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UP NEXT...RELEASED DECEMBER 24TH

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

ANNOUNCED... CLASS OF 1984 ON 101 FILMS BLACK LABEL






It has just been announced over on the 101 Films website that the violent classic 1982 near future thriller, Class of 1984, will make its UK debut on blu-ray on their fabulous Black Label on 25th February. The initial limited edition first release run of 3,000 units will feature a brand new essay written by me called 'Future Retro: The Punk Culture and 1980s Sci-Fi'.

You can pre-order the blu-ray on their website HERE


Here's the blurb -




Title number 007 in our Black Label range. This Limited Edition version is limited to 3000 copies and includes a slipcase and a booklet.

101 Films presents Class of 1984 (1982), title 007 on our Black Label and a UK Blu-ray debut. Extras include a brand new career-retrospective interview with writer Tom Holland (Fright Night), a commentary from director Mark L. Lester (Commando) and interviews with cast and crew. The first 3,000 copies of each title will come complete with a slipcase, and a Limited Edition booklet, including a new interview with the director.
An idealistic and naïve music teacher (Perry King) moves to the inner city with his pregnant wife to find that his new school is plagued by drugs and violence. Determined to bring a semblance of order to his classroom, he soon clashes with the school’s dominant gang, setting off a chain of escalating events, with potentially fatal consequences.
Brand New Extras
  • Life is Pain... An interview with writer Tom Holland
  • Limited edition booklet: Includes 'Future Retro: The Punk Culture and 1980s SciFi' by Scott Harrison and 'And Pain is Everything: An interview with director Mark L. Lester'
Additional Extras
  • Commentary with director Mark L. Lester
  • Do What You Love - A career retrospective of Perry King
  • History Repeats Itself - An interview with director Mark Lester and composer Lalo Schifrin
  • Blood and Blackboards - Interviews with cast and crew
  • Girls Next Door - Interviews with actors Erin Noble and Lisa Langlois
  • Trailer and TV spots
  • Stills gallery
Specifications
Certificate: 18
Runtime (Blu-ray): Feature 98 mins approx., Extras 138 mins approx
Runtime (DVD): Feature 94 mins approx., Extras 23 mins approx
Aspect ratio: 16:9 (1.77:1)
Blu-ray region: B
DVD region: 2
Sound: Stereo PCM (Blu-ray) Stereo AC3 (DVD)
Language: English
Subtitles: English HOH


Friday, 11 January 2019

ANNOUNCED... JACKIE CHAN'S WHEELS ON MEALS BLU-RAY






SECOND BLU-RAY ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE DAY ALARM!!!!


It has just been announced over on Eureka! Video's website that the 1984 Chinese martial arts comedy, Wheels on Meals, will be released on blu-ray on their Classics Label this coming March. The initial limited edition first release run of 4,000 units will feature a brand new essay on the film written by me.

You can pre-order the blu-ray on their website HERE


Here's the blurb -



  • Limited edition slipcase [First print run only]
  • Stunning 1080p presentation from a brand new 2K restoration
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Original Cantonese audio track, available in both original mono (LPCM) and newly restored DTS-HD MA 5.1
  • Optional English audio from the film’s original international release, featuring an alternate (and much funkier) soundtrack, available in both original mono and 5.1
  • Alternate English dub track from the films 2006 DVD release (available in 5.1 only)
  • New and Exclusive audio option - a custom audio option featuring the original Cantonese dialogue track, but mixed with the alternate soundtrack from the international release
  • On Giant’s Shoulders – An archival interview with Sammo Hung [7 mins]
  • An additional archival interview with Sammo Hung [10 mins]
  • Born to Fight – An archival interview with Yuen Biao [15 mins]
  • Jet Fighter – An archival interview with kickboxing champion and martial-artist Benny “The Jet” Urquidez” [28 mins]
  • King of the Ring – An archival interview with martial-artist Keith Vitali [33 mins]
  • The Inside Track – An archival interview with director and action choreographer Stanley Tong [34 mins]
  • Spartan X Alternate Credits – Alternate “blooper reel” credits from the Japanese release of Wheels on Meals [aka Spartan X] – can be viewed isolated or as part of the main feature
  • Additional Outtake footage [4 mins]
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • International Release Trailer
  • Original Japanese “Spartan X” trailer
  • PLUS: A Limited Edition Collector’s Booklet featuring a new essay by Scott Harrison  [First print run only]







ANNOUNCED... THE VIRGIN SOLDIERS BLU-RAY






It has just been announced over on Powerhouse Films's website that the classic 1969 British comedy, The Virgin Soldiers, will be released on blu-ray on their Indicator label this coming March. The initial limited edition first release run of 3,000 units will feature a brand new essay on the film and on 1960s British cinema written by me called 'Getting It: British Cinema and The Virgin Soldiers'.

