We break down all the new releases announced for Blu-Ray and DVD that any genre fan would be happy to own or perhaps check out for the first time.
It’s a huge collection of releases from the folks over at Shout Factory. First up, the boutique label is releasing the cult classic (or is it infamous cult film?) Mac And Me. The movie has since gained popularity due in part to Paul Rudd’s humorous insistance to screen a clip of it each time he appears on Conan O’Brien’s talk show(s). Shout Factory has announced that it will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Stewart Raffill’s film Mac and Me with a brand new collector’s edition of the film.
From the far reaches of space, a family of extraterrestrials finds themselves accidentally transported to Earth. Escaping from a government facility, the youngest of this alien brood is separated from the others. Now alone, afraid, and millions of miles from home, this Mysterious Alien Creature (MAC) must rely on the kindness and friendship of a very special boy named Eric (Jade Calegory) in order to survive this strange new world. With the help of Eric’s family and friends, they’ll undertake the journey of a lifetime to reunite MAC with his family.
Mac And Me also features Tony award-winner Christine Ebersole (Ri¢hie Ri¢h), Jonathan Ward (FernGully: The Last Rainforest), and acclaimed thespian Ronald McDonald in his feature film debut, as well as the best use of product placement and choreographed fast food restaurant dance sequences the universe has ever seen!
Please note that the supplemental features for the Mac and Me release have not yet been finalized but the Blu-ray will be available on August 7th.
More ’90s terror is coming your way as Scream Factory just announced today that they’re unleashing the often-requested film Brainscan on Blu-ray on August 28!
When Michael, a lonely teenager (Edward Furlong, Terminator 2), orders the latest interactive video game, the new high-tech wizardry penetrates his subconscious, where his darkest impulses lead him through a deadly maze of murder, deception and desire. Pursued by homicide detective (Frank Langella, Dracula) and prodded by “The Trickster” (T. Ryder Smith) who materializes into his room, Michael is torn between the worlds of good and evil, of reality and fantasy and, ultimately, life and death.
Extras are in progress and will be announced on a later date but this is exciting news for those who have been fans of Brainscan through the years. The film has gained a strong following from many who have dubbed it an under seen gem. That should hopefully change.
More Zombies from Scream Factory are coming soon. Return Of The Living Dead Part II will be part of the label’s Collector’s Edition brand. The release was also noted with the reveal of a new commissioned slipcover. The newly-commissioned artwork comes to us from Graham Humphreys (who also illustrated Scream Factory’s original Return Of The Living Dead cover back in 2016). This art will be front-facing and the reverse side of the wrap has the original theatrical poster design.
Extras and specs are still in progress and will be announced later in early July. However, Scream can confirm today that we will be doing a brand-new HD film transfer and will be correcting the soundtrack issues that were present on the previous DVD release.
Next up are a trio of contemporary films from IFC Midnight as they recently announced release of Lowlife they will bring to Blu-ray Fritz Böhm’s fantasy thriller Wildling (2017) and Adam MacDonald’s horror thriller Pyewacket (2017). Special features and specs have still yet to be announced but all three releases will hit shelves on August 7. You can get a look at each of the movie’s cover below
When you’re dealing with demons, be careful what you wish for. In this ultra-unsettling occult nightmare, teenage Leah (Nicole Muñoz, Once Upon A Time) finds solace from the recent death of her father — and from her strained relationship with her mother (Laurie Holden, The Walking Dead) — by dabbling in the dark arts. It all seems like harmless fun at first … until an argument leads Leah to do the unthinkable: put a death curse on her mother. Leah immediately regrets her decision, but it may be too late: An evil presence known as Pyewacket has risen — and threatens to destroy both mother and daughter. Backcountry director Adam MacDonald creates hair-raising tension and a complex mother-daughter dynamic in this frightening fable about our darkest desires come to life.
A teenage girl’s coming-of-age arrives with a terrifying twist in this spellbinding take on the werewolf legend. Since birth, Anna (Bel Powley) has been raised in isolation by a man she knows only as Daddy (Brad Dourif, Child’s Play). He has done everything possible to conceal the truth about her origins from her. But when the teenage Anna is suddenly thrust into the real world under the protection of no-nonsense police officer Ellen (Liv Tyler, The Strangers), it soon becomes clear that she is far from ordinary. Unable to adjust to a normal life, Anna finds herself drawn instead to the wild freedom of the forest while struggling to resist the growing bloodlust that has awakened inside her. This moodily atmospheric thriller combines supernatural scares with a myth-like tale of self-discovery.
What happens when you throw together a fallen Mexican wrestler with serious rage issues, a just-out-of-prison ex-con with a regrettable face tattoo, and a recovering junkie motel owner in search of a kidney? That’s the premise of the berserk, blood-spattered, and wickedly entertaining feature debut from Ryan Prows. Set amidst the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, Lowlife zigzags back and forth in time as it charts how fate—and a ruthless crime boss—connects three down-and-out reprobates mixed up in an organ harvesting scheme that goes from bad to worse to off-the-rails insane. Careening from savagely funny to just plain savage to unexpectedly heartfelt, this audacious thriller serves up nonstop adrenaline alongside hard-hitting commentary about the state of contemporary America.
Finally from Shout Factory is Night Of The Lepus. Announced back in March, the killer bunny film would be coming from the Shout Factory imprint, Scream Factory on Blu-ray starting June 19. The extras were still in progress and hadn’t yet been announced, but Scream just provided all the details.
For starters, the release will boast a new 2K scan from the original film elements:
- NEW 2K Scan From The Original Film Elements
- NEW Audio Commentary By Author Lee Gambin (Massacred By Mother Nature: Exploring The Natural Horror Film)
- NEW Audio Commentary By Pop Culture Historian Russell Dyball
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spot
- Radio Spot
- Still Gallery
A hormone intended to alter the breeding cycle of rabbits overrunning Arizona ranchlands instead turns them into flesh-eating, 150-pound monsters in Night of the Lepus!
Stuart Whitman (Eaten Alive), Janet Leigh (Psycho), Rory Calhoun (Motel Hell) and DeForest Kelley (Star Trek) are among the intrepid humans facing off against the behemoth bunnies, using guns, flames, dynamite and anything else in their grasp to battle their oversized, hungry tormentors.
Finally, just for variety sake we rounded up a non-Scream Factory release. Independent distributors Well Go USA have officially announced that they will release on Blu-ray writer/director Huh Jung’s thriller The Mimic (2017), starring Jin Heo, Lee Jun Hyeok, Park Hyuk-kwon, Shin Rin-Ah, and Yum Jung-ah. The release will be available for purchase on June 12.
A classic Korean ghost story gets a horrifying new spin in THE MIMIC, as the mother of a missing child takes in a lost girl she finds in the woods and soon begins to wonder if she is even human.
Special Features and Technical Specs:
- Making of Featurette
- Original Trailer
- Optional English subtitles for the main feature
Images: MGM, Scream Factory, Well Go USA, Warner Bros., Orion