Tuesday, March 29, 2005

DVD Announcements...

D.E.B.S., the dismal 'lesbian' 'spoof' of the Charley's Angels films, hit theaters this weekend in a limited release of only 45 theaters, and pulled in a dismal $56,500, or under $1,300 a screen. Meanwhile, the DVD 'special edition' (!!) release has been announded for June 7th, barely two months after it's theatrical premiere. This indicates that the release was meant basically as a form of advertising for the DVD release, a cheap way to get pictures of the cast in their little Catholic schoolgirl outfits into a range of metropolitan newspapers.

B-Movie buffs will be glad to hear the the long-delayed Danger: Diabolik DVD has been rescheduled to hit shelves on June 14th. Star John Phillip Law and Video Watchdog's Tim Lucas, director Mario Bava's biographer, provide a commentary. The decision to include such a commentary may be what delayed the disc's release in the first place. If this is true, and despite my frustration at the time, kudos to Paramount for not releasing it on schedule and then putting the commentary on a double dipping 'special edition' release.

Meanwhile, I can't say it better than the fine folks at Digitalbits.com: "Remember how (a few months back) I asked when someone was going to release one of my favorite B-grade camp classics from the 1980s... the docudrama Sasquatch, The Legend of Bigfoot? Well, leave it to our friends over at Image Entertainment to step up to the plate! On 6/14, look for their Sasquatch Horror Triple Feature (SRP $19.99), which will include Sasquatch, The Legend of Bigfoot, Snow Creature and Snow Beast."

I loooove the folks at Image. They are awesome. Meanwhile, Image continues to release their lauded 'definative' season sets of The Twilight Zone. The second season will come out on April 5th, and they've just announced the third season set, due on June 28th. It's kind of cool that we don't have to wait a year for each set to come out.

Also in June, Image collects a number of previously released '50s schlock classics in one convenient package in their Alien Attack Collection. This boasts Brain from Planet Arous, Cat-Women of the Moon, Missile to the Moon (a remake [!!] of Cat-Women) and The Day It Came to Earth. This should sell just north of $20 and is a great bargain for those who didn't buy the earlier releases. No word yet on whether each film gets its own disc or whether they are grouped onto one or two discs.

Similar sets that month (including the above noted Bigfoot set) include the Monster Madness Collection, featuring the essential Killer Shrews, Giant Gila Monster, Monster from Green Hell and She Demons; and the Poverty Row Theater Collection, with
some fun looking '30s cheapies, Detective Kitty O'Day, Club Paradise and Private Snuffy Smith.


At 5:22 AM, Blogger BeckoningChasm said...

Why is "The Day It Came to Earth" in with those other films? I know it's SET in the fifties, but it was made in the late 70's (by Clintonophile Harry Thomasson).

At 6:10 AM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

Got me, I thought that was strange, too. We're probably overthinking it, though, and they didn't have rights to another film that made any more sense, or else they decided folks would pick it up on the strength of the other three titles and decided they could toss in a clinker.


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