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Edgar Wright talks to us about the reaction to Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, his viewing habits, the film's music and a whole lot more...
Back in August, we were so excited for the release of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World that we were utterly baffled by the lukewarm response that greeted the film at the box office. Now, four months later, our collective love hasn't dimmed - if our end of year poll is anything to go by, where it was placed second overall - and we're hoping it finds a new lease of life on DVD and Blu-ray.
To celebrate the home release, we had the chance to pick the brains of the director himself, Edgar Wright. This is a treat and a half, because, no matter what your misgivings with the film were (if you had any at all), Scott Pilgrim was the high-budgeted coming out party »
Shout! Factory delivers another dose of Roger Corman goodness with a fun double feature. Though not as enjoyable as his releases from the 80's, this disc provides a terrific history lesson on how exploitation films changed in response to both an evolving market (B-movies were having a harder time getting a theatrical release) and the MPAA's ongoing smackdown on gore and nudity.
First up is The Terror Within, a post-apocalyptic creature feature. The film starts with two scouts from an underground Mohave Desert research facility hunting for food. As they communicate with the base, we find out that the accidental release of a bio-weapon has killed about 99 percent of the world's population. A few of the survivors, however, have mutated into monsters dubbed "gargoyles." And that's what the scouts run into. Prompting the facility leader (George Kennedy) to send out David (Andrew Stevens) and his girlfriend Sue (Starr Andreeff), along with their trusty dog Butch, »
- Chris McMillan
It's that most wonderful time of the year once again, and as always I'm here to help you spread as much high-definition holiday fear as possible! Wondering what's worth the cash to get for the lucky horror-loving folks on your lists? Wonder no more!
There's no doubt Blu-ray players will once again be a pretty hot item this year, but what of the movies available for them? If you already own the DVD of your favorite flick, is there a need to replace it with a Blu-ray? I'm here to answer all of your questions in the third annual ...
Before we get into my picks (most of which are also available in new DVD versions; see review for information), let's take a second to explain once again how I rated them. They're broken down into three categories:
Can't Miss -- Must Haves: These are the cream of the crop! The »
- Uncle Creepy
To the unabashed delight of horror and B-movie fans, Shout! Factory began releasing a series of Roger Corman Cult Classics DVDs and Blu-rays this past spring, delivering long-anticipated and in some cases impossible-to-find favorites such as Humanoids From The Deep, Forbidden World and Galaxy Of Terror. We’ll be catching up with them all this week, and we begin with one of the discs that bundles a pair of lesser-known, thematically similar flicks as double features. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (David Goodfellow)
The weather improved on the second day of the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival, with sunny skies fighting against the autumn chill in the air.
I walked into the Hollywood Theater a bit late, as I was up at 5 am for work, and brewed a container of green tea to drink during the afternoon. As I was too late to make the Riffing on Lovecraft panel, I stopped to talk with the people manning the Guerrilla Production booth.
Guerrilla Productions have released several Lovecraft inspired DVDs, including an animated version (or, more accurately, "motion-still sequencing") of The Dream-Quest of the Unknown Kadath. But they are in "prolonged preproduction" for their biggest film yet, an adaptation of The Temple, Lovecraft's tale of the lone survivor on a crippled German U-Boat who finds a massive underwater temple.
Edward Martin III said the company has the cooperation of the Us Navy and will be filming on the Blueback, »
- Chris McMillan
Last time I looked back at Galaxy of Terror and this month I tackle my favorite Corman production: Forbidden World, directed by Allan Holzman and starring Jesse Vint, June Chadwick and the spectacular Dawn Dunlap.
Bounty hunter Mike Colby (Vint) is called to Xarbia to check out Subject 20, which was created in hopes of curing a galaxy wide food crisis. Too bad they didn’t explain that to Subject 20. After an opening segment with Colby awakening from cryosleep to fight off raiders, he receives orders to go to Xarbia where he is met by Doctor Hauser (Linden Chiles) and Geneticist Barbara Glaser (Chadwick). They show him to the Biohazard chamber where he sees the remains of various animals killed when Subject 20 got loose. It has now cocooned itself in the incubator and despite Colbys insistance on destroying it, they convince him to sleep on it. While they go to dinner, »
- Movies Unlimited
I've lost count of the number of times I've watched Alien. Every shot of Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror has etched itself on my brain, and the corridors of its ship, the Nostromo, are now hopelessly familiar.
The point where Alien still provoked a frisson of fear has long since passed, but I still feel compelled to watch it again every few months or so. And when I do, the same thought often runs through my mind: what would it have been like to watch Alien on the big screen in 1979?
I try to imagine seeing Kane rise from his hypersleep for the first time, and what it would be like to see the horseshoe-shaped alien ship with fresh eyes. Would I have »
By Fred Burdsall
If I were to make a list of my favorite directors it would look like this: 1. Alfred Hitchcock 2. Dario Argento 3. Ridley Scott 4. Lucio Fulci and 5. Roger Corman. Why Roger Corman? If you hand him half a mil and say “I need this pic by the end of the week”… he’ll deliver. Let’s see the almighty Spielberg do that. Roger Corman is the king of making something for nothing and we are the better for it because his movies are what movies should be…Fun. I would love to see what he could do with a budget and a solid script, but that won’t happen, so let’s accept him as the low budget God he is.
