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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER "FORGETTING THE GIRL"
STARRING ARGO'S CHRISTOPHER DENHAM
COMES TO DVD & BLURAY APRIL 1
"[A] slow narrative burn...well-drawn characters and tight casting!"
-Chris Peckham, Village Voice
"[A] stealthily suspenseful indie! Denham hits all the right notes!"
-Joe Leydon, Variety
March 4, 2014 (NY, NY) – RAM Releasing, the genre shingle under New York-based distributor Film Movement, today announces the home video release of FORGETTING THE GIRL, the tightly-woven psychological thriller starring ARGO's Christopher Denham as a photographer whose search for love becomes increasingly turbulent, available to own on DVD and Bluray April 1.
Marking filmmaker Nate Taylor's directorial debut, FORGETTING THE GIRL follows charming photographer Kevin (Denham), who can't seem to find the right girl to help him forget his traumatic past. Failure after failure, his world soon spirals into madness, and the women he photographs may not be safe after all. Co-starring Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect, True Blood) and Lindsay Beamish (Shortbus), the film has been heralded as "a nuanced, image-driven film..." by the L.A. Times and "a smart, well-crafted tale..." by All Things Horror.
The newly-launched RAM Releasing's first home video release sets the stage for great things to come from the noir label, and also marks the first time either RAM or sister label Film Movement have released a title on Bluray.
Exclusive bonus content available on both DVD and Bluray:
Four never-before-seen deleted scenes!
Behind-the-scenes commentary track with director Nate Taylor!
Five exclusive web videos, featuring footage not in the film!
Theatrical trailer in 5.1 surround sound!
Available on DVD and Bluray on April 1 at Amazon.com and other major retailers, FORGETTING THE GIRL enjoyed a powerhouse VOD release in Fall 2013. Also available on digital platforms, including iTunes and Amazon Instant, Variety says its "the kind of small-budget gem that...impresses with its polished professionalism. A psycho-sexual thriller [that's] a pleasant surprise!"
FORGETTING THE GIRL | 2013 | Thriller | English | 85 minutes I Unrated
About RAM Releasing:
An ancillary label at FILM MOVEMENT, the North American distributor of award-winning independent films, RAM Releasing is the shot in the arm movies have been waiting for. With an eye for the suspenseful, the action-packed and the noir of the best dark-genre films, RAM Releasing delivers movie experiences in theaters, on DVD and Bluray, and all digital platforms. Established in late 2013 and currently launching a full slate of releases in 2014, RAM Releasing's first films include current and upcoming hits like Forgetting the Girl, APP and Hide & Seek. To learn more, visit RAMReleasing.com, or follow on Twitter (@RAM_Releasing) and Facebook (/RAMReleasing).
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Posted by porfle at 11:03 AM
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Uncork’d Entertainment Proudly Presents
The Dinosaur Experiment
They Were Supposed to be Extinct …
Pulse-Pounding Thriller on VOD April 1st & DVD May 27th
LOS ANGELES — April 1, 2014 — For Immediate Release — It’s kill … or be killed in
The Dinosaur Experiment, coming to VOD (April 1) and DVD (May 6), from Uncork’d Entertainment.
A quaint, little town in Texas, Fossil Ridge, is 100 miles from anywhere … Home to one gas station, which doubles as a diner, and not much else. But the sleepy community is abruptly turned upside down when it’s discovered that a local cattle ranch is actually a breeding ground for ferocious velociraptors—blood-thirsty dinosaurs long-thought extinct.
When the vicious beasts escape, the terrified townspeople must fight to survive the deadly, prehistoric killers hunting them down as prey.
Starring Lorenzo Lamas (USA’s Renegade, CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful), Donny Boaz (The Con-Test, Killer School Girls From Outer Space, The Great Debaters), Declan Joyce (Now Here, Six, Scorched), Lexy Hulme (Lord of Tears) and Jana Mashonee.
