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Lionsgate Press Release: November 24th, 2009 Releases (DVD/Blu-ray)


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#1 of 9 ONLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted September 02 2009 - 10:42 PM

 
 

Lionsgate is proud to announce the DVD release of Taking Chances and Reborn and the Blu-ray Disc releases of three classic thrillers Angel Heart, Frailty and Way of The Gun, three classic horror films Cujo: 25th Anniversary Edition, The Monster Squad: 20th Anniversary Edition andMy Bloody Valentine: Special Edition and two classic action films Air America and New Police Story, all arriving November 24th. 

Taking Chances
Chase Revere (Justin Long, Drag Me to Hell) has few friends, gets no attention from girls and spends the majority of his time dressed in costume giving tours of his small town's widely ignored historic battlefield.  He is ready for a major change in his life, and fast.  When he discovers plans for an Indian casino to be built on top of his beloved battlefield, Chase and the town siren Lucy (Emmanuelle Chriqui, You Don't Mess with the Zohan) launch a comedic offensive against the project. 
Pricing: DVD $26.98

Reborn
When a property in the Arizona Sonoran Desert fell into default foreclosure and went up for public auction, an eager young newlywed couple jumped at the opportunity to purchase it. Little did they know it used to be a torture ground owned by the serial killer "Motorman Dan," whose crimes became the most puzzling in U.S. history.  Now, their honeymoon phase has come to a horrifying halt, as the Motorman rises for one more round of terror.
Pricing: DVD $26.98

Angel Heart Blu-ray Disc
Frailty Blu-ray Disc
Way of the Gun Blu-ray Disc
Lionsgate will release three thrillers on Blu-ray Disc for the first time - Angel Heart starring Academy Award® nominee Mickey Rourke (Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, The Wrestler, 2008) and two-time Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, The Godfather: Part II, 1974; Best Actor in a Leading Role, Raging Bull, 1980), Frailty starring three-time Golden Globe® nominee Bill Paxton (Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, "Big Love," 2007 & 2008; Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV, "A Bright Shining Lie," 1999) and Matthew McConaughey (Tropic Thunder) and Way of the Gunstarring Academy Award® winner Benicio Del Toro (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Traffic, 2000) and Ryan Phillippe (Stop-Loss). 

Angel Heart Synopsis:
Harry Angel, a down-and-out Brooklyn detective, is hired by the mysterious Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite.  The odyssey will take Angel through the desperate streets of Harlem, the smoke-filled jazz clubs of New Orleans, and ultimately, to the swamps of Louisiana where he takes up with the beautiful young daughter of a voodoo priestess, whom he believes will be able to shed light on the growing mystery surrounding the missing musician.  As Angel closes in on the truth of the case, his contacts start turning up dead and he begins to suspect he might be next.  This cult thriller was praised by critics as "a mightily absorbing mystery" (Variety), "an exuberant exercise in style...has the unsettled logic of a nightmare" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times) and "the perfect cult movie" (The Washington Post).  The Blu-ray Disc is presented in newly remastered 16x9 Widescreen and English 5.1 DTS-HD and French 2.0 Dolby Digital.  Special features include an introduction and interview with director Alan Parker, an interview and select scene commentary with Mickey Rourke, and a featurette discussing the facts and history of voodoo.
 
Frailty Synopsis:
Fenton Meeks approaches an FBI agent one night claiming he knows the identity of a vicious serial killer.  The FBI agent is unimpressed until Fenton reveals that the killer is his younger brother Adam.  Fenton recounts in a series of flashbacks, how he and his brother, grew up in a very loving family, raised by their widowed father.  All that changed, the day his father awoke, believing he had been visited by an angel and given a mission to destroy "demons" - seemingly normal people who walk the earth as pure evil.  Fenton's father and brother Adam swear to carry out this 'divine' mission.   Out of loyalty however, Fenton refused to go to the police, until now.  Believing Fenton's startling tale of the slaughter of innocents, the FBI agent follows him to the family's rose garden only to be surprised that neither evil nor innocence are what they seem.  The Blu-ray Disc is presented in newly remastered 1080P High Definition Widescreen and features 7.1 DTS HD Master Audio and French 5.1 Dolby Digital.   Special features include three separate audio commentaries, "Anatomy of a scene," a "making-of" featurette, deleted scenes, storyboards and a photo gallery.

