Friday, August 18, 2017

This September, THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON Returns with Two Ultimate DVD Collections!

THIS SEPTEMBER, THE ORIGINAL KING OF LATE NIGHT RETURNS WITH TWO ULTIMATE HAND-PICKED DVD COLLECTIONS FEATURING THE TONIGHT SHOW'S MOST LEGENDARY GUESTS AND UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS!


THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON:
JOHNNY AND FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
 
Street Date: September 19, 2017
 
Across 10 Discs and 27+ Hours, Home Audiences Will Revel in the Best-Loved Episodes from the '70s, '80s and '90s - Including Original Commercials! - Bringing Together Carson's Greatest Guests:
Robin Williams, David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld, Burt Reynolds, Rodney Dangerfield, Bob Hope, Don Rickles, Dolly Parton, Eddie Murphy, Bob Newhart, Tony Bennett and Many, Many More
 
The Loaded Set Also Includes a Collectible 28-Page Memory Book Filled
with Snapshots and Stories and Nearly Two Hours of Bonus Features!
 
PROGRAM SYNOPSIS
Celebrating the Original King of Late Night, THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON: JOHNNY AND FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, is the ultimate 10-disc set bringing together all the greatest moments and Johnny's most legendary guests from the show's 30 year, 4,000 episode run.  Carefully selected from the vaults by Carson archivists, this loaded collection features over 27 hours of classic Johnny - full, unedited episodes and original commercials from the '70s, '80s and '90s about which Inside Pulse says, "It's always interesting to see what was being sold to America after dark."  Also included is a specially-produced 28-page memory book filled with incredible and rare archival photos and nearly two hours of bonus features!
 
JOHNNY AND FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION is comprised of three distinct collections, highlighted below:
JOHNNY AND FRIENDS (6 Discs; some previously available at retail) - These 6 discs feature 28 full shows highlighting fan favorite guests and some of the program's most cherished moments.  Each of the six discs is highlighted by oone of Johnny's favorite guests -- Robin Williams, David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld, Burt Reynolds, Steve Martin and Rodney Dangerfield - allowing fans to witness their show business evolution over many years.  
THE ULTIMATE CARSON COLLECTION (3 Discs - NEVER BEFORE AVAILABLE AT RETAIL) - Viewers will discover many unexpected surprises across three compilation DVDs: "The Best of the '60s & '70s," "The Best of the '70s & '80s" and "The Best of the '80s & '90s".  Among the unforgettable memories are Johnny's final show, Ed Ames' famous tomahawk toss, Tiny Tim's wedding, party crashing with Dean Martin and Bob Hope, a surprise swim for Don Rickles, the tasty impressions of Albert Brooks, the poetry of Jimmy Stewart, wildlife with Jim Fowler and Joan Embry, the extraordinary talents of ordinary people, visits from Carnac and Art Fern, Bette Midler's Emmy award-winning farewell performance and much more!
THREE DECADES OF CHRISTMAS ON THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON (Single Disc - NEVER BEFORE AVAILABLE AT RETAIL) --Three episodes released in their entirety for the first time ever! Christmas time from the '70s, '80s and '90s featuring guests David Letterman, Robin Williams, Bob Hope, Tony Bennett, Dolly Parton, and more. 
A true American icon, Johnny was a television mainstay invited into living rooms across the country for 30 years.  Paving the way for a late night TV revolution in memorable fashion, his talents - and those of his incredible guests -- are on full display in JOHNNY AND FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION.
 
PROGRAM INFORMATION
 
Format: DVD/10 Discs
Running Time: 27+ hrs.
Genre:  TV DVD/Comedy
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: Stereo


"A must have for any fans of the original King of Late Night"
-- Albany Times Union
 
[The Vault Series is] a singularly brilliant concept...Watching a 
whole 90-minute show with ads makes one feel like they've 
been transported via a time warp to a simpler time."
-- Free Press Houston
 
"As a time capsule, it's pure gold"
-- The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
 
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON:
THE VAULT SERIES, VOLUMES 1-6
 
Street Date: September 26, 2017
 
Across Six Discs, Carson Fans Will Find a Cornucopia of Comedy and Unforgettable Moments from 12 Complete Shows (with Commercials) -- Some of the Most Requested Shows Ever; Featured Guests Include Paul McCartney, Muhammad Ali, Billy Crystal, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball 
and Many More!
 
PROGRAM SYNOPSIS
 
For over 30 incredible years, Johnny Carson defined late-night television, paving the way for a TV revolution that will never be equaled.  And, this September, enjoy the very best of late night, any night, with THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON: THE VAULT SERIES, VOLUMES 1-6.    
 
Join Time Life to relive the magic of a night with Johnny, Ed, Doc, and the rest of the Tonight Show gang, just as the shows originally aired so many years ago - including commercials!  This 6-disc set of the acclaimed "Vault Collection" features 12 of the best, complete, unedited episodes selected from over three decades and 4,000 shows.  Among the shows featured are Carson's 10th and 11th anniversary shows, Johnny's birthday episodes with an incredible collection of guests, including Dean Martin, Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis, Don Rickles, Bob Hope, Dom DeLuise, John Denver, Peter Fonda, Michael Caine, Charlton Heston, Michael Landon, Billy Crystal, Paul McCartney, Orson Welles, Muhammad Ali and many, many more! 
 
Giving Carson fans, TV historians and late night aficionados alike the chance to once again watch an amazing talent and true American icon at the height of his powers, THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON: THE VAULT SERIES, VOLUMES 1-6 features the following episodes:
 
DISC 1
 
10th Anniversary Special
Original Air Date: October 2, 1972
Dean Martin, Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis, Don Rickles
 
Original Air Date: September 19, 1972
Bob Hope, Dom DeLuise, John Denver, Peter Fonda
 
DISC 2
 
Johnny's Birthday Shows
Original Air Date: October 23, 1974
Buddy Hackett, Lana Cantrell, Mike Preminger
 
Original Air Date: October 23, 1984
Paul McCartney, Mary Gross, Jonathan Brown
 
DISC 3
 
Trip Back to December 1975
Original Air Date: December 5, 1975
Sean Connery, Michael Caine, David Brenner
 
Original Air Date: December 12, 1975
Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Charles Nelson Reilly
 
DISC 4
 
A Week in March 1976, Part 1
Original Air Date: March 2, 1976
Charlton Heston, Michael Landon, Larry Adler, Billy Crystal
 
Original Air Date: March 3, 1976
Orson Welles, John Byner, Susan Clark, Sam Blotner
 
DISC 5
 
A Week in March 1976, Part 2
Original Air Date: March 4, 1976
Robert Blake, Don Rickles, Bob Hope, Desi Arnaz Sr.
 
