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Celebrating Poltergeist’s 35th, plus BD release news & Dr. Adam Jahnke’s new Tribulation podcast series!

June 5, 2017 - 11:25 am   |   by
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All right, we’re back here at The Bits with another great film retrospective column from our own Michael Coate, who’s celebrating the 35th anniversary of Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist today in History, Legacy & Showmanship. As always, Michael details the film’s initial theatrical release and he’s got an interview with film historian Michael Matessino as well. Enjoy!

In new release news today, Paramount has set a John Wayne Double Feature on Blu-ray on 8/8, featuring Rio Lobo and Big Jake. Both films have been available on BD individually for a few years now.

HBO has set Crashing: The Complete First Season for Blu-ray and DVD release on 8/1. [Read on here…]

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Shout! Factory has added Robin Swicord’s Wakefield for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 8/1, starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner.

Warner Home Video has set LEGO Scooby-Doo: Blowout Beach Bash for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 7/25.

FUNimation has confirmed the 8/1 Blu-ray and DVD release of Shin Godzilla here in the States.

Well Go USA will release the Jackie Chan action comedy Kung Fu Yoga on Blu-ray on 8/8, followed by the Korean film Bluebeard on Blu-ray on 8/15. They also have Haofeng Zu’s The Final Master coming on Blu-ray on 7/25 and Buster’s Mal Heart coming on Blu-ray on 7/18.

Gravitas Ventures is releasing a number of titles on BD-R media in August, including All About the Money on 8/1, 11:55 and Pearly Gates on 8/8, Baby Steps, Broken Mile, and Orion on 8/15, Blood Ransom, Before the Sun Explodes, and Functional Fitness on 8/22, and London’s Finest, Panic, and The Incomparable Rose Hartman on 8/29.

And Team Marketing and the NBA have set the official 2017 NBA Championship Blu-ray for release on 8/8.

Finally today, here’s something pretty terrific: Our old friend and longtime Bits columnist and reviewer Dr. Adam Jahnke has been busy creatively these last few months and the result is finally available for all of you to check out. He’s written a dramatic podcast series for Zero Mile Media called Tribulation! Here’s the official synopsis from iTunes:

“On a deserted stretch of highway, Greg and Stacy Carlson stumble on a faint radio broadcast at the end of the AM dial. What sounds like your average radio sermon reveals itself to be something far more sinister. Strangely fascinated, Greg becomes obsessed with investigating the source of the broadcast. His subsequent disappearance leaves Stacy alone, bewildered, terrified… and on a quest for the truth.”

There are 10 episodes in all (about 20 minutes each), which will be released one per week on iTunes. You can download them for listening completely for free. The first episode is now available here and it’s pretty terrific. Do give it a listen, and then let Adam know what you think over on the podcast’s official Facebook page here and on Twitter here at @TribulationCult. Congratulations, Adam! Well done, sir.

Adam Jahnke's Tribulation

That’s all for now! Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt

 

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