The early 80’s Empire Pictures was formed a mere five years before Charles Band created another legendary film company. Full Moon Features. Band is responsible for many cult favorite films like Puppet Master, From Beyond, Dolls, and Trancers. Which in fact started at Empire Pictures before being brought over to Full Moon.
I have fond memories of many of the films from both companies. Which is why I was quite overjoyed to receive the press release about the upcoming Empire Pictures blu-ray collection. Gathering 15 films on 14 blu-rays and 1 DVD. This collection offers an impressive selection of 1980’s gems…and some that aren’t gems of course.
- Metalstorm (3-D Version)
- The Dungeonmaster
- Ghoulies 2
- From Beyond
- Cellar Dweller
- Ghost Town
- Robot Jox
From the press release:
“Every horror and cult movie fan who came of age in the 1980s still speaks in hushed tones about the late, great Empire Pictures. Founded by Producer and Director Charles Band in 1983, the fabled studio and distributor was responsible for a tidal wave of amazing, imaginative and profitable horror, science fiction and fantasy films. Many of which have become definitive works and high water marks of their respective genres.
And though Band moved on in the early 1990s to form Full Moon Features – which is still operating successfully today – the wild movies he made during the Empire years continues to loom large.
Now, as a gift to the legion of rabid Empire fans out there, Band and Full Moon (in collusion with Shout! Factory) will release The Empire Pictures Blu-ray Collection, a massive LIMITED EDITION collection (only 600 are being produced) featuring 18 films on 15 discs packaged in a stunning, sturdy and elegant black collectors box adorned with a Gorgeous collage of original Empire poster art. Inside there will be an exclusive 24 page book with writing from Band, Empire of the B’s author Dave Jay and Delirium editor Chris Alexander. Each set will be numbered and signed by Charles Band.
Various special features and supplemental bonus material will be available on each disc.
The Empire Pictures Blu-ray Collection will sell for $250 US and will be officially released on May 5th with a pre-sale going live on April 28th at www.FullMoonDirect.com. These units will not be sold in stores and can only be purchased at www.FullMoonDirect.com. Select units will be available at fan conventions across the U.S. where the Full Moon crew is scheduled to appear and vend.”
I have to admit that this collection certainly sports a hefty price tag. But considering you are getting 18 films, I reckon that isn’t too horrible. In addition to the Empire Pictures blu-ray collection being a limited edition item. While you are making up your mind you might want to check out my review of one of the films in the collection.