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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Island (1980)

Michael Caine had an interesting run of genre flicks starting in the late ‘70s. The Swarm (1978) was laughed off the screen, Dressed to Kill (1980) was enjoyed by audiences and critics alike, and The Hand (1981) dropped his batting average once again. Nestled in between all those was The Island (1980), a killer pirate movie from the author of Jaws and directed by the man behind The Bad News Bears. What could go wrong? Well, everything, according to most folk. It’s an odd one to be sure, but the wild tonal shifts that prevent the ship from staying on a clear course make it a fascinating treasure that gets better with each viewing.

Released in June by Universal, The Island had a surefire pedigree for success; the Jaws juggernaut of producers Zanuck and Brown and author Peter Benchley (here, adapting his own novel) promised a good time to be had by all.
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Wes Craven’s The Serpent And The Rainbow Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Bonus Features Revealed

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For quite some time now, the folks at Scream Factory have been hard at work on a Collector's Edition Blu-ray of the late, great Wes Craven's The Serpent and the Rainbow. Today, they have rewarded fans' patience by revealing the release's official list of special features, and they are well worth the wait.

In addition to a fresh HD transfer taken from The Serpent and the Rainbow's original inter-positive, this Collector's Edition Blu-ray also includes a new commentary with lead actor Bill Pullman and a "making of" featurette with an impressive number of interviews. Scream Factory will release this special Blu-ray on February 23rd:

Press Release: Loyal fans of legendary director Wes Craven (Scream, The People Under the Stairs, A Nightmare on Elm Street) know well the terrifying story of one man's nightmarish journey into the eerie and deadly world of voodoo from the 1988 horror cult classic The Serpent And The Rainbow,
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What’s Up Doc?: Pennebaker/Hegedus & Malick Voyage to the Top in November

It’s been a couple months since the last edition of What’s Up Doc? placed Michael Moore’s surprise world premiere of Where To Invade Next at the top of this list and in the meantime much shuffling has taken place and much time has been spent on various new endeavors (namely my Buffalo-based film series, Cultivate Cinema Circle). Finally taking its rightful place at the top, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hagedus’ Unlocking the Cage is in the midst of being scored by composer James Lavino, according to Lavino’s own personal site. Though the project has been taking shape at its own leisurely pace, I’d expect to see the film making its festival debut in early 2016.

Right behind, the American direct cinema masters is a Texan soon to make his non-fiction debut with Voyage of Time. Just two weeks ago indieWIRE reported that Ennio Morricone, who scored
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Prime Cut | Blu-ray Review

Lovers of odd and neglected vintage cinema can rejoice in the repackaging of Michael Ritchie’s weird sophomore title, Prime Cut. With all the menace of a Dick Francis novel and a perverse comedic streak akin to the tastes of John Waters, this misbegotten feature hasn’t received the notable following it deserves for one glaring reason—it’s increasingly warped treatment of women, which may have seemed enlightened for the period, but eventually only adds to the problematic misogyny that never abates. As far as its handling of more sensational, exploitational elements, Ritchie and screenwriter Robert Dillon manage to smooth its edges with breakneck pacing, sarcastic repartee, and a handful of impressively orchestrated face-offs.

The head of the Irish mob in Chicago hires Nick Devlin (Lee Marvin), an enforcer, to travel to Kansas City and collect money he’s owed by Mary Ann (Gene Hackman), the man who runs
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2014 Sundance Institute Music & Sound Design Labs: Sandilands & McNicol, Marc Silver, Mike Day & Ross Bros. to Make Sweet Music

Take a look at the end credits of any given Sundance preemed title, and you’ll more than likely find the name of Michelle Satter in the “special thanks” portion. Just how all encompassing is the Sundance Institute support in helping spread filmmaker’s wings? With a whopping fifteen yearly labs, it goes without saying, that there are many folks that got a leg up thanks to Satter and co.

Fittingly and not surprisingly, the month of September is when the festival portion (programming) gets into high gear, and it’s also when the 2014 Sundance Institute Music & Sound Design Labs (Sundance Institute and Skywalker Sound) help out with the docu branch. Now in its second year, lucky folks Marc Silver, Mike Day, Anna Sandilands and Ewan McNicol, Bill Ross and Turner Ross (see pic of duo above) are being paired with some audibly cool folk.

Here is the press release
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Sundance Institute names fellows

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Sundance Institute names fellows
Sundance Institute and Skywalker Sound have announced the directors and composers selected for the second of two Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound.

