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Cannibal Girls On DVD From Shout! Factory 10-26

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

When the Warning Bell Rings – close your eyes if you’re squeamish!

JUST IN TIME FOR THIS YEAR’S HALLOWEEN SEASON, SHOUT! FACTORY SERVES UP THE LONG AWAITED IVAN REITMAN HORROR CLASSIC THAT WILL HAVE YOU CRAVING SECONDS…

CANNIBAL GIRLS

Directed by Ivan Reitman, Starring Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin and Robert Ulrich

THE POPULAR 1973 CANUCKSPOLITATION HORROR FILM FINALLY DEBUTS ON THE HOME ENTERTAINMENT SHELVES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE U.S

Featuring Scrumptious DVD Bonus Content Including

A Conversation with Ivan Reitman and Daniel Goldberg,

Film Critic Richard Crouse Interviews Eugene Levy, Alternate Audio Track Featuring “The Warning Bell”, Original Radio Spots and more!

OWN IT ON DVD OCTOBER 26, 2010 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY

Hungry for thrills and high camp this Halloween? SCTV regulars Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin star in the Canadian horror spoof Cannibal Girls as a couple on a romantic holiday who settle into a quaint little bed-and-breakfast run by a trio of flesh-eating ladies who fancy them for tomorrow’s menu. Pull up a seat at the table for this delightful feast when this cult horror classic Cannibal Girls, directed by Ivan Reitman, finally makes its way on DVD in the United States for the first time October 26, 2010 from Shout! Factory. 

Packed with all-new bonus content featuring, original promotional materials, alternate audio track featuring the cult-famous “warning bell” and all-new interviews with Ivan Reitman, Eugene Levy, and Daniel Goldberg, this DVD further boasts the widescreen presentation of the movie, mastered from the newly restored original film elements.  Cannibal Girls DVD is priced to own at $22.97 SRP.

Theatrically released in 1973, Cannibal Girls quickly acquired a reputation as the B-movie concoction of the 1970s. Canadian audiences had never before experienced such a rich blend of camp, gore and comedy. On top of the film’s overt B-movie presentation, the producers tore a page from the William Castle book of exploitation, introducing to the theatre-going public the “warning bell” experience: just prior to a scene of particular malice and gore, viewers would be warned by the sound of a bell, at which point they could shut their eyes.

The movie was made on a low budget — $12,000 the duo had to beg and borrow from friends, relatives and some dubious sources — and most of the dialogue was improvised. Despite cost overruns and reshoots, Reitman persuaded American International Pictures (AIP) to distribute the film and it was released in the U.S. in April of 1973 and in Canada that June.

This trashy black comedy, and at-times, surreal film was the first leg in the entertainment industry journey of its director and stars. Ivan Reitman, of course, went on to direct Meat Balls, Stripes, Ghostbusters and Six Days, Seven Nights. Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin went on to fame as SCTV regulars, with Levy going on to star in the American Pie franchise and a host of other films and Martin starring in a variety of TV series and one-woman shows.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
Widescreen movie presentation – mastered from restored film elements
“Cannibal Guys” – a conversation with Ivan Reitman and Daniel Goldberg
“Meat Eugene” -  Richard Crouse talks to Eugene Levy
Original trailers and radio spots
Alternate audio track featuring “The Warning Bell”
 
CANNIBAL GIRLS (1973)
American International Pictures
Starring Eugene Levy,  Andrea Martin, Robert Ulrich; co-starring Randall Carpenter, Bonnie Neilson, Mira Pawluk, Bob McHeady
Directed by Ivan Reitman
Produced by Daniel Goldberg
Executive Producer: Ivan Reitman
Story by Daniel Goldberg and Ivan Reitman
Screenplay by Robert Sandler
Cinematography by Robert Saad
Edited by Daniel Goldberg
Running time: 84 minutes
Rated: R
Color, 16×9 Widescreen

The Sacred Triangle: Bowie, Iggy & Lou 1971-1973 on DVD 11/23

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

The Sacred Triangle: Bowie, Iggy & Lou 1971-1973 on DVD 11/23

Fascinating film examines the three men that changed music forever in the early 1970s.

By the second half of 1971 David Bowie was justifiably being branded a one-hit-wonder, Lou Reed was considered washed-up following a disastrous solo debut, and Iggy Pop was seen as merely a drug crazed ex-Stooge – the band having split the year before for reasons linked to his deepening habit. But a meeting of minds at the New York venue ‘Max’s Kansas City’ in that year’s closing months was the catalyst for an extraordinary turnaround of fortunes for these three musical geniuses, resulting in the most dramatic shift in musical style since the dawn of the rock age, fifteen years before.

