As previously mentioned on the Schlock-Wire, Scream Factory secured the license to do a director’s cut version of Nightbreed with the involvement of Clive Barker. The company has just announced a street date and some early specs for this special edition, which will be released in two versions: a blu-ray/DVD combo and limited edition 3-disc blu-ray set. Read on for all the Cabal collector details, including pre-order links and a breakdown of what will be on each set.
EXPERIENCE CLIVE BARKER’S CLASSIC MASTERPIECE IN TERROR
LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE!
SCREAM FACTORY™ PRESENTS
NIGHTBREED: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT
ON BLU-RAY™ & DVD EVERYWHERE OCTOBER 28, 2014
“This is film history and beyond my wildest dreams of realization.” Clive Barker
On October 28, 2014, the horror home entertainment brand SCREAM FACTORY™, in collaboration with Morgan Creek Productions and Clive Barker’s Seraphim, Inc., will finally unleash the highly sought-after Director’s Cut of Clive Barker’s classic tale of terror, NIGHTBREED! Perfectly timed for Halloween, NIGHTBREED will be available in two retail versions: A 5,000 Unit Limited-Edition 3-Disc Blu-ray™ set and a Special Edition DVD & Blu-ray™ Combo. Written and directed by visionary filmmaker Clive Barker (creator of Hellraiser) and based on his popular novel Cabal, the cult-classic film, NIGHTBREED, stars Craig Sheffer (Hellraiser: Inferno), Anne Bobby (Born on the Fourth of July), David Cronenberg (Director, Eastern Promises) Charles Haid (Hill Street Blues) and features a soundtrack by award-winning composer Danny Elfman. Morgan Creek Television is actively developing a television series based on this film.
In 1990, the film was released theatrically nationwide. However, the movie studio edited the film extensively and several scenes were excised or rearranged – much to Clive Barker’s disappointment. Since then, a fan-driven movement was created (www.OccupyMidian.com) to see the full version of the film restored and re-released. Now, after 25 years, fans and horror enthusiasts can finally experience NIGHTBREED like never before! Scream Factory, in conjunction with Warner Bros., was able to find the long-thought-missing original film elements and combed through over 600 boxes to locate not only the lost scenes but a treasure trove of never-before-seen footage as well. With nearly an hour of lost footage meticulously restored, the result is not only a more faithful adaptation of Clive Barker’s book Cabal, but also what he originally intended NIGHTBREED to be.
Official statement from Director Clive Barker: “This is film history and beyond my wildest dreams of realization. When Scream Factory told me that they found the NIGHTBREED film footage I was gob-smacked! This is the ultimate validation of choices made by myself and Mark Miller [of Seraphim Films] all the way back in 2008. As we embarked down the road of attempting to track down the lost footage, we looked at each other and said, ‘Maybe one day they’ll find it.’ It’s my pleasure to announce that the day has come. Speaking personally, I didn’t allow myself to believe that it would. Even if we did find some footage (which we did in 2009 in the form of heavily degraded VHS tapes) and even if we did find a company willing to release the film (which we did in 2013 with Scream Factory, God bless them) the prospect of finding the actual lost film materials was remoter than I’d wanted to admit out loud. If the footage could not be found by those who had worked closest on it the same year it had been released, then what were the odds we’d be able to find anything 20 years on? But Scream Factory, in their commendable determination, kept up the search and thanks to them total reconstruction has been made a possibility. There’s never been a reconstruction that’s had as little chance of succeeding and yet has succeeded on as many fronts as this film has. It’s unprecedented. To now have a movie that we can put together in the way that I fully intended it to be seen when I first set out to make this film in 1989 is extraordinary. The project has moved inexorably to this conclusion. Fate and the hard work of individuals such as Mark Miller, Russell Cherrington, Phil and Sarah Stokes, Occupy Midian, Morgan Creek, and ultimately, Scream Factory have made this a possibility and I could not be happier.”
Details on the two retail sets are as follows:
LIMITED EDITION SET:
– Only 5,000 numbered sets produced
– Disc 1: Unrated Director’s Cut of the film on Blu-ray
– Disc 2: The 1990 R-Rated theatrical version of the film on Blu-ray (through a special licensing agreement through Warner Bros.)
– Disc 3: EXCLUSIVE-TO-THIS-SET Bonus Blu-ray disc packed with extras (details forthcoming)
– Includes Collector’s Book with an essay and rare photos
– Slipcase includes newly designed artwork approved by Clive Barker
– $79.97 SRP
**NOTE: Those who order the Limited Edition set directly from www.ScreamfactoryDVD.com will also receive an exclusive 18”x24” poster of the newly designed artwork (available while supplies last)! The Scream Factory site will also receive the first 1,000 numbered copies.**
SPECIAL EDITION SET:
– Disc 1: Unrated Director’s Cut of the film on Blu-ray plus bonus features (details forthcoming)
– Disc 2: Unrated Director’s Cut of the film on DVD (details forthcoming)
– Slipcase includes artwork approved by Clive Barker
– $29.93 SRP
Boone (Craig Sheffer) may be a troubled young man, but his troubles are just beginning. Set up as the fall guy in a string of slasher murders, he decides he’ll hide by crossing the threshold that separates “us” from “them” and sneak into the forbidden subterranean realm of Midian. Boone will live among the monsters. Hellraiser creator Clive Barker writes (adapting his novel Cabal) and directs this vivid leap into horror that asks: in the battle of man vs. monster, who’s really the monster? The answer supplies flesh-crawling suspense, sudden fear, a colorful Danny Elfman score and a creepy array of shape-shifting beings. They are the Nightbreed, denizens of a world beyond death, beyond the imagination, perhaps beyond anything you’ve seen.
JAMES G. ROBINSON and JOE ROTH present A MORGAN CREEK Production of CLIVE BARKER’S “NIGHTBREED”
CRAIG SHEFFER, ANNE BOBBY, DAVID CRONENBERG, CHARLES HAID
Music by DANNY ELFMAN, Special Make-Up and Visual Effects by IMAGE ANIMATION, Sound Design by BRUCE NYZNIK,
Edited by RICHARD MARDEN and MARK GOLDBLATT, Production Designer STEVE HARDIE,
Director of Photography ROBIN VIDGEON B.S.C.,
Executive Producers JAMES G. ROBINSON and JOE ROTH, Screenplay by CLIVE BARKER Based on his novel CABAL
Produced by GABRIELLA MARTINELLI, Directed by CLIVE BARKER