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The Sound Of Music 45th Anniversary Edition On Blu-ray 11/02/10

Monday, August 30th, 2010



Limited Edition Collector’s Set of “Favorite Things” Debuts November 2 Including an Exclusive Hand Painted Music Box, 100-Page Scrapbook, 45th Anniversary Soundtrack and More!

Also available in 3-Disc Blu-ray and DVD Combo Packs

LOS ANGELES, CA. (Aug. 30, 2010) – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment toasts the 45th anniversary of the five-time Academy Award®-winning The Sound Of Music with its highly anticipated Blu-ray Disc debut November 2. Starring Oscar® winner Julie Andrews in one of her most memorable roles, the film adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical follows Maria, a spirited young woman who leaves a convent and becomes a governess to seven unruly children. Her charm and songs soon win the hearts of the children and their father but when Nazi Germany unites with Austria, Maria is forced to attempt a daring escape with her new family.

Meticulously Restored and Re-mastered , The Sound Of Music 45th Anniversary Edition is presented with new 7.1 audio and offers BD-LIVE: Live Lookup ™ Powered by IMDb®; Your Favorite Things: An Interactive Celebration featuring a Sing-A-Long, behind-the-scenes images, trivia and a location quiz; A City of Song with a virtual map of filming locations and interactive tour of the movie’s locale of Salzburg, Austria; vintage programs including a hilarious send-up of The Sound of Music from Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews herself; an enchanting interview with the real Maria von Trapp on The Julie Andrews Hour; and, for the very first time in home entertainment format, a spectacular full-length documentary, Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of American Music, hosted by Mary Martin; and much more.

Perfect for at home or on the go, The Sound of Music is available in 3-Disc Blu-ray and DVD Combo Packs. For a limited time, The Sound of Music is also available in an individually numbered Limited Collector’s Set packaged in a keepsake box and featuring a 100-page “My Favorite Things” scrapbook, a 45th Anniversary Soundtrack, a reproduction of the original 1965 souvenir program, an exclusive hand-painted “My Favorite Things” music box and more.

A perfect holiday gift, the set is priced at $89.99 U.S./ $99.99 Canada. The Blu-ray/DVD combo packs are attractively priced at $34.99 U.S. / $37.99 Canada, allowing fans the best of both viewing and value added options.

The Sound of Music will also be made available day and date for digital download across several EST platforms. The Sound of Music is available on the iTunes Store (www.iTunes.com) as an iTunes Extras, which includes a sing-a-long version of the movie and more than 180 minutes of behind the scenes material.

Directed by Robert Wise and co-starring Christopher Plummer, the film garnered five Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director. A heartwarming story full of cherished songs such as “My Favorite Things,” “Sixteen Going On Seventeen,” “Edelweiss” and the title song, the film graces six different Top 100 lists by the American Film Institute including Musicals, Songs and Movies.

The Sound Of Music 45th Anniversary Limited Edition Collection is just one aspect of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s yearlong campaign to honor the studio’s 75th birthday. This year the division will debut several select fan-favorites on Blu-ray for the first time ever including The Rocky Horror Picture Show, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, The Last of the Mohicans and the Alien Anthology.

Limited Edition Collector’s Set (Catalog #2267290 – US/#226791 – CAN)
2-Disc Blu-ray with all extras as detailed below
Standard Definition DVD
45th Anniversary Soundtrack
100-Page “My Favorite Things” scrapbook
Snapshots from Salzburg
Reproduction of the original 1965 Souvenir program
Exclusive “My Favorite Things” Music Box with letter of authenticity
Blu-ray Details: Blu-ray Disc 1: 
Feature Film Remastered in 1080p Hi-Def with 7.1 DTS-HD Sound
Your Favorite Things: An Interactive Celebration — All-New Immersive Viewing Experience with Behind-the-Scenes Images, On-Screen Lyrics, Trivia Track and Location Quiz
Music Machine Sing-Along
Audio Commentaries with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Director Robert Wise
BD-LIVE**: Live Lookup™ Powered by IMDb® 

