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EXCLUSIVE: Video Interview With Bill Lustig – New Titles Announced

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Here’s a first – a co-production between The CineFiles and AVManiacs.com! In this exciting departure from our regular format, we present an interview with Bill Lustig, director of numerous exploitation films, a few of which might be familiar to our readers such as Maniac, Vigilante, and The Maniac Cop series.

Now the head of Blue Underground, one of the premiere DVD and Blu-Ray labels for cult movies, Lustig speaks about how he got into the film industry, his influences, getting into the video industry and even announces a few upcoming titles from Blue Underground – some of which will make horror fans very happy. We hope to make this is a semi-regular feature, so if you enjoy the interview, please be sure to let us know by commenting and subscribing to our You Tube channel: www.youtube.com/cinefiles. This way you can be alerted when new videos are uploaded, so take the time and sign up!

The Forum Is Back Online

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

The AV Maniacs Forum is back online. There was speculation that the site was taken offline because of legal issues, which is untrue. The AV Maniacs Forum had a crash last night because of huge amount of traffic. We had a very poplar thread, which had seen so many visitors that the site couldn’t keep up with the demand. This will not come as surprise to our forum members, as the site had some issues with earlier this year. This will be a temporary fix until we can upgrade to the newest software, and/or move the site to a dedicated server. However, in the meantime, we hope you’ll return and post as usual. Thank you for you patience and understanding.

TVFlashbacks.com Launches New Site with DVD Giveaway‏

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

TVFLASHBACKS.COM LAUNCHES NEW SITE WITH DVD GIVEAWAY

Three Lucky Winners Will Be Awarded the Grand Prize – A Bundle of 5 TV-On-DVD Sets including Blossom, GI Joe, Punky Brewster, 21 Jump Street and The Greatest American Hero

Los Angeles, CA (October 11, 2010) An exciting new website, TVflashbacks.com, offers fans a chance to travel back in time to their childhoods to see their favorite TV shows from the 80s, 90s and beyond on DVD.  The website is making its debut on the internet TODAY with a contest giving away three Grand Prize bundles of DVD collector’s sets of Blossom, G.I. Joe, Punky Brewster,21 Jump Street and The Greatest American Hero.  Visitors to the site will also have the opportunity to purchase these memorable DVDs and more at unbelievably low prices.

Many millions of Americans grew up watching these classic shows on television.  Consumers now have a chance to go back and watch the best episodes of their favorite TV series without having to spend a fortune.

No purchase necessary to enter.  US/Canada residents only.  No email or personal information required.

The Grand Prize includes:

Punky Brewster – Turn Your World Around – 10 Episode Set

Abandoned by her parents, eight-year-old Penelope “Punky” Brewster (Soleil Moon Frye) and her little dog, Brandon, set up a home of their own in an abandoned Chicago apartment, where they are discovered by the building’s manager, Henry Warnimont (George Gaynes), who has no great love for kids or dogs.  Nevertheless, he takes Punky in and the wide-eyed, spunky heroine brings happiness and purpose to the life of grumpy of Mr. Warnimont – and several others along the way.
G.I. Joe – The Countdown for Zartan – 8 Episode Set

G.I. Joe is the code name for America’s daring, highly trained special-missions force. Its purpose: to defend human freedom against Cobra, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world! G.I. Joe, the “real American hero,” takes on injustices and fights for freedom, directing his efforts in trying to infiltrate and destroy the Cobra organization.

In its three-year run in the 1980s, G.I. Joe became a staple of Saturday morning television watching for a generation!

Blossom – 10 ‘Very Special’ Episodes

There is nothing conventional about Blossom Russo’s family!  As the only female of the household, Blossom deals with the daily trials and tribulations of teenage life intelligently and while having as much fun as possible; all with the help of her best friend, Six (Jenna Von Oy)!

This Emmy®- nominated television series introduced audiences to an eccentric teenage girl from a broken home on the mend. A video blogger predating the Internet, Blossom Russo (Mayim Bialik) chronicled the events of her teenage life in full, hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking detail, providing inspiration for youngsters and their families.

21 Jump Street: The Complete Series – 103 Episodes

All 103 episodes from the five season run of this groundbreaking drama are now available in this 18 DVD collection.  Officer Tom Hanson (Johnny Depp) leads his band of agents in the special Jump Street division by going undercover to infiltrate local schools to put a stop to crime and keep students safe from corrupt influences. The 21 Jump Street team is a mixed group including the wise cracking Officer HT Ioki (Dustin Nguyen), the brilliant Officer Judy Hoffs (Holly Robinson-Peete), the streetwise Officer Doug Penhall (Peter DeLuise) and, in latter episodes, the renegade Officer Dennis Booker (Richard Grieco).

