Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Cult Film 'Comin' At Ya!' is Coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital January 26th

MVD Celebrates the Cult Classic Movie 
With 35th Anniversary Re-release and Debut On Blu-ray 3D
To be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital formats on January 26th

Comin' At Ya! Blu-ray cover

MVD Entertainment Group has obtained the North American distribution rights to the cult classic film Comin At Ya!, the fan-favorite spaghetti western. The studio plans a 35th Anniversary re-release on home video that includes its debut on Blu-ray 3D. Directed by Ferdinando Baldi ("Get Mean," "Django, Prepare a Coffin") and written, produced and starring spaghetti western legend Tony Anthony ("Blindman," "Get Mean," "Treasure of the Four Crowns"), "Comin' at Ya!" is largely credited with the 3-D revival in the early 1980's (that spawned "Friday the 13th Part III" in 3-D, "Jaws 3-D", "Parasite," "Amityville 3-D" and many more).

The deal was negotiated by Eric Wilkinson for MVD and Robbie Little of The Little Film Company on behalf of the filmmakers.

Independently produced, "Comin' at Ya!" was originally released theatrically in 1981 by Filmways Pictures and went on to gross over $12,000,000 domestically in only 200 theaters in North America (over $30,000,000 in 2016 dollars when adjusted for inflation), long before independent films were a regular staple in multiplexes. Comin' at Ya! happily embraced the 3-D technology of its time, not only taking advantage of the depth that the technology provided, but also taking every opportunity possible to throw, shoot and point things at the viewer at every possible turn and created a cult classic movie as a result.

Writer, producer, and star of Comin' At Ya! Tony Anthony said about the movie's 35th anniversary...

"In the 80's Comin' At Ya! was the first 3D film distributed by a major company since the 50s and it went on to set box-office records and turned Hollywood and the world onto 3D once again", explained Tony. "Films are strange, live-for-ever works of art and as a producer and writer, this is a labor of love. To be able to restore this film with the new technology that's now available, I'm thrilled to finally be able the present this film the way is was meant to be seen."

The new home video version of Comin' At Ya! was supervised and produced by Tony Anthony himself and Tom Stern (In God's Hands), through his company Sternco 3D. Sourced from a new 4K master, Comin' At Ya! boasts a frame by frame digital conversion of the polarized over-and-under format of the original print, sourced from a brand new internegative into the MVC 3D format and new 5.1 surround sound.

Eric Wilkinson, MVD Entertainment's Director of Acquisitions and Sales shares Tony Anthony's excitement about the re-release of Comin' At Ya!...

"I remember this film from when I was a kid. I also remember my parents telling me I wasn't allowed to go see it due to the film's R rating. I finally did get to see this on home video in a less-than-desirable full frame transfer on VHS. I loved it, but always wanted to see this the way it was meant to be seen... in 3D. As a both an acquisitions executive and a fan, I chased this film for years. I'm thrilled to be working with Tony and Tom and bring this back to home video the way that it was meant to be seen. The 3D looks amazing! At one point during the film, I actually ducked!"

Comin' at Ya! makes is home video debut on January 26, 2016 on Blu-ray 3D/2D and 2D DVD and Digital / VOD from MVD Entertainment Group.

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The CBS Series 'Supergirl' adds George of the Jungle in 2016

Christopher Showerman, remembered for his role as George in Disney’s George of the Jungle 2, joins CBS series Supergirl this January.

Christopher Showerman

Showerman makes his debut in the series’ January 4 episode ‘Blood Bonds’. He plays Tor, an offsider of the show’s villain Non (Chris Vance) in the Steve Shill directed episode.

It’s believed the character reappears throughout the season.

What’s interesting about the casting is that Showerman was one of the contenders for Supergirl’s famous cousin about ten years ago; the bodybuilder and actor vied for the title role in Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns.

This isn’t Showerman’s first foray into comic book fare; the actor played the caped crusader in the short film Batman: Personal Issues (2015).

Showerman also recently wrote and directed the independent drama Radio America, which was released in November.

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A Force Awakens in Space-Thriller 'Shockwave Darkside' out January 5

Aliens and Prometheus collide in visual effects showcase 'Shockwave Darkside'

Shockwave Darkside poster

Sci-fi mindbender Shockwave Darkside orbits VOD January 5 from Uncork’d Entertainment. 

Starring Bill Sage (Boardwalk Empire), Mei Melancon (Nightmare Code), Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) and Rich Ceraulo (Supergirl), the “enjoyable and intelligent” (SFCrowsNest) mesh of visual effects and chair-gripping thrills was a ten year labour of love for writer-director Jay Weisman.

Shockwave Darkside still

Five soldiers, shot down and behind enemy lines in a battle over water, frozen in the deep craters of the lunar surface, find themselves marooned on the dark side of the moon. With depleting air and supplies, they have no choice but to start a dangerous trek through hostile territory. As their numbers dwindle and nerves fray, they make an amazing discovery about the moon that just might save their lives, but destroy the very cause that they are fighting for.

Inspired by the storytelling of classic science-fiction literature from the 50's, but with a 21st century twist, Shockwave, Darkside is an exciting, thoughtful and timely exploration of the tense collision between faith and reason.

You can also visit the films official website and follow it on Twitter and Facebook

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