Nope, you haven’t just awakened from a three and a half month long coma only to find that DVD’s have become mandatory Christmas gifts. (wouldn’t be as interesting as blood-spitting zombies anyway) But, the studios have definitely decided to start celebrating that particular holiday early by unleashing a slew of catalog also-rans, and a couple a three cult favorites, on an unsuspecting public just in time for them to make it into even more unsuspecting stockings.
First off for today we’ve got Fox's batch of ten minor catalog items, remastered in their original aspect ratios but lacking any extras aside from their trailers: Pact with the Devil, Man Trouble, Wild in the Country, Love Me Tender, Epoch: Evolution, Paris Texas, Partners in Action, Dragon Storm, Jack the Bear, Curse of the Komodo, Silver Streak and the big-screen update of The Beverly Hillbillies will all be hitting the street on December 7th for round about $9.95 a piece.
Next up, we’ve got Universal’s releasing Cloak & Dagger, the oft-overlooked but incredibly influential cult sci-fi classic Colossus: The Forbidden Project, Commandments, The Cure, Little Miss Marker (1980), Missing, the Phoebe Cates teen comedy wherein she doesn’t remove her top to memorable effect Private School, Splitting Heirs and Sweet Liberty. Each of the titles will be available to own from the November 23rd and will also be retailing for around $9.99 a piece Likewise, it's probably safe to say that these will also be barebones releases.
Universal has also announced November 16th street dates for three new titles from their Sci-Fi Pictures Collection range. They’ll all be retailing for something like $27.98:
Control Factor: Lance Bishop (Firefly's Adam Baldwin) is an unsuspecting insurance salesman whose life is suddenly torn inside-out when a dishevelled stranger attempts to murder him. Soon, a powerful voice in Lance’s head is repeatedly ordering him to kill his devoted wife, Karen (Showgirls victim Elizabeth Berkley). Questioning his own sanity, Lance discovers the voice is part of a top-secret government mind-control project - and no one is safe. With a time bomb ticking in his mind, it’s up to Lance and a small band of risky renegades to stop the widespread plan for domination of the nation. The film will presented in 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English, French and Spanish 5.1 Surround and subtitle options.
Riverworld: When a meteor shower above Earth sends astronaut Jeff Hale to Riverworld, he immediately encounters a powerful warlord named Valdemar who thunders in with an army and declares himself master and all newcomers soldiers, workers or slaves. Now it’s up to Hale and an unusual band of allies to fight an ancient Roman emperor and a Viking warlord in order to reach Valdemar, gain their freedom and secure a future for all mankind. Featuring Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Kevin Smith, in his last performance, Riverworld is an extraordinary sci-fi adventure based on the stories of legendary writer Philip José Farmer. The film will presented in 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby 2.0 Stereo, English, French and Spanish subtitles.
Clive Barker Presents Saint Sinner: From horror franchise maker Clive Barker comes Saint Sinner. In 1815, a young monk, Brother Tomas (Greg Serano), unwittingly unleashes two viciously seductive female succubi upon an unsuspecting 21st century. Journeying through time to stop the horrific murders by the lusty demonesses, he must team with a sceptical Seattle detective (Rachel Dressler) and summon his own mystical powers to stop the lovely-but-lethal forces of evil in this gripping vision of erotic suspense. The film will presented in 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English, French (DD5.1) and Spanish (DD2.0) audio and subtitle options.
Movie PictureIf you really want to make someone happy come the holidays, you could head out to pick up Anchor Bay’s Dawn of the Dead: Ultimate Edition This full-blooded four-disc set honoring George Romero’s classic zombie sequel includes the remastered theatrical release disc from earlier this year, plus the 118-minute Dario Argento European version, and the 139-minute extended premiere edition, all with commentraks. Plus, Roy Frumke’s great Document of the Dead documentary, the new Dead Will Walk doc, home movies, and more. I wouldn’t mind unwrapping that one myself.