Blu-ray Disc 2:
Musical Stages: Creating The Sound of Music — All-New Interactive “Backlot Tour” with In-Depth Featurettes on the Songs, the Stage Show & Movie, the Film and Sound Restoration and the Real-Life von Trapp Family
A City of Song — Virtual Map of Filming Locations in Salzburg, Austria
Vintage Rodgers & Hammerstein and The Sound of Music Programs
Screen Tests, Rare Treasures, Interviews, Photo Galleries & More!
DVD Disc:
Feature Film In Standard Definition
Newly Remastered Picture and Sound
Optional Sing-Along Track
Music Machine Sing-Along
The Sound of Music Tour – A Living Story
BD/DVD Combo Pack Specs (Catalog #2270176-US/#2267293-CAN): 
BD features all the bonus materials listed above
Standard DVD

Street Date: November 2, 2010
Prebook Date: September 22, 2010
Screen Format: Widescreen (2:20:1)
Audio: English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English 4.0 Dolby Surround, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and French 5.1 DTS
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
U.S. Rating: G
Total Run Time: 178
Closed Closed Yes
*North America only.

The Terror Within/Dead Space Double Feature & Not Of This Earth From Shout! Factory

Monday, August 30th, 2010

On earth or in space, there is no place to hide, no place to run, and no time to scream …


Not Of This Earth (1988) special edition dvd digitally remastered and presented in widescreen for the first time


The Terror Within/Dead Space double-feature dvd featuring cult favorite THE TERROR WITHIN in anamorphic widescreen and fan favorite Marc Singer and Bryan Cranston in DEAD SPACE


This November 2, 2010, get ready for a trio of science-fiction terror palooza when Shout! Factory, in association with New Horizons Picture Corporation will unleash Not of This Earth (1988) Special Edition DVD and The Terror Within/ Dead Space Double-Feature DVD from the popular Roger Corman’s Cult Classics home entertainment series.

Cult filmmaker Jim Wynorski (Big Bad Mama II, Chopping Mall) offers his rendition of Roger Corman’s 1957 cult classic Not of This Earth in the 1988 version, boasting campy performance of fan favorite Traci Lords (Blade, Cry-Baby). The double-feature DVD release of The Terror Within and Dead Space offers fearful futuristic thrills on Earth and in outer space.  A must-have for horror fans and collectors, aggregate your Roger Corman movie collection with these two latest home entertainment releases from Roger Corman’s Cult Classics. Each DVD is sold separately with $19.93 SRP.

Not of This Earth is out of this world!

“I directed the original Not of This Earth in 1957, a film which uniquely combined sci-fi and vampire genres. When director Jim Wynorski first approached me to remake the film, I was skeptical of messing with a classic. However, Jim convinced me with some interesting casting choices, including 20-year-old Traci Lords in the Beverly Garland role.” — Roger Corman

In Los Angeles, a mysterious stranger (Arthur Roberts, Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke, Revenge of the Ninja) arrives in town and hires Nadine Story (Lords) as his private nurse. Although the pay is great, she becomes more and more suspicious of this mysterious stranger when his requests for blood transfusions become more frequent and insistent. After some amateur detective work, Nadine finds out that her new boss is not who — or what — he appears to be. In fact, he’s from another world!

Not of This Earth was a remake of executive producer Corman’s 1957 sci-fi horror classic, which he had himself produced and directed. Eager to capitalize on the thrills and chills of the original story while adding a fresh, more contemporary layer of black comedy and camp humor, Corman tapped producer/director Wynorski to take on the project. Not only did Wynorski accept the challenge of remaking one of his mentor’s most popular early films, but he vowed his could do it in less time than Corman had, 31 years before! According to Hollywood legend, the original film took Corman 12 days to make, and the remake took Wynorski 12 days to make!

The film marked Traci Lords’ transition from adult film roles to mainstream roles. Not only did she contribute a generous dose of beauty and sex appeal, as well as a dollop of box-office-friendly controversy, but the actress proved the naysayers wrong by impressing critics and audiences alike with a witty, sassy performance as the quick-thinking heroine, Nadine Story.

Not of This Earth proceeded to break box-office records with an immediate profit that paid for its production within days … if not hours!


New anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.78:1)
Nadine’s Story – a new interview with Traci Lords
New audio commentary with Traci Lords and director Jim Wynorski
Original DVD audio commentary with director Jim Wynorski
Original theatrical trailer
New World trailers
In the future, fear is dominant — whether on Earth or in deep space, as is proven in truly horrific fashion by the double-feature collector’s edition DVD release of The Terror Within and Dead Space.

In the aftermath of a chemically-induced plague that has decimated most of the world, the only survivors are a small group of scientists trapped in a hi-tech laboratory located 500 feet beneath the surface of the Mojave Desert. But, as they are soon discover, they are not alone …

The Terror Within features an intense ensemble cast headed by Academy Award®  winner George Kennedy (Cool Hand Luke, the Naked Gun trilogy, the Airport series), Golden Globe Award® nominee Andrew Stevens (The Fury, The Boys in Company C), Terri Treas (The Nest, TV’s Alien Nation) and Starr Andreeff (Dance of the Damned, Breast Men).

Marc Singer (The Beastmaster,V) and two-time Emmy Award winner® Bryan Cranston (TV’s Breaking Bad,  Malcolm in the Middle) find themselves in deep space — and deep trouble — in the sci-fi chiller Dead Space, a loose remake of Corman’s Forbidden World.

For years, Phaebon had been thought to be a safe and controlled scientific research facility until an emergency distress signals calls for Commander Kreiger (Singer) and his robot sidekick, Tinpan. Together, they fight to save the planet from a spreading virus and an odd, growing alien cocoon. Despite Kreiger’s heroism, is it too late to save the menace from possibly engulfing the galaxy?


New anamorphic widescreen Transfer (1.78:1)
Audio commentary with co-producer Rodman Flender
DEAD SPACE DVD Special Features:
Audio commentary with director Fred Gallo      
Shout! Factory will continue to present Roger Corman’s Cult Classics home entertainment releases on a monthly basis. Upcoming highlights include The Evil, Twice Dead, The Warrior and The Sorceress, Barbarian Queen, Streets, Angel in Red, Lady in Red, Crazy Mama, Big Bad Mama, among others.

Independent filmmaker-producer Roger Corman’s illustrious career ranks as one of Hollywood’s most amazing and legendary 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, and he chronicled his incredible true-life story in the best-selling, award-winning autobiography How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime, written with Jim Jerome in 1998. 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, Robert Towne, Gale Anne Hurd, Diane Ladd, Tommy Lee Jones, Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Talia Shire, Charles Bronson, Joe Dante, Peter Bogdanovich, Dennis Hopper, Bill Paxton, Monte Hellman, Carl Franklin 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

Mad Max On Blu-ray 10/5/10 – full specs with extras!

Monday, August 30th, 2010


Celebrate 30 Years of Crime-Fighting Action For the First Time on Blu-Ray October 5th

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 30, 2010) – The “take no prisoners” cop MAD MAX rides onto Blu-ray for the first time October 5 as MGM Home Entertainment releases the post-apocalyptic action classic. Starring Mel Gibson (Braveheart, Lethal Weapon) and directed by George Miller (Happy Feet, Babe: Pig in the City), MAD MAX was hailed by the New York Times as one of the “Best 1000 Movies Ever.”

Now viewers can experience the thrilling dystopian action film with an all-new Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Special features include filmmaker commentary and the documentary “Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon,” featuring interviews with the original crew and film experts. The new release also features the very popular original Australian audio track in addition to the American dubbed track.

Considered one of the best films of 1979, MAD MAX garnered three Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards for editing, sound and musical score. The film was also nominated by the AFI for Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Hugh Keays-Byrne).

In the ravaged near future, a savage motorcycle gang rules the road. Terrorizing innocent civilians while tearing up the streets, the ruthless gang laughs in the face of a police force hell-bent on stopping them. But they underestimate one officer: Max Rockatansky (Gibson). And when the bikers brutalize Max’s best friend and family, they send him into a mad frenzy that leaves him seeking revenge, which is the only thing left in the world for Max to live for.

The MAD MAX Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack is available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 U.S. /$25.99 Canada. Prebook is September 8.

