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Shout! Factory does not play. Their Scream Factory distribution line has been on fire, releasing top-of-the-line editions of some absolutely classic pieces of horror cinema. In a short amount of time they have jumped into the conversation as one of the premiere homes for horror cinema on DVD and Bluray. They have now announced two more classics to add to their growing library come May 21st, 2013: The Burning and The Town That Dreaded Sundown. The Burning will be packaged in Collector’s Edition form, and The Town That Dreaded Sundown will also include another feature length film by director Charles B. Pierce, The Evictors. The press releases is as follows:

The Burning (1981) coming to Bluray and DVD on May 21st

The BURNING Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack
Gather around the campfire to die!

A group of summer camp pranksters get the scare of their lives when they target the camp’s creepy caretaker…and he takes bloody revenge! “Gruesome” (The Hollywood Reporter) and “stomach-churning” (Boxoffice), this terrifying tale is “a brilliant slasher flick [and] gory as hell” (slasherpool.com)!

After a cruel joke goes awry, severely burning him and subjecting him to five years of intensive, unsuccessful skin graft treatments, Cropsy (Lou David) is back at camp…and ready to wreak havoc on those who scarred him! With his hedge clippers in hand, he terrorizes the camp and systematically mutilates each victim. Can a few courageous campers save themselves and destroy this demented madman before he kills them all?

Starring Brian Matthews (Crime Stopper), Leah Ayres (Bloodsport), Brian Backer (Fast Times At Ridgemont High), Larry Joshua (Dances With Wolves) and featuring early film appearances by Fisher Stevens (Short Circuit), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) and Holly Hunter (Raising Arizona), The Burning is a “grim and nasty movie [that] gets under your skin” (efilmcritic.com)!

The BURNING Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack *Special features are currently in development. Preliminary bonus features include:
– Audio Commentary with director Tony Maylam, moderated by Alan Jones
– Blood n Fire Memories

Pre-order The Burning [Collector’s Edition] via Shout Factory

The Town that Dreaded Sundown (1977) coming to Bluray and DVD on May 21st

THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack (including the debut of THE EVICTORS on DVD!)
Don’t get caught in this town after sundown!

When two young lovers are savagely beaten and tortured on a back country road in Texarkana, local police are baffled. Three weeks later, two more people are slain in a similar setting and Deputy Norman Ramsey fears a pattern might be developing. Texas Ranger J.D. Morales (Ben Johnson, The Wild Bunch) is brought in to help. The two officers must find “the Phantom Killer” before he can kill again. Also starring Andrew Prine (Grizzly) and Dawn Wells (Gilligan’s Island), directed by Charles B. Pierce (The Legend Of Boggy Creek), and based on one of America’s most baffling murder cases, this horrifying suspense thriller is a shocking experience you’ll never forget.

Blu-ray: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)/DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
DVD: Anamorphic Widescreen/Dolby Digital Mono

Special Features for THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack are currently in development.
Special Bonus Movie Presentation:
Charles B. Pierce’s The Evictors (DVD ONLY)

Pre-order The Town That Dreaded Sundown via Shout Factory

Scream Factory Phantasm II special features finalized

Posted by Josh Samford On January - 30 - 2013

The Phantasm II release that we’ve always dreamed of!

If you have been a moderate fan of the Phantasm series, you know about it’s initial rarity during the big DVD boom of the early 2000s. It didn’t hit DVD until 2009 and then the disc was bare bones. There had been a great bit of hooplah made about the rights of the film being tied up and unfortunately it never made it into the hands of a company who truly appreciated the horror genre, until now! Shout! Factory, under their “Scream Factory” arm, will be releasing the DVD/Bluray on March 26th and they have recently made public the special features that will show up on the disc. If you guessed that this is going to be a stacked release, then you guessed right. Read on and enjoy.

PHANTASM II Collector’s Edition Bonus Content
– Audio Commentary with director/writer Don Coscarelli and actors Angus Scrimm and Reggie Banister
– “The Ball is Back!” Documentary – featuring new interviews with writer/director Don Coscarelli, actors Reggie Banister, Angus Scrimm, Paula Irvine, Samantha Phillips and more!
– Vintage Behind the Scenes footage: Makeup Effects
– Vintage Behind the Scenes footage: On the Set
– “The Gory Days with Greg Nicotero” Featurette
– Deleted Scenes from archival film elements from Don Coscarelli’s archive
– Additional Scenes – alternate takes and deleted gore footage from the workprint
– Original TV Spots
– Trailers for Phantasm , Phantasm II & Phantasm III
– Still Galleries (Behind the Scenes , Makeup Effects , Hollywood Premiere )
– Rare short film starring Rory Guy (aka Angus Scrimm) as Abraham Lincoln

I think I just had a horror nerd’gasm. March 26th can’t get here soon enough!

