2011 Roger Corman Releases

Contents Of Post:

  • Up From The Depths/Demon Of Paradise (Double Feature)
  • Sci-Fi Classics Triple Feature (Attack Of The Crab Monster/Not Of This Earth/War Of The Satellites)
  • Jackson County Jail/Caged Heat (Double Feature)
  • Roger Corman’s Action Packed Collection (Georgia Peaches/The Great Texas Dynamite Chase/Smokey Bites The Dust)
  • Eat My Dust!/Grand Theft Auto (Double Feature)
  • The Women In Cages Collection (Triple Feature)
  • Little Shop Of Horrors (Trailers From Hell! Vol. 2)
  • Battle Beyond The Stars (30th Anniversary Special Edition) DVD & Blu-Ray
  • Streetwalkin’
  • Sword & Sorcery Collection: Deathstalker/Deathstalker II/Warrior And The Sorceress/Barbarian Queen (Quadruple Feature) 
  • Vampires, Mummies & Monsters, 2 Disc Collection (Lady Frankenstein/The Velvet Vampire/Timewalker/Grotesque) Quadruple Feature
  • Lethal Ladies Collection (Firecracker/TNT Jackson/Too Hot To Handle) Triple Feature

 

Up From The Depths/Demon Of Paradise (Double Feature)    
Widescreen 1.78:1 Color (Anamorphic)  /  Production Year: 1979/1987  /  Region 1

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Up From the Depths: Staff and vacationers at a first-class resort on the island of Maui are beginning to mysteriously disappear. A biologist believes that an underwater earthquake has caused a giant, and very hungry dormant prehistoric fish to be released from his slumber. Voraciously, the fish helps himself to a tourist buffet. Now it’s open season for the local fishermen to find the creature and kill it! Starring Sam Bottoms (Apocalypse Now, The Outlaw Josey Wales), Virgil Frye (The Hot Spot) and Kedric Wolfe (Mr. Boogedy); written by Anne Dyer; produced by Cirio Santiago; directed by Charles Griffith.

Demon of Paradise: The hunters become the prey when illegal dynamite-fishing prematurely ends the hibernation of a mythological carnivorous lizard-man. The owner of the local resort, whose patrons have become the appetizers on this predator’s menu, and a herpetologist join forces with the sheriff to save the tourists from succumbing to the feasting of the beast. Starring Kathryn Witt (Cocaine Wars, Star 80) and directed by cult filmmaker Cirio H. Santiago.

Features:

  • Trailers: Firecracker, Humanoids From The Deep, Caged Heat, Jackson County Jail.

UP FROM THE DEPTHS

  • New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.78:1)
  • The Making Of Up From The Depths
  • Theatrical Trailer, TV Spot, Radio Spot 1, Radio Spot 2

DEMON OF PARADISE

  • New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.78:1)
  • Theatrical Trailer

 

Sci-Fi Classics (Triple Feature)    
Widescreen (anamorphic) & Full Frame  /  Production Years: 1957/1957/1958 / Region 1

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Attack of the Crab Monsters (LBX): A group of scientists become marooned on an island while investigating the disappearance of researchers who were looking into atomic activity in the Pacific. They quickly fall prey to giant, mutant crustaceans that have the ability to absorb the minds of their prey. Starring Russell Johnson (Gilligan’s Island), Richard Garland and Mel Welles (Little Shop Of Horrors).  ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS is a Roger Corman Production. Produced and directed by Roger Corman; screenplay by Charles B. Griffith. (Allied Artists Picture).

War of the Satellites (Full Frame):  An “unknown force” declares war against planet Earth when the United Nations disobeys warnings to cease and desist in its attempts at assembling the first satellite in the atmosphere. Starring Dick Miller (Bucket Of Blood), Richard Devon (Blood Of Dracula), Susan Cabot (The Wasp Woman) and a cameo by Roger Corman.  WAR OF THE SATELLITES is a Roger Corman Production. Produced and directed by Roger Corman; screenplay by Lawrence Louis Goldman; co-producers, Jack Rabin and Irving Block. (Allied Artists Release).

Not of this Earth (LBX): An alien (Birch) comes to Earth, masquerading as a human, to scout our planet for a new blood source. He needs the blood of humans to take back to his planet of Davana for his dying race. Starring Paul Birch, Beverly Garland (It Conquered The World), Morgan Jones (McMillan & Wife) and Jonathan Haze (Little Shop Of Horrors). NOT OF THIS EARTH (1957) is a Roger Corman Production. Produced and directed by Roger Corman; screenplay by Charles B. Griffith. (Allied Artists Picture)

Features:

  •  A SALUTE TO ROGER CORMAN – featuring new interviews with Roger Corman, Peter Fonda, Peter Bogdanovich, Joe Dante and many more.
  • Audio Commentaries on ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS and NOT OF THIS EARTH (1957) with Tom Weaver,John Brunas and Mike Brunas, authors of Universal Horrors.
  • THE ROGER CORMAN TRAILER COLLECTION features over 25 trailers produced and directed by Roger Corman.
  • All-new interview with Roger Corman looking back at all three films.

