Tuesday, September 19, 2017

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER POWERHOUSE/INDICATOR RELEASES!

UK distributor POWERHOUSE FILMS/INDICATOR has only recently popped up on my radar, but they're quite an outfit, releasing some great genre titles with loads of extras - releases that have been released on Blu-ray here in the U.S. but what we have is bare bones with few if any extras - which makes this is label you should be looking into, add to the mix that their releases seem to be region-free! 

Here's a listing of the announced October and November titles, of particular interest to me is the horror-anthology TORTURE GARDEN which has some extras, as where the recent Mill Creek release was bare of extras, looking forward to the Kim Newman interview on this one, in addition to one with director Freddie Francis, plus we get two versions of the film! 



10 RILLINGTON PLACE (1971) (Region-Free Blu-ray) 

Label: Powerhouse Films/Indicator
Director: Richard Fleischer
BBFC cert: 15 

REGION FREE 
Release Date: October 2nd 2017 

This classic British chiller is the horrifying true story of serial killer John Christie, played to unnerving effect by Richard Attenborough. When Timothy Evans (John Hurt) and his wife (Judy Geeson) rent a tiny room in Christie’s terraced house, they are unaware that they have sealed their fates and that they will fall foul of Christie's perverse and murderous scheme. 
Shot in the original street where Christie's crimes were perpetrated, Richard Fleischer's stark, unsensational depiction uses exteriors from the actual house as part of its grim recreation of the events.

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES: 
• 4K restoration 
• Audio commentary with actress Judy Geeson and film historians Lem Dobbs and Nick Redman 
• Audio commentary with acclaimed actor John Hurt 
• Introduction by Sir Richard Attenborough (2 mins): an appreciation by the great actor 
• Interview with Sir Richard Attenborough (20 mins): Attenborough discusses many aspects of the film 
• Being Beryl (2016, 22 mins): new interview with Judy Geeson 
• Isolated score track 
• Image gallery: promotional photography 
• Original theatrical trailer 
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

BODY DOUBLE (1984) (Region-Free Blu-ray) 

Label: Powerhouse Films/Indicator 
Director: Brian De Palma
BBFC cert: 18 
REGION FREE 
Release Date: October 2nd 2017 

YOU CAN’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU SEE.

Brian De Palma 
The Modern Master of Suspense, 
Invites you to witness 
A Seduction. 
A Mystery. 
A Murder.

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES 
• 4K restoration 
• Original stereo audio 
• Alternative 5.1 surround sound track 
• Craig Wasson Interview (1984, 8 mins): archival NBC interview conducted by Bobbie Wygant 
• Pure Cinema (2015, 38 mins): extensive interview with first assistant director Joe Napolitano 
• The Seduction (2002, 17 mins): De Palma discusses the first treatment of the script 
• The Setup (2002, 17 mins): an examination of the plot 
• The Mystery (2002, 12 mins): Melanie Griffith discusses her nude scenes and De Palma's shyness 
• The Controversy (2002, 6 mins): cast and crew discuss the film's critical reception 
• Isolated score: experience Pino Donaggio’s original soundtrack music 
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography 
• Original theatrical trailer 
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

CHRISTINE (1983) (Region-Free Blu-ray) 

Label: Powerhouse Films/Indicator
Director: John Carpenter, 1983)  
BBFC cert: 18 
REGION FREE
Release Date: October 2nd 2017

HOW DO YOU KILL SOMETHING THAT CAN’T POSSIBLY BE ALIVE?

She was born bad. Plain and simple. 
Somewhere deep on a darkened assembly line. 
Christine. A ’58 Plymouth Fury possessed by Hell. 
She’s taken control of her teenage owner, Arnie. 
Her previous owner is not alive to warn him. 
And now she’s steering straight for 
the one person in her way. 
Arnie’s girlfriend, Leigh. 
The other woman.

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES 
• 2K restoration 
• Original stereo audio 
• Alternative 5.1 surround sound track 
• Audio commentary with director John Carpenter and actor Keith Gordon 
• Christine: Ignition, Fast and Furious & Finish Line (2003, 48 mins): three-part ‘making of’ documentary, featuring interviews with cast and crew, including John Carpenter and Keith Gordon 
• Deleted scenes (26 mins): twenty-one sequences which never made the final cut 
• Isolated score: experience John Carpenter’s original soundtrack music 
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography 
• Theatrical trailers 
• TV spots 
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

FRAGMENT OF FEAR (1970) (Limited Edition Blu-ray) 

Director: Richard C. Sarafian 
BBFC cert: 15 
REGION FREE 
Release Date: October 23rd 2017 
Limited Blu-ray Edition (World Blu-ray premiere)

Based on the novel A Fragment of Fear by former M15 spy John Bingham, 7th Baron Clanmorris, this stylish cine-trip from Vanishing Point director Richard C. Sarafian features David Hemmings and Gayle Hunnicutt (then real-life husband and wife) falling into a waking nightmare of murder, mystery and paranoia.

