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More Cult Releases Coming From Cinema Epoch

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Coming Soon….

TOKYO DECADENCE
Genre: Drama/Cult
Director: Ryu Murakami
Country: Japan
DVD Release Date: August 5

Long out of print, the cult classic returns to DVD! A timid Japanese college girl, Ai, tries to make ends meet as a S&M bondage girl for hire within a world of wealthy businessmen & lavish Tokyo penthouses. Her quest for true love and happiness contrasts with the dark nighttime in Tokyo, ridden with perverse sex and drugs. From the writer of “Audition.

JUPITER LOVE
Genre: Action/Thriller
Directors: Michael Andre, Nikka Kalashnikova
Country: Australia
Cast: Michael Andre, Nikka Kalashnikova
DVD Release Date: August 5

Part crazed road film, part acidic commentary on the power struggle of the sexes, Jupiter Love is a turbo-charged film that grips the viewers with its twists of sexual psychopathology. A digital artist drives interstate to her first solo exhibit. On the open road a lone male driver pulls up along side and start videotaping her. The film eschews expectation as she sexually teases & taunts him. Crazed and enraged he repeatedly rams her car and she reacts by laughing. What follows is an allegorical decent to the raw nerve of male sexual-psychosis. As his obsession deepens, follows by stalking, fits of rage, and paranoid monologue, his increasing futile attempts to overpower her only reveal to us who has the control and own the power. With cruelty and contempt, she is a key player and orchestrator of the unfolding drama.

ASIAN STORIES
Genre: Comedy
Directors: Ronald Oda, Chris Chin
Country: U.S.
DVD Release Date: September 2

Jim is a young closefisted Chinese American living in LA who desperately finds himself with a stack of white flower themed disposable cameras, fleur-de-lis invitations, a number of champagne bottles, and a ten-thousand dollar engagement ring bill. The only thing missing is a bride. In financial debt and miserable for having his fiancé leave two weeks prior to Valentine’s day, Jim tries to resurface his dignity and wash away his wretchedness by asking his best friend, a Japanese hitman whose passion for cooking fancy entrees extends far beyond his kitchen, to kill him just in time to miss the Hallmark holiday. With less than four days to live, Jim, while wearing his wedding tuxedo the entire time, treks to the mountains to find his fate, meet a pizza delivery boy with lucky charms, the funeral spot of his choice, and a girl. Stars James Kyson Lee of the hit horror film ‘Shutter’ and regular on TV’s ‘Heroes’.

BLOOD & WINE
Genre: Drama/Foreign
Director: João Batista de Andrade
Country: Brazil
Cast:Leonardo Vieira, Simone Spoladore,
Leopoldo Pacheco, Eva Wilma, José Dumont, Kaio Pezutti
DVD Release Date: July 8

The story of a simple Brazilian family engaged in the political life of the 1950s; from the suicide of President Getúlio Vargas, the establishment of martial law in 1964 and the tumultuous two decades that followed culminating in the death of President Tancredo Neves, responsible for the re-democratization
of the country.

Within their simple livesay the dreams of Brazilian politics: the illusions, fears, terrors, and disappointments, as lived by ordinary citizens left with only their own hopes and tragedies..

VLADO – 30 YEARS LATER
Genre: Documentary/Foreign
Director: João Batista de Andrade
Country: Brazil
DVD Release Date: July 8

The documentary tells the story of journalist Vladimir Herzog, nicknamed Vlado, who was tortured and murdered during the repression years of Brazilian military dictatorship.

The journalist Vladimir Herzog, known as Vlado, in October 25, 1975 is called to present himself at a police station in Sao Paulo. The political regime, a dictatorship, had taken many as political prisoners and many were artists and journalists. Vlado with the firm belief he had nothing to hide goes to the DOI-CODI police station. A few hours after arriving at the police station the news of his death becomes public and announced as suicide.

Director Joao Batista now attempts to register on camera the events that took place at the time. The testimonies of many such as archbishops, journalists, artists, writers and Vlado’s widow Clarice Herzog provide an insight of the dictatorship in Brazil.

LITTLE GIRLS
Genre: Midnight/Cult
Director: Benjamin Andrews
Country: France/U.S.
Featuring Michelle Angelo
DVD Release Date: July 8

Blackmail, Extortion, Prostitution, Drugs and Rape are part of the mix in this classic french exploitation film..

A young hipster has befriended a bevy of beautiful, rich, Socialite girls that love to party. He and his partner set up a scheme to use the girls for their own needs, photographing them in compromising situations and then blackmailing them and their parents with the evidence of their scandalous lifestyles.

