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Blu-ray Review: Arrow Video’s Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box Limited Edition Trilogy

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Arrow Video wants fans to experience the pleasures contained within their recent The Scarlet Box limited edition set featuring the first three Hellraiser films in HD as well as a bounty of special features that will keep you busy for hours on end. If you’ve been looking to add Clive Barker’s influential and unforgettable original Hellraiser film—or its first two sequels—to your home media collections, you can’t go wrong with The Scarlet Box.

Some things have to be endured. That’s what makes the pleasure so sweet.

Barker’s Hellraiser, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, pushed the boundaries of cinematic horror in ways audiences had never experienced before. Based on his novella The Hellbound Heart, Barker’s feature film adaptation introduces us to Frank Cotton (Sean Chapman), whose soul is transported to a hellish dimension after acquiring a mysterious puzzle box that summons demonic forces.
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Orlando Bloom To Star In Shanghai Action Thriller, Smart Chase: Fire And Earth

Actor Orlando Bloom will be setting up shop in China later this year with the emergence of BlissBloom Productions - created between Bloom's Viddywell Productions banner and China's own Bliss Media. For this, word from Variety broke last week that the actor and star of the upcoming Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, will star and co-produce in Smart Chase: Fire And Earth, news accompanied by the very teaser poster you see above from the festival. Night Fare (2015) helmer Julien Seri will direct from a script by Elephant White (2011) scribe Kevin Bernhardt which tells of a washed-up private security agent who gets ambushed as he attempts to escort a pricey Chinese antique out of Shanghai. Also starring are Special ID...

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Orlando Bloom Heads To Shanghai For Action Thriller Smart Chase: Fire & Earth

Orlando Bloom has signed up to lead Shanghai-set actioner Smart Chase: Fire & Earth, the first movie from BlissBloom Productions, a venture co-financed by both Bloom and Chinese outfit Bliss Media. As well as taking his first leading action role in a while, Bloom’s also set to produce the pic, which has got quite the international assembly both in front and behind the camera.

Bloom stars as Danny Stratton, described as “a washed-up private security agent,” who is given a chance to turn around his bad luck by “escorting a valuable Chinese antique out of Shanghai, but is ambushed en route. With the safety of the women he loves in jeopardy, Danny has to work with his team of security experts, the S.M.A.R.T., to save her, as a dreadful conspiracy begins to unravel.”

That sounds like it has potential to reinvigorate the actor’s career and
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Bloom To Star, Produce "S.M.A.R.T. Chase"

Orlando Bloom and Bliss Media are teaming to form BlissBloom Productions with the first project of the venture to be the thriller "S.M.A.R.T. Chase: Fire & Earth".

Kevin Bernhardt penned the script about a washed-up private security agent given the rare opportunity to escort a valuable Chinese antique out of Shanghai, but is ambushed en route.

With the safety of the women he loves in jeopardy, he has to work with his team of security experts to save her. Bloom is attached to star alongside Jing Tian, Leo Wu, Cao Kefan and Liu Enyou.

Julien Seri will direct the project which will film in Shanghai.

Source: Bliss Media
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Orlando Bloom partners with China’s Bliss Media

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Orlando Bloom partners with China’s Bliss Media
Actor Orlando Bloom is partnering with China’s Bliss Media to form a joint production company, BlissBloom Productions, and will star in the venture’s first production S.M.A.R.T. Chase: Fire & Earth.

Directed by Julien Seri (Night Fare), S.M.A.R.T. Chase will also star Jing Tian (Great Wall), Leo Wu (The Wonder), Cao Kefan (The Flowers Of War) and rising talent Liu Enyou.

Bliss Media will finance, produce and oversee Chinese distribution for the project, which is written by Kevin Bernhardt (The Immortals) and co-produced with Jerome Salle (The Tourist). CAA packaged the film and reps Us rights.

The story follows a private security agent who is ambushed while escorting a valuable Chinese antique out of Shanghai.

Bloom will next be seen in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Michael Apted’s Unlocked.

