This week’s edition of The Digital Wire DVD and Blu-ray Releases is making up big time for last week’s stunning lack of noteworthy home video news announcements. We’ve got some critical favorites, horror cult classics, and a precious jewel of a film made by one of our finest directors that is finally getting the release it deserves. Just don’t blame me if you end up blowing your paycheck here.
Below you’ll find info on several future home video releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon, as well as a list of titles coming out this week.
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Grindhouse Releasing is finally bringing one of the ultimate Italian cannibal movies to Blu-ray! Almost a year after their stellar release of Cannibal Holocaust, the company has set a release date of May 12, 2015 for the high-definition debut of Cannibal Ferox. Released in theaters and video stores across America in the mid-80’s as Make Them Die Slowly, Umberto Lenzi‘s gut-munching gorehound classic will soon be available in a 3-disc set that includes two Blu-rays and a CD and a ton of bonus features that were created for this release and have been seen before in previous DVD editions:
– Original UNRATED, UNCENSORED director’s cut
– Spectacular new 2K transfer – scanned from the original camera negative
– SHOCKING deleted scenes – lost for over 30 years!
– Breathtaking digital stereo re-mix by Academy Award winner Paul Ottosson
– Optional Italian language soundtrack and original mono mix
– Candid and shocking audio commentary by director Umberto Lenzi and star John Morghen
– Provocative, in-depth interviews with director Umberto Lenzi, stars Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Danilo Mattei and Zora Kerova, and special effects master Gino DeRossi
– EATEN ALIVE! THE RISE AND FALL OF THE ITALIAN CANNIBAL FILM – all-new feature-length documentary containing interviews with Umberto Lenzi, Ruggero Deodato, Sergio Martino, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, and Robert Kerman
– Original Italian, German and U.S. theatrical trailers
– Extensive gallery of stills and poster art
– Glossy 12 page booklet containing liner notes by legendary 42nd Street historian Bill Landis (author of THE SLEAZOID EXPRESS) and Eli Roth (director of HOSTEL and THE GREEN INFERNO)
– BONUS CD – original soundtrack album by Budy-Maglione – newly remastered in stunning 24 bit/96khz sound from the original studio master tapes, and including never-before-released alternate takes
– Beautiful embossed slip cover
– AND OTHER SURPRISES!
Amazon pre-order links will be available soon.
Paul Thomas Anderson‘s hazy, loopy comic film noir Inherent Vice, an adaptation of the best-selling 2009 novel written by Thomas Pynchon, is coming to Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on April 28, 2015. Boasting an ensemble cast headlined by Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, and Jena Malone, one of the best films of 2014 makes its home video debut with a modest assortment of bonus features:
The Golden Fang
Everything In This Dream
Wanna see Salma Hayek kick unholy amounts of butt in a full-force action flick from the director of Wrong Turn 2: Dead End and The Knights of Badassdom? You’ll get your chance when Anchor Bay Entertainment and RADiUS TWC team up to unleash Joe Lynch‘s blood, bullets, and bombs-loaded thriller Everly on Blu-ray and DVD on April 21, 2015. Bonus features will include:
Creative Feature Commentary with Director Joe Lynch, Co-Producer Brett Hedblom and Editor Evan Schiff
Technical Feature Commentary with Director Joe Lynch and Cinematographer Steve Gainer
“Silent Night” music video by Raya Yarbrough & Bear McCreary, directed by Joe Lynch.
It was one of the most critically-acclaimed films of last year, but that couldn’t prevent the staggeringly powerful and timely drama Selma from getting almost completely shut out at the Academy Awards (though it did take home the Best Original Song statuette for John Legend and Common‘s soul-searing “Glory”). On May 5, 2015, Paramount Home Media Distribution will give director Ava DuVernay‘s box office smash depiction of one of the pivotal moments in the history of the Civil Rights Movement the chance to reach an even larger audience of home viewers when they release Selma on Blu-ray and DVD. Extra features are set to include:
The Road to Selma
“Glory” Music Video featuring John Legend and Common
Deleted and Extended Scenes
National Voting Rights Museum and Institute
Selma Student Tickets: Donor Appreciation
Commentary by director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo
Commentary by director Ava DuVernay, director of photography Bradford Young and editor Spencer Averick
Vinegar Syndrome just announced their upcoming Blu-ray release of the 1982 cult favorite slasher flick Madman, which will be available for sale beginning May 12, 2015. The plot of Madman is pure Friday the 13th rip-off as a monstrous backwoods maniac stalks and butchers a group of camp counselors who just want to relax, get drunk, and rut in the pantry while the kids are asleep. After a pair of subpar (and currently out-of-print) DVD editions failed the film’s hardcore fan base on various fronts the good folks at Vinegar Syndrome have treated the movie to an all-new 4K high-definition transfer using the original 35mm camera negative as a source and corrected the color issues that have plagued past releases. They’ve also loaded it with bonus features sure to please the fans:
Original Theatrical Trailer
The Legend Lives: 91 minute documentary on the Making of Madman
Audio Commentary track by The Hysteria Continues!
