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Blu-ray Review: Invaders From Mars (1986)
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Invaders from Mars Blu-ray review
Invaders from Mars
Blu-ray
Director: Tobe Hooper
Screenwriters: Dan O’Bannon, Don Jakoby
Cast: Karen Black, Hunter Carson, Timothy Bottoms, Laraine Newman
Scream Factory
Rated PG | 99 Minutes
Release Date: April 07, 2015

Directed by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Poltergeist), 1986’s Invaders from Mars is a remake of the 1953 science fiction film by William Cameron Menzies.

Synopsis: “This space-age creature feature is crawling with horrifying hordes of Martians hell-bent on stealing your soul – as well as your planet! Little David Gardner’s starry-eyed dreams turn into an out-of-this-world nightmare when invaders from the red planet land in his backyard and unleash their hostilities on unsuspecting earthlings! Paralyzed with fear as the aliens take over the minds of his mom, dad and even his schoolmates, David must somehow find a way to stop them -– before they turn the whole human race into brain-dead zombies!”

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Alejandro Jodorowsky and ‘Dune’: The Story Of The Greatest Sci-Fi Film Never Made
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Jodorowsky's Dune

The long and storied history of cinema is one to be studied, admired, and treasured for the many timeless classic feature films it has brought to our astonished eyes. But beneath that history lies buried a mass grave of unrealized films that were either killed at the treatment or script stage or were permitted to proceed in front of the cameras before being shut down and virtually forgotten about for the remainder of time infinite. In an alternate universe many of those unmade movies completed the journey from random idea to the new release section of your neighborhood Target and irrevocably changed the face of cinema forever.

This is the story of one of those great unmades. This is the story of Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s Dune.

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when my fear is gone I will turn and face fear’s path, and only I will remain.”

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Blu-ray Review: Lifeforce (Collector’s Edition)
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Lifeforce Blu-RayLifeforce
Blu-Ray/DVD Combo (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Tobe Hooper
Screenwriter: Dan O’Bannon, Don Jakoby
Cast: Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, Mathilda May, Patrick Stewart
Scream Factory
Rated R | 116 Minutes
Release Date: June 18, 2013

Directed by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), 1985’s Lifeforce stars Steve Railsback, Mathilda May, and Patrick Stewart. Based on Colin Wilson‘s 1976 novel, The Space Vampires, Lifeforce arrives on Blu-ray June 18, 2013, and features both the film’s original theatrical version and longer international.

Presented by Scream! Factory, Lifeforce follows the crew of the space shuttle Churchill, who discover a 150-mile long spacecraft hidden in the corona of Halley’s Comet. Inside the craft the crew finds hundreds of dead, desiccated bat-like creatures and three naked humanoid bodies in suspended animation within crystal coffins.

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‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ Will Give Us A Mind-Blowing Glimpse Into The Greatest Sci-Fi Film Never Made
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Jodorowsky's Dune

The first clip from the forthcoming documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune has been released. You can watch it here below.

The universe works in perplexing ways, especially when it comes to the cinema. There have been more than a few books written about the great films that went unmade for a variety of complex and infuriating reasons. I own three of the best books about the subject: David Hughes’ The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Never Made, Tales from Development Hell, and Chris Gore’s The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made. And every time I read about how we could have had a Spider-Man movie written and directed by James Cameron or a Marx Brothers comedy that would have paired the esteemed comedy trio with legendary filmmaker Billy Wilder or Arnold Schwarzenegger and Paul Verheoven’s medieval war epic Crusade I feel saddened.

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Watch Now: The Creation Of the Half-Corpse From ‘The Return of the Living Dead’
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Return of the Living Dead

Much like the brain-craving zombies that rise from the grave to torment its main characters, The Return of the Living Dead will never die. The 1985 horror-comedy was spawned from nearly a decade of half-starts, costly lawsuits, and clashing personalities and went on to become one of the most genre films of all time.

For a forthcoming Blu-ray release of the movie in the United Kingdom, DVD distributor Severin Films, the U.S.-based company that has spread its own brand of digital Trioxin over long-buried cult classics such as the original Inglorious Bastards and Richard Stanley’s scorched earth sci-fi horror epic Hardware, has produced a trio of brand new retrospective featurettes looking back at the film’s tortured script development and the creation of its brilliant visual effects and headbanging punk rock soundtrack.

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