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Insights from home entertainment industry experts. Home Media blogs give you the inside scoop on entertainment news, DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases, and the happenings at key studios and entertainment retailers. “TK's Take” analyzes and comments on home entertainment news and trends, “Agent DVD Insider” talks fanboy entertainment, “IndieFile” delivers independent film news, “Steph Sums It Up” offers pithy opinions on the state of the industry, and “Mike’s Picks” offers bite-sized recommendations of the latest DVD and Blu-ray releases.



August 23, 2010
‘Troll 2’ Comes to Blu-ray

troll 2


Oh no they didn’t: Troll 2 is coming to Blu-ray Oct. 5 (prebook Sept. 8) from Fox/MGM (BD/DVD combo pack $19.99, DVD $14.99).

Generally considered one of the worst movies ever made (No. 64 on IMDb’s bottom 100 movies), generating its own documentary (Best Worst Movie, directed by its own star, Michael Stephenson), it is nonetheless beloved for such lines as “they’re eating her…then they’re gonna eat me…oh my god!” (see below). The plot follows some nonsense about a family vacation to the land of Nilbog (which spells “goblin” backwards) where young Joshua (Stephenson) must save his family from man-eating goblins (don’t ask what happened to the trolls; also, this movie has nothing to do with, and is unconnected to, the original Troll).

More fun facts, courtesy of Wikipedia: The movie’s bad goblin costumes were designed by cult erotic actress Laura Gemser, and after a screening of Troll 2 in Morgan, Utah, where the movie was filmed, the director was presented with a key to the city. Celebrate 20 years of this trash classic and preorder it today, along with Best Worst Movie, which streets Nov. 16 from New Video ($19.95).

 

By: Billy Gil


July 06, 2010
Lionsgate Slates ‘Third Man,’ ‘Delicatessen’ on Blu-ray

Delicatessen
Delicatessen


Lionsgate will release from the StudioCanal Collection two acclaimed films on Blu-ray Disc: Academy Award-winner The Third Man and Delicatessen. Each film will be available Sept. 14 at $39.99.

The Third Man
, which won the best black-and-white cinematography Oscar in 1950, stars Orson Welles in a tale of a man who travels to Vienna and aims to discover what has really happened to his recently deceased friend. The film is widely considered one of the top 100 films of all time. The Blu-ray Disc includes a new commentary with assistant director Guy Hamilton, actor Simon Callow and crew member Angela Allen; a new interactive tour of Vienna; the featurette “The Third Man on the Radio”; audio interviews with actor Joseph Cotten and writer Graham Greene; and alternative opening (with voiceover by Cotten); an interview with and zither performance by Cornelia Mayer; a stills gallery; original trailers; and a 20-page collectible booklet.

Delicatessen features a post-apocalyptic society in which food is scarce and is used as currency. The Blu-ray comes with a documentary on the film; a commentary with co-director Jean-Pierre Jeunet; a making-of featurette; the featurette “The Archives of Jean-Pierre Jeunet”; and a 20-page collectible booklet.

Previously released Blu-ray Discs in the collection include Ran, The Ladykillers and Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt.

By: Billy Gil


July 01, 2010
Microcinema Acquires Six Alex Cox Films


Alex Cox, famed director of Sid and Nancy and Repo Man, will have six of his films released by Microcinema International.

Films include Straight to Hell Returns (which was acquired directly from Cox) while Searchers 2.0, El Patruellero/Highway Patrolman, 3 Businessmen, Death and the Compass, and Revenger’s Tragedy also will be released and were acquired from HanWay Films (U.K). Microcinema will hold exclusive home video, digital, broadcast and theatrical rights for the United States and Canada.

“Microcinema is one of the only distributors remaining who truly understands the auteur filmmaker, and I am proud to have my films alongside the likes of Luis Buñuel, Maya Deren, Salvador Dalí, Hal Hartley, the ‘Loose Change’ franchise, and many other fine films and filmmakers,” Cox said.

