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Horror Icon Barbara Crampton Headline BEYOND THE GATES On Blu-ray May 2nd!

Welcome, curious viewers…have you the courage to go Beyond The Gates?  A creepy homage to ‘80s horror, Beyond The Gates makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut on May 2nd, 2017 from Scream Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight.  Filled with gory fun, this love letter to the VHS Golden Age of home video contains a number of bonus features, including audio commentaries with director Jackson Stewart, actress Barbara Crampton and the cast and crew, a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, the theatrical trailer, and a retro-style Beyond The Gates commercial. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com

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OKLAHOMA Starring Hugh Jackman, KISS ME KATE & MAN OF LA MANCHA Available This Spring From Shout! Broadway!

This spring, bring home a trio of celebrated Broadway favorites on Blu-ray with new releases from home entertainment imprint Shout Broadway.  Featuring timeless American standards and some of the world’s biggest stars, titles being released include the award-winning 1999 Royal National Theatre production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical classic, Oklahoma!, starring Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables, The Prestige) and Maureen Lipman (The Pianist); the masterful 1999 London revival of the 1949 Tony® Award-winning Best Musical, Kiss Me, Kate, starring Rachel York and Brent Barrett; and the film adaptation of Tony award-winning Broadway smash Man of La Mancha, starring Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren.  Spotlighting musicals and performances that deserve a place on your shelf, Shout Broadway features some of the greatest stage and screen productions ever captured. From recent hits to all-time favorites and Hollywood gems, Shout Broadway celebrates the best in theater and beyond. Continue reading ‘OKLAHOMA Starring Hugh Jackman, KISS ME KATE & MAN OF LA MANCHA Available This Spring From Shout! Broadway!’

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Oscar Nominee “LAND OF MINE” Debuts on Blu-ray June 6

LAND OF MINE, Academy Award® nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, will debut on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital on D-Day, June 6, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Written and directed by Martin Zandvliet (A Funny Man, Applause) and featuring Roland Møller (A Hijacking, A Second Chance), LAND OF MINE, set in post-World War II Denmark, explores the relationship between a hardened Danish sergeant and the young German prisoners of war who are conscripted to defuse thousands of land mines from the Danish coast. LAND OF MINE, which is based on true events, was awarded 3 European Film Awards, including Best Cinematographer, Best Costume Design and Best Hair and Makeup and was an official selection at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

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Vestron Video Returns On June 26th With THE UNHOLY!

Say your prayers before the Vestron Video Collector’s Series releases the demonic horror classic The Unholy, arriving for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray on June 27 from Lionsgate. Following the mysterious murders of his predecessors, a newly appointed pastor must battle a powerful demon to save his parish and the world. The Unholy is packed with all-new special features, including an audio commentary with director Camilo Vila, isolated score selections, interviews with the cast and crew, the original storyboard gallery and more! Plus, this special edition includes the film’s original ending with optional audio commentary from producer Mathew Hayden. Restored and remastered, The Unholy Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray will be available on June 26th. Pre-order now! Continue reading ‘Vestron Video Returns On June 26th With THE UNHOLY!’

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Dolph Lundgren & Denise Richards (You Are Indeed Reading That Correctly) Star In ALTITUDE On Blu-ray June 20th!

Buckle up for high-stakes action when Altitude arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD and Digital HD June 20 from Lionsgate. Depart on flight 709 with star Denise Richards as she embarks on a thrilling ride fighting action veteran Dolph Lundgren and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell. Packed full of nonstop action, the Altitude Blu-ray and DVD will be available June 20th!

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Brooks, Bresson and More Coming to The Criterion Collection July 2017

This July, Criterion will travel to the Zone with Andrei Tarkovsky’s hypnotic, philosophical sci-fi masterpiece Stalker-making its U.S. Blu-ray debut in a new 2K restoration, with special features that explore this endlessly mysterious film’s production and significance, including interviews with the crew as well as a new conversation with author Geoff Dyer. Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty drop out of society and hit the road in Lost in America, a hilarious satire of yuppie dreams and delusions written and directed by Brooks, featuring new interviews with the cast and crew. Robert Bresson presents a world stripped of illusion in his final film, L’argent, an unsparing tale of crime and corruption adapted from a Tolstoy novella, on Blu-ray for the first time in a new, restored 4K digital transfer. And there’s more: the neorealist landmarks of Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy-intensely humane portraits of resistance, mourning, and hope filmed in the rubble of the Second World War-will arrive on Blu-ray in new restorations.

