Tuesday, May 1, 2018

MVD Rewind Spring / Summer Release Schedule

MVD REWIND COLLECTION

Spring / Summer 2018 Release Schedule

Went To Coney Island On A Mission From God...Be Back By Five
(Special Edition) [Blu-ray] (5/8)

The Return Of Swamp Thing [Blu-ray + DVD] (5/8)

Savannah Smiles (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD] (5/22)

Abominable (Special Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD] (6/12)

Lionheart (2-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD] (6/12)

Windrider (Special Edition) (7/24)


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Since launching in December of 2017 with the Blu-ray release of D.O.A., MVD Rewind Collection has quickly established itself as one of the premiere labels in the home video market. With two new titles already released in the early part of 2018 the company is poised to have a big year.

Coming in May are three new titles starting with Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God...Be Back by Five. This story about a pair of friends looking for a third childhood friend that they fear may be homeless and mentally ill was co-written, produced and stars 80's icon Jon Cryer. The plot is loosely based off on a true story involving Cryer and a former classmate he heard was homeless.

Swamp Thing sprouted from the pen of Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson and took root in the pages of his award winning DC Comics' series. Dr. Alec Holland, noble scientist out to cure the ills of our ravaged planet Earth, is caught in a powerful explosion that coated him with his bio-restorative formula and set him ablaze. Jumping into a nearby swamp for relief from the flames, Alec Holland was transformed into everyone's favorite muck-encrusted half-human/half plant Swamp Thing. Dick Durock starred as Swamp Thing in both the original movie and The Return of Swamp Thing. Trapped in his monstrous physical form, Alec Holland retained his intellect, emotions, and capacity to love. That love appears in the form of Abigail Arcane (Heather Locklear), step-daughter to the world's maddest scientist, Dr. Anton Arcane. Abby owns a plant store, and is more comfortable talking to her plants than to men in the local singles bar. When she meets Swampy she sees beyond the horror of his physical form and falls in love with Alec Holland. Swamp Thing has to single-handedly battle the evil Dr. Arcane, his security forces, and his army of mutant creatures in order to rescue Abby.  Both BR and DVD were created from a brand-new HD transfer made from the original internegative, released now for the first time ever. Directed by Jim Wynorski.

MVD Rewind brings May to a close with the release of director Pierre De Moro's Savannah Smiles. In this charming family comedy the young daughter of a politician runs away in an effort to get some attention from her parents. She ends up hiding in a car that belongs to a pair of two-bit criminals and what could turn into an awful nightmares becomes an unlikely bonding experience between the three.

June will see two new releases from MVD Rewind starting with Abominable. Released in 2006, Abominable is easily the newest film to see entry into the MVD Rewind Collection but don't let that fool you - all the old-school, retro appeal that you've come to expect and love with this collection is very much present in this one. A paraplegic convinced he was attached by the legendary Bigfoot returns to his cabin in the woods hell-bent on proving all those that called him crazy wrong. This fun monster movie features horror icons Jeffrey Combs, Lance Henriksen and Dee Wallace.

The second and final June release marks the second time Jean-Claude Van Damme will appear in the MVD Rewind Collection with the release of 1990's Lionheart. Van Damme stars as a paratrooper legionnaire that is forced to return home to Los Angeles after his brother is seriously injured. With his brother's family desperately needed money, Van Damme decides to earn it the only way he knows how - entering an underground fighting circuit. Often overlooked in the Van Damme catalogue, Lionheart is every bit the action classic as the more popular Bloodsport and Kickboxer films. Lionheart is also notable for being the first time Van Damme showed his signature buns onscreen.

By the mid-80's Nicole Kidman was well on her way to becoming a star but she was still considered to be a child actor. In 1986, at the age of 19, she started to shed that image as she starred in first film aimed at adults with the romantic comedy Windrider. The film co-stars Tom Burlinson as an enthusiastic surfer attempting to develop a new, high tech surfboard. Along the way he meets and begins to fall in love with a rockstar played by Kidman. MVD Rewind Collection is proud to present Windrider on special edition Blu-ray this July, given the film its debut home video release in North America.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Synth Innovator, Pere Ubu founding member Allen Ravenstine releases new abstract instrumental album titled, Waiting For The Bomb


ALLEN RAVENSTINE, SYNTH INNOVATOR AND PERE UBU FOUNDING MEMBER, 
RELEASES NEW ALBUM TITLED, WAITING FOR THE BOMB, 
JUNE 29TH, 2018 ON CHRIS CUTLER'S LABEL RECOMMENDED RECORDS 

April 18, 2018 (New York, NY) – Proto-synth innovator Allen Ravenstine will release a new album titled, Waiting for the Bomb, on fellow Pere Ubu alumni (and Henry Cow founder), Chris Cutler's label Recommended Records. The release date is Friday, June 29th, 2018 and formats will include vinyl LP, CD and digital download. 