MAD MAX Blu-ray Special Features: (Catalog # M122837)

DISC ONE (Blu-ray):
Filmmaker Commentary by Jon Dowding, David Eggby, Chris Murray & Tim Ridge
Documentary: “Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon”
New-To-The-U.S. Original Australian Language Track
Two theatrical trailers
TV Spots
MAD MAX Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack: (Catalog # M122835 U.S. / M12286 Canada)

DISC ONE (Blu-ray):
Filmmaker Commentary by Jon Dowding, David Eggby, Chris Murray & Tim Ridge
Documentary: “Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon”
New-To-The-U.S. Original Australian Language Track
Two theatrical trailers
TV Spots
New Digitally Remastered Transfer
“Mel Gibson: The Birth Of A Star” Documentary
“Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon” Documentary
New-To-The-U.S. Original Australian Language Track
Theatrical Trailers”Road Rants” Trivia & Fun Fact Track
Photo Gallery
TV Spots
Street Date: October 5, 2010
Prebook Date: September 8, 2010
Screen Format: Widescreen
Audio: Australian English (original audio track) 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio
English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio
French Stereo
Spanish Mono
Subtitles: English, French and Spanish
U.S. Rating: R
Total Run Time: 93 minutes
Closed Closed Yes

7-DVD Box Set Frank Sinatra: Concert Collection 11/2 From Shout! Factory

Saturday, August 28th, 2010




Los Angeles, CA – Shout! Factory celebrates one of the most important and beloved entertainers of our time with the November 2 release of the 7-DVD box set Frank Sinatra: Concert Collection, which contains over 14 hours of television and concert performances from the ’50s through the ’80s, including four previously unreleased specials, a box-set exclusive compilation of vintage performances, and a 44-page book featuring rare photographs and notes by Sinatra scholar Bill Zehme. Concert For The Americas, included in the set, will be released separately on December 14.

The Frank Sinatra Enterprises collection begins with Sinatra’s first television special, A Man And His Music, broadcast in 1965 on NBC to commemorate Sinatra’s 50th birthday. The spectacular performances include favorites “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “Come Fly With Me” and “The Lady Is A Tramp.”

A Man And His Music Part II, with special guest Nancy Sinatra (1966, CBS), thrills from start to finish, with unforgettable performances of signature songs such as “Luck Be A Lady” and “That’s Life.” Sinatra opens the show with his celebrated Quincy Jones arrangement of “Fly Me To The Moon.” Nancy Sinatra, clad from head to toe in pink fringe (and signature boots), sings “Bang, Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” and “On Broadway,” followed by a series of duets with her father that includes “Downtown,” and “These Boots Are Made For Walking.” 

On the truly memorable A Man And His Music + Ella + Jobim (1967, NBC), the dazzling Ella Fitzgerald performs two equally impressive solo numbers: the haunting “Body And Soul” and the swinging “It’s All Right With Me.” Fitzgerald is then joined by Sinatra in a historic pairing of the two preeminent vocal talents of the era. The following sequence, particularly treasured by music lovers, is Sinatra’s only filmed meeting with Brazilian composer, guitarist, singer Antonio Carlos Jobim, who joins Sinatra for a stunningly intimate medley of the Brazilian composer’s classics, including “Change Partners,” “I Concentrate On You” and “The Girl From Ipanema.”

Sinatra: The Man And His Music (1981, NBC), is the final installment of the series, occurring 16 years after the first A Man And His Music special, and a few weeks before his 66th birthday. Working with three different ensembles, including the accompaniment of the legendary Count Basie and his orchestra, performances include George Harrison’s “Something,” and his climactic “Theme From New York, New York”, “Pennies From Heaven,” and “The Best Has Yet To Come.”

The set continues with Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back (1973, NBC), a comeback special filmed after the Chairman’s brief retirement in the early ’70s.  Filmed in front of a live audience on a soundstage in Hollywood but with the feel of an intimate concert, this magical hour proves the Chairman hadn’t lost a step. The special features classic performances of “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “I’ve Got The World On A String,” as well as a guest appearance by the incomparable Gene Kelly, Sinatra’s costar from three classic song-and-dance epics of the ’40s.

Charged with the electricity of a heavyweight prizefight, Sinatra: The Main Event (1974, ABC) was filmed live at Madison Square Garden. Accompanied by celebrated clarinetist and bandleader Woody Herman, augmented by New York musicians and a string section, Sinatra dazzles the crowd with contemporary numbers such as “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life,” “Let Me Try Again,” and “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” as well as signature tunes “My Kind Of Town” and “My Way.”