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Audience Awards Film Festival 2017 – Horror Shorts Reviews, Shout Outs & Award Winners Announced

The Audience Awards Film Festival wrapped this past weekend in North Hollywood, CA and it was a real hoot.  Not only did yours truly get to represent the great WhySoBlu.com by hosting and moderating a Q&A for the Project Earth Doc Challenge, but I also got to meet the illustrious Effie T. Brown and take in a gaggle of horror shorts to boot!  (That’s an evening!)  In any case thought I would pay tribute to the new fest by taking an “Encapsulated” look at the six flicks that made up the Horror Shorts program, give a few shout outs and post the release of the winners to which the fantastic festival gave over $100,000 in cash and prizes – read on!

 

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STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Trailer Is Here!

Today, at the Star Wars Celebration convention in Orlando, a moment we’ve all be very eagerly awaiting has arrived!  Our first look at the follow up The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi! This is our first glimpse at the continued adventures of Rey, Finn and Poe as well as everyone’s favorite reckless Knight of Ren, Kylo Ren. JJ Abrams steps aside for this one and acclaimed director Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick) takes the reigns in what could be the best Star Wars yet! Joining the fold this time around to spar with our cast are Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro and Kelly Marie Tran. This film also promises a more full return of original franchise hero, Luke Skywalker, last seen taking his hood off. Does this trailer get you even more ecstatic for what is probably the most anticipated film of the year? Is it enough to wet your appetite until it drops in theaters on December 15th? Patience is a virtue, but damn, give it to me now!  Keep following to watch the trailer that you’re going to be repeatedly viewing and analyzing until the next one drops! Continue reading ‘STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Trailer Is Here!’

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Walter Hill’s STREETS OF FIRE – Collector’s Edition Arrives May 16th!

From acclaimed writer-director Walter Hill comes the stylish rock-and-roll fable, starring Michael Paré (The Virgin Suicides), Diane Lane (Man of Steel), Rick Moranis (Ghostbusters) and Amy Madigan (The Dark Half). Amid a brooding rock & roll landscape, the Bombers motorcycle gang, led by the vicious Raven Shaddock (Willem Dafoe), kidnap diva Ellen Aim (Diane Lane). Her hope for rescue lies with unlikely heroes: soldier of fortune Tom Cody (Michael Paré) and his sidekick, the two-fisted beer-guzzling McCoy (Amy Madigan). Joined by Ellen’s manager, Billy Fish (Rick Moranis), the trio plunges headfirst into a world of rain-splattered streets, hot cars, and deadly assassins.

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THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE Comes To 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray June 13th!

Bring home the year’s funniest family adventure when “The LEGO® Batman Movie,” arrives onto Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. The film features Will Arnett who reprises his starring role from “The LEGO Movie,” as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne. The film also features Zach Galifianakis (the “Hangover” films, “Muppets Most Wanted”) starring as The Joker; Michael Cera (TV’s “Arrested Development”) as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson (TV’s “Daredevil”) as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes (the “Harry Potter” films) as Alfred.

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Catch the ‘Aftermath’ on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD June 6!

Witness the gripping story of two lives forever bound by tragedy when Aftermath arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD and On Demand June 6 from Lionsgate. Inspired by true events, Golden Globe® winner Arnold Schwarzenegger (1977, New Star of the Year – Actor, Stay Hungry) stars as a husband fearlessly seeking revenge on the air traffic controller responsible for his family’s death. The Aftermath Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively   Continue reading ‘Catch the ‘Aftermath’ on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD June 6!’

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Michelle Rodriguez Is On THE ASSIGNMENT June 6th!

