Some major news for fans of hor­ror and exploita­tion fare: Grindhouse Releasing is mak­ing a return to the home video mar­ket with a diverse array of titles: long-lost odd­i­ty An American Hippie In Israel and British shock­er Corruption will be the company’s first new blu-ray and DVD releas­es, with a tar­get date of September 10th.  The com­pa­ny will also be doing the­atri­cal runs for both films.  Additional releas­es are planned for late 2013/early 2014, includ­ing the long-await­ed home video debut of Gone With The Pope as well as new discs of spaghet­ti west­ern clas­sic The Big Gundown and the exis­ten­tial dra­ma The Swimmer.  Read on for all col­lectible cult movie details, includ­ing addi­tion­al titles…


Pioneering Cult Movie Studio Announces New Blu-ray, DVD, Theater Plans

For Immediate Release

HOLLYWOOD — Grindhouse Releasing has announced CORRUPTION and AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL as the first in a series of new Blu-ray, DVD and the­atri­cal releas­es. Both movies will arrive on home video on September 10.

Founded by the late Sage Stallone (1976–2012) and Bob Murawski, Grindhouse Releasing has long been con­sid­ered the Criterion of cult movie labels. In a span of sev­en­teen years, the com­pa­ny has pro­duced lav­ish restora­tions of such noto­ri­ous titles as CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND, I DRINK YOUR BLOOD, PIECES, and many more to world­wide acclaim from fans and crit­ics.

Sage and Bob were pio­neers in cater­ing to the niche audi­ence, and blazed a trail for all to fol­low,” says Jay Douglas of CAV Distribution. “The antic­i­pa­tion for Grindhouse’s return to the home video mar­ket­place is incred­i­ble.”

The release of AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL and CORRUPTION marks the company’s return to the video mar­ket after a hia­tus of two years dur­ing which Academy Award-win­ning film edi­tor Murawski was busy work­ing on Sam Raimi’s OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL. It is also the company’s first release since the pass­ing of com­pa­ny founder Sage Stallone.

After two years in the yel­low brick pris­on of OZ, I am back full-time at Grindhouse Releasing, proud­ly con­tin­u­ing the impor­tant work that Sage and I began back in 1996,” says Murawski. “We have an incred­i­ble slate of mind-blow­ing films that will be com­ing your way soon on Blu-ray and DVD. And on the big screen in a the­ater near you.”

Grindhouse Releasing has brought its films to the­aters all over North America. In recent years, the com­pa­ny coör­di­nat­ed nation­wide the­atri­cal releas­es of such cel­e­brat­ed hor­ror clas­sics as Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD and William Lustig’s MANIAC (both remade in 2013). Grindhouse scored a hit on the mid­night movie cir­cuit in 2010 with its restora­tion of Duke Mitchell’s long-lost gang­ster epic GONE WITH THE POPE, and now aims to do the same with the psy­che­delic night­mare AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL.

AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL is already draw­ing huge mid­night movie crowds in Tel Aviv, where it’s become anoth­er ROCKY HORROR,” says com­pa­ny the­atri­cal direc­tor David Szulkin. “We plan to do a full the­atri­cal run of the film in the U.S. to pro­mote the film’s release on Blu-ray and DVD.”

The rarely seen, shock­ing British fea­ture CORRUPTION, star­ring Peter Cushing as a mad sur­geon, will hit Blu-ray and DVD on September 10. The Grindhouse Releasing spe­cial edi­tion of CORRUPTION coin­cides with the leg­endary Hammer Films star’s 100th birth­day, and will be pre­ced­ed by a series of the­atri­cal play­dates.

Four addi­tion­al titles will fol­low in late 2013 and late 2014: Sergio Sollima’s THE BIG GUNDOWN, THE SWIMMER, star­ring Burt Lancaster, Duke Mitchell’s GONE WITH THE POPE and S.F. Brownrigg’s SCUM OF THE EARTH (a.k.a. POOR WHITE TRASH PART 2). According to Murawski, the company’s entire back cat­a­log will also appear in new Blu-ray edi­tions soon there­after.

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