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Paramount Makes Us An Offer We Can’t Refuse On 9/23/08

Monday, June 30th, 2008

On September 23rd, Paramount Home Entertainment will release the newly restored classic THE GODFATHER COLLECTION: THE COPPOLA RESTORATION on DVD and Blu-ray! While no explanation is needed for these classic, groundbreaking films, this brand new DVD and Blu-ray collection brings them home in a way that fans have never seen before! Completely restored to their original pristine glory (overseen by Francis Ford Coppola himself), THE GODFATHER COLLECTION: THE COPPOLA RESTORATION not only includes the bonus material from the original box set, but it also boasts a bevy of all-new extra features! An extensive frame-by-frame restoration (that took more than a year to complete) ensures that THE GODFATHER films look just as great as they did the day they premiered in theaters. Leave the gun, take the cannoli as THE GODFATHER COLLECTION: THE COPPOLA RESTORATION arrives on DVD and Blu-ray September 23rd!!

DIRECTOR FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA’S EPIC TRILOGY DEBUTS ON DVD AND BLU-RAY IN ALL NEWLY-REMASTERED VERSIONS

Cinematic Classics Return to their Original Pristine Glory with All-New Special Features: Must-Own Collections Arrive September 23, 2008

HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. – More than three decades after they won the Academy Award® for Best Picture, director Francis Ford Coppola’s classic films The Godfather and The Godfather, Part II will once again be enjoyed by audiences as they originally were meant to be seen, thanks to a meticulous restoration by Paramount Pictures, overseen by Coppola himself.  On September 23, 2008, both fully restored films will debut on DVD and Blu-ray, along with a newly remastered version of The Godfather Part III, to be included as part of The Godfather, The Coppola Restoration Collection.  All three films will be available individually or in a five-DVD collection or four-disc Blu-ray collection, which are loaded with a host of all-new special features.

The Godfather and The Godfather, Part II underwent extensive frame-by-frame examination and restoration utilizing state-of-the-art digital technology in this historic preservation effort, which required more than a year to complete.  Robert A. Harris of the Film Preserve supervised the restoration under the direction of Coppola and cinematographer, Gordon Willis.  Harris’ restoration credits include Lawrence of Arabia, Spartacus, Vertigo and Rear Window among others.

The new special features created by Kim Aubry, founder of Zoetrope Aubry Productions, explores the complexities of the restoration process and provides new insights and perspectives about how the film almost didn’t come to pass as we know it.  “The Masterpiece That Almost Wasn’t” relates the unlikely events, intrigue, allegiances and luck that put together the unknown director with the “unwanted” cast and contains interviews with most of the living players and many of the films’ admirers.  Other featurettes include “…when the shooting stopped,” and “Godfather World,” which take a look at The Godfather’s influence on popular culture today.  Each film includes a commentary by Coppola.

THE GODFATHER: The Coppola Restoration DVD Collection

The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration DVD Collection, enhanced for 16:9 TVs, with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and English Mono (The Godfather and The Godfather, Part II) and English, French and Spanish subtitles.

The DVD disc breakdown is as follows:

Disc 1:
-The Godfather feature film
-Commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola

Disc 2:
-The Godfather, Part II feature film
-Commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola

Disc 3:
-The Godfather, Part III feature film
-Commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola

Disc 4: (previously released special features)
-Making of The Godfather         
-Additional Scenes                     
-Filming Locations                     
-The Corleone Family Tree        
-The Music of The Godfather    
-The Godfather Historical Timeline                                                                  
-Profiles on the Filmmakers       
-Photo Galleries and Storyboards                                                                     

Disc 5: (new special features)
-Godfather World
-The Masterpiece That Almost Wasn’t
-…when the shooting stopped
-Emulsional Rescue Revealing The Godfather
-The Godfather on the Red Carpet
-Four Short Films on The Godfather
-The Godfather vs. The Godfather, Part II
-Cannoli
-Riffing on the Riffing
-Clemenza

THE GODFATHER: The Coppola Restoration Blu-ray Collection

THE GODFATHER: The Coppola Restoration Blu-ray four-disc set is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Mono (except The Godfather: Part III) and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The following special features are presented in high definition as noted:

Disc 1:
-The Godfather feature film
-Commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola

Disc 2:
-The Godfather, Part II feature film
-Commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola

Disc 3:
-The Godfather, Part III feature film
-Commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola

Disc 4:
-Godfather World (HD)
-The Masterpiece That Almost Wasn’t (HD)
-…when the shooting stopped (HD)
-Emulsional Rescue—Revealing The Godfather (HD)
-The Godfather on the Red Carpet (HD)
-Four Short Films on The Godfather
-The Godfather vs. The Godfather, Part II (HD)
-Cannoli (HD)
-Riffing on the Riffing (HD)
-Clemenza (HD)
-The Family Tree
-Crime Organization Chart
-Connie and Carlo’s Wedding Album

2001 DVD Archive:
-Behind the Scenes
-The Godfather Family: A Look Inside
-On Location
-Francis Coppola’s Notebook
-The Music of the Godfather
-Coppola & Puzo on Screenwriting
-Gordon Willis on Cinematography
-Storyboards from The Godfather, Part II
-Storyboards from The Godfather, Part III
-The Godfather Behind the Scenes 1971

Disc 4 (cont’d):
-The Filmmakers
-Francis Ford Coppola
-Mario Puzo
-Gordon Willis
-Dean Tavoularis
-Nino Rota
-Carmine Coppola
-Additional Scenes
-Acclaim & Response
-Trailers (HD)
-Photo Gallery
-Rogues’ Gallery

THE GODFATHER: The Coppola Restoration
Street Date:              September 23, 2008

Pricing:     
$19.99 U.S. (Each Individual DVD)
$ 72.99 U.S. (Five-DVD Collection)
$119.99 U.S. (Four-disc Blu-ray Collection)

Runtime:  
177 minutes (The Godfather)
202 minutes (The Godfather, Part II)
170 minutes (The Godfather, Part III)

Ratings:      
R (U.S.)/18A (Canada)—The Godfather
R (U.S.)/14A (Canada)—The Godfather, Part II
R (U.S.)/14A (Canada)—The Godfather, Part III

SHUTTER: UNRATED – on DVD 7/15/08

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

On July 15th, Fox Home Entertainment will release the terrifying horror tale SHUTTER: UNRATED on DVD!  From the Executive Producers of The Ring and The Grudge comes this haunting film that proves that the past can never be truly left behind. Starring Joshua Jackson (Bobby, “Dawson’s Creek”) and Rachael Taylor (Transformers) SHUTTER will haunt you until can’t stand it anymore! Packed with exciting extra features, this UNRATED DVD is sure scare up living rooms worldwide. Smile and say “cheese” as SHUTTER: UNRATED hits DVD July 15, 2008!

SOMETIMES THE MOST TERRIFYING IMAGES ARE THE ONES THAT ARE REAL!

THE PAST RESURFACES TO HAUNT THE LIVING ON UNRATED DVD AND BLU-RAY DISC JULY 15TH FROM FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT

With Chilling Special Features, The Unrated DVD and Blu-ray Disc Includes Multiple Featurettes, Commentary, Deleted Scenes, An Alternate Ending & More

CENTURY CITY, CALIF. – From the executive producers of The Ring and The Grudge comes a true picture of terror, Shutter, debuting both as an Unrated and Rated DVD as well as a Blu-ray Disc (BD) July 15th from Fox Home Entertainment.  Soon after relocating to Japan, New York newlyweds Ben (Joshua Jackson; Bobby, “Dawson’s Creek”) and Jane (Rachael Taylor; Transformers) realize that the honeymoon is over before it can begin.  After a tragic accident, a chilling, ghostly shadow begins to appear in their photos.  Determined to expose Ben’s past, this mysterious spirit image will stop at nothing in her quest to reveal his dark and disturbing secrets.  As they delve deeper into the word of spirit photography, Ben and Jane learn that the past can never truly be left behind.