"This album has brought Allen back," Cutler says "to modular synthesis and, in this unusual recording, he arrives at a hybrid musical form that is more or less without precedent: discursive, digressive and disrupted by generic and emotional shifts; a music in which real-world sounds and real-world instruments occasionally argue with - or complement - the electronic current…" Noted journalist Rob Bowman adds “[Waiting for the Bomb] is a huge step forward for Ravenstine…various tracks conjure up ambient soundtracks, jazzy miniatures, space age exploration, world music, the ghost of Harry Partch, and, on “Day Shift,” the industrial dance floor.” 

Allen Ravenstine is recognized as one of the most creative synthesizer players of the past forty-plus years. His career began around 1975 when his composition, Terminal Drive, (released last year on Smog Veil Records) led him to become a founding member of the band Pere Ubu. Music scholar Nick Blakey notes "Terminal Drive's significance, in terms of Cleveland underground music, cannot be understated." And Keyboard Magazine wrote "…he constructed the recording using concrète sounds and a primitive, yet powerful analog synthesizer—the EML ElectroComp 200." 

Although Ravenstine initially rejected live performance, by joining Pere Ubu he was soon a working, touring, full-time musician. He contributed, as Robert Bowman writes "unpredictable textures, effects, bleeps, squalls, pulsating washes of sound—whatever he felt could enhance the soundscape of the band’s performances and recordings. In the mid-1980s, with Pere Ubu on hiatus, Ravenstine crafted similar sonic coloration for Red Krayola and David Thomas’ Wooden Birds, the latter of which eventually mutated into Pere Ubu Mk 5." 

By the early 1990s, Ravenstine quit working as a professional musician and instead became a commercial airplane pilot. However, in 2014 due to circumstances surrounding the documentary film, "I Dream of Wires," Ravenstine was drawn back into making music. Last year he released The Pharaoh’s Bee, and began writing and recording Waiting for the Bomb. 

"Most of this record was recorded in my apartment in New York city," Ravenstine explains, "using both analog and digital instruments, hardware and software. I accompanied the files to the Grant Avenue Studio in Hamilton Ontario where tracks were added by Bob Doidge, Joe Sorbara and William Blakeney. Bob Doidge and Amy King assisted by Andrew MacPhail engineered the studio sessions. William Blakeney acted as producer and mastered the recording.  George Boski provided transportation." 

William Blakeney's production credits include CD projects by John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Luc Ferrari, Mark Sutherland, Joel Chadabe, Gayle Young, Yoko Ono, John Luther Adams, Hugh Le Caine, Lukas Foss, Allen Ravenstine & Robert Wheeler, Reptilicus, Syrinx, Intersystems, John Mills-Cockell and many others.  Film credits include " I Dream of Wires," "Electronic Voyager" and "Subotnick." 

The eighteen tracks on Waiting for the Bomb are: 1. "Sentimental Duet" (01:32), 2. "Waiting For The Bomb" (03:01), 3. "The Ladies In The Garden" (03:38), 4. "Bombay Tar" (03:17), 5. "If Only There Was More Time" (03:11), 6. "In the Ether" (03:25), 7. "Tin Wallah"     (03:16), 8. "Day Shift" (03:11), 9. "The 537 to White Plains" (03:35), 10. "Save Our Ship" (04:20), 11. "Out Late" (09:39), 12. "Waiting" (01:40), 13. "Spirits" (04:20), 14. "Insomnia" (03:10), 15. "Bump in the Night" (03:29), 16. "Shoot This Dog" (04:14), 17. "Venus Calling" (02:57), and 18. "Short Wave" (03:59). 

Ravenstine has played on countless classic recordings of global acclaim, including “30 Seconds Over Tokyo/Heart of Darkness” 45 (Hearthan/1975); “The Modern Dance/Heaven” 45 (Hearthan/1977); The Modern Dance (Blank/1977); Dub Housing (Chrysalis/1978); Datapanik In The Year Zero EP (Radar/1978). As a live performer he has shared the stage with acts like John Cale, The Cramps, The Dead Boys, 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band), Destroy All Monsters, Devo, Gang of Four, The Human League, The Stranglers, The Styrenes, Tin Huey, X and many, many others. 

