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Fans of Don Coscarelli's Phantasm horror franchise had reason to rejoice in April: both in the Us and in the UK, Blu-ray boxsets of the five films were released. Well Go USA did the honors on the West side of the Atlantic, while Arrow Video took on Great Britain two weeks later. While I haven't exactly been a follower of the series (I've only seen the first one when it was on TV once...) I've always been intrigued by its daft setup and its weird nemesis "The Tall Man". Acquiring a comprehensive Phantasm release was somewhere on my to-do-at-some-point list, so I was very happy with these sets showing up. Being in Europe, I ordered the Arrow set and it looks damn nice. The box...
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Phantasm 1-5 Limited Edition Blu-ray Collection
Starring Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury, James Le Gros, Paula Irvine, Samantha Phillips, Gloria Lynne Henry, Kevin Connors, Heidi Marnhout, Dawn Cody, Stephen Jutras, and Daniel Roebuck.
There’s a good chance that most horror connoisseurs will already own a set of the Phantasm movies as they have been released in splendid DVD box sets before and been treated rather well, coming in exclusive packaging and containing bonus discs full of extra material to give you as much Phantasm-related tomfoolery as you could ever want. But that was before the invention of Blu-ray and back when there were only four movies in the franchise, and things »
- Amie Cranswick
Ben Robins with a beginner’s guide to Phantasm…
One of cult fandom’s most dearly loved horror franchises has finally been given the blu-ray upgrade it deserves this year, off the back of not just a brand new sequel, but also a J.J. Abrams-backed 4K restoration of the original. Spanning five movies, countless casting back and forths, and nearly 40 years of production woes and seriously devoted fan conventions, the Phantasm series has finally, at long last, pulled to a close.
And whilst it might not be quite as expansive (or as widely known) as a lot of the genre’s other heavy-hitters like Friday the 13th, Halloween or A Nightmare on Elm Street, Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm movies hold a special place in horror lore, as not just one of the only long-running franchises to be consistently owned and controlled by the same person, but also as one »
- Ben Robins
Dp of Kubrick’s most memorable productions.
For his first job in the industry, John Alcott started as a clapper boy; you know, the guy who holds the clapper and clicks it to mark the start of filming. But from this absolute bottom rung of the camera crew Alcott ascended to the ultimate peak, that of an Oscar winner for Best Cinematography, along the way contributing to some of the most important films of the 20th century.
Alcott got his big break while working on Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey as a lighting cameraman. When the film’s original cinematographer, Geoffrey Unsworth, had to leave the project after two years owing to other commitments, Alcott was promoted — though not credited — and helped Kubrick finish the film, including shooting the entire “Dawn of Man” sequence. Two years later it was Kubrick who gave Alcott his first official job as a cinematographer, and »
- H. Perry Horton
This Week in Home Video‘Toni Erdmann’ Suggests It’s Time to Get Naked With Your Co-WorkersPlus 17 more new releases to watch at home this week on Blu-ray/DVD.
Welcome to this week in home video! Click the title to buy a Blu-ray/DVD from Amazon and help support Fsr in the process!
Pick of the WeekToni Erdmann
What is it? A professional woman and her oddball father dance around their complicated relationship, both in and out of costumes.
Why buy it? Family dysfunction is a longtime staple in cinema, but no film this year captured it with such humor, warmth, and wisdom as Maren Ade’s third feature. Even at 162 minutes our time with Ines and her oddball father feels far too short as their journey of discovery becomes one we don’t want to see end. There’s an honesty here — yes, even with subtitles — about the way we see ourselves through our loved ones »
- Rob Hunter
I hope you guys are ready, because April 11th looks to be an incredible day of home entertainment releases for genre fans, especially if you’ve been patiently waiting for the stunning new Phantasm Blu-ray set from Well Go USA, which features every film from the franchise together in one nifty package. Arrow Video has also assembled the first two House movies for a limited edition Blu-ray set that arrives this week, and Severin Films has resurrected the cult classic Cathy’s Curse in HD for the first time ever.
