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Shout Factory Press Release: The Stepfather (Blu-ray)


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#1 of 1 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 07 2010 - 09:39 AM


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SHOUT! FACTORY TO RELEASE

THE STEPFATHER ON BLU-RAY

STARRING TERRY O’QUINN AND

FEATURING HIGH-DEFINITION MASTER

AND BONUS FEATURES




IN STORES NATIONWIDE JUNE 15


80’s cult classic horror flickThe Stepfather is set for Blu-ray release for the first time ever, remastered and featuring new bonus features otherwise only available on Shout! Factory’s 2009 DVD release of the film. Available on Shout! Factory on June 15, the film stars Terry O’Quinn (Lost), in a role that won him a nomination for Best Actor at the 1988 Independent Spirit Awards and the Saturn Awards. The Stepfather was selected as one of the year’s Top 10 movies by Vanity FairVillage Voice and LA Weekly and featured on Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments special. A remake of the film from Screen Gems, starring Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck) and Sela Ward (The Guardian, Once and Again), hit theaters in 2009.


Jerry Blake (Terry O’Quinn) is a man obsessed with having the perfect “American Dream” life — including the house with the white picket fence in the suburbs, an adoring wife and loving children. He believes he’s found it when he marries Susan Maine (Shelley Hack) and becomes the stepfather to Susan’s 16-year-old daughter, Stephanie (Jill Schoelen). But Stephanie gets an uneasy feeling when she is around Jerry with his “Father Knows Best” attitude — she can see that there is a darker side behind his cheerful exterior. Could he be the same man who brutally murdered his family just one year earlier?


Inspired in part by a gruesome true story and written by Donald E. Westlake (The Grifters, The Hunter, later made as Point Blank), and Brian Garfield (Death WishHopscotchDeath Sentence) the script was picked up by ITC Entertainment, and Joseph Ruben (Sleeping With The EnemyThe Good SonThe Forgotten)  was chosen to direct the film.


Special features include an audio commentary with director Joseph Ruben, film trailers (HD), a still gallery, and The Stepfather Chronicles – an all-new retrospective featuring interviews with director Joseph Ruben, producer Jay Benson, actress Jill Schoelen, author Brian Garfield and others on the making of the film and its enduring legacy (HD).

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