As someone who has been reviewing a lot of Shout! Factory’s releases here lately, I can commend them for picking some very fun and obscure titles out of their massive library accumulated from the works of Roger Corman. These double and triple features have been the best though. Even if you’ve never heard of either movie, your chances of finding something ridiculously entertaining are pretty good so you’ve got that 50/50 shot!
Next up from the company are two more Action-Packed double features. First up is the Giant Robot Action Pack which features the science fiction titles Robot Wars and Crash and Burn. For fans of low budget scifi or generally cheese filled robot movies… this should be like mana from heaven! Interesting to note, Robot Wars was directed by Full Moon Entertainment maestro Charles Band and Crash and Burn was directed by his father, veteran b-movie filmmaker Albert Band! Sounds like an interesting combination for sure.
Also coming from Shout! Factory is a different kind of Action-Pack than what we’ve seen from them previously. The set will feature Gordon’s War (1973) and Off Limits (1987). This Action-Pack seems to focus on the post-Vietnam generation as we see films that focus on former soldiers having to cope with the war and those having to deal with the oncoming war itself. An interesting selection to be sure, the films feature veteran casts (with my man-crush William Dafoe starring in Off Limits) and look to be very solid pieces of work.
Although the Robot Action pack doesn’t seem to feature much in the form of special features, this Vietnam themed action pack does indeed pack some interesting content in the form of two audio commentary tracks. Gordon’s War will feature commentary from cinematographer Victor J. Kemper and actor Tony King. Off Limits features Willem Dafoe and director Christopher Crowe giving their insight on their film and their time spent working together.
Knowing Shout! Factory’s track record with pairing their double features, this should be quite the entertaining little pair of films and I hope that we will be covering them on the site soon!
For more information on this action pack, keep reading after the break for the official press announcement.
The Weapons Of The Future Are Alive . . .
SHOUT! FACTORY IN ASSOCIATION WITH FULL MOON ENTERTAINMENT PRESENT GIANT ROBOT ACTION PACK
CRASH AND BURN
A Film by Charles Band
Starring Paul Ganus, Megan Ward, Bill Moseley, Eva La Rue, Jack McGee and Ralph Waite &
A Film by Albert Band
Starring Ron Michael Paul, Barbara Crampton, James Staley and Lisa Rinna
DOUBLE FEATURE DVD AVAILABLE IN STORES
NATIONWIDE ON JUNE 14, 2011 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY
Buckle-up for double dose of science fiction adventures filled with heart-stopping action and suspense as Shout! Factory brings CRASH AND BURN and ROBOT WARS in a GIANT ROBOT ACTION PACK double-feature DVD this June 14, 2011. A must-have for fans of sci-fi classics and film collectors, own two of latest sci-fi classic at an attractive price of $14.97.
CRASH AND BURN (1990)
It’s the year 2030, and man’s worst nightmares have become an oppressive reality in Crash And Burn. Big Brother has come to life in the form of Unicom, an all-powerful conglomerate that emerged in the wake of a devastating global economic collapse. A group of dissenters has surfaced to fight Unicom’s autocracy and stop the murderous Synthoid—a humanlike robot programmed to kill all those who pose a threat to the organization.Starring Paul Ganus, Megan Ward (Dark Skies), Bill Moseley and Ralph Waite (Cliffhanger), and directed by Charles Band.
FULL MOON ENTERTAINMENT presents CRASH AND BURN
Starring PAUL GANUS, MEGAN WARD, BILL MOSELEY, EVA LA RUE, JACK McGEE and RALPH WAITE Director of Photogaphy MAC AHLBERG
Special Makeup Effects by GREG CANNOM Special Visual Effects by DAVID ALLEN. Music Composed by RICHARD BAND Executive Producers CHARLES BAND & DEBRA DION. Written by J.S. CARDONE Produced by DAVID DeCOTEAU & JOHN SCHOUWEILER. Directed by CHARLES BAND
ROBOT WARS (1993)
The ultimate battle between metallic giants begins in Robot Wars when a malicious foreign dignitary hijacks the last mega-robot on Earth, the MRAS-2, and threatens to unleash its crushing powers against the people of the Eastern Alliance. There’s only one force magnificent enough to stop the MRAS-2 — a MEGA-1 robot hidden under the city. It’s up to a renegade pilot, his engineer and a brilliant archaeologist to revive the MEGA-1 and reestablish world peace. Starring Don Michael Paul (writer/director, Half Past Dead), Barbara Crampton (Re-animator) and Lisa Rinna (Melrose Place)
FULL MOON ENTERTAINMENT presents ROBOT WARS
Starring DON MICHAEL PAUL, BARBARA CRAMPTON, JAMES STALEY, LISA RINNA, DANNY KAMEKONA, YUJI OKUMOTO, J. DOWNING and PETER HASKELL as Rooney Based on the original idea by CHARLES BAND Production Designer MILO Director of Photography ADOLFO BARTOLI, A.I.C. Music by DAVID ARKENSTONE Line Producer KEITH PAYSON Edited by MARGERET-ANNE SMITH Visual Effects by DAVID ALLEN PRODUCTIONS Produced by CHARLES BAND Casting by MacDONALD/BULLINGTON CASTING Screenplay by JACKSON BARR Directed by ALBERT BAND
Crash and Burn, 85 min./Rated R
Robot Wars, 80 min./Rated PG