Wednesday, July 29, 2015

SEPTEMBER TITLES FROM OLIVE FILMS!

Quite a few exciting titles coming from Olive Films on September 22ns 2015, beginning with Lucky McKee's THE WOODS! Also excited to see the Larry Cohen Blaxploitation classic BLACK CAESAR coming to 1080p HD! 


THE WOODS (2006)

BRUCE CAMPBELL (Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, TV’s Burn Notice)

PATRICIA CLARKSON (Pieces of April, Shutter Island)
EMMA CAMPBELL (The Aviator, The Hound of The Baskervilles)
AGNES BRUCKNER (Blood and Chocolate, Murder By Numbers, Venom)
LAUREN BIRKELL (Cast Away, The Babysitters, Van Wilder: Party Liaison)

Directed by
LUCKY MCKEE (May, The Woman, All Cheerleaders Die)

Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Patricia Clarkson (Best Supporting Actress, Pieces of April) headlines a cast of talented young performers alongside horror film stalwart Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead) in the thriller The Woods. 

GENRE: THRILLER
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 91 mins
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO
DISCS: 1

SYNOPSIS
Gothic chills abound in the thriller The Woods directed by Lucky McKee (May) from a screenplay written by David Ross (The Babysitters). Amidst the splendor of rural New England sits Falburn Academy, a boarding school for young, impressionable and in some cases, troubled girls. Isolated from the outside world, Falburn sits near the woods – a sinister cluster of trees that appears to act as a protective wall. Heather Fasulo (Agnes Brucker, The Aviator) is the school’s newest student. After setting fire to a forest, rebellious Heather is sent to Falburn to provide her with a sense of stability. Heather’s increasing nightmares prove to be more than homesickness when she discovers that the woods hold a chilling and terrifying secret.

The Woods co-stars Academy Award-nominee Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April) as Falburn’s dean, Ms. Traverse; Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead) as Heather’s father; Lauren Birkell (The Babysitters) as friend and schoolmate Marcy; and Rachel Nichols (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) as the bullying student, Samantha Wise.
MANNEQUIN (1987) 

ANDREW MCCARTHY (Pretty In Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, Weekend At Bernie’s)
KIM CATTRALL (Sex and The City, Peter Benchley’s Creature)
MESHACH TAYLOR (Damien: Omen II, Stony Island)
JAMES SPADER (Lincoln, Sex, Lies & Videotape, Pretty In Pink)
ESTELLE GETTY (Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, Mask, TV’s Golden Girls)

Directed by
MICHAEL GOTTLIEB (A Kid In King Arthur’s Court)

GENRE: COMEDY
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 90 mins
RATING: PG
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: STEREO
DISCS: 1

SYNOPSIS
Burgeoning artist Jonathan Switcher (Andrew McCarthy, Pretty In Pink) is reunited with the love of his life (well, his artistic life anyway) when he discovers the beautifully crafted mannequin he created years earlier is now prominently displayed in the window of the Prince & Company department store. Much to his surprise, and to the delight of the viewer, Jonathan will discover that his art project has more than superficial human traits when it quite literally springs to life in the form of “Emmy” (Kim Catrall, Sex And The City). 

This inspired comedy, a nod to such romantic fantasy films as One Touch of Venus, is directed and co-written by Michael Gottlieb (A Kid In King Arthur's Court) with Edward Rugoff (Double Take). The film co-stars James Spader (Pretty In Pink) as Switcher’s work rival; Meshach Taylor (TV's Designing Women) as his outrageous and flamboyant co-worker; Estelle Getty (TV's Golden Girls) as the owner of Prince & Company; and G.W. Bailey (Police Academy, TV's Major Crimes) as the store’s security chief.

MANNEQUIN TWO ON THE MOVE (1991)

KRISTY SWANSON (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Big Daddy, Higher Learning)

MESHACH TAYLOR (Mannequin, Damien: Omen II, TV’s Designing Women)
WILLIAM RAGSDALE (Fright Night, The Reaping, TV’s Herman’s Head)
STUART PANKIN (Irreconcilable Differences, Fatal Attraction, The Artist)
TERRY KISER (Weekend At Bernie’s, Weekend At Bernie’s II)

Directed by
STEWART RAFFILL (Mac and Me, The Ice Pirates, The Philadelphia Experiment)

GENRE: COMEDY
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 95 mins
RATING: PG
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: STEREO
DISCS: 1

SYNOPSIS
A romantic confection, Mannequin Two On The Move is a comic look at reincarnation, lost love and fabulous window displays. This sequel to the popular Mannequin finds the outrageous Hollywood Montrose (Meshach Taylor, TV’s Designing Women) promoted to Prince & Company’s display department. Joining Hollywood on the job is new assistant, Jason Williamson (William Ragsdale, Fright Night) who in a past life was the prince of the Hauptmann-Koenig kingdom.

