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The teams who brought you “Turtle Power” and “Nintendo Quest” have joined forces to bring you “POWER OF GRAYSKULL: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe”.
Next Tuesday, January 19th at 9.00am EST will see the launch of their Kickstarter Campaign, where they invite fans to join them as they embark on an epic adventure into the heart of 80’s nostalgia to find out once and for all #WhoHasThePower.
“POWER OF GRAYSKULL” will be the greatest, most DEFINITIVE documentary on everything He-Man, Masters of the Universe and She-Ra, featuring interviews with writers, designers, artists, sculptors, show-runners, decision-makers and more. This feature documentary will delve into the toys, comics, cartoons, and movies from all eras by talking to the people who helped make it a reality, co-directed by lifelong Masters of the Universe fan Rob McCallum (“Nintendo Quest”), and pop culture junkie Randall Lobb (“Turtle Power”).
MASTERS signed up to participate include pioneer Mark Taylor, Former president of Mattel Tom Kalinske, Animation Director Gwen Wetzler, and more (full list available via the Kickstarter page), along with, of course, a few surprises and special guests!
Fans can pre-order the film now via the Kickstarter page, and secure exclusive “POWER OF GRAYSKULL” rewards. Rewards include animation cels from the Filmation cartoon and custom-made Masters of the Universe figures in the backer’s likeness, based on any era of toyline - including She-Ra.
“POWER OF GRAYSKULL: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” will be directed by Randall Lobb and Rob McCallum, and produced by Randall Lobb, Rob McCallum, Isaac Elliott-Fisher, and Mark Hussey by FauxPop Media, as the next in their Definitive Film series. Definitive’s documentaries are built from the ground up for fans, by fans, to honor the best of pop culture and bring fans a deeper, more substantive look at the history and context of the pop culture properties they already love.
Randall Lobb says: “Our passion is to immerse ourselves in the pop culture we love and follow the stories we find right down to the roots. As always, with He-Man, we’re going to make a Definitive documentary: which means one that digs deep, looks incredible and tells the human stories that make this franchise so powerful for so many. We’ll discover stories we can’t yet imagine, interesting and creative people we don’t yet know and make a bunch of new friends, when it’s all said and done. Fans should know that we’re going to give them as much of what they want as we can - especially if they’re willing to share with us what they want!” Rob McCallum says: “He-Man and everything “Masters”, including She-Ra, has been a part of my life since the beginning, and I truly believe it’s informed who I am today. The film will be for everyone, from the casual to the hardcore fan, for toy lovers and those that love 80’s culture – and of course those who don’t have any idea about He-Man or Masters of the Universe. It will be an entertaining ride for everyone! As a huge fan, I can’t wait to hear the collective voice tell the Definitive story. Through our Kickstarter campaign, fans have a huge impact on the film we make, as our stretch goals are geared towards adding more content to the finished documentary. Our initial goal lets us make a 90 minute film, but by the power of Grayskull and with fan support, this could be a 2.5 hour epic tale!”
Should the Kickstarter campaign prove successful, “POWER OF GRAYSKULL” will debut in 2017.
Nikkatsu Diamond Guys - Vol 1 [Blu-ray + DVD] coming January 26
Limited edition of 3000 copies!
Nikkatsu, the oldest film studio in Japan, inaugurated a star system in the late 1950s, finding talent and contracting to their Diamond Line for a series of wild genre pictures. This collection celebrates these "Diamond Guys" with three classic films from directors Seijun Suzuki (Branded to Kill), Toshio Masuda (Rusty Knife) and Buichi Saito (Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril).
An old hand at tough guy action roles, Hideaki Nitani (Tokyo Drifter, Massacre Gun) stars in Suzuki's Voice Without a Shadow. Asako, a former telephone operator once heard the voice of a murder suspect which has continued to haunt her. Years later her husband invites his boss, Hamazaki, over for dinner and she realises his voice is suspiciously like that of the killer. Before she can investigate further, Hamazaki is found dead and her husband becomes the prime suspect...
Next, 50s subculture icon Yujiro Ishihara (Crazed Fruit) stars in Masuda's Red Pier as "Jiro the Lefty", a killer with a natural talent. Shortly after arriving in Kobe, he witnesses a man die in a crane accident which turns out to be a cover-up for a murder. Jiro soon finds himself on the run, tailed by a determined cop...
