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Starcrash on DVD & Blu-ray From Shout! Factory 9-14-10 – Full specs!

Friday, July 30th, 2010

The ultimate ROGER CORMAN science-fiction classic makes  its long-awaited debut FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIGH-DEFINITION BLU-RAY™ AND ON DVD!


Starring Caroline Munro, David Hasselhoff, Christopher Plummer, Joe Spinell and Marjoe Gortner


Digitally Remastered and Presented in Widescreen for the First Time with a Galaxy’s Worth of Special Features!

Crashing Home Entertainment Shelves Nationwide September 14, 2010 From Shout! Factory

One of the most eagerly awaited inter-galactic science-fiction adventures, released by Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, will finally be made available for the first time to the home entertainment shelves as StarCrash, directed by Luigi Cozzi, will debut September 14, 2010 on 2-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD from Shout! Factory, in association with New Horizons Picture Corporation. An adventure like no other, the StarCrash 2-Disc Special Edition contains anamorphic widescreen presentation of the movie with DTS HD 5.1 surround sound (Blu-ray), a reversible cover featuring vintage art for original movie posters and a payload of bonus content including all-new interviews and commentaries with cast and crew, rare behind-the-scenes footage and much more!  A must-have for loyal fans of Roger Corman and Luigi Cozzi, science fiction enthusiasts and collectors, StarCrash 2-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD mark the latest installments from the popular ROGER CORMAN’S CULT CLASSICS home entertainment series from Shout! Factory.  Each Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD is sold separately. Blu-ray is priced to own at $26.97; and DVD is available at $19.93.

Produced in Italy in the wake of Star Wars’ phenomenal success, StarCrash (also known as The Adventures of Stella Star in overseas territories) became an international blockbuster in its own right. This 1979 film became one of New World Pictures’ biggest box-office hits. Critics might have laughed, by so did audiences, who grooved to its campy humor, wildly imaginative special effects (some of them quite good!) and non-stop adventure. Where Star Wars dared not go, StarCrash went — at warp speed!

The lasting peace of the galaxy is threatened by the diabolical and relentless Count Zarth Arn (cult icon Joe Spinell, Rocky, The Godfather and The Godfather – Part II), who is determined to take the universe for himself and make each planet his plaything, each inhabitant his slave. There is no question that the Count is evil, given his propensity for cackling at every opportunity.

Can anyone save the universe from this megalomaniacal madman? Indeed there is, and she’s quite a beauty.

Brave, bikini-clad star warrior Stella Star (Caroline Munro, The Spy Who Loved Me, At the Earth’s Core) and her co-pilot Akton (child evangelist-turned-actor Marjoe Gortner, Food of the Gods, Mausoleum) are pressed into service to thwart the evil Zarth Arn’s plot. If they succeed, galactic peace will be achieved. If they fail, the universe will fall into decay and destruction at the hands of its sadistic new overlord.

Have no fear, because Stella Star is here!

The film’s zesty, star-studded cast also includes People’s Choice Award winner David Hasselhoff (Knight Rider, Baywatch) in one of his first big-screen roles, noted screen tough guy Robert Tessier (The Longest Yard, The Cannonball Run) and legendary two-time Emmy® and Tony® Award winner, and Academy Award® nominee Christopher Plummer (The Last Station, Murder by Decree, The Sound of Music) as The Emperor.

StarCrash was written and directed by fan favorite Luigi Cozzi (AKA Lewis Coates), whose other cult masterworks include Alien Contamination (an “homage” to Alien) and the unforgettable Lou Ferrigno vehicle Hercules (an “homage” to Conan the Barbarian). The film also boasts a rousing score by five-time Academy Award® winner John Barry (Dances With Wolves, Out of Africa, 10 James Bond films).

Alas, StarCrash would prove to be the only big-screen Stella Star adventure … but as its worldwide legion of fans will attest, it was one to remember!


