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On March 31st, Grindhouse Puts A Cat In Your Brain!!!

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

GRINDHOUSE RELEASING PRESENTS LUCIO FULCI’S ‘CAT IN THE BRAIN’

Italian horror maestro’s rare classic makes North American DVD premiere March 31

Grindhouse Releasing and Box Office Spectaculars are proud to present the North American DVD premiere of Italian horror maestro Lucio Fulci’s ultra-violent classic CAT IN THE BRAIN.

The late, great Lucio Fulci is revered by horror movie fans around the world as the Italian “Godfather of Gore” for directing such films as ZOMBIE, THE BEYOND, and THE GATES OF HELL.

CAT IN THE BRAIN is Fulci’s ultimate statement about his own work, a masterpiece of cinematic dementia that echoes Hitchcock’s PSYCHO, William Castle’s STRAIT-JACKET, David Lynch’s ERASERHEAD and Fellini’s 8 1/2.

CAT IN THE BRAIN stars Fulci as himself in the twisted tale of a horror film director driven insane by his own creations. Tormented by visions of bizarre violence, murder and mayhem, Fulci seeks help from a sinister psychiatrist who draws him into a vortex of madness and death….like a cat, stalking the darkest corridors of the director’s mind and clawing his sanity to bloody shreds.

Since its original release in 1990, CAT IN THE BRAIN has become a sought-after gem for Fulci fanatics, difficult to find and banned in the UK for its extreme graphic violence. The movie has won acclaim from modern masters of the macabre including Clive Barker and Eli Roth, director of HOSTEL and CABIN FEVER.

Grindhouse Releasing’s deluxe edition of CAT IN THE BRAIN boasts a high-definition, widescreen anamorphic transfer of Fulci’s uncensored director’s cut, along with an amazing collection of bonus features. 

Produced by Bob Murawski, the film editor of Sam Raimi’s SPIDER-MAN 1, 2 & 3 and ARMY OF DARKNESS, this long-awaited release continues the commitment to excellence that established Grindhouse as a leader in the horror DVD market with its definitive releases of THE BEYOND, I DRINK YOUR BLOOD, PIECES, and CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST.

The 2-disc CAT IN THE BRAIN collector’s set includes:

- An eye-popping, psychedelic lenticular 3-D cover, limited to the first 2,500 units only!
- Never-before-seen, in-depth interviews with Lucio Fulci and star Brett Halsey (REVENGE OF THE CREATURE, RETURN OF THE FLY, GODFATHER 3)
- English and original Italian-language soundtracks- Lucio Fulci’s heroic appearance at the 1996 FANGORIA Weekend of Horrors in New York City
- An extensive gallery of stills and poster art from around the world
- Liner notes by Antonella Fulci, acclaimed horror novelist David J. Schow, and director Eli Roth
- Original theatrical trailerAnd more surprises!

CAT IN THE BRAIN arrives in stores March 31 through Ryko Filmworks.
For more information, visit www.GrindhouseReleasing.com.

# # # Praise for CAT IN THE BRAIN:

“A shattering exposition of gore, mutilation and sordid sex, certain to satisfy the sick set. A MASTERPIECE!” -David F. Friedman, legendary producer of BLOOD FEAST, 2000 MANIACS and ILSA, SHE-WOLF OF THE S.S.

“The fun never stops! Sadism, carnage, brutality, lust and utter psychosis delivered as only Lucio Fulci can!” – Clive Barker, director of HELLRAISER

“Chainsaw eviscerations, decapitations, piano-wire throat slashings, intestines being fed to ravenous pigs, eye-gougings, masses of T&A, graphic knifings, tongue-rippings… all and much more are present and correct. And I mean much more!  FOUR STARS!” – Chas. Balun’s DEEP RED

About Grindhouse Releasing: Grindhouse Releasing is an independent DVD label run by Sage Stallone (director of the acclaimed short film VIC, starring Clu Gulager) and Bob Murawski (editor of Sam Raimi’s SPIDER-MAN 1, 2 & 3 and ARMY OF DARKNESS). 

Founded in 1996, the company is dedicated to preserving and restoring the best in horror and exploitation cinema, with an emphasis on Italian films of the ’70s and early ’80s. Grindhouse was one of the first home video labels to apply Criterion-level standards of excellence to traditionally maligned exploitation films. The company’s catalog of releases includes lavishly restored home video editions of such notorious cult classics as Ruggero Deodato’s CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, Lucio  Fulci’s THE BEYOND and CAT IN THE BRAIN, Umberto Lenzi’s CANNIBAL FEROX (a.k.a. MAKE THEM DIE SLOWLY), Juan Piquer Simon’s PIECES, and David Durston’s I DRINK YOUR BLOOD.

Grindhouse is also committed to screening its films theatrically. The company successfully teamed with Quentin Tarantino’s Rolling Thunder Pictures and Miramax Films to release THE BEYOND in a series of hit midnight shows. Later, Tarantino prominently used Grindhouse’s distinctive logo in KILL BILL and went on to make the movie GRINDHOUSE with Robert Rodriguez.

