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Shout! Factory Debuts The Russian Film Guardians

I am sure you might remember seeing a few months ago the trailer for Guardians. It kind of made splash I think it is safe to say. What with it not only being Director Sarik Andreasyan’s answer to the X-Men and possibly the Avengers. But it in my opinion decided to go one better. As after all one of the heroes just so happens to be a were-bear. I should make myself more clear on that particular point. Guardians has a were-bear with a mini-gun!

Now Shout! Factory has unleashed Guardians on DVD. It is a Walmart exclusive starting on September 5th but will be made available on Blu-Ray beginning on December 5th. While it does offer both English and Russian audio tracks, I highly recommend you go with the original language with English subtitles when watching it.

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Guardians introduces us to an secret organization that began during the Cold War. With a code name of “Patriot” you can probably guess its sole goal was to protect the homeland from various threats. What types of heroes made up Patriot?

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First up we have Ler who quite frankly can call on rocks almost as well as Ludo from 1986’s Labyrinth. I suppose if I am being fair I should say that Ler can go do better. He possesses the ability to manipulate rocks. Flinging them as projectiles or as you can see in the image above, he can also form armor.

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Next up is Xenia, kind of the Guardians answer to the Avengers Black Widow. An acrobatic martial artist who also can transform into a liquid state. Allowing her to become nearly invisible and travel safely underwater without needing to breathe.

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Khan is possibly the deadliest of the Guardians. He too is skilled in martial arts but he is proficient in all manner of bladed weapons. Although as you can see in that photo – he prefers to use those crescent blades. Add to that his superhuman speed and you can see why I said he was the most deadliest.

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Last but not least there is the mighty Ursus, the were-bear. Even before Ursus is given a mini-gun he demonstrates throughout the film his superhuman strength. This member of the Guardians has a bit of The Wolf Man in him. As while he luckily can control his super power he is always afraid of losing control and going full bear.
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The Guardians must return!

Apparently being subject to the Patriot project not only gave you super powers but slowed your aging. As after the Cold War the Guardians go into hiding until the modern day. When a threat from their past returns in the form of a rogue scientist. One who gains super strength and the ability to control technology. The team must reunite and now protect the homeland and furthermore the World from the threat of the evil Kuratov.
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Now you might be wondering if the films is any good. The answer is its an incredibly fun and over the top superhero thrill-ride. I won’t lie to you of course, you won’t be wanting to think real deeply while watching. Which in this case is totally fine as you’ll be too busy yelling in excitement at watching a were-bear going to town on some bad guys. Still I found myself impressed by the special effects and taken in with the truly non-stop action of the movie that I have no problem recommending you check it out for yourself.

What bonus features does Guardians boast?

Well, friends, the truth is not a whole lot. As this was a Russian film you can’t exactly expect a commentary track, right? Still this is Shout! Factory we are talking about and they supplied a few goodies.

  • New interviews with cast and crew
  • Character Profiles
  • Image Gallery
  • Trailers

You can pick up Guardians on DVD at Walmart tomorrow!

Saturn 3

Do You Remember 1980’s Saturn 3?

Let’s visit Saturn 3. It’s a neat 1980 sci-fi film starring Farrah Fawcett , Kirk Douglas and Harvey Keitel, directed by Stanley Donne and John Barry. Be warned as SPOILERS are straight ahead!

Set in the future, Saturn 3 is an outpost where scientists are working to hydroponically grow food for Earth.They do this beneath the surface of Saturn’s third moon, Titan. When they (Farrah Fawcett as Alex, Kirk Douglas as Adam) aren’t working they are lovers in space. They exercise together, play together, etc.
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Things get complicated quickly…Arriving as a stowaway, is Benson (Harvey Keitel ) and he is up to no good! He killed a fellow astronaut scientist and took his place for the voyage. He brings a bunch of cargo and one special canister. What could it be? Be patient, I’ll tell ya. Don’t worry. Benson is immediately smitten with Alex (Farrah) and who could blame him! He offers her various drugs and explains that this is the way of present Earth. He also lets her know that body sharing is very common. He
insists that Adam(Kirk) is the old and obsolete man.

He’s really pushing the issue.
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Very shortly, he introduces his cargo- a set of Tinker Toys! I mean, assembles a huge robot named “Hector.” There is fresh lab grown brains in the special canister, that is a blank page, with no thoughts, input, or experience. Kind of like me.

Benson (Keitel) is mind linked to the robot via a transmitter inserted into the back of his head. Hector soon falls for Alex (Farrah) as he picks up every nuance of Benson’s brain.
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The robot kills a dog owned by Alex and Adam, and this kind of makes the already rocky relationship fall apart quickly. Following a cringe worthy “robot needle instrument to eye” scene, the space lovers square off against the robot and master.
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Alex and Adam set up traps and the robot trumps them at every turn. At some point Benson (Keitel) dies and becomes one with the robot, taking over both the space post and unfortunately, Adam. He put one of the outlets in his head. Wonder if he got good TV reception?

