Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut Blu-ray
Director: Clive Barker
Screenwriter: Clive Barker
Cast: Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, David Cronenberg, Charles Haid, Hugh Quarshie, Doug Bradley, Malcolm Smith, Oliver Parker Scream Factory
Unrated | 140 Minutes
Release Date: October 28, 2014
“Everything is true. God’s an Astronaut. Oz is Over the Rainbow, and Midian is where the monsters live.” – Peloquin
Based on his 1988 novella Cabal, Clive Barker‘s 1990 film Nightbreed, produced by Morgan Creek and distributed by Twentieth Century Fox, was an epic saga about a tribe of monsters and outcasts that hides from humanity. Barker’s original version of Nightbreed ran 160 minutes, but unsure of how to sell the unconventional fantasy-horror film, Fox demanded a recut, prompting editor Richard Marden to leave the project in protest.
The theatrical cut of Nightbreed was released on February 16, 1990. Barker’s film was to be the Star Wars of the horror genre, but after nearly an hour of footage was cut from the movie, the studio repackaged it as a gory 102-minute slasher flick. The film was a critical and commercial failure – an incomplete, aimless curiosity that only the most die-hard Barker fans could find value in.
If the title of this week’s edition of The Digital Wire is any indication, we’ve got one twisted job fair on our hands. Below you’ll find info on several future home video releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon. We would greatly appreciate it if you use those links to order because a small percentage of each order helps keep this website running at max power. The cover art for certain titles has yet to be finalized.
For this week’s edition of The Digital Wire we’ve got more new Blu-ray and DVD release news than a single human being should be legally permitted to process, including some bonus features updates for a few titles on which we have previously reported. There’s so much good stuff here that for many of us our bank accounts are going to be shedding a little weight this autumn.
Below you’ll find info on several future home video releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon. We would greatly appreciate it if you use those links to order because a small percentage of each order helps keep this website running at max power. The cover art for certain titles has yet to be finalized.
For horror fans everywhere Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut is without a doubt one of the most highly-anticipated home video releases of not just 2014 but possibly all time. Clive Barker‘s horror-fantasy cult classic has traveled one of the roughest roads imaginable from the writer-director’s initial conceptions of the story, to its troubled production and theatrical release, and lastly to the audience that discovered on video what had been ignored at the box office.
The fan-created “Cabal Cut” of Nightbreed that first began being assembled over five years ago sought to restore Barker’s film to its intended epic form, and toured horror and comic conventions all over the world to great success in the hope that one day it would receive an official release. Check out this article that I wrote back in April 2012 for further background into Nightbreed‘s post-production foibles and the history of the “Cabal Cut.”
Finally Shout! Factory picked up the rights to release the extended Nightbreed on Blu-ray and DVD this year. Despite being pushed back several months from its original projected summer debut in order to allow more time for a proper restoration of the longer director’s cut, Scream Factory revived interest in the long-awaited Blu-ray via an announcement today offering tons of information. Read all the info below.
This past weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con unleashed the usual torrential downpour of geek-pleasuring news stories such as this and obviously this. But as far as I’m concerned the biggest news coming out of the Con was the announcement that Shout! Factory was planning on releasing several beloved action and horror movies on DVD and Blu-ray later this year and early in 2014 through their Scream Factory label.
Among their slate of upcoming titles are John Carpenter’s inner city siege story Assault on Precinct 13, the 1982 remake of Cat People directed by Taxi Driver/Rolling Thunder writer Paul Schrader, and Sam Raimi’s outrageous pre-Spider Man superhero adventure Darkman featuring Liam Neeson kicking major butt almost two decades before he played that guy whose daughter was…you know…Taken.