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"The Monster Squad" coming to DVD in 2007? Yes, according to this guy


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#1 of 55 OFFLINE   Michael Allred

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Posted January 12 2007 - 08:29 AM

I originally read this at the horrordvds.com forum:

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Synapse Films' Don May Jr. lets the cat out of the bag regarding the upcoming dvd release of 'The Monster Squad' exclusively on DEADPIT.com's horror talk radio show.

"The Monster Squad is coming out, We're not releasing it but I can tell you its coming" , May continues: "You can scratch Monster Squad off that list of dvds that aren't out yet because its coming...They're shooting for an April or May release"

I checked out www.deadpit.com and the link to the interview with May Jr. is on the main page on the left side of the screen. I had to skip through maybe half the interview so I wouldn't have to listen to the guys with the heavy southern accent but it's there. May Jr. does not say who is releasing it (Paramount?) but he seems pretty certain that it is coming.

"Night of the Creeps" was brought up to him but he basically said it's in "limbo" and that the money men don't see any financial reasons to release it.

Now I'm not taking any of this seriously until said studio officially announces it but one can always hope right?

#2 of 55 OFFLINE   Stephen_J_H

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Posted January 12 2007 - 08:44 AM

Unless Paramount is sublicencing, it should be Paramount.
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#3 of 55 OFFLINE   John Kilduff

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Posted January 12 2007 - 02:39 PM

I want to see this movie. I read reviews of it on both I-Mockery and Crown Combo and it seems really off-the-wall. I also saw the trailer on YouTube and it looked like there was a lot of action in the movie.

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#4 of 55 OFFLINE   Mark Edward Heuck

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Posted January 12 2007 - 11:44 PM

The other possibility is that since THE MONSTER SQUAD was acquired by Paramount from their Republic buyout, it could be getting released by Lionsgate, who reupped for that library after the new home video regime lost interest in handling those titles.

Not the most desirable scenario, but seeing as how Lionsgate did just reissue LIVE NUDE GIRLS in a 16x9 uncut version (as opposed to the fullscreen edited cut previously issued), there is a good chance that at least we will get a widescreen transfer.
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#5 of 55 OFFLINE   Chad R

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Posted January 13 2007 - 02:34 AM

"Night of the Creeps" was HDNet Movies last week. So, a pretty good High-Def transfer exists for that movie, so there's some movement in the direction of a DVD. Although, the same could be said for "Legend of Billie Jean" which was on HDNet last summer and still no DVD.

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Posted January 13 2007 - 05:48 AM

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"Night of the Creeps" was HDNet Movies last week. So, a pretty good High-Def transfer exists for that movie, so there's some movement in the direction of a DVD. Although, the same could be said for "Legend of Billie Jean" which was on HDNet last summer and still no DVD.
The existence of good source material means nothing to Lions Gate. Expect uneven flesh tones, dirt and other print damage on the transfer.

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Posted January 13 2007 - 06:17 PM

If it really is coming out in April/May, we SHOULD be seeing some kind of official announcement soon, right?

#8 of 55 OFFLINE   Drew Reiber

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Posted January 13 2007 - 11:34 PM

According to Dreadcentral.com's sources, the release will not be April or May. However, they did say an official announcement was due soon.

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Posted February 11 2007 - 02:05 PM

most of the cast will be appearing at a monster movie con in
cherry hill nj next weekend 16-18.

maybe there will be some info on a dvd then.
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#10 of 55 OFFLINE   Tim_P_76

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Posted February 12 2007 - 01:05 PM

TonyD "most of the cast will be appearing at a monster movie con in
cherry hill nj next weekend 16-18.

maybe there will be some info on a dvd then."


I'll be there this Fri. and Sat. so I will be quite happy to hear any info. I promise to relay, if there is..

Also hope to hear anything about Night of the Creeps which is also being shown. It should be interesting to see what the format is that will be shown and if there is any plans to update that said format. Posted Image
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Posted February 12 2007 - 01:18 PM

nice, dont know if i'll go yet.
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Posted February 12 2007 - 02:39 PM

http://www.horrorhou....=11&t=65&p=138
according to this at least the DVD won't be barebones. Of course that could mean to quote Vern of AICN: interactive menus, scene selections, FBI warning, the whole works.

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Posted February 13 2007 - 01:25 AM

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http://www.horrorhou....=11&t=65&p=138
according to this at least the DVD won't be barebones. Of course that could mean to quote Vern of AICN: interactive menus, scene selections, FBI warning, the whole works.

caught this bit from above article

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Who's releasing it? Of all companies, it turns out Lionsgate can be named as our savior.