The Assignment, the jaw-dropping audacious revenge thriller from legendary director Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hrs.), starring Michelle Rodriguez and Golden Globe® winner Sigourney Weaver (Best Actress, Motion Picture – Drama, Gorillas in the Mist: The Adventure of Dian Fossey; 1989; Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture, Working Girl, 1989,) heads home to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and Digital HD on June 6 from Lionsgate. The film is available On Demand now. Rodriguez stars as a lowlife killer put through a full male-to-female gender reassignment surgery by a score-settling surgeon played by Weaver. Also starring Emmy® and Golden Globe® winners Tony Shalhoub (Golden Globe®: Best Actor, Television Series – Comedy, “Monk”, 2003) and Anthony LaPaglia (Golden Globe®: Best Actor, Television Series – Drama, “Without a Trace,” 2004). Screenplay and story by Walter Hill and Denis Hamill (Turk 182!). Continue reading ‘Michelle Rodriguez Is On THE ASSIGNMENT June 6th!’

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South Park Season 20 Releases on Blu-ray and DVD June 13th

‘Member “South Park”? Oh, I ‘member! The 20th Season of the Emmy Award-winning animated series about four boys from a small Colorado town arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on June 13th of this year. Along with some special features, this release will come in special vinyl-sized packaging available at Best Buy. Relive the moments of Cartman insisting that his girlfriend is both smart and funny or follow along as the Danish government does its best to figure out who the massive internet troll could be. Those and many other ridiculous episodes from Season 20 will be ready and waiting later this year! How about some further details about the release. Continue reading ‘South Park Season 20 Releases on Blu-ray and DVD June 13th’

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JUICE, Starring Tupac Shakur, Debuts on Blu-ray June 6th for its 25th Anniversary

A powerful morality tale steeped in 90s urban culture, JUICE marked the feature directorial debut of Spike Lee’s acclaimed cinematographer Ernest R. Dickerson and the first starring roles for Omar Epps and an electrifying Tupac Shakur.  25 years later, the gritty and influential film continues to be celebrated for its realistic portrayal of Harlem life, the early New York hip hop scene, and the fate of four friends in pursuit of the power and respect they call the Juice. To mark the film’s 25th anniversary, Paramount Home Media Distribution will release the film on Blu-ray for the first time ever on June 6, 2017, packed with brand new interviews and more.

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WILLARD & BEN Trap Themselves On Blu-ray May 16th!

The furry little menaces from the genus Rattus are something to be feared in the repellent rodent films Willard and Ben. Making their Blu-ray and DVD debuts May 16th, 2017 from Scream Factory,  these two twisted “tails” feature brand-new bonus material, including new scans, new audio commentary and interview with actor Bruce Davison, new audio commentary and interview with actor Lee Montgomery, theatrical trailers, still galleries, and more! Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com.

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Fight It Out or Own FIST FIGHT on Blu-ray May 30

Meet the craziest teachers ever when “Fist Fight” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. Ice Cube (“Barbershop: The Next Cut,” the “Ride Along” movies) and Charlie Day (“Horrible Bosses,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) star as high school teachers prepared to solve their differences the hard way in the comedy “Fist Fight,” directed by Richie Keen (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”). “Fist Fight” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 on May 30, and includes the film in high definition on Blu-ray disc, a DVD and a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet*. Fans can also own “Fist Fight” via purchase from digital retailers beginning May 16.

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Horror Comes Full Circle When RINGS Hits Blu-ray May 2nd!

The legend of Samara takes a chilling turn in the new chapter of the hit Ring franchise, RINGS,which comes calling on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 2, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  Dare to watch on Digital HD two weeks early on April 21.

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Jordan Peele’s Terrific Horror Hit GET OUT Arrives on Blu-ray May 23

A speculative thriller from Blumhouse Productions (Split,Insidious franchise, The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele, the first African-American writer/director to cross $150 million at the box office with his debut film, GET OUT arrives on Digital HD on May 9, 2017and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on May 23, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  Known as the best reviewed movie of 2017 on Rotten Tomatoes to date, the dark and unsettling break-out hit is deeply relevant to modern day topics, captivating audiences with thrilling conflicts and danger at every turn. Own GET OUT on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD and be the first to see the chilling alternate ending that flips the script, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, plus much more!

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