Bliss, which launched the $150m Bliss-codi Film & TV Investment Fund at Cannes last month
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Geno Havens, Veteran Casting Director, Dies at 75

Geno Havens, a casting director whose credits include Carl Reiner's The Jerk and Brian de Palma's Phantom of the Paradise, has died. He was 75. Havens died Friday of complications from a stroke at USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, screenwriter, producer and actor Kevin Bernhardt told The Hollywood Reporter. They were friends for 30 years and worked together on several films. Havens helped launch the acting careers of Dennis Quaid and Bernhardt's ex-wife, Purple Rain co-star and Prince protege Apollonia. Havens also served as casting director on such films as More American Graffiti (1979) — he was

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Blu-ray Review – Hellraiser – The Scarlet Box Limited Edition Trilogy

Hellraiser – The Scarlet Box Limited Edition Trilogy

Directed by Clive Barker/Tony Randel/Anthony Hickox.

Starring Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Doug Bradley , Ashley Laurence, Nicholas Vince, Simon Bamford, Barbie Wilde, Sean Chapman, Kenneth Cranham, Oliver Parker, Terry Farrell, Kevin Bernhardt, Oliver Smith, Grace Kirby, Paula Marshall, Ken Carpenter, Imogen Boorman, William Hope.

Synopsis:

The first three films in the Hellraiser series are given a new lease of life in an expansive Blu-ray box set, courtesy of Arrow Video.

To say that this release has been highly anticipated in the horror community since it was first announced several months ago would be something of an understatement; in fact, it would be a total lie as once it was announced that Clive Barker’s classic Hellraiser and its two immediate sequels were getting a 2K restoration then October 26th 2015 became judgement day for anybody with an appreciation for Barker’s masterpiece and the mythology it spawned,
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Review: "Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box Limited Edition Trilogy 1987-1992", UK Blu-ray Release From Arrow Films

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By Darren Allison

Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box Limited Edition Trilogy 1987-1992 Directed by Clive Barker, Tony Randel, Anthony Hickox, Starring Doug Bradley, Andy Robinson, Ashley Laurence, Claire Higgins, Kenneth Cranham, Terry Farrell, Kevin Bernhardt. Arrow Blu-ray 4 Disc, Released on 26th October 2015.

Stephen King was once quoted as saying: “I have seen the future of horror… his name is Clive Barker.” The future became a reality when, in 1987, Barker unleashed his directorial debut Hellraiser, launching a hit franchise and creating an instant horror icon in the formidable figure of Pinhead.

Arrow’s beautifully produced Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box, has arguably for the first time, been afforded the prestige it fully deserves. The collection works very nicely in deed, mainly because its focus revolves around creator Clive Barker’s involvement in the franchise. Whilst Barker had a small interest in the fourth instalment Hellraiser IV: Bloodline, it would be the
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James Reviews Prachya Pinkaew’s Elephant White [Blu-Ray Review]

A straight to DVD movie starring Djimon Hounsou as an assassin and Kevin Bacon as a gun runner in Thailand directed by Prachya Pinkaew, the director of two of my favorite action films in the last 10 years, Ong Bak and Chocolate? How could I have missed it? Why didn’t it come out in theaters here? Why am I asking so many questions? This is what I was asking the whole time while watching the film. The most important being: Is this a good film?

An American mercenary who is very cautious with his name (Djimon Hounsou) is finishing up a job in Thailand for an employer when he offers him one more job. He asks him to kill the crime lord who abducted, prostituted his daughter and ultimately killed her. He accepts but is wary when a mysterious 14 year old Mae (Jirantanin Pitakporntrakul) comes into his life and gives
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Elephant White (2011)

Written and Directed by Prachya Pinkaew

Featuring Sahajak Boonthanakit, Djimon Hounsou, Kevin Bacon, Weeraprawat Wongpuapan

Elephant White, the newest film from Prachya Pinkaew (Ong-bak), is a beautifully shot albeit derivative action yarn with none of the panache exhibited in the director’s previous films.

