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September Mid-Month Roundup

Before we get into full spooky mode with Octobers releases we are treated with a few classic horror films as well as plain old classics and some superhero fodder.

Available September 7th

 

Zach Snyder’s Justice League

 

Yes, we have all been on this roller coaster. Some of us never wanted to even get on but here we are. After years of a rumored cut and months of fanboys agonizing in wait, HBO released the Snyder cut, and film history was made. Now you too can own history with a 4K combo pack.

A vast improvement on the Whedon cut, while that is not saying much, this film does bring the epic story some . . . justice. The characters all have major moments to themselves and even better moments together. There is something to be said about grand spectacle and JL delivers on that. The 4K is absolutely stunning and if you are on the fence on owning the film, do yourself a favor and pull the trigger.

Now, if you were hoping for something to sink your teeth into the 4 hour runtime will have to be enough for you. There are no special features to speak of aside from a short retrospective featurette, not even a commentary track. Perhaps down road there will be a different release with more features.

Theater of Blood

Kino Lorber is bringing to Bluray screen legends Vincent Price’s hilarious and brutal Theater of Blood. Price stars as a disenfranchised thespian who seeks to take revenge on the theater critics who have given him bad reviews. Adorned in costumes and wigs he sets about his murderous spree and its exactly as amazing as it sounds. It’s pure schlock and one of Price’s best performances.

Blu-ray Extras Include:

  • NEW Audio Commentary by Screenwriter/Producer Alan Spencer
  • Audio Commentary by Film Historians David Del Valle and Nick Redman
  • TRAILERS FROM HELL with Alan Spencer
  • 2 TV Spots
  • 4 Radio Spots
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Art
  • Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase

The Tomb of Ligeia

Kino Lorber again gives another Vincent Price horror film a Bluray release. This time coming in the form of one of Roger Corman and Price’s Edgar Allen Poe tales. While this film has great parts and its always great to see Price’s commanding presence on screen, this one misses the mark compared to the other Poe collaborations. Perhaps too talky and with not enough substance, Corman’s work behind the camera does little to draw the viewer in.

Blu-ray Extras Include:

  • Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
  • Audio Commentary by Producer/Director Roger Corman
  • Audio Commentary by Actress Elizabeth Shephard
  • TRAILERS FROM HELL with Joe Dante
  • Theatrical Trailer

Available September 14th

The Shawshank Redemption on 4K

7 time Oscar nominee and the feature debut of Frank Derabont, Shawshank comes home in glorious 4K. A favorite amongst film fans for nearly three decades, this is a classic that benefits greatly from its upgrade.

The maturity Darabont showed in handling the material and making this a full-fledged prison movie while also making it a riveting drama. Featuring two stand out performances from Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins, whose blood and sweat has never looked so good. The 4K quality far surpasses the Blu-ray making the upgrade absolutely necessary for any library.

  • Audio Commentary by Frank Darabont
  • “The Sharktank Redemption” “Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature” “Hope Springs Eternal: A Look Back at The Shawshank Redemption”
  • Still Galleries 
  • “Bogs takes a Fall” Storyboard
  • “New fish arrive” Storyboard
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