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Fans of one of the weirdest midnight movies around can rejoice, as Drafthouse Films has now acquired the long forgotten ’70s genre mashup, The Visitor, with plans to re-release it via VOD, theatrical and DVD/Bluray formats later this year. Here is the official press release:
Drafthouse Films Rediscovers
The Sci-fi/Horror Epic That 1979 Couldn’T Handle
Neglected & Incredibly Ambitious “The Visitor” Comes Restored To
Theaters, Home Video & Digital Platforms Later This Year
Austin, TX – Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 – Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announced today the acquisition of North American rights to ’70s phantasmagoric sci-fi/horror/action/??? hybrid The Visitor. Legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston (The Maltese Falcon; Treasure Of The Sierra Madre) stars as an intergalactic warriorbattling alongside a cosmic Christ figure against a demonic eight-year-old girl and her pet hawk, as the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. A »
The Long Riders, 1980.
Directed by Walter Hill.
Following the Youngers, the Jameses and the Millers – all notorious outlaws back in the Old West, who raided and stole from banks across the country.
The Western film craze was said to have ended with Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, though there was still one director adamant at making his own. Walter Hill – whose work before The Long Riders foamed at the mouth with motifs reminiscent of quintessential Westerns – always needed to add to the genre. The Long Riders may not be a masterpiece yet it’s grounded in appreciation and understanding of the specific style, constructed fantastically well.
Being released in 1980 it was a striking and off-beat project in amongst the buddy movies, spoofs and slasher movies. However, the other Western from that year, Heaven’s Gate, »
- Flickering Myth
Chicago – At its core, “The Burning” is quite clearly an attempt to cash in on the already-waning slasher trend inspired by “Friday the 13th” but it’s a much better film than most of the creatively barren genre. It joins “The Town That Dreaded Sundown” as the latest entries in the increasingly spectacular Scream Factory line of Blu-rays. Both are worth a look.
“The Burning” plays off the “Cropsey” legend (so brilliantly detailed in the documentary of the same name) of a burned figure in the woods coming back to enact revenge on the kids stupid enough to linger in them. It’s essentially a standard slasher flick (lots of P.O.V. with creepy music, T&A, future stars like Jason Alexander and Fisher Stevens) but there’s a darker tone here, punctuated by the intense violence and makeup effects from the great Tom Savini. It’s before »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The wild bunch are back! Still desperate to get back to New York, the third adventure sees Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Gloria the hippo, and Melman the giraffe take a detour through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent – Madagascar-style! Naturally, lairy lemurs King Julien and Maurice and those well-drilled penguins are coming along for the ride too. »
Cinelinx rides high with the Wild Stallion DVD from Warner Archive!
A horse tracker (Ben Johnson) searches for a white stallion that he once owned as a child and now roams the hills on the western frontier. Also stars Edgar Buchanan, Martha Hyer, Hayden Rorke, and Hugh Beaumont.
Directed by Lewis D. Collins
A manufacture-on-demand DVD.
Modern film fans often downplay the value of most pre-1960 westerns, dismissing them as all the same. Of course, this is not the case; westerns were usually built around a charismatic actor or scenic locale, and their penchant for strong moral lessons gives each a distinctive personality.
Wild Stallion, a 1952 Monogram western, plays more like one of the live-action Disney dramas of the era than a standard western, which is actually part of the charm. There's a strong story here, even if there's a bit of wooden acting from some involved. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Victor Medina)
Home Invasion is a weekly post every Tuesday which shows you what is being released on Blu-Ray & DVD today! We scoured through Amazon to bring you everything you might be interested in. Our Picks of the Week are releases that we are looking forward to checking out, have reviewed and/or were are Picks of the Week on the Dtb Podcast. All descriptions are courtesy of Amazon.com unless noted otherwise. If you are thinking about purchasing any of these items, by clicking via the links provided, you are supporting Dtb. Thank you!
This Tuesday is packed! Warner Brothers has issued some re-releases in steelbook form today as well as some other quality releases today from Severin Films, Impulse Films, Vinegar Syndrome and more.
