Ahead of next year’s reboot, rediscover the original Paranormal Activity with this stunning Limited Edition Blu-ray from Second Sight Films.
In 2009 a low-budget horror arrived with little fanfare and quickly become a demonic force to be reckoned with, growing into an international horror phenomenon…that film was Paranormal Activity. Scaring the living daylights out of audiences the world over and spawning many a sequel, this monster of a horror hit makes the most mundane into the most terrifying film of its time and is now set for the Limited Edition Blu-ray treatment, from expert in the field, Second Sight Films.
Director Oren Peli’s chiller became one of the most talked about horror films of the 21st century, going on to earn its place as one of the horror greats and redefining the found footage genre, it now gets a hauntingly brilliant new high-def release on 30 August 2021. The box set comes in a rigid, slipcase with new artwork by James Neal plus a book featuring brand new essays and collectors’ art cards, it also contains a slew of special features including audio commentaries, new cast and director interviews, an alternative ending and The Festival Cut ending.
A young couple, played by Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat, move into a new home in the suburbs, but all is not well and they soon become convinced that it’s haunted by a demonic presence. In the hope of finding evidence they set a video camera up in their bedroom to film the room as they sleep. What they record is more terrifying than they could ever have imagined.
Paranormal Activity ‘hit the bull’s-eye of a particular cultural and cinematic zeitgeist’ (The Fright File), you’ll definitely want this Limited Edition Blu-ray in your possession. Pre-order your copy today at Second Sight Films.
Audio commentary by Oren Peli
Audio commentary by Mary Beth McAndrews and Terry Mesnard
Breaking Normal: a new interview with Oren Peli
The Marked One: a new interview with Katie Featherston
The Man with the Camera: a new interview with Micah Sloat
The Possessed: a new interview with Ashley Palmer
The Festival Cut ending
English subtitles for the hearing impaired
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
Rigid slipcase with new artwork by James Neal
Soft cover book with new essays by Sarah Appleton, Anton Bitel, Shellie McMurdo and Pete Turner
6 collectors’ art cards
The war from tomorrow begins today….next Thursday at the latest….or now….whenever is good for you really.
From the makers of Legend of the Alleyman comes the highly ambitious Sci-fi actioner The War From Tomorrow. The highly anticipated movie that does not star Chris Pratt and isn’t available on Amazon, had a difficult time making it to the big screen. In The War From Tomorrow, worlds and timelines collide in a last ditch attempt to save the world from devastation.
While plot details remain under wraps, the $350 million budgeted four hour epic started filming back in 2019, but after filming just a single frame they were shut down as after barely a day on set they were already six months behind and more than $500 million over budget.
While it remains a mystery how that’s even possible, the key take home here is the producers of the movie signed up for a reasonably priced membership to a stock footage website and made the bizzare decision to complete the movie using stock footage. In a year that has seen the way TV and films are made and watched has changed, a feature film made from stock footage sounds like it might just be crazy enough to work. The War From Tomorrow is released on NotReallyAFlix on August 32nd .
Oh, wait a second, I’ve just been informed that this is actually a trailer made from those occasionally inventive folks over at The Stock Footage Sketch Show. Which is a Sketch Show series made from stock footage. Well, I’ve written this post now so……
STUDIOCANAL is proud to announce the release of a brand new 4K restoration of “master director” Joseph Losey’s (The Servant) classic, MR. KLEIN. Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of its theatrical release, the film will be available to own on Blu-Ray, DVD and on Digital from September 13.
Looking and sounding better than ever and accompanied by a host of extras material, this masterpiece of post-war French Cinema is a great addition to the ever-expanding VINTAGE WORLD CINEMA collection.
Both critically and publicly lauded on release, MR. KLEIN competed in the 1976 Cannes Film Festival, where it lost to Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. The following year, however, the film would garner multiple César Awards; for best film, director, and production design. With its story of blurred identities within the politically charged atmosphere of German-occupied Paris, MR. KLEIN’s themes may well have been influenced by Losey’s own experiences of living in exile following his refusal to stand before the Un-American Activities Committee.
Starring Alain Delon (Le Cercle Rouge) in a career defining role with a special appearance from Jeanne Moreau (Jules et Jim). MR. KLEIN, Losey’s first French-language film with its Kafkaesque focus on the themes of identity and obsession, has become a classic of the doppelgänger paranoia genre and is one of Losey’s darkest films.
