MVD Rewind Collection will dust off a few gems from the VHS era that would lurk on the shelves of your nearby Dave’s Videodrome in the coming months. They’ll also give us a fresh documentary about the greatest movie studio of the ’80s. First is Action U.S.A. which lives up to its promise of action and full of America. With the classic tale of a woman in witness protection and the people who want her wiped off the map. Drive is also about action across America, but this time the person being chased is very special. Mortuary has Lynda Day George and Christopher George finding out why so many dead people are hanging out at the Mortuary. The House of Sorority Row will make you want to stay in your lame dorm room and not pledge to a sisterhood. The title that has me most excited is The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story Of Cannon Films. This documentary is Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus telling their story of how they created the most exciting action studio in the ’80s. They gave us Sly, Chuck Norris and JVCD. If you listen to the Golan Globus Theater podcast, you know the glory of these men. People were weirded out when Electric Boogaloo: the Wild Story of Cannon Films didn’t feature any interviews with the duo. The truth is they were too busy making their own account of those wild days. Here’s the press release from MVD Rewind with all the details on the upcoming Blu-rays and their bonus features:
|MVD Rewind Collection Continues Its Celebration of Video Store Culture With Five New Cult Classics on Blu-ray and DVD|
Action U.S.A. (1989), Drive (1997), Mortuary (1983), The House On Sorority Row (1982), and The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story Of Cannon Films (2014)
|Pottstown, PA – March 8, 2021 – MVD Entertainment Group is proud to announce the addition of five classic films to the MVD Rewind Collection. Video stores may be a thing of the past but MVD Entertainment group is keeping the memories alive with the addition of five new releases on Blu-ray and DVD to its “MVD Rewind Collection” including Action U.S.A. (1989), Drive (1997), Mortuary (1983), The House On Sorority Row (1982), and making its North American debut, The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story Of Cannon Films (2014) label in special collectors editions loaded with extras.|
ACTION U.S.A. – Synopsis: After her boyfriend is murdered by the gangsters whose diamonds he stole, a girl is protected by two FBI agents who plan to keep her from sharing the same fate. “Are you ready for some utterly bonkers ’80s action-mayhem?” (Entertainment Weekly) Originally released on VHS by Imperial Entertainment in 1989, MVD Rewind Collection brings this fun, over-the-top cult classic action film to disc in conjunction with Verdugo Entertainment. This Special Edition release is packed with bonus material and comes housed in a Limited Edition (first pressing only) slipcover that celebrates the rental packaging of legendary video store chain “Erol’s Video” (1980 – 1990). “Action U.S.A.” stars Gregory Scott Cummins (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, Cliffhanger), Ross Hagen (Armed Response), Cameron Mitchell (How to Marry a Millionaire) and Barri Murphy (Armed for Action). Blu-ray bonus material includes:
Audio Commentary with Director John Stewart, star Gregory Scott Cummins and cinematographer Thomas Callaway moderated by filmmaker Steve Latshaw
Interview with Director John Stewart
Action U.S.A. Behind the Scenes – Stunts Featurette (MVD EXCLUSIVE)
Limited Edition “Erol’s Video” Retro Slip Cover – FIRST PRESSING ONLY
“Action U.S.A.” will also be released on a standard edition DVD.
*Blu-ray Street Date: May 11, 2021 #27 / BLU-RAY SKU: MVD4530BR / UPC: 760137453086 / $24.95 SRP / 89 min / Language: English / Subtitles: English / Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 / Year: 1989 / Audio: DTS-HD 5.1 Surround Sound / MPA Rating: Not Rated DVD SKU: MVD4531D / UPC: 760137453192 / $19.95 SRP / *DVD Street Date: April 13, 2021
|DRIVE – Synopsis: A prototype enhanced human from Hong Kong enlists help from a hostage and a free-spirited woman to evade killers-for-hire in a race against time in order to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Originally released in 1997 from A-Pix Entertainment, Drive makes its debut on Blu-ray with a brand new 4K HD scan of the original camera negative of the Extended Director’s Cut of the movie. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Mark Dacascos (John Wick 3: Parabellum), Kadeem Hardison (White Men Can’t Jump), Brittany Murphy (Clueless), Sanaa Lathan (Alien vs Predator), Tracey Walter (Repo Man) and Ron Yuan (Mulan), “Drive” Blu-ray is packed with bonus material that includes:|
Audio commentary by director Steve Wang, fight choreographer Koichi Sakamoto and stars Mark Dacascos and Kadeem Hardison“Drive: The Force Behind The Storm” documentarySix Deleted Scenes Interview gallery with cast, director and crew including stars Mark Dacascos and Kadeem Hardison, director Steve Wang, Second Unit Director Wyatt Weed and Stunt Coordinator Koichi Sakamoto
TWO versions of the film: Both the Director’s Cut + Original Theatrical Version
Original Theatrical Trailer
Limited Edition Retro Slip Cover – FIRST PRESSING ONLY “Drive: Director’s Cut” will also be released on a standard edition DVD.
