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Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:05

Oktoberfest Reviews, Gene Autry & more, plus Gilliam's Zero Theorem & Dr. Strangelove sequel?!

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We’re going to be starting today’s Oktoberfest Giveaway over on The Digital Bits Facebook page at Noon (Pacific), featuring a copy of Anchor Bay’s recent Halloween: 35th Anniversary Edition!  The Giveaway will be easy to enter and we’ll accept entries until 3 PM (Pacific), so be sure to head on over there and participate for your chance to win!

Dr. Jahnke’s Hell Plaza Oktoberfest review for today is a bit of an infamous grindhouse classic – Snuff from our friends at Blue Underground.

Also today, Tim has reviewed Danny Boyle’s Shallow Grave on Blu-ray from Criterion. Enjoy! [Read on here...]

In announcement news, Sony has set White House Down for Blu-ray and DVD release on 11/5.  Both versions will include 4 featurettes (A Dynamic Duo, Men of Action, Roland Emmerich: Upping the Ante and Meet the Insiders).  To this, the Blu-ray will exclusively add a gag reel and 9 additional featurettes (The Beast, The Full Arsenal, VFX Boundaries Down, The Inside Story, Presidential Treatment, Lights, Camera, Heart-Pumping Action, Crashing the Oval Office, Drowning the Beast and Recreating the White House).

Here’s something cool for you classic TV fans: Timeless Media Group has set The Gene Autry Show: The Complete Television Series for DVD release on 12/10.  The 15-disc set will include all 91 episodes along with “a bevy of bonus content, including select episodes of Autry’s Melody Ranch radio show, vintage Autry commercial appearances, film trailers and photo galleries; as well as a bonus DVD showcasing classic episodes from Autry’s other Flying ‘A’ Pictures television series The Range Rider, Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill Jr. and The Adventures of Champion.”

Entertainment One will release Brian De Palma’s Passions on Blu-ray and DVD on 11/5 (SRP $29.98 and $24.98).  The film stars Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace.

Here’s a surprise: Scorpion Entertainment just released Roy Ward Baker’s The Monster Club on Blu-ray, starring Vincent Price and Donald Pleasence.  We haven’t seen the disc, so we can’t vouch for quality, but it’s just $11 on Amazon.

And in other news, here’s something Dr. Jahnke found this morning over at Indiewire: Apparently, before he died, Stanley Kubrick was planning a sequel to Dr. Strangelove (called Son of Strangelove) that he hoped Terry Gilliam would direct.  WOW.  We’d pay real money to see that happen!

Speaking of Gilliam, here’s the bootleg leak of the trailer for his latest film, The Zero Theorem via YouTube.  Count us in!

Here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for The Monster Club, plus Paramount’s Stop-Loss (2/4/14) and Kino’s Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde: Kino Classics Deluxe Edition (1/28/14)...

The Monster Club (Blu-ray Disc)    Stop-Loss (Blu-ray Disc)    Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde: Kino Classics Deluxe Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt

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