Upcoming Grindhouse releases include AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL, MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE, GONE WITH THE POPE, SCUM OF THE EARTH, THE TOUGH ONES, and many more.

Grindhouse Releasing and its companion label, Box Office Spectaculars, are distributed by Ryko Filmworks, a division of Warner Music Group.

For more information, visit the official website at www.GrindhouseReleasing.com.

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Coming Soon From Tempe Video!

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

BLOOD SCARAB (DVD)

NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!

BLOOD SCARAB (DVD)
UPC #827912081107 / $19.99 SRP
Order Date: January 30, 2009 / Street Date: March 3, 2009

To exist in daylight, Elizabeth Bathory, the infamous Blood Countess — widow of legendary vampire Count Dracula — makes a blood pact with an Egyptian goddess that involves three lovely victims and a living Mummy! A centuries-old craving collides with an ancient curse in his horrific climax to Frontline Entertainment’s COUNTESS DRACULA and MUMMY’S KISS series! Theatrically released, first time on DVD!

Released by FRONTLINE ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
Retail Distribution by TEMPE VIDEO

*****

GONE THE WAY OF FLESH (DVD)
UPC #718122258758 / $14.99 SRP
Order Date: January 30, 2009 / Street Date: March 3, 2009

The story of a mysterious killer with a blood-lust for rock ‘n roll groupies. A local town is outraged as underage female fans start turning up in pieces after live performances by The Jason Martinko Revue. It is up to one detective to rid his city of this traveling roadshow of filth, as he struggles to overcome numerous addictions. So if you like nudity, drugs, violence, filth & rock ‘n roll, you won’t want to miss GONE THE WAY OF FLESH!

Released by CUT ‘N’ RUN PRODUCTIONS, LLC
Retail Distribution by TEMPE VIDEO

*****

MURDER IS LIKE SEX (DVD)
UPC #837101175913 / $19.99 SRP
Street Date: April 7, 2009

MURDER IS LIKE SEX is about the experiences of Kevin Wright — a guy looking for a solid, long-term relationship with the right woman. The story shows what he has to go through in his quest, including an unexpected and quite dangerous side effect from chronic masturbation! To make matters worse, the police have him pegged as the prime suspect in a recent murder investigation. So, does he get the girl and live happily ever after…?

Released by HTM FILMS, LLC
Retail Distribution by TEMPE VIDEO
 

Sony Presents The Underworld Double Feature On 1/23/09!

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Culver City, CA (11/3/08) – Get ready for double the action and double the thrills as the UNDERWORLD / UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION DOUBLE FEATURE arrives on DVD this January 13, 2009, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. 

Timed with the theatrical release of Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, the latest chapter in the hit Underworld saga, this DVD set includes Underworld 2-Disc Unrated Extended Edition and Underworld: Evolution Special Edition, both starring Kate Beckinsale (Vacancy, Click) and
Scott Speedman (The Strangers). Sure to entice fans old and new, the UNDERWORLD / UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION DOUBLE FEATURE includes an exclusive sneak peek of Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, as well as e-Movie Cash for the film’s 1/23/09 theatrical release*.

Beckinsale rose to fame as an action heroine for the new millennium in her role as Selene, a beautiful vampire warrior caught up in the ancient feud between Vampires and Lycans (werewolves) and a forbidden romance with a Lycan hybrid (Speedman). Featuring imaginative action sequences, groundbreaking visual effects and blood-sucking romance, the Underworld series has proved a huge hit with movie fans, grossing over $100 million in theatres.

The 2-disc set comes with original DVD special features, including Director Commentary, Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes and more. Experience the complete Underworld saga when the UNDERWORLD / UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION DOUBLE FEATURE arrives on DVD this January 13, 2009, available to own for a low SRP of $19.94.

UNDERWORLD Synopsis

In UNDERWORLD, Vampires are a secret clan of modern aristocratic sophisticates whose mortal enemies are the Lycans, a shrewd gang of street thugs who prowl the city’s underbelly. No one knows the origin of their bitter blood feud, but the balance of power between them turns even bloodier when a beautiful young Vampire warrior and a newly-turned Lycan with a mysterious past fall in love. Kate Beckinsale (Vacancy, Click) and Scott Speedman (The Strangers, My Life Without Me) star in this modern-day, action-packed tale of ruthless intrigue and forbidden passion; all set against the dazzling backdrop of a timeless, Gothic metropolis. Directed by Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard), UNDERWORLD is rated R for strong violence/gore and some language. It has a run time of 121 minutes.