Lions Gate?????? Uh oh.

#14 of 55 OFFLINE   Xenia Stathakopoulou

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Posted February 13 2007 - 01:33 AM

At this point I dont really care what company releases it, as long as its not another false alarm.Madacy or Goodtimes could release it and id still buy it !
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Posted February 13 2007 - 01:37 AM

I'm not concerned that Lionsgate is involved, as long as the film elements to which they have access are the same ones used for the HD broadcast. Although that broadcast was MAR 1.78:1, the print was very clean.
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Posted February 13 2007 - 05:20 AM

Considering all of the early word regarding the release, it's really pointless to be complaining right now. It's quite obvious that Lionsgate involved the cast & crew, which is an easy task considering that the director and 3 main cast members are literally touring the film at various revival houses.

I would expect to see participation from Fred Dekker, Andre Gower (Sean), Ryan Lambert (Rudy), and Ashley Bank (Phoebe), all of whom still actively promote the film. I also seem to recall Dekker mentioning deleted footage somewhere recently, but I can't remember where and that's entirely dependent upon what material Lionsgate still has access to. With a 20th Anniversary Edition being touted and Don May seemingly content, I would imagine a commentary and featurette at least.

I just hope they tracked down some of the other cast & crew members, because I would like to hear from Shane Black, Duncan Regehr and Tom Noonan. If they can get the old Black & Dekker team back together on a commentary, maybe we'll even be lucky enough that they'll spill something about the film that was supposed to follow "The Monster Squad", "They Live", "Lethal Weapon" and "Red Heat"... the greatest horror film never made, "John Carpenter's Shadow Company".

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Posted February 13 2007 - 06:13 AM

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I'm not concerned that Lionsgate is involved, as long as the film elements to which they have access are the same ones used for the HD broadcast. Although that broadcast was MAR 1.78:1, the print was very clean.

Not good enough for me. The transfer could be the most pristine ever released but if it's not OAR then I'm not buying. Period.

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Considering all of the early word regarding the release, it's really pointless to be complaining right now. It's quite obvious that Lionsgate involved the cast & crew,

It's only natural to worry if indeed Lions Gate is releasing this (I have yet to see an official press release from the company) considering their poor track record. Also, why is it "quite obvious" that Lions Gate involved the cast and crew? Considering there are absolutely no details about the supposed DVD and it's actual contents, I see no evidence to suggest cast/crew are involved at all right now.

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Posted February 13 2007 - 06:32 AM

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Not good enough for me. The transfer could be the most pristine ever released but if it's not OAR then I'm not buying. Period.

I won't buy if it's not OAR either. If you go back to my post, I was referring to the quality of the film elements, NOT the AR. I think we need to give Lionsgate a little breathing room here and see what they come out with; then we can pass judgment. After all, they did finally get Reservoir Dogs right.
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Posted February 13 2007 - 06:32 AM

I'll kill myself if isn't OAR. I win. Posted Image

Lion's Gate has made plenty of mistakes but I really don't think the AR will be one of them. Hopefully.

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Posted February 13 2007 - 06:49 AM

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It's only natural to worry if indeed Lions Gate is releasing this (I have yet to see an official press release from the company) considering their poor track record.

That depends on the release. What you're really saying is that you're going to promote worry and negativity about non-information until proven otherwise. Frankly, to be complaining at this level when so many second-hand sources (who broke the news in the first place) are confirming a major, anniversary release... you're being quite unreasonable. Considering that several industry sources have confirmed a special edition, why don't you at least give this particular good omen the benefit of the doubt.

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Also, why is it "quite obvious" that Lions Gate involved the cast and crew? Considering there are absolutely no details about the supposed DVD and it's actual contents, I see no evidence to suggest cast/crew are involved at all right now.

Again, I point to comments from industry professionals like Don May Jr. and Horror Hound. They seem quite excited about the release while knowing full well the dedication of the cast & crew to the film, so I don't even see a smigen of the worst case scenario you are implying. The only motivation for your negativity and cynicism seem based on the lack of immediate gratification in terms of an official release, in lieu of *your* disappointments of various titles from Lionsgate. I too have purchased Lionsgate releases and the quality simply varies. Obviously they held onto a lot of Artisan's poorer releasing patterns, but they still haven't been around that long. As yet, I have not been disappointed with their special editions.

And if the news regarding a major release of the film (when it hasn't been available for years) isn't enough evidence to your liking of a proper release (yet), there isn't any evidence that we should worry either.


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