Directed and written by Wes Craven, Swamp Thing was released in1982 and based on the DC Comics character of the same name created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. It tells the story of a brilliant scientist, Dr. Alec Holland (Ray Wise, Robocop) and a government agent, Alice Cable (Adrienne Barbeau, John Carpenter’s The Fog) who have developed a secret formula that could end world hunger and change civilization forever. Little do they know, however, that their arch nemesis, Arcane (Louis Jourdan, Octopussy) is plotting to steal the serum for his own selfish schemes. Looting the lab and kidnapping Cable, Arcane douses Holland with the chemicals and leaves him for dead in the swamp. Mutated by his own formula, Holland becomes “Swamp Thing” – a half human/half plant superhero who will stop at nothing to rescue the beautiful Cable and defeat the evil Arcane… even if it costs him his life.
The supporting cast includes David Hess (The Last House on the Left), Nicholas Worth (Barb Wire) and Dick Durock as “Swamp Thing” (who reprised the role in the 1989 sequel The Return of Swamp Thing and the 1990 – 1993 “Swamp Thing: The Series”). Swamp Thing became a cult hit upon its release on home video back in the 1980’s and its countless airings on cable television in the 80’s and 90’s.
2023 4K Restoration (16-Bit Scan of the Original Camera Negative) of both the US Theatrical PG Version and Unrated International Version of the film presented in its original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio in Dolby Vision / HDR
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono, Spanish Mono
Optional English Subtitles
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Wes Craven moderated by Sean Clark (Theatrical / PG Version)
Audio Commentary with Makeup Effects Artist William Munns moderated by Michael Felsher (Theatrical / PG Version)
Collectible “4K LaserVision” Mini-Poster of cover art
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The rumors have become true as Amazon has bought MGM for $8.45 billion. The deal delivers a massive film and TV library to the digital platform and studio. MGM features a film catalog of 4,000 films and 17,000 television shows.
Amazon revealed in April that 175 Prime members have viewed movies and TV shows on the platform in the past year. In comparison, Netflix has 207 million global subscribers and Disney+ has 103 million subscribers.
To put the purchase in further perspective, Amazon spent $11 billion on video and music content for Prime Video and Amazon Music last year and $7.8 billion the year before. It spent $13.7 billion to acquire Whole Foods. Amazon is spending $465 million on one season of their Lord of the Rings series and has signed a deal with the NFL to broadcast Thursday Night Football starting in 2022.
Earlier today it was announced that AT&T and Discovery have entered into a deal concerning WarnerMedia. Discovery will now manage the entertainment division in a new partnership with AT&T. Now, word has come that Amazon is “weeks into negotiations” in a deal to acquire MGM. The rumored price tag is about $9 billion. Prices have ranged between $7 billion and $10 billion. It’s been a rumor for quite some time that MGM was thinking about, our up, for sale, but this puts that in a whole other league.
The deal is reportedly being worked on by Mike Hopkins, senior VP of Amazon Studios and Prime Video. Hopkins is dealing directly with MGM board chairman Kevin Ulrich.
MGM has a “deep” library with 4,000 films including James Bond, Rocky, Creed, RoboCop, The Hobbit, and Pink Panther. That’s just the franchises. There are also classics like Silence of the Lambs and The Magnificent Seven. There are also 17,000 episodes of series like the various Stargate series. Fargo, The Handmaid’s Tale, Teen Wolf, In the Heat of the Night, and more. Unscripted shows include The Voice, Survivor, Shark Tank, The Real Housewives, and The Hills.
In 2020, Amazon spent $11 billion on TV shows, moves, and music for Prime services. That’s an increase of 40% from the previous year.
Margot Robbie‘s company has optioned the rights from MGM to make a new Tank Girl movie. Created by Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett, Martin took to Twitter with the news.
Just heard that Margot Robbie’s company have optioned rights from MGM to make a new Tank Girl movie – now several months into development. We haven’t been contacted by any of the parties involved with the project, so not sure if there will be any input from the original creators.
Martin and Hewlett created the character who first saw publication in 1988 in the debut issue of Deadline. She has seen series published by Dark Horse Comics and currently by Titan Comics.