Allen Ravenstine lives in New York City and is a commercial airline pilot. He enjoys playing and recording music but rarely performs live. Waiting for the Bomb will be available via Morphius Records Inc., iTunes, Amazon and directly through the label at ReRmegacorp.com. 


Sunday, April 29, 2018

Soulwax Share New Track "Essential Four" || Announce 'Essential' LP Due Out 6/22 On DEEWEE


Soulwax Share New Track "Essential Four"
Announce Essential LP Due Out 6/22 On DEEWEE



Today Soulwax are thrilled to announce that they will release a new album of original material titled Essential on June 22nd via DEEWEE / [PIAS]. Alongside this news they have shared first cut "Essential Four". Listen to it HERE.

Elaborating on the album, the band say: "When we were approached to make an Essential Mix for the BBC in May 2017, we chose to do what every sane human being would do, we decided to lock ourselves into our studio for two weeks and make an hour of new music based around the word 'Essential', instead of preparing a mix of already existing music. The product of this otherwise unwise decision is something we ended up being very proud of and is now being released on the piece of plastic you’re are currently holding in your hands."
Soulwax are the first artists to ever submit an entire hour's worth of original material for a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. “It felt like a challenge,” the band explain, “and something no-one had done. We loved the challenge of releasing a full record live on a radio show without people having any advance notice, and we always wanted to release it on DEEWEE after it was aired on Radio 1”

Comprised of 12 tracks, named "Essential One – ‘Essential Twelve", each song on the album is based around the word ‘essential’. "Essential Four", a cut from the album, features vocals from Belgian vocalist Charlotte Adigéry, who will be releasing her second EP on DEEWEE in 2018.

Recorded in just under two weeks at Soulwax’s DEEWEE studio in Ghent, Belgium, Essential was created using the gear they didn’t use for their celebrated 2017 LP From Deewee, which was recorded live with the band in one take.

Since the creation of Soulwax in 1995, David and Stephen Dewaele have consistently pushed the boundaries into new and innovative territory. In addition to Soulwax, they continue to tour the globe as 2manydjs, have their DEEWEE record label and studio, Radio Soulwax – a visual radio station and app, and the Despacio project with James Murphy. And, furthermore, producing some of the most cutting-edge remixes we’ve seen in recent times for the likes of Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jagwar Ma, Warpaint, Tame Impala, Metronomy, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Gossip, Hot Chip, MGMT, and many more.

Essential will be available on heavyweight double-vinyl, CD and digital formats on June 22nd via DEEWEE / [PIAS].

Soulwax will perform at Coachella on April 20th, All Points East in London on May 26th and the DEEWEE stage at Dour Festival on July 13th, plus further festival appearances to be announced shortly.


SOULWAX LIVE DATES

4/19/2018 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theater
4/20/2018 - Indio, CA - Coachella
5/26/2018 - London, UK - All Points East
7/7/2018 - Caen, FR - Festical Beauregard
7/13/2018 - Clitheroe, UK - Beat Herder
7/19/2018 - Carhaix, FR - Vielles Charrues Festival

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Horror-Thriller THE RAKE Coming to Digital and DVD

A Terrifying Urban Legend Becomes Real in the Horror-Thriller




 Starring Shenae Grimes-Beech (TV’s “90210”), Rachel Melvin (Dumb and Dumber To), and Izabella Miko (Coyote Ugly)



Spreading Fear on DVD & Digital June 5




A terrifying urban legend becomes real in the horror-thriller THE RAKE, spreading fear on DVD and Digital June 5 distributed by Unified Pictures via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Shenae Grimes-Beech (TV’s “90210,” Scream 4), Rachel Melvin (TV’s “Sleepy Hollow”), and Izabella Miko (Clash of the Titans) star in this chilling tale of siblings who return home 20 years after the shocking murder of their parents and discover that the horrible crime may have a startling connection to a local urban legend. Directed by award-winning horror filmmaker Tony Wash (2014’s SXSW Film Festival Midnight Short Award nominee “The Muck”; 2011’s Chicago Horror Film Festival Jury Award-winning short “A Chance in Hell; It’s My Party and I’ll Die if I Want To) and co-starring Joey Bicicchi (Rudderless), Stephen Brodie (The Lone Ranger), and Joe Nuñez (Superbad), this scarily entertaining movie features a perfect mix of action, suspense, and scream-worthy moments horror fans won’t want to miss when THE RAKE creeps home on DVD and Digital. 



