Penny Marshall, the amazing actress, comedian and director has passed away
Marshall died Monday night at her Hollywood Hills home. We've learned the cause of death was complications from diabetes.
From director James Yukich (Shawn Mendes: Live at the Greek Theatre), producers Don Murphy (Transformers, Natural Born Killers), Jane Hamsher (From Hell) and Alan Schechter(Showdown), with a screenplay written by Michael Davis (Shoot 'Em Up) and Emmy® Award Winner Peter Gould (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad) comes the cult classic movie based on the video game smash hit.
Double Dragon roars to life with amazing special effects, spectacular action sequences, and a knock-about sense of humor. It's the year 2007, and what remains of LA is now ''New Angeles'', a city ravaged by earthquakes, tidal waves and vicious gangs. The evil tycoon Koga Shuko (Robert Patrick, Terminator 2: Judgment Day) is obsessed with finding the two halves of a talisman known as the ''Double Dragon'', which will give him awesome mystical powers. Two teenaged brothers, Jimmy (Mark Dacascos, John Wick 3) and Billy Lee (Scott Wolf, Party of Five) find themselves in possession of the amulet's missing half, thrusting them into the adventure of their lives. With the help of Maria (Alyssa Milano, Charmed) and her vigilante group ''The Power Corps'', Jimmy and Billy must summon all of their courage, resourcefulness and martial-arts skills to stop the villain's malevolent plan.
Eric D. Wilkinson, who oversees the MVD Rewind Collection shares his enthusiasm for this release. "Double Dragon was arguably one of my favorite projects for the Rewind Collection. This release marks the first time Double Dragon will be available on Blu-ray and in HD in North America! Special features producer Richard Schenkman and I worked tirelessly to create some amazing brand new bonus material that includes a feature length "making of" documentary that I know collectors will love. These new bonus features along with some great archival bonus material and the addition of the pilot of the "Double Dragon" animated television series (courtesy of Invincible Entertainment), MVD is proud to present the definitive edition of Double Dragon in a kick-ass (pun intended) Blu-ray + DVD combo pack collector's set."
Crackling with the energy and humor of its two heroes, Double Dragon is a high-octane action spectacular.
* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of the main feature
* Audio: English 5.1 Stereo, English 2.0 Stereo, German 2.0 Stereo
* English, French and Spanish Subtitles
* NEW! "The Making of Double Dragon" (full length documentary featuring interviews with stars Scott Wolf and Marc Dacascos, writers Peter Gould & Michael Davis and producer Don Murphy)
* NEW! "Don Murphy: Portrait of a Producer" featurette
* Archival ''Making of'' featurette
* Behind the Scenes featurette
* 1993 Double Dragon Animated Series Pilot Episode #101: "The Shadow Falls"
* Storyboard Gallery
* Press Photos, Marketing and Behind The Scenes Photo Galleries
* TV Spots
* VHS Home Video Trailer
* Original Theatrical Trailer
* Collectible Mini-Poster
* Reversible Sleeve Featuring Alternate Artwork
Sharknado star Ian Ziering is set for a key recurring role opposite Crystal Reed in Swamp Thing, the upcoming streaming drama series based on the DC characters created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson.
Ziering will play stuntman turned movie star Daniel Cassidy, who became semi-famous after playing the demonic Blue Devil. But now, eight years later, Cassidy finds himself living out his days in frustration, pining for his former fame while on a collision course with destiny.
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Based on a short story by Phillip K. Dick, the science-fiction thriller Screamers will make its Blu-ray debut January 29th, 2019 from Scream Factory. Starring Peter Weller (Robocop) and Jennifer Rubin (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, Bad Dreams, The Crush) and featuring a screenplay by Dan O’Bannon, Screamers also includes a number of new bonus features, including new interviews with director Christian Duguay, producer Tom Berry, co-writer Miguel Tejada-Flores and actress Jennifer Rubin. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com
The year is 2078. The man is rebel Alliance Commander Col. Joseph Hendrickson (Peter Weller), assigned to protect the Sirius 6B outpost from ravage and plunder at the hands of the New Economic Bloc. His state-of-the-art weaponry are known as Screamers; manmade killing devices programmed to eliminate all enemy life forms. Screamers travel underground; their intent to kill announced by piercing shrieks. They dissect their victims with precision, then eradicate all traces of the carnage. They are lethal. Effective. Tidy. And somehow, they are mutating … self-replicating into human form … and slaughtering every beating heart on the planet.
Screamers Bonus Features
Ok, I know this will not end the now age old debate, but I’m hoping that I can convince a few people out there that still don’t believe that Die Hard is in fact a Christmas movie. In fact it’s one of the best Christmas movies ever made with an amazing Christmas message if you just pay a little bit of attention.
First things first, if you want to be technical and if you’re religious you believe Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’s birthday. I mention this because someone may bring it up. I say that that in terms of Hollywood movies is not a requirement. I mean aside from Charlie Brown’s Christmas special, and a hint of its A Wonderful Life, not much out there mentions that aspect. Christmas Story, Rudolf, Frosty, Elf, none of them. So let’s take that off the table.
