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13 items from 2016


Son of a Pod! or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Macabre!

8 August 2016 11:21 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

“Help! They’re coming! They’re coming!” Those screams echoed like a desperate siren across the street from my mother’s house down in The Tenderloin, notoriously known as the roughest part of San Francisco in the late ’70s. Oblivious to the situation and ready to help a stranger in need, she dashed down her stairs in a panic and ran towards the street to find none other than Kevin McCarthy (1956’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Howling) filming his iconic Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) cameo for filmmaker Philip Kaufman. That’s the story I was told growing up, anyway. According to my late mother, Signe Ruth McClannahan, Donald Sutherland was immediately stricken with her hypnotic energy and personality, though as she put it, Brooke Adams came off as a bit of a snob.

I remember vividly that she chose to show me her proud work in Invasion of the Body Snatchers »

- Sean McClannahan

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Blu-ray Review – Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

2 August 2016 2:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 1978.

Directed by Philip Kaufman.

Starring Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum and Veronica Cartwright.

Synopsis:

Philip Kaufman’s 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a minor classic that has received a nice Collector’s Edition treatment on Blu-ray by Shout! Factory, who commissioned a new 2K scan of the film, along with some new interviews. They’ve also included the bonus features found on previous North American home video releases.

For some reason, the end of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, with Matthew (Donald Sutherland) and Nancy (Veronica Cartwright) confronting each other, has stuck with me ever since I saw it as a kid. (I’ll avoid spoiling the specifics of the ending in case you haven’t seen the movie.) I’ve also always remembered it as a commentary on the strife of the 1970s, although the bonus features on this new Blu-ray from Shout! »

- Brad Cook

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August 2nd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include High-rise, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, Bite

1 August 2016 6:01 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

August’s home entertainment releases are off to a strong start this Tuesday, as horror and sci-fi fans have a lot to look forward to this week. Scream Factory is keeping busy with a trio of releases—Bite, The Binding, and the Collector’s Edition release of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)—and Anchor Bay has a pair of indie genre offerings, Viral and Lazer Team, coming out on August 2nd as well. Ben Wheatley’s stunning adaptation of High-Rise is also coming home on Tuesday, and if you missed it last month, Most Likely to Die makes its way to DVD this week, too.

Other notable releases include DVDs of Panzer, Summer Camp, The Suffering, and the Blu-ray release of The Night Visitor.

Bite (Scream Factory, Blu-ray & DVD)

Your Fear Is Her Appetite.

While on her bachelorette party getaway, bride-to be Casey (Elma Begovic) gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect. »

- Heather Wixson

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‘Taxi Driver’ Receives 40th-Anniversary Re-Release and New Preview

1 August 2016 11:38 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Considering how fine the Martin Scorsese-approved Blu-ray looks, it’s worth asking what, if anything, had been done to supplement Taxi Driver‘s somewhat inevitable 40th-anniversary release — and so it’s fitting that the 1976 classic hasn’t been given a new coating for some 2016 showings. Along with a preview, Screen Daily offers word that the traveling tour that begins in Austria and Switzerland this month “will take place from the 2011 digital restoration of the film carried out by Sony Pictures, following a full 4K workflow from the original camera negative under the guidance of Martin Scorsese and Michael Chapman.”

All of which only means that those who want to see the Taxi Driver they know and love in a theater (and those who aren’t 35mm purists) should have an opportunity — supposing it comes their way. Theatrical and festival showings are to hit other sections of Europe, Australia, and Latin America this year, »

- Nick Newman

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Contest: Win Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978) Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

30 July 2016 10:29 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

With aliens walking around in disguise, it’s difficult to trust anyone in Philip Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but you can confidently know that you’ll have a good time with  Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of the 1978 film, and to celebrate its upcoming August 2nd debut, we’ve been provided with three copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Invasion of the Body Snatchers Collector’s Edition.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Invasion of the Body Snatchers Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on August 5th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted. »

- Derek Anderson

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Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

29 July 2016 1:44 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The fight for humanity’s fate begins in San Francisco in Philip Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Featuring a phenomenal cast that includes Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Veronica Cartwright and Jeff Goldblum, the 1978 film will be celebrated by Scream Factory on August 2nd with their Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release that’s teased in high-def clips and a trailer.

Press Release: The seed is planted…terror grows. On August 2, 2016, the terrifying sci-fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers will be presented like never before in a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Scream Factory. Featuring a new HD transfer, this release also comes packed with new bonus features, including interviews and audio commentary with cast and crew, and a limited-edition collectible slipcover with newly rendered artwork.

