Here is some of Schlockmania’s favorite home video news thus far this year: Scream Factory has announced the details on their special edition release for the classic exploitation film Class Of 1984. The film is a kind of post-punk version of The Blackboard Jungle in which new teacher Andy Norris (Perry King) has to face off against a psychopathic gang of punks led by Stegman (Timothy Van Patten in one of the great exploitation film villain performances). This set will street in April and will be a blu-ray/DVD combo pack with a new transfer and several extras created especially for this release. Read on for all the homicidal high school details…
CLASS OF 1984
80s Cult Thriller Makes its Blu-ray Debut April 14th, 2015 as a
Collector’s Edition Blu-ray +DVD Combo Pack from Scream Factory
The teachers at Lincoln High have a very dangerous problem… their students!
Drug Dealing. Gang Beatings. Prostitution. They’re all part of a typical day for the students of Lincoln High. Take a trip into this academic abyss with Scream Factory’s release of Class of 1984. Available April 14th, 2015, the film makes its Blu-ray debut as part of a Collector’s Edition Combo Pack that comes loaded with bonus features, including new interviews with director Mark Lester, composer Lalo Schifrin and actors Perry King, Lisa Langlois and Erin Noble, new career retrospective interview with Perry King, audio commentary with director Mark Lester, the featurette Blood and Blackboards, which includes interviews with director Mark Lester, actors Perry King and Merrie Lynn Ross, and more!
Fans who order directly from ShoutFactory.com will have their order shipped two weeks early, and, while supplies last, will also receive a limited-edition 18”x 24” poster of the newly commissioned artwork.
Directed and co-written by Mark L. Lester (Class of 1999, Commando, Firestarter), Class of 1984, with its vision of a decaying, violence-plagued inner city school, is one of the most provocative cult movies of the early 1980s. With an original story and screenplay co-written by genre veteran Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child’s Play, Psycho II, The Beast Within), the film is also notable for its Alice Cooper theme song ‘I Am The Future,” as well as its memorable cast, which includes Lisa Langlois (Deadly Eyes, The Nest), Roddy McDowall, Stefan Arngrim (Fear No Evil) and Michael J. Fox in an early role.
In Class of 1984, Andy Norris (Slaughterhouse Five’s Perry King), an idealistic and naïve music teacher who has moved into the Lincoln High community with his pregnant wife Diane. Appalled by the crime-infested school, Norris soon crosses sabers with its teenage kingpin, the shrewd and sadistic Peter Stegman (The White Shadow’s Timothy Van Patten). With Norris setting his sights on reforming Stegman, the young miscreant declares war on his teacher, and the duo sets a fateful showdown into motion on the night of an important school orchestra performance.
Class of 1984 Bonus Features
New High-Definition Transfer of the Film From the Interpositive
New interviews with director Mark Lester, composer Lalo Schifrin, actors Perry King, Lisa Langlois and Erin Noble
New career retrospective interview with Perry King
Audio Commentary with director Mark Lester
Blood and Blackboards – featuring interviews with director Mark Lester, actors Perry King and Merrie Lynn Ross
Poster & Still Gallery
Original Theatrical Trailer & TV Spots
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