Paris, January 1942 – art dealer Robert Klein (Alain Delon) is making a killing. For this loyal Frenchman the Nazi occupation is a unique business opportunity. He stands to profit from the Jewish people’s misfortune, as they sell their possessions in a hurry to leave the country. But when a Jewish newspaper turns up on Klein’s doorstep, his comfortable life begins to unravel. It seems there is another Robert Klein, a suspected Jewish Resistance fighter, who is content to live in the shadows and let his namesake take the fall. As Klein’s investigation of his double progresses, the mood shifts from Hitchcock to Kafka and proving his innocence becomes less important than confronting his doppelgänger.
Mr Klein is released on Blu-Ray, DVD and on Digital from September 13
If you’re of a certain age, then you’ll have fond memories of afternoons spent at the cinema, and while you’d wait to buy your chosen treats, you’d see a range of posters displayed for forthcoming attractions. This is a practice still followed today, but over the years, the fine art of creating a film poster has been diluted by photoshop nightmares.
Following the previous instalment that focused on The Accidental Husband, The Untethered Geek is back with a new episode in the Worst Movie Posters of All Time series; this time he’s aiming at I Am Wrath, starring John Travolta. Naturally, expect spoilers, a deeply sarcastic outlook, and frequent self-inflicted distractions. You can watch the full episode below.
Lauded by horror royalty Guillermo del Toro and Stephen King, Issa López’s critically acclaimed Tigers Are Not Afraid is a harrowing and enthralling film that is set amid life in Mexico where the cartel wars are part of everyday life and is shown through the eyes of innocent children. Premiering at FrightFest and originally released on Shudder, this astounding feature is now set for its UK Blu-ray, DVD and digital release on 23 August 2021 courtesy of Acorn Media International.
Drawing comparisons to Pans Labyrinth with its dark fairytale nature, and combining real life horror with fantasy, Tigers Are Not Afraid captivates and shocks its audience with its young cast bringing the tale to life. Critically acclaimed at international film festivals, and with beguiling performances from Juan Ramón López in his feature debut and Paola Lara in the lead role makes the movie all the more terrifying and poignant.
Estella (Paolo Lara) lives in Mexico where a sprawling drug war is raging. When a harrowing shooting takes place near her school, her teacher passes her three pieces of chalk capable of granting three wishes. When she returns home, she finds her Mum missing, taken by the drug lords. Using one of the wishes, she’s plunged into a supernatural misadventure. Forced to join a street gang to get answers, and take down the cartel, will Estella be able to find out what happened to her mum and defeat the villainous crime boss Chino?
Tigers Are Not Afraid is a not to-be missed stunningly original piece of filmmaking that shines a light on the shocking lives of children embroiled in the cartel wars, set against a thrilling supernatural fantasy.
The ‘kaiju’ film – the Japanese giant monster movie – includes such classic screen icons as mutated sea monster Godzilla, flying caterpillar deity Mothra and towering turtle Gamera. Among the multitude of magnificent monsters was Daimajin, inspired by the ancient Golem story where a large stone-carved being comes to life. The Daimajin Trilogy has been brought back to life by ARROW VIDEO in a Limited Edition 3-disc collection that comes with postcards, a 100-page book, and beautiful restorations of the three classic 1960’s kaiju films. To celebrate the release, here’s a look at the magnificent seven key players on the monster movie scene.
1. King Kong
The success of the 1931 Hollywood epic King Kong would not only kickstart the ‘creature feature’ genre, but also became a staple part of Japanese kaiju film. RKO, who owned the rights, licensed Kong to the famous Toho film studio in Japan – resulting in King Kong v Godzilla in 1962 and King Kong Escapes in 1967. The massive ape might have looked a bit flea-bitten in the Toho films, but you’d never say it to his face.
Toho had come up with their very own giant monster in 1954, in the form of a sea creature disturbed by underwater hydrogen bomb testing who goes on the rampage. The original film, Godzilla, features not only fantastic effects and a lovable monster, but provided a pertinent commentary on man’s fraught and neglectful relationship with his environment. In the subsequent thirty plus Godzilla films, he went up against the likes of Astro-Monster, Mechagodzilla, King Kong and Mothra – and, of course, has been the subject of several big budget Hollywood remakes.
