As previously announced at Schlockmania, Scream Factory has been at work with author/filmmaker Clive Barker to produce a definitive director’s cut of his film Nightbreed, which suffered heavy-handed studio edits during its original release.  Scream Factory will release this director’s cut in two versions, a three blu-ray set for collectors and a two-disc blu-ray/DVD version for regular release.  Read on for all the Cabal-collecting details, including a rundown of features for both sets and pre-order links…

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

 

NightBr-blu1On 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 10,000 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.

 

 

Pre-order now at:

Limited-Edition

http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/nightbreed-directors-cut-deluxe-edition

Special Edition

http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/nightbreed-directors-cut

 

NightBr-blu2In 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 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.”

 

New statement from Clive Barker’s Office: The Nightbreed Director’s Cut is an entirely different film than the one which was released in theaters. Its 20 minutes longer than the theatrical cut, but it contains over 40 minutes of new and altered footage. Clive oversaw the reconstruction and edit himself, personally ensuring that, at long last, he was able to tell the story he always wanted to tell, but until now, had never been given the chance. Once the scenes were reordered, and the original film footage restored, the entire film received a brand new sound mix and color pass. It is, in every way, a different movie. It contains more story, more monsters, and there’s even a musical umber. Ultimately, what we’ve delivered is a love story 25 years in the making.

 

 

 

Final details on the two retail sets are as follows:

 

DVD & BLU-RAY COMBO SPECIAL EDITION SET

New “Director’s Cut” presentation of the film which contains over 40 minutes of new and altered footage

Introduction by writer/director Clive Barker and restoration producer Mark Alan Miller

Audio Commentary by writer/director Clive Barker and restoration producer Mark Alan Miller

Tribes of the Moon: The Making of Nightbreed featuring interviews with Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, Doug Bradley and more… (72 minutes)

Making Monsters  – interviews with makeup effects artists Bob Keen, Martin Mercer and Paul Jones (42 minutes)

Fire! Fights! Stunts! 2nd Unit Shooting –  an interview with Andy Armstrong (20 minutes)

Original Theatrical Trailer

 

1:78 Widescreen/DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/Dolby Digital 5.1/English Subtitles

 

LIMITED EDITION 3-DISC BLU-RAY SET (10,000 Numbered Pieces)

 

DISC 1: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT

New “Director’s Cut” presentation of the film which contains over 40 minutes of new and altered footage

Introduction by writer/director Clive Barker and restoration producer Mark Alan Miller

Audio Commentary by writer/director Clive Barker and restoration producer Mark Alan Miller

Tribes of the Moon: The Making of Nightbreed featuring interviews with Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, Doug Bradley and more… (72 minutes)

Making Monsters  – interviews with makeup effects artists Bob Keen, Martin Mercer and Paul Jones (42 minutes)

Fire! Fights! Stunts! 2nd Unit Shooting –  an interview with Andy Armstrong (20 minutes)

Original Theatrical Trailer

 

1:78 Widescreen/DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/Dolby Digital 5.1

 

DISC 2:  BONUS DISC

Deleted and Alternate Scenes (approx. 20 minutes)

Monster Prosthetics Master Class

Cutting Compromise – an interview with editor Mark Goldblatt

The Painted Landscape: The Concept Art of Ralph McQuarrie

Matte Painting Tests

Makeup Tests

Stop Motion Lost Footage

Extended Torture Scene

Rehearsal of Boone’s dream

Extensive Still Galleries – Early Sketches, Deleted Scene, Posters and Pre-Production art, On the Set, The Cast and Crew

 

DISC 3: THE THEATRICAL CUT

New transfer from the inter-positive

1:78 Widescreen/DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/English Subtitles

**NOTE: Those who order the Special Edition and the Limited-Edition sets directly from www.ScreamfactoryDVD.com  will also receive an exclusive 18”x24” poster of the newly designed artworks (available while supplies last)!

 

Film Synopsis

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

 

 

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