New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.85:1) and DTS HD 5.1 Surround Sound (Blu-ray), Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound (DVD)

Disc One:
· Interview with writer/director Luigi Cozzi
· StarCrash: the music of John Barry, a detailed analysis of the score by Mars of Deadhouse Music
· 2 feature-length commentaries by StarCrash historian Stephen Romano:
  Commentary 1: the history of StarCrash, the making of the film and its importance in 1970s fantastic cinema.
  Commentary 2: StarCrash scene-by-scene: production trivia, anecdotes and critical analysis.
· Behind-the-scenes image gallery, featuring storyboards, art, and rare, never-before-seen photos!
· Promotional art gallery, featuring photos, posters, lobby cards and early poster designs by Drew Struzan
· Fan art gallery, featuring an exclusive look at the all-new, sexy Stella Star art from fantasy illustrator Robin Greenville Evans
· Theatrical trailer with commentary by Eli Roth from Trailersfromhell.com and an all-new exclusive trailer commentary by filmmaker/editor Joe Dante!
· TV spots and radio Spots

· Interview with actress Caroline Munro (60 min.)
· 17 Deleted and alternate scenes
· The complete, original StarCrash screenplay, illustrated with original storyboards and early, full-color concept art
· Exclusive 20-minute behind-the-scenes footage reel, with commentary
· The making of the special effects of StarCrash by Armando Valcauda with exclusive, never-before-seen special-effects footage

Shout! Factory will continue to present ROGER CORMAN’S CULT CLASSICS home entertainment releases on a monthly basis. Upcoming highlights include The Slumber Party Massacre collection, The Evil, Twice Dead, The Warrior and The Sorceress, Barbarian Queen, Not of This Earth, Terror Within, Streets, Angel in Red, Lady in Red, Crazy Mama, Big Bad Mama, among others.

Independent filmmaker-producer Roger Corman’s storied career ranks as one of Hollywood’s most amazing success stories. Having produced more than 350 films and directed 50 others, his influence on American film goes far beyond his own energetic, creative low-budget movies. He is arguably one of Hollywood’s most gifted and masterful filmmakers. In 2009 he was the recipient of an honorary Academy Award for his contribution to the medium of film.

Noted for his keen ability to spot young talent, Corman’s most lasting legacy will undoubtedly be the legion of producers, directors, writers and actors he has fostered, among them: Jack Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Ron Howard, Peter Fonda, Jonathan Demme, Gale Anne Hurd, Diane Ladd, Tommy Lee Jones, William Shatner, Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Talia Shire, Charles Bronson, Joe Dante, Carl Franklin, Jonathan Kaplan, Bill Paxton, Dennis Hopper, Curtis Hanson, Peter Bogdanovich, John Sayles, David Carradine and Sally Kirkland.

Shout! Factory is a diversified entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their careers sharing their music, television and film faves with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD offerings serve up classic, contemporary and cult TV series, riveting sports programs, live music, animation and documentaries in lavish packages crammed with extras. The company’s audio catalogue boasts GRAMMY®-nominated boxed sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. These riches are the result of a creative acquisitions mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. With its fingers on the pulse of pop culture, Shout! Factory continues to impact the entertainment media landscape through acquisition of top quality programming for home entertainment releases. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit www.shoutfactory.com

New Single And Tour Dates For Mondo Generator

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

UPDATE: 8/12/10

“Mondo Generator have had to postpone their current US tour. The band are very sorry about this and would like to apologize to all involved; The shows will be rescheduled to run in December and January. New dates will be announced shortly”.


Mondo Generator Announce US Tour and New Single “Dog Food”
Mondo Generator have announced a run of shows through August and September in support of their new single ‘Dog Food’ (available on August 10). Special guests for all shows will be Tweak Bird with Its Casual and Violent Soho also joining for selected shows. Tickets are on sale now at venues and usual outlets…

Wed August 4th – Elbo Room, San Francisco, CA (USA)
Fri August 6th – Dante’s, Portland, OR (USA)
Sat August 7th – Studio 7, Seattle, WA (USA)
Mon August 9th – Club Vegas, Salt Lake City, UT (USA)
Wed August 11th – 3 Kings Tavern, Denver, CO (USA)
Thu August 12th – Riot Room, Kansas City, MO (USA)
Fri August 13th – Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis MN (USA)
Sat August 14th – Frequency, Madison WI (USA)
Sun August 15th – Double Door, Chicago, IL (USA)
Mon August 16th – Southgate House, Newport KY (USA)
Tue August 17th – Smalls, Hamtramck MI (USA)
Wed August 18th – Bug Jar, Rochester NY (USA)
Thu August 19th – Santos, New York, NY (USA)
Fri August 20th – Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA (USA)
Sat August 21st – Northn Star Bar, Philadelphia PA (USA)
Sun August 22nd – 37th & Zen, Norfolk VA (USA)
Tue August 24th – Casbah @ Trenton Music Hall, Charlotte NC (USA)
Wed August 25th – Stella Blue, Asheville NC (USA)
Thu August 26th – Hi Tone Cafe, Memphis TN (USA)
Fri Augsut 27th – The Conservatory, Oklahoma City OK (USA)
Sat August 28th – Emo’s, Austin TX (USA)
Sun August 29th – Skillman Street Bar, Dallas, TX (USA)
Tue August 31st – Launch Pad, Albuquerque NM (USA)
Thu September 2nd – Spaceland, Los Angeles, CA (USA)