The Dinosaur Experiment is presented in widescreen with an aspect ratio of 16 x 9 and 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound.
About Uncork’d Entertainment:
Founded in 2012, Uncork’d Entertainment distributes English- and Spanish-language films across a variety of genres for theatrical, television, DVD, VOD and other digital platforms. The company is helmed by Keith Leopard, an entertainment industry veteran with more than 23 years of experience, who has consulted on acquisitions, merchandising, marketing and distribution for both major studios and independent producers. Top-performing releases in the company’s library include The Dinosaur Project, The Cloth, The Bates Haunting, Stalled and No Tell Motel. Visit us at: www.uncorked-ent.com
The Dinosaur Experiment
Format: VOD & DVD
Running Time: Approx. 90 Minutes
Suggested Retail Price: $12.99
VOD: April 1, 2014
DVD: May 27, 2014
Catalog #: UE1127
UPC Code #: 816943011276
Posted by porfle at 1:17 PM
Cary Hill's Retro Slasher "Scream Park"
Coming to DVD and VOD April 22nd
From Wild Eye Releasing
New York, NY - Wild Eye Releasing is excited to announce that Cary Hill's Scream Park will be available nationwide on DVD and VOD April 22nd. Hailed by Doctor Carnage Reviews as "creepy" and "bringing to mind Black Christmas and John Carpenter's Halloween", Scream Park was a hit at horror festivals throughout 2013, slashing to audience acclaim at Texas Frightmare Weekend, the Eerie Horror Film Festival and Horror Realm.
The Fright Land amusement park is on the verge of closing its doors forever. But the park's owner, Hyde (Doug Bradley, Hellraiser), has one last plan to sell more tickets...murder. Hiring two backwoods maniacs to break into the park and hack and slash all his employees, Hyde thinks these killings will create a media sensation, but he has just unleashed a horror that no one can survive.
SCREAM PARK - Official trailer 2014 - Doug Bradley
The DVD release of Scream Park (SRP $14.95) will exclusively include a commentary with director Cary Hill, bloopers and trailers, available at major retailers nationwide including Best Buy and Walmart .
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Posted by porfle at 12:49 PM
Monday, March 3, 2014
Blowing in on the great Oz-plosion of the 70s and 80s came the vampire thrilla from dan-unda known as THIRST (1979), which definitely would've been part of my VHS rotation if I'd taped it off of Cinemax or dubbed a rental copy.
It isn't a great movie, but these resourceful Aussie filmmakers did a great job taking an outlandish horror story and whipping up a delightfully ghastly bit of entertainment to go around it. The attractive and very expressive Chantal Contouri stars as Kate, a well-to-do career woman who finds out the hard way (being abducted by a vampire cult, that is) that she is the last descendant of Elizabeth Bathory and is now expected to join with her fellow vampires in order to enrich and extend the "bloodline."
Max Phipps, best known as the pathetic "Toady" from THE ROAD WARRIOR, is fellow vampire blue-blood Mr. Hodge, who is most excited about this joining since he'll be participating in the most "intimate" way. Others interested in Kate's absorption into the cult are the vile Mrs. Barker (Shirley Cameron), the familiar Robert Thompson (PATRICK, ROAD GAMES) as Sean, ultra-awesome cult actor Henry Silva as Dr. Gauss, and a curiously reticent Dr. Fraser (DEEP RED's David Hemmings at his most David Hemmings-y) who appears to sympathize with Kate's desire to return home to her hunky fiance' Derek (Rod Mullinar, DEAD CALM).
They're all members of the board of directors of a kind of vampire resort located in a secluded manor (THIRST boasts some very nice actual locations) where passive humans known as "bloodcows" are raised like cattle and drained of their blood to be packaged in milk cartons for thirsty vampires everywhere. Some wonderfully morbid touches include a tour group of excited vamp VIPs being led through the sanitary facilities and snapping photos of bloodcows hooked up to "milking" machines.
