The 'Burbs - Shout! Select

Shout! Select Presents: The ‘Burbs (1989)

You’ve probably figured this out by now. I love the work of Joe Dante. Whether that be Gremlins, Innerspace or The ‘Burbs to name a few of the films he has directed. There is always a mischievousness that comes through in all of his movies and TV shows that I am drawn to. Certainly that is why back in 1989 I really wanted to see The ‘Burbs when it played at our local Drive-In.

Not only was I already a Joe Dante fan when The ‘Burbs hit theaters. Additionally I was a huge fan of both Tom Hanks as well as Bruce Dern. Hanks thanks of course to his roles in Bosom Buddies, Splash, and Dragnet. And Dern was the lead in one of my all-time favorite science fiction films, 1972’s Silent Running.

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The ‘Burbs works so exceptionally well thanks to it it’s ensemble cast. Besides Hanks and Dern you have Carrie Fisher, Rick Ducommun, Corey Feldman, Wendy Schaal, Dick Miller, Gale Gordon, and Henry Gibson. All portraying suburbanites who find themselves in a bizarre mystery when new neighbors arrive on the block.
The 'Burbs - The Kopeks

In fact I think a better description is that the film is actually a thriller/horror/comedy. Hanks’ role as Ray Peterson is an everyman. His sole wish is to be able to experience a relaxing vacation at home. Sadly, his neighbors have other plans, in particular his friend Art (Ducommun). Who has begun to believe that those new neighbors, the Klopeks, are not just strange…but murderers!

This viewpoint of the Klopeks quickly begins to spread to the rest of the neighbors. Before you can say The Monsters are Due on Maple Street, the once peaceful cul-de-sac that is Mayfield Place is turned upside down. However unlike in that famous Twilight Zone episode, the actions of the neighborhood are incredibly funny.

Personally I feel that while Dern almost steals the entire film, it is the late Ducommun that really shines. Hanks and Fisher naturally are great but their roles are mainly to provide the foils to Ducommun’s antics. Like many Dante films, the humor can cross over into the slapstick but it always feels appropriate.

With The ‘Burbs Blu-Ray collector’s edition being released by Shout! Select, you know there are special features:

  • 2017 2K Scan Of The Interpositive
  • Interviews With Director Joe Dante, Editor Marshall Harvey, And Director Of Photography (Additional Scenes) John Hora
  • Audio Commentary With Writer Dana Olsen, Moderated By Author Calum Waddell
  • There Goes The Neighborhood: The Making Of The ‘Burbs – Includes Interviews With Director Joe Dante, Actors Corey Feldman, Courtney Gaines, And Wendy Schaal, Director Of Photography Robert M. Stevens, And Production Designer James H. Spencer
  • Alternate Ending
  • Original Workprint From Joe Dante’s Archive (Includes Deleted And Extended Scenes)
  • Behind-The-Scenes Still Gallery
  • Stills And Posters Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

Now you can visit the Shout! Factory official site and pre-order your copy of The ‘Burbs, right now. Or wait until next week when it’s released on the 20th to better stores everywhere.

Want to see what Siskel and Ebert thought about The ‘Burbs?

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Matinee - Shout Select

Shout Select Is Releasing Joe Dante’s Matinee!

I have a lot of love for the work of Joe Dante. Not just Matinee of course but Gremlins, The Howling, Explorers, Innerspace, and The ‘Burbs to name just a few of the films he has directed. Now though his 1993 film Matinee, which is an ode to the movies of William Castle is getting a Blu-Ray release by Shout Select!
Matinee - Mant!

Joe Dante has always worn his “Monster Kid” badge with pride. Growing up with the likes of Forrest J. Ackerman’s legendary Famous Monsters of Filmland helped to shape his love of horror and sci-fi films. As well as being a teenager during the Cuban Missile Crisis must have certainly left a mark. Which might indeed make Matinee a little more autobiographical as these elements naturally are the focus of the film.

“It’s 1962, and fifteen-year-old fan Gene Loomis (Simone Fenton) can’t wait for the arrival of Woolsey, who is in town to promote his latest offering of atomic power gone berserk, Mant! But the absurd vision of Woolsey’s tale takes on a sudden urgency as the Cuban Missile Crises places the real threat of atomic horror just 90 miles off the coast. With the help of Woolsey’s leading lady, Ruth (Cathy Moriarty), the master showman gives Key West a premiere they’ll never forget. Anything can happen in the movies, and everything does in this hilarious tribute to a more innocent (and outrageous) time in American cinema.”

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I will of course be sure to give a review of the Blu-Ray for Matinee when I get my hands on a copy. However Shout Factory is already letting us know what we can expect on the Collector’s Edition when it is released on January 9th, 2018.

