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Chan-Wook Park’s 8-Disc VENGEANCE TRILOGY set from Palisades-Tartan November 24th

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

The Ultimate Park Chan-Wook Vengeance Trilogy Box-Set

Palisades Tartan’s 8-Disc VENGEANCE TRILOGY box-set available in stores November 24th

LOS ANGELES — September 28, 2009 — For Immediate Release —You’ve been asking, we’ve been planning and this November Palisades Tartan will release the most exciting, impressive and comprehensive Vengeance Trilogy box-set the world has ever seen! Featuring 8-discs and more special features then any other set on the planet (including the Korean version), celebrity essays as well as a few surprises, Palisades Tartan will release Park Chan-Wook’s VENGEANCE TRILOGY November 24th in DVD stores across the country.

SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE is the first film in Park Chan-Wook’s acclaimed Vengeance trilogy.  The sister of a simple and deaf factory worker, Ryu, falls ill and needs a kidney transplant, however he is not a match so he looks to the black market which he can’t afford.  After being fired from his job, his rebel girlfriend suggests that he kidnap the child of his former boss, Park.  When the girl accidentally dies, her father seeks vengeance for her death.

OLDBOY is Park Chan-Wook’s classic genre-defining revenge tale of a man who’s wrongly been imprisoned for 15 years and is then suddenly released. Given money and a cell phone, he’s challenged to discover who incarcerated him in the first place, but he only has five days to uncover the truth. Even with a mysterious young girl to help him, his tortures have just begun. Cannes-winner championed by Tarantino, OLDBOY regularly appeared in top ten best movie polls across the country and is listed as one of the all-time best films as rated by IMDB users.

LADY VENGEANCE, the final film in the trilogy was created by Chan-Wook for his daughter.  After being wrongfully convicted of kidnapping and murdering a young child, a beautiful young woman (Lee Young-ae) is imprisoned for 13 years. While in prison she gains the respect and loyalty of her fellow cellmates, all the while plotting her vendetta on the man responsible (OLDBOY’s Choi Min-Sik).  Upon her release she sets in motion an elaborate plan of retribution, but what she discovers is a truth so horrifying, even revenge doesn’t seem punishment enough.

Director Park Chan-Wook’s most recent film THIRST won the Jury Prize at Cannes (2009) and was released in the US earlier this year by Focus Features. All three films in his celebrated Vengeance trilogy collection have garnered an impressive 28 Film Festival wins at prestigious venues including Cannes, Venice, Chicago, Fantasia, Stockholm, Hong Kong and the Sitges International Film Festival to name a few.

Each film is recorded in their original language (Korean) and offer English and Spanish subtitles. Each title is presented in anamorphic widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and DTS Surround Sound 5.1.Special features include an essay on each film by celebrated filmmakers, actors and writers, including Eli Roth… Additional features include but are not limited to Audio commentary by Park Chan-Wook and actor Ryoo Seung-wan (SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE), Behind the Scenes, The Process of Mr. Vengeance, My Boksu Story, Storyboards, Photo Gallery, Filmographies, Film Notes, Crew Interviews, Three Audio Commentaries (OLDBOY), 5 Behind the Scene featurettes, Le Grand Prix at Cannes, Deleted Scenes with commentary, Regular and Fade-To-White versions (LADY VENGEANCE), Character Interviews – Lee Geum Ja, Prof. Baek, Prisoners, Families, Lady Vengeance at the 62nd Venice Film Festival, Trailer, Film Notes, Making of and Deleted Scenes.

Tartan Films was originally founded in 1984 in the UK and is credited with bringing Asian Extreme film to the West as well as some of the most compelling art house films of the last quarter century. In May 2008, Palisades Pictures acquired Tartan Films US library assets and two months later, acquired a majority of Tartan Films UK’s 400+ film library assets. The new company Palisades Tartan has operations both nationally and internationally. Palisades Tartan will continue to expand an already distinctive and provocative slate of films by focusing on quality film acquisitions, thus significantly increasing the size of their overall library in both territories. Palisades Pictures and its parent company Palisades Media Corp is a prestigious financier of print & advertising for the independent film market.  Together with its affiliate, Palisades Media Asset Fund, Palisades has securitized and financed more than 550 films.

www.PalisadesTartan.com

VENGEANCE TRILOGY Box Set – (SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE / OLDBOY / LADY VENGEANCE)
Palisades Tartan Video
Genre: Thriller/Foreign
Rating: Not Rated (Special Features Not Rated/Subject to Change)
Language:  Korean (English Subtitles)
Format:  DVD Only / 8-disc (Box-set)
Running Time: Approximately 361 minutes (Not Including Special Features)
MR. VENGEANCE – 129 min (Not Including Special Features)
OLDBOY– 120 min (Not Including Special Features)
LADY VENGEANCE – 112 min (Not Including Special Features)
Suggested Retail Price: $49.99
Pre-Order Date:  October 27th 2009
Street Date: November 24th 2009
Catalog #:  TVD8307
UPC Code:  # 842498000076

Watchmen The Ultimate Cut on DVD & Blu-ray From WB 11/03/09

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

DON’T MISS THE MUST-HAVE HOLIDAY GIFT AS WATCHMEN: THE ULTIMATE CUT STORMS ONTO BLU-RAY AND DVD NOVEMBER 3rd FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

The limited quantity multi-disc set includes a whole new movie:

Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut, which weaves Watchmen: Tales from the Black Freighter into Zack Snyder’s Director’s Cut.

