Tag: Scream Factory

Teen Wolf: Collector’s Edition

Teen Wolf: Collector’s Edition

| August 2, 2017

Thanks to the rising star of Family Ties’ Michael J. Fox in 1985, Teen Wolf wound up being a huge hit, raking in $33 million on a $1.8 million budget. And in retrospect, it’s amazing that Teen Wolf became the hit it did given that the whole film was built on the absurd premise of […]

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Species: Collector’s Edition

Species: Collector’s Edition

| July 9, 2017

For Shout! Factory/Scream Factory, June and July of 2017 are months packed with Blu-ray releases of films in desperate need of reappraisal or revisitation, beginning with June’s release of the too-oft unseen Where the Buffalo Roam (1980), which stars Bill Murray as Hunter S. Thompson! They followed that up with Blu-rays of The Lawnmower Man […]

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Windows

Windows

| July 5, 2017

Gordon Willis’ work as a director of photography is legendary. His iconic cinematography shaped such classics of the 1970’s as The Godfather (though he shot the whole trilogy), Woody Allen’s Annie Hall (1977) and Manhattan (1979), and All the President’s Men (1976). Naming but these few films alone should evidence the import of Willis’ work […]

Willard (1971) & Ben (1972)

Willard (1971) & Ben (1972)

| May 16, 2017

As a pair of films, Willard (1971) and its sequel Ben (1972) stand in stark contrast to each other and I’ve always been fascinated by the differences between the two. Willard offers audiences an unrelentingly tense character study hinging on a revenge narrative that’s elevated by the addition of a horror component in the form […]

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The Phantasm Collection

The Phantasm Collection

| April 10, 2017

I know it’s only April, but I’m calling it right now. When 2018 rolls around and people start cobbling together their lists of the Best Blu-ray Releases of 2017, you’ll find no shortage of horror fans whose lists declare Well Go USA’s The Phantasm Collection to be bar-none the #1 release of 2017. And the […]

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Psycho IV: The Beginning

Psycho IV: The Beginning

| August 23, 2016

On paper, the idea that Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) should have ever had sequels seems incredibly misguided. The film is, after all, one of the most acclaimed horror films of all time. And you could never hope to replicate the film’s brilliance on either a technical of narrative level, lest you were a genius of […]

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

| August 3, 2016

“It’s a big conspiracy.” “What’s a big conspiracy?” “Everything!” This exchange from 1978’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers between Jack (Jeff Goldblum) and Matthew (Donald Sutherland) isn’t just an amusing way of enriching the audience’s understanding of the patently pessimistic Jack; it’s the film’s guiding principle. Invasion wants nothing more than to make you uncomfortable […]

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