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Monday, 26 August 2013 15:30

Scream Factory & John Carpenter, a U.K. Time Bandits: SE & new Amazon pre-orders

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Let’s get right to the announcement news today...

Shout! and Scream Factory are going to release John Carpenter’s Body Bags and Assault on Precinct 13 on Blu-ray Combo on 11/12 and 11/19 respectively.  Extras on Body Bags will include three audio commentary tracks, interviews with Carpenter and the actors and the trailer.  Assault on Precinct 13 extras are still in development.

Sony has announced a number of new MOD Manufactured on Demand titles for release on DVD-R on 10/1, including Whatever, Gidget Gets Married, Kiss Me, Kill Me, The Comic, Air Hostess (1933), Babies for Sale, The Unwelcome Stranger, Made in Italy, Party of Five: The Complete Sixth Season and Happy Endings: The Complete Third Season[…]

Level 33 Entertainment has set The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue for DVD and digital release on 9/10.  The horror comedy features Robert Englund.

Entertainment One will release the Dolph Lundgren action film Blood of Redemption on Blu-ray Combo and DVD on 9/24 (SRP $29.98 and $19.98).

Disney’s Nashville: The Complete First Season comes to DVD on 9/17.

Image and RLJ Entertainment have set Blood for release on Blu-ray and DVD on 9/10.

Universal will release The Best Man on Blu-ray and DVD on 11/5.

Wolfe Video will release Margarita on DVD and digital on 10/29.

Anchor Bay has set Free Samples for release on DVD on 10/29.

I know you’ve all been sitting on pins and needles waiting for this one, but MTV’s Teen Mom: The Complete First Season is headed to DVD on 10/1... exclusively at Walmart (which somehow seems oddly appropriate).

Here’s something interesting: Arrow Films has released a new remastered special edition Blu-ray of Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits in the U.K.  We hear it’s pretty great, but sadly it’s region coded and will not play on U.S. BD players.  We’ve asked Image Entertainment (which has the U.S. rights) if there’s any chance of an updated U.S. release and we’ll let you know if and when we hear back from them.  Meanwhile, Gilliam has given a good interview with the BFI about the film and the restored release and it’s worth watching here if you’re a fan of the film.

Finally, you can now pre-order Universal’s Kick Ass 2, Sony’s Elysium, Warner’s We’re the Millers, Summit Entertainment’s Red 2, Disney’s Planes and the 20th Century Fox comedy The Heat on Blu-ray and DVD on  Street dates for all are TBA.  And MGM’s terrific Bond 50 Blu-ray box set is on sale on right now for 57% off – it’s just $130.

Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover art for Universal’s High Plains Drifter (due 10/15), temp art for Warner’s Pacific Rim (TBA) and Scream’s Body Bags...

High Plains Drifter (Blu-ray Disc)    Pacific Rim (Blu-ray 3D)    Body Bags (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt

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