Interestingly, director Rod Hardy (BUFFALO GIRLS) originally thought the film was intended as a spoof but discovered John Pinkney's screenplay to be dead serious, which, to the film's benefit, is exactly how Hardy shot it. Thus, while much tongue-in-cheek sport could have been made of several over-the-top scenes featuring gleeful vampiric debauchery and giddy perversity (such as when, during an unholy ritual, we see an old lady insert a set of pointed choppers into her mouth and chow down on a helpless subject) it's all played deliciously straight.
This must have proven a challenge to Chantal Contouri's acting skills, especially since her character is onscreen for almost the entire running time and must remain absolutely convincing throughout. Due to her continued rejection of the vampire life, Kate is subjected to marathon mind-control sessions that are surrealistic nightmares of horror in which she never knows the real from the unreal. Gouts of blood gush from shower heads, people suddenly turn into decaying corpses, and, in one rather icky scene, the man Kate thinks is Derek during their idyllic lovemaking session by a pond turns out to be the toadlike Mr. Hodge.
Things really get intense when Kate finally stops trying to escape and seemingly gives in to her "destiny", which elevates an already bleak film to the truly horrific. Her induction ritual in which she gets to don the pointy teeth herself and go for a prostrate subject's exposed jugular is richly decadent, enhanced by Contouri's glowing-eye emoting. Overall, the film is reminiscent of the modern-day vampire flicks from Hammer or the kind of stuff companies like Amicus were doing in the 60s and 70s.
At times THIRST even has a bit of a SUSPIRIA-like feel to it, and while Hardy is no Argento, his direction is solid. The typically robust musical score by Brian May goes from tragedy to thriller to full-tilt horror in his own inimitable style.
The Blu-ray/DVD combo from Severin Films is in 2.35:1 widescreen with English mono sound. No subtitles. Extras consist of an informative commentary track with director Ron Hardy and producer Antony I. Ginnane, an isolated music score, and a theatrical trailer and TV spots. The film itself looks fine, taken, as the commentary track informs us, from a pristine print kept in storage.
Will Kate fully surrender to a life of vampirism and take her place among the elite bloodsuckers lording it over the rest of us lowly bloodcows? Will she finally manage to escape and return to a normal life in which milk cartons actually have milk in them and false teeth are just for eating corn on the cob? Or--and this is the one I'd put my money on--will THIRST have a bleak, downbeat ending which brings this gleefully lurid vampire romp to its most logical conclusion? Either way, horror fans who like a satisfying taste of modern-day Goth with an Aussie flavor should sink their teeth into this bloodsuckers' tale.
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Posted by porfle at 5:45 PM
Thursday, February 27, 2014
The Jerry Lewis Classic Debuts on Blu-ray™ June 3 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment with All-new Featurette, Storyboard Book, Cutting Script with Director Notes, Special Production Booklet and More
Lewis’ Cinderfella and The Errand Boy DVDs and
rare Phoney Phone Calls CD also included in 4-Disc Set
Burbank, Calif., February 27, 2014 – The Nutty Professor, one of Jerry Lewis’ most celebrated comedies, will be released on Blu-ray™ by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) June 3 in a brand-new 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition. Lewis directed, stars in, and co-wrote (with Bill Richmond) the parody of the classic “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” tale which was selected for the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2004.
WBHE is releasing the four-disc Collector’s Edition with personal input from Mr. Lewis, who has helped compile lots of entertaining extra content for this release. Highlights include a new featurette, Jerry Lewis: No Apologies, an intimate look at “The King of Comedy”; a 48-page book of the film’s original story boards; a 44-page book of excerpts from Jerry's cutting script with personal notes; and a recreated “Being a Person” book, written by Jerry exclusively for the film’s crew. Adding to the offering is the very funny CD collection, Phoney Phone Calls, 1959-1972, with private prank calls secretly recorded by Lewis during those years.
