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Lionsgate Press Release: Mad Monster Party: Special Edition

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#1 of 12 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 18 2009 - 09:41 AM

Lionsgate is proud to announce the upcoming DVD release arriving on September 8th - Mad Monster Party: Special Edition. Mad Monster Party: Special Edition Mad Monster Party, the beloved animated Halloween classic, comes to Special Edition DVD this September from Lionsgate. Featuring the voices of horror film legend Boris Karloff (Frankenstein) as Baron Boris von Frankenstein and Golden Globe® nominee Phyllis Diller (TV's "The Pruitts of Southampton," Best TV Star-Female, 1966) as the Monster's Mate, Mad Monster Party: Special Edition is a hilariously spooky classic! This treasured stop-motion movie comes from the studios of Rankin-Bass - the team who created "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman" and other beloved holiday specials and has been called an inspiration for Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. The Mad Monster Party: Special Edition includes a brand-new retrospective featurette and two fun sing-a-longs, and is encased in frighteningly fun neon O-card DVD packaging - making it the perfect treat for Halloween this year! Baron Von Frankenstein has decided to retire as the head of the Worldwide Organization of Monsters. But first, he must inform the other monsters about his plans. How to deliver the news? How else - through a Mad Monster Party! Von Frankenstein's guests include a who's who of Halloween favorites, including The Werewolf, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Mummy, The Invisible Man and more. But who among them is fit to be the new head of the monsters? Find out in this frighteningly fun holiday classic from Rankin Bass ("Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer") that will leave kids of all ages howling with delight! Pricing: DVD $14.98


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#2 of 12 OFFLINE   Joe Karlosi

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Posted June 18 2009 - 10:25 PM

Well, the price is right but I'm prefectly satisfied with my present Anchor Bay DVD, which is already pretty nice. If Lionsgate is reading this... any chance of getting the rights to release WILLARD (1971) and BEN (1972)?

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Posted June 19 2009 - 01:07 AM

I second that. Please give us something that has not been previously released. I to am happy with the Anchor Bay release and have not spent any mony on Lionsgate releases since a couple of westerns back in the spring.
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#4 of 12 OFFLINE   JeffMc


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Posted June 19 2009 - 03:43 AM

Thirded. What a useless release. The Anchor Bay version (they actually already released it twice!) is still readily available (you can buy it new at Amazon for $10) and was quite a nice package already. Oh well - this one will probably get in to Best Buy and make Lions Gate money for Halloween so all the power to 'em.

#5 of 12 OFFLINE   Rob Brown

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Posted June 23 2009 - 10:56 AM

I for one am glad that Lionsgate is rereleasing MAD MONSTER PARTY, as the Anchor Bay edition omitted a scream that falls at the very tail-end of the film. It's a minor omission, to be sure, but it's always irked me that it wasn't there. It irked me so much that I've held on to my VHS copy just because it's complete. So, Lionsgate, if you happen to be reading this, PLEASE make sure that you have a copy of the complete film this time. If I find out that it's been corrected, you've got another sale. If not, then my Anchor Bay copy will suffice.

#6 of 12 OFFLINE   Mark Edward Heuck

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Posted June 23 2009 - 01:13 PM

I doubt that Lionsgate will correct this missing scream. With little exception, as part of their deal, StudioCanal does all the extras and mastering and pretty much hands them the finished DVD to release. So it is likely they are just taking the same master they provided Anchor Bay, minus the previous supplements since AB owns those, creating a couple new things of their own, and turning it in. If StudioCanal had a U.S. office to address these issues to, it would really help things.
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#7 of 12 OFFLINE   darkrock17


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Posted June 23 2009 - 02:00 PM

I love Mad Monster Party. I am glad to see such a cult kiddie classic is still wildly remembered. I hope this long over due release gets some more features, but if not, then at least we get a nice documentary about the making of this classic film. At the end of the movie, there is no scream, it is Yetch who is saying Yes!

#8 of 12 OFFLINE   SilverWook



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Posted June 23 2009 - 02:41 PM

Strange, it always sounded like Franchesca was saying that to me. The missing "yes" does show up on the trailer, which makes me wonder if the crappy source of every tv print and VHS had it spliced in somehow on the tail end? And it's not like the movie was remixed into stereo, so why would one tiny soundtrack component be missing?

#9 of 12 OFFLINE   Charles Ellis

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Posted June 24 2009 - 01:59 AM

It's Francesca saying 'Yeah" at the end- taken from the love song she sang to Felix in the jungle ("Never Was A Love Like Mine").
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#10 of 12 OFFLINE   Tony J Case

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Posted June 24 2009 - 03:05 AM

Hmmm, this was always on my B-list "to-get", but I never quite got around to it. I might have to see if the new one offers anything better.

#11 of 12 OFFLINE   darkrock17


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Posted June 24 2009 - 02:42 PM

Are the pervious features from the Anchor Bay release, going to be carried over as which are the trailer, and photo galleries?

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Posted June 24 2009 - 05:58 PM

Ah, often wondered about the end bit.

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