The Greatest American Hero: The Complete Series – 43 Episodes

Ralph Hinkley (William Katt) is an ordinary school teacher who becomes extraordinary after an encounter with extraterrestrials leaves him with a suit that transforms him into a superhero!  When he loses the suit’s instruction manual, Ralph must learn by trial and error to control the powers of his red magic cape.  With the help of his girlfriend Pam Davidson (Connie Sellecca) and FBI agent Bill Maxwell (Robert Culp), the world’s most unlikely crime fighter gets tangled in one outrageous adventure after another.  This collector’s set includes all 43 episodes of this quirky, Emmy®-nominated sci-fi/action/comedy series created by legendary writer/producer Stephen J. Cannell.

Big Bad Mama / Big Bad Mama II & Crazy Mama / The Lady In Red Coming From Shout! Factory 12/7

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

GET READY FOR BIGGEST, BADDEST CHRISTMAS OF ALL

SHOUT! FACTORY PRESENTS BIG BAD MAMA / BIG BAD MAMA II DOUBLE- FEATURE  COLLECTOR’S EDITION DVD

Golden globe® winners Angie Dickinson and William Shatner, Emmy winner® Tom Skerritt And Academy award winner® Sally Kirkland star in BIG BAD MAMA (1974)

Angie Dickinson and golden globe nominee Robert Culp star in BIG BAD MAMA II (1987)

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CRAZY MAMA / THE LADY IN RED

DOUBLE-FEATURE COLLECTOR’S EDITION DVD

Academy Award winner Cloris Leachman stars in CRAZY MAMA (1975)

Pamela Sue Martin, academy award winner Louise Fletcher, Golden Globe nominee Robert Conrad and Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd star in THE LADY IN RED (1979)

ALL FOUR ACTION-PACKED ROGER CORMAN’S CULT CLASSICS PRESENTED IN NEW ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH EXTENSIVE BONUS FEATURES.

IN STORES NATIONWIDE DECEMBER 7, 2010  FROM SHOUT! FACTORY

This holiday season, get ready to fire-up with the action from four explosive Roger Corman gangster classics when Shout! Factory, in association with New Horizons Picture Corporation, unleashes the Big Bad Mama/ Big Bad Mama II Double-Feature Collector’s Edition DVD and Crazy Mama/ The Lady In Red Double-Feature Collector’s Edition DVD on December 7, 2010. A must-have for loyal fans, these two pairs of Roger Corman’s Cult Classics double-feature DVD sets boast new Anamorphic widescreen movie presentation with loaded extras.  Aggregate your Roger Corman’s Cult Classics with these two double-feature collector’s edition DVD sets. Each set is sold separately with $19.93 SRP.

The Big Bad Mama/Big Bad Mama II double-feature collector’s edition showcases Angie Dickinson (Dressed to Kill, TV’s Police Woman) at her toughest and sexiest, in one of her signatures roles.

None bigger, none badder, and none more beautiful than Angie Dickinson as Big Bad Mama!

During the Depression, Wilma McClatchie (Dickinson) finds that there is no money to be made in the bootlegging business, but a chance meeting with bank robber Fred Diller (Tom Skerritt, Top Gun, TV’s Picket Fences) leads to a new career — in crime!

Along with her daughters (Robbie Lee and Susan Sennett), Wilma joins Fred on his next big heist. After meeting slick gambler/con-man William J. Baxter (William Shatner, Star Trek, TV’s Boston Legal), Wilma recruits him and the rest of her gang to kidnap a millionaire’s daughter in hopes of collecting a big ransom.

Big Bad Mama also stars Sally Kirkland (Anna, In the Heat of Passion), Noble Willingham (City Slickers 1 & 2, The Last Boy Scout), cult favorite Dick Miller (The Howling, Gremlins 1 & 2) and Royal Dano (The Trouble With Harry, The Dark Half).

The ongoing cult popularity of Big Bad Mama prompted Roger Corman to fashion a follow-up remake more than a dozen years later. As gorgeous as ever, Angie Dickinson agreed to reprise her role as the pistol-packin’, hard-lovin’ Wilma McClatchie in Big Bad Mama II.