Synopsis: At a young age, Ashley and Ben witnessed the brutal murder of their parents.  Years later, Ashley is still convinced it wasn’t someone, but something that killed her parents and now she’s tormented by the thought of THE RAKE returning for her and her family.  Is Ashley traumatized, or is the creature inside her real?



THE RAKE was co-written by Tony Wash and Jeremy Silva (High on the Hog) and produced by Mike Dozier (Devil in My Ride).



THE RAKE has a run time of approximately 79 minutes and is Not Rated.

Friday, April 27, 2018

2001: A Space Odyssey 50th Anniversary Special Program

2001: A Space Odyssey 50th Anniversary Special Program


The Museum of Science Fiction, in cooperation with The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey with a special program featuring a film screening, special guests, and never-before-seen prop reproductions at Escape Velocity 2018: https://escapevelocity.events/2001-program

A 1:1 scale replica of the EVA pod built by Greg Nicotero, executive producer and director on The Walking Dead, will make its public debut at EV 2018. The project is now nearing completion after having been in production for several years.

The EVA pod will be on display for the first time ever alongside screen accurate replicas of two of the most iconic props from the film: a 9-foot tall Monolith replica and Clavius moon base spacesuit reproduction. The spacesuit was constructed by prop maker and 2001 aficionado Mike Scott, who also provided spacesuits to Adam Savage and astronaut Chris Hadfield for Comic-Con 2015.

Engineer and author Adam Johnson will bring his book, The Lost Science of 2001: A Space Odyssey, to a discussion panel looking back on the film and examining why it remains one of the most influential and thought-provoking works of science fiction even now, 50 years after its premiere. Johnson will be joined by Robert Godwin, the book's publisher, and Greg Nicotero. The panel will be moderated by Arthur C. Clarke Foundation treasurer and board member, Tim Logue. The panel will be followed by a book signing and film screening.

"Sir Arthur C. Clarke, the acclaimed author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, believed that it was not just science and technology that was essential for the future survival of humankind, but imagination and art as well," said Logue. "This mantra is reflected perfectly in the motto of Escape Velocity 2018 -- from imagination to reality -- and we at the Foundation are delighted to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Clarke's groundbreaking work with the Museum of Science Fiction."

A prototype of an exact reproduction and fully functioning HAL9000 wall panel will also be presented in the exhibition hall by iconic prop modeling company, Master Replicas Group. The HAL9000 production model will be available this spring. The working prototype also includes HAL’s voice and uses an Amazon Alexa interface to communicate with people.

The Museum Gallery will display a Pan Am stewardess uniform which was featured prominently in the famous "floating pen" scene in the film as the Orion III spaceplane transported Dr. Heywood Floyd to Space Station V. The uniform was reproduced in partnership with the UNC Chapel Hill graduate costume production program and features the iconic hair cap and Velcro shoes. A CAD model of the floating Parker “atomic pen” is available for free downloading and 3D printing on the Escape Velocity CAD catalog: https://escapevelocity.events/cad-catalog

Escape Velocity 2018 is the third annual convention presented by the Museum of Science Fiction. It will return to the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center on May 25-27, 2018 at National Harbor, MD, the site of the inaugural convention in 2016. For additional information about Escape Velocity, including details for press registration, please visit: https://escapevelocity.events/press-media/

About the Museum of Science Fiction
The nonprofit Museum of Science Fiction will be the world’s first comprehensive science fiction museum, covering the history of the genre across the arts and providing a narrative on its relationship to the real world. The Museum will show how science fiction continually inspires individuals, influences cultures, and impacts societies. Also serving as an educational catalyst to expand interest in the science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) areas, the Museum uses tools such as mobile applications and wifi-enabled display objects to engage and entertain. For a full press packet on the Museum of Science Fiction’s vision and other information, please visit: www.museumofsciencefiction.org/presspacket

About Escape Velocity 2018
The Museum of Science Fiction and NASA are partnering to bring Escape Velocity 2018 to Washington, DC. The event is a futuristic world’s fair to promote informal STEAM educational activities within the context of science fiction using the fun of comic cons and fascination of science and engineering festivals. Escape Velocity 2018 seeks to make a measurable positive impact to boost informal learning on the more conceptually challenging academic areas. Escape Velocity's mission is to attract young people to science, technology, engineering, art, and math by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational, and entertaining science festival in the United States using science fiction as its primary engine. Escape Velocity will achieve orbit on May 25-27, 2018 at the Marriott Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Fright-Rags Rings in Friday the 13th with MISFITS, BASKET CASE, & MASTERS OF HORROR Apparel



Fright-Rags Rings in Friday the 13th with MISFITS, BASKET CASE, & MASTERS OF HORROR
New apparel on sale now at Fright-Rags.com

Fright-Rags rings in Friday the 13th with new merchandise from the Misfits, Basket Case, and masters of horror Alfred Hitchcock and Lon Chaney.