Original Air Date: March 5, 1976
Bing Crosby, Ray Bolger, Marvin Hamlisch, Burt Mustin 
 
DISC 6
 
11th Anniversary Show
Original Air Date: September 7, 1973
Muhammad Ali, Ken Norton, Karen Valentine, Joel Grey
 
Original Air Date: October 2, 1973
Dean Martin, Burt Reynolds, Don Rickles, Buddy Hackett
 
BONUS PROGRAMMING 
Interview with Peaches Jones and stunt demonstration (Disc 1, 1972)
Interviews with David Letterman and Joe Piscopo (Disc 2, 1987)
Interview with Lucille Ball (Disc 3, 1975)
Show opening, monologue and desk with Johnny and Ed (Disc 4, 1976)
A visit from Joan Embery and Rodney Dangerfield (Disc 5, 1976)
Sketch and James Brown performance and interview (Disc 6, 1973)
PROGRAM INFORMATION
 
Format: DVD/6 Discs
Running Time: 869 minutes
Genre:  TV DVD/Comedy
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: Stereo

Thursday, August 17, 2017

THE FARTHEST to Air on PBS NEXT Wed. August 23rd

THE FARTHEST – VOYAGER IN SPACE Will Premiere August 23 on PBS

In Celebration of 40th Anniversary of the Voyager Launch


PBS announced today that THE FARTHEST – VOYAGER IN SPACE, a two-hour special about NASA’s historic Voyager mission to explore our solar system and beyond, will premiere nationally on August 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS stations, in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the first Voyager launch. The documentary was an official selection in the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival as part of the festival’s Viewpoints program. (Watch the trailer here.)
 
With participation from more than 20 of the original and current mission scientists, engineers and team members, THE FARTHEST – VOYAGER IN SPACE tells captivating tales of one of humanity’s greatest achievements in exploration. From supermarket aluminum foil added at the last minute to protect the craft from radiation; to the near disasters at launch; to the emergency maneuvers to fix a crucial frozen instrument platform, viewers get a sense of how difficult—and rewarding—space exploration can be. 
 
Featuring a soundtrack of evocative period music including songs from Pink Floyd, stunning cinematography, vivid CGI animations of Voyager traversing the solar system, and original groundbreaking photographs taken by the twin spacecraft, the film tells the story of one of humanity’s most ambitious scientific endeavors. Voyager revolutionized planetary science, resolved key questions about the outer planets and raised intriguing new ones about the evolution of our solar system. Originally approved to travel only to Saturn and Jupiter, the spacecraft used gravity-assisted slingshot trajectories to take advantage of a once-in-176-year planetary alignment to extend their missions, with Voyager 2 also extending its mission to visit Uranus and Neptune.
 
After completing its mission to Jupiter and Saturn, Voyager 1 turned its camera inward and, at the insistence of the eloquent and insightful astronomer Carl Sagan, took one of the most famous images of Earth ever captured. As described by Sagan in the film, the image showed Earth as a pale blue dot on which “everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives …on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”
 
The spacecraft, equipped with a fraction of the computing power of a modern cell phone, sent back unprecedented images and data from all four outer planets and many of their moons. As they continue their journey into interstellar space, they carry with them a literal record of our existence that may outlive us all. Sagan was one of the masterminds behind perhaps Voyager’s most iconic feature, The Golden Record, which carries greetings, music and images from Earth to intelligent beings they may one day encounter. THE FARTHEST – VOYAGER IN SPACE reveals how this famous record was created and how it presents humanity to any creatures that may find it.
 
“We’re living in an exciting time for space exploration, with new Earth-like exoplanets being discovered, manned missions to Mars on the horizon, and the search for extraterrestrial life being taken ever more seriously,” says executive producer Sean B. Carroll of HHMI Tangled Bank Studios. “And even though it launched 40 years ago, Voyager laid the foundation for so much of what we know about the outer planets and beyond. It’s an incredible scientific achievement, but also inspires us to reflect on our place in the universe and to imagine the implications of finding life on other worlds.”
 
“The men and women who gave birth to the Voyager mission are an extraordinary group of people whose passion and sense of curiosity are as eternal as the Voyager journey itself,” says producer John Murray of Crossing The Line Films. “We are incredibly grateful to them for sharing their stories with us and for bringing to life what it was like to create a scientific mission of literally cosmic proportions. This story is more than 40 years in the making, and there have been—and continue to be—so many firsts that Voyager remains as relevant now as it was when it was launched. The spacecraft are still inspiring people, still forging new frontiers of discovery and still sending back data that is changing our understanding of our solar system and beyond.”
 
Four decades after they left Earth, Voyager 1 has traveled more than 12 billion miles and Voyager 2 more than 10 billion. Both nuclear-powered spacecraft continue to send back data. In 2012, Voyager 1, which is traveling at more than 320 million miles per year, became the first human-made object to enter interstellar space—leaving our solar system behind and ushering humanity into the interstellar age.
 
Leading up to the broadcast in August, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios will develop a series of public screenings and discussions featuring scientists and engineers who appear in the film and who worked on the Voyager mission. Information on the location and dates of screening events will be available later this spring at pbs.org/farthest.  The events will coincide with a rich summer of astronomical events and news: for the first time in nearly 40 years, a complete solar eclipse will be visible across the continental United States, to be chronicled in NOVA “Eclipse Over America” on August 21; and after a nearly 20-year mission exploring Saturn and its moons, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will end its mission by plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere, burning up like a meteor. NOVA will explore this mission in “Death Dive to Saturn” on September 13.
 
“As America turns its attention to the stars and sky this summer, THE FARTHEST – VOYAGER IN SPACE will be a wonderful way to revisit how this incredible journey began, and to celebrate the men and women whose extraordinary vision will take us to the furthest reaches of the universe,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS. “We hope it will encourage the next generation of scientists to continue to push the boundaries of what seems possible.”
 
