Scream Factory Presents: The Vincent Price Collection III On Blu-Ray!

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Not content with bringing horror fans just One Volume of Price films, nor even a whopping Two Volumes of classic horror and sometimes comedy, our friends at Scream Factory are set to release their Third collection of films representing the best that the late great Vincent Price left as his legacy!

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What films can you expect when this Blu-Ray is released on February 16th? How about 1961’s adaptation of Jules Verne’s Master of the World?
Master of the World
Besides Vincent Price, Master of the World also starred Charles Bronson (Death Wish), Mary Webster (The Tin Star), Henry Hull (Werewolf of London), and David Frankham (Return of the Fly). In the film, Price stars as Captain Robur who makes his home high above the clouds in the mighty airship, the Albatross. Hull and the others find themselves as “guests” aboard the vessel as Robur attempts to bring peace to World in his “War against War”…even if that means he must be forced to destroy military targets across the globe!

Then in the collection we have 1962’s Tower of London, not to be confused with the 1939 Universal Pictures version that starred not only Price but Boris Karloff and Basil Rathbone!
Tower of London
In this film Price portrays Richard of Gloucester, or as History knows him better, Richard the III. Directed by Roger Corman, Tower of London entertains with a smidgen of actual history and some borrowing of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Richard the III…naturally. It also stars Michael Pate (Julius Caesar), Joan Freeman (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter), Robert Brown (Here Come The Brides), and Bruce Gordon (Piranha 1978)! Check out how Price’s Richard the III gets what he wants in this clip:

Next up in the collection is the 1963 horror film Diary of a Madman!
Diary of a Madman
In this film adapation of Guy de Maupassant’s short story “Le Horla”, Price is Simon Cordier, a French magistrate as well as being an sculptor who comes into contact with what he believes is the horla, an evil force that can not only move objects at will but control minds. Will this ghost drive Simon to commit unspeakably foul deeds? Alongside Price, the film boasts the talents of Nancy Kovak (Jason and the Argonauts), Elaine Devry (Herbie Rides Again), Stephen Roberts (At War with the Army), and Ian Wolfe (Rebel Without a Cause)!

Then we have something very, very special with An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe from 1970.
An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe
This is a one-man show featuring Vincent Price performing “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Sphinx”, “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Pit and the Pendulum”. Here is a clip from my favorite of Edgar Allan Poe’s tales:

Last but certainly not least is Cry of the Banshee, also from 1970!
Cry of the Banshee
In this film, Price plays the role of Lord Edward Whitman, a cruel man who is also a magistrate (again?) in a small English village and he has decided that there are far too many signs of Witches. Which is bad news indeed a for some of local pagans headed up by Elisabeth Bergner (As You Like It), when some of her followers are put to death she has enough time to curse the Whitman household, summoning a supernatural entity to avenge those slain. Cry of the Banshee also stars Essy Persson (Strike First Freddy), Stephan Chase (Macbeth 1971), Patrick Mower (The Devil Rides Out), Hilary Dwyer (The Oblong Box), and Carl Rigg (Lifeforce).

Now this is a Scream Factory release we are talking about so you know they are going to deliver the goods and I think in this case they’ve totally gone above and beyond:

MASTER OF THE WORLD
NEW High-Definition Master From The Interpositive Film Element
NEW Stereo Soundtrack Created From The Original 4-Track Mag
NEW Audio Commentary With Actor David Frankham
NEW Richard Matheson: Storyteller – Extended Cut (72 Minutes)
Theatrical Trailer
Posters, Lobby Cards And Behind-The-Scenes Photo Gallery
Photo Gallery Of Images From David Frankham??s Personal Collection

TOWER OF LONDON
NEW High-Definition Master From A Fine Grain Film Print
NEW Interview With Director Roger Corman
Producing Tower Of London – An Interview With Producer Gene Corman
Two Episodes Of Science Fiction Theatre (1956): “One Thousand Eyes” And “Operation Flypaper” Both Starring Vincent Price (In Standard Definition)
Posters, Lobby Cards And Behind-The-Scenes Photo Gallery

DIARY OF A MADMAN
NEW High-Definition Master From The Interpositive Film Element
NEW Audio Commentary With Film Historian And Author Steve Haberman
Theatrical Trailer
Poster And Lobby Card Gallery

AN EVENING OF EDGAR ALLAN POE
NEW Master Created From The Original 2″ Tape Masters
NEW Audio Commentary With Film Historian And Author Steve Haberman
NEW Interview With Writer/Producer/Director Kenneth Johnson
Behind-The-Scenes Photo Gallery