Way of the Gun Synopsis:
Way of the Gun is a terrifically tense nail-biter about two professional criminals, Parker and Longbaugh, who think they've devised the plan of a lifetime: kidnap a pregnant surrogate mother, then collect on the ransom money from the parents-to-be.  However, when Parker begins to take a shine to the kidnapping victim, the plan begins to crumble.  But it is not until a heavily armed group of mob hit men arrive with the ransom money that Parker and Longbaugh realize they've cooked up a spicy stew of chaos, violence, and confusion.  The Blu-ray Disc is presented in newly remastered 1080P High Definition Widescreen and 7.1 DTS HD Master Audio.
Pricing: Blu-ray Disc $19.99 each

Cujo: 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Disc 
The Monster Squad: 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Disc
My Bloody Valentine: Special Edition Blu-ray Disc
Lionsgate brings a trio of horror favorites to Blu-ray Disc for the first time on November 24th.  Cujo: 25th Anniversary Edition starring Dee Wallace (E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial), plus cult classics The Monster Squad: 20th Anniversary Edition and My Bloody Valentine: Special Edition all make their debut on Blu-ray.

Cujo: 25th Anniversary Edition Synopsis:
Based on the frightening best-selling book from the king of horror himself, Stephen King, Cujohas become a film classic.  In a bizarre case of nature versus humanity, a Saint Bernard infected with rabies from a diseased bat attacks a mother and her son.  When the family becomes trapped in their car, they must depend on their wits to defeat the crazed canine.  The Blu-ray Disc is presented in 1080P High Definition 16x9 Widescreen and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.  Blu-ray Disc special features include audio commentary with Director Lewis Teague and the three part documentary,  "Dog Days: The Making of Cujo."  

The Monster Squad: 25th Anniversary Edition Synopsis:
Count Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy and the Gillman - adjourn to earth in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world.  However, a bunch of kids regarded by their peers as losers and outsiders uncover the devious plan and prepare for a counter strike.  Now, our heroes - the Monster Squad - are the only ones daring to stand in their way.  The Blu-ray Disc is presented in 1080P High Definition 16x9 Widescreen and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. Blu-ray Disc special features include a five-part retrospective featurette Monster Squad Forever!, a classic interview with the Monster himselfA Conversation with Frankenstein, deleted scenes, an animated storyboard sequence and more!

My Bloody Valentine: Special Edition Synopsis:
On Valentine's Day 20 years before, an explosion of methane gas took the lives of a group of coal miners working in the Hanniger Mine near the small town of Valentine Bluffs. The accident occurred because supervisors left their posts to attend the annual Valentine's Day dance.  A year later, Harry Warden, the only survivor of the accident, retaliated by killing the two supervisors and leaving a terrifying warning never to hold another Valentine's Day dance.  After two decades have passed, despite warnings, a group of young adults start preparations for another dance.  When a blood-soaked heart arrives at the police station, accompanied by an ominous message, the dance is canceled.  However, a Valentine party is held in its place at the coal mine and it isn't long before people begin dying violently.  It appears Warden has returned to punish those who did not heed his warning.  The Blu-ray Disc is presented in 1080P High Definition 16x9 Widescreen and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.  Blu-ray Disc special features include the featurette "Bloodlust: My Bloody Valentine and the Rise of the Slasher Film," "Bloodlines: An interactive Horror Film History" and deleted footage.
Pricing: Blu-ray Disc $19.99 each

Air America Blu-ray Disc
New Police Story Blu-ray Disc 
On November 24th Lionsgate will make available two classic action films on Blu-ray Disc for the first time - Air America starring two-time Academy Award® winner Mel Gibson (Best Picture and Best Director, Braveheart, 1995) and two-time Academy Award® nominee Robert Downey Jr. (Best Actor in a Lead Role, Chaplin, 1992; Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Tropic Thunder, 2008) and New Police Story starring worldwide action star Jackie Chan (Rush Hour).  

