For years, Filmways served-up a steady stream of family-friendly sitcoms … stuff like Mister Ed, Petticoat Junction, The Beverly Hillbillies and Green Acres, even The Addams Family was one of their productions.
Things changed during the 1970s and they began producing more and more films — some were really good ones, including the likes of Save the Tiger, Dressed to Kill and Blow Out, but management made the fatal mistake of buying the assets of American International Pictures (AIP) long after the golden years of Nicholson and Arkoff.
Filmways began to hemorrhage money, the end drew near and it was during this “death throe” financial spiral of 1981/82 that the company picked up for domestic distribution Italian filmmaker Ferdinando Baldi’s Comin’ at Ya!, a 3D Spaghetti Western starring Tony Anthony.
They dubbed it in English and released it theatrically during the Thanksgiving period of 1981 … it did a fair amount of business and then, like Filmways, it disappeared.
Word is out that MVD Entertainment Group has picked Jan. 26 as the release date for a “frame by frame digital conversion of the polarized over-and-under format of the original print into RealD digital format” (that’s quite a mouthful), which is basically saying that a restored Blu-ray edition of Comin’ at Ya! will be available on Jan. 26 for fans to enjoy once again!
It will be presented in both 3D and 2D on the same SKU.