Adam conceives a plan and doesn’t let Alex in on it. Meanwhile, The Robot, now Benson and Hector combined, commands them to report to work, to increase productivity. Adam sacrifices himself and knocks the robot into a leftover trap. It works, even though it didn’t before.

Jump to Alex (Farrah) on board a vessel that is approaching Earth, with a small crowd exchanging pills while viewing the planet through large windows.

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The good and not so good notes…
Now, that last scene kind of falls flat for me, it had dialogue that feels like it could’ve been changed to finish the film in a better manner. Kind of tie it up. I loved the set design of the Saturn 3 outpost.Some weird labyrinth of metals and ramps and a lot of deep blue colors.

I didn’t like Keitel’s tiny ponytail. It made me want to snip it! His speech pattern was cold and empty in contrast to Alex (Farrah) and Adam (Kirk). It gave him a real creep factor.
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Overall, I liked the film a lot- the robot was cool, there was action, humor, drama, everything you’d want! So, I recommend Saturn 3. You can order your copy from Shout Factory and as always they’ve packed in some extras:

  • New High Definition Transfer
  • Commentary by Greg Moss (Saturn 3 Fan site) and film critic David Bradley
  • Interviews with Academy Award winning Special Effects artist Colin Chilvers and actor Roy Dotrice
  • Deleted Scene
  • Additional scenes from the network television version
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery

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Just be ready to figure out if you’re obsolete or not.

Colors

Shout! Select Presents: Colors Unrated Cut On Blu-Ray (1988)

Shout! Select continues to roll out the hits with their newest Blu-Ray. An uncut version of 1988’s powerful Colors. Directed by none other than Dennis Hopper it boasts an amazing 80’s cast with the likes of Robert Duvall, Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Damon Wayans, Seymour Cassel, as well as Maria Conchita Alonso to name a few.

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The story for Colors concerns two LAPD officers. Long time veteran Bob Hodges (Duvall) and his rookie partner Danny McGavin (Penn). Both men assigned to the Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums or C.R.A.S.H. for short. As you can probably imagine, McGavin is a know-it-all, continually refusing to learn from Hodges 19 years of experience on the streets.
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Problems arise when McGavin, who is not just a hotshot in fact but reckless, causes grief on the streets. In addition to being a bully he ends up at the center of attention for the LA gangs – as in they want him dead. However, Hodges has his partner’s back, even if he doesn’t agree with his actions and that means both men are drawn into the middle of a gang war. Having said that though – this war isn’t all due to McGavin’s actions.

I probably don’t need to say that both Penn and Duvall knock it straight out of the ball park with their performances. However there is some great work by Alonso as well – as Louisa. She easily carries the emotional moments between her character and Penn’s egotistical McGavin.

Now I mentioned this was the unrated edtion of Colors. Shout! Select accomplished this by using footage restored from the International Cut as well as the home video release. All in all that tacks on an additional 7 minutes of footage. In addition the Blu-Ray also features:

  • “A Cry Of Alarm” – An Interview With Screenwriter Michael Schiffer
  • “Cops And Robbers” – An Interview With Technical Advisor/Ex-L.A.P.D. Gang Division Dennis Fanning
  • Easter Egg (Which I have to admit I’ve yet to find…and feel incredibly foolish about it.)

I will say that I was rather surprised by this Collector’s Edition not having any audio commentary. But at the very least we can be glad that the movie Dennis Hopper had intended audiences to see has now been restored.


Colors is out in stores today, so if you want to enjoy a taut yet emotional 80s crime film. Head out to better retailers and pick it up or you can order it from Shout! Factory of course.

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Shout! Factory To Reboot Starcade For Television!

Starcade thanks to the folks at Shout! Factory has earned an extra life. Talk about some unexpectedly good news, right?

Of course if you grew up in the Golden Age of the arcades. Starcade was an incredibly amazing and popular game show. Premiering on TBS back in 1982 – Starcade was really something special. Thanks in no small part to the show’s main host, Geoff Edwards.
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Now the news about Starcade being rebooted – introduced to a new generation is awesome. A true reason to celebrate in fact. Having said that I certainly hope our friends from Shout! Factory will always take this opportunity to release the original episodes to DVD.

There isn’t a whole lot of information on what the new show will be like at this time. I have to doubt that it will focus on arcade games but who can say? They do use the term “retro-boot” in the press release:

“Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, has acquired worldwide television format and ancillary rights to the classic TV game show STARCADE from JM Production Company and show creators James Caruso and Mavis E. Arthur. The agreement provides Shout! Factory the rights to develop and produce a reboot of the show for television, as well as production of additional projects for a global audience. Shout! Factory will executive produce these projects with JM Production Company, creators of the original game show. This announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and show creators James Caruso and Mavis E. Arthur.

