Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ya, What The Fuck, Lionsgate?!

**Thanks to Basement of Ghoulish Decadence for bringing this to my attention and for speaking out about it!**

I've said it before and i'll say it again ; Near Dark is one of my all time favorite horror films and until Let The Right One In came along, it was my favorite vampire movie of all time. A few years back, Anchor Bay released a beautifully packaged 2 disc DVD of the flick chock full of special features that to this day is still one of my favorite DVD's on my shelf. I'm talking about this bad boy, which a mere shiny-less picture of doesn't do justice .....

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Well now it appears that Lionsgate, a once respectable company (before the Meat Train debacle), has picked up the rights to the film and, on July 7th of this year, will be releasing their own DVD, with this shitty cover ....

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Look familiar to anyone?!?

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Tailoring Near Dark to the Twilight crowd in an attempt to cash in on the craze? Shame on you, Lionsgate. Sure they're both vampire movies, but one really has nothing to do with the other and why the hell does a classic film like Near Dark need to be made to look like a movie that came decades after it? It's like Lionsgate is saying "nobody will buy this movie....unless we make it look like it's another Twilight!" If you don't already own the movie, buy the Anchor Bay version and boycott this Lionsgate butchery.

Speaking of Anchor Bay, they're not in the clear either .....

How about this Hellraiser Puzzle Box set that came out today? For years horror fans have been demanding the puzzle box that Region 2 got a while back and now we finally get it and it's not at all what we really wanted! Aside from the awesome packaging, take a look at what's in the set :

Hellraiser 20th Anniversary Edition DVD

Hellbound : Hellraiser 2 20th Anniversary DVD

Hellraiser Blu-ray

Re-releases of the same DVD's we've already seen and the Hellraiser DVD and Blu-ray in the same set! Why!? If you've got a Blu-ray player, why would you want the DVD? And if you don't have one, why would you want the Blu-ray?! What sense does this make? The only reason to pick up the set would be to get the puzzle box case itself, which really kind of makes this a worthless purchase if ya ask me. Thankfully, the Blu-ray was also released today on it's own, so you can just pick that up if ya wanna get a glimpse of Hell in high definition.

Couple other things ....

- Don't forget to enter my Eden Lake contest (below)! All ya gotta do is send me an email at mortis45@aol.com with your name and address and "Eden Lake Contest" in the subject header. Couldn't be any easier than that! Only ten people thus far have entered, so your chances of winning are pretty high!

- Is anybody interested in me bringing back the weekly DVD release roundup, where I talk about all of the horror DVD's hitting shelves each week? I used to do it on here every week but then moved the column over to Benevolent Street, which I no longer have time to write for and i'm thinking of bringing it back on here. If I get a couple comments saying you guys want it, it will be back!

- I just checked out All The Boys Love Mandy Lane today, finally. I didn't really love it as much as some did, but I enjoyed it and it's definetly a solid slasher flick. It was just announced that it will finally hit U.S. theatres July 17th of this year, so definetly check it out if it's playing at a theatre near you. And if you're in the UK or have a region free DVD player, you can already pick it up on either DVD or Blu-ray over at Amazon.

- Back to Troma for day four tommorow. I'll have my recap of the day either late tommorow night or early Thursday. Aside from that post, there won't be much going on here this week being that I leave for Canada Thursday night and come back sometime on Sunday. It'll be my first time leaving the country and i'm pretty excited about it. Going up to Niagra Falls and maybe into Toronto with the girlfriend and my three best friends. Should be a hell of a good time and the looking forwardness of it should make my day in Tromaville tommorow a breeze, eh!

19 comments:

Zach said...

I would definitely be interested in the DVD roundup! I liked that a lot when you did it before. And I agree that Lions Gate kind of sucks, but they did just release a decent little horror flick I just watched called The Burrowers. It wasn't bad, especially considering it was a straight to video release.

Johnny said...

Ah, I must check out The Burrowers. Been looking forward to that one for a while now.

Sauceman said...

Immediately noticed how much that looks like the Twilight cover...sickening, makes me want to vomit!

Quanthor said...

This whole 'Twilight' phenomenon is really bizarre and I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing for the horror genre?