Under cover of darkness, while an unsuspecting city sleeps, an alien life form begins to sow the seeds of unspeakable terror. »

- Derek Anderson

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Cinematographer Michael Chapman Honored at Camerimage Film Festival

6 July 2016 3:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar-nominated cinematographer Michael Chapman, a frequent collaborator with helmer Martin Scorsese, will be the recipient of the Camerimage Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement award in November.

Chapman, whose credits include “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull” and “The Lost Boys,” boasts a career that spans more than four decades. Born in Boston in 1935, he enjoyed one of the most important partnerships of his career with Scorsese and his opening title shot of “Raging Bull,” an image of a lonely boxer fighting himself in slow motion shrouded in something resembling fog, became a signature shot for both the director and cinematographer.

Throughout the 1970s he worked with Philip Kaufman on “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “The Wanderers” and served as Bill Butler’s camera operator on Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws.”

Chapman also paired with Scorsese on documentaries “The Last Waltz” and “American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince,” before making his »

- Diana Lodderhose

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Raging Bull's Michael Chapman to receive Camerimage honour

6 July 2016 2:57 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

DoP behind Taxi Driver, The Lost Boys and Michael Jackson’s Bad to receive lifetime award.

Cinematographer Michael Chapman, two-time Oscar nominated for Raging Bull (1980) and The Fugative (1993), is to receive a lifetime achievement award at Camerimage.

The 24th International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography will be held in Bydgoszcz, Poland from Nov 12-19.

When he retired from filmmaking in 2006, Chapman’s left a legacy of more than four decades of film images places him among the elite of Us cinematographers.

Born near Boston in 1935, Chapman’s most important partnerships was with Us director Martin Scorsese, his collaborator on several film projects.

A few years before Raging Bull, they had made Taxi Driver. During the second half of the 1970s, Chapman also worked on Scorsese documentaries The Last Waltz and American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince.

After making his directorial debut in 1983 with All the Right Moves - starring a then unknown [link=nm »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Get Ready to Be Taken Over When Scream Factory Unleashes Invasion Of The Body Snatchers This August!!

15 June 2016 6:15 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

I absolutely Adore body snatcher films. I don’t know what it is about them, but they just do it for me. My favorite film having to do with body snatchers is the aptly titled, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, the 1978 remake of the classic 1956 film of the same name. The remake took concerns and metaphors subtly present in the original film and amplified them, raising the stakes, the social statements and boasted excellent performances from Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Veronica Cartwright and Jeff Goldblum. It’s just a perfect film, and one that I try to show every friend or house guest who hasn’t seen it. Thanks to the ever-reliable group over at Scream Factory, we’re getting a special Collector’s Edition Bluray release of Philip Kaufman’s 1978 masterpiece, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, complete with enough special features to make the most avid collector blush with excitement.

Special Features:

·         New 2K scan of the interpositive

·         New Star-Crossed in The Invasion – an interview with actress Brooke Adams (9 minutes)

·         New Leading the Invasion – an interview with actor Art Hindle (25 minutes)

·         New Re-Creating The Invasion – an interview with writer W.D. Richter (16 minutes)

·         New Scoring the Invasion an interview with composer Denny Zeitlin (15 minutes)

·         New Audio Commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman

·         Audio Commentary by director Philip Kaufman

·         Re-Visitors From Outer Space, or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Pod  – including interviews with director Philip Kaufman, screenwriter W.D. Richter, director of photography Michael Chapman and actors Donald Sutherland and Veronica Cartwright (15 minutes)      

·         Practical Magic: The Special Effects Pod (4 minutes)

·         The Man Behind The Scream: The Sound Effects Pod – an interview with Ben Burtt and sound editor Bonnie Koehler (12 minutes)

·         The Invasion Will Be Televised: The Cinematography Pod  (5 minutes)

·         Theatrical Trailer

·         TV Spots

·         Radio Spots

·         Photo Gallery

·         An episode of Science Fiction Theatre, Time is Just A Place, based on Jack Finney’s short story. Directed by Jack Arnold.

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- Jerry Smith

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Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Special Features Revealed

14 June 2016 4:39 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Featuring a phenomenal cast including Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Veronica Cartwright and Jeff Goldblum, 1978’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers is coming out on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray this August from Scream Factory, who have now revealed the new special features for the anticipated release:

Press Release: The seed is planted…terror grows. On August 2, 2016, the terrifying sci-fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers will be presented like never before in a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Scream Factory. Featuring a new HD transfer, this release also comes packed with new bonus features, including interviews and audio commentary with cast and crew, and a limited-edition collectible slipcover with newly rendered artwork.

Under cover of darkness, while an unsuspecting city sleeps, an alien life form begins to sow the seeds of unspeakable terror. Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Veronica Cartwright and Jeff Goldblum star in this shocking, “first-rate suspense thriller” (Newsday).

