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News: John Carpenter, Rambo, The Irishman

JOHN CARPENTER MOVIES

StudioCanal is putting out on 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray four classic John Carpenter films: Escape From New York (1981), They Live (1988), The Fog (1980), and Prince of Darkness (1987). The releases will be available for purchase this October/November.

 

Escape from New York

Synopsis: The year is 1997 and in a police state future the island of Manhattan has been turned into a maximum security prison. The rules are simple: once you’re in, you don’t come out. But when the President of the United States (Donald Pleasance) crash lands an escape pod into the centre of the city after fleeing a hijacked plane, a ruthless prison warden (Lee Van Cleef) bribes ex-soldier and criminal Snake Plisskin into entering the hazardous Manhattan and rescuing the distraught president from the twisted world of New York and from the demented clutches of its new ruler The Duke (Isaac Hayes) in John Carpenter’s cyber-punk, action, suspense spectacular.

This 4-disc limited Collector’s Edition of John Carpenter’s classic Escape from New York has been stunningly restored in 4K. This release is beautifully packaged with a stylish, newly commissioned illustration on the cover. It contains a 4K Blu-ray of the feature as well as a Blu-ray feature disc, extra features disc and the original soundtrack on CD. It also contains 5 artcards, a newly illustrated theatrical poster and booklet containing behind the scenes stills, articles and an essay from celebrated film journalist Kim Newman.

SPECIAL FEATURES AND TECHNICAL SPECS:

    • BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM
    • Purgatory: Entering John Carpenter’s Escape From New York – a brand new feature-length documentary featuring interviews with Writer Nick Castle, cinematographer Dean Cundey, composer Alan Howarth, production designer Joe Alves, special visual effects artist/model maker Gene Rizzardi, production assistant David De Coteau, photographer Kim Gottleib-Walker, Carpenter biographer John Muir, visual effects historian Justin Humphreys, and music historian Daniel Schweiger.
    • Snake Plissen: Man of Honor – featurette from 2005 featuring interviews with John Carpenter and Debra Hill
    • Intro by John Carpenter – an interview with director John Carpenter originally recorded for a French DVD release in 2003
    • Deleted Opening Sequence “Snake’s Crime” with Optional Audio Commentary
    • Photo gallery incl. Behind the Scenes
    • Original Trailers
    • Audio Commentary with actor Kurt Russell & director John Carpenter
    • Audio Commentary with Producer Debra Hill and production designer Joe Alves
    • Big Challenges in Little Manhatten: Visual effects featurette – from 2015, features interviews with both Dennis Skotak, Director of Photography of Special VFX, and Robert Skotak, Unit Supervisor and Matte Artist
    • I am Taylor – Interview with actor Joe Unger – from 2015
    • Audio Commentary with actress Adrienne Barbeau & DOP Dean Cundey
    • 48-page illustrated booklet
    • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

They Live 

Synopsis: WWF wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper plays John Nada, a homeless, unemployed construction worker who discovers a pair of sunglasses that when worn, suddenly reveal a world run by capitalist, yuppie aliens intent on keeping the human race sedate and brainwashed with subliminal messages fed through advertising and the media. Luckily for us all Nada is a man of action and so begins the fight-back (including perhaps the longest fistfight in cinema’s history) to save humankind.

This 4-disc limited Collector’s Edition of John Carpenter’s 1988 cult classic They Live has been stunningly restored in 4K. This release is beautifully packaged with a stylish, newly commissioned illustration on the cover. It contains a 4K Blu-ray of the feature as well as a Blu-ray feature disc, extra features disc and the original soundtrack on CD. It also contains 5 artcards, a newly illustrated theatrical poster and booklet containing behind the scenes stills, articles and an essay from celebrated film journalist Kim Newman.

SPECIAL FEATURES AND TECHNICAL SPECS:

  • BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM
  • Subversion: Exposing John Carpenter’s – A brand new feature-length documentary featuring interviews with Associate producer Sandy King, cinematographer Gary Kibbe, actor Peter Jason, actor Robert Grasmere, composer Alan Howarth, stunt coordinator/Ghoul Jeff Imada, author Jonathan Letham, music historian Daniel Schweiger, Blumhouse editor Rebekah McKendry, and visual effects historian Justin Humphreys
  • Original EPK: The Making of They Live (1988) John Carpenter profile – vintage profile of the director
  • Meg Foster profile – vintage profile of the actress
  • Roddy Piper profile – vintage profile of the actor
  • Audio Commentary with John Carpenter & Roddy Piper Independent Thoughts with John Carpenter – a 2012 interview with director John Carpenter
  • Woman of Mystery: Interview with Meg Foster – a 2012 interview with actress Meg Foster
  • Man vs Aliens: Interview with Keith David – a 2012 interview with actor Keith David
  • Fake commercials in the film
  • TV spots
  • Photo gallery
  • 48-page illustrated booklet
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

STREET DATE: OCTOBER 29.

RAMBO: LAST BLOOD

Here is Sylvester Stallone training for Rambo: Last Blood.

Nice t-shirt there.  I’m not usually one for merchandise but…

THE IRISHMAN

The question for me here is; is Robert De Niro going to drag Martin Scorsese down, or is the latter going to elevate the former?  De Niro’s career has kind of been in the toilet for a while, I’ve been associating his appearances mentally with trash recently.

Here are new pictures from The Irishman.  If De Niro looks like a fake young guy, it might be because, supposedly, significant post-production de-aging will occur.