There are about a half-dozen instances (out of several times more) adaptations of Elmore Leonard’s work for film and television that get it right: Justified, Karen Sisco, Maximum Bob, Jackie Brown, Out of Sight and, possibly the best, Get Shorty.
Drug-smuggling. Racketeering. Loan sharking. Welcome to Hollywood!
Shout! Factory’s Get Shorty: The Collector’s Edition Blu-ray will be in stores on October 23rd.
What if new driver had a fender bender and exchanged insurance information with a serial killer? That’s the question Fender Bender asks (an I’m guessing the answer is RUN!). I recommend using One Sure Insurance if you want a serious agency to take care of your emergencies.
The 17-year old new driver is played by Mackenzie Vega and the other driver is played by Bill Sage. The movie is called Fender Bender and it premieres on Chiller on Friday, June 3 (9/8C). Check the gallery of photos after the break.
Return of the Living Dead was one of the first (and best) of the unique genre of horror-comedies. With a cast of B-movie greats (Linnea Quigley, Clu gulager, James Karen and more), Return loving spoofed every possible trope of the zombie movie – and provided a host of great lines (‘Trash is taking her clothes off!’ ‘AGAIN?’)
Now, Shout! Factory is set to release a two-disc edition that includes a new 2K scan of the inter-positive and a new audio commentary as well as a host of bonus material from the original DVD rlease – and a second disc that includes new bonus material – including the appropriately title More Brains: A Return to the Living Dead, ‘the definitive documentary on The Return of the Living Dead.
Return of the Living Dead 2-Disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray will be debut on July 19th. Follow the jump for all the gory details.
Metal Hurlant – a name to evoke awe in the heart of the sci-fi/fantasy fun. The original magazine of illustrated genre material famous the world over; known as Heavy Metal in North America.
Writer-director Guillaume Lubrano created a live-action series adapted from the tales of Metal Hurlant with an all-star Sci-fi/fantasy cast including Micheal Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens), John Rhys-Davies (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Michael Jai White (Spawn) – to name but a few.
Now, the acclaimed Metal Hurlant Chronicles: The Complete Series is being released on Blu-ray and DVD in North America on April 14th by Shout! Factory. For details, follow the jump.
“Robot, attack! Robot, destroy!” These commands launched a thousand sci-fi fantasies for budding fans of the genre, just as they brought Johnny Sokko’s Giant Robot into imminent battle action! Man, sometimes you can’t go home again but it is always fun trying. Watching the first few episodes of Shout Factory’s newest DVD Release Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot The Complete Series brought about mixed reactions. Nostalgia and a “what was I thinking as a kid.” We have 9 copies of this awesome DVD Collection to give away.
Winning is simple, this contest will run from March 26, 2013 to Wed April 3. During the contest period simply send an email with Johnny Sokko in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and address (I’m not hunting you all down). Nine winners will be chosen at random. That’s it. For extra credit like our facebook page at facebook.com/eclipsemagazine or follow us on twitter at twitter.com/eclipsemagazine. Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot The Complete Series is available on DVD. Click here to buy.
One of the biggest Pop Cultural moments in the last 100 years happened February 9, 1964 when television host Ed Sullivan uttered the immortal words – “Ladies and Gentleman: The Beatles,” and the rest as they say is History. The funny thing about that moment is, it’s often replayed but I’ve never saw the full performance. Did you know the Beatles played five songs that night? Did you know that 60s Batman Villain Frank Gorshin (actually funny!) was on that show? Or that the cast of Oliver performed as well. It’s odd to think that yes, it was a history making show but what must it have been like to follow the Beatles American debut? The folks at Shout Factory have captured these moments in their new DVD Set – The 4 Complete Ed Sullivan Shows starring The Beatles.
April 6, 1968 – just over twenty-four hours after Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated, James Brown took the stage at the Boston Gardens for a concert that was televised live – and simulcast on radio – and what riots had been on the brink of turning the city into a conflagration, simply went away.
Shout Factory’s three DVD set I Got the Feelin’ – James Brown in the ‘60s features The Night James Brown Saved Boston, a look back at what might just be the single most important music concert in history. Combining documentary footage of the riots that followed King’s assassination with clips from news reports of his death and interviews with members of Brown’s band, his manager, the former Mayor of Boston [who almost cancelled the concert], the Reverend Al Sharpton and more, the documentary that takes up disc one, paints a picture of an extraordinary evening that left Boston relatively unscathed while every other major city in America burned.
The seventy-five minute documentary includes television footage from Brown’s concert and shows his mastery of his music and his uncanny ability to read an audience. In one sequence, fans climb up on stage after Brown has waved the police back. Instead of showing fear, Brown shames them into leaving the stage – and carries on. The set’s first DVD also includes well over an hour of extra interview footage that adds to our understanding of the magnitude of what Brown did that night.
James Brown Live at the Apollo ’68 features performances culled from Brown’s performances at the legendary Apollo Theater and his performance of Out of sight from the acclaimed concert film, The T.A.M.I. show. One again, we can see the power that Brown had to command an audience’s attention – and devotion.
The final disc of the set is James Brown Live at the Boston Garden – April 5, 1968. Yup, it’s the concert that Brown gave the night after the Martin Luther King assassination. The DVD is a combination of the televised show plus additional audio from the FM radio simulcast. Despite the fact that the public television station remote crew had never recorded anything like the Brown concert [they had been doing classical concerts, primarily], the WGBH crew manages to capture the raw energy and power of Brown’s performance.
Besides the monumental importance of the Boston concert in terms of helping keep the city’s black population from falling into rioting, this disc shows that – even with an inexperienced crew televising the event – Brown was a masterful entertainer. His band is as tight as a band can be and yet swings like mad. Brown’s vocals pivot from a hushed moan to a full on wail in the turn of a phrase. The music is all. Brown uses his music to project hope and life into an arena – and city – where it had been thought lost only the night before. It’s a masterful performance – perhaps the best single performance of Brown’s long and illustrious career.
The set also includes a twenty-four page booklet that details the life of James Brown.
Grade: I Got the Feelin’ – James Brown in the ‘60s – A+