Be the first to own the must-have collectible for Watchmen fans when Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on November 3 from Warner Home Video. From director Zack Snyder, this new and complete version of the action-packed blockbuster weaves Watchmen: Tales from the Black Freighter, the animated story-within-a-story into the Director’s Cut of the film, creating a true ultimate version of the critically acclaimed story.

Available in a limited quantity of 70,000, Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut also features new commentary by Dave Gibbons and Zack Snyder along with almost 3 hours of extras, including Hollis Mason’s animated tell-all, Under the Hood.  Also included is Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic. Overseen by “Watchmen” illustrator Dave Gibbons and produced by Snyder, Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic contains all 12 chapters of “Watchmen,” the most celebrated graphic novel of all time, adding motion, voice and sound to the book’s strikingly drawn panels, spanning everything from the mysterious demise of the Comedian to the crisscrossed destinies of loosely allied superheroes to their fateful impact on the world.

From Director, Zack Snyder (300, Dawn of the Dead) Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut stars Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children, Semi-Pro), Malin Akerman (27 Dresses, The Heartbreak Kid), Billy Crudup (Mission Impossible III, Almost Famous), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (TV’s Grey’s Anatomy, Supernatural), Patrick Wilson (Lakeview Terrace, Little Children), and Carla Gugino (Race to Witch Mountain, Night at the Museum).

SYNOPSIS

Someone’s killing our super heroes.  The year is 1985 and super heroes have banded together to respond to the murder of one of their own. They soon uncover a sinister plot that puts all of humanity in grave danger. The super heroes fight to stop the impending doom only to find themselves a target for annihilation. But, if our super heroes are gone, who will save us?

Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut will be available on Blu-ray (4 discs) for $59.99, and DVD (5 discs) for $43.87.

BLU_RAY and DVD ELEMENTS

·Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut film
·Audio Commentary with Zack Snyder and Dave Gibbons
·The Phenomenon: The Comic that Changed Comics (RT: 28:50) – Learn how the subversive, thematically complex, award winning comic that changed literature, inspired analytical debate, and won countless fans, was created.
·Real Super Heroes, Real Vigilantes (RT: 27:28) – Explores the fascination and psychology behind real-world vigilantes and where that behavior crosses over into actually donning the hood and behaving as superheroes.  
·Mechanics: Technologies of a Fantastic World (RT: 16:46)  – The creators of Watchmen had a great understanding of engineering and science, allowing for plausible mechanics in their characters tools and the world itself.  This featurette will guide the viewer through the filmmakers process of turning these technologies into cinematic reality.
·Watchmen: Video Journals
·My Chemical Romance video Desolation Row (RT: 3:16)
·Under The Hood  (RT: 36:00) – A retrospective look on the biography by Hollis Mason – the original Nite Owl – and the world of those who stood for hooded justice.
·Story Within A Story:  The Books of Watchmen (RT:  26:00) – Weave through the nuanced layers of detail to see how a comic-within-a comic acts as parallel commentary to the acclaimed work of Literature, Watchmen.
·Digital Copy of the Theatrical Version
·Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comics

BASICS
PRODUCT                 SRP
4-Disc Blu-ray set      $59.99
5-disc DVD set          $ 43.87

Standard Street Date: November 3, 2009
Languages: English, Quebec French, Latin Spanish
Subtitles: English, French, Latin Spanish
Running Time: 215 min
Rating: R (for strong graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and language)
DLBY/SURR   DLBY/DGTL   [CC]

Camera Obscura releasing Terror Express on 10-20-09!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

HORROR-SEX IM NACHTEXPRESS
a.k.a. TERROR EXPRESS / LA RAGAZZA DEL VAGONE LETTO
 
Italian Genre Cinema Collection 5 (continuation of the collection started by Sazuma)
 
for the first time uncut on DVD!
 
street date: 20.10.2009
 
specs
audio: German (DD 2.0 Mono), Italian (DD 2.0 Mono)
subtitles: German, English
bonus: “tales from the rails” featuring George Eastman, Zora Kerova, Carlo de Mejo (with optional German and English subtitles) – booklet by Christian Kessler (in German and English), gallery, Italian + English trailers
packaging: DigiPak with cardboard sleeve
 
When young Julia hops on the night train, she is unaware of what the following hours hold in store for her. It was supposed to be nothing more than a quick job: quick money and quick sex in the anonymity of her private compartment. But what starts out as harmless fun, turns into an infernal trip into sheer terror when three shady characters declare the train their own personal hunting ground. Soon Julia and her fellow travelers fall prey to their perverted games. Tortured and humiliated, they have only one chance to survive: they must strike back – with a vengeance! Soon the night train turns into hell on wheels, unstoppable in its blood-crazed race on the tracks of pure madness…

Terror Express is probably one of the most radical revelations of Italian terror cinema.  Ferdinando Baldi’s super seedy sleaze excess embodies the very core of the wonderfully perverted exploitation cinema of the 70’s –  a shameless hommage to Last House on the Left and I Spit on Your Grave, and at the same time a sign of what’s to come out of Italy in the following years. Terror Express is a dirty bastard of a film, and this is the reason for why it’s so great!

directed by Ferdinando Baldi
starring Silvia Dionisio, Werner Pochath, Zora Kerova, Carlo de Mejo
written by George Eastman

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Unearthed Films is back from the dead again… with Slaughtered Vomit Dolls on DVD!

