THE BURNING (1981) and THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN (1976) from Shout Factory 5/21

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  1. bruce h

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  2. Kim Bruun

    Kim Bruun Resident Scream Queen

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    Instant pre-order on both! :banana:
     
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    bruce h Editor - CINEMA ARCANA

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    Me too, along with CRIMEWAVE. It's disgusting how much Shout Factory stuff I have preordered!
     
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    bruce h Editor - CINEMA ARCANA

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    It's a Summer camp slaughterthon from Scream Factory this Spring, as Tony Maylam's THE BURNING (1981) gets blu-ified. Camp Stonewater has it all: totally irresponsible counselors, the date-rapiest kids on the East Coast, and their very own garden shear-wielding maniac! Horribly disfigured by a prank gone wrong, jerky groundsman Cropsy turns a Summer vacation canoe trip into a teenage wasteland, as Stonewater's populous gets stabbed, slashed, chopped and impaled in a variety of Tom Savini-orchestrated kill scenes. Featuring great location shooting, comedic asides from a pre-Seinfeld Jason Alexander (with hair!), and a haunting synth score from prog-rock genius Rick Wakeman, THE BURNING may not be the greatest of all '80s slashers, but really, does it need to be? It has what counts, and that's enough for me. Shout's disc promises to port the supplements from the OOP MGM disc along with some new content.

    Blu / DVD Combo Preorder:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...eASIN=B00BCMSY80&linkCode=as2&tag=cinema09-20

    Trailer:
    http://youtu.be/kH3Fy2qFSSY

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    Chomp Rudest Motherfucker on HD

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    These ain't loobacated rubbahs. I asked for loobacated rubbahs.
     
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    bruce h Editor - CINEMA ARCANA

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    I actually had THE BURNING on in the background yesterday as I was writing it up, and my girlfriend ended up quoting that line for the rest of the night. (Along with "What didja come out here for then? Get the fuck outta my face!") Hilarious.
     
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    bruce h Editor - CINEMA ARCANA

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    It's a Texarkana terror two-fer from Scream Factory, who give Charles B. Pierce's THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN (1976) and THE EVICTORS (1979) their domestic digital debut.

    With a trailer that traumatized every '70s kid who saw it, THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN is a procedural account of the Texarkana Moonlight Murders, a still-unsolved true life killing spree that plagued Arkansas in 1946. Ben Johnson and Andrew Prine play small town cops unprepared to deal with The Phantom Killer, whose motiveless crimes are causing increasing panic in the community. Embellishing the verified facts and inventing some others (like its famous trombone stabbing), the film remains a creepy, intense outing, reminiscent of later docudramas like MAN ON A SWING and ZODIAC -- hick cop comedic relief aside. Look for a post-GILLIGAN'S ISLAND Dawn Wells (a Pierce regular) as one of the victims.

    In THE EVICTORS, another '40s-era thriller "based on true events," Jessica Harper and Michael Parks are a couple moving into a Louisiana farmhouse only to find its prior tenants have all met gruesome ends. Is history set to repeat itself? Unjustifiably obscure, THE EVICTORS is an atmospheric slow burn, building a tense, creepy mood not easily shaken off. Bonus points for casting Vic Morrow as their real estate agent -- would *you* buy a house from that guy?

    No word on extras yet from Shout, but having this pair of regional recommendations available remastered in their correct aspect ratios (a big deal for TOWN especially) is enough to part me from my money.

    Blu / DVD combo preorder:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...eASIN=B00BCMT2BI&linkCode=as2&tag=cinema09-20

    THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN trailer:
    http://youtu.be/JOTOxk1naC4

    THE EVICTORS trailer:
    http://youtu.be/zEGmAnsWEOI

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    Man, I can't believe I've never seen this. I was also going to skip the new Blu-Ray but that post pretty much sold me.
    Alongside, Sinister and Lifeforce this is a top release in terms of interest for me.
     
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    bruce h Editor - CINEMA ARCANA

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    Glad to hear my write-ups are at least getting *one* person to check the flicks out -- hopefully you won't be disappointed!

    As a clarification, the master for THE EVICTORS supplied by MGM is standard def, so it's being included as an extra. That's why the release is not being promoted as a double-bill.

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    Last time I watched the Burning it didn't live up to my teenage memories from the mid 1980's. I'll still pick it up if the transfer is an improvement over the DVD.
     

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    the picture above of glasser getting speared looks like a good shot. if the bluray looks this good. might have to double dip
     
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    final list of extras for The Burning!

    - Audio Commentary with Director Tony Maylam and International Film Journalist Alan Jones
    - Audio Commentary with stars Shelley Bruce and Bonnie Deroski
    - Blood ‘n’ Fire Memories – A detailed look at the creation of the film’s make-up effects with Special Effects Artist Tom Savini
    - Slash & Cut – An interview with editor Jack Sholder
    - Cropsy Speaks – An interview with actor Lou David
    - Summer Camp Nightmare – An interview with actress Leah Ayres
    - Behind-the-Scenes Footage
    - Theatrical Trailer
    - Make-Up Effects Still Gallery
    - Poster & Still Gallery
     
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    Yeah saw this on my FB newsfeed. Fucking awesome. A whole new commentary? That's sweet, can't wait!

    ~Matt
     
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    Perfectly fine with my MGM DVD.

    I'll be upgrading Lifeforce however.
     
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    I'm excited for the Leah Ayres interview. Loved her in this and Bloodsport. It will be interesting to see what she's up to now.
     
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    I gotta get a region free BD player. Cant see either of these getting releases in the UK. Would love The Burning on BD. I only own the Fleshwound video bootleg which was good for its time but looks a little tired now.
     
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    specs for town that dreaded sundown

    - Audio Commentary with Justin Beahm and Historian Jim Presley
    - Small Town Lawman – An Interview with actor Andrew Prine
    - Survivor Stories – An Interview with actress Dawn Wells
    - Eye of the Beholder – An Interview with Director of Photography James Roberson
    - Theatrical Trailer
    - Essay by writer Brian Albright
    - Poster & Still Gallery
    - BONUS FILM (on the DVD only): The Evictors (1979 - from the same Director and starring Jessica Harper and Vic Morrow)
     
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    Looks like a pretty solid slate of extras. I wasn't sure who Justin Beahm was, so I looked him up. Apparently he's a bit of a HALLOWEEN "authority," authoring a book and producing some commentary tracks for the series. Jim Presley was a Texarkana Gazette reporter and has been interviewed on Unsolved Mysteries about the original case. Could be a really cool track, delving into what was inspired by fact and what was pure fiction.
     
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