'Masters of Horror' Due March 28 on DVD10 Feb, 2006 By: Jessica Wolf
The first DVD releases from IDT Entertainment's “Masters of Horror” series, featuring short films from top horror directors, are finally arriving on DVD.
After a year of production, promotional buildup and a successful cable launch on Showtime, the first two DVD titles will bow March 28 from Anchor Bay Entertainment.
Cigarette Burns, a detective caper that turns hellish from director John Carpenter, and Dreams in the Witch House, Stuart Gordon's take on an H.P. Lovecraft story, will be available at $16.98 each ($29.98 two-pack).
Each DVD package includes original art from genre artists Jeremy Caniglia, Ashley Wood and Ben Templesmith and comes with a limited-edition collectible trading card.
Both discs also include director commentaries, as well as making-of footage, still galleries, screen savers, DVD-ROM versions of the original screenplays, and interviews with and bios of the directors.
Other directors in the series include John Landis, Joe Dante and Tobe Hooper.
Showtime debuted the series in fall 2005 and already has ordered a second season in the fall. The hour-long productions are all low budget but allow the directors lots of autonomy.
Director Takashi Miike's film Imprint, based on the Japanese novel Bokke Kyoutee, is the only production from the first series that will not air on Showtime. It will, however, arrive later this year on DVD.
The director said he's not surprised Imprint was deemed too scary for TV.
“I have discovered that while humor can have its limits, fear has no limits,” he said. “I could not suppress the volume of terror that this film conveys.”