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

From the Unearthed Films newsletter:

SLAUGHTERED VOMIT DOLLS – NOV 24
What happens to a woman when she is abused by her parents, becomes a runaway at the tender age 14, is molested by a local priest who takes her in, and is then used and abused by nearly everyone she comes into contact with?

For Angela Aberdeen the answer is to turn away from the human race and all earthly reality by making a sacred pact with Satan. After enlisting his protection in return for her eternal soul, her first act is to burn down the priest’s church as he lays passed out drunk on the floor. She then flees to the city where she develops a horrible addiction to alcohol and drugs. Angela quickly spirals downward in her journey to Hell. Stripping turns to pornography and prostitution, and as her deadly addictions tear her body apart, she realizes that even Satan has seemingly forsaken her.
Slaughtered Vomit Dolls is the opening film of the infamous Vomit Gore Trilogy directed by Lucifer Valentine. We must warn you that the thoroughly evil and outrageous DVD that you hold in your hands contains the answer to a very elemental question. How deranged, demented and depraved can one person’s existence be? Are you willing to push the boundaries in order to find out? Are you confident enough to test the true strength of your grip on reality? Do you have the balls?

We also have the sequel to Slaughtered Vomit Dolls Called Regorgitated Sacrifice and it is even more deranged and out there as Angela Abeerdeen is escorted to Hell. Soon after that will be the 3rd in the Vomit Gore Trilogy. Title is in the works so once it is announced, we will announce it!
Right after that is a soon to be underground cult classic called… Flexing with Monty for Jan 5th! You can view the trailer here… www.cine-sales.com

Synopsis: Flexing with Monty
Monty (Trevor Goddard) is a bodybuilder. His gym is the very heart of his existence. He is aggressively male, outrageously narcissistic and a bigot. Sharing this strange world is Monty’s cerebral and emotionally wounded younger brother, Bertin (Rudy Davis). One stormy day, the brothers’ bizarre but settled lives are suddenly disrupted by the unexpected arrival of Lilith (Sally Kirkland), a Catholic nun collecting contributions for an unusual cause. Lilith’s arrival is the catalyst required to generate a momentous change in Bertin’s relationship with his brother: a change that results in the astonishing and gruesome downfall of the vainglorious Monty.

Flexing has been getting rave reviews from Hollywood insiders and Unearthed is very proud to get out hands on this one of a kind film. See what some Hollywood A-listers are saying about it.

“Wild and Sensual”  Sean Penn

“Off the Wall Hilarious”   Danny De Vito

“Outragously Funny… My Kind of Movie” Robert Downey Sr.

Some quick background on Flexing with Monty.
Fourteen years in the making, writer/director John Albo’s long-awaited film, FLEXING WITH MONTY, is finally ready to be unveiled to an eager and expectant audience.

A startling and unique personal vision, the film has already achieved cult status among the many people who were aware of its long and halting progress. Provocative in content and in style, the completed picture has been lauded by the likes of Sean Penn, Robert Downey Sr. and Danny De Vito as “exciting, sensual, and outrageously funny.”
Evolving over time and overcoming all obstacles, FLEXING WITH MONTY began shooting in 1994 and wasn’t completed as a fully realized 35mm film until 2008. From its inception, the film took on a life of its own, re-inventing itself through many phases of filming and, in the process, growing into a truly original and daring motion picture.

The making of the film was fraught with problems, some of which seemed insurmountable. The death of one of the producers was followed by the death of the lead actor, Trevor Goddard (star of Mortal Kombat, the popular television series, JAG, and featured in Pirates of the Caribbean). The shoot was halted for long periods of time until additional financing could be raised to resume production.
For all the problems FLEXING WITH MONTY encountered on its long and exciting journey to fruition, the film has grown in depth and in originality. Its mystique continues to flourish and now, at long last, Monty is ready to bare his “fleshy soul” to the world.
FLEXING WITH MONTY
A John Albo Film
Produced by Carlos Guerra
Starring: Sally Kirkland, Trevor Goddard,
Mitch Hara and Michelle Zeitlin
Original Music by: Miriam Cutler
Cinematography by: Thomas F. Denove
Written and Directed by: John Albo
Country of Production: USA
Language: English
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Horror/Mystery
Year of Completion: 2008
Runtime: 90 minutes
Format: Color, 35mm film
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

 

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