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!

 

Class84-bluDrug 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

 

Shout! Factory will con­tin­ue to present the on-going SCREAM FACTORY™ home enter­tain­ment series in 2015 with speci­fic release dates, extras and key art.  Meanwhile, fans  are encour­aged to vis­it Shout! Factory’s web­site (www.ShoutFactory.com)  fol­low them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ScreamFactoryDVD) and Twitter (@Scream_Factory) or to view exclu­sive video con­tent on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/ScreamFactoryTV/Home).