First up is Searchers 2.0, coming to DVD Oct. 26. Straight to Hell Returns, with Joe Strummer, Courtney Love, Dennis Hopper, Elvis Costello, Sy Richardson, Shane McGowan, Dick Rude, Jim Jarmusch and Grace Jones (phew!), streeting before the end of the year.

By: Billy Gil


June 25, 2010
E1 Gets Blue Underground


Maniac


Cult movie library Blue Underground, keeper of such titles as the upcoming Prowler (out July 27), Machine Gun McCain (out Aug. 24), Vigilante (due Sept. 21, all Blu-ray Discs $29.98) and Maniac (coming Oct. 26, prebook Sept. 28, two-BD set $34.98), will now have its library released by E1 Entertainment Distribution, effective June 28.

Nearly 200 titles make up the grindhouse, horror and action films in Blue Underground’s library, including such films as Final Countdown, Cannonball, Circle of Iron, Emmanuelle in America and The Crazies.

Requests for orders and returns should be directed to E1 Entertainment Distribution U.S.

“Blue Underground goes to great lengths to feature remastered transfers from original vault elements,” E1 said in a press release. “The label has developed a reputation of releasing the highest quality editions available of their films, and they have developed a broad core audience base for their releases.”

Thanks to reporter Chris Tribbey for the tip!

On a semi-related note, if you are a lover of camp films on Blu-ray, please check out Fox/MGM's recent release of Showgirls 15th Anniversary Sinsational Edition on Blu-ray Disc. My friend and fellow camp film enthusiast Brad Schelden at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles recently sat me down to experience this masterwork, and I can't say I'll ever be the same (I suddenly am overcome with the desire to try dog food ...). Check out his blog on the Showgirls release (you can also buy a copy of Showgirls on Blu-ray at the Amoeba site — support an independent chain!).

By: Billy Gil


May 27, 2010
New Indie Titles, May 27: ‘It Came From Kuchar’ and More

It Came From Kuchar
It Came From Kuchar


Title: It Came From Kuchar
Genre: Documentary
Studio: First Run
Street Date: 6/29
Price/Format: $24.95 DVD
Reserve for purchase
Reserve on Netflix


This documentary interweaves clips of films by notorious underground filmmaking twins George and Mike Kuchar, who helped create and inspire ‘B’-movie sleaze, with interviews by fans and followers such as John Waters, Buck Henry, Atom Egoyan, Wayne Wang, Bill Griffith, Gerard Malanga, B. Ruby Rich and Guy Maddin.



Title: Machine Gun McCain
Genre: Cult/Thriller
Studio: E1/Blue Underground
Street date: 8/24
Prebook: 7/27
Price/Format: $19.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray
Reserve for purchase (DVD or Blu-ray)


No, not that McCain. This 1969 Cannes favorite stars John Cassavetes as an ex-con who stages a heist after his mob employer turns on him. The film co-stars Peter Falk, Gene Rowlands, Britt Ekland and Florinda Bolkan, and features music by Ennio Morricone.




Title: An American Journey: In Robert Frank’s Footsteps
Genre: Documentary
Studio: Kino-Lorber
Street date: 8/24
Prebook date: 7/27
Price/Format: $29.95 DVD


Filmmaker Philippe Seclier traces influential photographer Robert Frank’s trips across the United States that inspired his intimate images.


Title: A Town Called Panic
Genre: Animated
Studio: Zeitgeist
Street date: 7/20
Prebook date: 6/22
Price/Format: $29.99 DVD
Reserve for purchase
Reserve on Netflix


Based on a Belgian cult TV series, three plastic toys named Cowboy, Indian and Horse share a house in a village that attracts crazy events.



Title: Lights Camera Dead/F.A.R.T. the Movie
Genre: Cult/Horror
Studio: MVD
Street date: 7/27
Price/Format: $19.95 DVD/$9.95 DVD
Reserve for purchase (Lights/F.A.R.T.)

Nope, IndieFile is not too stuffy for this: MVD Visual and SRS Cinema are releasing two cult, er, “classics.” One is about two filmmakers who will stop at nothing to finish their zombie masterpiece. The other is about a man with two passions — television and flatulence — whose passions are about to come together in a big way. Guess which description is for which film.

By: Billy Gil





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