Available as a widescreen DVD, the bone-chilling Shutter Unrated is packed with shocking uncut footage not shown in theaters plus a twisted alternate ending, multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes and an exclusive first look at the horror film Mirrors starring Kiefer Sutherland.  Shutter will also be available in high-definition format on Blu-ray Disc – featuring all of the bonus material from the Unrated DVD and more!  The Shutter Unrated DVD will be available to own for $29.98 U.S./$43.48 Canada and the Shutter BD disc can be purchased for $39.98 U.S./$49.98 Canada.  Shutter will also be released as a theatrical-rated flipper disc for the suggested retail price of $29.98 U.S./$43.48 Canada.

Synopsis

A picture-perfect honeymoon develops into a snapshot of terror in this bone-chilling shocker from executive producers of The Grudge and The Ring!  Soon after New York newlyweds Ben (Joshua Jackson) and Jane (Rachael Taylor) arrive in Japan for Ben’s latest photography assignment, they discover disturbing, ghostly reflections of a young woman in their own photos. This inexplicable “spirit image” may be connected to Ben’s past, but she’s determined to provide the couple with a horrifying future of relentless vengeance from which there is no escape!

Shutter Bonus Features:

The Shutter theatrical version is presented in both widescreen and full screen versions on a flipper disc with English 5.1 Dolby Surround, Spanish/French Dolby Surround with English/Spanish subtitles.  Bonus content includes:

Side A

A Ghost In The Lens Featurette
Side B

A History Of Spirit Photography Featurette
Shutter Unrated Bonus Features:

The Shutter Unrated edition will be available in widescreen only (2.35:1 aspect ratio) with English 5.1 Dolby Surround and DTS audio, Spanish/French Dolby Surround with English/Spanish subtitles.  It includes all of the theatrical version content along with the following additional bonus features:

Commentary with Production Executive Alex Sundell, Screenwriter Luke Dawson and actress Rachael Taylor
A Cultural Divide Featurette
The Director:  Masayuki Ochiai Featurette
A Conversation With Luke Dawson Featurette
Create Your Own Phantom Photo Featurette
The Hunt For The Haunt:  Tools And Tips For Ghost Hunting Featurette
Nine Deleted Scenes
Alternate Ending:  Mental Hospital
An Exclusive First Look At The Horror Film Mirrors Starring Kiefer Sutherland
Shutter Blu-Ray Disc Specs:

The Shutter BD release will be authored in BD-Java with AVC (MPEG 4 compression) on a dual-layer 50 GB disc with English 5.1 DTS HD Lossless Master Audio plus French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish, Cantonese, Korean and Mandarin subtitles.  Shutter BD includes all of the above Unrated disc content along with the following additional bonus features:

Fox Movie Channel Presents “In Character With Joshua Jackson” Featurette
Japanese Spirit Photography Videos
The Lost Camera
The Red Thing
Finally Free
Three Additional Alternate Scenes

Asylum on DVD 7/15/08 (with a Red Band trailer!)

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

On July 15th, MGM Home Entertainment will release the haunting horror flick ASYLUM on DVD!  From Director Davis R. Ellis (Final Destination 2) comes this horrific thriller that follows six freshman college students as they discover the terrifying secrets inside their dormitory. Starring a great cast of young up-and-coming talent including Sarah Roemer (Disturbia, The Grudge 2), Travis Van Winkle (Transformers), Jake Muxworthy (I Heart Huckabees, Borderland), Cody Kasch (“Desperate Housewives”) and Carolina Garcia (Supercross), ASYLUM will keep your hair standing on end. Lock yourself up as ASYLUM comes to DVD July 15, 2008!


LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – The doctor is in and he’s thirsty for young blood. MGM Home Entertainment presents the gruesome slasher film Asylum premiering on DVD July 15th. Directed by up-and-coming horror filmmaker David R. Ellis (Final Destination 2, Cellular), Asylum is “Ellis’ most shocking film to date!” (DreadCentral.com), and will be available exclusively on DVD.
Asylum follows a group of six freshman college students as they uncover dark hidden secrets of their new dormitory and features a sexy group of young up-and-comers, including the beautiful Sarah Roemer (Disturbia, The Grudge 2), Travis Van Winkle (Transformers), Jake Muxworthy (I Heart Huckabees, Borderland), Cody Kasch (“Desperate Housewives”) and Carolina Garcia (Supercross).  Once an infamous mental institution where a demented doctor performed tortuous experiments on his teenage patients, the students find themselves trapped in their dorm, looking for an escape as the ghost of the deranged psychiatrist begins treating them with his crude lobotomy practices. Asylum is presented in widescreen format and will be available for the suggested retail price of $26.98 U.S./$37.98 Canada.  Prebook is June 3rd.Synopsis
A group of beautiful coeds discover that their dorm was once a mental hospital where unspeakable experiments were performed by a deranged physician trying to “cure” troubled teens. But now the mad doctor’s ghost is back to continue his torturous work…and he’s running out of patients!  Sarah Roemer (Disturbia) and Travis Van Winkle (Transformers) star in this spine-tingling thriller from the director of Final Destination 2 and Cellular.

