I am once again joined by Chuck Conry and The Newsfinder General and we are here to discuss two of my most anticipated blu-ray releases of the year! First up is Synapse Film’s release of Countess Dracula and Grindhouse Releasing’s’ new three disc blu-ray of Cannibal Holocaust! That’s not all, we also have reviews for Massacre Video’s newest German splatter title Voyage to Agatis and the soon to be cult classic Wolfcop! There is also a 15 minute interview I did at Days of the Dead this past weekend with Adam Ahlbrandt, Natalie Jean, Haley Madison and Anthony Curry. It’s exactly what you ‘d think it is. Happy Fourth of July! America! WOO!
That’s right, Scream Factory has announced that they will be releasing season one of Eli Roth produced Netflix original series Hemlock Grove. Now if you didn’t get a chance to watch this garbage on Netflix you can now own it. Yay.
***NEW TITLE ANNOUNCEMENT!***
Pack your bags and say your prayers — you’re on your way to Hemlock Grove! From executive producer Eli Roth, the Primetime-Emmy© nominated Netflix Original Series HEMLOCK GROVE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SERIES arrives on Blu-ray and DVD October 7th! Featuring all 13 exhilarating episodes, the 3-disc Blu-ray disc set (or 4-disc DVD set) also includes all-new bonus features not available on Netflix including six vignettes. Additional bonus features will be announced as excitement builds for this release.
Synopsis: In a small Pennsylvania town, something evil has come in search of prey. But who is the true monster in Hemlock Grove? The brutal slaying of a teenage girl sends the townspeople of Hemlock Grove into a desperate search to find her killer. But this sleepy community soon finds itself living a nightmare as secrets and rumors threaten to drive them all down a dark path as they struggle to uncover the truth. As they hunt for a monster among them, rumors mount and many of the eccentric residents become suspects, from the newly-arrived Gypsy family to the wealthy Godfrey clan. In the twisted world of Hemlock Grove, everyone hides a dark secret.
Executive produced by Eli Roth (Cabin Fever), based on the novel of the same name by Brian McGreevy, and stars Famke Janssen (X-Men) Bill Skarsgård (Anna Karenina), Landon Liboiron (Altitude), Penelope Mitchell (The Vampire Diaries), and Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible II). Season 2 begins airing on Netflix next week on July 11th.
Pre-order the Blu-ray now @ http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/hemlock-grove-season-one-0
Pre-order the DVD now @ http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/hemlock-grove-season-one
Have you guys been dying to see Clive Barkers true cut of Nightbreed as much as we have? As much as Vincent? This was in fact his and one of his girlfriends “films.” They wore matching long sleeve shirts to conventions and movie nights. It was quite disgusting. Anyway, we will finally have that chance! Scream Factory have released today that there will be two versions of the film; a 2 disc Blu-ray/DVD combo collectors and a 3 disc Blu-ray limited to 5000 edition. It has a shit load more special features but has a hefty price tag of $80.00. Let’s hope Amazon or DiabolikDVD can get this at a cheaper price, because if I am being honest…I’m not paying that!
Official statement from Scream Factory:
***NIGHTBREED: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT Update!!***
We have big (and extensive) news to report today regarding a film that we announced almost over a year ago in July. In collaboration with Morgan Creek Productions and Clive Barker’s Seraphim, Inc., the long-awaited NIGHTBREED: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT is scheduled for a release of October 28th and will be available in two retail versions: A 5,000 Unit Limited-Edition 3-Disc Blu-ray™ set and a Special Edition DVD & Blu-ray™ Combo.