Finally, in Saito's The Rambling Guitarist, mega star Akira Koabyashi (Battles Without Honour and Humanity) stars as wandering street musician Shinji, who falls in with mob boss Akitsu after saving one of his henchmen in a bar fight. Tasked by Akitsu with evicting an offshore fishery, Shinji finds himself in the middle of a very unusual domestic dispute... Presented on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time in the West, these thrilling genre films feature Nikkatsu's leading talent at their best.
Bonus Materials * High Definition digital transfers of all three films, from original film elements by Nikkatsu Corporation * High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation * Original uncompressed mono audio * Newly translated English subtitles * Specially recorded video discussions with Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp on Diamond Guys Hideaki Nitani and Yujiro Ishihara * Original trailers for all three films and trailer preview for Diamond Guys Vol. 2 * Extensive promotional image galleries for all three films * Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys * Booklet featuring new essays on all three films and director profiles by Stuart Galbraith, Tom Mes and Mark Schilling
Product Details SKU: AV037 UPC: 760137807599 Street Date: 01/26/16 PreBook Date: 12/22/15 Label: Arrow Video » Genre: Action/Adventure/Crime Run Time: 92/99/78 mins Number of Discs: 3 Audio: Mono Year of Production: 1958/1959 Directors: Seijun Suzuki, Toshio Masuda, Buichi Saito Actors: Hideaki Nitani, Yujiro Ishihara, Akira Kobayashi Language: Japanese Subtitles: English
Amazon pre-order: HERE.
Sheba, Baby [Blu-ray + DVD] coming February 9
Fresh off her career defining roles for Jack Hill in Coffy and Foxy Brown, Pam Grier continued her domination of the Blaxploitation genre, in cult filmmaker William Girdler's (The Manitou, Abby) 'Sheba, Baby'... Grier plays Sheba Shayne, a private eye based in Chicago who is called to her hometown to stop the local mob boss (played by "that bad D'Urville Martin", Black Caesar, Dolemite) from moving in on her father's loan business. Aided by her father's partner, Brick Williams (Austin Stoker, Assault on Precinct 13, Battle for the Planet of the Apes), Sheba finds out that the violent thugs aren't going go away without a fight. Car bombs, gun fights and boat chases ensue whilst armed with her curves, street smarts and a .44, Sheba is in for a bloodbath! Grier would appear in three Blaxploitation classics in 1975 (the others were Bucktown and Friday Foster), where she was at the top of her game and genre, with the Los Angeles Times calling her "cool, tough and glamorous - a female fantasy Wonder Woman", further cementing her status as the first female action star.
Bonus Materials * High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations * Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray) * Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing * Audio commentary with producer-screenwriter David Sheldon, moderated by critic Nathaniel Thompson * Sheldon: Baby - a brand new interview with David Sheldon * Pam Grier: The AIP Years - a look over the wonder years of the Blaxploitation queen with film historian Chris
Poggiali * Trailer * Gallery featuring rare publicity images and Lobby Cards * Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips * Booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Patty Breen, webmaster of WilliamGirdler.com, illustrated with archive stills and posters
Product Details SKU: AV042 UPC: 760137818793 Street Date: 02/09/16 PreBook Date: 01/05/16 Label: Arrow Video » Genre: Action/Adventure Run Time: 90 mins Number of Discs: 2 Audio: Mono Year of Production: 1975 Director: William Girdler Actors: Pam Grier, D'Urville Martin, Austin Stoker Language: English Subtitles: English SDH Amazon pre-order: HERE.
Pray For Death [Blu-ray + DVD] coming February 16
In Pray for Death, martial arts legend Sho Kosugi (Enter the Ninja, Ninja 3: The Domination) stars as a family man driven to exact vigilante justice - ninja style!
Akira (Kosugi) has brought his wife and two boys to the United States in search of a better life. But their slice of the American Dream is quickly soured when they fall foul of a group of jewellery thieves. Unfortunately for the bad guys, they didn't count on Akira being a secret black ninja.
The samurai sword of vengeance falls swift and hard in this classic slice of '80s ninja action from director Gordon Hessler (Scream and Scream Again, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad), culminating in an action-packed showdown of Commando-esque proportions.
