Also, Not of This Earth
Those fiends at Shout! Factory continue to mine the Roger Corman library for cool DVD and Blu-Ray releases. Here’s the latest news from our reps about Not of This Earth and a The Terror Within/Dead Space double-feature.
This November 2, 2010, get ready for a trio of science-fiction terror palooza when Shout! Factory, in association with New Horizons Picture Corporation will unleash Not of This Earth (1988) Special Edition DVD and The Terror Within/ Dead Space Double-Feature DVD from the popular Roger Cormanâs Cult Classics home entertainment series.
Cult filmmaker Jim Wynorski (Big Bad Mama II, Chopping Mall) offers his rendition of Roger Cormanâs 1957 cult classic Not of This Earth in the 1988 version, boasting campy performance of fan favorite Traci Lords (Blade, Cry-Baby). The double-feature DVD release of The Terror Within and Dead Space offers fearful futuristic thrills on Earth and in outer space. A must-have for horror fans and collectors, aggregate your Roger Corman movie collection with these two latest home entertainment releases from Roger Cormanâs Cult Classics. Each DVD is sold separately with $19.93 SRP.
Not of This Earth is out of this world!
âI directed the original Not of This Earth in 1957, a film which uniquely combined sci-fi and vampire genres. When director Jim Wynorski first approached me to remake the film, I was skeptical of messing with a classic. However, Jim convinced me with some interesting casting choices, including 20-year-old Traci Lords in the Beverly Garland role.â — Roger Corman
In Los Angeles, a mysterious stranger (Arthur Roberts, Cheech & Chongâs Up in Smoke, Revenge of the Ninja) arrives in town and hires Nadine Story (Lords) as his private nurse. Although the pay is great, she becomes more and more suspicious of this mysterious stranger when his requests for blood transfusions become more frequent and insistent. After some amateur detective work, Nadine finds out that her new boss is not who — or what — he appears to be. In fact, heâs from another world!
Not of This Earth was a remake of executive producer Cormanâs 1957 sci-fi horror classic, which he had himself produced and directed. Eager to capitalize on the thrills and chills of the original story while adding a fresh, more contemporary layer of black comedy and camp humor, Corman tapped producer/director Wynorski to take on the project. Not only did Wynorski accept the challenge of remaking one of his mentorâs most popular early films, but he vowed his could do it in less time than Corman had, 31 years before! According to Hollywood legend, the original film took Corman 12 days to make, and the remake took Wynorski 12 days to make!
The film marked Traci Lordsâ transition from adult film roles to mainstream roles. Not only did she contribute a generous dose of beauty and sex appeal, as well as a dollop of box-office-friendly controversy, but the actress proved the naysayers wrong by impressing critics and audiences alike with a witty, sassy performance as the quick-thinking heroine, Nadine Story.
Not of This Earth proceeded to break box-office records with an immediate profit that paid for its production within days â¦ if not hours!
NOT OF THIS EARTH SPECIAL EDITION DVD BONUS CONTENT:
New anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.78:1)
Nadineâs Story â a new interview with Traci Lords
New audio commentary with Traci Lords and director Jim Wynorski
Original DVD audio commentary with director Jim Wynorski
Original theatrical trailer
New World trailers
In the future, fear is dominant — whether on Earth or in deep space, as is proven in truly horrific fashion by the double-feature collectorâs edition DVD release of The Terror Within and Dead Space.
In the aftermath of a chemically-induced plague that has decimated most of the world, the only survivors are a small group of scientists trapped in a hi-tech laboratory located 500 feet beneath the surface of the Mojave Desert. But, as they are soon discover, they are not alone…
The Terror Within features an intense ensemble cast headed by Academy AwardÂ® winner George Kennedy (Cool Hand Luke, the Naked Gun trilogy, the Airport series), Golden Globe AwardÂ® nominee Andrew Stevens (The Fury, The Boys in Company C), Terri Treas (The Nest, TVâs Alien Nation) and Starr Andreeff (Dance of the Damned, Breast Men).
Marc Singer (The Beastmaster,V) and two-time Emmy Award winnerÂ® Bryan Cranston (TVâs Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle) find themselves in deep space — and deep trouble — in the sci-fi chiller Dead Space, a loose remake of Cormanâs Forbidden World.
For years, Phaebon had been thought to be a safe and controlled scientific research facility until an emergency distress signals calls for Commander Kreiger (Singer) and his robot sidekick, Tinpan. Together, they fight to save the planet from a spreading virus and an odd, growing alien cocoon. Despite Kreigerâs heroism, is it too late to save the menace from possibly engulfing the galaxy?
THE TERROR WITHIN/DEAD SPACE
DOUBLE-FEATURE DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:
THE TERROR WITHIN DVD Special Features:
New anamorphic widescreen Transfer (1.78:1)
Audio commentary with co-producer Rodman Flender
DEAD SPACE DVD Special Features:
Audio commentary with director Fred Gallo
Shout! Factory will continue to present Roger Cormanâs Cult Classics home entertainment releases on a monthly basis. Upcoming highlights include The Evil, Twice Dead, The Warrior and The Sorceress, Barbarian Queen, Streets, Angel in Red, Lady in Red, Crazy Mama, Big Bad Mama, among others.
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