Here’s some news that certain exploitation film fans have been awaiting for years: Grindhouse Releasing has announced a date and details for their special edition release of Massacre Mafia Style. This 2-disc set (one blu-ray, one DVD) will include a newly remastered version of this legendary auteur opus from Duke Mitchell plus a variety of new interviews and surprises from the director’s archive. If you’re a cult movie person and you’ve never seen this film, this sounds like the perfect way to get to know its singular charms. Read on for all the magnificent mobster details, including a rundown of the extras and a pre-order link…
MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE — SPECIAL EDITION
Italian-American actor and nightclub singer Duke Mitchell wrote, produced, directed and starred in this homemade answer to THE GODFATHER, self-financed with earnings from his career as the self-proclaimed “Mr. Palm Springs.” Previously known for his Martin and Lewis act with Sammy Petrillo as seen in BELA LUGOSI MEETS A BROOKLYN GORILLA, Duke plays the ruthless son of a Mafia kingpin who blasts his way through Hollywood on a bloody crime spree. Promising “more guts, more action, more dynamite” than the Mario Puzo gangster classic, MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE delivers an onslaught of low-budget mayhem unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
“It’s a great thing for my Dad’s legacy for his movie to be released on Blu-ray,” says Jeffrey Mitchell, who co-produced the Blu-ray with Academy Award winning editor Bob Murawski of Grindhouse Releasing. Adds Murawski: “We have put in years of work restoring MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE and gathering an amazing selection of bonus material on Duke Mitchell. We think fans will agree it was worth the wait.”
– 2 disc combo pack – Blu-ray + DVD
– Incredible new hi-definition digital restoration of the original director’s cut
– Stunning digital restoration of the original mono soundtrack
– Interviews with Jeffrey Mitchell, Frankie Ray, George Jacobs, Jim LoBianco, and exploitation legend Matt Cimber
– Almost one full hour of never-before-seen Duke Mitchell home movies
– Lost audio recording – Duke Mitchell Live in Concert, June 9, 1960
– Bonus TV special – AN IMPRESSIONISTIC TRIBUTE TO JIMMY DURANTE
– Extensive still galleries, radio spots, and theatrical trailer
– Glossy booklet with rare photos and liner notes by author David Szulkin
– Spectacular new cover painting by renowned Los Angeles cult artist Dave Lebow
– AND OTHER SURPRISES!
“Mind-bending…with Duke Mitchell’s cult following steadily building on what seems to be a daily basis, one can only wonder how far and wide the legacy of this entertainment jack of all trades will go.” – Nathaniel Thompson, TCM Underground
“Duke Mitchell delivers an eccentric, impassioned, unpredictable performance unlike anything else ever committed to film. You’ve never seen another gangster movie like this.”- Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo-Digital
“The rare film that is BETTER than its trailer… a great forgotten gem.” – Josh Hurtado, TWITCHFILM
“A virtual torrent of bloodshed… This makes the GODFATHER movies look like Sunday school picnic outings!” – LAS VEGAS SUN
Watch for Grindhouse Releasing’s Blu-ray release of Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND, coming February 10, 2015! And stay tuned for details on the long-awaited Blu-ray and DVD release of Duke Mitchell’s GONE WITH THE POPE!
For more information, visit GrindhouseReleasing.com