After his daughter is abducted and then murdered by members of a sex-trafficking syndicate in Thailand, Rajahdan (Sahajak Boonthanakit) hires an imposing mercenary named Church (played by Gladiator’s Djimon Hounsou) to take them out. Church visits an arms dealer called Jimmy the Brit (a slumming Kevin Bacon) and stocks up on hardcore weaponry before heading into Bangkok to shoot some bad guys. After blowing up his targets in fiery action-film fashion he befriends Mae (Jirantanin Pitakporntrakul) a young sex worker who might be a spy from one of the opposing slave-trade syndicates. Church uncovers a far more complicated hierarchy responsible for the death of Rajahdan’s daughter,
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More Guns Guv'Nor? The First Trailer for Prachya Pinkaew's Action Thriller Elephant White is Here

Director Prachya Pinkaew (Ong-bak) returned to south-east Asia to shoot the action thriller Elephant White in 2010. Elephant White is a co-production between Millenium Films and Swingin' Productions and in the trailer below, an African mercenary (Djimon Hounsou) is hired to seek vengeance on a gang, profiting from the Thai sex trade, after they murder his daughter. This endeavour requires big guns and English accents, from a ruthless arms dealer (Kevin Bacon). Have a look at the explosive trailer below, with this film moving straight-to-dvd/Blu-ray May 17th.

The synopsis for Elephant White is here:

"Mercenary Curtie Church (Djimon Hounsou) is hired to take out a notorious Thai sex-trafficking gang by a father whose daughter was kidnapped and murdered by the gang. With the help of a ruthless weapons dealer (Kevin Bacon), Church finds the men he is hired to kill. But what starts as a paying job, turns into an
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Wayne Kramer To Direct Pretty Boy Floyd

We all remember this director from a title Running Scared, so we’re looking forward to see what Wayne Kramer can do with a crime thriller about 20s and 30s bank robber Charles Arthur Floyd.

This name definitely sounds familiar! Maybe he’s no Robin Hood, but he became known as “Robin Hood of the Cookson Hills,” despite being wanted by the FBI for killing Kansas City police officers.

So, Wayne Kramer will direct the biopic from Kevin Bernhardt’s script with an eye on modernizing the tone of the story. Here’s what he had to say about this project:

“My approach is to bring 21st century style and energy to Kevin Bernhardt’s meticulously researched screenplay without sacrificing the verisimilitude of the period or over-sensationalizing the characters themselves…

At the heart of ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’ is a great love story about an outlaw on the run who can
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Wayne Kramer to Direct Pretty Boy Floyd

Last summer Michael Mann's Public Enemies was a bit of a commercial disappointment with middling reviews, making it somewhat unlikely that anyone else would attempt another early '30s gangster flick again in the near future. And yet, apparently director Wayne Kramer was not put off by the lukewarm response, and has just announced a public enemy project of his own: a crime thriller centering on Charles Arthur Floyd aka Pretty Boy Floyd. Floyd was one of the many bank robbers operating in the Midwest around the same time as Dillinger, and was suspected to be involved in the Kansas City Massacre. He actually appeared briefly in Michael Mann's film as played by Channing Tatum (you may remember him getting shot in the back by Christian Bale). Let's hope they've got someone else in mind for the lead role of this film. Kramer is best known for directing
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Wayne Kramer To Helm 'Pretty Boy Floyd'

According to Risky Business, Writer-director Wayne Kramer has signed on to helm the crime thriller “Pretty Boy Floyd" for Myriad Pictures.

The story is based on the life of Charles Arthur 'Pretty Boy' Floyd, a real-life bank robber in the Midwest in the 20's and 30's. Channing Tatum made a brief cameo as the character in the early scenes of Michael Mann's "Public Enemies".

Kramer told the site the following:

“My approach is to bring 21st century style and energy to Kevin Bernhardt’s meticulously researched screenplay without sacrificing the verisimilitude of the period or over-sensationalizing the characters themselves,” says Kramer. “At the heart of ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’ is a great love story about an outlaw on the run who can’t stay away from the woman he loves, no matter how destructive the relationship is for both of them -- which ultimately leads to his demise.”

Source: Risky Business
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Wayne Kramer to Helm Film About Gangster Pretty Boy Floyd

Though many crime thrillers are simply slightly different variations on familiar stories about undercover or corrupt cops and the diabolical criminals they pursue, audiences usually can't get enough of them. Recently audiences went back in time with Public Enemies, the period crime thriller about John Dillinger played by Johnny Depp. Now Risky Biz reports that writer/director Wayne Kramer (The Cooler, Running Scared) will bring us the story of another infamous gangster from the past with Pretty Boy Floyd, a crime thriller focusing on Charles Arthur Floyd, a gangster whose crime wave swept across the Midwest in the 20s & 30s. Written by Kevin Bernhardt, the story follows the criminal who became known as "The Robin Hood of the Cookson Hills" as he committed bank robbery, highway robbery and may have been involved in The Kansas City Massacre, a gunfight that resulted in the death of four police officers. While the
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Wayne Kramer Likes A "Pretty Boy"

South African helmer Wayne Kramer ("The Cooler," "Running Scared") has signed on to direct the period gangster movie "Pretty Boy Floyd" for Myriad Pictures reports Risky Biz Blog.

