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Shout! Factory Comic-Con Panel Spotlights 'Starcade,' Scream Factory 5th Anniversary

24 Jul, 2017 By: John Latchem

Representatives of Shout! Factory at the indie distributor’s July 21 San Diego Comic-Con International panel announced some big plans for the next few months.

In anticipation of a new version of “Starcade,” a game show centered on video games, Shout! will present a six-day marathon of the original 1982-84 “Starcade” Aug. 22-28.

Senior director of video production and digital media Brian Ward teased some of Shout! Factory’s theatrical releases, including In This Corner of the World, an animated film set in Japan during World War II; The Tiger Hunter; and The Trip to Spain, the third in the “Trip” series starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.

Shout! Factory will also release sequels to previous direct-to-video efforts, including Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom, with Mark Hamill, and the motion comic Red Sonja: Blood and Fire motion comic. The company will also release Digimon Adventure Tri: Confession, which Ward called “a game-changer in the franchise.”

Later this year will see more “Super Seintei” releases, “Megaranger” and “Gingaman.” These are the original Japanese series upon which the “Power Rangers” seasons are based.

Shout! also has slated Halo: The Complete Video Collection.

Blu-rays from the curated Shout Select line of catalog films include John Landis’ Into the Night; Matinee; Mac and Me; and The Plague Dogs, a sort of sequel to Watership Down that Ward said is “always on the list of best animated films you’ve never seen.”

Jeff Nelson, marketing director for the Scream Factory horror label, lauded the brand for its 5th anniversary and a history of releasing more than 300 titles. He said the line’s popularity was seen in a recent anniversary sale that crashed the website.

“We started something and a monster grew,” Nelson said.

Nelson said the company is planning more Steelbook collector’s edition releases, and is exploring 4K Ultra HD.

Upcoming titles include Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead in October, 1958’s Attack of the Puppet People, Eye of the Cat, Darkman II: The Return of Durant, Darkman III: Die Darkman Die, American Gothic, Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Cyborg, 2008’s The Strangers timed for the film’s sequel next year, Sam Raimi’s 2009 Drag Me to Hell, and Silent Night, Deadly Night.

Scream Factory will also release a collector’s edition Blu-ray of Misery, featuring a 4K scan of the film and an interview with director Rob Reiner.

At the Shout! Factory panel July 21, (L-R) Moderator Bill Hunt of TheDigitalBits.com joined Shout! Factory senior director of video production and digital media Brian Ward, senior marketing director for Scream Factory Jeff Nelson, and development director Jeremy Whitham.


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