THE FARTHEST – VOYAGER IN SPACE is a Crossing The Line film presented by HHMI Tangled Bank Studios in association with the Irish Film Board, ZDF, ARTE and the BBC. The film is written and directed by Emer Reynolds and produced by John Murray and Clare Stronge. Executive producers are John Rubin, Sean B. Carroll and Dennis Liu (HHMI Tangled Bank Studios) and Keith Potter (Irish Film Board). Executive in Charge for PBS is Bill Gardner.
 
Continue your space exploration with additional new PBS specials that offer an in-depth look at the solar system and beyond! Coming up on August 21, NOVA “Eclipse Over America” invites you to observe a total solar eclipse traversing the US mainland for the first time in more than a generation. Two more NOVA specials, “Death Dive to Saturn” on September 13 and “Black Holes” (w.t.) date TBD, explore the Cassini space probe’s mission to Saturn and the frontiers of black hole research, respectively. In November, BEYOND A YEAR IN SPACE chronicles Scott Kelly’s return home after a year in space and provides a glimpse of a new generation of astronauts training for mankind’s greatest leap yet: the journey to Mars. PBS KIDS’ hit space-themed series READY JET GO! takes young viewers on far-flung learning adventures through astronomy, technology, scientific exploration, innovation and invention. PBS Digital Studios’ SPACE TIME explores the outer reaches of space, the craziness of astrophysics, the possibilities of sci-fi and anything else imaginable beyond planet Earth.

About PBS
PBS, with nearly 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 100 million people through television and nearly 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. Decades of research confirms that PBS’ premier children’s media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality educational content on TV – including a new 24/7 channel, online at pbskids.org, via an array of mobile apps and in communities across America. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile and connected devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter
 
About HHMI Tangled Bank Studios
HHMI Tangled Bank Studios is a production company established and funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) as an extension of its longstanding science education mission. Dedicated to the creation of original science documentaries for broadcast, theatrical and digital distribution, the company’s award-winning programs address important contemporary issues and capture compelling stories of discovery across all branches of scientific inquiry. For more information, please visit www.tangledbankstudios.org. HHMI is a science philanthropy whose mission is to advance basic biomedical research and science education for the benefit of humanity. The institute is the largest private supporter of science education in the country.
 
About Crossing The Line Productions
Crossing the Line is an Irish based production company producing authored wildlife and science documentaries for theatrical release and many of the world’s leading television broadcasters and documentary financiers. In the last five years their films have garnered five Emmy nominations and multiple awards at the world’s most prestigious natural history film festivals including Best of Festival at the UK’s Wildscreen in 2014 and an unprecedented two Best of Festival prizes in a row at the 2011 & 2013 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festivals – the Oscars of the wildlife film world. Other past work includes the landmark film on the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis for PBS which was nominated for a Grierson Award - the UK’s most prestigious documentary prize. The Farthest is the company’s first collaboration with HHMI Tangled Bank Studios.
 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

SCARED TO DEATH: THE THRILL OF HORROR FILM OPENS AT THE MUSEUM OF POP

SCARED TO DEATH: THE THRILL OF HORROR FILM OPENS AT THE MUSEUM OF POP CULTURE SEPTEMBER 30

New immersive exhibition examines the genre’s most memorable monsters



SEATTLE – The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) announced the opening of a new exhibition, Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film. Organized by MoPOP, this original exhibit takes an in-depth look at more than a century of horror cinema. From blood-thirsty vampires and unrelenting zombies to fiendish slashers, this immersive experience presents the broad range of iconic horror villains and the stories over the generations that have brought them to life.
Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film opens at MoPOP on September 30, 2017.

The exhibit features a macabre display of more than 50 props and costumes from film and television including The Walking Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Blade, Bride of Frankenstein, The Thing, Dawn of the Dead, Hostel, Jeepers Creepers, Pet Sematary, and more.  Taking inspiration from the genre, the 3,000 square foot gallery space is designed to evoke the unsettling sensations associated with cinematic terror. Themed sections include an unholy vampire chapel with walls dripping blood, a zombie containment area with an aquarium wall of submerged zombie heads from The Walking Dead, and a slasher’s den with a thicket of corpses suspended from the ceiling. The exhibit will also feature multi-media experiences including exhibit films, oral history interviews, and interactive photo ops.

"Following the success of MoPOP's first horror exhibition, Can't Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film, we dramatically expanded and elevated the experience with new artifacts; and designed a bolder, morbidly elaborate exhibit environment," says Jacob McMurray, Senior Curator, MoPOP.  "We are also thrilled to add acclaimed directors Karyn Kusama and Roxanne Benjamin to join our guest curators, Roger Corman, John Landis, and Eli Roth.”

ARTIFACT HIGHLIGHTS:
•     Sweater worn by Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984
•     Severed heads from The Walking Dead, 2012
•     Church the Cat prop from Pet Sematary, 1989
•     Creeper costume worn by Jonathan Breck in Jeepers Creepers, 2001
•     Machete prop from Dawn of the Dead, 1978
•     Costume worn by Wesley Snipes in Blade, 1998
•     Lament Configuration Box from Hellraiser: Inferno, 2000
•     Pamela Voorhees severed head prop, from Friday the 13th, 1980
•     Stunt stake gun used in Fright Night, 2011
•     Hacksaw used by Carey Elwes as Dr. Lawrence Gordon in Saw, 2004
•     Hero functioning repeater crossbow used by Hugh Jackman in Van Helsing, 2004
•     Hi-8 camcorder used onscreen in The Blair Witch Project, 1999
•     “Gill Man” mask from Creature from the Black Lagoon, 1954
•     Mr. Pointy stake used by sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 1998
•     Pages from the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis (Book of the Dead) from Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn, 1987
•     Special effects switchboard used in Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, and other films 1930-1965
•     Axe used by Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance in The Shining, 1980
•     Chainsaw used by the German Surgeon in Hostel, 2005

Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film is included with museum admission. Due to some graphic content, this exhibit is recommended for ages 13 and up.

Friday, August 11, 2017

New and Upcoming Releases from Scream Factory



For the readers of this blog it is no suprise that we love the SCREAM FACTORY, the horror movie offshoot of Shout Factory. In addition to releasing some of our favorite lesser known slashers, gore films, B-movies and more, Scream Facory hosted a takeover of the Shout Factory TV channle on Roku earlier this year and provided some EXCELLENT streaming entertainment. As a thank you, we here at MOOSTERBLOG would like to turn anyone that is not familiar with SCREAM FACTORY onto some of their best, upcoming new releases. We hope you love them as much as we do.