What do Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age), Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures), Happy Tom (Turbonegro) and Marc Diamond (The Dwarves) all have in common? Aside from the fact they all play in some of the best bands to ever grace the earth, they all feature on the brand new single from Los Angeles band Mondo Generator. The first taste of the new album from the band which is due for release in July, is the track ‘Dog Food’ which is set to be unleashed in May to coincde with the beginning of the bands upcoming tour.

Over the last year, band founder Nick Oliveri and fellow member Hoss, alongside producer Bradley Cook have been working on Mondo Generator’s fourth full length album ‘Time To Destroy’. During the recording process they have enlisted a number of guests to make an appearance, ‘Dog Food’ is the first taste of who is featured on the album. With Marc Diamond on guitar duties, Happy Tom has laid down some bass tracks, while Dave Grohl provides the drum tracks and Nick Oliveri delivers his trade mark vocals.

With a fresh Mondo Generator line up in place, the band will kick off a world tour in Australia from late May before heading to Europe for shows across June and July which includes both festival and club shows. They’ll hit home territory for a US tour in August and September.

‘Dog Food’ will be released as a limited edition 7″ as well as in an extended cd/digital format.

CD Single: http://www.seeofsound.com/p.php?s=IMP021

Vinyl: http://www.seeofsound.com/p.php?s=IMP021SP

TOUCH AND GO Book Boosts Historic Hardcore 7″ by the Fix to Record $4,250 Price

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

TOUCH AND GO Book Boosts Historic Midwest Hardcore Punk 7″ by the Fix to Record $4,250 Auction Price
Riding a wave of rediscovery courtesy of the exhaustive new book TOUCH AND GO: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine ’79-’83, by Tesco Vee and Dave Stimson, the historic 1981 Midwest hardcore punk “Vengeance” 7″ single by TOUCH AND GO book editor Steve Miller’s band The Fix has fetched an unprecedented $4,250 at auction. (The previous high price of $3,220 was set just last week.) Released in 1981 on Touch and Go Records in an edition of 200, the single has come to be seen as a spark that ignited Midwest hardcore punk. See the auction results at this location: http://bit.ly/fixontng

“Hell, 4,250 is way more than the total number of people who ever saw us play,” says Steve Miller. “The influence of this book has no boundaries. Imagine what will happen when TOUCH AND GO books replace Gideon bibles in the nightstands of sleazy motels everywhere!” 

“It makes me wonder how much my copy signed by all four Fix members would be worth?” says TOUCH AND GO author (and former Touch and Go label chief) Tesco Vee. “Gotta pluck it from my cold dead sausage fingers to find out!”

Steve Miller recently joined Tesco Vee’s Hate Police onstage in Chicago on July 17 for ripping renditions of several songs by The Fix. This upcoming weekend, we will join authors Tesco Vee and Dave Stimson at a rash of upcoming TOUCH AND GO book release events:

July 30 – Oak Park, MI
READING @ Bookbeat (26010 Greenfield) – 7pm

July 31 – East Lansing, MI
READING @ Flat Black & Circular (541 East Grand River) – 1PM

July 31 – Detroit, MI
BOOK RELEASE SHOW  @ St Andrews Hall (431 East Congress Street)

Relased on June 30 and available wherever good books are sold, TOUCH AND GO: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine ’79-’83 is a large 576-page dossier from the dawn of hardcore punk, complete with introductions by Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye, and Keith Morris of Black Flag/Circle Jerks. For more information, to order copies, or to arrange interviews with Tesco Vee and Steve Miller, contact Bazillion Points at bazillion@bazillionpoints.com

Thank you – see you in the scramble!


D.O.A. Canadian Tour Dates Announced!

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

VANCOUVER, BC (July 23, 2010) – D.O.A. have released their 13th studio album “Talk – Action = 0″ via Sudden Death Records are are set to tour Canada!

