The race was a close one, but Guardians of the Galaxy was no match for Katniss. Sorry, baby Groot. READ FULL STORY
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Stuart Gordon shot his first film, 1985’s much beloved gorefest Re-Animator, in Los Angeles but then decamped to Italy to shoot Dolls, his second movie and second terror tale. While there, Gordon was also taken down a peg, or 12, by a local craftsman. “They didn’t shoot sound in Italy, they weren’t used to that,” says Gordon, whose other directing credits include From Beyond, Castle Freak, and 2005’s William H. Macy-starring Edmond. “I remember there was one day when I was shooting something and there was a carpenter hammering in the background, working on another one of our sets—hammering and sawing. I said, ‘Please stop that.’ And he said, ‘Senor Fellini always lets me work when they’re shooting.’ I said, ‘Well, I’m not Fellini.’ And he said, ‘That’s for sure!”
More than a quarter of a century ago, author and Hellraiser director Clive Barker set out to create what he intended to be “Star Wars for monsters,” a film called Nightbreed in which a group of freakish-looking creatures would be the heroes and mankind itself the villains. But the Nightbreed thathit theaters in 1990 was both a box-office flop and far removed from Barker’s vision following edits mandated by Morgan Creek Twenty-five years later, horror imprint Scream Factory is releasing this week a long-awaited “Director’s Cut” of the film on Blu-ray—with the approval of Barker and the support of Morgan Creek—that utilizes long-lost film elements recently discovered in a midwest storage facility.
In addition to the longer cut of the film, the Blu-ray also boasts a number of bonus features, including a documentary called Tribes of the Moon: The Making of Nightbreed. You can see a clip from that film below—and you can read more about the story of Nightbreed in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly. READ FULL STORY
What would you do if you discovered a sound frequency that allowed you to hypnotize people? Well, if you’re a fan of science fiction, movies you might compel them to watch the new film, LFO. Written and directed by Antonio Tublen, this sci-fi-comedy stars Patrick Karlson as an amateur sound engineer who makes just such a discovery and, according to the official synopsis, uses it to “indulge in his most megalomaniacal fantasies.”
Those who appreciate the various macabre and/or fantastical works of author, artist, and auteur Clive Barker are having a happy Halloween, thanks to horror imprint Scream Factory releasing the “Director’s Cut” of his 1990 film, Nightbreed. And it looks like they’re going to have a terrifyingly terrific Christmas as well.
Scream Factory announced today that on Dec. 16, it will release a collector’s edition Blu-ray of Barker’s third—and so far final—film as director, 1995’s Lord of Illusions. The 2-disc set will include both the theatrical version of the film and a director’s cut, a commentary from Barker, deleted scenes, previously unseen on-set footage, a photo gallery, and a new interview with storyboard artist Martin Mercer. Barker-heads who order the title from ShoutFactory.com will receive an exclusive 18″x24″ poster featuring the Blu-ray’s newly commissioned artwork, while supplies last.
How to Train Your Dragon is different than your typical animated franchise. While there have been more-successful blockbusters that yielded sequels—like Toy Story or Shrek—Dragon was slightly more ambitious from the outset because it almost immediately mapped out a heroic multi-picture arc for its main character, Hiccup, treating him like Harry Potter or Luke Skywalker.
In the second film, which arrives as a digital download on Oct. 21 and on DVD on Nov. 11, Hiccup is five years older than when he first met Toothless, his jet-black Night Fury dragon, and director Dean DeBlois and his team of animators spent lots of time working on their hero’s physical transformation. In a behind-the-scenes documentary on the Blu-ray, Where No One Goes (see an exclusive clip below), DeBlois talks about resisting the temptation to turn Hiccup into a six-pack-abs Viking warrior. “Even though he is the hero of our story, so much of his charm lies in how gangly and awkward and dorky he is,” he says.
The documentary features animators toying with the characters’ aging process, DeBlois’ script and character notes, and additional storyboards and early sketches that became crucial elements of the sequel’s adventure. In the film, Hiccup meets a mysterious dragon-whisperer named Valka, voiced by Cate Blanchett, who says, “It really is the best entry I think a character’s ever had in cinema history.” READ FULL STORY
Mr. Peabody and Sherman were the stars of one of last winter’s most popular animated films. It was a well-deserved and long overdue promotion, since the characters got their start in 1959 as supporting characters in the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon universe. Well, the tables have turned. In the new 3-D Blu-ray of Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which arrives Oct. 14, the clever squirrel and not-so-clever moose return for another crazy adventure titled “Another Fine Moose You’ve Gotten Me Into,” or “The Man In The Iron Moose!”