MISERY: OUT ON BLU-RAY 11/28/17

Novelist Paul Sheldon doesn't remember the blinding blizzard that sent his car spinning off the road. He doesn't remember being nursed back from unconsciousness. But he will never forget Annie Wilkes.

James Caan and Academy Award® winner* Kathy Bates star in the bone-shattering thriller Misery, adapted from the novel by Stephen King. As Paul (Caan) recuperates from his injuries in the secluded cabin of his benefactor Annie (Bates), he begins to discover that beneath the seemingly kind and naive exterior of his self-described "number one fan" lurks a mind that is cunning, unhinged, and bent on keeping her favorite writer as her personal prisoner for the rest of his "cock-a-doodie" life ... and Sheldon must engage his savior-turned-captor in a battle of wills that will push them both to the brink.

Adapted by two-time Oscar®-winning** screenwriter William Goldman and directed by Rob Reiner (Stand By Me, The Princess Bride), Misery is considered by critics and fans (number ones and others) to be among the greatest horror-thrillers of all-time. Revisit this classic tonight with your friends ... after all, Misery loves company.

*1990: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Misery

**1969: Writing, Screenplay Based On Material from Another Medium, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; 1976, Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Material Not Previously Published or Produced, All The President's Men

MST3K: VOL. XXXIX: OUT 11/21/17 

And in the end, the laughs you take are equal to the jokes they make. Contained within is the almost certainly, probably definitely, maybe unquestionably final collection of never-before-released episodes of our favorite Cowtown puppet show, Mystery Science Theater 3000. The slings and arrows of outrageous licenses have resulted in only three episodes, so we have included a disc featuring host segments of all the remaining unreleased ones. It's fitting that this volume includes Diabolik, as it was the final episode of the series. But final has a way of not being final, and one need only turn to Netflix to appreciate that. So take one plausibly last ride with our heroes on the Satellite of Love, and keep circulating the tapes!

Titles Include:

Girls Town

The Amazing Transparent Man

Diabolik

Satellite Dishes

Plus, the first 1,500 orders from ShoutFactory.com will receive an exclusive bonus disc, which will contain:

ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE: OUT 11/14/17

"Ingenious and intriguing!" - Variety

"She's a living doll!" changes from a flattering expression to a terrifying reality when a certifiably deranged maniac creates a shocking device that shrinks people to foot-high figurines!

Mr. Franz is a kindly, old, silver-haired doll-maker ... who turns people into living puppets! He then forces his human re-inventions to put on parties and sing to him! But one day, tired of being toyed with, the puppets launch an attack, and suddenly Mr. Franz finds he'd better stop playing – and start praying – because the miniature moppets are hell-bent on revenge!

Directed by cult filmmaker Bert I. Gordon (Empire of the Ants, The Amazing Colossal Man), the film features an all-star cult movie cast including John Agar (Nightbreed, The Mole People, The Brain from Planet Arous), John Hoyt (When Worlds Collide) and Susan Gordon (Picture Mommy Dead).

DAWN OF THE DEAD: OUT 10/24/17


"Bloody Good Fun." – Ebert and Roeper

Heart-pounding action and bone-chilling thrills power this edgy and frightening remake of George A. Romero's apocalyptic horror classic, Dawn Of The Dead! From visionary filmmaker Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen), this pulse-pounding jolt-a-thon stars Ving Rhames (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), Sarah Polley (Splice), Jake Weber (Wendigo), Mekhi Phifer (Divergent) and Ty Burrell (Modern Family).

The world is in danger when a mysterious virus turns people into mindless, flesh-eating zombies. In a mall in the heartland, a handful of survivors wage a desperate, last-stand battle to stay alive ... and human!


CHUCK NORRIS TRIPLE THREAT(THE MISSING IN ACTION TRILOGY): OUT 9/26/17

Three times the action, Three times the Chuck!

MISSING IN ACTION (1984)

American servicemen are still being held captive in Vietnam – and it's up to one man to bring them home in this blistering, fast-paced action/adventure starring martial arts superstar Chuck Norris. Colonel James Braddock (Norris), armed with top-secret information and state-of-the-art weaponry, is prepared to blast his way into Vietnam … but can he blast his way out?

MISSING IN ACTION 2: THE BEGINNING (1985)

Chuck Norris returns as Colonel James Braddock in this intense, action-packed prequel to the original film. Captured during a daring mid-air rescue operation, Braddock and his men are imprisoned by the insane Colonel Yin, who stops at nothing to break their spirits. For Braddock, the choice is clear. With fists, explosives and sheer courage, he becomes an army of one!

BRADDOCK: MISSING IN ACTION III (1988)

Colonel Braddock (Chuck Norris) goes back to Vietnam … but this time it's personal! Long after the fall of Saigon, Braddock discovers that his wife and son are still alive, living in squalor under Communist rule. Stopping at nothing to bring them home, Braddock returns to the jungles of Vietnam to teach the enemy one simple lesson: Don't mess with a vet's family!

THE PAPER CHASE: OUT 9/26/17

Critically acclaimed for its complex and thoughtful storytelling, The Paper Chase's third season is at long last available on DVD.

Based on the 1973 film of the same name, The Paper Chase follows a dedicated class of Ivy League law students as they navigate the trials and tribulations of law and life. Under the tutelage of Professor Charles W. Kingsfield, Jr. (John Houseman, reprising his Academy Award-winning role), the idealistic James T. Hart (James Stephens) and his classmates explore the fierce competition and intense bonds that form in a high pressure academic environment.






THE FOG[LIMITED EDITION STEELBOOK] - OUT NOW!!!

"CRISPLY CHILLING!" – Newsweek

When the fog rolls in ... the terror begins! This moody horror classic from master of terror John Carpenter (The Thing) and producer Debra Hill (Escape From New York) stars Adrienne Barbeau (Swamp Thing), Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween), Tom Atkins (Halloween III: Season Of The Witch), Hal Holbrook (Creepshow) and Janet Leigh (Psycho). Don't get lost in the fog ...