The story is based on the life of Charles Arthur 'Pretty Boy' Floyd, a real-life bank robber in the Midwest in the 20's and 30's. Channing Tatum made a brief cameo as the character in the early scenes of Michael Mann's "Public Enemies".

Kramer claims his approach will "bring 21st century style and energy to Kevin Bernhardt's meticulously researched screenplay without sacrificing the verisimilitude of the period or over-sensationalizing the characters themselves."

He also says the heart of the film is "a love story about an outlaw on the run who can't stay away from the woman he loves, no matter how destructive the relationship is for both of them -- which ultimately leads to his demise."
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Wayne Kramer to Direct Film about Notorious Depression-Era Criminal Pretty Boy Floyd

Director Wayne Kramer (The Cooler, Running Scared) has signed on to helm the crime thriller Pretty Boy Floyd. Based on the notorious depression-era criminal Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd, Risky Business said “he obtained the populist nickname ‘The Robin Hood of the Cookson Hills’” during his criminal exploits across the Midwest. Said Kramer:

“My approach is to bring 21st century style and energy to [screenwriter] Kevin Bernhardt’s meticulously researched screenplay without sacrificing the verisimilitude of the period or over-sensationalizing the characters themselves. At the heart of ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’ is a great love story about an outlaw on the run who can’t stay away from the woman he loves, no matter how destructive the relationship is for both of them — which ultimately leads to his demise.”

Floyd most recently appeared in cinemas in last summer’s Public Enemies. He was played by Channing Tatum.
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Wayne Kramer to Tell the Tale of Pretty Boy Floyd

Wayne Kramer directing Pretty Boy Floyd biopic for Myriad Pictures A new biopic is well under way that will take us into the life of an infamous Depression-era criminal. Risky Business Blog is reporting that Wayne Kramer has come aboard to direct Pretty Boy Floyd, a film based on the exploits of the notorious criminal.

Kramer will be directing from a script by Kevin Bernhardt for Myriad Pictures. Here's how Kramer described the project to the site.

"My approach is to bring 21st century style and energy to Kevin Bernhardt's meticulously researched screenplay without sacrificing the verisimilitude of the period or over-sensationalizing the characters themselves," says Kramer. "At the heart of Pretty Boy Floyd is a great love story about an outlaw on the run who can't stay away from the woman he loves, no matter how destructive the relationship is for both of them -- which ultimately leads to his demise.
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Pretty Boy Floyd To Get The Biopic Treatment

Remember the first few minutes of Michael Mann’s Public Enemies when Christian Bale chased Channing Tatum through a field? Okay, now imagine that scene as the ending or a scene from another film. That’s pretty much sums up Wayne Kramer’s next project, a Pretty Boy Floyd biopic.

According to the Risky Business story, Kramer will bring a flashy modern sensibility to the story without over sensationalizing the thoroughly researched screenplay by Kevin Bernhardt. In other words, Kramer will try to do a really great Michael Mann impression and make his own version of Public Enemies.

Pretty Boy Floyd will most likely be a film about a bank robber on the run and involved with ladies, law enforcement is the bad guy and our protagonist becomes a folk hero and what not. I assume that we’ve seen this before when it was about another depression era bank robbers turned folk heroes/icons.
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Pretty Boy Floyd getting his own feature from Wayne Kramer

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The last time we saw him, he was getting gunned down by Christian Bale in Public Enemies, but Pretty Boy Floyd is returning to life for his own feature biopic from Wayne Kramer. Kramer might seem a strange choice to tackle the story of the famed bank robber, as he’s previously directed Running Scared and Crossing Over, but he thinks he has the right vision for the anti-hero. My approach is to bring 21st century style and energy to Kevin Bernhardt’s meticulously...
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