The second Music and Sound Design Labs will take place at the Skywalker Ranch in northern California and is one of 15 residential Labs Sundance Institute will host this year.

The Lab is a joint initiative of the Institute’s Film Music Program and Documentary Film Program in which composers, sound designers and directors explore the collaborative process of designing a soundtrack for film.

Fellows also participate in workshops and creative exercises under the guidance of creative advisors including composers Todd Boekelheide and Miriam Cutler, re-recording mixer Lora Hirschberg and editor Vivien Hillgrove.

The Composers Lab for narrative films took place in July and was hosted by the Film Music Program and Feature Film Program.

In addition to the Music and Sound Design Labs, the Institute
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Sundance Institute names Music, Sound Design Fellows

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Sundance Institute names Music, Sound Design Fellows
Sundance Institute and Skywalker Sound have announced the directors and composers selected for the second of two Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound.

The second Music and Sound Design Labs will take place at the Skywalker Ranch in northern California and is one of 15 residential Labs Sundance Institute will host this year.

The Lab is a joint initiative of the Institute’s Film Music Program and Documentary Film Program in which composers, sound designers and directors explore the collaborative process of designing a soundtrack for film.

Fellows also participate in workshops and creative exercises under the guidance of creative advisors including composers Todd Boekelheide and Miriam Cutler, re-recording mixer Lora Hirschberg and editor Vivien Hillgrove.

The Composers Lab for narrative films took place in July and was hosted by the Film Music Program and Feature Film Program.

In addition to the Music and Sound Design Labs, the Institute
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The Scream Cast – Episode 5: The Island (1980)

Welcome to the latest episode of The ScreamCast! Each episode sees hosts Sean Duregger and Brad Henderson review a Scream Factory release, have special guests, throw out future Scream Factory release wish lists, and celebrity interviews.

In this episode Sean and Brad discuss Scream Factory’s release of 1980′s The Island, a surprisingly brutal, mean and bat-shit crazy movie involving Michael Caine and pirates, brought to you by the author of Jaws! Helping the guys dissect this forgotten piece of cinema is Morgan Peter Brown (Absentia). Don’t forget to check out TheScreamCast.com for the show notes and for more news and reviews of Scream Factory releases and make sure to follow them on Twitter too!

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London Film Memorabilia Convention Hammer & Horror Film Day- London, 9 November

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Hammer and Horror Film Day!

Saturday November the 9th ( 10am – 5pm )

Central Hall Westminster.

Storey’s Gate, Westminster, London SW1H 9Nh

UK’s longest running film fair and convention.

Now in it’s 40th year!

The Convention presents dealers from all over the UK, Europe, Us ,

Canada and South America.

Specialising in rare original film memorabilia and collectables.

Taking place six times a year these are truly unique events for anyone with an interest in films!

With actors and director’s signings, illustrated talks, retrospectives and film screenings taking place through out the day.

Items covering the history of cinema can be found. From the silents to the present.

From rare items of the 1920’s to new releases and the latest heart throb.

Among the many different field of cinema covered at the show is – Classic Hollywood, horror films, sci-fi, the best of British and European cinema as we as cult tv!
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Ron Perlman on Pacific Rim: 'It's not like Hellboy'

He has one of the most recognisable faces in Hollywood – so why has the Pacific Rim star spent so much of his career hiding behind prosthetics? And why is that all changing now?

The living embodiment of John Waters' clarion casting-call for "faces that startle, not soothe", actor Ron Perlman has the hardest-working face in show-business. His head, that giant windswept crag of a cranium, is a thing of beauty that's usually been cast in ugly roles. His film debut was as a Neanderthal in Quest for Fire; his most famous role, leonine, not simian, was opposite Linda Hamilton in Beauty and the Beast – I'll let you guess which he was; and his happiest collaboration and hugest success was playing the son of the devil himself, in Guillermo Del Toro's Hellboy.

That's the other thing about that head. More often than not in Perlman's career it has been swaddled,
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Super-8 Movie Madness at the Way Out Club in St. Louis Tuesday May 7th

Super-8 Movie Madness at the Way Out Club will be held on Tuesday May 7th from 8pm to Midnight. These are Super-8 Sound films condensed from features and will be projected on a large screen. Admission is only Three Dollars !!!!

There’s no theme this month but we are showing four films in the jumbo, 2-reel, 35-minute format. They are: The Empire Strikes Back, Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre, Charles Bronson and Steve McQueen in The Magnificent Seven, and Michael Caine in The Island.

