It should have received a theatrical run back in the late 1970s, but, sadly, it didn’t and eventually went the direct to video route in 1984 and then disappeared for another 20 years.
We are talking about the UK-produced sci-fi thriller, Prey, directed by Norman J. Warren (Horror Planet, Bloody New Year, etc.) and starring Barry Stokes (Enemy Mine) as a shape-shifting alien on a mission to survey humans as a potential source of food! His mission gets a little sidetracked when he becomes fascinated with a lesbian couple played by Sally Faulkner and the late Glory Annen.
The reason we bring this up is that Vinegar Syndrome announced this past week that Prey is getting a 2K restoration from the original 35mm negative and will be available for genre fans to savor on Feb. 27 as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack.
Bonus features include commentary from Norman J. Warren and Sally Faulkner, a trio of featurettes — “Directing the Prey,” “Becoming the Prey” and “Producing the Prey.”
Also on the Feb. 27 release calendar from Vinegar Syndrome is Jamaa Fanaka’s 1982 hit sequel, Penitentiary II, starring Leon Isaac Kennedy as former convict Martel “Too Sweet” Gordone.
This is a 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative and Penitentiary II will be available as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack.
Bonus features include commentary from filmmaker Jamaa Fanaka and two production featurettes — “In the Raw” and “Too Sweet on the Outside.”
It should be noted that Jan. 30 is the street for the original, Penitentiary … Vinegar Syndrome will be serving-up a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack — it is a 4K restoration also featuring commentary from filmmaker Jamaa Fanaka and other bonus goodies.
Also on the Feb. 27 release calendar as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack release is director Bernard Morris’ 1976 shoot-on-film adult classic Mary! Mary!, starring the legendary John Leslie (over 300 film credits before his untimely death of heart failure in 2010), with co-stars Constance Money (The Opening of Misty Beethoven) and Sharon Thorpe (she also teamed with John Leslie in filmmaker Anthony Spinelli’s 1978 adult film, SexWorld).
Vinegar Syndrome has lined up a 2K restoration of Mary! Mary! from the original 35mm camera negative!
And speaking of adult filmmaker Anthony Spinelli, his 1975 adult-thriller, Night Caller, has been given a new 2K restoration by Vinegar Syndrome and will be available on Feb. 27 as a DVD product offering.
And last, but not least, the company’s popular “Peekarama” DVD line of products will see its next entry on the 27th with the double feature release of Sessions of Love Therapy (1970, featuring Rene Bond, Sandy Dempsey and Suzanne Fields) and 101 Acts of Love (1971, starring Lindis Guinness).