In 1990, the film was released theatrically nationwide. However, the movie studio edited the film extensively and several scenes were excised or rearranged – much to Director Clive Barker’s disappointment. Since then, a fan-driven movement was created (www.OccupyMidian.com) to see the full version of the film restored and re-released. Now, after 25 years, fans and horror enthusiasts can finally experience NIGHTBREED like never before! Scream Factory, in conjunction with Warner Bros., was able to find the long-thought-missing original film elements and combed through over 600 boxes to locate not only the lost scenes but a treasure trove of never-before-seen footage as well. With nearly an hour of lost footage meticulously restored, the result is not only a more faithful adaptation of Clive Barker’s book Cabal, but also what he originally intended NIGHTBREED to be.
Official statement from Clive Barker: “This is film history and beyond my wildest dreams of realization. When Scream Factory told me that they found the NIGHTBREED film footage I was gob-smacked! This is the ultimate validation of choices made by myself and Mark Miller [of Seraphim Films] all the way back in 2008. As we embarked down the road of attempting to track down the lost footage, we looked at each other and said, ‘Maybe one day they’ll find it.’ It’s my pleasure to announce that the day has come. Speaking personally, I didn’t allow myself to believe that it would. Even if we did find some footage (which we did in 2009 in the form of heavily degraded VHS tapes) and even if we did find a company willing to release the film (which we did in 2013 with Scream Factory, God bless them) the prospect of finding the actual lost film materials was remoter than I’d wanted to admit out loud. If the footage could not be found by those who had worked closest on it the same year it had been released, then what were the odds we’d be able to find anything 20 years on? But Scream Factory, in their commendable determination, kept up the search and thanks to them total reconstruction has been made a possibility. There’s never been a reconstruction that’s had as little chance of succeeding and yet has succeeded on as many fronts as this film has. It’s unprecedented. To now have a movie that we can put together in the way that I fully intended it to be seen when I first set out to make this film in 1989 is extraordinary. The project has moved inexorably to this conclusion. Fate and the hard work of individuals such as Mark Miller, Russell Cherrington, Phil and Sarah Stokes, Occupy Midian, Morgan Creek, and ultimately, Scream Factory have made this a possibility and I could not be happier.” Look for both editions to hit the streets on October 28, 2014.
Details on the two retail sets are as follows:
LIMITED EDITION SET (ONLY 5,000 NUMBERED SETS MADE):
– Disc 1: Unrated Director’s Cut of the film on Blu-ray
– Disc 2: The 1990 R-Rated theatrical version of the film on Blu-ray (through a special licensing agreement through Warner Bros.)
– Disc 3: EXCLUSIVE-TO-THIS-SET Bonus Blu-ray disc packed with extras (details forthcoming)
– Includes Collector’s Book with an essay and rare photos
– Slipcase includes newly-designed artwork by Joel Robinson approved by Clive Barker
**NOTE: Those who order the Limited Edition set directly fromwww.ScreamfactoryDVD.com will also receive an exclusive 18”x24” poster of the newly designed artwork (available while supplies last)! The Scream Factory site will also receive the first 1,000 numbered copies and ship 2 weeks earlier than Oct 28th.**
SPECIAL EDITION SET:
– Disc 1: Unrated Director’s Cut of the film on Blu-ray plus bonus features (details forthcoming)
– Disc 2: Unrated Director’s Cut of the film on DVD (details forthcoming)
– Slipcase includes artwork designed by Ralph McQuarrie approved by Clive Barker
So I really dig the new art work, but I am happy they are including the original one sheet artwork as the reverse. Thankfully they arent going with that shitty MGM art.
From the Scream Factory Facebook:
**ARTWORK REVEAL for SQUIRM (Collector’s Edition)**
Check out our newly-designed artwork for the upcoming blu-ray Collector’s Edition Jeff Lieberman’s 70s cult classic SQUIRM which is scheduled to drop in October! Credit for this wonderful wormy vision goes to designer Paul Shipper (who just recently came through on the upcoming Halloween Complete Collection set). Fans of the original Drew Struzan theatrical one-sheet design need not worry as it will be available on the reverse side of the wrap.
Expect pre-order links to go up in the next few weeks.Extras are underway and will be announced sometime later this Summer.