Fright-Rags has once again joined forces with punk legends the Misfits for three shirts: “Fiend from Crystal Lake” crosses the band’s iconic fiend skull logo with Jason Voorhees’ signature hockey mask; "American Nightmare" gives Freddy Krueger a Misfits-style makeover; and "Mommy Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?" puts a horror poster spin on the band's classic song of the same name.

Fright-Rags launched a collection of apparel for Frank Henenlotter's 1982 cult classic, Basket Case. It includes three new shirt designs, the classic poster art on T-shirts and baseball tees, and an enamel pin with slide action to reveal what's in the basket: the monstrous Belial.

Fright-Rags has expanded its Masters of Horror collection with new Alfred Hitchcock and Lon Chaney apparel. The Hitchcock shirt is dedicated to his influential Alfred Hitchcock Presents anthology series, while Chaney is featured on a shirt and a pair of socks in his iconic Phantom of the Opera makeup.



Misfits, Basket Case and Masters of Horror collections are on sale now at Fright-Rags.com.

Be sure to return to the site on April 20 for its latest "classick" re-print of Jeff Zornow’s The Burning shirt, available for three days only. Fright-Rags will also be participating in the Alien Day festivities on April 26 with several limited edition items.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Arrow Video US - April 2018 Release Schedule


New from Arrow Video US and Arrow Academy US

Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years. Vol. 2 Limited Edition [Blu-ray + DVD] (4-17)


Sleeping Dogs [Blu-ray] (4-17)


A Pistol For Ringo & The Return Of Ringo: Two Films By Duccio Tessari [Blu-ray](4-24)


Killer Klowns From Outer Space [Blu-ray] (4-24)


All the Colours Of Sergio Martino [Book]  (4-3)


The Hitcher [Book]  (4-6)



Ennio Morricone - Autopsy: Original Soundtrack [Vinyl]  (4-21 - Record Store Day)


via MVD Entertainment Group
Go All-Around the World with Arrow this April!

Break out your passport because Arrow Films is ready to take you on a journey across the globe for a taste of cinema from all corners. First up, the Arrow express takes us to Japan with the release of Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years, Vol. 2 - Border Crossings: The Crime and Action Movies. This set brings to home video for the first time outside of Japan, 5 films from the first 5 years of Suzuki's career (1957-1961). Released under Nikkatsu's Borderless Action line, these thrillers of mob warfare and exuberant action helped set the stage of Japanese action to come.

Moving from the islands of Japan to the island of New Zealand with the release of Roger Donaldson's Sleeping Dogs. Based on the novel Smith's Dream, Sleeping Dogs helped launched the New Zealand New Wave movement, introducing a system of government tax breaks and creating a boom of film production in the country. The film is also significant for starring a young Sam Neill who would go on to be sort of a big deal.

The next stop on this April adventure takes us to Europe with a pair of spaghetti westerns with A Pistol for Ringo & The Return of Ringo: Two Films by Duccio Tessari. While Tessari doesn't have the quite the name recognition as Leone, he was a major player in the spaghetti western world having co-written A Fistful of Dollars a year before making his back-to-back Ringo films. The films were a rousing success and helped kick-start the career of actor Giuliano Gemma.

Arrow's journey through the world of film comes to a close in the United States with the 80's cult classic Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Since the beginning of time, clowns have always been scary rather than funny, but it was the release of the Chiodo Brothers horror-comedy that forever cemented clowns as space creatures with a thirst for human blood. If this circus comes to your town, move.

April releases from Arrow will also include two more books - All the Colours of Sergio Martino and The Hitcher. The former takes a look at the 40 year career of the Italian maestro Sergio Martino, while the latter exams the complex beast that is Robert Harmon's 1986 film The Hitcher. 

Finally, the month will see the Arrow Records release of Autopsy: Original Soundtrack from Ennio Morricone on marbled orange vinyl. Previously unreleased on vinyl, this soundtrack is one of the most experimental scores from the Oscar winner's legendary career.