 

Jackson County Jail/Caged Heat (Double Feature)  
Widescreen: 1.78:1 (anamorphic) / Production Years: 1976/1974 / Region 1

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Jackson County Jail: Advertising executive Dinah Hunter (Yvette Mimieux – The Time Machine) leaves a promising career in Los Angeles to start a new life in New York City. She heads east on a long cross-country drive that becomes a nightmare after she picks up some hitchhikers and finds herself beaten up and stranded in a small town, then is thrown in the jailhouse on vagrancy charges. Dinah finds herself at the mercy of some bad cops, but she finds a way to escape with another prisoner, Coley Blake (Tommy Lee Jones – Rolling Thunder). Now the two embark on a wild car chase with the police . . . Also starring Robert Carradine, Howard Hesseman and Mary Woronov (Death Race 2000).

Features:

  • Commentary with director Mark Miller, producer Jeff Begun and DP Bruce Logan.
  • Leonard Maltin Interviews Roger Corman Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • New World Trailers

Caged Heat: Thrown into the penal hell of Connorville, petty criminal Jacqueline (Erica Gavin) must fight against the ruthless inmates, a cruel warden (Barbara Steele) and her depraved staff. Eventually she forms an uneasy friendship with two hardened inmates. When these three unite, they find themselves on a sexy and violent adventure seeking escape, money and revenge. Also starring Roberta Collins (Death Race 2000) and Rainbeaux Smith (Massacre At Central High). Written and directed by Jonathan Demme (Silence Of The Lambs).

Features:

  • Commentary with Director, Jonathan Demme, Director Of Photography, Tak Fujimoto and Actress, Erica Gavin.
  • Leonard Maltin Interviews Roger Corman Featurette
  • Poster & Stills Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • New World Trailers

 

Roger Corman’s Action Packed Collection (Georgia Peaches/The Great Texas Dynamite Chase/Smokey Bites The Dust)     
Widescreen (anamorphic) / Production Years: 1980/1976/1981 / Region 1

 

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Georgia Peaches: Two sisters running an auto repair show and their moonshine-running boyfriend are extorted into becoming undercover government agents to outwit the Dragon Lady of a southern crime belt. Smokey Bites the Dust: Action-comedy follows the rivalry between a small-town southern sheriff and a delinquent who steals cars and then destroys them with the sheriff’s daughter by his side. The Great Texas Dynamite Chase: A pair of sexy bank robbers blast their way into countryside banks with a carload of fresh dynamite. In the vein of Bonnie & Clyde and Thelma & Louise.

Features: Theatrical Trailers

 

Eat My Dust!/Grand Theft Auto (Double Feature)  
Widescreen (anamorphic) / Production Years: 1976/1974 / Region 1

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Includes:

Eat My Dust
A car-crazy teen and the hottest girl in school get into a red-hot race car where their reckless fun accelerates into a tire-squealing, fender-bending adventure to who knows where!

Grand Theft Auto
Cross Romeo & Juliet with a demolition derby and you have Grand Theft Auto – Ron Howard’s directorial debut! Can a young runaway couple get hitched in Vegas before their parents, a jealous boyfriend, a private detective and a mob of bounty hunter catch them? The race is on!

Features:

EAT MY DUST!:

  • New Interview With Ron Howard
  • How to Crash on a Dime: The Making of Eat My Dust! Featurette
  • Leonard Maltin Interviews Roger Corman Featurette
  • The Illustrated Man Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot

GRAND THEFT AUTO:

  • Introduction By Roger Corman.
  • Audio Commentary With Ron Howard And Roger Corman.
  • Audio Commentary With Actor/cowriter Rance Howard, Second Unit Director Allan. Arkush, Editor Joe Dante, and Key Grip Ben Haller.
  • A Family Affair Featurette
  • Interview with Ron Howard and Roger Corman Featurette
  • Leonard Maltin Interviews Roger Corman Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot

 

The Women In Cages Collection  
Widescreen (anamorphic) / Production Years: 1972/1971 /1971 / Region 1

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“Women in Cages” (1971) is a stark women-in-prison shocker with a sizzling star turn by Pam Grier as a whip-wielding, lesbian warden named Alabama who enjoys abusing her charges in a gothic torture chamber, “the Playpen.” With Judy Brown, Roberta Collins. AKA: “Women’s Penitentiary III.” When the desperate inmates of an all-female prison rebel against the ruthless warden and her guards, all heck breaks loose, in “The Big Doll House” (1971). Grier (who also sings the theme song), Brown, Collins, and Sid Haig star. And, you’ll want to keep the lovely tropical isle in “The Big Bird Cage” (1972) off the cruise list…it’s a brutally run work farm for women lorded over by sadistic fey guards. Hit the decks when foxy mercenary Pam Grier arrives to blow the joint wide open. Anitra Ford, Carol Speed, and Haig also star. AKA: “Women’s Penitentiary II.”

