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Celebrating Apocalypse Now’s 35th Anniversary, a new BD review & Vincent Price Collection II details

August 15, 2014 - 10:02 am   |   By 

All right, we’ve got three things for you today to close out the week…

First, our own Michael Coate has turned in a fine new History, Legacy & Showmanship column, celebrating today’s 35th anniversary of the theatrical debut of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. Included in the piece is a rundown of the initial 70 mm theatrical engagements, trivia, and a pair of interview with film historians Jon Lewis and Lee Pfeiffer. Enjoy!

Also today, Tim Salmons has turned in a review of Raro Video’s The Year of the Cannibals (1970) on Blu-ray, an Italian film from director Liliana Cavani.  [Read on here…]

The Vincent Price Collection II (Blu-ray Disc)Finally today, our friends at Shout! and Scream Factory have given us all the details on the special features you’ll find on the new The Vincent Price Collection II Blu-ray box set, due in stores on 10/21. In addition to a 32-page book, the set’s 4 Blu-ray Discs will include the following films and extras:

The House on Haunted Hill – new audio commentary with author/historian Steve Haberman, the film’s theatrical trailer, a still gallery, and 4 featurettes (Vincent Price: Renaissance Man, The Art of Fear, Working with Vincent Price, and Introductory Price)

The Return of the Fly – new audio commentary with actor Brett Halsey and film historian David Del Valle, the film’s theatrical trailer, a still gallery, and a TV spot

The Comedy of Terrors – an introduction and parting words by Vincent Price, the Richard Matheson: Storyteller – The Comedy of Terrors featurette, the film’s theatrical trailer, and a still gallery

The Raven – an introduction and parting words by Vincent Price, a new audio commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman, the Richard Matheson: Storyteller – The Raven featurette, the Corman’s Comedy of Poe featurette, something called Promotional Record, the film’s theatrical trailer, and a still gallery

The Last Man on Earth – new audio commentary with film historian David Del Valle and author Derek Botelho, the Richard Matheson: Storyteller – The Last Man on Earth featurette, and a still gallery

The Tomb of Ligeia – an introduction and parting words by Vincent Price, audio commentary by producer/director Roger Corman, a new audio commentary with Elizabeth Shepherd, moderated by Roy Frumkes, a new audio commentary with film historian Constantine Nasr, the film’s theatrical trailer, and a still gallery

Dr. Phibes Rides Again – the film’s theatrical trailer, and a still gallery

You can see the cover artwork there on the right – clicking on the artwork will take you to the Amazon pre-order page for the title.

And that’s all she wrote for this week. Have a great weekend, folks. See you Monday!

- Bill Hunt

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