CRY OF THE BANSHEE
NEW High-Definition Master Of The Director’s Cut From The Interpositive Film Element
NEW High-Definition Master Of The American International Pictures Cut From The Only Surviving Element, A Color Reversal Intermediate
NEW Audio Commentary With Film Historian And Author Steve Haberman (Director’s Cut)
A Devilish Tale Of Poe – An Interview With Director Gordon Hessler
Theatrical Trailer
TV Spot
Radio Spot
Posters, Lobby Cards And Behind-The-Scenes Photo Gallery

Now I know that this comes out on Tuesday, two days after Valentine’s Day, but maybe you can hop on over to the Scream Factory Official Site and pre-order your copy of the Vincent Price Collection III on Blu-Ray for your favorite Horror Lover or even yourself, if you act quickly you might even get one of those exclusive posters when you do!

Remember…Scream Factory will be keeping an eye out for your order!

Strap Yourselves In For The I ESCAPED FROM DEVIL’S ISLAND / THE FINAL OPTION DOUBLE FEATURE BLU-RAY From Shout Factory!

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Hiya fiends! I just got a top secret communique from a remote numbers station manned by the agents of awesome at Shout Factory informing me of the upcoming release of two cult classic action packed flicks on one bombastic Blu-ray; I ESCAPED FROM DEVIL’S ISLAND and THE FINAL OPTION! Let’s decipher this cryptic code to see what we are in for:

Lock and load your Blu-ray™ player – it’s time for a double-barreled blast of high-octane, high-definition action when William Witney’s I ESCAPED FROM DEVIL’S ISLAND (produced by Roger and Gene Corman), starring football superstar Jim Brown and Christopher George (City of the Living Dead), and Ian Sharp’s THE FINAL OPTION, starring Lewis Collins (The Professionals), Oscar® nominee Judy Davis (A Passage to India) and Richard Widmark (Judgment at Nuremberg), arrive on home entertainment shelves together in a special double-feature Blu-ray™ on July 15, 2014 from Shout! Factory. Available for the first time on Blu-ray, this pair of hard-to-find action, adventure classics are a sure-fire night of entertainment for those who like their meat – and their movies – raw. ($19.97 SRP)

Head here to pre-order this bad@$$ Blu-ray today!

I ESCAPED FROM DEVIL’S ISLAND (1973)
Sentenced to life in the world’s most notorious prison colony, two tougher-than-nails inmates enact the ultimate jail break…but find that trying to survive in the outside world is every bit as hellish as it was in the slammer. Football superstar Jim Brown and drive-in movie mainstay Christopher George star in this gritty actioner from the legendary Roger Corman.

THE CORMAN COMPANY Presents
JIM BROWN in
“I ESCAPED FROM DEVIL’S ISLAND”
With CHRISTOPHER GEORGE
Produced by ROGER and GENE CORMAN
Directed by WILLIAM WITNEY
Written by RICHARD L. ADAMS

THE FINAL OPTION (1982)
An elite Special Air Service captain takes the ultimate risk when he infiltrates a terrorist organization in order to thwart a plan to take several dignitaries hostage. Inspired by the real-life operations of counter-terrorist forces, this military movie favorite (also known as Who Dares Wins) boasts an all-star cast.

A EUAN LLOYD Production
LEWIS COLLINS, JUDY DAVIS and RICHARD WIDMARK in
“THE FINAL OPTION”
Starring TONY DOYLE, JOHN DUTTINE, KENNETH GRIFFITH,
ROSALIND LLOYD, INGRID PITT, NORMAN RODWAY
With EDWARD WOODWARD and ROBERT WEBBER
Screenplay by REGINALD ROSE Based on “THE TIPTOE BOYS” by GEORGE MARKSTEIN
Produced by EUAN LLOYD Executive Producer CHRIS CHRISAFIS
Directed by IAN SHARP

Get the Lethal Ladies 2 Movie Collection on DVD

For those of you who enjoyed The Lethal Ladies Collection, I have great news. Shout! Factory has released another triple feature of adult themed b-movie action with Lethal Ladies 2. That’s right you get more “lethal” over the top late night movie action served up not once, not twice but three times.

If you think you got your fill with the first set, you are wrong, the films contained in this set are just as good as the first. The are…

The Arena
Kidnapped by Roman soldiers, four beautiful women must battle for their lives in The Arena . . . while attempting to beat the Romans at their own game. Starring Pam Grier and Margaret Markov (The Hot Box and Black Mama, White Mama with Grier). Directed by Steve Carver (Big Bad Mama and Capone).