Of course, if Rocky and Bullwinkle are back, then Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale can’t be far behind. In this new five-minute short, written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant and directed by Gary Trousdale (Beauty and the Beast), Bullwinkle has fallen head over heels in love and is getting married on a cruise ship. But Rocky isn’t so sure about Bullwinkle’s new squeeze: she’s kind of stiff, almost robotic, and, well, she can shoot fire out of her eyes.
Of course, Fearless Leader’s nefarious minions are behind it. “After all these years, why does Fearless Leader want to kill us anyway?” asks Rocky. You’ll have to watch this exclusive clip to find out. READ FULL STORY
When Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty first arrived in theaters in 1959, reviews were mixed, in part because the conceit of a wicked sorceress putting a beautiful princess to sleep seemed like such a blatant Snow White rip-off. But over time, Sleeping Beauty has carved out its own space, no doubt because of its mesmerizing villain, the elegantly evil Maleficent—a fact brought to cinematic fruition this year with Angelina Jolie’s live-action blockbuster. Maleficent wasn’t a hag, like the in-disguise apple-offering witch in Snow White, nor a prim harpy, like Cinderella’s stepmother. She was undoubtedly grotesque, with devilish horns, yellow eyes, and pale green skin… but also beautiful and alluring, especially with the unsettling patrician voice of Eleanor Audley.
Maleficent was drawn by Marc Davis, one of Disney’s original Nine Old Men, and his style is part of why the character was both frightening and seductive. He had been one of Walt Disney’s go-to animators for pretty girls, working on Cinderella, Alice, Tinker Bell, and even Beauty‘s Princess Aurora, and he instilled what could’ve been just another fire-breathing dragon-lady with enough mystery and subtext to make her the most interesting character in the animated film.
Davis’ achievement is examined in one of the extras on the new Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Blu-ray, out Oct. 7. In an exclusive clip from “Art of Evil: Generations Of Disney Villains,” old interviews with Davis, who died in 2000, and new tributes from current animators combine to celebrate the legacy of Maleficent and the man who created her. READ FULL STORY
Edge of Tomorrow, Tom Cruise’s summer sci-fi movie about a reluctant soldier who’s cursed with the gift of reliving the same day that he’s killed by aliens over and over again—until he navigates through battle safely—wasn’t the blockbuster that it might have been. It inched past $100 million in the U.S. and grossed a total of $369 million, but critics heaped praise on Cruise, whose Major William Cage reminded some of A Few Good Men‘s lackadaisical Daniel Kaffee, and Emily Blunt, who played a heroic supersoldier with a sixth sense for slaughtering the spidery aliens that invaded Earth.
The film’s lukewarm box-office reception was held up as evidence of Cruise’s diminished clout, but those pundits weren’t in London in November 2012, when the city shut down Trafalgar Square so that Cruise and co. could land a helicopter right in the heart of one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions. “In the history of England, a helicopter has never landed in Trafalgar Square,” says director Doug Liman, in a Blu-ray extra. “And Tom just gives one of his smiles, and next thing you know, [location manager] Sue Quinn comes back and says, ‘Yes, we’re going to land a helicopter in Trafalgar Square.'”
The Black Maria Limited Edition box set of director Tobe Hooper’s horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre may not contain a kitchen sink—or, for that matter, an actual chainsaw—but this 40th anniversary four-disc DVD/Blu-ray combo pack has pretty much everything else a Leatherface lover could desire. The film itself is presented in new 4K digital transfer with a 7.1 surround sound mix supervised by Hooper itself.
“The film works as well, if not better, than it originally did,” the filmmaker told EW earlier this year. Bonus features include commentaries, making-of featurettes, and trailers while purchasers will also become the proud owner of a mini-poster and a Leatherface apron, with which you can amuse your friends (and worry your neighbors). Also, the actual box has been styled after the Black Maria which arrives at the end of the film.
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