November 29, 2021

THE POOP SCOOP: Classics & New Classics

DUNE on Digital 12/3 and 4K, Blu-ray & DVD 1/11/22
Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive. Embark on a mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey when Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ Dune arrives for Premium Digital Ownership at home on December 3. The critically acclaimed film was directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth, based on the seminal bestselling novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert. Dune stars Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson), Oscar Isaac (the “Star Wars” franchise), Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Chang Chen, David Dastmalchian, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Oscar winner Javier Bardem. The film will also be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD beginning on January 11.

Finally...the Cult Classic, ALLIGATOR, on 4K/Blu-ray 2/22/22 
From director Lewis Teague (Cujo) and screenwriter John Sayles (The Howling) comes an unstoppable thriller with bite. A family returning from Florida decides their pet baby alligator is too much to handle and flushes him down the toilet. Meanwhile, Slade Laboratories is conducting secret experiments with animals and disposing of them in the sewer. The alligator, fending for itself, begins to feed on the dead animals, and grows. Now, twelve years later, after several mysterious murders, David Madison (Robert Forster, Jackie Brown) is on the case to find out who ... or what ... is killing people. According to Scream Factory, 3-Disc Set will include a 4K Blu-ray and two Blu-rays. The 4K Blu-ray and first Blu-ray will both feature the original theatrical cut of the film and the additional Blu-ray disc will have the rare television version of the film with alternate scenes. A complete list of all special features and technical specs will be revealed as the street date approaches.


THE RED SHOES in 4K Coming 12/14
The Red Shoes, the singular fantasia from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is cinema's quintessential backstage drama, as well as one of the most glorious Technicolor feasts ever concocted for the screen. Moira Shearer is a rising star ballerina torn between an idealistic composer and a ruthless impresario intent on perfection. Featuring outstanding performances, blazingly beautiful cinematography by Jack Cardiff, Oscar-winning sets and music, and an unforgettable, hallucinatory central dance sequence, this beloved classic, dazzlingly restored, stands as an enthralling tribute to the life of the artist. FEATURES A 4K TRANSFER OF THE 2009 RESTORATION with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; DOLBY VISION/HDR PRESENTATION; 4K/BLU-RAY COMBO; numerous supplemental features. 


Dario Argento’s PHENOMENA (aka “Creepers”) on 4K Blu-ray 3/8/22
Synapse Films, in conjunction with Arrow Films, brings one of Italian filmmaker Dario Argento's most shocking and fantastic films to 4K Blu-ray in the U.S. in a two-disc Limited Edition boxed set, which includes 2 cuts of the film, double-sided poster, lobby card replicas and a collector’s booklet! Released in the U.S. as Creepers by New Line Cinema, 1985's Phenomena has long been one of Argento's most discussed and debated films by fans and scholars. The young Jennifer Corvino (played by Oscar-winner, Jennifer Connelly) is sent to a private Swiss academy for girls where a vicious killer is on the loose. Jennifer has the unique ability to telepathically communicate with insects and an entomologist, Dr. John McGregor (Donald Pleasence, John Carpenter's Halloween; Escape from New York), enlists her help in locating the murderer. As the mystery unfolds, they find themselves in a bizarre murder plot with maggots, mutants and razor-wielding chimpanzee mayhem! Can Jennifer uncover the killer's identity before becoming a victim herself?

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