Cover Girl Models
They’re fast. They’re beautiful. They’re deadly . . . they have to be. A fashion photography assignment teams three American models and inadvertently plunges them into the mystery and danger of international espionage in Cover Girl Models. When an invaluable roll of microfilm is sewed into one of the girls’ fashion gowns, they are drawn into the violence and intrigue of a spy-vs.-counterspy conspiracy. Starring Tara Strohmeier (The Great Texas Dynamite Chase), Pat Anderson (TNT Jackson), Lindsay Bloom (H.O.T.S.) and Vic Diaz.

Fly Me
A group of martial arts assassins board a passenger plane. Once in the air, the group terrorizes the passengers and insists that the plane be rerouted to another destination. But they picked the wrong plane to hijack, as these stewardesses don’t just serve meals and beverages — their hands and feet are lethal weapons! Starring Pat Anderson (Cover Girl Models), Lenore Kasdorf (Missing In Action) and Vic Diaz.

As I mentioned with the first Lethal Ladies collection, these movies are very “adult” (again, in content not story), so I would not pick these up for the kids.

Any of the three would be worth owning on their own, but Shout! Factory has wisely packaged them together, for a cheesy action packed triple feature. Order your copy from either Amazon or Shout! Factory.

Roger Corman’s Vampires, Mummies & Monsters Collection

I have thrown a wide net this year with my Halloween movie watching. Trying to catch movies I have not seen before as opposed to my collection of comfort films. To that end, I decided to pick up a copy of Roger Corman’s Vampires, Mummies & Monsters Collection, which was recently released by Shout! Factory. The collection has four films, only one of which I had ever seen and even that was only on a late night movie, so I had never seen it unedited. Are the movies cheesy? You better believe it, but they are a ball to watch and worth every penny.

Here is a breakdown of the films included:

In The Velvet Vampire, a couple accepts an invitation from the mysterious Diane LeFanu (Celeste Yarnall, The Mechanic) to visit her in her secluded desert estate. Unaware that Diane is actually a centuries-old vampire, the couple soon realize that they are both the objects of her seduction and cravings…

When Baron Frankenstein is killed by his creation, his daughter Tania (Rosalba Neri, aka Sarah Bay) creates her own creature using the brilliant mind of her assistant and the body of her dimwitted servant in Lady Frankenstein. She not only ends up with the perfect lover, but one that can destroy her father’s killer. Also starring Joseph Cotten (The Third Man) as Baron Frankenstein.

Lisa (Linda Blair, The Exorcist) was looking forward to a nice, relaxing vacation at the family cabin, but instead she bears witness to the brutal death of her friends and family at the hands of a group of mindless punks in Grotesque. As the thugs close in on Lisa, they don’t realize they are about to come face to face with something far more horrifying than themselves.

From deep within the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun, Professor Douglas McCadden ships the coffin of Ankh-Vanharis to the California Institute of Sciences, where X-rays reveal five diamondlike crystals hidden within the coffin. Technician Peter Sharpe steals the crystals, but he doesn’t notice that the powerful X-ray has revived a green fungus. When the coffin is opened at a university press conference, the reporters uncover more than they bargained for. The mummy has disappeared . . . the Time Walker is alive again!

Interested? if you are, You can order your copy either directly from Shout! Factory or if you prefer Amazon.com.

Roger Corman’s Cult Classic: Battle Beyond the Stars 30th Anniversary Special Edition Debuting on Blu-ray and DVD on July 12

Just received this great release in my Inbox from Shout! Factory, it should be welcome news for Corman fans. If you purchase through Shout! Factory (while supplies last) you get a bonus iron-on of the original Battle Beyond The Stars theatrical key art.

A Battle Beyond Time … Beyond Space

A long time ago, in a studio far far away (actually 1980 in Venice, Calif.), Roger Corman gathered together a fledgling team of filmmakers to make one of the best low-budget science fiction films of all time, Battle Beyond the Stars, a space opera that managed to playfully borrow from Star Wars and The Magnificent Seven, to come up with an enduring cult classic. Long out of print, Battle Beyond the Stars has been meticulously restored with a new anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.85:1) from the internegative, boasting a new 5.1 DTS Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray, and featuring a galaxy of extras, including commentary by writer John Sayles and Roger Corman; a new interview with actor Richard Thomas; a behind-the-scenes technical featurette and much more. Roger Corman’s Cult Classics: Battle Beyond the Stars 30th Anniversary Special Edition is a must-have for fans of Roger Corman, science fiction enthusiasts and collectors — available July 12, 2011 on Blu-ray ($26.97) and DVD ($19.93) from Shout! Factory, in association with New Horizons Picture Corporation. Pre-order now on Amazon.com and major retailers.