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- Andy Triefenbach
It's like Christmas in May for Austin classic film fans. Last week the schedule for the summer classic film series at Paramount and Stateside was announced. Movies from various decades will screen in 35mm at Paramount and digital HD projection at the Stateside from late May through early September. The lineup this year is lighter on the screwball genre than I would prefer, but there is still oh-so-much to choose from. There's sure to be something for everyone.
Tickets for each film are $8 (this covers double features as well) online. If you expect to see many, buying Flix-Tix or becoming a Film Fan could be a worthwhile investment. [Pro tip from Jette: The higher-level Film Fan memberships include free garage parking during the movies.]
Here are some of the selections we Slackerwood contributors find noteworthy:
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) -- Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty rob banks in Arthur Penn's game-changing crime romp that blazes through north Texas [my Lone Star Cinema post]. (Wed 5/29 at 10 pm, Stateside)The Wild Bunch (1969) -- »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
Catch up with the last seven days in the world of film
The more observant among you may have noticed the Cannes film festival has started, not that we want to make a big thing of it. Loafing about on the Cote d'Azur for a fortnight, eyeing arthouse films while stroking our collective chins has never held much appeal for us. Oh no. But force ourselves we must.
Peter Bradshaw and Catherine Shoard played in the sand like schoolchildren, as they discussed the films they're looking forward to. Xan Brooks rued the absence of Lars von Trier, but did his best to compensate by sternly holding Leonardo DiCaprio to task.
Well, sort of. But what of the films, you ask? The films! Peter had a
The Burning Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack: “Gather around the campfire to die! A group of summer camp pranksters get the scare of their lives when they target the camp’s creepy caretaker…and he takes bloody revenge! “Gruesome” (The Hollywood Reporter) and “stomach-churning” (Boxoffice), this terrifying tale is “a brilliant slasher flick [and] gory as hell” (slasherpool.com)!
After a cruel joke goes awry, severely burning him and subjecting him to five years of intensive, unsuccessful skin graft treatments, Cropsy (Lou David) is back at camp…and ready to wreak havoc on those who scarred him! With his hedge clippers in hand, he terrorizes the camp and systematically mutilates each victim. Can a few courageous campers save themselves and destroy »
- Jonathan James
The 44-year-old is considering an undisclosed role in Warner Bros.' forthcoming movie, which will be set in the present day.
Smith will co-produce the movie under his Overbook Company along with Warner Bros. and they are currently searching for a new writer and director, reports contactmusic.com.
- Machan Kumar
The Wild Bunch: Hold your horses -- Will Smith is in talks to produce and star in a remake of Sam Peckinpah's immortal, bloody 1969 Western The Wild Bunch. The new, modern-day version "is expected to follow a disgraced D.E.A. agent who assembles a team to go after a Mexican drug lord and his fortune." A new writer is being sought for the project; veteran Jerry Weintraub (Smith's Karate Kid remake) is producing what we hope will be a better Western than Smith's woeful Wild Wild West. [The Wrap] Into the Woods: Following in the footsteps of original Captain Kirk William Shatner, Chris Pine, who plays James T. Kirk in Star Trek Into Darkness, is considering a foray into music. He is said to be "circling" the film version of Into the Woods, based on...
- Peter Martin
RogerEbert.com Cannes video essay the films of 1960
Reverse Shot 20 shots to be henceforth retired from film vocabulary
2. It starts off in a long shot and a guy's all far away and walking toward the camera and you're all “Uh-oh am I going to have to watch him walk the whole way?” and you do and it takes three minutes or more. “Ooh, look at me, I'm sculpting with time!” Fuck you.
Reuters Cannes may ditch austerity for glitzy Gatsby opening. Stay tuned
In Contention Will Smith eyeing remake of The Wild Bunch. Although he's not fond of "bunches" since he turned down Django because the part wasn't big enough. At least Will Smith understands that Christoph Waltz wasn't a "Supporting Actor"
Film Doctor 11 questions about The Great Gatsby
Guardian Rip Aubrey Woods, the »
- NATHANIEL R
Actor confirmed for update of Sam Peckinpah's iconic film, reportedly featuring DEA agent on tail of Mexican drug baron
Will Smith is set to star in a modern-day remake of The Wild Bunch, Sam Peckinpah's classic tale of a gang of ageing outlaws organising one last heist in the dying days of the American old west, reports the Wrap.