Prince & Company will display a mannequin known as the Enchanted Peasant Girl in celebration of the kingdom. And Jason has a nagging feeling that he’s seen this mannequin somewhere before. Removing a necklace from the mannequin reveals that the Enchanted Peasant Girl is in reality Jessie (Kristy Swanson, Buffy The Vampire Slayer), the love of his previous life who was put under a curse by an evil sorcerer. Their rekindled romance is not without it’s challenges when the evil sorcerer reappears in the reincarnated form of Count Gunther Spretzle (Terry Kiser, Weekend At Bernie’s) who has plans of his own for the cursed Jessie.

Stuart Raffill (Mac and Me) directs from a screenplay by Edward Rugoff, David Isaacs, Ken Levine and Betsy Israel based on the characters created by Rugoff and Michael Gottlieb.

BLACK CAESAR (1973) 

FRED WILLIAMSON (Hammer, M.A.S.H., From Dusk Till Dawn)

GLORIA HENDRY (Live And Let Die, Hell Up In Harlem, Across A 100th St)
ART LUND (Bucktown, The Molly Maguires, The Last American Hero)
VAL AVERY (Donnie Brasco, The Magnificent Seven, Brubaker)

Directed by
LARRY COHEN (Hell Up In Harlem, It’s Alive, Original Gangsta)

Fred Williamson held the reigns as the prominent male lead in several of the blaxploitation era’s most popular films including Hammer, Legend of Nigger Charley, Three The Hard Way and Hell Up In Harlem.

GENRE: CRIME DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 87 mins
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO
DISCS: 1

SYNOPSIS
The brutal assault at the hands of a racist cop will inform the life of Tommy Gibbs (Fred Williamson, Hammer), who will grow up to become the reigning head of Harlem’s black mafia in Black Caesar.

Establishing a mob empire that challenges the New York mafia’s stronghold on the city, Tommy will prove himself a worthy opponent and a natural born enemy. His volatile romance with chanteuse Helen (Gloria Hendry, Live and Let Die) will set in motion a series of deadly events that the self-proclaimed criminal kingpin, the Black Caesar, may not escape.

Larry Cohen (Hell Up In Harlem), working from his own script, directs the blaxploitation film Black Caesar that co-stars Art Lund (Bucktown), Val Avery (Donnie Brasco) and D’Urville Martin (Sheba, Baby), featuring a score by James Brown.


HITLER: THE LAST TEN DAYS (1973)

ALEC GUINNESS (Star Wars, Oliver Twist, Lawrence of Arabia)

SIMON WARD (The Three Musketeers, Young Winston, Zulu Dawn)
ADOLFO CELI (Thunderball, The Agony and the Ecstasy)
JOSS ACKLAND (The Hunt For Red October, Lethal Weapon 2)

Directed by
ENNIO DE CONCINI (Daniel and Maria)

Hitler: The Last Ten Days stars Academy Award-winner Alec Guinness (Best Actor, Bridge on the River Kwai, 1958; Honorary Oscar, 1980) as Adolf Hitler.

GENRE: HISTORICAL DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 105 mins
RATING: N/R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO
DISCS: 1

SYNOPSIS
Alec Guinness takes center stage as Adolf Hitler in director Ennio De Concini’s (Daniel and Maria) Hitler: The Last Ten Days. Leading up to Hitler’s suicide, the film recounts the final days of strategizing and infighting among the Fuhrer’s closest advisors, as well as his relationship with Eva Braun (Doris Kunstmann, Funny Games) within the confines of the infamous underground bunker. Alec Guinness’ performance offers the viewer a rare look inside the mind of a mad man – manic, irrational, contemplative and eventually defeated, as the Third Reich crumbled before his eyes. Director De Concini’s Hitler: The Last Ten Days, scripted by Gerhardt Bolt, Ennio De Concini, Maria Pia Fusco, Ivan Moffat and Wolfgang Reinhardt, features an international cast that includes Simon Ward (The Three Musketeers), Adolfo Celi (Thunderball), Joss Ackland (The Hunt For Red October), Philip Stone (The Shining), Diane Cilento (Tom Jones) and Sheila Gish (Mansfield Park).