This fascinating film investigates the era in which these brilliant, creative personalities worked most closely together. With the story told by those who were there at the time and via rare and classic film footage, plus recently discovered archive, seldom seen photographs and a host of other features, this programme reveals a time of incredible creativity, astonishing energy and a sublime chain of events that changed music forever.

Includes exclusive contributions from David’s ex-wife Angie Bowie; Andy Warhol’s Factory assistant Billy Name; MainMan Management vice president, Leee Black Childers; New York scenester Jayne [née Wayne] County and many others from the era in question.

Classic Friars Roasts DVD Collection release coincides with All-Star roast in October…

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

CLASSIC FRIARS CLUB ROASTS DVD COLLECTION RELEASED TO COINCIDE WITH 100TH ROAST IN OCTOBER!
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CLASSIC FRIARS CLUB ROASTS DVD COLLECTION RELEASED TO COINCIDE WITH QUENTIN TARANTINO ROAST!

New York, NY September 23, 2010 – A 5-set DVD collection of the best loved classic Friars Club Roasts, featuring some of the funniest comedians of all time, is being released to coincide with the upcoming roast of Director Quentin Tarantino – who will be the 100th celebrity to sit in the hot seat on Oct 1 in New York City. The Classic Friars Roasts DVD set is available online at www.classicfriarsroasts.com. This exclusive piece of comedy history is not available in retail locations. The complete set plus bonus DVD of outtakes costs $39.96 plus shipping and handling.

The DVD box set includes the classic roasts of comedians Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Jerry Lewis, and Don Rickles, as well as the roast of Tonight Show host Johnny Carson. There’s also a never-before-seen bonus DVD of classic out-takes. It is almost half a century since these roasts first appeared on television, and it is the first time they have been made available to the public.

Legendary TV Producer Gary Smith recalls documenting these historic 1960’s roasts. “I knew back then that these roasts were hilarious. There was something magical in the room. Everyone was completely brilliant.” Smith says. “The unbelievable thing is how these roasts are just as funny today as they were back in  the 60’s. The talent is timeless.” 

There are few places, if any, you will find more talent, more jokes, more originality captured in one place.  Jack Benny is considered one of the inventors of sketch comedy.  Jerry Lewis is known for his quick wit and unparalleled timing. Milton Berle is considered the gold standard of comedy. Don Rickles is one of comedy’s giant performers.  Of course, Johnny Carson became the father of TV late-night launching numerous other comedy careers including Joan Rivers, Bette Midler and David Letterman to name a few. 

“We wanted to release these performances to the public so that there would be a record of the kind of talent that existed in the past 50 years,” Smith says. “While these DVD’s are absolutely hilarious, we thought that they also had some social and poignant historical relevancy to pop culture. You be the judge.”

News on The Brokedowns and Riot Fest with Red Scare!

Friday, September 17th, 2010

 From RED SCARE’S press release: 

The Brokedowns post new songs and tour dates!

We’ve been talkin’ up this record for a while and it’s time to deliver, kids.  The Brokedowns new album is entitled Species Bender and it’ll be available through digital retailers like iTunes and Amazon on September 7th and it’ll be in proper record stores on September 14th. 

What you need to know NOW is that they have posted two new songs over at The Brokedowns MySpace ( http://www.myspace.com/thebrokedowns). Soon-to-be-putrid-basement-classics like “Celebrity Death Panel” and “I’m A Ritual”.  Hits I tell ya!  We’re super, super stoked on this new record, so hopefully you’ll check out these new songs and be compelled to dance around like we do.  Close the curtains first though, cuz I’ve seen many of you dance.

In related news, The Brokedowns have also posted a string of dates around the album’s release, including a wild record release party at Ronny’s in Chicago.  You can learn about them and many other shows over in the tour dates section.

Read more: http://www.myspace.com/thebrokedowns#ixzz0zes2Rkro

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Riot Fest! 

On October 7th at Metro in Chicago, Red Scare (local Chicago label) will once again host it’s label showcase: The 5th Annual Red Oktoberfest.  This year they’re combining forces with Riot Fest to bring you a massive-good-times-party with the following bands: Propagandhi, Cobra Skulls, The Copyrights, The Brokedowns, Vultures United, and Brendan Kelly.