Another week, another batch of jaw-dropping new release announcements from Scream Factory, the horror and sci-fi shingle of the spectacular Shout! Factory. First off, we have some upcoming double feature Blu-rays: the 1987 killer genie flick The Outing and the Cannon Pictures evil child genre entry The Godsend are getting paired up on a disc with fresh high-definition widescreen transfers, as are the two 1988 Empire Pictures releases Cellar Dweller and Catacombs. Another obscure but loved Empire movie, the horror-western Ghost Town, is getting its own individual Blu-ray, and it’s being joined by the thriller Jack’s Back (starring a young James Spader and his sweaty chesty hair) and John McTiernan‘s supernatural shocker Nomads, starring Pierce Brosnan, cult cinema icon Mary Woronov, and 80’s rocker Adam Ant. The two double feature Blus are expected to hit stores on July 14, 2015, the highly-requested Ghost Town drops two weeks later on July 28, Jack’s Back is expected sometime this summer, and a release date has not been set for Nomads.
Scream Factory has also set a release date and a finalized list of special features for their Blu-ray edition of the 1988 cult horror sleeper Scarecrows, about a gang of military criminals who find themselves battle evil forces after a heist doesn’t go exactly as planned. The release is set for June 2, 2015 and will have some sweet supplements that fans of the movie are sure to dig:
Audio Commentary with director William Wesley and producer Cami Winikoff
Audio Commentary with co-screenwriter Richard Jefferies, Director of Photography Peter Deming and composer Terry Plumeri
The Last Straw – an interview with Special Make-up Effects Creator Norman Cabrera
Cornfield Commando – an interview with Actor Ted Vernon
Directed by Rupert Wyatt and starring Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, a very intimidating John Goodman, The Gambler is a remake of a 1974 film starring James Caan. Oscar-winner William Monahan (Kingdom of Heaven, The Departed) penned the script about a professor whose compulsive gambling problem gets him and his loved ones into serious trouble with some serious individuals in the criminal underworld. Wyatt’s film comes to Blu-ray and DVD from Paramount Home Media Distribution on April 28, 2015. Extra features will include:
Mr. Self Destruct: Inside The Gambler
Dark Before Dawn: The Descent of The Gambler
Changing The Game: Adaptation
In The City: Locations
Dressing The Players: Costume Design
Here’s a last minute entry I simply could not ignore as I was preparing to put this column to bed. The Criterion Collection has announced its home video releases for June and among them is Terry Gilliam‘s celebrated, Oscar-winning 1991 comic fantasy The Fisher King, which stars Jeff Bridges and the late Robin Williams (each delivering one of the finest performances of their career) and has been deserving of an upgraded release since the inception of the Blu-ray format. The film will be released on June 23, 2015 in Blu-ray and DVD editions. Amazon links will be available soon. In the meantime, take a gander at the bonus features we can expect from this long-awaited release:
New, restored 2K digital transfer, approved by director Terry Gilliam, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Audio commentary featuring Gilliam
New interviews with Gilliam; producer Lynda Obst; screenwriter Richard La Gravenese; and actors Jeff Bridges, Amanda Plummer, and Mercedes Ruehl
New interviews with artists Keith Greco and Vincent Jefferds on the creation of the film’s Red Knight
Interview from 2006 with actor Robin Williams
New video essay featuring Bridges’s on-set photographs
Deleted scenes, with optional commentary by Gilliam
PLUS: An essay by critic Bilge Ebiri
Out This Week
Exodus: Gods and Kings: Blu-ray|Blu-ray 3D|DVD
Penguins of Madagascar: Blu-ray|Blu-ray 3D|DVD
Song of the Sea: Blu-ray|DVD
Halo: Nightfall: Blu-ray|DVD
The Lady from Shanghai: Blu-ray
Top Five: Blu-ray|DVD
My Girl: Blu-ray
Those are the highlights of this week. Come back same time next week for more of the coolest home video news tidbits on the web.