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#1 of 1 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted November 19 2012 - 03:55 AM

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Kino Lorber and Redemption Release The Pete Walker Collection, a Four-Disc Blu-ray set featuring House of WhipcordSchizo, Die Screaming, Marianne, and The Comeback, all newly mastered in HD from the original negatives!

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New York, NY - November 19, 2012 - Kino Lorber and Redemption are proud to announce the Blu-ray release of The Pete Walker Collection, a new set featuring four of the influential British cult filmmaker's best films: House of WhipcordSchizoDie Screaming, Marianne, and The Comeback. Each film comes mastered in HD from the original negatives.

The Blu-ray set streets on November 20th, with a SRP of $89.95. The set comes packed with special features on each disc.
House of Whipcord includes: "Perversions of Justice," an interview with Pete Walker, by Elijah Drenner; audio commentary by Pete Walker and director of photography Peter Jessop, conducted by Steven Chibnall and the original theatrical trailer.
Schizo includes "My Sweet Schizo," an interview with Pete Walker, by Elijah Drenner.
Die Screaming, Marianne includes: "Pete Walker: An Eye for Terror, Part 1," an interview with Pete Walker, by Elijah Drenner; audio commentary by Pete Walker, with Jonathan Rigby and the original theatrical trailer. Finally,
The Comeback features: "Slasher Serenade," an interview with Pete Walker and actor Jack Jones, by Elijah Drenner; audio commentary by Pete Walker, with Jonathan Rigby; and the original theatrical trailer.

Pete Walker's Schizo will also be available as an individual DVD, which will also street on November 20th, with a SRP of $19.95.


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An influential figure in the 1970s British indie cinema, producer/ director Pete Walker tested the limits of film censorship in the UK with a string of gruesome and erotic thrillers. In House of Whipcord, a fashion model (Penny Irving) is lured into a private reform school where she is punished for her sexually liberated behavior by a zealous warden (Barbara Markham).  Walker's spin on Hitchcock's PsychoSchizo involves a beautiful figure skater (Lynne Frederick) who must protect herself against a homicidal stalker. Die Screaming, Marianne stars Susan George (Straw Dogs) as a woman caught in a nightmarish plot to rob her of an inheritance. Pop singer Jack Jones (best remembered for the Love Boat theme) plays a singer who is haunted by the death of his wife, and led into a confrontation with the killer, in The Comeback. The four films in this collection--each remastered in HD from the original negatives and accompanied by newly-filmed interviews--demonstrate the devious sense of humor and penchant for the grotesque that has earned Walker such an enthusiastic cult following.


SPECIAL FEATURES 

House of Whipcord 
* "Perversions of Justice," an interview with Pete Walker, by Elijah Drenner  
* Audio commentary by Pete Walker and director of photography Peter Jessop, conducted by Steven Chibnall  
* Original theatrical trailer 
 
Schizo 
* "My Sweet Schizo," an interview with Pete Walker, by Elijah Drenner 
 
Die Screaming, Marianne 
* "Pete Walker: An Eye for Terror, Part 1," an interview with Pete Walker, by Elijah Drenner * Audio commentary by Pete Walker, with Jonathan Rigby * Original theatrical trailer 
 
The Comeback 
* "Slasher Serenade," an interview with Pete Walker and actor Jack Jones, by Elijah Drenner  
* Audio commentary by Pete Walker, with Jonathan Rigby  
* Original theatrical trailer  


House of Whipcord 
 UK   1974   102 Min.   Color   1.66:1  
Produced & Directed by Pete Walker  
With Penny Irving, Barbara Markham, Ann Michelle, Ray Brooks  
Rated R 
 
Schizo 
UK   1976   109 Min.   Color   1.78:1  
Produced & Directed by Pete Walker  
With Lynne Frederick, John Leyton, Stephanie Beacham  
Rated R 
 
Die Screaming, Marianne 
UK   1971   99 Min.   Color   1.77:1  
Produced & Directed by Pete Walker With Susan George, Barry Evans, Christopher Sandford, Leo Genn 
 
The Comeback 
UK   1978   100 Min.   Color   1.78:1  
Produced & Directed by Pete Walker  
With Jack Jones, David Doyle, Pamela Stephenson
Rated R

The Pete Walker Collection
Director: Pete Walker
Genre: Horror
Street date: November 20, 2012
SRP: $89.95



Schizo (Individual DVD edition)


Posted ImageA classic '70s slasher film--and one of the first big hits of the VHS horror explosion of the early '80s--Schizo was British filmmaker Pete Walker's answer to Psycho, an erotic thriller that used pop psychology as a springboard for shocking acts of violence. Lynne Frederick (Vampire Circus) stars as a beautiful ice skater who, as a child, witnessed the gruesome murder of her mother. After Samantha marries, her close friends begin to be horrifically killed, one by one, and she is brought closer to an inevitable confrontation with the murderer. Upon its original UK release, more than a minute of violent footage was censored by the British Board of Film Classification. Even so, the critics were shocked by the gruesomeness that remained.  The Sunday Telegraph called Schizo "very entertaining...if you like street accidents." This edition represents the complete, uncut version of Schizo, and features a newly-filmed interview with director Pete Walker. 

Special Features * Mastered in HD from the 35mm negative * "My Sweet Schizo," an interview with Pete Walker, by Elijah Drenner

UK   1976   Color   109 Min.   1.78:1 

  Schizo 

Director: Pete Walker
Genre: Horror
Street date: November 20, 2012
DVD SRP: $19.95 


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