In addition, Air America will be available in all new packaging on DVD day and date as the Blu-ray Disc for the suggested retail price of $9.98.

Air America Synopsis:
Based on actual events, this action-packed drama, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Mel Gibson, was hailed by Variety as "entertaining and provocative." When renegade pilot Billy Covington (Downey Jr.) finds himself all but blacklisted from flying in the United States, his last hope for work lies with Air America, a tiny, nondescript airline running in the jungles of Laos.  However, Billy soon discovers that Air America isn't just any airline - it's actually a covert CIA operation with the task of smuggling some dubious cargo across Southeast Asia.  Soon Billy realizes that his only hope of getting out of Laos alive may be to align himself with another pilot, the wild and dangerous veteran Gene Ryack (Gibson), if Gene doesn't get them both killed first!  The Blu-ray Disc is presented in newly remastered 1080P High Definition 16x9 Widescreen with new English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.  Blu-ray Disc special features include audio commentary with Writer/Co-Producer John Eskrow, the featurette "Pre-Flight: The Storyboards of Air America," the featurette "Return Flight: Revisiting Air America" and more!

New Police Story Synopsis:
Jackie Chan is Inspector Wing, a burned-out cop, whose motivation died when the rest of his police team was wiped out at the hands of a wily and brutal new gang.  When, against the odds, a rookie cop stirs the weathered Inspector to go after the gang, there is no stopping him until justice has been served.  The Blu-ray Disc is presented in newly remastered 1080P High Definition 16x9 Widescreen and features English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio and Cantonese 5.1 DTS Audio.  Blu-ray Disc special features include "The Making of New Police Story" featurette, and an English dubbing featurette and select scene commentary with Jackie Chan.
Pricing: Blu-ray Disc $19.99 each


 
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#2 of 9 OFFLINE   MattFini

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Posted September 03 2009 - 12:12 AM

It's always exciting to see more catalog titles announced and this is quite a good haul.

I'll be picking up Angel Heart, My Bloody Valentine, Cujo and The Monster Squad without a moment's hesitation.

Thank you, Lionsgate. 
Universal, please release Streets of Fire on Blu-ray.

#3 of 9 OFFLINE   RDarrylR

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Posted September 03 2009 - 12:32 AM

Wow - check out the pricing :) Should be under $14 at amazon.com on release day.


#4 of 9 OFFLINE   MattFini

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Posted September 03 2009 - 04:18 AM

Very good point. 

Well the lower pirce points are MUCH appreciated.  That translates into no-brainer sales for me and lots of others, I'm sure.
Universal, please release Streets of Fire on Blu-ray.

#5 of 9 OFFLINE   TravisR

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Posted September 03 2009 - 04:36 AM

I'll definitely get My Bloody Valentine.

#6 of 9 OFFLINE   Justin_S

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Posted September 03 2009 - 11:30 AM

Cujo, Frailty and The Monster Squad are definite purchases. LG's release of The Ninth Gate had too much DNR, so hopefully these don't follow suit.

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Posted September 03 2009 - 03:27 PM

The Monster Squad is most certainly mine! I dunno if I'd sell the 20th Anniversary DVD or not?
Idiotic that film companies including Miramaxe would have the English DUB track be completely lossless and the original audio to be lossy. No thanks on New Police Story, LionsGate. I'll wait for a version to be released in Hong Kong which actually has the original audio track in full lossless.
It's pointless for me about the asian titles since I import the original versions anyway and not buy the cut down/redubbed releases. I don't have to support the local studios about their choices either. Of course I'm holding off on importing alot of them or my wallet would grow teeth!


#8 of 9 OFFLINE   MattFini

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Posted September 04 2009 - 12:00 AM



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LG's release of The Ninth Gate had too much DNR, so hopefully these don't follow suit.
It did?  Crap.  I was going to be placing an order for The Ninth Gate, but now I don't know. 

Universal, please release Streets of Fire on Blu-ray.

#9 of 9 OFFLINE   Xenia Stathakopoulou

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Posted September 07 2009 - 02:20 AM

Anyone know if the monster squad blu ray will be region free ???
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