A new version of Peckinpah's iconic western has been gestating in Hollywood for almost a decade. The late British director Tony Scott was at one point tipped to direct, with End of Watch's David Ayer having previously been in the hot seat. The latter's idea for a contemporary remake set in Mexico and featuring firefights between CIA agents and drug cartels appears to have survived the long pre-production process. The new take is said to follow a disgraced DEA agent who assembles a team to go after a »
- Ben Child
According to The Wrap, the new version would see Smith play a disgraced DEA agent who pulls together a team to take down a Mexican drug cartel.
Warner Bros previously hired Training Day's David Ayer to write a script for a Wild Bunch reboot. More recently Brian Helgeland and Tony Scott were working on a screenplay, but work on the project stopped after Scott's death last year.
The original followed a group of aging outlaws that plan one last score on the Texas-Mexico border as the traditional American West changes around them in 1913.
The new version involves cartels south of the border and follows a disgraced D.E.A. agent who assembles a team to go after a Mexican drug lord and his fortune.
Smith and Jerry Weintraub will produce and a new writer is currently being sought.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
The original film was set in 1913, and starred William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Edmond O’Brien, Ben Johnson and Warren Oates as a band of outlaws in the final days of the wild west. Smith’s modern version would be a lot different. Instead of being one of the outlaws, Smith would be one on a team of DEA agents who assemble to take on a Mexican drug cartel.
Smith plans to co-produce through his Overbook company. He and Warner Bros. are on the hunt for a writer and director.
Smith can next be see in After Earth, which lands on June 7.
Source: The Wrap »
- Laura Frances
Apparently no one at Warner Bros. has actually seen Sam Peckinpah’s bloody 1969 Western “The Wild Bunch”, because I don’t know what the hell they’re talking about when they say they’re remaking “The Wild Bunch” and I hear the storyline they’re putting out there. Or did the original film had a DEA agent in there somewhere that I must have missed? The big news about Warner’s proposed remake of “The Wild Bunch” has Will Smith actually being in talks to star and produce the film, which we’re told will “follow a disgraced D.E.A. agent who assembles a team to go after a Mexican drug lord and his fortune.” That, uh, sounds nothing like the Peckinpah film. The film is apparently a “modern remake”. Yeah, no shit. So is this actually a remake of the Western and not some kind of misunderstanding? Apparently yeah, »
Warner Bros' forthcoming remake of seminal Western The Wild Bunch looks set to add some hefty star power, with The Wrap reporting that Will Smith is in talks to star and produce. The studio has been trying to bring the gunslinging classic back to the big screen for some time now, with the late Tony Scott the last director attached to the project. Sadly, Scott is no longer with us, but that doesn't mean that Warner has given up on the film, with Smith seemingly central to its plans going forward. The new film will take place in a...
- George Wales
News Simon Brew 15 May 2013 - 06:32
Will Smith and westerns have crossed paths before. Who could forget, after all, 1999's Wild Wild West? And then he was linked for a while with Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-winning Django Unchained, which he turned down, reportedly because he thought he wasn't getting the lead role (Jamie Foxx took the part, of course).
Undeterred, Will Smith is now being linked with a remake of the classic Sam Peckinpah western, The Wild Bunch. Originally released in 1969, the new film would be a contemporary remake of the movie, following DEA agents in their hunt for a Mexican drug cartel. Smith might just have been watching a bit of Breaking Bad as well, by the sounds of it.
Likely to be producing this one too, Will Smith would »
Will Smith: The Wild Bunch remake (photo: Will Smith in After Earth) Will Smith has been mentioned in connection with Focus, the caper tale that was to have starred Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart, and is to star in Edward Zwick’s Hurricane Katrina drama The American Can. But that’s not all. His producing company is working on a remake of the Broadway musical Annie — which got a less-than-satisfactory screen version back in 1982 — and apparently he wants to revive The Wild Bunch as well. Set during the Mexican Revolution of the 1910s, Sam Peckinpah’s ultra-violent 1969 classic Western features William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Edmond O’Brien, and other movie veterans as a group of outlaws fleeing from Robert Ryan while out to do one last job in war-torn northern Mexico. The Will Smith The Wild Bunch reboot, however, is to be set in the present, though the perilous »
- Zac Gille
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