So let’s take the obvious reason Die Hard is a Christmas movie. It takes place on Christmas Eve, and the backdrop, the Nakatomi tower is in full Christmas swing as the employees are having their Christmas party. So right there we have a Christmas setting. Now let’s start breaking down common Christmas themes. The first is of course to come to mind is the commercial aspect. Gift Giving and gift getting. Well let’s see there at a Christmas Party, and exchanging gifts. Now when Hans Gruber and his guys (you could consider them disgruntled elves) crash the party Hans is all about robbing the 640 million in bearer bonds. So I guess in that aspect he’s getting a gift for himself, and as he’s going to have to split it with his men, he’s in turn giving them gifts as well. Now granted he’s stealing so he most likely made the naughty list. John McClane is trying to stop them, making him a guardian angel to the others at the party who are being held captive. If you recall the plot of that beloved Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life does focus on an angel getting his wings so we now have gifts and an angel on Christmas Eve. What gift does McClane have? That’s easy, he’s giving the hostages the gift of freedom and life by stopping these bad guys. That’s about as big a gift as you can get.
No we have established Hans is looking to take his own gift for himself the wrong way. So he is of course a villain. By doing this, and taking the lives of these innocent people he is really doing a good job of ruining the holiday for the Nakatomi employees. That sure sounds like a version of the most iconic Christmas bad guy of all time, The Grinch. And if John McClane is the hero, who obviously brings joy to the people when he saves them, brings peace and love one he takes out all the bad guys, and gives the gift of life and freedom to all the good people at Nakatomi, well to me that sounds a lot like Santa Clause.
Now one man, who is barefoot, alone, and in a strange surrounding having to stop a group of heavily armed robbers sure has the odds stacked against him. Throw in the fact they have his wife hostage and he’s got allot to lose. It would take a miracle for him to overcome those odds. Sure sounds a lot like A Christmas Miracle. In fact I’m sure his children at home were praying their parents would be ok and sure enough they were. Sounds like they got granted a Christmas Miracle as well. I mean surviving machine gun fire is one thing, but McClane dropped down an elevator, hopped off an exploding building with a firehose around his waist, out ran a helicopter shooting at him, and more. That’s next to impossible to pull off. In fact it’s a miracle that he did. Let’s also not forget that at the very end when you think all is silent and one of the bad guys grabs a gun and almost kills McClane he is saved by Sgt. Al Powell. Now Al has not had the nerve to fire a gun in years but thanks to a miracle he does here and saves McClain’s life. That also sounds a lot like he was McClain’s angel.
So let’s see what we have in this film. Christmas Eve setting, a Grinch, Angles, Miracles, gifts, and when McClane saves everyone peace and joy. Throw in the Run DMC Christmas rap at the end and I think this is all the proof you need that Die Hard is not only a Christmas movie, but the ultimate Christmas movie. Oh and what’s that Christmas message. Why peace on earth and joy, which we covered McClane as Santa brought to the good people of the Nakatomi Tower. Also as Hans fell out a window it shows you don’t want to be naughty.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced today the early 2019 release dates of the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, the Blu-ray Combo Pack, the DVD Special Edition and Digital versions of the critically acclaimed box office hit “A Star Is Born.” The 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD editions will be available to consumers on February 19, or fans can own it early on Digital on January 15. The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, the Blu-ray Combo Pack, the DVD Special Edition and Digital versions of “A Star Is Born”feature almost 10 minutes of never-before-seen musical performances by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, including “Baby What You Want Me To Do,” “Midnight Special” and “Is That Alright.”
In “A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fuse their considerable talents to depict the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life. Theirs is a complex journey through the beauty and heartbreak of a relationship struggling to survive.
In this new take on the iconic love story, four-time Oscar nominee Cooper (“American Sniper,” “American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) makes his directorial debut, and also stars alongside multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Gaga in her first leading role in a major motion picture. Cooper portrays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally. She has given up on her dream to become a successful singer until she meets Jack, who immediately sees hernatural talent.
The film also stars Andrew Dice Clay, with Dave Chappelle and Sam Elliott. In addition to playing Ally, Gaga performs original songs in the film with Cooper, which they wrote with a handful of artists, including Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell and Mark Ronson. The music is original and all vocals for the movie were recorded live during filming.
“A Star Is Born” recently received five Golden Globe nominations, including Best Motion Picture – Drama; Best Director – Motion Picture, Bradley Cooper; Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, Lady Gaga; Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, Bradley Cooper; and Best Original Song in a Motion Picture, “Shallow.” The film also received three awards from the National Board of Review, including Best Director Bradley Cooper, Best Actress Lady Gaga, and Best Supporting Actor Sam Elliott, as well as four Grammy Award nominations for “Shallow” for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and Best Song Written For Visual Media.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of “A Star Is Born” will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of “A Star Is Born” will also feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.
“A Star Is Born” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.
Fans can also own “A Star Is Born” via purchase from digital retailers beginning January 15.
4K UHD, BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS
“A Star Is Born” 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Special Edition contain the following special features:
· Jam Sessions and Rarities
o “Baby What You Want Me To Do”
o “Midnight Special”
o “Is That Alright”
· The Road to Stardom: Making A Star is Born
· Music Videos
o “Always Remember Us This Way”
o “Look What I Found”
o “I’ll Never Love Again”