Joined again by her two beautiful daughters (Danielle Brisbois and Playboy Playmate Julie McCullough), Wilma’s out to steal a better life for herself. The sexy trio sets their (gun) sights on revenge against a crooked politician (Bruce Glover, Diamonds Are Forever, Ghost Town) by robbing his banks and kidnapping his son. Along the way, they’re joined by a resourceful newspaper reporter (Emmy® nominee Robert Culp, TV’s I Spy and The Greatest American Hero) who becomes part of the gang … and becomes Mama’s favorite!

BIG BAD MAMA/BIG BAD MAMA II DOUBLE-FEATURE COLLECTOR’S EDITION DVD

BONUS CONTENT:
BIG BAD MAMA Special Features
·New Anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.78:1)
·Audio commentary with director Steve Carver and director of photography Bruce Logan
·Leonard Maltin interviews Roger Corman
·Theatrical Trailer and TV Spots
·Mama Knows Best: A retrospective featuring interviews with Roger Corman, filmmaker Steve Carver, writer Frances Doel and actress Angie Dickinson.
·Theatrical trailer and TV spots

BIG BAD MAMA II Special Features
·New Anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.78:1)
·Audio commentary with director Jim Wynorski
·Leonard Maltin interviews Roger Corman
·Theatrical trailer

When Big Bad Mama hit it big at the box office, producers Roger Corman and Julie Corman decided to go the distance for more thrills – better and crazier!

Directed by future Academy Award® winner Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), Cloris Leachman (The Last Picture Show, Young Frankenstein) stars in Crazy Mama as Melba Stokes, a middle-aged woman who runs a beauty parlor with her mother Sheba (Academy Award® nominee Ann Southern, The Whales of August) and teenage daughter Cheryl (Linda Purl, Visiting Hours). When the shop falls into foreclosure and is repossessed, the three ladies take a wild road trip from California to the family home in Arkansas that turns into a crime spree.

Crazy Mama also stars Academy Award® nominee Stuart Whitman (The Mark, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines), Donny Most (TV’s Happy Days) and Jim Backus (TV’s Gilligan’s Island, Rebel Without a Cause).

Pamela Sue Martin (The Poseidon Adventure, TV’s Dynasty) makes a startling transition into grown up roles, in the title role of The Lady in Red. All her life, Polly Franklin wanted to see her name in lights. Yet her dreams were constantly dashed and she frequently wound up in trouble. From sweatshop worker to dancehall girl, from prisoner to prostitute, Polly lived a hard, often harrowing, life. Then she fell for John Dillinger (Robert Conrad, Jingle All the Way, TV’s Wild Wild West), the much-feared bank robber and killer who was declared “Public Enemy Number 1” by the FBI.

It was Polly who wore the infamous red dress on that fateful July evening in 1934 Chicago, when she and Dillinger went to the movies at the Biograph Theatre. It is there that Polly found the fame she had so long craved — although not in the way she desired.

With a hard-edged script rooted in history by two-time Academy Award® nominee John Sayles (Eight Men Out, Lone Star), The Lady in Red is a gritty crime saga with a unique point of view. It explores the mystery behind one of the most notorious “ladies” of her time.

Produced by Julie Corman and directed by Lewis Teague (Alligator, Cujo), the film’s star-studded cast includes Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Cheap Detective), Christopher Lloyd (Piranha 3-D, the Back to the Future trilogy, TV’s Taxi), cult favorite Dick Miller (Big Bad Mama, Gremlins 1 & 2) and, in a special appearance, Academy Award® nominee Robert Forster (Jackie Brown, Alligator, The Delta Force).

CRAZY MAMA/THE LADY IN RED DOUBLE-FEATURE COLLECTOR’S EDITION DVD

BONUS CONTENT:
CRAZY MAMA Special Features
New Anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.78:1)
Audio commentary with director Jonathan Demme and producer Roger Corman
Interview with Jonathan Demme and Roger Corman
Theatrical trailer and TV spots
 

THE LADY IN RED Special Features
New Anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.78:1)
Audio commentary with director Lewis Teague and actor Robert Forster
Audio commentary with producer Julie Corman and screenwriter John Sayles
Theatrical trailers
 
Shout! Factory will continue to present Roger Corman’s Cult Classics home entertainment releases in 2011. Upcoming highlights include Up From The Depths, Demon Of Paradise, Roger Corman’s Cult Classics Sci-Fi Classics, Jackson County Jail, Caged Heat, and many others.