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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.

September 29, 2010
Phase 4 Slates 3D VOD Release ‘Scar’

Jed Weintrob’s 3-D horror film Scar will be the first-ever stereoscopic 3D video-on-demand film released through major cable broadcasters Oct. 1, according to its distributor, Phase 4 Films.

Consumers who own 3D HDTVs and liquid crystal shutter glasses will be able to view the film in stereoscopic 3D, while Phase 4 also will release a 2D version of Scar through VOD the same day. The film tells the story of a young woman who escaped the clutches of sadistic mortician Ernie Bishop and killed him, only to years later face a copycat killer and allegations against her as the new killer. 
“If Freddie Krueger, Michael Myers, Jason Vorhees and Jigsaw had a party, they would have invited Ernie Bishop,” said Berry Meyerowitz, president and CEO of Phase 4 Films. “This film is a total crowd pleaser for those who love to be scared out of their minds, and we are really excited about taking it to audiences. With the popularity of 3D films and as more consumers increasingly recreate the theater experience by buying 3D televisions, Scar is a groundbreaking independent film positioned to tap into this growing market.”
Scar stars Angela Bettis, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Ben Cotton and Christopher Titus, and was written by Zack Ford. Phase 4 early next year will release the film as a dual format combo pack, with an anaglyph 3D version and a traditional 2D version.
“I grew up with the wave of 3D horror films in the 1980s, and I was at the theater for every one of those movies, so when I was offered the opportunity to make an homage to the classic slasher horror films in the new digital stereoscopic 3D, I jumped at it,” Weintrob said. “It's incredible how much more visceral the horror becomes in this new generation of 3D. We literally had someone in the audience pass out at our first test screening!”

By: Billy Gil

September 14, 2010
IFC Midnight Films to Hit VOD Day-and-Date With Fantastic Fest Premieres

IFC Films’ genre label IFC Midnight has partnered with Austin’s Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the United States, taking place Sept. 23-30. The movies will screen at the festival and will simultaneously be available through the movies-on-demand platform of cable systems such as those from Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable and Bright House, hitting about 40 million homes.

Films acquired through the deal include Philip Ridley's devilish thriller Heartless, starring Jim Sturgess; Abel Ferry's High Lane, about a mountain-climbing trick gone wrong; Josh Reed’s Australian horror film Primal, about a girl who becomes feral after bathing in a watering hole in the outback; and Simon Rumley’s Red, White & Blue, about a nyphomaniac girl whose past conquest comes back to haunt her. They join previously announced Fantastic Fest 2009 acquisitions for the initial IFC Midnight offering, including The Human Centipede, The Good the Bad and the Weird and Doghouse.

“Following our successful day-and-date on demand partnerships with SXSW and Sundance, which have included several genre films, a partnership with Fantastic Fest is the next logical step,” said Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Entertainment. “Tim League (CEO of Alamo Drafthouse and co-founder of Fantastic Fest) has cultivated some of the genre's most enthusiastic fans, and Fantastic Fest is an ideal festival with which to launch these four amazing films nationwide.”

By: Billy Gil

September 07, 2010
New Indie Titles: 'Sex and Lucia,' 'Human Centipede'

human centipede

Title: Sex and Lucia
Genre: Foreign/Drama
Studio: Palm Pictures
Street Date: 10/12
Price/Format: $29.98 Blu-ray
Reserve for purchase

This highly erotic film won Paz Vega a Goya and international acclaim. I haven’t seen Sex and Lucia yet, but its description has always reminded me of that “Seinfeld” episode with the sexy foreign film Rochelle, Rochelle — “A young girl’s strange, erotic journey from Milan to Minsk.” The Blu-ray includes behind-the-scenes footage, cast interviews, a photo gallery, a soundtrack excerpt and more.

Title: The Human Centipede
Genre: Horror
Studio: MPI/IFC
Street date: 10/5
Prebook: 8/30
Price/Format: $24.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray
Reserve for
Reserve on Netflix

Possibly the grossest movie ever is coming to DVD and Blu-ray — a mad surgeon creates a creature of sorts by attaching people to one another via their gastric systems. It’s nominated for a Reaper Award (check out the nominations here). Bonus features include deleted scenes, behind the scenes footage, an interview with Tom Six, a documentary with Six, a casting featurette and more.

By: Billy Gil

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

June 25, 2010
E1 Gets Blue Underground


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


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