Lots of action coming from Shout! Factory

Posted by Josh Samford On January - 30 - 2013
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If you missed out on the excellent Jackie Chan collectors set of The Protector & Crime Story from Shout! Factory, you missed out on one of my favorite releases in a while. Sure, The Protector isn’t a great Jackie Chan title, but Crime Story certainly is and the great special features added to the excellence of this Bluray set. Well, Shout! aren’t done yet. There are many more Hong Kong classics on the way. Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee are getting the Shout! treatment, and some of their most incredible films are being re-released within the next few months. Read on to get the full descriptions.

Jackie Chan’s Police Story 1 & 2 hitting Bluray/DVD on April 16, 2013

The first time the Police Story has hit Bluray in the US

International superstar and cultural icon Jackie Chan is a master of action and comedy. Chan’s illustrious film career ranks as one of the most amazing success stories in the entertainment industry. His movies continue to have an enduring impact throughout the world. On April 16, 2013, Shout! Factory will unleash POLICE STORY and POLICE STORY II Double Feature deluxe Blu-ray™ and DVD. Boasting world renowned international film stars and pulse-pounding action sequences, these two highly regarded world cinema classics debut in a double feature movie presentation on Blu-ray™ in North America . A must-have for loyal fans, collectors and movie enthusiasts, own two of popular Jackie Chan cult hits on Blu-ray at an attractive price of $19.97 SRP. The special double feature DVD has a suggested retail price of $12.99.

POLICE STORY/ POLICE STORY II Double Feature Special Bonus Content:
  • Outtakes
    Theatrical Trailers

  • Pre-order for Police Story and Police Story II Double Feature Bluray Collection on Amazon.com

    Pre-order for Police Story and Police Story II Double Feature DVD Collection on Amazon.com

    Bruce Lee’s The Big Boss/Fist of Fury & Way of the Dragon/Game of Death hitting DVD on April 30, 2013

    Four of Bruce Lee’s classic films to be released on April 30th

    The on-going celebration in honor of Bruce Lee’s illustrious career continues in home entertainment as Shout! Factory invites loyal fans, collectors and movie buffs to dive into four spectacular Bruce Lee martial arts epics. On April 30, 2013, Shout! Factory presents TWO special Bruce Lee home entertainment collections when THE BIG BOSS/ FIST OF FURY Double Feature DVD and WAY OF THE DRAGON/ GAME OF DEATH Double Feature DVD hit store shelves everywhere! Featuring anamorphic widescreen presentation of the original movies from new HD-transfer, these iconic Bruce Lee movie classics deliver action-packed, adrenaline-filled escapade that will sure appeal to die hard action buffs. Each Bruce Lee Double Feature DVD is priced to own at $14.97 SRP.

    Pre-order for the The Big Boss/Fist of Fury set on Amazon.com

    Pre-order for the Way of the Dragon/Game of Death set on Amazon.com

    Massacre Hey all, this is more of a reminder than anything, but Raro Video recently sent out a press release about their upcoming DVD release of Fernando Di Leo’s Madness on August 14th. This is an interesting piece of Di Leo’s crime-cinema library, mostly due to the star of this vehicle. Joe Dallesandro is best known as being part of Andy Warhol’s collective, and he is notable for his very strange screen presence. Seeing him in Flesh For Frankenstein is an oddity that can not be compared. For those interested, here is the rest of the press release:

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    Night Call Nurses

    Posted by Josh Samford On April - 5 - 2012

    Night Call Nurses (1972)
    Director: Jonathan Kaplan
    Writers: George Armitage and Danny Opatoshu
    Starring: Patty Byrne, Alana Stewart and Mittie Lawrence

    The Plot: Our story revolves around three girls who work as nurses at a mental health institution. Barbara (Patty Byrne) is the free spirit of the group, and we watch as she becomes involved with a strange hippie commune. All seems to be going well, with free love and bizarre new-age philosophy flying in the air, but things eventually take a darker turn when Barbara walks into a room with a two-way receiver that is broadcasting the “guru” of this commune spreading lies about her while she is out of the room. This nearly drives Barbara insane and pushes her to areas that she never expected to go. Next up is Janis (Alana Stewart), who isn’t looking for love on the job, but she is soon wrapped up in a relationship with one of her patients who is currently undergoing rehab treatment. A cowboy with a drug addiction, would could wrong? Finally, we have Sandra (Mittie Lawrence), who is drawn into the political struggles of the world when she meets a prisoner on her ward. It turns out that this prisoner started a massive riot, and Sandra believes that his struggle is her own. Will she commit to helping him even though it means risking her entire career, or will she play it safe?

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