UNDERWORLD 2-Disc Unrated Extended Edition Bonus Material                 

Commentary with Director Len Wiseman and Actors Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman
Outtakes
“Fang vs. Fiction” Featurette
“The Making of Underworld” Featurette
“The Visual Effects of Underworld” Featurette
“Creature Effects” Featurette
“Stunts” Featurette
“Designing Underworld” Featurette
“The Look of Underworld” Featurette
“Sights and Sounds of Underworld” Featurette
Storyboard Comparison
Music Video by Finch – “Worms of the Earth”
 

UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION Synopsis

Kate Beckinsale is back as vampire heroine Selene in this highly anticipated sequel, which continues the saga of the war between the aristocratic Death Dealers and the barbaric Lycans. The film traces the beginnings of the ancient feud between the two tribes as Selene (Beckinsale), the vampire heroine, and her love Michael (Speedman), the Lycan hybrid, try to unlock the secrets of their bloodlines. This tale of action, intrigue and forbidden love takes them into the battle to end all wars as the immortals must finally face their retribution. Directed by Len Wiseman, UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION is rated R for pervasive strong violence and gore, some sexuality/nudity and
language. It has a run time of 106 minutes.

UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION Special Edition Bonus Material

“Bloodlines: From Script To Screen” Featurette
“Building A Saga” Featurette
“The Hybrid Theory” Featurette
 “Making Monsters Roar” Featurette
“The War Rages On” Featurette
 “Music and Mayhem” Featurette

* Valid for one admission (up to $10.50) at participating theaters, expires 3/7/09.

DVD Catalog #:  28498
DVD UPC Code:  0-43396-28498-2
DVD SLP:  $ 19.94
Order Date:  12/11/08
 

Shout! Factory Presents Blossom: Seasons One & Two DVD box set arriving this Jan 27

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Whoa! Come Celebrate Blossom’s DVD Debut… Two Seasons in One Very Special Box Set

BLOSSOM: SEASONS ONE & TWO
Starring Mayim Bialik as Blossom

For the First Time, Fans Can Relive the Memory of This Beloved Sitcom in a Collectible Six-DVD Box Set Featuring All
37 Episodes from the First Two Seasons.

All-New Interviews and Exclusive Bonus Content

AVAILABLE JANUARY 27, 2009 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY

America’s beloved quirky duckling was Blossom Russo, a smart and perky young girl with an endless array of funky fashion sense;
and who in the world could forget her floppy flowered hats!  Blossom, her best friend named Six, dim-witted brother Joey and
her family were introduced with Blossom, the enormously popular sitcom starring Mayim Bialik (Beaches, Curb Your Enthusiasm),
Jenna von Oÿ (The Parkers), Ted Wass (Soap), Michael Stoyanov, Barnard Hughes, and Joey Lawrence in the role that made him
an international teen heartthrob.

Marking 18 years after Blossom’s initial premiere on network television, Shout! Factory will release the long-awaited
Blossom: Seasons One and Two on January 27, 2009. The 6-DVD collector’s set contains all 37 memorable episodes from the first
two seasons and exclusive bonus content with all-new interviews and commentaries by Mayim Bialik, Jenna von Oÿ, Joey Lawrence,
Ted Wass and the creative team, The original Blossom TV pilot, A Very Special Show, A Very Special Style, and much more! 

Available for the first time, Blossom: Seasons One and Two, two seasons of this Emmy®-nominated series in one very special
deluxe box set, is priced to own at $49.99. 

Seasons One and Two boast incredible line-up of notable guest stars, including: Sonny Bono, David Cassidy, C&C Music Factory,
Dick Clark, Phil Donahue, Stephen Dorff, Joely Fisher, Estelle Getty, Neil Patrick Harris, Don King, A.J. Langer,
Warren Littlefield, Tobey Maguire, Rhea Perlman, Wolfgang Puck, Leah Remini, Giovanni Ribisi, Little Richard, Will Smith,
Salt-N-Pepa, Tori Spelling, Tiffani Amber Thiessen and more.

Created and executive produced by Don Reo in association with Touchstone Television, Witt/Thomas Productions, and Impact Zone
Productions,  Blossom debuted on NBC on January 3, 1991 and received extraordinary receptions from viewers and critics alike.
Blossom changed the face of prime-time sitcoms by introducing young audiences to an eccentric teenaged girl from a broken home
on the mend. A video “blogger” predating the Internet, Blossom Russo chronicled the events of her teenage life in full,
hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking detail, providing inspiration to youngsters and their families for five “very special”
seasons.

IN-DEPTH DVD Special Features include

The Original Blossom Pilot – The episode that started it all.
*A Very Special Show – A retrospective look at the series’ creation and impact on television, including brand-new interviews
with creator Don Reo and stars Mayim Bialik, Jenna von Oÿ, Joseph Lawrence and Ted Wass.
*A Very Special Friendship – An examination of the onscreen friendship of Blossom Russo and Six LeMeure, as well as the
off-screen relationship between actresses Mayim Bialik and Jenna von Oÿ.
*A Very Special Style – A look at the unique, trendsetting fashion tastes of Blossom, her best friend Six and the Russo family.
*Cast & Creator Commentaries

Want more info? Hit the Shout! Factory website here!