  • Master Of The Matinee – An Interview With Director Joe Dante
  • The Leading Lady – An Interview with Cathy Moriarty
  • MANTastic! The Making Of A Mant
  • Out Of The Bunker – An Interview With Actress Lisa Jakub
  • Making A Monster Theatre – An Interview With Production Designer Steven Legler
  • The Monster Mix – An Interview With Editor Marshall Harvey
  • Lights! Camera! Reunion! – An Interview With Director Of Photography John Hora
  • Paranoia In Ant Vision – Joe Dante Discusses The Making Of The Film
  • MANT! – The Full Length Version Of The Film With Introduction By Joe Dante
  • Vintage Making Of Featurette
  • Behind The Scenes Footage Courtesy Of Joe Dante
  • Deleted And Extended Scenes Sourced From Joe Dante’s Workprint
  • Still Galleries
  • Theatrical Trailer

Now remember that if you pre-order Matinee through Shout Factory. You not only get a free 18″ X 24″ poster featuring the brand new artwork. But in addition you get the Blu-Ray two weeks before the release date as well!

To get you in the mood for Matinee. Why not listen to Joe Dante discuss the merits of William Castle’s 1964 film The Night Walker?

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Paul Naschy Collection

Scream Factory: The Paul Naschy Collection!

Our friends at Scream Factory are on a roll this week. First it was The Lawnmower Man and now they’ve unleashed the Paul Naschy Collection on Blu-Ray! Much like the bang up job they did with their Vincent Price Collections. The Paul Naschy Collection will make fright film fans certainly sit up and take notice!
Paul Naschy

Paul Naschy in fact has been called the Spanish Lon Chaney. In addition I think that is rather fitting as one of his favorite films from his youth was 1943’s Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man. A film of course that featured Lon Chaney Jr. in the titular role of the Wolf Man!

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I bring that up because not only did Paul Naschy also portray a victim of Lycanthropy in 12 different films. But Naschy also was also able to make the acquaintance of the legendary Boris Karloff as well. Naturally Karloff wasn’t in the 1943 film but he obviously helped to make the Frankenstein Monster a cultural icon. The meeting between the two was thanks to the classic TV show I Spy, which was in Spain shooting on location. Paul has mentioned that it was an incredible thrill to meet the actor.
Paul Naschy - Boris Karloff

However the icon was apparently suffering from poor health and rather depressed. Furthermore this would lead to an 2010 documentary about Naschy entitled The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry. A posthumous documentary where many filmmakers share their respect such as Joe Dante, John Landis, Mick Garris, and Javier Botet to name a few.

I think you can see why Scream Factory’s The Paul Naschy Collection is so important. They have chosen 5 films from his long career of over 121 roles, playing characters from Jack the Ripper to The Mummy! A sampling of some of his best work and of course as always they have added worthwhile extras.


VENGEANCE OF THE ZOMBIES

  • Complete Uncut Version
  • In Castilian with English Subtitles and English Dub
  • Theatrical Trailers (Spanish and English)
  • Spanish Credit Sequence
  • Alternate Clothed Sequences
  • Still Gallery


HORROR RISES FROM THE TOMB

  • Complete Uncut Version
  • NEW Audio Commentary by Rod Barnett and Troy Guinn of the podcast, NaschyCast
  • In Castilian with English Subtitles and English Dub
  • Theatrical Trailers (Spanish and English)
  • Alternate Clothed Sequences
  • Still Gallery


BLUE EYES OF THE BROKEN DOLL

  • Complete Uncut Version
  • NEW Audio Commentary by Rod Barnett and Troy Guinn of the podcast, NaschyCast
  • In Castilian with English Subtitles and English Dub
  • Theatrical Trailers (Spanish and English)
  • Spanish Credit Sequence
  • Still Gallery


NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF

  • Complete Uncut Version
  • NEW Audio Commentary by Rod Barnett and Troy Guinn of the podcast, NaschyCast
  • In Castilian with English Subtitles and English Dub
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailers (Spanish and English)
  • Spanish Credit Sequence
  • Still Gallery


HUMAN BEASTS

  • Complete Uncut Version
  • In Castilian with English Subtitles and English Dub
  • Spanish Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

The Paul Naschy Collection offers all of these movies in high definition 1080p. You can head out to your better blu-ray dealer today and pick up a copy for your collection. Of course you can also jump on over to Scream Factory and order from them as well.

Saturday Frights Podcast Episode 051 (All Good Things…)

Welcome back friends to the Saturday Frights Podcast! Each podcast my co-host, the Projectionist and I will discuss a particular horror movie or horror themed TV episode from the Retroist Vault. This week I had intended to discuss 1984’s Gremlins…and had set out to do so…but then everything went wrong.

If you have any suggestions for topics you would like for us to cover in the future or comments, email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and on Facebook.

The Music at beginning of our show was provided by Peachy (The Jerry Goldsmith of Wales), if you have musical needs why not contact him at peachy@Retroist.Com. And be sure to “Like” him on his Facebook Page.

The ending music for the show is entitled “Twisted Toys” and was provided by Tony Longworth, you can visit his site by clicking that link provided or hopping over to his SoundCloud Page!

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