“The Monster Collection” (Collector’s Edition) will officially be coming to Blu-ray Disc on July 13th via Doppelgänger Releasing, a genre label of Music Box Films. This 3-Disc box set includes two documentaries: “The Frankenstein Complex” (2015) and “Phil Tippett: Mad Dreams and Monsters” (2019). Both documentaries were directed by Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet. If you’re a fan of horror, fantasy, and science fiction films you’ll definitely be interested in these documentaries that take a look at the design of famous creatures and characters from motion pictures. These documentaries feature some excellent interviews with famous special effects artists and directors such as Rick Baker, Guillermo del Toro, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, John Landis, Greg Nicotero, Kevin Smith, Chris Wallas, Phil Tippett, Dennis Muren, Tom Woodruff Jr., Matt Winston, and Paul Verhoeven. Tech specs for the release have not yet been detailed.
UPDATE: You can now find this Blu-rayset available for preorder over at Amazon.
There will be over 12 hours total of bonus materials included with this 3-Disc box set, which are listed entirely below.
Feature Commentary with Phil Tippett and directors Alexandre Poncet and Gilles Penso
“Meeting the Monsters” Making Of Documentary
Prehistoric Beast (1985) a short film by Phil Tippett with audio commentary
Mutant Land (2010) a short film by Phil Tippett with audio commentary
Phil Tippett Museum: A Virtual Gallery of Tippett Creations
Joy of Working with Phil: Interview with Paul Verhoeven
Phil Will Fix This!: Interview with Joe Johnston
Animating with Phil: Interview with Tom St. Amand
Phil’s Vision: Interview with Chris Wallas
Friendship, Robots, and Dinosaurs: Interview with Dennis Muren
From Stop-Motion to Computer: Interview with Craig Hayes
Memories and Archives with Phil Tippett
Dinosaur Supervisor (Jurassic Park) with Phil Tippett
Starship Troopers 2 with Phil Tippet and Jon Davison
“Dinosaur!” with Paul Verhoevenand Jon Davison
Mutant Fish (Piranha) with Joe Dante (1978)
Modern Craftsmanship with Alec Gillis-Robot Design with Craig Hayes
The Birth of a Poster with Paul Wee
Musical Storytelling with Alexandre Poncet
Mad Dreams and Monsters Isolated Musical Score
“The Frankenstein Odyssey” Making Of Documentary
“Digital Craftmanship” Post-Production featurette
The Frankenstein Complex Musical Score
Master Class with Guillermo Del Toro
An Extended Conversation with John Landis and Joe Dante
An Extended Conversation with Mick Garris
An Extended Conversation with Steve Johnson and John Vulich
Q&A with Joe Dante, Alexandre Poncet and Gilles Penso
Inside the Lair of Rick Baker
Inside the Lair of Tom Woodruff and Alec Gillis
Paper Monsters: The Art of Charles Chiodo
Living With Monsters: The Art of Kevin Yagh
Sympathy for the Devil: Interview with Bernard Rose
The Gremlins Pool: Interview with Sacha Feiner interview
From Latex to Pixels: The Art of Gino Acevedo
The Beauty and the Beasts: The Art of Ve Neill
Deleted and Alternate Scenes
Below, after the break, you can find the trailers for the two documentaries as well as the full information regarding the release itself.
It turns out, there will be a “Stephen King 5-Movie Collection“ coming to the Blu-ray format on September 15th, via Paramount. This news comes via early retailer alerts. The collection includes the following TV mini-series and feature-length films:
“The Stand” (1994 TV Mini-Series)
“Pet Sematary” (1989)
“Pet Sematary” (2019)
“Silver Bullet” (1985)
“The Dead Zone” (1983) [New to Blu-ray]
Yes, that is including one David Cronenberg directed adaptation making its debut to the HD Blu-ray format, that happens to be one of my personal favorites. That said, I am not sure if there will be an individual release of “The Dead Zone” or not. Perhaps it could be exclusive to this set? We shall hopefully soon find out, but so far there’s no sign of it listed anywhere on retailers.
The five movies will all be included on their own individual Blu-ray Discs, making it a 5-disc set. Tech specs for the discs vary from film-to-film but I’ll try to be bringing you a full list of them soon. As for the tech specs on the new to Blu-ray release of “The Dead Zone” I cannot yet speak of those, but I will however be inquiring to a direct Paramount contact next week regarding this release and other topics pertaining to it. For instance, I will also hopefully have some info as to if any bonus materials will be included for The Dead Zone. In the meantime, you can now find the Blu-ray set available for preorder over at Amazon and Best Buy. Finally, one little note, based on the prices (as seen there at those two retailers) you can expect Amazon’s price to drop by a considerable bit, as well as be matched (via their “Pre-order Price Guarantee”). Stay tuned for further details about this upcoming release.
The 1993 film “Hocus Pocus” is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on September 15th, via Disney, according to multiple retailer sources. The film, directed by Kenny Ortega and co-written by Mick Garris, starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz, Thora Birch, Vinessa Shaw, and Doug Jones. The tech specs and bonus materials for the release have not yet been detailed but stay tuned for an update. It is known, so far from the art, that the release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that the 4K will include a Blu-ray Disc counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at retailers Best Buy, Targetand Walmart — both showing the September release date. Also, online retailer Deep Discount now has the title available for preorder, again showing the same release date. There’s currently no preorder listing for the 4K yet over at Amazon but stay tuned for an update on that. Lastly, Disney has yet to officially announce this title but it is apparent that it is coming out based on retailers.
The 1994 TV mini-series adaptation of “Stephen King’s The Stand“ is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on September 24th via CBS Home Entertainment. The mini-series, directed by Mick Garris, starred Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan, Laura San Giacomo, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Rob Lowe, Bill Fagerbakke, Miguel Ferrer, Ray Walston, and Stephen King.
UPDATES: This Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon. CBS Home Entertainment has just released an e-mail with the following info that officially confirms the release. I’ll try to get further info about it. I’ve also just now updated this story with the official Blu-ray artwork (above). From that artwork, we can tell that it will come as a 2-disc set and that the mini-series has been “brilliantly restored.” This is great news, considering how Mick Garris expressed some concerns when I spoke to him in regards to this as the story was developing. More on that below but first the info sent out.
Title: Stephen King’s The Stand
Street Date: September 24, 2019
Description: The Stand is a post-apocalyptic horror/fantasy novel by American author Stephen King. It expands upon the scenario of his earlier short story “Night Surf” and presents a detailed vision of the total breakdown of society after the accidental release of a strain of influenza that had been modified for biological warfare causes an apocalyptic pandemic, killing off over 99% of the world’s population
The Blu-ray is listed now over at retailer Best Buy but the pre-order is not yet functional – so it seems. Lastly, after the break, you can find some of a conversation that I had (along with some readers) with the director of the mini-series Mick Garris about this upcoming Blu-ray release on Twitter.