Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Check Out All Of These Extras! ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY on Digital HD March 24 and Blu-ray April 4

Fans go behind the scenes with filmmakers and cast for a revealing look at the stories behind the first Star Wars standalone film!
Announced today on The Star Wars Show and StarWars.com, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will be coming home on Digital HD on March 24th and Blu-ray on April 4th.  This news comes on the heels of the start of production announcement of the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story.  “Rogue One” has established its place within the Star Warsuniverse and the hearts of moviegoers, becoming the seventh highest-grossing film of all time in the U.S. 

Arriving early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on March 24, and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on April 4, the release includes never-before-seen “Rogue One” bonus material that will take fans behind the scenes with the movie’s diverse, dynamic cast and inspired team of filmmakers. An intimate collection of stories reveals how the film came to life, as well as hidden Easter Eggs and film facts that audiences may have missed in the theater.

Bonus features include*: 
  • A Rogue Idea – Hear how ILM’s John Knoll came up with the movie’s concept – and why it’s the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films.
  • Jyn: The Rebel – Get to know Rogue One’s defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen.
  • Cassian: The Spy – Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance and passion.
  • K-2SO: The Droid – Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk’s performance.
  • Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills – Go deeper into the relationship between these two very different characters, with Chinese superstars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.
  • Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary – Forest Whitaker and Riz Ahmed reflect on Saw Gerrera, the broken Rebel leader, and Bodhi Rook, the Imperial pilot who defects.
  • The Empire – Meet a dangerous new Imperial adversary…and cross paths once more with the most iconic villain of all time.
  • Visions of Hope: The Look of “Rogue One” – The filmmakers describe the challenges and thrills of developing a bold new look for the movie that can fit within the world of the original trilogy.
  • The Princess & The Governor – See what it took to bring the vibrant young princess of “Star Wars: A New Hope” – as well as one of her most memorable foes– – back to the screen.
  • Epilogue: The Story Continues – Filmmakers and cast celebrate Rogue One’s premiere and look forward into the future, to the Star Wars stories yet to be told.
  • Rogue Connections – Uncover Easter eggs and film facts hidden throughout the movie that connect “Rogue One” to the Star Wars universe. 
Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

SYNAPSE FILMS GETS ITS SHIT TOGETHER WHEN “THE VIOLENT SHIT COLLECTION” COMES TO DVD IN A THREE DVD/FIVE-FILM SPECIAL “SHITITION” THIS APRIL!

A legendary and notorious staple of the underground tape-trading scene of the 1990s, Andreas Schnaas’ VIOLENT SHIT trilogy were landmarks of the early shot-on-video horror boom that would go on to have a profound impact on extreme genre filmmakers the world over.  Proving that you could bring new excesses to genre cinema, these films represented a new high in lowbrow entertainment whose impact can still be felt today on Synapse Films’ remastered DVD box set just ripe for rediscovery for a new generation of fans! 

In 1980s Germany, horror film censorship was a huge problem. The government rarely let classic horror films pass without severe cuts when they were released on home video. To combat this unfortunate situation, many German horror fans scraped together a few bucks, rented video cameras and created their own ultra-violent, gory, splatter film epics. Arguably the most famous of these micro-budget German gorefests are the VIOLENT SHIT films from director Andreas Schnaas. Shot on standard definition video cameras, these films are a sight to behold. Although they are amateurishly made, choppily edited and loaded with ridiculous low-budget gore, these films have an undeniably offensive charm that has kept horror fans entertained for over 25 years!

Synapse Films is proud to present the original VIOLENT SHIT trilogy, along with 2010’s VIOLENT SHIT 4.0: KARL THE BUTCHER VS. AXE on DVD for the first time in North America, in versions completely remastered by the original owners. Also includes the crazy English language dub version of ZOMBIE ’90: EXTREME PESTILENCE on a Bonus DVD, along with liner notes and additional VIOLENT SHIT 4.0 Bonus Features.

VIOLENT SHIT
The legend of “K. the Butcher Shitter” is born in this German DIY video roughie, shot on the low-fi Video-8 format. A demented killer escapes the police and leaves a trail of blood and gore in his wake. Newly re-mastered by the film’s original producer.

NOT RATED / 1989 / 73 MINS. / COLOR
Video: Anamorphic (1.78:1) Widescreen Presentation / NTSC
Audio: Dolby Digital German 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles: English (Optional)

VIOLENT SHIT II: MOTHER HOLD MY HAND
Set twenty years after the original film, Karl the Butcher Jr. continues his late father’s legacy. After receiving a machete as a birthday gift from his mother, Karl Jr. turns into a maniacal killer slashing, chopping, shooting and disemboweling his way through the German countryside. Newly re-mastered by the film’s original producer.