The Nutty Professor 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition ($54.99 SRP) will include the film in DVD format as well as Blu-ray, along with DVDs of two other well-known Lewis comedies, Cinderfella and The Errand Boy. Also currently available from the Warner Archive Collection (www.warnerarchive.com) are Lewis’ films, Family Jewels, Cracking Up (aka Smorgasbord) and Which Way to the Front?
In a personal letter included with the new Blu-ray, Lewis notes, “[This] is a very special film with a lot of heart and soul. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing, directing, acting, editing, scoring and extensive promotion of the film. It is what I always dreamed of doing when I was growing up, watching Charlie Chaplin on the big screen.
“I am so happy to offer the unique elements of this collection for the first time, and I’m thankful to Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures for the opportunity to collaborate on this great release of The Nutty Professor, my very special child.”
A Jerry Lewis Production, The Nutty Professor also stars Stella Stevens and features Del Moore, Kathleen Freeman and Howard Morris. Ernest D. Glucksman produced.
More About the Special Features:
The Nutty Professor:
Jerry Lewis: No Apologies NEW! An intimate look at the artist who has entertained and educated audiences for more than eight decades
Directors Letter NEW! A letter specially written by Jerry to present this new collection
Recreated “Being A Person” book: 96-pages made up of drawings and quotes inspired/written by Jerry Lewis and drawn by his personal illustrator. 250 copies of this book were originally made and distributed to members of the cast and crew of The Nutty Professor after the director heard of general conflicts among them.
CD: Phoney Phone calls 1959-1972: Years before the Jerky Boys were harassing unwitting shop clerks, housewives and businessmen, Lewis perfected the art, as these recordings show. Released in 2001 on the Sin-Drome label, this is a collection of private prank calls secretly recorded by Jerry Lewis over the years.
48-Page Storyboard Book
44-Page Cutting Script with Jerry’s notes
Commentary by Jerry Lewis and Steve Lawrence
The Nutty Professor: Perfecting The Formula Behind-The-Scenes Footage
Jerry Lewis at Work
Jerry at Movieland Wax Museum with commentary by son Chris Lewis
Jerry and Stella Promos
Original Mono Track
Commentary by Jerry Lewis and Steve Lawrence
Select Scene Commentary by Jerry Lewis and Steve Lawrence
Synopsis of The Nutty Professor
The title’s eponymous professor is Julius F. Kelp (Lewis), a shy, bumbling chemistry teacher who has a mad crush on his student Stella Purdy (Stella Stevens). When he tires of being made fun of, Kelp develops a magic potion that turns him into smooth and smarmy nightclub singer Buddy Love. Stella is drawn to Buddy but unfortunately, the potion’s formula is unstable and Buddy keeps slipping back into Julius at the most embarrassing moments. In the end the professor’s ploy is revealed, but not before he delivers a speech calling for everyone to learn to love themselves first before others can return the favor. Stella realizes she loves him for who he is and, needless to say, the ending is a happy one.
About Jerry Lewis
Consummate entertainer and world-renowned humanitarian, Jerry Lewis is a cultural icon in the U.S. and France. He is also the only entertainer ever to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
With worldwide box-office receipts in excess of $800 million (when most tickets were sold for 25-50 cents), Jerry was the top box-office star from 1952-56 with Dean Martin and from 1957-64 solo. Jerry’s groundbreaking brand of physical comedy has influenced generations.
First on stage at age five, Jerry performed in Vaudeville alongside his parents and later began performing stand-up at the age of 15. His meteoric rise to fame began in 1946 at the age of 20, when he teamed with Dean Martin. “They were the biggest stars in the world as a comedy team,” said Billy Crystal about the duo, who caused Beatles-esque pandemonium wherever they went.