Special Note: Fans who pre-order Roger Corman’s Cult Classics: Battle Beyond the Stars 30th Anniversary Special Edition from ShoutFactoryStore.com will receive an iron-on of the original Battle Beyond the Stars theatrical key art as a gift-with-purchase.

“This was the most expensive production I had financed. I always liked science fiction, and my idea was to do something of the feeling of Star Wars. What I came up with was The Seven Samurai in Outer Space.” — Roger Corman

Corman brought together some extremely talented people — who went on to bigger and better things — to make Battle Beyond the Stars. John Sayles (Eight Men Out, Lone Star) wrote the script, his third for Corman after Piranha and The Lady in Red; James Cameron, who went on, of course, to be king of the world with Titanic and then king of the universe with Avatar, handled the art direction and special effects; Academy Award®–winning composer James Horner (Titanic, Avatar) wrote the score, which he recycled two years later for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Also on hand as production manager was Gale Anne Hurd, who went on to produce The Terminator with Cameron as well as The Incredible Hulk and AMC’s The Walking Dead.

What’s a small, peace loving planet to do when they’re threatened with destruction by a group of malevolent mutants headed up by the most despicable villain? Why they enlist a sweet young boy to travel the galaxy in search of mercenaries to fend off the tyrant.

When the evil Sador the Conqueror (John Saxon) and his hideous Malmori army threaten the peaceful planet of Akir, the inhabitants, known as the Akira (in reference to Seven Samurai director Akira Kurosawa) sends young Shad (Richard Thomas of The Waltons) on an intergalactic journey to hire mercenaries to defend the planet. Piloting a sarcastic pre-LEXX talking female spaceship (with breasts!), Shad assembles a fleet of seven spaceships to fend off the bad guys.

There’s love interest Nanelia (Darlanne Fluegel), whose spaceship houses a sophisticated computer to help the cause; a scotch-drinking space cowboy from Earth (George Peppard of The A-Team); Gelt, an outlaw with a bounty on his head, played by Robert Vaughn in a role similar to the character Lee he played in The Magnificent Seven; the reptilian Cayman (Morgan Woodward), who has his own score to settle with Sador; Saint-Exmin of the Valkyrie (the voluptuous Sybil Danning), whose motto, “Live fast, fight well and have a beautiful ending” carries her into action; five clones with a collective consciousness known as the Nestor; and a pair of aliens who communicate by emanating heat from their bodies. The “magnificent seven” mercenary ships — headed up by Shad and Nell — travel back to Akir for the final conflict.

The cast of Battle Beyond the Stars also included Marta Kristen (Judy Robinson of TV’s Lost in Space), Jeff Corey as the wise old Zed the Corsair, Sam Jaffe as Nanelia’s father, and a very young Julia Duffy (Newhart and Designing Women).

Made on a reported budget of $2 million, the film opened in late 1980 and quickly made back its investment. The film grossed $1.7 million on opening weekend alone. And the spectacular space battles and explosions were used over and over again in future Corman productions.

Roger Corman’s Cult Classics: Battle Beyond the Stars 30th Anniversary Special Edition Special Features:

New anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.85:1) from the internegative
New 5.1 DTS Master Audio (Blu-ray)
Dolby Digital 5.1 (DVD)
Commentary by writer John Sayles and Roger Corman
Commentary by production manager Gale Anne Hurd
The Man Who Would Be Shad – New interview with actor Richard Thomas
Space Opera on a Shoestring – A comprehensive look at the technical challenges and postproduction of the film with Aaron Lipstadt, Alec Gillis, Alex Hajdu, Allan Holzman, R.J. Kizer, Robert & Dennis Skotak, Thom Shouse and Tony Randel
Trailer, TV and radio spots

About BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS (1980)
New World Pictures presents A Roger Corman Production

Starring Richard Thomas, Robert Vaughn, John Saxon, George Peppard, Darlanne Fluegel, Sybil Danning, Sam Jaffe, Jeff Corey, Morgan Woodward, Marta Kristen, Julia Duffy

Executive Producer: Roger Corman
Produced by Ed Carlin
Directed by Jimmy T. Murakami
Screenplay by John Sayles
Story by John Sayles and Anne Dyer
Director of Photography: Daniel Lacambre
Edited by Allan Holzman, R.J. Kizer
Art Direction: James Cameron, Charles Breen
Music Composed by James Horner
Running time: 104 minutes
Special features are not rated