The sleepy seaside village of Antonio Bay is about to learn the true meaning of the word "vengeance." This seemingly perfect town masks a guilty secret ... a past steeped in greed and murder. Exactly 100 years ago, a ship was horribly wrecked under mysterious circumstances in a thick, eerie fog. Now, shrouded in darkness, the long-dead mariners have returned from their watery grave to exact a bloody revenge.

Bonus Features

1080p High-Definition Transfer Supervised By Cinematographer Dean Cundey
Audio Commentary With Writer/Director John Carpenter And Writer/Producer Debra Hill
Audio Commentary With Actors Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins And Production Designer Tommy Lee Wallace
Interview With Jamie Lee Curtis
"Tales From The Mist: Inside The Fog" Featurette
"Fear On Film: Inside The Fog" Featurette
"The Fog: Storyboard To Film" Featurette
Horror's Hallowed Grounds – A Look At The Film's Locations
Outtakes
Theatrical Trailers
TV Spots
Photo Gallery






Mother!(2017) Official Trailer and Poster Released




Mother! looks very interesting in a Hammer Films, 1970s British Horror way. I am excited to see this film next month. The trailer below reminds me bit of The House That Dripped Blood. I know what Darren Aronofsky is capable of and am very excited. Check it out for yourself!



Thursday, August 10, 2017

My Bloody Valentine from Waxwork Records


Waxwork Records is proud to announce the new double LP soundtrack release of MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981). Praised by director Quentin Tarantino as his favorite slasher movie of all time, MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981) tells the story of a small mining town and it’s residents that fall victim to a vengeful, homicidal maniac on Valentine’s Day. The film has garnered a cult following and has also sparked a major-studio remake in 2009.
By working directly with composer Paul Zaza (Prom Night, Curtains, Porky’s), Waxwork was allowed to work directly from the original master tapes to source the complete, haunting score. This release marks the very first time the score to the 1981 slasher-horror classic has been released in any format.
The foreboding score by Paul Zaza is a mix of both minimal synth and orchestral compositions intertwined with bluegrass and country soundtrack cues. Expertly mastered by Thomas DiMuzio at Gench Mastering, the complete score clocks in at over one hour and spans two 180 Gram opaque red vinyl records.

LP Package Details:

  • The Complete MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981) Film Score Debut
  • Double LP Featuring Over One Hour Of Music
  • Pressed to Two 180 Gram Opaque Blood Red Vinyl Records
  • Liner Notes By Composer Paul Zaza
  • Liner Notes By Director George Mihalka
  • Artwork By Ghoulish Gary Pullin
  • Old Style Tip-On Gatefold Jacket With Soft Touch Coating
  • Printed Inner Sleeves

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

WE WERE GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD: Interviews with Women From the 1970s & 1980s Southern California Punk Rock Scene



New Book Explores the Influential Southern California Punk Rock Scene of the 1970s and ’80s Through Interviews with the Women Who Lived It


 The punk rock scene of the 1970s and ’80s in Southern California is widely acknowledged as one of the most vibrant and creative periods in rock and roll. Over the years, many books have come out exploring this explosive time in music and culture, but none have exclusively focused on the vitality and influence of the women who played such a crucial role in this incredibly dynamic movement.


Stacy Russo has created a unique book about the punk rock era, focusing on the women who were such a huge part of it. We Were Going to Change the World: Interviews with Women From the 1970s & 1980s Southern California Punk Rock Scene (Santa Monica Press/August 21, 2017) captures the stories of women who were active in the punk rock scene in Southern California during this historic time, adding an important voice to the cultural and musical record.
Through exclusive interviews with musicians, journalists, photographers, and fans, Russo captures the essence of why these women were drawn to punk rock, what they witnessed, and how their involvement in this empowering scene ended up influencing the rest of their lives.

“As a librarian and college professor, I have always been interested in research projects I could do with my students,” Russo explains. “I came up with the idea of interviewing women like me, now in our middle or later years, who grew up in the punk rock scene in Southern California. How did punk rock influence the rest of their lives? What attracted them to punk rock, and how did they get involved? And, most importantly, what was it like being a woman in this music scene?”

The major influential musicians and performers of the era that Russo interviewed include:

Exene Cervenka
Alice Bag
Kira
Phranc
Johanna Went
Teresa Covarrubias
Jennifer Precious Finch

Russo also interviews such highly regarded journalists, DJs, and photographers as:

Ann Summa
Jenny Lens
Kristine McKenna
Pleasant Gehman
Stella
In addition, Russo includes interviews with the fans and scenesters who added so much color and energy to the music scene.

“This book was never meant to be a who’s who of punk rock,” Russo says. “I did not want to include only well-known women and performers. It was important to include women who created fanzines and art, and those who participated solely by going to shows and supporting the bands.”

We Were Going to Change the World is an important oral history of the crucial contributions women injected into the Southern California punk rock scene of the 1970s and ’80s. Empowering, touching, and informative, Russo’s collection of interviews adds a whole new dimension to the literature of both punk rock and women’s studies.



About the Author:


Stacy Russo is a librarian and associate professor at Santa Ana College in Santa Ana, California. She has English degrees from UC Berkeley and Chapman University and a master’s degree in library and information science from San Jose State University. She is a poet and writer. Stacy’s writing has appeared in Feminist Teacher, Feminist Collections, Library Journal, American Libraries, The Chaffey Review, Serials Review, Counterpoise, and the anthology Open Doors: An Invitation to Poetry (Chaparral Canyon Press, 2016). Her other books are The Library as Place in California (McFarland, 2007) and Life as Activism: June Jordan’s Writings from The Progressive (Litwin Books, 2014). She grew up in the 1980s Southern California punk rock scene, which has been a big influence on her life.


Mike Watt is the son of a sailor. He was born in 1957 in Portsmouth, Virginia, but has lived in San Pedro, California, for the last fifty years. He’s known mainly for starting the Minutemen with his buddy, D. Boon, but went on to later found Dos, Firehose, and, more recently, the Secondmen, the Missingmen, Cuz, and Il Sogno del Marinaio. He does bass, spiel, and writes songs. Watt also helped Porno for Pyros, Banyan, and J Mascis and the Fog, and had the huge honor of working for the Stooges during their reunion from 2003 to 2013.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Celebrate Louis Armstrong's 116th Birthday With New Digital Collection, "The Complete Decca Singles 1935-1946"



HAPPY 116TH BIRTHDAY, POPS!