Bjornabo said...

As you awfull cover to a great movie.

Weekly DVD release roundup was a great feature on this site. Since I live in Norway i`m not always up to date on the US-relaeases so your weekly posts really helped me picking out the best US releases to import :-)

I totally agree with you on the Hellraiser Issue. My R2 release contains Hellraiser 1 - 3 and a bonus disc with theese features:

- Early Clive Barker short film: 'Salome' (1973, 18mins)
- Early Clive Barker short film: 'The Forbidden' (1978, 36 mins)
- Interviews with Clive Barker, Pete Atkins and Doug Bradley, discussing the early short films

Have a great time in Canada :-)

Johnny 666 said...

I think Lionsgate have been in the shitter with horror fans looooong before Midnight Meat Train...but yeah, this is a disgusting piece of marketing.

In regards to the Hellraiser boxset of which you speak... being in the region 2 part of the world meant I picked up this years ago...but I really hope they have improved the boxset itself for you guys. It was flimsy cardboard that screamed 'wreck me' as soon as you picked it up, and the DVDs themselves had some of the worst encoding errors I have ever seen in a dvd release. The discs would barely play. I brought it back, got another, and found the same problem in the same parts on the discs.

I assume Anchor bay have rectified this, fingers crossed anyway. they aint known for error free DVDs...

Cins said...

TOTALLY bring back DVD round up! It helped me figure out what to put on my Netflix all the time!

Been up to the Canadian Niagra Falls back in the day. Its a blast! Gets kinda humid up there. Night time looks WAY cool at the falls too. Have fun!!

dragonmanes said...

Im always up for commentary on recent releases, I post the releases but often havent seen or heard of anything about them so DVD Roundup = thumbs up in my book!

Bearded Weirdo Reviews said...

That looks terrible. I've seen worse but, yeah, that's pretty damn bad. What else is new? DVD artwork from the mainstream distribution studios sucks ass 9 times out of 10. It's especially disheartening when it happens to such a good film. I love Near Dark. It's one of those rare vampire westerns, a subgenre that I love but rarely see much output from, outside of this movie, Sundown: The Vampire In Retreat, John Carpenter's Vampires, and the From Dusk Till Dawn movies. The Tangerine Dream score is off the hook, and Bill Paxton and Lance Henriksen are the baddest asses alive in this movie. The bar scene is one of the best scenes in vampire movie history.

PS> I like the idea of the DVD roundup. Go for it, man.

Tower Farm said...

I think Lionsgate has the right idea, here. Imagine if they get the rights to Fright Night. Maybe we could get a picture of Amanda Bearse and William Ragsdale in a Twilight pose!
JM

Johnny said...

I guess the dvd roundup will have to make its return next week!

EyeloveMetal said...

Canada!

Head Hero said...

Wow. That is terrible...trying to market other vampire movies to be like Twilight.

Twilight is filled with vampires n' stuff, but it has just gotten so out of whack and the writing is pretty bad.

It would be funny if some tween girl watched this movie thinking it might be like Twilight.

Jason in Portland said...

Definately bring back DVD roundup. I would also encourage more movie reviews and top 10 lists. The more you write the better it gets.

thebonebreaker said...

This turns my stomach!
While I like Twilight, it in no way compares to Near Dark, and for Lionsgate to make the cover look like they did - UGH!
I HATE Lionsgate!!

Have a blast in Canada Bro ~ you'll love it, and the Falls are beautiful!

Johnny said...

Jason - Reviews and top 10 lists are things I used to do quite often and would love to start doing more of. I've just been kinda busy lately and admittedly, i've been slacking off a bit. I'm gonna try and do my best to make this place as updated and exciting as it used to be though. Hell, I used to make 3-4 posts a day!

Monkeymanbob said...

I agree with Cins, your reviews have opened an otherwise close door on horror flicks that I would not usually hear off.
Have you by chance watched Mum & Dad yet?

Johnny said...

I got a copy from a recent convention but have yet to watch it. Will post about when I get around to it.

Bobby said...

Jumpin fuckin Jesus! That is a horrible goddamn cover. I'll have to seek out the AB 2-disc which I used to own.