The character came to screen in March 1995 in a film directed by Rachel Talalay and starring Lori Petty, Naomi Watts, Ice-T, and Malcolm McDowell. Petty played the title character. With a budget of $25 million, the film went on to earn $4.1 million domestically and about another $2 million internationally. The film was generally panned by critics.
BLOOM announced today that Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter will officially be reuniting on screen after 27 years as the legendary Ted “Theodore” Logan (Reeves) and Bill S. Preston Esq. (Winter) in the highly anticipated third installment of the Bill & Ted comedy, Bill & Ted Face the Music.Following Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, original creators Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon have penned the script, with Dean Parisot confirmed to direct. Scott Kroopf will produce together with Alex Lebovici and Steve Ponce of Hammerstone Studios, with Steven Soderbergh serving as an executive producer alongside Scott Fischer, John Ryan Jr., and John Santilli.
MGM owns the rights to the film and will release in the U.S. under their Orion Pictures banner. BLOOM is handling international sales, which commenced in Cannes this week. Endeavor Content negotiated the deal.
When we last met Bill and Ted they were time-traveling teenagers trying to pass history class and win the battle of the bands. Once prophesized to save the universe with their rock and roll, middle age and the responsibilities of family have caught up with these two best friends who have not yet fulfilled their destiny. They’ve written thousands of tunes, but they have yet to write a good one, much less the greatest song ever written. With the fabric of time and space tearing around them, a visitor from the future warns our heroes that only their song can save life as we know it. Out of luck and fresh out of inspiration, Bill and Ted set out on a time travel adventure to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe as we know it. Together with the aid of their daughters, a new crop of historical figures, and some sympathetic music legends, Bill and Ted find much, much more than just a song. The film is currently in pre-production.
Time Warner’s Turner and Warner Bros. have announced they have partnered on a new standalone domestic premium video subscription service – Boomerang – that will launch in the Spring. This will be the first time the two companies have offered the massive Hanna-Barbera,Looney Tunes and MGM animation library of over 5,000 titles on a streaming platform. Boomerang will provide audiences instant and exclusive access to both brand-new original series and timeless franchises like Scooby Doo, Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, The Jetsons and The Flintstones among many others. Launching with a vast number of episodes, new content will be added weekly for kids, families and animation lovers of all ages to enjoy.
Boomerang will be the exclusive home to a slate of new, original series, including Warner Bros. Animation’s Dorothy andthe Wizard ofOz, an uplifting comedic fantasy series that transports audiences to the magical land of Oz and follows the ruby slipper adventures of its brave and feisty princess protagonist; and Wacky Races, a full-engine overhaul of the Hanna-Barbera classic series that takes viewers on a ride filled with zany slapstick comedy, high-octane thrills and exotic locales around the world. Additionally, Boomerang will be the only place to catch new episodes of three fan-favorite series, Scooby-Doo, Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry.
Boomerang will support its world-class content offering with a robust set of product features in the months following launch including: family profiles, personalized recommendations, download-to-go, Spanish audio and interactive features that will give users new and exciting ways to discover and share content. The Boomerang OTT service will be powered by applications and technology developed by DramaFever, a Warner Bros. Digital Networks company.
The service will be ad-free and launch domestically on Web, iOS and Android devices for $4.99 per month (with a 7-day Free Trial) or $39.99 annually (with a 30-day Free Trial).
The product will expand to several more platforms after launch, including Amazon, Roku and Apple TV. Turner and Warner Bros. is exploring additional distribution opportunities with both new and existing partners in the future.
Fox 2000 Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures present Poltergeist, from legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan. It contemporizes the 1982 classic about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
Kenan directs from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Lindsay-Abaire. It stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, and Jane Adams.
With suspenseful storytelling and jaw-dropping visuals, this electrifying take on a spine-chilling classic will haunt you from its early nightmarish moments to its exhilarating climax!
It arrive digitally September 4, and on Blu-ray and DVD September 29.
Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray Special Features
Theatrical Cut in 3D
Blu-ray Special Features
DVD Special Features
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