LOUIS ARMSTRONG’S THE COMPLETE DECCA SINGLES 1935-1946
RELEASED DIGITALLY TODAY ON HIS BIRTHDAY

MANY SONGS MAKING THEIR DIGITAL DEBUT

ANNUAL SATCHMO SUMMERFEST KICKS OFF TODAY IN NEW ORLEANS

In celebration of the late, great Louis Armstrong’s 116th birthday today, Verve Records/UMe have released the digital collection, The Complete Decca Singles 1935-1946, bringing together every single and B-side Pops released during his first decade on Decca Records. Totaling 136 tracks – with many available digitally for the first time – the comprehensive collection is now on all digital retailers and streaming services just as the annual music extravaganza Satchmo SummerFest gets underway in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter for three days and nights of contemporary and traditional jazz in honor of the legendary trumpet player and singer. The Complete Decca Singles 1935-1946 is available here: https://UMe.lnk.to/LouisCompleteDecca

A prequel to The Complete Decca Singles 1949-1958 issued at the end of 2016, the new collection is comprised of six digital volumes with the tracks (A-side/B-side) in chronological order by original release date. Representing an overview of Armstrong’s highly prolific period recording for Decca Records, The Complete Decca Singles illuminates a time when Satchmo was developing a clear vocal and scatting style and and his trumpet playing was second to none. Of note, three-quarters of this collection has been properly pitch-corrected for the first time ever, a cause for joy for practicing trumpet players (and singers) all over the world.

Upon signing to the recently formed U.S. Decca label in 1935, Armstrong quickly scored a hit with “I’m in the Mood for Love” and it’s that song that appropriately begins the sprawling set. Many of his other hits are represented throughout including, “When The Saints Go Marching In,” “Public Melody Number One,” “Swing That Music,” and “Struttin’ With Some Barbecue,” as well as several notable collaborations like Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald’s first-ever duets, “You Won't Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart)” and “The Frim Fram Sauce,” and his duet with Bing Crosby, “Pennies From Heaven,” the title track of the 1936 film they starred in together.

During this fertile decade, Armstrong recorded in a wide variety of settings, including big bands, small ensembles and pairings with the likes of Jimmy Dorsey and the Mills Brothers, and the material here encapsulates this creative wanderlust and evolution. The songs range from early jazz, big band swing, ragtime and Dixieland, to the novelty Polynesian sounds of the day and even spoken word. Regardless of genre, it’s Armstrong’s remarkable trumpet playing and trademark gravelly tenor that are always front and center, making these songs unmistakably the work of the one and only, Louis Armstrong.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Artsploitation Puts Theatrical Release Under the Tree for RED CHRISTMAS


Artsploitation Decks the Halls with a Red ChristmasCraig Anderson's Festival Hit Opens in Los Angeles August 25thBlood-Soaked Holiday Cheer to Spread in Limited Release


"An energetic, candy-colored romp through genre tropes that manages to take its subject matter seriously while poking fun at itself at the same time." 
-- Variety 

"Quite simply, Wallace can do no wrong, and Red Christmas proves that she still is - and always will be - a horror force to be reckoned with." 
-- Horror Film News
Artsploitation has unwrapped a gift for all the bad boys and girls with the upcoming limited release of the Australian horror film Red Christmas.  Veteran television director and actor Craig Anderson makes his feature debut with Red Christmas, combining the banal horror of family gatherings with the issues of abortion, feminism, ethics, religion and privacy, with a blood-splattered twist on what happens when secrets refuse to stay dead.  

Genre icon Dee Wallace (The Hills Have Eyes, The Howling, E.T., Cujo, Critters) stars as the stressed-out mother of a squabbling family, gathered together in a remote Outback estate on Christmas Eve.  Their petty dramas threaten to blacken the holiday until a mysterious and deformed stranger appears at the door seeking bloody vengeance.  Red Christmas will open in Los Angeles August 25th for a weeklong run at the Laemmle Music Hall, and expand to screens in San Francisco, Denver, Dallas and more over the coming weeks.

Dee Wallace headlines as Diane, a matriarch presiding over the gathering of her squabbling grown children on Christmas Day.  Tensions give way to terror when a deformed stranger appears at the door with vengeance on his mind.  Diane must protect her family as limbs are severed and secrets are brought into the light.


Saturday, August 5, 2017

THE MONSTER PROJECT Coming to Select Theaters and VOD/Digital HD August 18th



A film by Victor Mathieu
In a chilling and inventive take on the classic monster movie genre, THE MONSTER PROJECT follows a group of aspiring horror filmmakers, eager to raise their YouTube subscriber count, who post an online casting call for “real life” monsters to interview for their documentary. They find three participants and choose to film them sharing their haunted experiences in a mansion in the woods on the night of a lunar eclipse. The production suddenly turns into a nightmare when the participants transform into a real vampire, demon, and skinwalker (a type of harmful witch, according to Navajo legends, that can transform into any animal with the intent of harming people), forcing the unsuspecting crew to fight for their lives.

The film was directed by Victor Mathieu and written by Mathieu, Shariya Lynn, and Corbin Billings. Toby Hemingway ("BLACK SWAN", "IN TIME"), Justin Bruening ("GOOD BEHAVIOR", "GREY'S ANATOMY", "RINGER"), and Yvonne Zima ("IRON MAN 3", "NICE GUYS") provide strong performances with Jamal Quezaire and Murielle Zuker rounding out the cast.
THE MONSTER PROJECT is distributed by Epic Pictures.

Established in 2007 by Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson, Epic Pictures Group has grown to become one of the most creative and dynamic independent studios, focusing on filmmakers’ vision driven projects, shaping them from script to launch via its domestic distribution division Epic Pictures Releasing. Throughout the past 10 years, Epic produced many genre cult hits including the 2015 Sundance premieres “ENTERTAINMENT” and “TURBO KID” and all-star horror anthology “TALES OF HALLOWEEN”. More recently Epic produced the psychological horror “THE LODGERS,” sci-fi thriller “RADIUS,” action horror “REDCON-1,” and the adventure thriller “THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT” starring Sam Elliott.