Jerry has appeared in more than 50 films, directed a dozen movies, had 13 television specials, three television series, an NBC radio show, recorded numerous records and albums; been the hero of a comic book series; authored four books (and been the subject of many more); and made thousands of other appearances on TV, stage (including a hit Broadway and tour run in Damn Yankees from 1994-97) and in nightclubs all over the world.
Additionally, Jerry Lewis was a major innovator in motion pictures. Director Francis Ford Coppola once noted, “Jerry’s invention of putting a video camera next to the motion picture camera (the Video Assist) so he could play it back and direct himself, has been used for decades by every director in the movie industry.”
Some of his other hit films include Who’s Minding the Store?, The Disorderly Orderly, The Patsy, The Ladies Man, The Bellboy, Visit to a Small Planet, The Geisha Boy, The Delicate Delinquent, and 16 Martin & Lewis films, 1949-1956.
Jerry has been honored with numerous awards including two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; the Governor’s Award at the Emmy® Awards; a Career Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association; a Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy at the American Comedy Awards and many more.
Enormously popular in Europe , particularly France, Jerry was awarded that country’s two most distinguished honors in 1984, making him a Commander in the Order of Arts and Letters and inducting him into the Legion of Honor by the Decree of President Francois Mitterrand.
Jerry has long been a tireless and dedicated philanthropist. For more than 60 years, he has been the driving force behind the fight against muscular dystrophy. As national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Jerry raised more than $2 billion for patient care and research and made the term “Jerry’s Kids” a part of the modern American lexicon. His creation, the MDA Labor Day Telethon, is the most successful fundraising program in the history of television and established a new benchmark in charitable giving.
Jerry has received numerous awards for his charitable endeavors, including: the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (2009); the American Medical Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award (1996), the U.S. Defense Department’s highest civilian award; and the Medal for Distinguished Public Service (1985), among many others.
The Nutty Professor 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
Street Date: June 3, 2014
Order Due Date: April 29, 2014
Cat/UPC: 1000477604/ 883929404872
About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees, as well as directly to consumers through WBShop.com and WBUltra.
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Posted by porfle at 11:18 PM
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I can't explain exactly why I like this movie so much. But it struck me in just the right way the first time I saw it on Cinemax back in the 80s (under the title STRANGE BEHAVIOR) and I've regarded it fondly ever since.
DEAD KIDS (1981), as it's known on DVD, is a low-budget independent film that was made in New Zealand (which doubles for smalltown Illinois) at the height of the slasher-film craze, but there's more to it than just waiting for the next gory kill. Along with a pretty sweet cast (veterans Michael Murphy, Louise Fletcher, Fiona Lewis, Scott Brady, Arthur Dignam, and Charles Lane, along with likable youngsters Dan Shor, Dey Young, and Marc McClure) the film takes ample time establishing a bucolic smalltown ambience and introducing us to some characters that we get to know and don't mind spending a little time with. That way, we're actually concerned when bad things start happening to them.
Shor ("Ram" in the original TRON), whom I've always liked for some reason, is a typical teen named Pete Brady whose dad John (Murphy) is the town's "top cop." SUPERMAN's Marc McClure plays an even quirkier nerd here as poodle-perky school chum Oliver, who tells Pete that he can earn some extra money as a guinea pig for a local research lab run by primly sexy Dr. Parkinson (Fiona Lewis, THE FURY, LISZTOMANIA).
Pete feels like a million dollars after the lady doctor first gives him some kind of magic pill, but their second session (one of the film's most harrowing sequences) is another thing entirely--I'm talking strapped down, hypo in the eyeball, pissing blood, falling face-first into somebody's pizza territory here.
But the real horror that gives DEAD KIDS the sort of subtle creepiness that sneaks up on you is the fact that the young people of the town are suddenly starting to kill each other in gruesome ways for no apparent reason whatsoever. The film opens with such a murder as a young man played by co-scripter Bill Condon (who would later write and direct such films as DREAMGIRLS and GODS AND MONSTERS) gets stalked and stabbed in his own shadow-strewn house while the power is off.
