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As the summer continues to roll on, that means we have another great week of horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases to look forward to. The folks at Scream Factory are keeping themselves plenty busy this Tuesday, as they’re resurrecting both The Lawnmower Man and Island of Terror on Blu-ray, as well as their high-def The Paul Naschy Collection, and Arrow Video has put together an incredible two-disc limited Blu-ray set of Dario Argento’s directorial debut, The Bird With The Crystal Plumage, that any fan of the Master of Horror will want to add to their collections. And, if you missed it in theaters, the horror/sci-fi thriller Life will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD formats, too.
- Heather Wixson
Looking for an air-conditioned alternative to mowing your grass this summer? Scream Factory has you covered with their Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of the 1992 Stephen King short story adaptation, The Lawnmower Man, and we've been provided with three copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.
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- Derek Anderson
It’s always funny to hear how audiences, in 1903, reacted to the outrageous final shot of Edwin S. Porter’s eight-minute film “The Great Train Robbery.” The leader of the film’s outlaw gang, Bronco Billy Anderson, points a gun right at the camera — at the audience — and shoots. People who first saw that thought a gun was actually being fired at them, and so they scrambled to get out of the way. How quaint! But when you experience “Carne y Arena,” the extraordinary six-and-a-half-minute virtual-reality installation that director is presenting at the Cannes Film Festival (an earlier version was mounted in Los Angeles), you may find yourself having a similar reaction.
It’s pre-dawn, and you’re alone, in the middle of the scrubby vastness of the Sonoran Desert, and when I say in the middle of that’s not a figure of speech. You’re there, staring out at the gray horizon, »
- Owen Gleiberman
An adaptation (that took things in a very different direction) of Stephen King's short story of the same name, The Lawnmower Man is coming out on a Collector's Edition Blu-ray from Scream Factory this June, and the movie's 4K makeover will be accompanied by plenty of special features, including new footage and interviews.
Press Release: A world where the normal course of events could suddenly turn inside out — the imaginary becomes real, and reality is all in your mind. Loyal fans of visionary filmmaker Brett Leonard (Virtuosity, Hideaway) know well the enthralling sci-fi action horror from his 1992 cult classic The Lawnmower Man, starring Jeff Fahey (Machete) and Pierce Brosnan (The Son). Directed by Brett Leonard (Virtuosity, Hideaway), the film also stars Jenny Wright (Near Dark) and Geoffrey Lewis (The Devil’s Rejects). On June 20, 2017, Scream Factory™ Home Entertainment is proud to present The Lawnmower Man Collector’s Edition. Available »
- Derek Anderson
Stephen King adaptations have always been a mixed bag. Since they’re sold off to the highest bidder, rather than to anybody with integrity or vision, you end up with the widest possible range in quality: everything from certified classics like The Shawshank Redemption to best forgotten dreck like The Lawnmower Man. Although fondly remembered for playing host to Tim Curry’s career-defining turn as Pennywise the clown, the 1990 It miniseries falls firmly into that second category. Outside of Curry’s nightmarish growl, there never really was much to praise from that adaptation. The scares were horribly telegraphed, the set design garish
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- Brian Hadsell
Sometimes, TV horror is the perfect medium for a particular kind of story. Perhaps a story that doesn’t rely on effects or sensationalism to affect the viewer; a tale that works in a simple, straightforward way, dealing with all too common emotions experienced by the regular teenage mind. To wit, Summer of Fear (1978) Aka Stranger in Our House, a chiller directed by the late legend Wes Craven based on the bestselling Ya novel of the same name by Lois Duncan (I Know What You Did Last Summer). It’s a breezy thrill ride that also shows Craven could successfully work in the mainstream.
Originally airing Halloween night on NBC under the Stranger title as one of their The Big Event titles, its toughest competition was ABC’s Three’s Company/Taxi/Starsky and Hutch dynamo. But no worries, if you needed a horror fix on Halloween night, this is what you were watching. »
- Scott Drebit
At the media industry’s annual bash in Cannes, virtual reality is the next mass medium that will take TV to a new level
Virtual reality (Vr) technology secured its place in popular culture through films such as The Lawnmower Man and The Matrix, as well as books such as Ready Player One, which Steven Spielberg is adapting for a movie. They presented visions of technology whereby strapping on a Vr headset (or, as in The Matrix, being imprisoned in pods and hooked up to a computer network by human-farming machines) enabled people to explore virtual, computer-generated worlds.
In 2017, these cultural touchstones are freshly in mind for the television industry, as it tries to understand whether real-life headsets can be used to deliver new forms of drama, documentary and storytelling.
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- Stuart Dredge
Pierce Brosnan, who stars in AMC’s new Western series The Son, recently opened up about losing his wife and daughter to ovarian cancer. Look back on People’s 1992 cover story on the British actor, as he reflected on his wife’s memory four months after her death — and the profound impact she had on his life.
When His Agent Phoned Pierce Brosnan in early March to tell him that his latest film, The Lawnmower Man, was a box office hit—a Brosnan first—the 39-year-old Irish-born actor remembers how he “whooped and hollered” with his two boys, Christopher, 19, and Sean, »
- People Staff
Scott McCall (as a human and as his wild werewolf self) and best bud Stiles have their very own Funko Pop! figures now. Collect whichever vinyl figure tickles your fancy this spring! Also in today's Highlights: Wesley Snipes reveals The Recall's release date at CinemaCon 2017, a look at the teaser trailer for Deep Shock, and the Tribeca Games Festival announcement.
