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TCFHE Press Release: Cult Classics on Blu-ray and DVD August 3, 2010

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#1 of 8 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted July 26 2010 - 11:00 AM



Arriving On Blu-ray And DVD August 3, In Partnership With The Latest Edition Of The Rough Guide To Cult Movies

Street Date:   August 3, 2010

Launch Highlights:
    [*] Some are so bad they’re good, some are the icons of their genres, and others are just a whole lot of fun; the studio’s Cult Classics includes exploitative, impactful and memorable films that have stood the test of time. [*] Among the most highly-anticipated releases in the collection is the Blu-ray debut of John Carpenter’s sci-fi adventure Escape From New York. Starring Kurt Russell as soldier-turned-criminal Snake Plissken, the film launched Russell’s career as an action star and continues to earn fans nearly 30 years after its release. [*] Also premiering on Blu-ray is the dark thriller Kalifornia, starring Brad Pitt as a vicious killer. [*] Timed with the August 1 release of the latest edition of The Rough Guide To Cult Movies, which offers cult movie enthusiasts a blend of essential trivia and informed opinion. Films featured in the book are noted with an asterisk below. For more information, visit www.roughguides.com/cultmovies.

Blu-ray + DVD Combo Priced at $24.99
Escape From New York*   99 min
Fargo*   98 min
Kalifornia   118 min

Blu-ray Priced at $19.99
Robocop*   103 min
The Terminator*   108 min
The Usual Suspect*   106 min

Blu-ray Priced at $29.99
The Boondock Saints*   108 min
Donnie Darko*   245 min

Blu-ray + DVD Combo Priced at $19.99
Rollerball   194 min

Blu-ray Priced at $34.99
This Is Spinal Tap   99 min

DVD Priced at $26.98
The Commitments   118 min

DVD Priced at $19.98
Bubba Ho-Tep   92 min
Return Of The Living Dead*   114 min
The Last House On The Left   84 min

DVD Priced at $14.98
The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension*   103 min
The Beach   119 min
The Believers   116 min
Boys Don’t Cry*   116 min
A Bucket Of Blood *   66 min
Killer Klowns From Outer Space*   88 min
Mad Max*   88 min
Sid & Nancy*   112 min
This Is Spinal Tap Special Edition   83 min
Troll/Troll 2 Double-Pack   178 min
Where’s Poppa   82 min

DVD Priced at $9.98
Kissing Jessica Stein   97 min
Miller’s Crossing*   115 min
UHF   97 min

* Featured in the latest edition of The Rough Guide To Cult Movies


Escape From New York (1981) – New Two-Disc Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack Hailed as “stylish and scary” (Los Angeles Times) and “dark and dangerous” (Newsweek), this fast-paced and furiously entertaining thriller stars Kurt Russell as notorious outlaw and former Special Forces war hero Snake Plissken. The world is ravaged by crime and the entire island of Manhattan has been converted to a walled prison where brutal prisoners roam. But when the U.S. President crash-lands inside, only Plissken can bring him back.

Kalifornia (1993) – New Two-Disc Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack
Excitement, adventure and unimaginable terror await on the road to California in this chilling psychological thriller starring Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, David Duchovny and Michelle Forbes. When urban intellectuals Brian (Duchovny) and Carrie (Forbes) set out on a cross-country trip to research a book about serial killers, they share the ride with a couple they barely know, Early Grace (Pitt) and his girlfriend, Adele (Lewis). Locked in a car hurtling westward, the four travelers struggle to find some common ground. But when they finally do connect, Early’s violent nature abruptly emerges, and the terrified Brian and Carrie realize that they don't need to go very far to learn about ruthless killers.

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC
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About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world's largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,100 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Domestic Networks LLC, MGM Distribution Co, MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Worldwide Digital Media, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in international TV channels reaching nearly 120 countries. MGM ownership is as follows: Providence Equity Partners (29%), TPG (21%), Sony Corporation of America (20%), Comcast (20%), DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (7%) and Quadrangle Group (3%). For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

About Rough Guides
Rough Guides, a division of Penguin Group, publishes guidebooks for independent travelers and a broad range of pop culture reference books covering film, music, computers & technology, science, and lifestyle topics that combine erudition with accessibility. Rough Guides is distributed internationally and has offices in London, New York City, and Delhi.

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#2 of 8 OFFLINE   Aaron Silverman

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Posted July 27 2010 - 06:38 AM

Did they just put Fargo on a list with Escape from New York and Return of the Living Dead?!?!?!

I want UHF on Blu, dangit!

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Posted July 29 2010 - 01:05 AM

I managed to snag an early copy of Escape From New York (for $10 no less) and I think most fans will be pleased.

It's a real hi-def transfer, unlike the UK disc. A little on the soft side, but that's mostly down to the original photography. The black level is excellent, with none of the crush that plagued the import and there's a fine veneer of grain, so it doesn't seem that any excessive digital processing was applied. All in all, it looks very much like a film of its vintage and budget should.

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#4 of 8 OFFLINE   Aaron Silverman

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Posted July 29 2010 - 06:14 AM

Does it include special features from the previous DVD release?

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Posted July 29 2010 - 06:26 AM

It's one of MGM's BD/DVD combos - the blu-ray has no special features at all.

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Posted July 29 2010 - 09:42 AM

What is up with the PhotoShop from Hell job on that Kalifornia cover? Brad Pitt looks like he's had his face inserted (very poorly) onto someone else's body. The Escape From New York art isn't great either, but it at least looks like some effort was put into it.

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Posted July 30 2010 - 02:15 PM

Strange that no reviews have popped up for ESCAPE FROM NY, let along KALIFORNIA, yet. Anyone find reviews yet?

#8 of 8 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted July 31 2010 - 02:42 AM

Reviewers who depend on review copies from Fox/MGM don't get them until street date or thereabouts. Their review material is almost never early. That's why you don't see many early reviews for Fox/MGM product.