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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Coppola/Corman Classic "DEMENTIA 13" DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack Out April 26th

Film Chest and Virgil Films & Entertainment Proudly Present DEMENTIA 13 on the HD Cinema Classics and CULTRA Labels

Which Mourner Has a Motive for Murder?

Roger Corman & Francis Ford Coppola Explore the Demented World of the Seedy, Greedy & Insane, all in HD for the 1st Time Ever!

NEW YORK CITY - April 1, 2011 - For Immediate Release - Produced by celebrated B movie icon Roger Corman and directed by the legendary Francis Ford Coppola, 1963's terror-ific Dementia 13 will be available in a special DVD/Blu-ray combo pack, April 26 from Film Chest on the HD Cinema Classics and CULTRA labels (distributed by Virgil Films & Entertainment).

Considered Coppola's first mainstream, "legitimate" directorial effort, this gothic psychological
thriller - based on a story idea Corman penned in one night - was shot for a budget of $42,000. The majority of the American actors were college pals of Coppola, many of whom paid their own way to Ireland for the opportunity to appear in a film. Although Coppola promised "lots of sex and violence," Corman later battled with Coppola and hired director Jack Hill to shoot additional scenes of carnage. For years, it was rumored that the film's print had mysteriously disappeared. Now, Film Chest makes Dementia 13 available to fans, restored and in HD for the first time ever!

 After inadvertently causing her husband's fatal heart attack, Louise, a scheming young woman (Luana Anders, Easy Rider, The Last Detail, TV's Santa Barbara), attempts to have herself written into her wealthy mother-in-law's will. 

Forging a letter from her deceased spouse to convince his family he's away on business, Louise - determined to get into their good graces - pays a surprise visit to the ancestral home in Ireland. With other family members gathered at the foreboding castle, she joins in a morbid ritual to honor Kathleen, her sister-in-law who died mysteriously seven years earlier.

When an axe-wielding lunatic begins murderously stalking the gatherers, her plans are permanently interrupted. But which one is the killer?  Is Louise - or one of the other peculiar mourners, each with a dark motive - willing to do anything to gain fortune?

Also starring William Campbell (Cannonball, Hush … Hush, Sweet Charlotte), Patrick Magee (A Clockwork Orange, Chariots of Fire), Bart Patton, (THX 1138, TV's Riverboat) and Ethne Dunne (No Resting Place, The Mutations).

Dementia 13, restored from original 35mm elements, is presented in widescreen with an aspect ratio of 16 x 9 and 5.1 surround sound. Enclosed is a collectible postcard reproduction of the original movie poster. Special features include Spanish subtitles, before-and-after film restoration demo and trailer.

About Film Chest:
Film Chest, headquartered in New York City, boasts one of the world's largest digitized libraries (10,000+ hours) of classic feature films, television, foreign imports, documentaries, special interest and audio, which it continues to grow aggressively. Founded in 2001, the company offers high-quality content (much in HD) for a wide variety of production and distribution needs and produces collector's sets for consumers. In 2010, Film Chest unveiled three new labels. HD Cinema Classics are films that have been painstakingly restored in HD and 5.1 stereo - utilizing state-of-the art digital technology - from original film assets. American Pop Classics restores classic American film and TV shows from the '30-70s. CULTRA showcases the best (and worst) of cult cinema, a cinematic cesspool of films that are surreal, eccentric, controversial, comical and scary but ultimately engaging and entertaining. With directors who were both visionaries and crackpots, these films were originally misunderstood and rarely a box office success, achieving status by word-of-mouth and underground distribution. Film Chest releases theatrically, on DVD (distributed by Virgil Films & Entertainment) and digitally on iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, Verizon FIOS and more. Visit us online at

About Virgil Films & Entertainment:
Virgil Films & Entertainment, formerly Arts Alliance America, was founded in 2003 as Hart Sharp Video by Joe Amodei to develop, acquire, market and distribute DVD product in the theatrical film, documentary, special interest and sports categories. The company has built partnerships with such high-profile entertainment brands as Sundance Channel Home Entertainment, National Geographic Cinema Ventures, ESPN, MLB Productions, Bombo Sports and Entertainment and Morgan Spurlock's Warrior Poets, among others. For more information, please visit:

Dementia 13 (2 Discs)
Film Chest / Virgil Films & Entertainment
Genre: Horror
Original Release: 1963 (B&W)
Not Rated
Format: DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack
Running Time: Approx. 75 Minutes (Plus Special Features)
Suggested Retail Price: $15.99
Pre-Order Date: March 22, 2011
Street Date: April 26, 2011
Catalog #:  APC-005
UPC Code:  #851169003056

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