10 items from 2015
Ambiguous Ave.? Bizarro Blvd.? David Lynch's major mystery movie is back looking better than ever in a 4K transfer. Criterion's presentation accompanies it with a stack of interesting interviews with Lynch, Naomi Watts, Laura Herring plus other actors and crew people. The movie began, it seems, as sort of a non-spinoff spinoff of Twin Peaks. Mulholland Dr. Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 779 2001 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 146 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date October 27, 2015 / 39.95 Starring Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Ann Miller, Scott Wulff, Robert Forster, Brent Briscoe, Maya Bond, Patrick Fischler, Michael Cooke, Bonnie Aarons, Lee Grant, Chad Everett, James Karen, Dan Hedaya, Monty Montgomery, Rebekah Del Rio. Cinematography Peter Deming Production Designer Jack Fisk Film Editor Mary Sweeney Original Music Angelo Badalamenti Written by David Lynch Produced by Neal Edelstein, Tony Krantz, Michael Polaire, Alain Sarde, Mary Sweeney Directed by David Lynch
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
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- Glenn Erickson
Hope everyone has their boomsticks ready, as this final week of October is looking to be yet another banner week for genre Blu-ray and DVD releases, highlighted by the anticipated Collector’s Edition set for Sam Raimi’s cult classic Army of Darkness from Scream Factory. The recent thriller, The Gift, is also making its way to multiple formats on October 27th and for those of you fans of The Fifth Element out there, Sony is putting together a nifty Cinema Series release that arrives this Tuesday.
Olive Films is also keeping themselves busy this week with several cult classic releases including Breeders, Sometimes They Come Back, Dr. Terror's House of Horror and Saul Bass’ Phase IV, with Warner Home Video resurrecting several classics in HD as well—The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Son of Kong, Them! and the Special Effects Collection box set.
Other notable titles coming out on »
- Heather Wixson
Blu-ray distributors The Criterion Collection have announced its line-up for its October releases, which once again include some of cinema’s finest actors, directors and creators. David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho and David Cronenberg’s The Brood are amongst the latest list of films to get the Criterion touch.
You can view all the Blu-ray details and artwork below…
River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves star in this haunting tale from Gus Van Sant, about two young street hustlers: Mike Waters, a sensitive narcoleptic who dreams of the mother who abandoned him, and Scott Favor, the wayward son of the mayor of Portland and the object of Mike’s desire. Navigating a volatile world of junkies, thieves, and johns, Mike takes Scott on a quest along the grungy streets and open highways of the Pacific Northwest, in search »
- Scott J. Davis
A film that I somehow missed while growing up, Scarecrows is a bit of an oddity in comparison to the rest of the ’80s horror genre landscape. Not a slasher movie nor a traditional monster movie, William Wesley’s directorial debut is part caper-gone-awry/part paranoia-fueled thriller and does a nice job of creating a palpable sense of tension even while contending with the constraints of a minuscule budget. It also ups the creep-out factor with some strikingly cool killer scarecrow designs and features some of the most incredible nighttime cinematography, as well. Scarecrows may be one of the more overlooked cult classics from the ’80s, but thankfully Scream Factory is here to finally show this deserving film some love with a great new Blu-ray release.
Scarecrows digs right into its story, picking up with an elite group of thieves as they’re escaping on a hijacked plane with their loot in tow. »
- Heather Wixson
At the top of a definite genre shortlist is William Wesley’s 1988 title Scarecrows, a little horror flick about the eponymous objects used to frighten birds away from crops. Unfortunately, to use a cheap analogy, their use as frightful entities on film is parallel to their safeguarding of crops, effective only to the cognitive capabilities of smaller creatures. While Wesley maintains an effective command of ambience throughout this nocturnal jaunt through the vegetation, a bounty of budgetary restraints, strained performances and belabored writing seemingly brought on by a limited concept mark the film as fodder for the Mystery Science Theater 3000 experience.