Following roughly the same outline as the King Kong and Godzilla films that preceded it, Mothra (1961) featured the title character, an island deity in the form of a flying caterpillar, setting off to rescue two fairies who have been kidnapped by a greedy businessman. Mothra became the second most popular kaiju character after Godzilla, and appears in 11 films alongside him.
4. Mighty Peking Man
Let’s take a brief foray to Hong Kong, for Ho Meng Hua’s King Kong-inspired Mighty Peking Man, one of the most unmissable insane monster movies ever made. A restored version of the film will be available later this year as part of Arrow Video’s Shaw Brothers’ classics, the box set Shawscope Volume One.
This kaiju superhero burst onto the small screen with his own series in 1966. Ultraman is an alien being who ends up on Earth, chasing after an alien… and gives a human the power to turn himself into a giant superhero – just in time to stop a series of attacks on the planet by giant monsters! As well as the TV series, there was a film in 1967, followed by a whole series of Ultraman adventures – and this year sees the release of a reimagining of the character in Shin Ultraman.
The titanic terrapin Gamera appeared in a host of films, from 1965’s Gamera the Giant Monster to 2006’s Gamera The Brave (all recently restored and re-issued by Arrow Video). Gamera, a giant prehistoric turtle, is awoken by the accidental detonation of an atomic bomb. He was, in his earlier films, more light-hearted and kid-friendly, developing into the ‘Guardian of the Universe’ in the groundbreaking 1990s reboot series, The Heisei Trilogy, often hailed as three of the best kaiju films ever made.
The Daimajin Trilogy is a unique kaiju series that transplanted the ancient Golem legend to Japan’s Warring States period of the late-16th century. It features three thrilling tales (Daimajin, Return of Daimajin and Wrath of Daimajin) of feudal oppression and divine retribution meted out by the iconic stone warrior of the title, combining lavish period detail with jaw-dropping special effects. What chance do mere mortals have against the crushing stone fists and stamping stone feet of the mighty Daimajin? Clue: not much of one.
The Daimajin Trilogy is available on Limited Edition Blu-ray 26th July from Arrow Video
STUDIOCANAL is proud to announce the release of a brand-new 4K version of Akira Kurosawa’s final masterpiece, RAN, 35 years on from its original release in the UK.
This beautiful restoration will be available to own in stunning 4K for the very first time in the UK when it is released on UHD disc on July 19. This special three-disc edition comes complete with a host of extras material and is a great addition to the ever-expanding VINTAGE WORLD CINEMA collection. The film is also available to own on DVD and Blu-Ray.
The final masterpiece from legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, RAN, which translates as ‘turmoil’, is Kurosawa’s meditation on Shakespeare’s King Lear crossed with the history of Japan’s 16th century Civil Wars and the legend of Morikawa, a feudal warlord with three sons.
Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsuya Nakadai – Yojimbo, Kagemusha) an ageing warlord who, after spending his life consolidating his empire, decides to abdicate and divide his kingdom amongst his three sons, Taro (Akira Terao – Letter from the Mountain, Dreams), Jiro (Jinpachi Nezu – The Man in White, Red Shadow: Akakage) and Saburo (Daisuke Ryû – Tono monogatari, Gojo reisenki: Gojoe). When Hidetora’s youngest son Saburo voices concerns about the wisdom of his father’s plan, claiming that treachery within the family will be inevitable, Hidetora mistakes these comments for a threat and banishes him. This allows Taro and Jiro to take the reigns of power unopposed, leading to a brutal and bloody struggle to win absolute power.
Majestic in scope, RAN is a profound examination of the folly of war and the crumbling of one family under the weight of betrayal, greed and the insatiable thirst for power. This stunning 3 disc set is home to a wealth of exclusive special features;
• A.K. – FEATURE LENGTH CHRIS MARKER DOCUMENTARY ON AKIRA KUROSAWA
• INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY – SHÔJI UEDA
• INTERVIEW WITH MS MIEKO HARADA
• INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL BROOKE – AUTHOR/JOURNALIST
• STAGE APPEARANCE AT TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2015
• RAN: THE RESTORATION
RAN is available on 4K Ultra HD from July 19.