You can pre-order the blu-ray on their website HERE


Here's the blurb -



(John Dexter, 1969)
Release date: 18 March 2019
Limited Blu-ray Edition (UK Blu-ray premiere)

Set in Singapore in the early 1950s, this impressive adaptation of Leslie Thomas’ best-selling, scandalous novel centres on a group of naïve, young British Army recruits billeted to Malaya who have no experience of either love or war. 

Both affectionate and affecting in its look at young men in wartime, the film has a wonderful cast which includes Lynn Redgrave (Georgy GirlThe National Health), Hywel Bennett (The Family WayTwisted Nerve) and Nigel Davenport (The Third SecretThe Mind of Mr. Soames), along with early appearances from Christopher Timothy, Wayne Sleep, James Cosmo – and a young David Bowie. Genuine and heartfelt, The Virgin Soldiers is an insightful and hugely underrated British comic drama.

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • High Definition remaster
  • Original mono audio
  • Interview with co-screenwriter Ian La Frenais (2019)
  • Interview with actor Roy Holder (2019)
  • 16mm On-set Footage (1969): rare and previously unseen material shot on location
  • Operation Malaya (1953): David MacDonalds acclaimed feature-length docudrama on the Malayan Emergency 
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by author Scott Harrison, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
  • UK premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited Edition of 3,000 copies
  • All extras subject to change
#PHILTD142
BBFC cert: 15
REGION FREE
EAN: 5037899071908




INCOMING... BLAKE'S 7: RESTORATION (PART 1) RELEASED





The year kicks off properly this week with the first release of 2019, namely BLAKE'S 7: RESTORATION (Part 1), featuring my episode FIGUREHEAD as well as three others by the incredibly talented writers Trevor Baxendale, Iain McLaughlin and Steve Lyons.

It's only been out for 3 days and already the reviews are coming in and they're wonderful -

Geek blog Indie Mac Users gave the box set a cracking 8/10 (read it HERE)

Blake's 7 Fanzine Scorpio Attack! has been reviewing one episode a day on Twitter since its release and said this about my episode:


"Figurehead by @scottvharrison is another fantastic episode in the Restoration box set. This installment has so many twists and turns! It's great to 'see' the return of a popular guest character and I love the continued focus on the relationship between Cally and Tarrant. #Blakes7"


You can buy the 4-episode box set on CD or MP3 directly from the Big Finish website HERE.








Thursday, 3 January 2019

MEANWHILE OVER ON MY FILM BLOG...

 



The new year has kicked-off over on my film blog, UPCONVERTED FROM STANDARD DEFINITION, with the first of my regular film posts and reviews for 2019...starting with all 10 Star Wars films ranked from worst to best.*

*Please note these do not include animated films of 1980s spin-offs featuring Ewoks.






Click on the link HERE to visit my film blog.





















Monday, 24 December 2018

INCOMING... JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!




This plopped onto my doormat recently - my contributor's copy of THE COOLER, release No.6 in 101 Films's excellent Black Label collection.

The blu-ray is officially released today just in time for Christmas! Limited edition contains collector's booklet (featuring my essay) and an exclusive slip case.


MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! See you very soon for more upcoming releases!


Wednesday, 19 December 2018

13 GHOST STORIES FOR CHRISTMAS




There's nothing more festive than listening to a good spine-chilling story on a dark, cold and stormy night by a roaring fire at Christmas. So, you'll be pleased to know that Fantom Films are having a 40% Off all Horror 'n' Supernatural audio Christmas sale over on their website.

Included is THIRTEEN, the Audie Award winning portmanteau anthology which I created, edited and wrote the 3-part linking story 'Hidden Track' for.

The 3-disc anthology set, which is presented in the style of an old vinyl LP, can be purchased HERE

In early 20th Century England Hamilton James Macaulay relates the tale of how he found himself in a Scarborough Bric-a-brac shop. The owner of the shop has 13 long playing records that each contain a hidden track at the end, that tell strange tales of future times.
These 13 tales of terror will change Hamilton James Macaulay’s life forever and he will leave the shop a murderer. Thirteen is a portmanteau audio anthology, harking back to the classic horror albums of the 1970s.

Track Listing

1 – Hidden Track (part 1) by Scott Harrison read by Barnaby Edwards
2 – Dead Space by George Mann read by Greg Wise
3 – A Girl, Sitting by Mark Morris read by Jilly Bond
4 – Finding The Path by Kaaron Warren read by Trevor White
5 – The Hairstyle of the Devil by Martin Day read by Arthur Darvill
6 – Down by Gary McMahon read by Stephen Rashbrook
7 – Visions by Cavan Scott read by Michael Maloney
8 – Half Life by Dan Abnett read by John Banks
9 – Hidden Track (part 2) by Scott Harrison read by Barnaby Edwards
10 – With Her In Spirit by Stephen Gallagher read by Frances Barber
11 – Tabula Rasa by Alasdair Stuart read by Lalla Ward
12 – One Hit Wanda by Kim Newman read by Samuel West
13 – A Glass of Water by Mark Wright read by Gemma Arterton
14 – Ghost Pit by Simon Clark read by Jeff Harding
15 – I Wish by Johnny Mains read by Steven Cree
16 – Hidden Track (part 3) by Scott Harrison read by Barnaby Edwards





Tuesday, 18 December 2018

UP NEXT....