One by one, the residents of San Francisco are becoming drone-like shadows of their former selves. As the phenomenon spreads, two Department of Health workers, Matthew (Sutherland) and Elizabeth (Adams), uncover the horrifying truth: Mysterious pods are cloning humans — and destroying the originals! The unworldly invasion grows stronger with each passing minute, hurling Matthew and Elizabeth into a desperate race to save not only their own lives, but the future of the entire human race.

Special Features:

New 2K scan of the interpositive New Star-Crossed in The Invasion – an interview with actress Brooke Adams (9 minutes) New Leading the Invasion – an interview with actor Art Hindle (25 minutes) New Re-Creating The Invasion – an interview with writer W.D. Richter (16 minutes) New Scoring the Invasion an interview with composer Denny Zeitlin (15 minutes) New Audio Commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman Audio Commentary by director Philip Kaufman Re-Visitors From Outer Space, or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Pod – including interviews with director Philip Kaufman, screenwriter W.D. Richter, director of photography Michael Chapman and actors Donald Sutherland and Veronica Cartwright (15 minutes) Practical Magic: The Special Effects Pod (4 minutes) The Man Behind The Scream: The Sound Effects Pod – an interview with Ben Burtt and sound editor Bonnie Koehler (12 minutes) The Invasion Will Be Televised: The Cinematography Pod (5 minutes) Theatrical Trailer TV Spots Radio Spots Photo Gallery An episode of Science Fiction Theatre, Time is Just A Place, based on Jack Finney’s short story. Directed by Jack Arnold.

Shout! Factory will continue to present the on-going Scream Factory™ home entertainment series in 2016 with specific release dates, extras and key art. Fans are encouraged to visit Shout! Factory’s website (www.ShoutFactory.com), follow the brand on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ScreamFactoryDVD) and Twitter (@Scream_Factory), and view exclusive video content on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/ScreamFactoryTV/Home).

About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Factory Productions, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Shout! Factory Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com

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- Derek Anderson

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Examining Hollywood Remakes: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

6 June 2016 8:31 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 This time we have a film which has been remade multiple times. However, we’re choosing to focus on the best of those remakes. This week, Cinelinx looks at Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978).

 This often adapted story is based upon a three-part serialized story by Jack Finney which appeared originally in Colliers Magazine in 1954. It was expanded into a novel called “The Body Snatchers” in 1955.The first film version came out in 1956, and is considered one of the truly great sci-fi films. It has been remade three time, in 1978, 1993 and 2007. This article looks at the 1956 and 1978 movies because they are clearly the best of the four. Body Snatchers (1993) is just mediocre and the Invasion (2007) is just a mess. The other two are classics.

 The 1956 version was written during the Cold War ‘Red Scare’, when the public was constantly reminded by our government to keep vigilant of Communist infiltration. This »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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The Last Detail | Blu-ray Review

8 March 2016 7:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Hal Ashby remains one of the most curious auteurs to rise out of the prosperous 1970s American studio era, his titles maintaining an indelible mark on the glorious period of filmmaking, ranging from 1971’s Harold & Maude to 1979’s Being There. The 1980s weren’t quite as kind, and Ashby, like a passel of other mavericks of the decade (Altman comes immediately to mind), stumbled into the age of excess, and in this particular case, eventually oblivion. On the surface, most of Ashby’s films promise to be comedies, quirky or otherwise, but he eventually reveals those expectations to be a superficial veneer, his characters mostly downtrodden sorts who are either bitterly disillusioned or resigned to their own dysthymic worldview. One of his greatest achievements was his third effort, 1973’s The Last Detail, pairing Ashby with another icon of the era, Jack Nicholson, himself in the midst of his own golden »

- Nicholas Bell

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The Last Detail

30 January 2016 11:18 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Jack Nicholson found his personal favorite role in this fine road picture: Navy signalman Buddusky, charged with escorting sad-sack prisoner Randy Quaid to prison. Hal Ashby's direction and Robert Towne's script pitches the story at the human scale favored by '70s director-driven filmmaking. The Last Detail Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1973 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 104 min. / Ship Date January 19, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid, Clifton James, Carol Kane, Michael Moriarty, Luana Anders, Kathleen Miller, Nancy Allen, Gerry Salsberg, Don McGovern, Pat Hamilton, Michael Chapman, Jim Henshaw, Derek McGrath, Gilda Radner, Jim Horn, John Castellano. Cinematography Michael Chapman Film Editor Robert C. Jones Original Music Johnny Mandel Written by Robert Towne from the novel by Darryl Ponicsan Produced by Gerald Ayres Directed by Hal Ashby

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Bring up the 'golden age' of director-driven movies in the 1970s and the »

- Glenn Erickson

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