“STARCADE is a classic game show from the ’80s and is pure nostalgic fun. We couldn’t be more excited to work with the original show creators to ‘retro-boot’ STARCADE for a new generation of fans,” stated Shout! Factory’s founders. “As we continue to actively expand our reach into production and development for new series, movies, unscripted shows and specials, this deal exemplifies the type of content we plan to pursue which taps into the interests and passions of our company’s loyal fanbase.”

Created by James Caruso and Mavis E. Arthur, STARCADE first aired in 1982 during the dawn of the video game era and is widely recognized as the first-ever video arcade game show, featuring great gamers competing against rivals playing the most popular games of the day in front of a live studio audience in order to win huge prizes. Alex Trebek hosted one of the first pilots for the show which was later picked up by Ted Turner to air on his then-fledgling cable station, WTBS; STARCADE went on to air more than 130 episodes over three seasons on Turner.

“I consider myself lucky to have been part of the first generation to grow up playing video games and watching STARCADE in the 1980s,” said Shout! Factory’s Development Director, Jeremy Whitham. “Back then, no one could have predicted video games would one day become the world’s most popular form of entertainment. I can’t wait to see today’s crop of celebrities, pro gamers and e-sports stars compete head-to-head and find out who is the top player on the planet.”

“We’re thrilled to be part of this STARCADE revival,” said Jim Caruso and Mavis E. Arthur, producers of the original STARCADE series. “We look forward to bringing the show back for all those avid Starcaders who have been waiting for years, as well as a new class of gaming heroes. Game on!”

The deal was negotiated by Shout’s Jeremy Whitham and James Caruso, the creator and executive producer of the original STARCADE.

If you’ve not had the pleasure of seeing Starcade before – you are in for a treat. Here is an episode featuring the likes of Pengo, Gyruss, Qix, and Graplop!

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To Live And Die In L.A. (Collector’s Edition)

To Live and Die in L.A. is a 1985 masterpiece of a film by William Friedkin. Granted you shouldn’t expect anything less from the man who directed both 1971’s The French Connection and 1973’s The Exorcist. Throw in a soundtrack by none other than Wang Chung and it is obvious why this is an 80s classic!

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It only stands to reason that Shout! Factory would pick To Live and Die in L.A. as being worthy. Worthy of being released as part of their Shout Select line of films that is. The eighth movie to get that treatment in fact. Just last week I presented my thoughts on their Blu-Ray release of Death of a Salesman.

Now I’m going to make a bold statement here. So I want you to prepare yourself. Williem Dafoe’s performance in this movie is better than his role in 1984’s Streets of Fire. I know! I’ve said it and I mean it. I should also add that is even with Dafoe’s epic sledgehammer duel in Streets of Fire!
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Besides Dafoe, To Live and Die in L.A. boasts the talents of other fantastic actors. Like William Petersen, John Pankow, Debra Feuer, Dean Stockwell, Darlanne Fluegel, and John Turturro.

So tell us…briefly…what To Live and Die in L.A is all about!


Happy too. Richard Chance (Petersen) and his partner John Vukovich (Pankow) are Secret Service agents. The two are at loggerheads as to how to arrest countefeiter extraordanaire Rick Masters (Dafoe). John wants to follow the letter of the law and Chance is all too happy to cross the line to nail Masters. Bear in mind that the counterfeiter is responsible for killing Chance’s former partner.

So the moral question is…how far across the line will Chance and Vukovich cross? Brutality? Extortion? Murder?

To Live and Die in L.A. is an entertaining action/thriller. Absolutely wonderful acting throughout coupled with a taut screenplay by Friedkin and Gerald Petievich. Gerald is also the author of the book the film is based on and happens to be a former Secret Service agent!
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This is a Shout! Factory release so that means special features!

You have a nice selection of bonus material for this release:

  • NEW 4K Scan Of The Negative Supervised And Approved By William Friedkin
  • NEW Taking A Chance – An Interview With William Petersen
  • NEW Wrong Way: The Stunts Of To Live And Die In L.A. – An Interview With Stunt Coordinator Buddy Joe Hooker
  • NEW So In Phase: Scoring To Live And Die In L.A. – An Interview With The Band Wang Chung (Jack Hues And Nick Feldman)
  • NEW Renaissance Woman In L.A. – An Interview With Actress Debra Feuer
  • NEW Doctor For A Day – An Interview With Actor Dwier Brown
  • Audio Commentary With Director William Friedkin
  • Deleted Scene And Alternate Ending
  • Counterfeit World: The Making Of To Live And Die In L.A.
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Radio Spot

You can totally pick up To Live and Die in L.A. this Tuesday at better dealers everywhere. Of course you can still pre-order purchase the Blu-Ray Collector’s Edition over at Amazon.