Director Michael Laughlin (STRANGE INVADERS) shows us his schizo style right of the bat by skillfully establishing an effectively chilling situation and then diluting it when the actual murder is awkwardly staged. Time and again for the rest of the film Laughlin continues to show real talent as a director and then undermines himself by allowing certain scenes to come out kind of half-baked.
Still, the good stuff is solid, and even some of the lesser passages get by on a sort of lanky charm. You can't go wrong by giving Murphy's police chief character a male secretary played by the delightfully cranky Charles Lane, and the way a rumpled Scott Brady (as a state cop sent to aid in the murder investigation) just wanders into the movie during a slow scene and starts regaling Murphy and Lane with stories of his most gruesome crime scenes is some kind of wonderful.
In order to get the most out of it, you meet this kind of film halfway or not at all. The rewards--a creepy shot here and there, some suspense, a bit of shocking gore (makeup-effects man Craig Reardon's rushed efforts pay off more often than not), a neat plot twist--keep it all delectably compelling.
There's a party scene that seems to be straight out of 80s teen-movie central (at one point a roomful of dancers actually look choreographed) and is so unabashedly cheesy that I can't help but enjoy it. This leads to another murder sequence--featuring Elizabeth Cheshire who played the cute little girl in AIRPORT '77-- with Laughlin's patented style of mixing the good, the bad, and the lackluster to come up with something all his own.
Louise Fletcher, after her Oscar-winning turn as the loathesome Nurse Ratched in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, gets to let her hair down here as a warm-hearted good ol' gal helping John Brady get over his widowerhood. (The only drawback is that she isn't in the movie nearly enough.) Murphy (MANHATTAN, MASH) is his usual easygoing self until his character is reminded of his late wife, who died mysteriously while working for the equally mysterious, also-dead Dr. LaSange (Arthur Dignam) at the research lab now run by LaSange's assistant Dr. Parkinson.
See how it all ties together? Strange experiments, kids murdering each other, an evil villain reaching out from beyond the grave, and the cold but somehow perversely sexy Fiona Lewis making me feel all tingly in bad ways. Oh yeah, and in the "cannot be unseen" department, Dan Shor's butt. What's up with that? ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL's cute Dey Young shows up as Dan's new girlfriend to help us recover from that sight, but it's too little too late.
What really stays in the mind after watching DEAD KIDS--besides its effectively ominous score by Tangerine Dream--is the exquisitely staged sequence in which matronly housekeeper Mrs. Haskell (Beryl Te Wiata) enters a client's home one night and stumbles into a situation which, thanks to Michael Laughlin hitting all the right notes for a change, is teasingly suspenseful, effectively gruesome, and genuinely, deliciously scary in ways that wouldn't even occur to the usual FRIDAY THE 13TH clone.
Ditto for the film's nail-biting climactic sequence, which, aside from a tank-sized plothole which I've been trying to figure out for the past thirty years, builds to just short of Cronenberg-level intensity as father and son Bradys fall victim to the heinous evil that infests their formerly horror-free existence. There's even a twist that I'd forgotten about, so it came as a surprise to me yet again.
The Blu-ray/DVD combo from Severin Films is in 2.35 :1 widescreen with English mono sound. No subtitles. Extras include a dry commentary from director Laughlin, a much livelier one featuring co-writer Condon along with stars Shor and Young, an isolated Tangerine Dream musical score, U.S. and international trailers, and a newly-shot interview with makeup-effects artist Craig Reardon. Running time is 99 minutes.
Why do I like DEAD KIDS (aka STRANGE BEHAVIOR) enough to keep getting that good old-fashioned horror movie vibe from it after all these years, when so many other fright flicks of its era don't even rate a rewatch? I don't know. There's just something about the ambience Laughlin manages to create that does something for me. Strange, huh?
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Posted by porfle at 11:41 PM