Street Date: May 11, 2021 #26 / BLU-RAY SKU: MVD3390BR / UPC: 760137339083 / $39.95 SRP / RT: 112 min / 99 minLanguage: English / Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 (Director’s Cut) & 1.78:1 (Theatrical Version) / Year: 1997 / Audio: 2.0 Stereo (LPCM), 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround / MPA Rating: Not Rated (Director’s Cut) & R (Theatrical Version) DVD SKU: MVD3389D / UPC: 760137338994 / $19.95 SRP
MORTUARY (1983) – Synopsis: Convinced that her father’s death was not accidental, Christie Parson decides to investigate to find out the truth. Her sleuthing draws her to a local mortuary, where deadly secrets will be revealed. Originally released on VHS from Vestron Video in 1984, “Mortuary” returns to Blu-ray and DVD from MVD Rewind Collection and features a great cast that includes Lynda Day George (TV’s “Mission Impossible”) in her final film role, Christopher George (Pieces), Bill Paxton (Aliens), Mary McDonough (“The Waltons”) and David Wallace (Humongous). The Special Edition Blu-ray features bonus material courtesy of Scorpion Releasing and includes:
Interview with Composer John Cacavas
Original Theatrical Trailer
Limited Edition Retro Slip Cover – FIRST PRESSING ONLY
“Mortuary” will also be released on a standard edition DVD.
Street Date: July 6, 2021 #28 / BLU-RAY SKU: MVD4907BR / UPC: 760137490784 / $29.95 SRP / 93 min / Language: English / Subtitles: English / Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 / Year: 1983 / Audio: LPCM 2.0 Mono / MPA Rating: R DVD SKU: MVD4911D / UPC /Barcode: 760137491194 / $19.95 SRP
THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW – Synopsis: After a seemingly innocent prank goes horribly wrong, a group of sorority sisters are stalked and murdered one by one in their sorority house while throwing a party to celebrate their graduation. Originally released on VHS from Vestron Video in 1983, “The House on Sorority Row” returns to Blu-ray and DVD from MVD Rewind Collection and stars Kathryn McNeil (Sudden Death), Eileen Davidson (“Days of Our Lives”), Harley Jane Kozak (Arachnophobia) and Jean Schertler (Runaway Bride). The Special Edition Blu-ray features bonus material courtesy of Scorpion Releasing and includes:High Definition (1080p) presentation of the main feature in 1.78:1 aspect ratio with LPCM 2.0 Stereo and alternate version of the film with director approved pre-credit sequence with mono audio
Audio Commentary with director Mark Rosman
Audio commentary with director Mark Rosman and stars Eileen Davidson and Kathryn McNeil
Interviews with cast and crew including: Director Mark Rosman, stars Harley Jane Kozak, Eileen Davidson and Kathryn McNeil, Composer Richard Band and Producer Igo Kantor
Original Pre-Credit Sequence
Alternate ending storyboards
Limited Edition Retro Slip Cover – FIRST PRESSING ONLY
“The House on Sorority Row” will also be released on a standard edition DVD.
Street Date: July 6, 2021 #29 / BLU-RAY SKU: MVD4904BR / UPC: 760137490487 / $29.95 SRP / 91 min / Language: English / Subtitles: English / Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 / Year: 1982 / Audio: LPCM 2.0 Stereo / MPA Rating: R DVD SKU: MVD4906D / UPC: 760137490692 / $19.95 SRP
THE GO-GO BOYS: THE INSIDE STORY OF CANNON FILMS – Synopsis: In the definitive documentary about Cannon films, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, two Israeli-born cousins, who in pursuit of the American Dream, turned the Hollywood power structure upside down, producing over 300 films and becoming the most powerful independent film company in the world. Directed by Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee Hilla Medalia (After the Storm), The Go-Go Boys is an up close and personal documentary that examines the complex relationship between two contradictory personalities whose combined force fueled their success and eventual collapse. “The Go-Go Boys” features interviews with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Dudikoff, Eli Roth, Boaz Davidson and more, along with Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus themselves, as well as archive footage of Sylvester Stallone, Charles Bronson and Chuck Norris in the definitive documentary about Cannon Films. Blu-ray special features include:
Original Theatrical Trailer
Limited Edition Slip Cover – FIRST PRESSING ONLY
“The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films” will also be released on a standard edition DVD.
Street Date: July 20, 2021 BLU-RAY SKU: MVD4738BR / UPC: 7601377473886 / $19.95 SRP / 89 min / Language: English / Subtitles: English / Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 / Year: 2014 / Audio: LPCM 2.0 Stereo / MPA Rating: NR DVD SKU: MVD4737D / UPC: 760137473794 / $19.95 SRP
Eric D. Wilkinson, MVD Director of Acquisitions and producer of the MVD Rewind Collection curator shares his enthusiasm for these new releases. “I’m excited to be working with our great content partners to bring both Drive and The Go-Go Boys to Blu-ray for the first time, and to give collectors a second chance to pick up Action U.S.A., Mortuary and The House on Sorority Row on disc once again. I’m a geek for video store culture and our packaging reflects that. It gives fans that lived through the video store era an opportunity to enjoy the nostalgia, and for our younger collectors, they get to experience these for the very first time, just as they were.”
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