The list of people who have worked for him is ridiculous. Nicholson, Scorsese, Cameron, Coppola and a boatload of actors who’ve all made a mark on the »
- Movies Unlimited
Even the biggest fans of UK director Paul W.S. Anderson will surely admit that he's made some decidedly iffy films over the years, culminating in his latest computer effects outing, the headache-triggering Resident Evil: Afterlife. But before Afterlife and the even worse Aliens Vs Predator, way back in 1997, he directed Event Horizon, which is arguably his best movie to date.
Featuring a strong ensemble cast, including Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill and Joely Richardson, it was a post-Alien sci-fi horror about a group of space travellers who, upon receiving a distress signal from the stricken ship Event Horizon, head off towards Neptune to investigate. Upon arriving, they find the vessel, once used to test an experimental gravity drive, apparently empty.
Gradually, however, weird things begin to happen among the shadowy corridors of the ship. »
Few mainstream directors have been as influential or well-regarded as Alfred Hitchcock. In a succession of suspense thrillers, including Rope, Vertigo, Rear Window and Dial M For Murder, the director forged a filmmaking language that was both distinctive and personal, which would go on to have a profound effect on the output of an entire generation of filmmakers, including Brian De Palma, William Friedkin and Steven Spielberg.
For a director whose work began in pre-war England, quietly crafting black-and-white classics such as The Man Who Knew Too Much and The 39 Steps, his later rise to colossal fame in Hollywood was unprecedented. Within the space of a few decades, he was one of America's most bankable filmmakers and, for a time, each »
When deciding on a movie to watch, you are hard pressed to go wrong when picking a film adorned with the title of “Roger Corman Cult Classics” right at the top of the case.
The genuine geniuses over at Shout! Factory have been slowly but surely knocking it out of the ballpark with each subsequent release of this massively expansive set, detailing cult classics like Death Race 2000, and rarely seen gems like Galaxy Of Terror.
The series has produced DVDs that not only have fantastic transfers, but also rather expansive special features, ranging from hour long documentaries, to interviews with Corman himself.
However, Shout! Factory may have finally hit a little bump in the road.
The newest release in the ongoing series, a special double feature featuring the sci-fi films Deathsport and Battle Truck (a.k.a. the best title in film history), aren’t truly bad releases. That said, »
- Joshua Brunsting
DVD Playhouse—July 2010
Two From Powell/Pressburger Criterion releases gorgeous new transfers of two of the greatest films to come out of post-war Britain, from that period’s greatest filmmaking team: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Black Narcissus was originally released in 1947 and caused a sensation with its explosive story about a nun (Deborah Kerr), cloistered in a remote convent in the Himalayas, who must battle elements both external (the punishing weather) and internal (temptations of the flesh over duty to the spirit). Also features stellar turns by England’s greatest actresses at the time: Flora Robson, Kathleen Byron and a young Jean Simmons. One of the most dazzling films ever made, bolstered by Oscar-winning cinematography from Jack Cardiff. Bonuses: New transfer, supervised by Cardiff, editor Thelma Schoonmaker Powell; Introduction by filmmaker Bernard Tavernier; Commentary by Powell and Martin Scorsese; Featurettes; Documentaries and interviews; Trailer. The Red Shoes, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Shout! Factory presents special panel at Comic-Con International 2010 Friday, July 23, 2010 at San Diego Comic-Con. Meet Dinocroc's daddy!! Roger Corman, legendary filmmaker-producer and his wife Julie Corman, award-winning veteran producer Joe Dante, filmmaker, Piranha, Gremlins, Trailers from Hell Allan Holzman, director and editor, Forbidden World and Galaxy of Terror. Mary Woronov, actress, Death Race 2000, Rock n Roll High School, House of the Devil, Sid Haig, actor, Galaxy of Terror, The Devil's Rejects with Panel Moderator: Alex Stapleton, director, Untitled Roger Corman Documentary. Film critics have called him every name in the book. .King of the Bs.. .The Schizoid King of Schlock.. .A Good Man Gone to Pot.. Roger Corman, the wildly imaginative artist and penny-pinching »
- April MacIntyre
If you're looking for a movie to buy or rent this week, for once there are plenty of options including Kevin Smith's Cop Out, The Losers starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Zoe Saldana, and The Runaways starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. Bong Joon-Ho's stunning thriller Mother also hits stores today along with one of his older films called Barking Dogs Don't Bite, the Belgian stop motion animated film A Town Called Panic, and the Oscar-nominated documentary The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. Also, you definitely don't want to pass up on the action and the drama of Jersey Shore: Season One Uncensored or the educational value of Peter Serafinowicz's mock science show Look Around You. What will you be picking up this week? Cop Out  (+ Blu-ray ) The Losers  (+ Blu-ray ) The Runaways  (+ Blu-ray ) Mother  (+ Blu-ray ) Barking Dogs Never Bite  The Bong Joon-Ho »
Comic-Con exclusives from Shout! Factory, DVD releases of classic cult films and awesome TV shows will be promoted with great swag and giveaways; you can buy the new DVD's ahead of the pack too. M&C recommends you visit the Shout! peeps in the main hall at this year's Comic-Con at Shout! Factory booth #3749 at Sdcc. Shout! Factory's amassed quite a line-up of genre names for a panel discussion and various special signings. Roger Corman, Julie Corman, Joe Dante, Allan Holzman (Galaxy of Terror, Forbidden World), Sid Haig (Galaxy of Terror), Mary Woronov (Death Race 2000, RocknRoll High School) among others are on the schedule. The Shout! Factory will present Roger Corman: B-Movie King on Friday, July 23 »
- April MacIntyre
When people think of Roger Corman, they think of two things: camp filled films with copious amounts of blood and skin, and Death Race 2000. However, hoping to help change that is the genius collective known as Shout! Factory.