Aug 27 – Kamloops, BC @ Pogue Mahone (843 Desmond)
Sept 15 – Innisfail, AB @ Innisfail Hotel (5120 49th St)
Sept 16 – Calgary @ The Republik (219 17th Ave SW)
Sept 17 – Edmonton @ New City Likwid Lounge (10081 Jasper Ave NW)
Sept 18 – Canmore, AB @ Canmore Hotel (738 8th St.)
Sept 24 – Victoria, BC @ Rifflandia Music Festival – Evolution Nightclub (502 Discovery Street)
Oct 1 – Vancouver @ Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Edward)
Oct 5 – London, ON @ Call The Office (216 York Street)
Oct 6 – Waterloo, ON @ Chainsaw Waterloo (28 King St.)
Oct 7 – Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah (306 King Street West)
Oct 8 – Toronto @ Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen St. West)
Oct 9 – Ottawa @ Mavericks (221 Rideau St.)
Oct 10 – Montreal @ Café Chaos (1637 St. Denis)
Oct 11 – Kingston, ON @ The Mansion (506 Princess St.)
Oct 13 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigo’s (632 10th St. E)
Oct 14 – Regina, SK @ Distrikt Nightclub (1326A Hamilton St.)
Oct 15/16 – Winnipeg @ The Zoo (160 Osborne St.)

On this album, the band goes back to its early roots and takes a few notes from their first two classic albums: “Something Better Change” and “Hardcore 81″. “Talk – Action = 0″ was produced by chief punk Joe Shithead Keithley and Chon (Live Free or Die).

Keithley, Canada’s godfather of punk, has teamed with his cronies Floor Tom Jones (drums) and Dirty Dan Sedan (bass) to come up with one of D.O.A.’s hardest hitting albums to date. On this lucky 13th full length, there’s plenty of what one might expect from the boys: power, politics and humor.

The album opens with the blistering track That’s Why I Am An Atheist, followed up by the Eddie Cochran inspired Rebel Kind. If you have ever doubted that D.O.A. has always been a barometer of the times we live in, check out the angry anthem Don’t Bank On A Bank and the all too timely

I Live In A Car…

Music Video: http://www.youtube.com/joekeithley

Canada Single on iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/25sxad6

Further to that point, the track The R.C.M.P. explores the misdeeds of Canada’s national police force. To mix things up, the band includes an ode to Star Trek with the song Captain Kirk, Spock, Scotty and Bones, and there are sizzling covers of The Times They Are A-Changin’ and That’s Amore.

D.O.A. burst onto Vancouver’s music scene in 1978 and have been rocking the world, making people think, and sticking it to the man ever since. After they released their first snarling piece of vinyl, the infamous Disco Sucks 7″ EP, it became an underground hit and opened the doors to international prominence, riots, rip off record companies and legions of fans.

In 1981, D.O.A. made the term “hardcore” their own and pushed it into the common vernacular. With the release of the legendary album Hardcore 81 and subsequent tours by that name, D.O.A. became known as the fathers of hardcore. The band has always worn its politics on its sleeves and done a lot of rabble rousing along the way. D.O.A. has also worked hard at helping out those that really need help over the years. They’ve played benefits for: Rape Relief, anti-racism, anti-globalization, OXFAM, first nation’s rights, anti-censorship, and environmental causes, amongst many others.

D.O.A.’s people power philosophy and sound has been forged by Keithley. His powerful songwriting, singing, guitar playing and stage charisma have always anchored D.O.A. Joe has run for the Green Party three times in Vancouver and his book about D.O.A. entitled I Shithead – A Life In Punk, went on to become a Canadian best seller.

Other Interesting D.O.A. Facts:
- In 2002, Mayor Larry Campbell declares December 21 to be D.O.A. Day in Vancouver
- In 2009, Keithley was voted one of British Columbia’s all time most influential citizens by Vancouver Sun readers
- Keithley ran for the Green Party three times, the third time he received the second most votes of anybody in the party
- Keithley founded Sudden Death Records in 1978, SDR now has 88 releases
- Keithley was made into a throbblehead early this year by punk rock collectible co. Aggronautix
- Keithley was going to do an interview with us but then didn’t respond to emails! D.O.A stil rules though.

Website: http://www.suddendeath.com/

Aggronautix: http://www.aggronautix.com/products.cfm?productid=15