Other notable horror and sci-fi home entertainment offerings for April 11th include The Bye Bye Man (Unrated), The Violent Shit Collection, Chupacabra Territory, Naciye, Takashi Miike’s Dead or Alive trilogy, »
- Heather Wixson
The Phantasm franchise is an interesting one, if you stop and think about it. It’s totally independent, there haven’t been any remakes/reboots, and they’ve all featured a semi-permanent cast and crew. We on Dread Central always say that the horror… Continue Reading →
- Jonathan Barkan
Beginning April 11th, you can invite The Tall Man into your home with The Phantasm Collection, and Well Go USA has provided us with one of their six-disc Blu-ray box sets to give away to one very lucky Daily Dead reader.
Prize Details: (1) Winner will receive (1) Blu-ray box set of The Phantasm Collection.
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Entry Details: The contest »
- Derek Anderson
“It’s Never Over!” Five Chilling Cult Classics in One Terrifying Box Set The Phantasm Collection All Five Films in Don Coscarelli’s Legendary Horror Franchise, Plus a Bonus Disc Loaded with Special Features Six-Disc Box Set Debuts on Blu-ray™ The Blu-ray™ Release Date has Moved to April 11 One of the world’s most popular franchises in …
Well Go USA plays a good game, indeed. The distributor today revealed an April 11th release date for their new Blu-ray box set, The Phantasm Collection. Comprised of six discs and all five Phantasm films, this box set also comes packed with hours of new bonus features from director Don Coscarelli himself, including audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, and featurettes.
For the complete list of new bonus features, we have the official press release, and in case you missed them, check out the list of previously announced special features for the box set, which is also teased in new images below.
Press Release: Plano, Texas. (March 9, 2017) – Well Go USA Entertainment announced today the all-new bonus materials included in the upcoming The Phantasm Collection, scheduled to release in a limited edition, six-disc Blu-ray™ box set on April 11. In addition to the previously released archival material included in the box set, Phantasm creator »
- Derek Anderson
The latest horror flick filled with immense badassery to be added to Shudder's library is the fifth sequel in the Phantasm franchise, Phantasm: Ravager. Also in today's Highlights: details on the Clive Barker Reel Fear Contest, Portland International Film Festival's After Dark program, release details for Slasher.com and The Eyes, a new poster for Atomica, and production news and photos for A Haunting at Silver Falls II.
Clive Barker Reel »
- Tamika Jones
The Phantasm Collection Blu-ray box set will include Michael Baldwin taking on the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) in Phantasm: Remastered (1979), Phantasm II (1988), Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994), Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998) and this past year's Phantasm: Ravager.
Additionally a sixth disc is packed with vintage bonus features above and beyond a host of extras included on each of the individual film discs.
Found on disc 6 are:
Phantasmagoria: a documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew
Fangoria TV Commercial with Angus Scrimm
Angus Scrimm 1989 Convention Appearance
Each film's bonus features have been carried forward from their previous home video releases, including Phantasm: Ravager.
The Srp for The Phantasm Collection on Blu-ray is »
Arrow Video has announced that it is bringing all five Phantasm films together on Blu-ray for the very first time this April with a limited edition collection, complete with a brand new 4K restoration of the 1979 original overseen by Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams.
See Also: Order the Phantasm Collection via Amazon UK
Spanning 37 years, Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm series is as iconic as it is entertaining. With its killer flying spheres, undead dwarf minions and The Tall Man himself, it’s packed full of memorable images and moments that make it a cult horror series that stands the test of time.
From 1979’s Phantasm to 2016’s Phantasm: Ravager, creator and director Don Coscarelli keeps the tale of Mike and Reggie’s (A. Michael Baldwin and Reggie Bannister) fight against The Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), his undead dwarf minions and his killer spheres truly epic. It »
- Gary Collinson
Right on heels of the Blu-ray release of both Phantasm Remastered and Phantasm: Ravager, writer/director Don Coscarelli has announced that a six-disc box set of the sci-fi horror series is due out this spring. The Phantasm Collection will feature all five films, presumably including both the original 1979 version of Phantasm as well as the 2016 remastered edition. The sixth disc will “[bring] together cast and crew to look back and celebrate the Phantasm franchise, including commentaries and new featurettes.”
It’ll be interesting to see what makes its way onto the sixth disc: The original film had a constantly evolving script (star Reggie Bannister doesn’t recall even seeing one), and the original cut was much longer than the 96-minute final product. Some of those scenes made their way onto previous Phantasm home video releases, and some were reconstituted into the sequels—a technique used to particularly remarkable ...
