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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Latest update on SEVERIN BD/DVD for October 13th

“The Best Sci-Fi/Horror Thriller Since ALIEN”, Says Fangoria; Film To Be Restored From Director Richard Stanley’s Own Print

LOS ANGELES, CA– Severin Films today announced the October 13th release of the 1990 sci-fi/horror cult classic HARDWARE, the infamous feature film debut of music video visionary turned writer/director Richard Stanley (DUST DEVIL). Originally rated X by the MPAA and subsequently edited by distributor Miramax, HARDWARE will be presented uncut and uncensored for the first time ever from a print supplied by Stanley himself. In addition, the limited edition two-disc DVD and Blu-ray will include audio commentary, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, and Stanley’s never-before-seen hour-long Super 8 version of the film.

Golden Globe® winner Dylan McDermott (The Practice) stars as a post-apocalyptic scavenger who brings home a battered cyborg skull for his metal-sculptor girlfriend. But this steel scrap contains the brain of the M.A.R.K. 13, the military’s most ferocious bio-mechanical combat droid. It is cunning, cruel, and knows how to reassemble itself. Tonight, it is reborn…and no flesh shall be spared. Stacey Travis (GHOST WORLD) co-stars – along with appearances by Iggy Pop, Lemmy of Motörhead and music by Ministry and Public Image Ltd. – in this kick-ass sci-fi thriller that New York Newsday hailed as “thought provoking and disturbing”, and Fangoria still calls “gritty, trippy and frightening…HARDWARE is one of the best horror movies you’ve never seen.”

“They say 'once in every generation a plague shall fall upon you',” says director Richard Stanley, “and so it is that after an absence of almost two decades I am proud to announce the second coming of HARDWARE to American shores in its full, savage, psychedelic, utterly unexpurgated and wholly unrated glory. We have relished working with Severin films and Norman Hill of Subversive Cinema – who oversaw the successful 2008 release of DUST DEVIL – to fully restore, remix and remaster HARDWARE for its first appearance on DVD and to provide the viewing public with an experience unlike anything they have ever seen before. You have been warned!”

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WWII Epic From Writer/Director of Original INGLORIOUS BASTARDS Includes Tarantino Bonus Features

LOS ANGELES, CA – Severin Films today announced the first-ever DVD/Blu-ray release of the WWII epic EAGLES OVER LONDON. The 1970 hit was the international breakthrough film by Italian action master Enzo Castellari, best known as the writer/director of the original INGLORIOUS BASTARDS which will also be released on DVD and Blu-ray by Severin on October 13th.

“EAGLES OVER LONDON is a terrific film with one of my favorite storylines ever,” Quentin Tarantino said at the film’s Los Angeles premiere in 2008. “You’re in for a real treat!” Exclusive bonus features on the disc include footage of Tarantino hosting the film’s premiere in “Eagles Over Los Angeles”, plus the candid and revealing "A Conversation with Quentin Tarantino and Enzo G. Castalleri Part 2" and more.

Nine years before his classic BASTARDS, Enzo Castellari virtually invented the ‘Macaroni Combat’ genre with this over-the-top saga of valor, vengeance and machine-gun mayhem starring Hollywood legend Van Johnson (THE CAINE MUTINY) and Frederick Stafford (Hitchcock’s TOPAZ) as military officers pursuing a team of Nazi saboteurs through war-ravaged London. For this landmark international production, Enzo would re-create the evacuation of Dunkirk with 2,000 extras on a beach in Spain as well as the Battle Of Britain on a soundstage in Rome. “Almost 40 years later,” says Enzo, “Severin’s restoration and release of my first major film is both tremendously satisfying and humbling.”

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Fully Restored On DVD & Blu-Ray For First Time Ever; “Makes PORKY’S Look Like Proust” Says DVD Talk

(UPDATE: The latest word is that SCREWBALLS has been pushed back once again to an October 27 release.)

LOS ANGELES, CA – Severin Films today announced the October 13th release of the infamous ‘T&A’ classic SCREWBALLS on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time ever in America. This long unreleased, totally unhinged and generally unclothed ‘Canucksploitation’ masterwork has languished in a snowbound Alberta vault for decades. Following the Severin Legal Team's rescue of the film’s original 16mm inter-negative from a black widow's web of legal entanglements, Severin’s Archive Commandos immediately rushed the film to its state-of-the-art facility for high definition transfer and restoration.

SCREWBALLS remains perhaps the most relentlessly raunchy teen comedy of the ‘80s, the saga of Taft & Adams High – including campus virgin Purity Busch, chronic masturbator Melvin Jerkovski and blonde bombshell Bootsie Goodhead – and its incomparable curriculum of freshman breast exams, bikini cheerleader practice and inappropriate uses for bowling ball holes. Russ Meyer goddess Raven DeLaCroix (UP!) co-stars in this notorious drive-in classic originally released by Roger Corman that Mr. Skin hails as “the essential four-star epic of horny high school kids.” Severin’s disc will feature an all-new audio commentary and in-depth featurette documentary with the film’s cast and crew.

When you've got your hands on the Citizen Kane of high school sex cinema, you don't (fool) around" says Severin co-founder David Gregory. "Every day, I get pelted with phone calls asking, 'When is it coming out?' Hey, we don't want to waste a day bringing SCREWBALLS to your DVD and Blu-ray players. But first, we must provide our customary cavalcade of morally casual extras. The cultural importance of this particular title demands nothing less than Severin's absolute best." Added Severin co-founder/CEO Carl Daft, "In my career, I've only personally dealt with two or three motion pictures that deserve the banner of 'masterpiece'." SCREWBALLS is most certainly one of those films. The first time I saw Purity Busch's jubblies unveiled in crystalline high definition transfer, I felt as if my entire adult life had been leading me to that specific moment."

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Severin Films was formed in 2006 with offices in Los Angeles and London. Their previous releases include THE SINFUL DWARF, recent Goya Award winner Jess Franco’s MACUMBA SEXUAL and BLOODY MOON, Walerian Borowczyk’s IMMORAL WOMEN, the unrated Director’s Cut of GWENDOLINE starring Tawny Kitaen, Oscar® nominee Patrice Leconte’s international hits THE HAIRDRESSER’S HUSBAND and THE PERFUME OF YVONNE, and Enzo Castellari’s original action classic INGLORIOUS BASTARDS.

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