Bonus Materials *High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation *Brand new digital transfers of the Unrated and R-rated versions *Original Uncompressed PCM Stereo 2.0 audio *Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing *Sho and Tell Part 1: Birth of a Ninja - an exclusive interview with Sho Kosugi, in which the star discusses the early stages of his film career, leading up to his role in Pray for Death *Sho Kosugi on Martial Art Forms - an archive interview with Kosugi, including footage of his ninja demonstration from the 1985 New York premiere of Pray for Death *Sho Kosugi Trailer Gallery: Enter the Ninja (1981), Revenge of the Ninja (1983), Pray for Death (1985) and Rage of Honor (1987) *Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
Product Details SKU: AV039 UPC: 760137818694 Street Date: 02/16/16 PreBook Date: 01/12/16 Label: Arrow Video » Genre: Action/Adventure Run Time: 92 mins Number of Discs: 1 Audio: STEREO Year of Production: 1985 Director: Gordon Hessler Actors: Sho Kosugi, James Booth, Donna Kai Benz Language: English Subtitles: English SDH
Amazon pre-order: HERE.
American Horror Project - Vol 1 [Blu-ray + DVD] coming February 23
Limited edition of 3000 copies!
Everyone knows the classic American horror titles: Night of the Living Dead, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and A Nightmare on Elm Street, to name but a few. But we want to tell you a different story: a story of the unsung heroes of stars-and-stripes terror, films that have remained on the fringes of the genre either through lack of availability or else sheer obscurity.This is where American Horror Project comes in.
Volume One of this series presents three tales of violence and madness from the 1970s. Malatesta's Carnival of Blood (Christopher Speeth, 1973) sees a family arrive at a creepy, dilapidated fairground in search of their missing son, only tofind themselves at the mercy of the cannibalistic ghouls lurking beneath the park. Meanwhile, The Witch Who Came from the Sea (Matt Cimber, 1976), stars Millie Perkins (The Diary of Anne Frank) as a young woman whose bizarre and violentfantasies start to bleed into reality - literally. Lastly, every parent's worst nightmare comes true in The Premonition (RobertAllen Schnitzer, 1976), a tale of psychic terror in which five-year-old Janie is snatched away by a strange woman claimingto be her long-lost mother.
Newly remastered from the best surviving elements and contextualised with brand new supplementary material, American Horror Project proudly presents an alternative history of American horror and film heritage.
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS *Brand new 2K restorations of the three features *High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard DVD presentations *Original Mono 1.0 audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays) *English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing *Reversible sleeves for each film featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil *American Horror Project Journal Volume One - Limited edition 60-page booklet featuring new articles on the films from writers Stephen Thrower(Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents), Kim Newman (Nightmare Movies), Kier-La Janisse (House of Psychotic Women) and Brian Albright (Regional Horror Films, 1958-1990: A State-by-State Guide with Interviews)
MALATESTA'S CARNIVAL OF BLOOD *Introduction to the film by Stephen Thrower *Audio Commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith *The Secrets of Malatesta - an interview with director Christopher Speeth *Crimson Speak - an interview with writer Werner Liepolt *Malatesta's Underground - art directors Richard Stange and Alan Johnson discuss the weird, mysterious world of Malatesta's underground *Outtakes *Draft script (BD/DVD-ROM content) *Stills gallery
THE WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA *Introduction to the film by Stephen Thrower *Audio commentary with director-producer Matt Cimber, actress Millie Perkins and director of photography Dean Cundey *Tides and Nightmares - brand new making-of documentary featuring interviews with Cimber, Perkins, Cundey and actor John Goff ** A Maiden's Voyage - archive featurette comprising interviews with Cimber, Perkins and Cundey *Lost at Sea - director Cimber reflects on his notorious cult classic
THE PREMONITION *Introduction to the film by Stephen Thrower *Isolated score *Audio commentary with director-producer Robert Allen Schnitzer *Pictures from a Premonition - brand new making-of documentary featuring interviews with Schnitzer, composer Henry Mollicone and cinematographer Victor Milt *Archive interviews with Robert Allen Schnitzer and star Richard Lynch *Three Robert Allen Schnitzer short films: 'Vernal Equinox', 'Terminal Point' and 'A Rumbling in the Land' *4 Peace Spots *Trailers and TV Spots
Product Details SKU: AV043 UPC: 760137818595 Street Date: 02/23/16 PreBook Date: 01/19/16 Label: Arrow Video » Genre: Horror Run Time: 251 mins Number of Discs: 6 Audio: Mono Year of Production: 1973 Director: Matt Cimber, Christopher Speeth, Robert Allan Schnitzer Actors: Millie Perkins, Lonny Chapman, Janine Carazo, Herve Villechaize, Sharon Farrell, Edward Bell Language: English Subtitles: English SDH
Amazon pre-order: HERE.
Mojin: The Lost Legend
The World of Kanako
The Beautiful Ones
All Girls Weekend
Valley of the Sasquatch
A Life Not to Follow