They may have bitten off more than they can chew though, as the girls and their parents react with a passion that has to be seen to be believed. They were made of sugar and spice and everything nice… Except for what they did!

Lost for more than 30 years this film is now available, lovingly restored and brought to you exclusively by Independent International Films and Cinema Epoch.

THE MAN YOU HAD IN MIND
Genre: Gay/Lesbian
Director: James Tuchschmidt
Country: U.S.
DVD Release Date: June 10

The story typically goes: you fall head over heals in love, have lots of sex, make a commitment, move in together, start sharing your dreams and goals, buy a house, maybe raise a child or two, care for each other when times are tough and eventually grow old together. This is the American dream and what most of us strive for – to share our lives with someone special.

The documentary explores the intimate lives of five gay male couples; the forces that bring them together, the journeys they face, and the culture in which they survive and thrive. Each of the couples have been selected because they embody the unique characteristics of a distinct period along a continuum in the life of a gay couple and have interesting stories to tell. Ben & Tyler, one year; Frank & Lee, seven years; Bill & David, 10 years; Todd & Bill, 15 years; Eric & Eugene, 51 years.

Andrew Leavold’s THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG!

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Few people are as beloved around these parts as the inimitable WENG WENG, star of FOR Y’UR HEIGHT ONLY, THE IMPOSSIBLE KID, WILD WILD WENG, and plenty more! In fact, Weng Weng starred in a lot more films than you probably realized. Enter filmmaker Andrew Leavold whose latest project, THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG, attempts to uncover the gritty details about the world’s greatest little person. Shot over three years, Leavold’s film took him on an amazing journey through Filipino cinema and the film is finally nearing completion.

 In fact, Leavold posted a teaser on his blog which you can see here!

Sure to be one of the most intriguing documentaries of recent times, THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG should be done by the end of the year and it promises to be a fascinating look at one of psychotronic cinema’s true unsung heroes.

 For more information on THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG, be sure to stop by Leavold’s blog which can be found here.

God bless you, Andrew, you’re truly doing the Lord’s work.

-Ian

WIBBELL – A NEW NAME IN WEIRDNESS!

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

LONDON, UK

British Film company Wibbell Productions announces their new WEIRD WORLD OF WIBBELL DVD label.

Independent British film distributor Wibbell Productions Ltd today announced the launch of their new niche DVD label ‘The Weird World of Wibbell’.

With a very clear identity right from the start, the new label is set to specifically target cult, horror and science fiction feature films (or so called B-movies), short film compilations and some ‘very odd’ special interest documentaries.

Wibbell’s ‘Head of Weirdness’, Content Manager, Allin Kempthorne explained:

“Wibbell are the new weird kids in town! We’re the freaks, the nerds, the geeks and the weirdoes. We’re the travelling freak show and the vampires castle! We’re seriously into the so-called ‘cult’ or ‘B-Movie’ areas of Horror, Sci-Fi and Nostalgia, as are our huge potential audiences here in the UK and around the world. The followers of these genres care about them passionately and have an insatiable appetite for quality genre films. We at Wibbell aim to supply those films!

We also want to unearth some of the enormous new film-making talent that is emerging on the independent scene outside of the established film industry. We know through our own experience as film-makers ourselves that there are many great independent films that just can’t punch through the Hollywood stranglehold on the worlds film markets. We aim to find the best of those films within the ‘cult’ genres and help get them out in front of the audiences they so richly deserve.”

‘The Weird World of Wibbell’ launches this Summer with the UK release of their first film title, the jaw-droppingly funny independent British Vampire Comedy “The Vampires of Bloody Island”, already being hailed by the press as ‘a new cult classic’ and ‘doing for vampire films what ‘Shaun of the Dead’ did for zombies!’

“The Vampires of Bloody Island” stars up and coming ‘Scream Queen’ Pamela Kempthorne as the evil and scheming vampiress Morticia de’Ath. The film is set on an abandoned island off the Cornish coast which has become home for demons and vampires, and also stars Oliver Gray, John Snelling and Leon Hamilton.

The soundtrack to the film includes songs by such giants of the Goth-Rock scene as The Suburban Vamps (from the USA), Theatres des Vampires (from Italy), Fever (from Portugal) and Britain’s Premier Pagan Rock band, Inkubus Sukkubus – all names which are very familiar to their enormous international fan bases in the Goth music scene.

Following “The Vampires of Bloody Island”, ‘The Weird World of Wibbell’ has a catalogue of several other DVD releases scheduled for over the next 12 months, showcasing the work of new emerging directors in the cult/horror/sci-fi genres, plus some very old nostalgic treats.

