The 1979 film “Rock ‘N’ Roll High School“ is getting a “40th Anniversary Edition”Steelbook release to Blu-ray Disc on November 19th via Shout! Factory. The film, executive produced by Roger Corman, featured a cast of P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten, Clint Howard, Dey Young, Mary Woronov, Paul Bartel, Don Steele, Dick Miller, and punk band the Ramones. Tech specs for this release include 1080p video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio from a new 4K scan of the original camera negative. UPDATE: I’ve just confirmed that audio on this release includes DTS-HD Master Audio Mono and Stereo sound. The 40th Anniversary EditionBlu-ray Steelbook is now available to pre-order over at Amazon and directly via the Shout! Factory store. Details about the video transfer and bonus materials set to be included are listed below.
Rock ‘N’ Roll High School (40th Anniversary Edition Steelbook) Bonus Features
NEW 4K Scan From The Original Camera Negative
NEW “Class Of ’79: 40 Years Of Rock ‘N’ Roll High School” – Featuring Interviews With Director/Story Writer Allan Arkush, Co-Director/Story Writer Joe Dante, Actress P.J. Soles, Screenwriter Richard Whitley, Screenwriter Russ Dvonch, Cinematographer Dean Cundey, Editor Larry Bock, And More!
Audio Commentary With Allan Arkush, Mike Finnell And Richard Whitley
Audio Commentary With Allan Arkush And Actors P.J. Soles And Clint Howard
Audio Commentary With Richard Whitley And Russ Dvonch
Audio Commentary With Executive Producer Roger Corman And Actress Dey Young
“Back To School: A Retrospective” With Interviews From Allan Arkush, Executive Producer Roger Corman And More
“Staying After Class”: An Interview With Actors P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten And Dey Young
Interview With Roger Corman Conducted By Leonard Maltin
Interview With Allan Arkush Including A Look At Rare, Behind-The-Scenes Stills
Audio Outtakes From The Roxy
Original Radio Ads And TV Spot
Below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding this upcoming 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray release of the film.
The 1943 Horror / Thriller film “The Leopard Man“ is coming to Blu-ray Disc on July 30th via Scream Factory. The film, directed by Jacques Tourneur, starred Dennis O’Keefe, Margo, and Jean Brooks. Tech specs for the Blu-ray have not yet been fully detailed but it is known the release will be presented in Black & White and in the original 1.37:1 aspect ratio from a new4K scan presumably with DTS-HD Master Audio Mono sound – although not yet confirmed. The Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon and directly via Shout! Factory‘s store. Full info about the release and a list of bonus materials set to be included on the release (just announced) are listed below.
NEW4K scan of the original nitrate camera negative
NEW Audio Commentary with filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr
Audio Commentary with filmmaker William Friedkin
Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding this upcoming release.
The 1955 Science Fiction / Horror film “This Island Earth“ is coming to Blu-ray Disc on July 9th via Scream Factory. The film, directed by Joseph M. Newman, starred Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason, Lance Fuller, Russell Johnson, and Douglas Spencer. The tech specs for the release include 1080p video from a new 4K scan in both the 1.85:1 and 1.37:1 aspect ratios with (presumably) DTS-HD Master Audio sound – although not yet confirmed. The Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon and directly through Shout! Factory. Details about the release and bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.
NEW 4K scan of the inter-positive – Two aspect ratios: 1.85:1 and 1.37:1
NEW The Original Perspecta Stereophonic Sound restored by 3-D Film Archive
NEW Audio Commentary with author and Academy Award winning visual effects artist Robert Skotak
NEW Audio Interview with film historian David Schecter on the music of THIS ISLAND EARTH
NEW Alien Ideas – an interview with filmmaker Luigi Cozzi (Starcrash)
NEW Facts about Perspecta Stereophonic Sound by Bob Furmanek
THIS ISLAND EARTH – Two and A Half Years in the Making: The Extended Documentary – a look at the making of THIS ISLAND EARTH
WAR OF THE PLANETS: 1958 Castle Films release for the home market including both the 50-foot silent Headline edition and the 200-foot sound Complete edition.
Trailers from Hell – This Island Earth with commentary by filmmaker Joe Dante
Still Galleries – poster and lobby cards, publicity stills and behind-the-scenes photos
Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement officially announcing this upcoming release.
The two Andy Sidaris films “Picasso Trigger“ (1988) and “Savage Beach“ (1989) are both officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on July 9th via Mill Creek Entertainment. These two cult-classics have both received new 4K scans. The tech specs for the Blu-ray releases and bonus materials have not yet been detailed but stay tuned for an update. Picasso Trigger and Savage Beach on Blu-ray are available to pre-order each now over at Amazon. Further below, after the break, you can find the full info about these two upcoming Blu-ray releases – including new trailers for each.
1957 film “A Face in the Crowd“ starring Andy Griffith is coming to Blu-ray Disc on April 23rd, via The Criterion Collection. The film, directed by Elia Kazan, co-starred Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick, Percy Waram, and Paul McGrath. The technical specs for the release include 1080p Black & White video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio that comes from a new 4K scan with Mono uncompressed sound. The release is available for pre-order now over at Amazon and directly through Criterion. Bonus materials and information regarding this release can be found below.
New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
New interview with Ron Briley, author of The Ambivalent Legacy of Elia Kazan
New interview with Andy Griffith biographer Evan Dalton Smith
Facing the Past, a 2005 documentary featuring actors Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, and Anthony Franciosa; screenwriter Budd Schulberg; and film scholars Leo Braudy and Jeff Young
PLUS: An essay by critic April Wolfe and a 1957 New York Times Magazine profile of Andy Griffith