DVD Price: $26.98 U.S./$37.98 Canada
Street Date: July 15, 2008
Rating: R
Runtime: 93 mins.
Screen Format: Widescreen

Audio Features: English 5.1 Dolby Surround, Spanish Dolby Surround
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Closed Captioned: Yes

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ANNOUNCING BONE HOUSE ASIA!

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

From the press release….

ANNOUNCING A NEW FORCE IN BIZARRE CULT HORROR!

TIDEPOINT PICTURES PRESENTS BONE HOUSE ASIA!

From the high-desert fortress of Santa Fe-based Tidepoint Pictures, distributor of Sion Sono’s NORIKO’S DINNER TABLE, and Takashi Miike’s DEAD OR ALIVE, comes a brand-new label of the unusual, the bizarre, and the fantastic:  BONE HOUSE ASIA!

BONE HOUSE ASIA’s first serving is the surreal nightmare of Higuchinsky’s LONG DREAM (Nagai Yume), from the director of UZUMAKI (Spiral), and Junji Ito, the popular Japanese manga writer responsible for the TOMIE series and the remarkably twisted GYO. Junji Ito’s impact is felt industry-wide. Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy), skillful conjurer of dark fantasy and cinematic magic elates, “Master Junji Ito’s images and ideas are enthralling and powerful in a way that only great art is. His unique view of the world infects our mind and devours our conscience. The darkness in him will blind you.”

Bone House Asia’s DVD release for LONG DREAM, available June 24, includes interviews with director Higuchinsky, manga creator Junji Ito, the film’s star, trailers, and English and Spanish subtitles.

Tidepoint Pictures has been instrumental in releasing the tops in Asian genre films with classic cult releases including Higuchinsky’s UZUMAKI, and Katsuhito Ishii’s SHARK SKIN MAN AND PEACH HIP GIRL. Tidepoint was also spirited enough to introduce Hideo Nakata to the US with their release of CHAOS, years before his RINGU hit American shores. Add Sion Sono’s NORIKO’S DINNER TABLE to the mix (from the director of SUICIDE CLUB and HAIR EXTENSIONS) and you’ve got a library of cult classics with just the first handful of releases.

Says Tetsuki Ijichi, President and CEO of Tidepoint Pictures, “There is much more to Asian cult cinema than what typically gets shown in the U.S.  With Bone House Asia, we want to open up American audiences to the fresh voices of talented Asian filmmakers who will challenge your mind and disturb your sleep.” 

BONE HOUSE ASIA also concentrates on theatrical releases so you can share bizarre fantasies with strangers in the dark… This summer be sure to check online or in your inbox for news on BONE HOUSE ASIA’s latest theatrical  release, Go Shibata’s LATE BLOOMER (Osoi Hito), enjoying a New York run at the Pioneer Theater from July 25 to July 31.  LATE BLOOMER turns the serial killer genre upside-down as the benign-looking Sumida-san, confined to a wheelchair but loving to ‘rock out,’ is an obsessive psychopath who erupts into lethal violence. For showtimes: www.twoboots.com/pioneer.

For stills, synopses, and a darn spooky time, be sure to visit www.bonehouseasia.com. Sign up for our mailing list  and stay up to date on all our latest releases, occasional contests, and the best in Asian horror and fantastic cinema. Do you have the guts to enter the creepy pagoda down the lane? The doors have creaked open at the black-winged mansion at the end of the block — known only as BONE HOUSE ASIA!