Features:

BIG DOLL HOUSE

  • Audio commentary with director Jack Hill
  • From Manila with Love – new documentary on the making of THE BIG BIRD CAGE and BIG DOLL HOUSE featuring interviews with director Jack Hill, screenwriter James Gordon White, actors Sid Haig, Judy Brown, Anitra Ford, Roberta Collins, Candice Roman, Teda Bracci and producers Roger Corman, and Jane Schaefer.
  • Trailer, TV Spot and Radio Spot

WOMEN IN CAGES

  • Interview with star Judy Brown
  • Trailer and TV Spot
  • Poster and Still Gallery

BIG BIRD CAGE

  • Audio Commentary with director Jack Hill
  • Trailer and TV Spot

 

The Little Shop Of Horrors  
Widescreen 1.78:1 (anamorphic) / Production Years: 1960 / Region 1

(Note: I was confused by this release. I knew Shout! Factory was releasing LITTLE SHOP, but I expected an actual DVD where it was the sole occupant, then I saw this and thought, they decided against it, and just included the trailer. Not true, the entire 1960 movie is on this DVD).

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Roger Corman’s original classic

“The most terrifying period in the history of my beat began in a little run-down florist shop called Muchnick’s,” relates Sgt. Fink in the opening of Roger Corman’s 1960 black comedy.

Seymour Krelboin works at Mushnick’s flower shop on Skid Row. To avoid the unemployment line, Seymour offers his boss a “special” hybrid plant he’s been growing at home. When Seymour pricks his finger and the plant tastes blood, he learns the secret to its growth: human flesh. With each victim Seymour supplies, “Audrey Jr.” (named after Seymour’s girlfriend) grows, and so does its appetite…begging for Seymour to “feed me! Feeeed me!!”

The middle feature in Corman’s trilogy of black comedies (the others being A Bucket of Blood, 1958 and Creature From the Haunted Sea, 1961), The Little Shop of Horrors was filmed in two days on an extremely miniscule budget, the movie’s impact generated a smash Broadway hit as well as a major studio remake in 1986. The prolific and inventive Charles Griffith wrote the screenplay, supplied the voice of Audrey Jr., and played a gun-wielding thug.

Features: The Little Shop Of Horrors (1960) Full Length Movie

 

Battle Beyond The Stars  
Widescreen (anamorphic) / Production Years: 1980 / Region 1

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Seven mercenaries are recruited from throughout the galaxy to save a peaceful planet from the threat of an evil tyrant bent on dominating the entire universe. Among them are a lizard-like humanoid, a space cowboy, a female warrior and a brooding killer-for-hire. Director: Jimmy T. Murakami. Stars: Robert Vaughn (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), Richard Thomas (The Waltons), John Saxon (A Nightmare on Elm Street), George Peppard(The A-Team), Sybil Danning(Reform School Girls).

Science-fiction tale about the harmless inhabitants of the planet Akir, whose tranquility is suddenly threatened by a wicked tyrant who plans to take over their planet. To prevent this, a noble young man sets out to find a few good soldiers who will help him defeat the cruel overlord. Will the underdogs succeed?

Gallant space mercenaries team up with an assortment of odd life forms to save the planet Akir from destruction. A post-STAR WARS intergalactic war movie with a strong cult following. Based loosely on Akira Kurosawa’s SEVEN SAMURAI.

Features:

  • Audio commentary (by writer John Sayles and Roger Corman).
  • Audio commentary (by production manager Gale Anne Hurd).
  • The Man Who Would Be Shad Featurette
  • Space Opera on a Shoestring Featurette
  • Trailers
  • TV And Radio Spot  

     

Streetwalkin’  
Widescreen (anamorphic) / Production Years: 1985 / Region 1

 

(Photo on the right is the alternate cover that comes with the DVD)

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Cookie (Melissa Leo) is a young runaway who arrives in New York City with her brother and ends up working as a prostitute for a pimp named Duke. Despite the desperate circumstances everything seems fine at first until one of Duke’s streetwalkers threatens to quit, and he nearly beats her to death. Sickened and shocked, Cookie runs away with an infuriated Duke hot in pursuit and unsparing of anyone who gets in his way. After being sexually abused by her stepfather, a young girl runs away from home and travels to New York City where she becomes a Times Square Hooker.

Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director, Joan Freeman and Writer, Robert Alden

 

Sword & Sorcery Collection: Deathstalker/Deathstalker II/Warrior And The Sorceress/Barbarian Queen (Quadruple Feature)  
Widescreen (anamorphic) / Production Years: / Region 1

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Deathstalker (Richard Hill) is the mighty warrior chosen to battle the evil forces of a medieval kingdom who sets off on a journey to the most challenging tournament in the land. To the winner will go the throne of the evil wizard, the ultimate mystical power and the love of the beautiful Princess Codille (Barbi Benton). But first, Deathstalker must prove himself worthy of his legacy . . . and treachery lurks at every turn.

Special Features:

  • New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.78:1)
  • Audio Commentary By Producer/Director John Sbardellati, Special Makeup Effects Artist John Carl Buechler And Actor Richard Brooker
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Photo Gallery

Deathstalker II (John Terlesky) has a mission: to save the kingdom from the wicked grip of the immoral wizard Jerak and his queen Sultana. Together they have ruled the land by creating a controllable evil twin of the lovely Princess Evie (Monique Gabrielle). Capturing the real Princess Evie, Deathstalker must now return her to her rightful place of power — but the swordsman’s battle has just begun.

Special Features:

  • New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.78:1) Of The Director’s Approved Cut Of The Film
  • Audio Commentary By Director Jim Wynorski, Actors John Terlesky And Toni Naples
  • Theatrical Trailer

On the eve of her wedding, Amathea (Lana Clarkson) sees her world dissolve — her groom imprisoned, her village razed, her friends attacked and slaughtered. Becoming the Barbarian Queen, she vows revenge and retribution, enticing and then destroying adversaries.

Special Features:

  • New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.78:1)
  • Theatrical Trailer

Travel to a distant world of exciting battles, exotic women, mystical secrets and evil wizards in The Warrior And The Sorceress. Kain (David Carradine) was once an exalted warrior-priest but now wanders the planet Vra as a mercenary sword-for-hire. In the small village of Yam-A-Tar, he finds two vicious clans struggling for power, and he becomes embroiled in the treachery and battles, the mighty wizardry and rampant debauchery.

Special Features:

  • New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.78:1)
  • Theatrical Trailer

 

Vampires, Mummies & Monsters, 2 Disc Collection (Lady Frankenstein/The Velvet Vampire/Timewalker/Grotesque) Quadruple Feature  
Widescreen (anamorphic) / Production Years: / Region 1

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Time Walker (Longer Cut)
An alien, once buried in King Tut’s tomb, terrorizes a college campus disguised as an ancient mummy.

Featues:

  • Interviews with actor, Kevin Brophy and producer, Dimitri Villard
  • Trailer

Lady Frankenstein
Dr. Frankenstein’s daughter sets out to build her own monster-to kill the one created by her late father, which is now running amok.

Features:

  • Photo Gallery
  • TV Spot
  • Theatrical Trailer

The Velvet Vampire
A female vampire invites a couple to her tranquil estate and she slowly seduces them into her web of death.

Features:

  • Commentary with actress, Celeste Yarnell, hosted by Nathanial Thompson.
  • Photo Gallery
  • Trailer

Grotesque
A gang of violent punks are terrorized by a murderous creature. Featues: None

 

Lethal Ladies Collection  
Widescreen (anamorphic) /  Production Years: 1981/1974/1977 / Region 1

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When female karate champion Susanne Carter (Jillian Kesner) goes to the Philippines to look for her sister who has disappeared, she stumbles upon a drug cartel and a tournament of no-holds-barred fights to the death in the action-packed Firecracker. Directed by genre specialist Cirio H. Santiago (TNT Jackson) and costarring Vic Diaz (The Big Bird Cage) and Darby Hilton (Malibu Express).

“They call me TNT,” martial arts expert Diana Jackson (Jeanne Bell) announces upon her arrival in Hong Kong to look for her missing brother, heading smack into the city’s worst area, a no-man’s-land that is a haven for drug dealers, thieves and killers. TNT does not know that her brother has been brutally murdered by Charlie (Stan Shaw), an American who is bent on inching his way to the top of the city’s drug-smuggling trade. He has no idea what he’s up against when he tangles with dynamite in TNT Jackson!

Contract killer Samantha Fox (Cheri Caffaro) accepts a mission to kill a group of gangsters in the Philippines, but problems arise when she falls for the Manila detective investigating the murders. Director Don Schain, who was married to Carrafo, directed her in several films prior to Too Hot To Handle, including GingerGirls Are For Loving and Abductors.

Features:

  • Audio Commentary On Too Hot To Handle With Star Cheri Caffaro
  • Theatrical Trailers

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