Disc News: Scream Factory Wows San Diego Comic-Con With New Title Announcements

If there was one DVD/BD label that appealed to the San Diego Comic-Con crowd it would have to be Shout! Factory and its variety when it comes to cult movies and television shows. After the announcement that the company had acquired the distribution rights to release the ’80s Saturday morning program Pee-Wee’s Playhouse as a multi-disc Blu-ray set, Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory label delivered some big news of what to expect later this year and in 2014. Fans of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed will be pleased. Here’s the rundown of forthcoming titles:

JOHN CARPENTER’S ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (Collector’s Edition) – The original classic siege thriller is intensified further with all-new ‘Scream’-produced extras. (Nov 2013)

EVE OF DESTRUCTION – The 1991 Gregory Hines android-gone-amok sci-fi thriller hits Blu and anamorphic widescreen for the first time. (Nov 2013)

– This post-Alien 1980 Kirk Douglas and Farrah Fawcett vs. Evil Robot flick gets a considerable upgrade to Blu-ray for the first time. New extras planned. (Dec 2013)

DARKMAN (Collector’s Edition) – The 1990 Sam Raimi cult classic gets the full on ‘Scream’ treatment with all new extras. (Dec 2013)

SCREAM FACTORY “TV TERRORS” –Two made-for-TV movies – 1978’s THE INITIATION OF SARAH and ARE YOU IN THE HOUSE ALONE? – will be packaged together on DVD for the first time at a good price. Fans have been asking us if we could exploit more of this made-for TV content so consider this an “experiment”. If this sells well, we would love to look into bringing you a “Volume 2″. (Dec 2013)

CAT PEOPLE (Collector’s Edition) – The 1982 feline flick (with Nastassja Kinski, sex, violence and a great David Bowie single) arrives on Blu for the first time with all-new extras. (2014)

As for that big Clive Barker Nightbreed announcement, Scream Factory will be releasing this in 2014!


What is The Cabal Cut?

Judicious editing and poor marketing on the part of 20th Century Fox didn’t help Nightbreed while it was in theaters, but it has sense grown a cult following among horror aficionadoss, and it has led Barker’s production company, Seraphim Films, to track down footage that had gone missing from the cutting room floor. Over the years, VHS workprints of Nightbreed have been discovered that run anywhere from 145 minutes to 159 minutes. These workprints add almost a whole hour that was cut from the theatrical release, including Danny Elfman’s musical score and more animation.

In early 2012, Russell Cherrington, a senior lecturer in film and video production at the University of Derby, created a composite cut of the film using the footage found on both VHS tapes as well as the Warner Bros DVD. This version is the most complete version of Barker’s film available and has been dubbed The Cabal Cut.

Now Scream Factory has acquired the film and will give it the high-def treatment for a 2014 release.

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