A band of ex-military criminals heist the Camp Pendleton payroll, take a pilot and his daughter hostage, and make a mad dash through Mexico. However, one of their crew members double crosses them, attempting to murder his cohorts and escape with all the money for himself. This leads »
- Nicholas Bell
Let’s just be honest and get this one out of the way: you should be doing back-flips over this excellent release from the horror genre’s buddies, Scream Factory. There are fun titles that come out and are enjoyable, and then there are films like 1988’s gory and terrifying Scarecrows, a film so under-appreciated, that this is one of the most important horror releases of the year according to this crazy as hell writer.
Director William Wesley created such an unsettling and downright nasty tale of rogue military criminal getting their just rewards in the form of Satanic farmer scarecrows..that enough is a reason to pick this one up, but hey I’m feeling like having a bit of fun today, so I’ll just have to give you a few other reasons to get this one.
Let’s face it: a group of ex-military criminals »
- Jerry Smith
A tough-as-nails team of criminals fight for their lives at a farmyard in Scarecrows. With the 1988 action horror film now available on home media from Scream Factory, we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.
"After a band of ex-military criminals pulls off a multi-million dollar heist, they hop aboard a plane headed for Mexico. But when one of their own betrays them, they suddenly find themselves on the ground and on the run through a field of scarecrows near an abandoned farmhouse. And as night sets in, the real nightmare begins. The men discover that there's a reason the farmhouse is empty... and now those who thought they were the hunters are being hunted by an unimaginable and malevolent force!"
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Scarecrows.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email email@example.com with the subject “Scarecrows Contest. »
- Derek Anderson
A tough-as-nails team of criminals find themselves in a fight for their lives at a farmyard in Scream Factory's Scarecrows, hitting Blu-ray on June 2nd. Ahead of the film's home media release, we have three clips and a trailer from Scarecrows.
Synopsis: "After a band of ex-military criminals pulls off a multi-million dollar heist, they hop aboard a plane headed for Mexico. But when one of their own betrays them, they suddenly find themselves on the ground and on the run through a field of scarecrows near an abandoned farmhouse. And as night sets in, the real nightmare begins. The men discover that there's a reason the farmhouse is empty... and now those who thought they were the hunters are being hunted by an unimaginable and malevolent force!
- Derek Anderson
A tough-as-nails team of criminals find themselves in a fight for their lives at a farmyard in Scream Factory's Scarecrows, coming out on Blu-ray this summer. We have the Blu-ray's release details and cover art in our latest round-up, as well as a look at a new Star Wars infographic from NeoMam Studios that examines the exciting history of the Millennium Falcon, and Funko's recent reveal of three upcoming Gremlins ReAction figures.
Scarecrows: Press Release - "Trespassers will be violated. Scream Factory proudly presents the action-packed supernatural thriller Scarecrows on June 2, 2015. Making its Blu-ray debut, this release comes packed with new bonus features, including audio commentaries with director William Wesley and producer Cami Winikoff, and interviews with special make-up effects creator Norman Cabrera and actor Ted Vernon. Fans that order from shoutfactory.com will have their copy shipped two weeks early!
After a band of ex-military criminals pulls off a multi-million dollar heist, »
- Derek Anderson
Scream Factory is already doing a great job of making 2015 one memorable year for horror fans, with a continual output of genre favorites from cult films like Exterminators Of The Year 3000 to the upcoming releases of not only recent favorites like The Babadook, but genre classics like John Carpenter’s Escape From New York. Coming this June, the gang at Sf plans on continuing that tradition with the June 2nd Bluray release of 1988’s William Wesley-helmed Scarecrows, complete with enough brand new special features to make horror aficionados pleased. Read on!
After a band of ex-military criminals pulls off a multi-million dollar heist, they hop aboard a plane headed for Mexico. But when one of their own betrays them, they suddenly find themselves on the ground and on the run through a field of scarecrows near an abandoned farmhouse. And as night sets in, the real nightmare begins. »
- Jerry Smith
10 items from 2015
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