During Sinatra In Concert At Royal Festival Hall (1970, BBC) Princess Grace of Monaco introduces Sinatra to the adoring crowd. Sinatra was very proud of this concert, which was produced as a benefit for the United World Colleges Fund, held in London’s Royal Festival Hall, and televised by the BBC. Highlights include “Pennies From Heaven,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “One For My Baby.”

The incredibly rare concert Sinatra In Japan: Live At The Budokan Hall, Tokyo (1985) has only been released in Japan. Entering his 70th year, Ol’ Blue Eyes never sounded better. Opening with “The Lady Is A Tramp,” Sinatra is completely supercharged throughout the entire performance.  He commands the stage, delivering bravura performances of “Strangers In The Night” and “Come Rain Or Come Shine.” This 1985 performance is one of the greatest of his entire career.

Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing (1968, CBS) was a memorable night of television on many levels. Having established himself in American households with his previous A Man And His Music specials, Sinatra made a bold move in 1968, in the middle of the civil rights era, with a special celebration of black music and its impact on American popular culture. Highlights include a medley of spirituals sung with Diahann Carroll and a swingin’ pop interlude with chart-toppers The 5th Dimension.

In Sinatra (1969, CBS), the final installment in what had become an annual tradition of televised specials, Sinatra casts a backward glance at some of the highlights of a storied career. He also provides a glimpse into his musical future with an early rendition of “My Way.”

Spanning multiple genres and featuring some of the leading names in pop and country, the rarely seen special Sinatra And Friends (1977, ABC) offers wall-to-wall performances. Guests include Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Loretta Lynn and John Denver, all of whom return one-by-one for a final embrace with Sinatra as he sings “Everybody Ought To Be In Love.”

Concert For The Americas (1982, Showtime) was recorded at the Altos de Chavón Amphitheater, a 5000-seat open-air Greek-style amphitheater in the Dominican Republic. This 90-minute epic performance features the legendary Buddy Rich on drums and a special guest appearance by guitarist Tony Mottola on a memorable rendition of “Send In The Clowns.” This is the first-ever U.S. DVD release of this spectacular concert. Concert For The Americas will also be released separately on November 2.

The box set also includes two rare specials that feature classic 1950s TV performances, plus an additional compilation of never-before-released vintage clips. Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank (1957, ABC) pairs the two most beloved entertainers of the era in a holiday special, and the result is an intimate and timeless classic event, packed with holiday favorites and plenty of Christmas cheer.

The 2003 PBS special Vintage Sinatra offers a look back at Sinatra’s television performances prior to the beginning of the A Man And His Music series. With classic performances from his 1957–58 ABC television series, Ol’ Blue Eyes is in peak form as he treats the viewing audience to show-stopping versions of “Come Fly With Me,” “Too Marvelous For Words” and “I’ve Got The World On A String.” Also included as a box-set exclusive are 10 previously unreleased television performances.

Nancy Sinatra once said of her father, “When he sang about loneliness, it’s because he had experienced the deepest sorrow and despair, and we are all aware of the happiness, the delight, he felt singing the other songs, be they ballads or up-tempo – because, if we are not looking at him, we can, literally, hear him smile.” His emotions, his life experience, his incomparable ability to interpret the intent of the composers and arrangers are captured in these specials, encapsulating the seasons of his legacy, preserving forever the presence of a timeless and great man, and reminding us just how real he was and ever will be.

The Frank Sinatra Concert Collection Includes:

A Man And His Music: The Collection (Discs 1 and 2)
A Man And His Music
A Man And His Music Part II
A Man And His Music + Ella + Jobim
Sinatra: The Man And His Music

Around The World (Discs 3 and 4)
Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back
Sinatra: The Main Event
Sinatra In Concert At Royal Festival Hall
Sinatra In Japan: Live At The Budokhan Hall, Tokyo*

Primetime (Disc 5)
Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing
Sinatra And Friends*

Concert For The Americas* (Disc 6)

Bonus Disc (Disc 7)
Happy Holidays With Bing And Frank
Vintage Sinatra*
Bonus TV performances*