creator of the United States of Tara comedy series), behind-the-scenes footage and a trailer.

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Remington And The Curse Of The Zombadings On DVD Nov. 19 From Ariztical Entertainment

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Serial killers!  Homophobe curses!  Gay zombies!  It can only be Remington and the Curse of the Zombadings, out Nov. 19 from Ariztical Entertainment.

This irreverent little ditty (Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington) comes from the Philippines and follows ladies man Remington (Mart Escudero — Hide and Seek, My Monster Mom), who mocks a drag queen as a child and pays the price: 15 years later, the gay curse takes affect.  Remington has just hours to convince a straight man to switch sides, or he becomes gay forever.

Oh, and did we mention that there’s an anti-gay serial killer on the loose?  And that drag-queen zombies are invading?

This comedy was all the rage in the Philippines and as the original title suggests, more gay-zombie/homophobe serial killer/drag queen curses could be in our near future.   Ariztical Entertainment may have latched onto a franchise in the making here!

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Mill Creek Entertainment Announces October DVD Gold Rush

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Mill Creek Entertainment has a gold rush of priced-to-sell DVD collections planned for delivery to retail during the month of October.

Kicking off the stampede on Oct. 1 are ten double-disc, eight-film collections that are priced to own at just $9.98 each (and that’s prior to retailer discounts).   The “8 Movie Collection” promotional banner — under which these film collections will be released — includes such descriptive packaging labels as Captive Comedies, Deadly Desires, Failing Upward and Operation Payback.   

To give a sense of what is included in each $9.98 set, 8 Movie Collection: Crimes of Passion is loaded with star power and includes such thrillers as: Playing God (with David Duchovny, Timothy Hutton and Angelina Jolie), Color of Night (Bruce Willis), The Rich Man's Wife (Halle Berry), Consenting Adults (Kevin Kline teams up with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), Bad Company (Ellen Barkin and Laurence Fishburne), D.O.A. (Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid), Deceived (Goldie Hawn) and The Tie That Binds (Daryl Hannah).

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Also streeting on Oct. 1 are the five-disc set of Highway to Heaven: The Complete Second Season, a three-disc offering of Wings: The Complete Seasons One & Two and the 40-episode, four-disc package of Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters: The Complete Series.   Animated series such as Beverly Hills Teens, Volume 2 (a three-disc set), Heathcliff: Season One, Volume Two (33 episodes on three DVDs) and Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad, Volume Two (25 episodes also on a trio of DVDs) will also be available for fans to own on Oct. 1.

Oct. 15 brings the next round of attractively priced DVD product offerings from Mill Creek Entertainment.   Included here is the intense mini-series based upon Truman Capote’s best-selling novel, In Cold Blood: The Complete Mini-Series, starring Anthony Edwards, Eric Roberts and Sam Neill.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyChristmas-themed releases can also be had on Oct. 15 — 3 Heart-Warming Holiday Films features Silent Night (starring Linda Hamilton), The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue (with Diana Scarwid and Robert Urich) and A Christmas Story (teaming Patty Duke with Piper Laurie), while the live concert presentation of Kenny Rogers: Keep Christmas With You (filmed at the Grand Palace Theatre in Branson, Missouri) has 11 holiday hits, including “Silent Night,” “White Christmas” (with Garth Brooks) and “Winter Wonderland.”

Lastly, Oct. 15 is the street date for Space Rangers: The Complete Series and the double feature of Snow Queen (starring Bridget Fonda) and Hogfather.

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Warner Home Video's Pacific Rim On DVD And Blu-ray Oct. 15

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Writer/director Guillermo del Toro’s monsters from another dimension, Pacific Rim, will get a three-SKU home entertainment launch from Warner Home Video on Oct. 15.

The ARR is swift-to-market 95 days and summer ticket sales currently stand at $100.4 million.

Planned are double-disc DVD edition, a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and a 3D/2D Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, all featuring UltraViolet.

You have to give del Toro credit for coming up with a mix-genre sci-fi thriller.   Pacific Rim is a little bit Transformers, a little bit Godzilla and all nicely packaged in del Toro’s unique visual style (think: Pan's Labyrinth) … and he pulls it off without a marquee name — Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Rinko Kikuchi are not exactly household names.

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Bonus features include commentary from filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, deleted scenes, a blooper reel and four featurettes — “Drift Space,” “The Digital Artistry of Pacific Rim,” “The Shatterdome” and “Focus Points.”   

Exclusive to the Blu-ray SKUs is a bonus feature described as “The Directors Notebook.” 

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Wolfe Video's Margarita Ready For DVD On Oct. 29

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Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert teamed up for Margarita, an award-winning slice-of-life drama that will be making its way to DVD courtesy of Wolfe Video on Oct. 29.

Ben (Patrick McKenna) and Gail Lawson (Claire Lautier) are the picture-perfect, up-scale Canadian family.  Professionals — dentist, doctor and liberal to the core.   They smack of smugness that would make even “limousine liberals” down here cringe.  Snobs, but they are oh so perfect.

They’ve even have a nanny for their daughter, Mali (Maya Ritter), an illegal Mexican alien by the name of Margarita (Nicola Correia Damude), but the daughter is now a teen, so when investments go south and their lifestyle begins to catch up with them (a microcosm of the overall economy) she is tossed to under the bus.

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The moment she is gone the Lawson’s realize that she was actually a part of their family and have one of those “come-to-Jesus” moments where they suddenly realize that everything they took for granted was a facade of their own making.   Can they redeem themselves and make things right?   That’s the question! 

With film festival wins at the Barcelona International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Créteil International Women's Film Festival and the Toronto Inside Out Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival, Wolfe Video has a indie hit on their hands here … and with that Oct. 29 DVD debut date they have plenty of time to bang the promotional drums.

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