Schlockmania kicks off its 2013 posts with new information about two of the year’s most eagerly anticipated horror home video releases: Scream Factory released early specs today for its special editions of Hammer classic The Vampire Lovers and Tobe Hooper’s wild sci-fi/horror hybrid Lifeforce. Both titles will be released in DVD and blu-ray formats (note: only the Lifeforce blu-ray will include both versions of that film) and will feature new transfers, commentary tracks and much more. Read on for all the early blood-sucking bacchanal specs, including pre-order links…
COLLECTOR’S EDITION BLU-RAY™ + DVD COMBO PACK
Featuring Theatrical and International Versions of the Movie
Hammer Film Productions’
THE VAMPIRE LOVERS
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ON APRIL 30, 2013
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Horror, sci-fi enthusiasts and movie collectors rejoice! SCREAM FACTORY™ will unleash the special effects extravaganza LIFEFORCE from Director Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist) and THE VAMPIRE LOVERS from Hammer Film Productions on April 30, 2013. These two much-loved cult film classics debut for the first time on Blu-ray. LIFEFORCE will be presented as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™ + DVD combo pack that boasts the rare original theatrical version of the film (available on the Blu-ray disc only) and its longer international cut, plus newly rendered retro-style artwork and a reversible wrap with original theatrical key art . Both home entertainment collections of LIFEFORCE and THE VAMPIRE LOVERS feature high-definition anamorphic widescreen presentations and new exciting bonus content!
LIFEFORCE Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™ + DVD combo pack is priced to own at $29.93; THE VAMPIRE LOVERS Blu-ray™ has a suggested retail price of $19.97.
***Avid horror movie fans and collectors take note: those who order LIFEFORCE from ScreamFactoryDVD.com will receive the exclusive 18”x24” poster featuring the newly commissioned artwork. Only 300 posters will be printed, so these are available while supplies last.***
Fans and collectors can preorder these exciting SCREAM FACTORY collections now at ShoutFactory.com or Amazon.com
Lifeforce [Collector’s Edition] with Exclusive Poster
The Vampire Lovers
LIFEFORCE Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack
From the director of Poltergeist and the co-writer of Alien comes a thrilling sci-fi adventure of explosive action and pulse-pounding suspense! With mind-blowing special effects by Academy Award® winner John Dykstra (1977 Best Visual Effects, Star Wars), Lifeforce is a gripping mélange of genres that’s “so bizarre, it’s fascinating” (Leonard Maltin)!
A mission to investigate Halley’s Comet discovers an even stranger phenomenon: an alien spacecraft! Following a deadly confrontation, the aliens arrive on Earth, where their seductive leader begins a terrifying campaign to drain the lifeforce of everyone she encounters. Her victims, in turn, continue the cycle, and soon the entire planet is in mortal danger. And when the mission’s sole survivor (Steve Railsback – The Stunt Man) sets out to destroy her, he comes face to face with the most charming – and horrifying – being he’s ever known. Will he be able to destroy the lovely vampiress…or will he become yet another victim of her fatal charm?
THE CANNON GROUP, INC. Presents
A GOLAN-GLOBUS Production of A TOBE HOOPER Film
Starring STEVE RAILSBACK PETER FIRTH
FRANK FINLAY NICHOLAS BALL Introducing MATHILDA MAY
Director of Photography ALAN HUME
Production Designer JOHN GRAYSMARK
Special Visual Effects JOHN DYKSTRA
Music by HENRY MANCINI
Associate Producer MICHAEL KAGAN
Based on the Novel The Space Vampires by COLIN WILSON
Screenplay by DAN O’BANNON & DON JAKOBY
Produced by MENAHEM GOLAN and YORAM GLOBUS
Directed by TOBE HOOPER
- Both Theatrical & International Versions (Theatrical cut available on the Blu-ray only.)
- New Audio Commentary with Director Tobe Hooper
- New Retrospective with Cast & Crew including Star Steve Railsback, Director Tobe Hooper and others!
- Original vintage “Making-Of Lifeforce” Featurette
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spot
- Still Gallery
- And more to be announced!
1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1) (BD)/Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) (DVD)/DTS HD Master Audio 5.1/Dolby Digital 5.1/1985/116 mins.
THE VAMPIRE LOVERS Blu-ray™
A female vampire with lesbian tendencies ravages the young girls and townsfolk of a peaceful hamlet in eighteenth century Europe who, years earlier, killed off her fellow vampires. A rousing hunt for the vampiress ensues as a group of men follow her bloody trail of terror through the countryside. Adapted from J. Sheridan LeFanu’s novella “Carmilla,” The Vampire Lovers stars Ingrid Pitt, George Cole and Peter Cushing.
Now this “rather erotic Hammer chiller” (Leonard Maltin) appears on Bluray for the first time… If you dare, come into a twilight world of unspeakable horror and taste the deadly passion of the blood-nymphs!
“THE VAMPIRE LOVERS”
Starring INGRID PITT, GEORGE COLE, KATE O’MARA and PETER CUSHING
Screenplay by TUDOR GATES, Directed by ROY WARD BAKER
Produced by HARRY FINE, Co-Producer MICHAEL STYLE
- Feature Length Commentary with Roy Ward Baker (Director), Tudor Gates (Writer) and Ingrid Pitt (Carmilla) moderated by Jonathan Sothcott.
- Excerpts from the novella Carmilla, that inspired the film, read by Ingrid Pitt
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- New Interview with Madeline Smith (Emma)
- New Interviews with Hammer Films Scholars
- Original Radio Spot
1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1) (BD)/DTS Master Audio / 1970 /88 mins.
Further underscoring its position as a leading curator and home entertainment provider of many memorable cult movie classics, Shout! Factory launched SCREAM FACTORY™, a new home entertainment series created to celebrate some of the most enthralling horror and sci-fi films with massive cult followings in cinematic history. Shout! Factory will continue to present the on-going SCREAM FACTORY™ home entertainment series in 2013 with specific release dates, extras and key art for the rest of the title lineup. Meanwhile, fans will are encouraged to follow us and click the “Like” tab on the official SCREAM FACTORY Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scream-Factory/103961936407493) for up-to-the-minute updates or visit ScreamFactoryDVD.com .