Cinematography is credited to Ennio Guarnieri, whose work includes Federico Fellini’s Ginger and Fred, Vittorio De Sica’s The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, Lina Wertmuller’s Swept Away and Franco Zeffirelli’s La Traviata.

SLAUGHTER (1972)

JIM BROWN (The Dirty Dozen, 100 Rifles, The Running Man)

RIP TORN (Men In Black, Cross Creek, Sweet Bird Of Youth)
STELLA STEVENS (The Poseidon Adventure, The Nutty Professor)
CAMERON MITCHELL (Carousel, The Klansman, Deadly Prey)

Directed by
JACK STARRETT (Cleopatra Jones, A Small Town In Texas)

Academy Award-nominee Rip Torn (Best Supporting Actor, Cross Creek) stars as the psychotic Mafioso who goes head-to-head with the out-for-vengeance Jim Brown in Slaughter. 

GENRE: ACTION DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 92 mins
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO
DISCS: 1

SYNOPSIS
This Jim Brown blaxploitation vehicle directed by Jack Starrett (Cleopatra Jones) is the tale of an ex-Vietnam, ex-Green Beret captain known to his friends and enemies alike by one name … Slaughter. He’s out to avenge the murder of his parents by the psychotic Mafioso Dominic Hoffo (Rip Torn, Men In Black). Slaughter’s thirst for vengeance will not be sated, even after a sympathetic mobster’s girlfriend, Ann (Stella Stevens, The Poseidon Adventure) is presented to him as a peace offering.

Gunplay, fist fights and all-out action lies around every corner in Slaughter, co-starring Cameron Mitchell (The Klansman) and Don Gordon (The Mack) and written by Mark Hanna (Gunslinger) and Don Williams (Blood, Black and White).

SOME KIND OF HERO (1982) 

RICHARD PRYOR (Silver Streak, Lady Sings The Blues, Blue Collar)
MARGOT KIDDER (Superman, Sisters, The Reincarnation of Peter Proud)
RONNY COX (Deliverance, Total Recall, Beverly Hills Cop)
RAY SHARKEY (The Idolmaker, Cop and A Half, No Mercy)
LYNNE MOODY (The Evil, Las Vegas Lady, TV’s Roots)

Directed by
MICHAEL PRESSMAN (Doctor Detroit, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday)

Michael Pressman, the two-time Prime Time Emmy winner for his contribution to the dramatic series Picket Fences, directs Richard Pryor in the drama with comic overtones, Some Kind of Hero.

GENRE: COMEDY / DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 97 mins
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: STEREO
DISCS: 1

SYNOPSIS
Comedian Richard Pryor once again proves his agility as an actor (Lady Sings The Blues, Blue Collar) in Some Kind of Hero as Eddie Keller, a Viet Nam P.O.W. who returns home to a world he no longer recognizes.  His wife has moved onto a new man; there’s a daughter he didn't know he had; his mother confined to a nursing home with bills mounting and no work prospects, Eddie hatches a plot to get-cash-quick. But there are unexpected consequences when the local mob gets involved. The supporting cast includes Margot Kidder (Superman) as a hooker with a heart of gold; Ray Sharkey (The Idolmaker) as Eddie’s P.O.W. cellmate; Ronny Cox (Beverly Hills Cop) as a sympathetic colonel; and Lynne Moody (TV’s Roots) as Eddie’s confused wife.

Directed by Michael Pressman (Doctor Detroit), Some Kind of Hero is written for the screen by Robert Boris (based on his book) and James Kirkwood (A Chorus Line).

DIRTY WORK (1998) 

NORM MACDONALD (Billy Madison, Man On The Moon, Screwed)

JACK WARDEN (Bullets Over Broadway, All The President’s Men, Shampoo)
ARTIE LANGE (Elf, Old School, Mystery Men)
CHEVY CHASE (National Lampoon’s Vacation, Seems Like Old Times)

Directed by
BOB SAGET (Madagascar, TV’s Full House, TV’s Entourage)

Dirty Work features a who’s-who of comic performers in cameos including Chris Farley, Don Rickles, John Goodman, Gary Coleman and David Koechner.

GENRE: COMEDY
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 82 mins
RATING: PG-13
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: STEREO
DISCS: 1

SYNOPSIS
Comedian Bob Saget (TV’s Full House) makes his feature film directorial debut with Dirty Work starring Saturday Night Live alums Norm MacDonald, Chevy Chase and Adam Sandler.