NOT RATED / 1992 / 74 MINS. / COLOR
Video: Anamorphic (2.35:1) Widescreen Presentation/ NTSC
Audio: Dolby Digital German 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles: English (Optional)

VIOLENT SHIT III: INFANTRY OF DOOM (aka ZOMBIE DOOM)
A group of friends get lost at sea and land on a remote island, but they are not alone! Captured by Karl the Butcher Jr. and his father, these men are subjected to a sadistic version of “The Most Dangerous Game” brought on by the Butcher Shitters and their army of metal-masked killers! Newly re-mastered by the film’s original producer.

NOT RATED / 1999 / 79 MINS. / COLOR
Video: Anamorphic (2.35:1) Widescreen Presentation / NTSC
Audio: Dolby Digital German 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles: English (Optional)

VIOLENT SHIT 4.0: KARL THE BUTCHER VS. AXE
The year is 2023, and the world has become a desolate wasteland with gangs taking over the streets. Karl the Butcher Jr. returns from the bowels of Hell, on a mission to kill a new mass murderer named Axe.  Original English Language Version.

NOT RATED / 2010 / 78 MINS. / COLOR
Video: Anamorphic (1.78:1) Widescreen Presentation / NTSC
Audio: Dolby Digital English 2.0 Stereo

BONUS FEATURE: ZOMBIE ’90: EXTREME PESTILENCE
Shot for a reported $2000 between the filming of VIOLENT SHIT 1 & 2, ZOMBIE ’90: EXTREME PESTILENCE follows two bumbling doctors as they investigate a zombie outbreak. After a military plane crash releases strange chemicals into the German countryside, the dead rise to attack the living! Can they be stopped? Transferred from an original PAL 1” master given to us by Cinematographer Steve Aquilina.

NOT RATED / 1991 / 76 MINS. / COLOR
Video: Full-Frame (1.33:1) Presentation / NTSC
Audio: Dolby Digital English 2.0 Stereo

SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:
-          The first three VIOLENT SHIT films, remastered by the original owners, plus VIOLENT SHIT 4.0: KARL THE BUTCHER VS. AXE
-          Liner notes from Ted Geoghegan (Screenwriter of NIKOS THE IMPALER, and Writer/Director of WE ARE STILL HERE)
-          A Special BONUS DVD, including the English dub version of ZOMBIE ’90: EXTREME PESTILENCE, and VIOLENT SHIT 4.0: KARL THE BUTCHER VS. AXE Trailers, Behind-the-Scenes Footage, and Premiere Footage

THREE DVD SET - UPC: 654930319598 - ITEM #: SFD0172
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $29.95 -- STREET DATE: APRIL 11, 2017
ALL-REGION/REGION FREE

Full Moon presents the Blu-ray premiere of mini-monster mash classic THE CREEPS

For the first time on Blu-ray comes this wild Full Moon cult favorite!
Undersized, Undead and Angry.

Dracula. Frankenstein. The Werewolf. The Mummy. In an experiment of the maddest kind of science, these four classic monsters of film and literature are brought back to life…but something goes wrong. Though they look and act exactly as they you’d think they’d look, the creepy quartet emerge as half their normal size. Now, they're three feet tall…and not happy at all.

From Full Moon founder, producer and director Charles Band, comes 1997’s THE CREEPS (aka DEFORMED MONSTERS), one of the studios most beloved and requested titles. Originally filmed and exhibited in 3D, this new Blu-ray is culled from the original negative and presented in a stunning anamorphic, 2D HD 1080p transfer, all the better to appreciate Adolfo (Stuart Gordon’s PIT AND THE PENDULUM) Bartoli’s rich 35mm cinematography and Gabe (FROM BEYOND, BASKET CASE 2) Bartalos’ amazing practical make-up FX.

Filled with humor, horror, wit, style, sleaze and silliness, THE CREEPS also offers one of legendary diminutive actor Phil (TROLL, LAND OF THE DEAD) Fondacaro’s greatest roles as Count Dracula, one of the most effective – and underrated – portrayals of the vampire in horror film history.