Releases will be initially in the UK and Irish markets while Wibbell forges relationships to release their titles world-wide.

Allin Kempthorne concludes “We aim to establish ‘The Weird World of Wibbell’ as a new name in weirdness for British B-Movie enthusiasts. We welcome interaction with our audience and have an active newsletter group which we encourage everyone to join on our website at www.wibbell.co.uk

It’s a weird world we’re living in.

Stay weird. Stay watching. Stay Wibbell!

Further information is available on Wibbell’s Weird Web at www.wibbell.co.uk

Legend Films Paramount Pictures Release Schedule!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

 The latest on the Paramount/Legend releases, including information on the second wave of titles!

-Ian 

LEGEND FILMS TO RELEASE COLLECTION OF PARAMOUNT
FILMS NEVER BEFORE SEEN ON DVD!

First Wave to be released on June 3rd

Second Wave to be released on July 1st

SAN DIEGO, CA, May 15, 2008 — Legend Films, Inc. announced today that it has licensed from Paramount Home Entertainment thirty-two titles for exclusive distribution in the DVD format. These titles, never before seen on DVD, include a mix of critical hits, popular favorites and controversial cult classics.

The first roll out of titles begins June 3rd, with a second planned for July 1st. The licensing deal with Paramount marks an exciting evolution for Legend Films, which expands its existing library of home entertainment titles while maintaining its commitment to the revitalization of vintage films for modern audiences.

“Legend Films combed the vaults to find these great film gems, all of which have never been released in North America on DVD,” said Bob Pollack, President of Legend Films. “These strategically selected titles cross over many genres and feature enduring stars that will appeal to a broad range of film lovers.”

The first wave of titles to be released on June 3rd includes such star-driven films as the comedy Almost An Angel, starring Paul Hogan of Crocodile Dundee® fame, the acclaimed drama King of the Gypsies, with Susan Sarandon and Golden Globe® nominee Eric Roberts, the heartwarming film The Optimists, featuring Peter Sellers, the supernatural thriller The Possession of Joel Delaney, starring Shirley MacLaine, the classic horror film The Skull, starring screen legends Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, and Villa Rides, an all-star western with Yul Brynner, Robert Mitchum and Charles Bronson.

Additional titles planned for release include the Richard Pryor comedy, Some Kind of Hero, the controversial race drama Mandingo, based on the best selling book, and the cult horror comedy Student Bodies.

The second roll-out commences July 1st, and includes another eclectic mix of star studded gems and previously hard to find favorites such as the Sidney Lumet drama Daniel, with Timothy Hutton and Ellen Barkin, the sexy comedy French Postcards, starring Debra Winger, the moving family drama Man, Woman and Child starring Martin Sheen and Blythe Danner, the classic comedy Money From Home, with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, and the Oscar® winning comedy Papa’s Delicate Condition, starring Jackie Gleason. 

Additional releases include the popular 80’s romance Baby, It’s You with Rosanna Arquette, the straight cop/gay cop buddy comedy Partners and the family sports comedy Rhubarb. 

Legend Films recognized a huge consumer demand for these and other titles that have not yet appeared on the DVD format. “We are confident that this is just the beginning as we know there are numerous titles sitting in the vaults with no current plans for release,” added Mr. Pollack. 

Complete with brand new packaging, all titles are fresh, entertaining and affordably priced at the SRP of $14.95. The wait is over for movie fans eager to discover or rediscover these almost lost classics!

Legend Films, Inc. has an acclaimed classic film library that is distributed both domestically and internationally. They have recently expanded their expertise to distributing previously unreleased movies on DVD. Legend Films is also known as an industry leader in the restoration and colorization of classic films.

More information about Legend Films can be found at www.legendfilms.com.

LEGEND FILMS RELEASE SCHEDULE

June 3rd

Almost An Angel

Blue City

Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies

Hitler-The Last 10 Days

Houdini

Jekyll and Hyde Together Again

King of the Gypsies

Mandingo

Possession of Joel Delaney

Some Kind of Hero

Student Bodies

The One and Only

The Optimists

The Skull

Villa Rides

Whoopee Boys

ZPG
July 1st

Baby It’s You

Daniel

The Busy Body

Desperate Characters

French Postcards

Girl on the Bridge

Hurricane

Man, Woman and Child

Money From Home

Papa’s Delicate Condition

Partners

Pied Piper

Rhubarb

Serial

Won, Ton, Ton The Dog Who Saved Hollywood

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