Best friends Mitch (Norm MacDonald, Billy Madison) and Sam (Artie Lange, Elf) have come up with a business that can’t fail – a “revenge” service that’ll take on the Dirty Work of “getting even,” handling those unpleasant things in life that people can’t or won’t take care of on their own. But when the guys butt heads with shady property developer Travis Cole (Christopher McDonald, Thelma & Louise), they may have met their match. Or have they? This time revenge will not only be sweet, but hilarious, when the Dirty Work really begins.

Dirty Work is written for the screen by Frank Sebastiano (Beer League), Norm MacDonald (TV’s Norm) and Fred Wolf (Grown Ups).

S.F.W. (1994) 

STEPHEN DORFF (Somewhere, Blade, Public Enemies)

REESE WITHERSPOON (Wild, I Walk The Line, Legally Blonde)
JAKE BUSEY (Starship Troopers, Enemy Of The State, Identity)
JACK NOSEWORTHY (Surrogates, Event Horizon, U-571)
JOEY LAUREN ADAMS (Bio-Dome, Big Daddy, Chasing Amy)
PAMELA GIDLEY (Thrashin’, Liebestraum, True Blue)

Directed by
JEFERY LEVY (Drive, Inside Monkey Zetterland)

S.F.W. features Academy Award-winner (Best Actress, I Walk The Line) and nominee (Best Actress, Wild), Reese Witherspoon in one of her earliest film roles.

GENRE: DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 96 mins
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: STEREO
DISCS: 1

SYNOPSIS
Based on the novel by Andrew Wellman, S.F.W. stars Stephen Dorf (Somewhere) as Cliff Spab, the disaffected youth taken hostage by the terrorist group known as S.P.L.T. Image. After 36 days in captivity as a stand-off between the hostage takers and the police drags on, Cliff’s indifference to the situation and his possible death brings national focus to his catch phrase “So F _ _ _ing What?”

Along with his fellow hostages, best friend Joe (Jack Noseworthy, Event Horizon) and Wendy (Reese Witherspoon, Wild), Cliff becomes a media darling daring to stare down the hostage takers with three words.

S.F.W. is a shrewd and entertaining exploration of societal complacency, the glare of the media spotlight and the exploitation of notoriety for personal gain.

S.F.W. directed by Jefery Levy from a screenplay co-written by Danny Rubin (Groundhog Day) and Levy co-stars Jake Busey (Starship Troopers), Joey Lauren Adams (Bio-Dome) and Pamela Gidley (Thrashin’).

FATAL INSTINCT (1983)

ARMAND ASSANTE (Private Benjamin, Unfaithfully Yours)

SHERILYN FENN (Of Mice And Men, Thrashin’, TV’s Twin Peaks)
KATE NELLIGAN (Prince of Tides, Wolf, Without A Trace)
SEAN YOUNG (Blade Runner, No Way Out, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective)
CHRISTOPHER MCDONALD (Chances Are, Dirty Work, Thelma & Louise)
TONY RANDALL (Pillow Talk, Down With Love, TV’s The Odd Couple)

Directed by
CARL REINER (The One And Only, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, The Jerk)

GENRE: COMEDY
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 91 mins
RATING: PG-13
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: STEREO
DISCS: 1

SYNOPSIS
A laugh out loud parody of classic crime dramas and noirs from Double Indemnity and Basic Instinct to Fatal Attraction, director Carl Reiner’s (The Jerk) Fatal Instinct has its tongue planted firmly in cheek.

Sultry and seductive Lola Cain (Sean Young, Blade Runner) is having an affair with Ned Ravine (Armande Assante, Unfaithfully Yours), a married policeman and lawyer who often represents those he’s arrested. But their affair comes to an abrupt end when Ned realizes how much he loves his wife Lana (Kate Nelligan, Prince of Tides). As fate would have it, Lana is carrying on an affair with her mechanic, Frank Kelbo (Christopher McDonald, Chances Are) with whom she’s plotting to kill Ned for the insurance money, a policy that comes with a triple indemnity rider. 

Carl Reiner’s Fatal Instinct (written for the screen by David O’Malley, The Boogens) offers rib-tickling laughs courtesy of a cast that includes Sherilyn Fenn (TV’s Twin Peaks) as Laura, Ned’s dedicated secretary; James Remar (Django Unchained) as thug Max Shady; and Tony Randall (Pillow Talk) as Judge Skanky.


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