THE CREEPS is available on Blu-ray on February 21. Special features include original Full Moon trailers and a vintage THE CREEPS Videozone behind-the-scenes featurette

TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT ON BLU-RAY DELUXE GIFT SET, BLU-RAY COMBO PACK, DVD AND DIGITAL HD APRIL 18, 2017

INTRIGUE, ADVENTURE AND DECEPTION
TEST THE BONDS OF DC SUPER HEROES AS
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES
TEEN TITANS:
tHE JUDAS CONTRACT
ON BLu-Ray TM deluxe gift set,
BLu-Ray TM COMBO pack, DVD and DIGITAL HD
APRIL 18, 2017 

Highly-Anticipated DC Universe Original Movie Featuring Never-Before-Seen Bonus Content;
Deluxe Giftset includes Exclusive Blue Beetle Figurine

BURBANK, CA (February 16, 2016) — Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment bring one of the most momentous Teen Titans plotlines in comics history to animated life with the all-new, feature-length film Teen Titans: The Judas Contract. Inspired by the 1984 DC story arc from Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on April 18, 2017.

The landmark Teen Titans story will be available on Blu-ray™ Deluxe Giftset ($39.99 SRP), Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP) starting April 18, 2017.  The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes the movie in high definition on Blu-ray Disc, a DVD, and a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet*. The Blu-ray™ Deluxe Edition will include all components of the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, along with an exclusive figurine of Blue Beetle in a numbered, limited edition gift set. Teen Titans: The Judas Contract will be released via Digital HD on April 4, 2017.

Led by Starfire, the Teen Titans – Beast Boy, Raven, Blue Beetle, Robin and the just-returned Nightwing – have built a cohesive team in their never-ending battle against evil; but their newest teammate, the mysterious and powerful Terra, may be altering that dynamic. Meanwhile, an ancient evil, Brother Blood, has awakened, and familiar foe Deathstroke is lurking in the shadows – both waiting to pounce. Ultimately, the Teen Titans will need to battle their enemies and their own doubts to unite and overcome the malicious forces around them in this twisting tale of intrigue, adventure and deception.

Christina Ricci (Zelda, Sleepy Hollow, The Addams Family) and the late Miguel Ferrer (NCIS: Los Angeles, RoboCop, Crossing Jordan) join the already established Teen Titans voice cast as Terra and Deathstroke, respectively. Returning Titans actors include Sean Maher (Firefly/Serenity, Batman: Bad Blood) as Nightwing, Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) as Raven, Jake T. Austin (Wizards of Waverly Place, The Fosters) as Blue Beetle, Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series) as Beast Boy, Kari Wahlgren (Phineas and Ferb, Legion of Superheroes) as Starfire, and Stuart Allan (Batman vs. Robin, Batman: Bad Blood) as Robin/Damian. Gregg Henry (Scandal, The Killing, Payback) voices the villainous Brother Blood.

The voice cast also includes Maria Canals-Barrera (Wizards of Waverly Place) as Jaime’s mother, Meg Foster (They Live) as Mother Mayhem, Crispin Freeman (Justice League Action, Batman: Arkham games) as Speedy,  Masasa Moyo (Young Justice) as Bumblebee, David Zayas (Gotham, Dexter) as Jaime’s father, Jason Spisak (Young Justice) as Kid Flash, and Kevin Smith (Clerks, Geeking Out) as … himself.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract is directed by Sam Liu (Batman: The Killing Joke) from a screenplay by Ernie Altbacker (Justice League Dark). Sam Register is Executive Producer; James Tucker (Batman Bad Blood, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders) is Supervising Producer; and Alan Burnett (Justice League vs. Teen Titans) is co-Producer.

Teen Titans: The Judas Contract pays homage to one of the truly legendary story arcs in DC’s Teen Titan series, one that fans have been requesting for years, so we are excited to release a film that should surpass their expectations,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “We are thrilled to deliver this complex and exhilarating story that tests the bonds between all members of the Teen Titans to both longstanding and new fans of all generations.”

Teen Titans: The Judas Contract Enhanced Content
Blu-ray™ Deluxe Giftset, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & Digital HD
·         Sneak Peek - Batman and Harley Quinn: Sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie, featuring the talented creators and voice cast.
·         Featurette - Titanic Minds: Wolfman and Perez: This revealing documentary explores a creative partnership that has lasted decades as Marv Wolfman and George Pérez come together to discuss their careers and one of the most famous runs in Teen Titan history, The Judas Contract.
·         Featurette - Villains United—Deathstroke: When the super-soldier Deathstroke appears, the forces of good will be in the fight of their lives. This short featurette reveals the origin and unique abilities of this villain.
·         Additional Sneak Peeks
·         From the DC Comics Vault - Two Bonus Cartoons (Blu-ray™ Deluxe Giftset and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack only)
DVD
Sneak Peek - Batman and Harley Quinn:  Sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie, featuring the talented creators and voice cast.