Photos & Release Details for Funko's Teen Wolf Pop! Vinyls: From Funko: “Teen werewolf Scott McCall and his best friend Stiles are coming to Pop! vinyl!
Bitten the night before starting sophomore year of high school, Scott is now a True Alpha werewolf! Collect Scott in his human form, or as a werewolf!
Add them to your collection this spring!
Coming in May!”
- Tamika Jones
Author Stephen King has had a very hit and miss track record when it comes to adaptations of his stories. For every Shawshank Redemption, The Shining and The Green Mile, there’s a The Lawnmower Man, Sleepwalkers and Maximum Overdrive. Even within some of his projects that are seen as a success, there can be weak moments. Take the TV mini-series based on his door-stop-thick novel, It – the first two thirds were fantastically freaky, spawning a generation of coulrophobics, but the last third is somewhat of a let down.
Hoping to rectify this is director Andrés Muschietti. His previous project Mama proved that he can do creepy, and this first trailer for his version of It brings all the scares.
- Kat Hughes
Following their announcement last Friday the 13th that they'll be releasing The Lawnmower Man on a Collector's Edition Blu-ray, Scream Factory has now unveiled the release's official cover art and release date.
From Scream Factory: "Back in January on Friday the 13th we announced that the 1992 virtual-reality sci-fi film The Lawnmower Man would be mowing its way onto Blu-ray this Summer. Today we have more details to report on that exciting front:
- Official release date is scheduled for June 20th . This is a Blu-ray Premiere in the U.S. and Canada.
- This 2-Disc Set will branded as a "Collector's Edition" that will come with a slipcover (guaranteed only for three months after its original release date).
- The newly-commissioned front-facing artwork you see pictured comes to us from Joel Robinson (Tales from the Hood, Texas Chainsaw 2, Black Christmas) The reverse side of the wraps will showcase the original theatrical poster art. »
- Derek Anderson
This week Neil Calloway considers something that could change the film industry…
On Monday, seemingly out of nowhere, a new company announced an innovation that could change the way you experience movies. Dreamscape Immersives is not only a name that sounds like it’s out of a Philip K Dick novel, it offers the possibility of getting as close to a Total Recall experience as you’d ever want to.
They claim that their “untethered Vr headsets” allow users to be unconstrained by wires and explore films worlds in a way that has been impossible until now. Of course, if like me you’re of a certain age, Virtual Reality just makes you think of The Lawnmower Man or that early 1990s TV game shows presented by Craig Charles featuring graphics so blocky they make Minecraft look realistic. However, the technology has come on leaps and bounds since then, and »
- Neil Calloway
In Stephen King’s 1978 short story “The Lawnmower Man,” a pagan employee of a lawn service company run by the god Pan murders a new customer with a magic lawnmower. It’s not a great story, but it is what it is. What it is not is a riff on Flowers For Algernon about a mentally challenged greenskeeper […]
- Jacob Hall
The Sundance Film Festival is just getting started in Park City, Utah, and virtual reality company Jaunt Inc. is heating things up at the winter event by announcing a Vr series reimagining of The Lawnmower Man, the 1992 film based on the Stephen King short story of the same name.
A far cry from King’s short story upon which it is based, Brett Leonard’s The Lawnmower Man movie heavily incorporated virtual reality in its plot. No details on the Vr series’ plot are known at this time, other than the fact that it will be a “reimagination of the film.”
We have the full press release with more details on Janut’s upcoming Vr slate below, as well as trailer for The Lawnmower Man film, which stars Pierce Brosnan and Jeff Fahey. In case you missed it, Scream Factory recently announced an upcoming collector’s edition Blu-ray of The Lawnmower Man. »
- Derek Anderson
19 January 2017 8:26 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Virtual reality startup Jaunt is making a big push into scripted immersive stories.
The company, which produces Vr experiences and develops hardware and software for making and consuming Vr, has unveiled a slate of five new scripted projects, including a drug-fueled comedy and an adaptation of cult classic The Lawnmower Man, ahead of the Sundance Film Festival.
The projects come on the heels of Jaunt's first high-profile project, Invisible from Doug Liman, which premiered last year. Jaunt head of content Tom Vance is overseeing the development of the new projects out of the company's Santa Monica-based content arm, Jaunt Studios. »
- Natalie Jarvey
This past Friday the 13th, Scream Factory celebrated the horror holiday by announcing respective Collector's Edition Blu-rays for James Gunn's Slither and The Lawnmower Man (based on the Stephen King short story of the same name).
No special features or specific release dates for these Collector's Edition Blu-rays have been announced yet, but horror fans can expect to see them released this summer, and we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are revealed.
From Scream Factory: "Happy Friday the 13th! We couldn't let one of our favorite days go by without announcing a couple of titles so here's the first of two today: The 1992 virtual-reality film The Lawnmower Man will be heading to Blu-ray as a "Collector's Edition" sometime this Summer. No other details to report at this time."
Lawnmower Man synopsis (via Blu-ray.com): "A scientist performs experiments involving intelligence enhancing drugs and virtual reality on a simple-minded gardener. »
- Derek Anderson
16 items from 2017
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