RT: 95 Minutes / Not Yet Rated
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TMPmovie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TMPmovie
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TMPmovie
Official Hashtag: #TheMonsterProject

Friday, August 4, 2017

October 31st: A Memoir by Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of Iron Maiden, WHAT DOES THIS BUTTON DO?

DEY STREET BOOKS TO PUBLISH ROCK LEGEND, IRON MAIDEN’S BRUCE DICKINSON THIS AUTUMN

This Autumn Dey Street Books is publishing What Does This Button Do?, the hugely anticipated memoir from Iron Maiden frontman and rock legend, Bruce Dickinson.

Heavy metal pioneers since their formation in 1975, Iron Maiden have sold over 90 million albums and played over 2000 shows in 63 countries, making them one of the most successful and globally influential bands of all time.

One of the world’s most storied musicians, Bruce Dickinson has been the band’s internationally-acclaimed lead singer for more than 30 years, and quite aside from the decades spent delivering high-octane performances with his larger-than-life persona, Bruce has lived an extraordinary off-stage existence too.
A true polymath, Bruce is, or has been, an airline pilot and captain, an aviation entrepreneur, a beer brewer, motivational speaker, film scriptwriter, twice-published novelist, radio presenter, TV actor and a world-class fencer.

Over the last couple of years, and throughout Iron Maiden’s The Book Of Souls World Tour, which has covered 39 countries and 117 shows since February 2016, Bruce has turned his unbridled creativity to writing his memoirs, longhand (in seven A4 notebooks no less). In What Does This Button Do?, Bruce (a man who famously  never gives interviews about his personal life) shares, for the first time, the most fascinating recollections, including his thirty years with Maiden, the early days, his childhood within the eccentric British school system, going solo, realizing his dream of flying jumbo jets and his recent battle with tongue cancer.

Bruce Dickinson is so much more than the frontman of one of the biggest bands on the planet. A rock icon, a true renaissance man, Bruce has been, and remains, a man of legend.

The U.S. publication on October 31st will be accompanied with a commensurate international book tour. For more information, please visit: https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062468130/unti-bruce-dickinson

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Fright-Rags Phones Home with E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL Collection



Fright-Rags phones home with E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Collection

Limited edition mask, shirts, socks, & enamel pins on sale now: bit.ly/ETfright

It's hard to believe it's been 35 years since E.T. phoned home, as the magic of Steven Spielberg's 1982 classic still resonates today. Fright-Rags commemorates one of the most beloved motion pictures of all-time with the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial collection.

Relive the adventure with Fright-Rags' E.T. mask and shirt box set, which features an exclusive tee designed by Justin Osbourn and a retro-style ventilated mask packaged in a collectible window box. It's limited to 500 units.

Paul Shipper, Christopher Lovell, and Dan Norris have all designed new T-shirts for the collection, plus the classic E.T. artwork can be purchased on tri-blend or blue ringer tees. Osbourn's design is available outside of the box set on baseball tees.

The E.T. line also includes two styles of custom-knit socks and four enamel pins - including one with a light-up heart and another with a glow-in-the-dark moon.

Beeee good by visiting Fright-Rags.com, where the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial collection is on sale now. All items are in stock and ready to ship with the exception of the mask box sets, which begin shipping in mid-September.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON Makes its Retail Debut on 9/5


Although "Saturday Night Live," "MADtv" and other sketch shows have captured some of the flavor of "Laugh-In," no other comedy show has matched it in terms of its hyper-speed outrageousness and offbeat sensibility.
-- The Los Angeles Times

"The frenetic, chaotic comedy still earns laughs 50 years later...
it's a wonderful time capsule of the era"
-- DVD Talk

From 1968 to 1973, anarchy reigned supreme on NBC,
and network television was never quite the same
-- Winston-Salem Journal

MORE LAUGH-IN FROM TIME LIFE?  
YOU BET YOUR SWEET BIPPY!

THIS SEPTEMBER, TV'S GROUNDBREAKING VARIETY SHOW LAUNCHES AT RETAIL WITH A ZANY, STAR-STUDDED
INAUGURAL SEASON DVD SET

ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN:THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON






The 4-Disc Set Features 14 Remastered Episodes from the Landmark 
Emmy® and Golden Globe®-Winning Series - 64% of Which Have Never Before Been Available at Retail -- Hours of Bonus Programming Including the Pilot Episode and a New Interview with Creator George Schlatter; Guest Stars Include Harry Belafonte, Milton Berle, Johnny Carson, Cher, Tim Conway, Sammy Davis Jr., Sally Field, Jerry Lewis and Many More!


PROGRAM SYNOPSIS
The '60s gave us "in-crowds," "be-ins" and "love-ins," and starting in 1968, the happening place for free-form comedy was Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, broadcast from beautiful downtown Burbank. Straight man Dan Rowan and wisecracking co-host Dick Martin led a gaggle of goofballs through a rapid-fire assault of one-liners, skits, bits and non sequiturs that left viewers in hysterics and disbelief. Anything and anyone in the public eye was a target.  Political correctness?  Forget it!  The off-the-wall groundbreaking, Emmy Award-winning show would go on to anchor the Monday 8 p.m. time slot on NBC until March 12, 1973, transforming both pop culture and the medium of television. 
Following the acclaimed release of LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE SERIES (available exclusively through TimeLife.com/Laugh-In), the TV-DVD archivists at Time Life are making ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON available for classic TV aficionados
and comedy lovers alike.  Comprised of 4 DVDs and 14 complete episodes - 64% of which have never before been available at retail -- the star-studded set delivers audiences to the beginning of the landmark series which became an instant classic and one of the most popular shows in the history of television. 
Flip Wilson as Adam (now residing outside of the Garden of Eden); Tim Conway and Cher as John Smith and Pocahontas; a silent salute to presidential candidate George Wallace; a Mod, Mod World look at the Olympics -- these are just a few of the zaniest things crammed into Season 1.  Also making their appearances for the first time: Goldie Hawn's giggly blonde, Judy Carne's "Sock-It-To-Me" girl, Jo Anne Worley's anti-chicken-joke militant, Ruth Buzzi's perpetually-frustrated spinster and Arte Johnson's "verrry interesting" German soldier.  The biggest news, however, was the first national television appearance of Tiny Tim, the ukulele-toting, falsetto-singing throwback to a bygone era of American pop music.  He made the rest of the cast seem normal -- and Dan and Dick squirm.  The show's first season was also highlighted by long running fan favorite features including "Sock It to Me," "Cocktail Party," the "Joke Wall", and the first appearance of Johnson's elderly Tyrone F. Horneigh and Sammy Davis Jr. introducing the all-time classic sketch "Here Comes the Judge".
ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON includes hours of specially-produced extras, including the rare Laugh-In pilot, an all-new interview with creator and executive producer George Schlatter, 25th Anniversary Cast Reunion Highlights and Laugh-In Bloopers.
CAST 
Dan Rowan
Dick Martin
Pamela Austin
Ken Berry
Eileen Brennan
Ruth Buzzi
Judy Carne
Barbara Feldon
Henry Gibson
Goldie Hawn
Larry Hovis
Arte Johnson
Gary Owens
Jo Anne Worley