Releasing a collection of films under the banner of Roger Corman’s Cult Classics, then company has added to their ever growing catalogue of Roger Corman produced projects, which currently includes the aforementioned Death Race 2000 among others, with two new releases of classic projects, Galaxy of Terror, and Forbidden World.
Both are solid winners here, but the true king of the pair here is Galaxy Of Terror.
The film follows the crew of a rescue ship, who while on a mission, come into contact with a group of monsters. However, these aren’t just your run of the mill beasts. These monsters are bread from th very subconscious of each member of the crew, »
- Joshua Brunsting
It's been a while since a lot of us have seen Galaxy of Terror or Forbidden World, and now that Shout! Factory is doling out the goods as part of its Roger Corman Collection, we've gotten our hands on some clips. Lots and lots of clips!
From the Press Release:
Space, the final frontier ... it’s also the fiercest, most fearful frontier. No one can hear you scream ... but now they can hear you shout! This summer Shout! Factory, in association with New Horizons Picture Corporation, has a treat in store for aficionados of sci-fi, horror classics and Roger Corman fans when Forbidden World and Galaxy of Terror debut for the first time on Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD on July 20, 2010. Forbidden World 2-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD contain two versions of the movie – the newly remastered theatrical version and the never-before-seen unrated director’s cut.
Each Blu-ray and »
- Uncle Creepy
Next month, the geek world will converge on San Diego, California, it it’s yearly celebration of the popular arts, in the form of Comic Con International. This will be my 18th year attending the festival, although my first as a member of the “press.” I use that term lightly as I consider us here at the Criterion Cast, more like passionate amateurs (a term recently popularized by Michael Chabon), than actual film journalists. We certainly take everything we do here seriously, as evidenced by our commitment over the past year to producing multiple weekly podcasts, attending film screenings, and over the past six months, we’ve covered various film festivals (Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca) to bring our unique cineaste perspectives towards the upcoming crop of films and filmmakers.
While the finalized, official Comic Con Panel Schedule has not been released at this point, Shout! Factory, one of our favorite DVD/Blu-ray distributors, »
- Ryan Gallagher
The company that has given us countless goodies this year including a bevy of Roger Corman titles along with the resurrection of Gamera, Shout! Factory, is not only one of the first out of the gate with its San Diego Comic-Con news, but Shout! is ready to tackle the show with a vengeance!
From the Press Release
Shout! Factory returns to Comic-Con International San Diego 2010 with a stellar lineup featuring upcoming and current home entertainment juggernauts that will be showcased in a special panel discussion, media appearances, special signings, interactive fan activities and Comic-Con exclusives at the Shout! Factory booth (#3749, main show floor) throughout the convention. Fan favorite filmmakers, creators and select stars from Shout! Factory’s branded properties scheduled to attend include: Roger Corman, Julie Corman, Joe Dante (Piranha, Trailers from Hell, Gremlins), Allan Holzman (Galaxy of Terror, Forbidden World), Sid Haig (Galaxy of Terror, The Devil’s Rejects), Mary Woronov (Death Race 2000, »
- Uncle Creepy
Has a year passed since San Diego Comic-Con 2009? Unbelievable. The coverage begins here then, with Shout! Factory the first out of the gate with some genre news for those attending. The distributor (on the main show floor at booth #3749) has pulled together quite a line-up of genre names for a panel discussion and various special signings. Roger Corman, Julie Corman, Joe Dante, Allan Holzman ( Galaxy of Terror , Forbidden World ), Sid Haig ( Galaxy of Terror ), Mary Woronov ( Death Race 2000 , Rock.n.Roll High School ) among others are on the schedule. The Shout! Factory will present Roger Corman: B-Movie King on Friday, July 23 at 5:30 Pm (Room 25Abc). Attendees will have the opportunity to sneak peek at the upcoming lineup from Roger Corman's Cult Classics home »
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