The other films we’re showing (average length: 12 minutes) are: Bob Hope and Jane Russell in Paleface, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Hammer Horror Twins Of Evil, the Marx Brothers in Night At The Opera, Tarantula, Tura Satana in Astro Zombies, the skeleton battle from Jason And The Argonauts, and the Little Rascals short Hooky Spooky.

The Way Out Club is
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Digital Fury: DVD Essentials for December

A Planet Fury-approved selection of notable genre releases for December.

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) 20th Century Fox Blu-ray and DVD Available Now

Six-year-old Hushpuppy (fearless newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis) lives in the “Bathtub,” a southern Louisiana bayou community far removed from the civilized world. Her father Wink (Dwight Henry), a poor fisherman, keeps her at arm’s length but ensures her well-being within the cultural confines of their rough-and-tumble society. Seen through the eyes of the feisty Hushpuppy, the lines between myth and reality are blurred. An impending storm coincides with the melting of the arctic ice caps (and the thawing of some mythical creatures), which changes the world of the Bathtub forever. This heartbreaking little fable came out of nowhere last summer after building some positive buzz on the festival circuit. Shot on 16mm film for under $2 million, Beasts is a true independent film: a fiercely original and moving
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Clips from Death Valley and The Island Blu-ray/DVD

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Scream Factory’s December releases include Death Valley and The Island on Blu-ray/DVD, and we have two clips available from each movie.

Death Valley Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack: A divorcee, her son and her boyfriend are on a vacation in the beautiful but deadly Death Valley. What starts out as an ordinary, leisurely trip turns into a nightmare when they happen upon a murder and find themselves pursued by a maniac. Starring Catherine Hicks (Child’s Play), Paul Le Mat (Puppetmaster), Stephen McHattie (The Tall Man) and Peter Billingsley (A Christmas Story).

DTS HD Master Audio Mono (Blu-Ray)/Dolby Digital Mono (DVD)/Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)/1982/Color/87 minutes

Death Valley Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack bonus content:

Audio Commentary with Director Dick Richards

Theatrical Trailer & TV Spot

The Island Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack: Michael Caine (The Dark Knight Trilogy) stars as Blair Maynard, an investigative writer who takes on one of
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Scream Factory announces "Deadly Blessing" Extras

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Scream Factory announces
Via Facebook, Scream Factory writes:

"Our new upcoming Collector's Edition Blu-ray DVD of Deadly Blessing have been quite 'blessed' with some truly awesome bonus content that you don't want to miss if you're a fan of this highly underrated film:

• An All-New commentary with Director Wes Craven

• Say Your Prayers! New interview with Actor Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes)

• Secrets Revealed New interview with Actress Susan Buckner (Grease)

• Rise of the Incubus New interview with Creature Designer John Naulin

• So it Was Written A new look at the film's screenplay with writers Glenn Bennest and Matthew Barr

• Original Theatrical trailer and rare original TV radio spots

Unleashing at ScreamFactoryDVD.com, Amazon and other fine online retailers on January 22nd. If you order directly from Scream Factory, you'll get an 18" x 24" limited edition poster of our on-point key art designed but Nathan Thomas Milliner but act fast (only 200 of these are produced.
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Scream Factory announces "Deadly Blessing" Extras

  • Fangoria
Scream Factory announces
Via Facebook, Scream Factory writes:

"Our new upcoming Collector's Edition Blu-ray DVD of Deadly Blessing have been quite 'blessed' with some truly awesome bonus content that you don't want to miss if you're a fan of this highly underrated film:

• An All-New commentary with Director Wes Craven

• Say Your Prayers! New interview with Actor Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes)

• Secrets Revealed New interview with Actress Susan Buckner (Grease)

• Rise of the Incubus New interview with Creature Designer John Naulin

• So it Was Written A new look at the film's screenplay with writers Glenn Bennest and Matthew Barr

• Original Theatrical trailer and rare original TV radio spots

Unleashing at ScreamFactoryDVD.com, Amazon and other fine online retailers on January 22nd. If you order directly from Scream Factory, you'll get an 18" x 24" limited edition poster of our on-point key art designed but Nathan Thomas Milliner but act fast (only 200 of these are produced.
See full article at Fangoria »

Scream Factory announces "Deadly Blessing" Extras

  • Fangoria
Scream Factory announces
Via Facebook, Scream Factory writes:

"Our new upcoming Collector's Edition Blu-ray DVD of Deadly Blessing have been quite 'blessed' with some truly awesome bonus content that you don't want to miss if you're a fan of this highly underrated film:

• An All-New commentary with Director Wes Craven

• Say Your Prayers! New interview with Actor Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes)

• Secrets Revealed New interview with Actress Susan Buckner (Grease)

• Rise of the Incubus New interview with Creature Designer John Naulin

• So it Was Written A new look at the film's screenplay with writers Glenn Bennest and Matthew Barr

• Original Theatrical trailer and rare original TV radio spots

Unleashing at ScreamFactoryDVD.com, Amazon and other fine online retailers on January 22nd. If you order directly from Scream Factory, you'll get an 18" x 24" limited edition poster of our on-point key art designed but Nathan Thomas Milliner but act fast (only 200 of these are produced.
See full article at Fangoria »

Scream Factory announces "Deadly Blessing" Extras

  • Fangoria
Scream Factory announces
Via Facebook, Scream Factory writes:

"Our new upcoming Collector's Edition Blu-ray DVD of Deadly Blessing have been quite 'blessed' with some truly awesome bonus content that you don't want to miss if you're a fan of this highly underrated film:

• An All-New commentary with Director Wes Craven

• Say Your Prayers! New interview with Actor Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes)

• Secrets Revealed New interview with Actress Susan Buckner (Grease)

• Rise of the Incubus New interview with Creature Designer John Naulin

• So it Was Written A new look at the film's screenplay with writers Glenn Bennest and Matthew Barr

• Original Theatrical trailer and rare original TV radio spots

Unleashing at ScreamFactoryDVD.com, Amazon and other fine online retailers on January 22nd. If you order directly from Scream Factory, you'll get an 18" x 24" limited edition poster of our on-point key art designed but Nathan Thomas Milliner but act fast (only 200 of these are produced.
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Win Scream Factory Goodness for a Full Year Starting with John Carpenter’s ‘They Live’ on Blu-ray/DVD

Shout! Factory has a long history as a quality Blu-ray/DVD label catering to fans of TV shows and films from years past, but earlier this year they stepped up their game even more by adding a genre arm. Scream Factory already has fantastic HD releases like Halloween II, Halloween III and The Funhouse on shelves, and their upcoming titles continue to bring the awesome. They have announced five future titles so far including John Carpenter’s They Live, Wes Craven’s Deadly Blessing, The Island with Michael Caine, Death Valley with Peter Billingsley and the killer cockroach gem, The Nest. And now they’re offering you the chance to win a year’s worth of high-def horror! One lucky winner will get a one-year subscription to Scream Factory’s releases from this Halloween to Halloween 2013. The prize includes the five upcoming titles mentioned directly above starting with They Live and continues though a whole year’s
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Scream Factory Delivers (Tons of Blu-rays) This Winter

Scream Factory Delivers (Tons of Blu-rays) This Winter
Scream Factory — Shout! Factory’s DVD & Blu-ray series created to focus on notable (and underrated) horror and sci-fi films with cult followings — have released information on new releases, three of which have never before been available on home video.

In December, you’ll be able to purchase The Island and Death Valley (both previously unreleased), and in January, The Nest (previously unreleased) and Deadly Blessing (early[ish] Wes Craven!).

Following a well-received slate of long-awaited cult movie classics since the launch of Scream Factory™ home entertainment series, Shout! Factory invites loyal fans and collectors to dive into Two Blu-ray + DVD combo packs when Death Valley (starring Peter Billingsley, from A Christmas Story) and The Island (starring Michael Caine) hit store shelves December 11, 2012. Both films have never been released on Blu-ray or DVD until now. Each Blu-ray + DVD combo pack boasts original theatrical key art, anamorphic widescreen movie presentation and bonus content,
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Scream Factory Travels to Both Death Valley and The Island This December

I'll just say it, and without a trace of hyperbole: Scream Factory is the most exciting thing to happen to horror fans in the high definition age. Beautiful presentations, inclusion of original poster art and delightful special features have made their releases absolute must owns.

Today we've got a little more information about this winter's releases.

From the Press Release

Following a well-received slate of long-awaited cult movie classics since the launch of Scream Factory™ home entertainment series, Shout! Factory invites loyal fans and collectors to dive into Two Blu-ray + DVD combo packs when Death Valley (starring Peter Billingsley, from A Christmas Story) and The Island (starring Michael Caine) hit store shelves December 11, 2012. Both films have never been released on Blu-ray or DVD until now. Each Blu-ray + DVD combo pack boasts original theatrical key art, anamorphic widescreen movie presentation and bonus content, and has a suggested retail price of $26.99.

Powering into the new year,
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