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Digital Fury: DVD Essentials for January

22 January 2013 10:48 AM, PST

A Planet Fury-approved selection of notable genre DVD releases for the month of January.

Lightning Bug (2004) Image Entertainment Blu-ray and DVD Available Now

Effects guru Robert Hall’s semi-autobiographical film about a small town teen (Reaper's Bret Harrison) who has aspirations to become a special effects artist. An opportunity to manage the town’s local haunted house is thwarted by his alcoholic stepfather and the staunchly religious views of the surrounding population. The solid supporting cast includes That 70’s Show’s Laura Prepon, Hellraiser’s Ashely Lawrence and Kevin Gage. Written and directed by Hall, it’s an affectionate coming-of-age drama that works in spite of an uneven narrative that falls apart in the final half hour. Hopefully this new extended cut will remedy the scripting problems of the original release.

Special Features include:

* Never-before-released extended cut of the film.

* Making-of Featurette

* Audio commentaries with the writer/director and cast. »

- Bradley Harding

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The Boogens (1981)

21 January 2013 10:06 AM, PST

Directed by: James L. Conway

Written by: David O'Malley, Bob Hunt

Featuring: Rebecca Balding, Fred McCarren, Anne-Marie Martin, Jeff Harlan

For horror fans, 1981 was a banner year. First, we were inundated with over a dozen slasher flicks, including genre classics such as Halloween II, The Burning, The Prowler, My Bloody Valentine and Friday the 13th Part 2. The year also included future classics like The Howling, The Evil Dead, An American Werewolf in London and The Beyond, so it's no surprise a little monster movie called The Boogens became lost in all the cinematic mayhem. But the film developed a following and is now out on DVD for the first time.

The Boogens opens by recounting the tale of a silver mine that closed 100 years ago after a devastating tunnel collapse. The sole survivor said the miners who survived the cave-in were attacked by something living in the tunnels, though »

- Chris McMillan

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