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES: 
• High Definition remaster 
• Original mono audio 
• The Writer as Auteur (2017, 14 mins): David Kipen on screenwriter Paul Dehn 
• Interview with assistant director William P. Cartlidge (2017, tbc mins) 
• 5 x Radio spots 
• Original theatrical trailer 
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography 
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Johnny Mains, extracts from a previously unpublished interview with composer Johnny Harris, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film 
• World premiere on Blu-ray 
• Limited Edition of 3,000 copies 
• More TBC



TORTURE GARDEN (1967)(Limited Edition Blu-ray) 

Label: Powerhouse Films/Indicator 
Director: Freddie Francis
BBFC cert: 12 
REGION FREE 
Release Date: October 23rd 2017 
Limited Blu-ray Edition (UK Blu-ray premiere)

From Hammer-rival Amicus Productions comes this horror anthology penned by Robert Bloch (author of Psycho) and directed by the great British cinematographer Freddie Francis. Genre legend Peter Cushing stars alongside Jack Palance and Burgess Meredith in an omnibus of chilling and gruesome stories, inspired by E.C. Comics' Tales from the Crypt comic-book series of the 1950s.

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES: 
• High Definition remaster 
• Original mono audio 
• Two presentations of the film: the original theatrical 93-minute cut, and the extended 100-minute TV cut 
• The Guardian Interview with Freddie Francis (1995, tbc mins) 
• Ramsey Campbell on Robert Bloch (2017, tbc mins) 
• Interview with Fiona Subotsky (2017, tbc mins) 
• Kim Newman on Torture Garden (2017, tbc mins) 
• Original theatrical trailer 
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography 
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Laura Mayne, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film 
• UK premiere on Blu-ray 
• Limited Edition of 3,000 copies 
• More TBC

HAMMER VOLUME ONE: FEAR WARNING! (1963-965) 
(Region-Free Blu-ray) 

Label: Powerhouse Films/Indicator 
Directors: MANIAC (Michael Carreras, 1963), THE GORGON (Terence Fisher, 1964), THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB (Michael Carreras, 1964), FANATIC (Silvio Narizzano, 1965) 
Release Date: October 30th 2017 
BBFC cert: 15 
REGION FREE 
Limited Blu-ray Edition (UK Blu-ray premieres)

Four classics from Hammer, each presented on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Whether it's a mad man brandishing a welding torch, a mythical monster who's looks can kill, an ancient royal with diabolical powers, or a mad woman wielding a pair of scissors, this set has something to unease everybody. Containing a wealth of new and exclusive extra features – including title-specific documentaries, cast and crew interviews, expert appreciations, introductions and more – this stunning Blu-ray-only Limited Edition box set is published in a horribly limited, numbered edition of 6,000 units.






INDICATOR LIMITED BLU-RAY EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES: 
• HD restorations of all four films 
• Original Mono audio 
• All-new documentaries exploring aspects of each film 
• The Gorgon audio commentary with Daughters of Darkness’ Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger 
• The Gorgon introduction by actor and filmmaker Matthew Holness 
• New interviews with actors Barbara Shelley and Mike McStay 
• New interviews with cameramen Michael Reed and Douglas Milsome 
• Playwright Matthew Lombardo on Tallulah Bankhead and Fanatic 
• Hammer’s Women – an exclusive series of filmed appreciations of Nadia Gray, Barbara Shelley, Jeanne Roland and Tallulah Bankhead 
• Original trailers and promotional films 
• Promotional and on-set photography, poster art and archive materials 
• Four box set exclusive booklets with new essays, contemporary reviews, historic articles, and full film credits 
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 
• UK premieres on Blu-ray 
• Limited edition box set of 6,000 copies 
...AND MORE!


THE WONDERFUL WORLDS OF RAY HARRYHAUSEN, VOLUME TWO: 1961-1964
Region-Free Dual Format Edition 

Label: Powerhouse Films/Indicator
Director: MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (Cy Endfield, 1961), JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (Don Chaffey, 1963), FIRST MEN IN THE MOON (Nathan Juran, 1964)
Release Date: November 13th 2017 
BBFC cert: PG 

REGION FREE 
Limited Dual Format Edition 

These all-time classic adventures, each featuring pioneering special effects by filmmaking legend Ray Harryhausen, are presented here in stunning restorations. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including audio commentaries with the great Ray Harryhausen himself, a Jason and the Argonauts commentary with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, new interviews with SFX maestro Hal Hickel and genre-film expert Kim Newman – this ravishing Limited Dual Format Edition Box Set from Indicator is strictly limited to 6,000 units.





INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES: 
• 4K restorations of Jason and the Argonauts and First Men in the Moon from the original camera negatives 
• 2K restoration of Mysterious Island from the original camera negative 
• Mono and 5.1 surround sound audio options 
• Ray Harryhausen audio commentaries 
• Additional Mysterious Island audio commentary with film historians Randall William Cook, C. Courtney Joyner and Steven C. Smith 
• Additional Jason and the Argonauts audio commentary with filmmaker Peter Jackson and Randall William Cook 
• 'Jason and the Argonauts' Original Skeleton Fight Storyboards 
• Ray Harryhausen on 'Mysterious Island' 
• Hal Hickel on 'Mysterious Island' (2017): new interview with the special effects maestro 
• Kim Newman on 'Mysterious Island' (2017): new appreciation by the author and genre-film expert 
• Islands of Mystery: vintage featurette 
• Randall William Cook Introduces 'First Men in the Moon' 
• Tomorrow the Moon: vintage featurette 
• New and exclusive interviews with crew members, including camera assistant Ray Andrew (Mysterious Island) and production manager Ted Wallis (First Men in the Moon) 
• Back to Mysterious Island comic-book 
• Archival documentaries and interviews 
• Super 8 versions of Mysterious Island and Jason and the Argonauts 
• Isolated scores: experience the music of Bernard Herrmann (Mysterious Island) and Laurie Johnson (First Men in the Moon) 
• Original trailers, teasers, TV spots and promotional films 
• John Landis trailer commentary for First Men in the Moon 
• Image galleries: extensive promotional and on-set photography, poster art and archive materials 
• Limited edition exclusive 80-page book with new essays by film experts Kim Newman and Tim Lucas, an in-depth oral history of all three films, and full film credits 
• UK Blu-ray premieres of Mysterious Island and First Men in the Moon 
• Limited Dual Format Edition Box Set of 6,000 numbered units 
...AND MORE!


EYES OF LAURA MARS (1978)
(Region-Free Limited Edition Blu-ray) 

Label: Powerhouse Films/Indicator
Director: Irvin Kershner 
BBFC cert: 15 

REGION FREE
Release Date: November 20th 2017
Limited Blu-ray Edition (World Blu-ray premiere)

Irvin Kershner’s stylish, violent cult thriller – from an original screenplay by John Carpenter – stars iconic star Faye Dunaway as glamorous fashion photographer Laura Mars, who begins to experience horrific visions when she ‘sees’ a series of brutal murders as they happen.

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES: 
• High Definition remaster 
• Original mono audio 
• Audio commentary with director Irvin Kershner 
• Making of documentary (1978, 7 mins) 
• Eyes on Laura Mars (1999, 8 mins): on-set photography with commentary 
• Original theatrical trailer 
• David DeCoteau trailer commentary (2013, 4 mins): a short critical appreciation 
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography 
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Rebecca Nicole Williams, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film 
• World premiere on Blu-ray 
• Limited Blu-ray Edition of 3,000 copies 
• More TBC


WOLF (1994) 
(Region Free Limited Edition Blu-ray) 

Label: Powerhouse Films/Indicator
Director: Mike Nichols
BBFC cert: 15 

REGION FREE 
Release Date: November 20th 2017 

Limited Blu-ray Edition (UK Blu-ray premiere)

Director Mike Nichols’ thrilling modern-day werewolf movie boasts a stellar cast, including Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer and James Spader, and presents itself as a witty and inventive hybrid of horror film, romantic thriller and biting satire about male anxiety and office politics, where the real monster is corporate greed.

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES: 
• High Definition remaster 
• Stereo audio 
• 5.1 surround sound track 
• The Beast Inside: Creating ‘Wolf’ (2017, 54 mins): a new documentary on the making of the film with new interviews from SFX legend Rick Baker, screenwriter Wesley Strick and producer Douglas Wick 
• Never-before-seen archival interviews with actors Michelle Pfeiffer, James Spader and Kate Nelligan 
• Never-before-seen archival interviews with director Mike Nichols, producer Douglas Wick and writer Jim Harrison 
• Never-before-seen archival interviews with SFX maestro Rick Baker and production designer Bo Welch 
• B-roll footage 
• Original theatrical trailer 
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography 
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Brad Stevens, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film 
• UK premiere on Blu-ray 
• Limited Blu-ray Edition of 3,000 copies 
• More TBC


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