- Mike Vanderbilt
If you live stateside and your eyes grew wide at the sight of Arrow Video's UK Phantasm box set, then don't despair, because Well Go USA is bringing The Tall Man to Us horror lovers like never before with their Phantasm special edition box set that contains all five Phantasm films (including the 4K restoration of the original movie) and enough bonus features to please diehard "Phans" of the franchise.
According to Blu-ray.com and Amazon, Well Go USA's Phantasm Blu-ray collection will be released on March 28th. Special features are still in development and have yet to be announced, but below we have the lists of bonus features that have been revealed so far, as well as a look at the cover art featuring The Tall Man with his Sentinel Spheres.
Box set special features (via Blu-ray.com): "Phantasm (1979)
Synopsis: Mike, a young teenage boy who has just lost his parents, »
- Derek Anderson
It may be Jason's big day, but Arrow Video has something special in store for fans of The Tall Man who live in England, as they've announced an epic Phantasm UK Blu-ray limited edition collection that contains all five of the franchise's films, a new 152-page book, and much more.
The Phantasm series is back with added balls! Limited to 10,000 copies.
Pre-order your copy: http://bit.ly/2io2QMA
Release Date: 24th April 2017
Few horror movie franchises are as iconic as Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm series. From its deadly flying silver spheres through to its hooded dwarf minions, and of course, the towering figure of arch villain The Tall Man himself, the imagery conjured up by the Phantasm films remains etched in the psyche of genre fans everywhere.
Beginning with the 1979 original through to 2016’s Phantasm: Ravager, »
- Derek Anderson
Horror Channel FrightFest has announced its line-up for the 2017 Glasgow Film Festival next month, bringing a record fourteen films, including ten UK premieres. Check out the full line-up here…
Thurs 23 Feb – Gft Screen 1
21:00 A Cure For Wellness (Special screening)
An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness centre” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure.
23:40 Phantasm: Remastered (Scottish Premiere)
Set to introduce a new generation to the deranged charms of the cult classic, »
- Gary Collinson
Horror Channel FrightFest celebrates 12th year at Glasgow Film Festival with record-breaking fourteen titles – including Ten premieres and a screening of the 4K restoration of Phantasm!
FrightFest Passes are £70 and available from noon on Mon January 16th 2016. Passes cover all films on Fri 24 and Sat 25 Feb Only. Tickets for A Cure for Wellness and Phantasm: Remastered. Individual tickets for the Fri/Sat films are on sale Mon January 23rd from 10am.
To book tickets: +44 (0)141 332 6535 / email@example.com / www.glasgowfilm.org/festival
From the press release:
Monstrous stories, unspeakable urban legends, brutal acts and fearsome folktales dominate as the UK’s favourite horror fantasy event returns to the Glasgow Film Festival with a record fourteen films, including ten UK premieres, screening from Thurs 23 Feb to Sat 25 Feb 2017 at the iconic Glasgow Film Theatre.
- Phil Wheat
Hey there, everyone! I sincerely hope this finds you all well (or at least coping) and eager (or at least willing) to take on a new year. I love doing year-end lists. For me, it’s a time of reflection, as well as expansion. Since I started with Daily Dead in April of 2015, my horror-view continues to grow; I’ve been so fortunate to meet and speak with some enduring legends of the genre, not to mention strike many new friendships through social media. But what my continuing immersion in this greatest of cultures has provided above all else is an appreciation for the variety and depth horror has to offer. It really has been a great year; unfortunately, I’ve missed some goodies, but dammit, I tried. So, without anymore ado whatsoever, here are a few (okay, a lot) of my favorite things from 2016.
As a ravenous horror enthusiast, »
- Scott Drebit
It’s icky, drippy and grindingly gross — and will make your forehead itch — but Abel Ferrara’s Bowery-set dime store horror opus has withstood the test of time. It’s a decent enough psychodrama, if one can set aside all the psychological-philosophical booshwah that’s leaked into horror criticism. Oops, Savant’s guilty of that too.
Blu-ray + DVD
1979 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 101, 96 min. / Street Date December 13, 2017 / 39.95
Original Music Joe Delia
Written by N.G. St. John
Produced by Rochelle Weisberg
Directed by Abel Ferrara
As some may have noticed, I’ve mellowed on the output of low-budget and independent horror efforts from the 1970s. While I was in film school bending my own tastes toward high production values and artistic merit, some crazy young filmmakers, »
- Glenn Erickson
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