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Format: DVD/4 Discs
Running Time: 869 minutes
Genre:  TV DVD/Comedy
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: Stereo

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead's "Source Tags & Codes" Expanded 15th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Out On August 11


… AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD’S MODERN CLASSIC, SOURCE TAGS & CODES,RECEIVING EXPANDED 15TH ANNIVERARY VINYL REISSUE ON AUGUST 11


ALBUM TO BE RELEASED AS DOUBLE LP WITH GATEFOLD JACKET, 3 RARE TRACKS, ALTERNATE LP ART AND UNIQUE ETCHING


… And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead’s landmark album, Source Tags & Codes, will be released as an expanded vinyl edition on August 11 via Interscope/UMe to commemorate its 15th anniversary. Housed in a gatefold sleeve, the album, which will also be available digitally, will be pressed on black vinyl as a double LP for the first time ever and include three tracks previously only available on various rare and international releases (“Invocation,” “Life Is Elsewhere,” and “Blood Rites”). The back cover will be a replica of the Japanese version which features a drawing of a teenage boy while the iconic image of a cackling Henry Miller from the compact disc and North American back cover will be represented with a unique etching on Side D of the second LP. A very limited amount of 500 copies will be available on midnight navy vinyl exclusively via The Sound of Vinyl. The album is available for pre-order here: https://UMe.lnk.to/TODsource
 
Few albums in 2002 were as highly anticipated as Trail of Dead’s major label debut, Source Tags & Codes, which saw the band making the leap from venerable indie Merge Records to Interscope. Having already amassed a rabid fanbase off the strength of two acclaimed albums and their legendary, nihilistic live shows, the Austin, Texas-based band – fronted by dual vocal powerhouses and multi-instrumentalists Conrad Keely and Jason Reece and rounded out with Neil Busch and Kevin Allen – had many waiting with baited breath to see what their move to the majors would produce. Armed with the biggest recording budget of their career, the band teamed back up with producer Mike McCarthy who helmed their sophomore album, Madonna, and secluded themselves at Prairie Sun Recording Studio, in Cotati, Calif., a sleepy town located north of San Francisco in Sonoma County wine country. Free from financial and time constraints and the distractions of home they were able to focus, experiment and fully realize their distinctive sound.
 
“Source Tags & Codes was our moment to take a stab at creating a timeless album,” says founding member Reece. “We had the chance to have that freedom to experiment with new sonic possibilities while messing with the major label paradigm. It was truly a chaotic, strange and beautiful time in our young lives.”
 
Upon release on February 26, 2002, Source Tags & Codes thrust the band into the mainstream spotlight as it was met with glowing reviews from critics and fans alike who hailed the album as a masterpiece, lauding the band’s uncanny ability to create something at once beautiful and brutal, raw and refined. Pitchfork awarded the album a perfect 10 rating, putting it the rarefied company of such classic records as Radiohead’s OK Computer and Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Writer Matt LeMay proclaimed: “Dense, beautiful, intricate, haunting, explosive, and dangerous, this is everything rock music aspires to be: intense, incredible songs arranged perfectly and performed with skill and passion. Source Tags & Codes will take you in, rip you to shreds, piece you together, lick your wounds clean, and send you back into the world with a concurrent sense of loss and hope. And you will never, ever be the same.” Entertainment Weekly declared, “Hardcore punk outbursts alternate with art-rock feedback flights and dreamy bits of melody that somehow fuse into a coherent, often spectacular album,” while NME remarked, “Accordingly, Source Tags & Codes comes with an albatross-like weight of expectation round its skinny neck – yet happily, it’s supported by a band who have grown to match it,” adding, “their smash-and-grab dynamic manages the neat trick of sounding simultaneously untutored and highly focused, following new twisted threads out from the early-90s underground labyrinth.” In its “A” review, The Onion’s AV Club wrote, “When …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead wraps the project with the clanging title track, with its images of ‘the ruined landscapes that I once called home,’ it’s concluded more than just a collection of songs. It’s provided an experience.”
 
The 15th anniversary vinyl edition provides fans an opportunity to hear the album with the addition of 3 tracks previously not included on the US release. The plaintive piano piece “Invocation” gently begins the LP before shifting into the driving “It Was There That I Saw You,” providing a unique alternate beginning. The sparse instrumental “Life Is Elsewhere” serves as an intermission to the first act and evokes feudal Japan with its sound effects and Japanese dialog. The pummeling “Blood Rites” follows the title track and closes things out with orchestral strings that give way to a piercing guitar, Keely’s blood curdling scream and the band’s controlled sonic chaos. 
 
A decade and a half later Source Tags & Codes has stood the test of time and sounds as urgent, challenging, enthralling and explosive as Trail Of Dead’s influential opus did when first released. In recent years, retrospective reviews have continued to heap on the praise with Pitchfork including it in their “Top 200 Albums Of The 2000s,” the BBC calling it “one of the finest rock albums of recent history,” and XPN hailing it as “an unparalleled masterpiece of its time, an unbloated orchestral record during a time when punk bands weren’t supposed to be so worldly or indulgent.”
 
TRACKLISTING
 
LP1
[A]
1. Invocation
2. It Was There That I Saw You
3. Another Morning Stoner
4. Baudelaire
5. Homage
 
[B]
1. How Near, How Far
2. Life Is Elsewhere
3. Heart In The Hand Of The Matter
4. Monsoon
5. Days Of Being Wild
 
LP2
[C]
1. Relative Ways
2. After The Laughter
3. Source Tags & Codes
4. Blood Rites
 
[D]
Etching