Just a reminder that my next two pieces of writing are imminent...

My next audio play for Big Finish, BLAKE'S 7: FIGUREHEAD, will be released in just a few weeks time (January 2019) as part of the RESTORATION (PART 1) box set.

Before that, however, my next film essay, Heaven & Hell: The Cooler and Hollywood's Vegas, will be available on 101 FILMS' next Black Label blu-ray release for The Cooler. Released in just 6 days time (December 24th - Christmas Eve!), a limited edition of 3,000 copies will contain a collector's booklet featuring my essay as well as a lovely slip case.


You can pre-order THE COOLER HERE and BLAKE'S 7 HERE


Friday, 7 December 2018

BLAKE'S 7: FIGUREHEAD - BEHIND THE SCENES

Jonathan Christie as Jaryss Vull  and  Olivia Poulet as Avalon



Now that the cast / character details have been revealed for the forthcoming new audio series of Blake's 7, I'm delighted to be able to share with you the above behind-the-scenes photo.

A few months ago, after the recording of my episode Figurehead, the producer / director of my episode (and, indeed, the entire series), the marvelous John Ainsworth, sent me this pic that had been taken of two of the cast during a break in recording. Joining main cast members Jan Chappel and Steven Pacey is Jonathan Christie as the shady Jaryss Vull and returning to the series for this episode is Olivia Poulet as Avalon.

Also popping up in the episode is Harriet Collins as Kestra.





Thursday, 6 December 2018

BLAKE'S 7: RESTORATION (PART 1) BOX SET - COVER & EPISODE SYNOPSES REVEAL



Exciting stuff to report today, as over on the Big Finish website they've just revealed the cover for the new Blake's 7 box set, Restoration (Part 1), which will be released next month, January 2019.

Blake's 7 fans will be pleased to hear that the character of Avalon also returns in the episode written by me!

The synopses for all four 60 minute episodes are up on the Big Finish site and ready to read.

Here they are...



Four new brand-new full-cast Blake's 7 adventures set during the TV series' third season, following directly on from events in the Crossfire trilogy,

5.1 Damage Control by Trevor Baxendale
Damaged beyond repair, the Liberator is hurtling out of control. With Zen down, Avon injured and Tarrant losing his mind, what can the crew hope to achieve in the time they have left?

5.2 The Hunted by Iain McLaughlin
In a stolen ship, Avon and Vila try to hold off a fleet led by the President of the Federation, buyng time for Dayna, Tarrant and Vila to scavenge parts to save the Liberator.

5.3 Figurehead by Scott Harrison
With the Liberator crippled and vulnerable, Tarrant and Cally are given just twenty-four hours to end the violence on Gamma Vynos II or kill the person responsible: Avalon.

5.4 Abandon Ship by Steve Lyons
The Liberator is falling apart. Its life support systems are failing. The ship can no longer sustain five crewmembers. But who will stay and who will leave? Both options seem equally deadly...

Written By: Trevor Baxendale, Iain McLaughlin, Scott Harrison, Steve Lyons
Directed By: John Ainsworth


Cast

Paul Darrow (Kerr Avon), Michael Keating (Vila Restal), Jan Chappell (Cally), Steven Pacey (Del Tarrant), Yasmin Bannerman (Dayna Mellanby), Alistair Lock(Zen/Orac), Rebecca Crankshaw (Zeera Vos), Hugh Fraser (The President), John Green (Mordekain), Harriet Collings (Kestra), Jonathan Christie (Jaryss Vull), Olivia Poulet (Avalon), Ian Brooker (Ozaban). Other parts played by members of the cast.

You can read the News post HERE and pre-order the box set either on CD or as a download HERE.






Tuesday, 13 November 2018

THE COOLER - BLU-RAY FINAL SPECS




It was announced last week over on 101 Films' website that their next Black Label title (No. 006) will be the drama-comedy THE COOLER - the limited edition collector's booklet (limited to 3,000 copies) will feature a new piece written by me called HEAVEN & HELL: THE COOLER AND HOLLYWOOD'S VEGAS.

Here's the full specs:


Brand New Extras
  • Lady Luck: The Making of The Cooler, a feature length (100 min) documentary on the making of the film, featuring director and writer Wayne Kramer, writer Frank Hannah, actors William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin, Arthur Nascarella and Shawn Hatosy, producers Michael A. Pierce and Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt, composer Mark Isham and costume designer Kristin M. Burke.
  • Limited edition booklet: includes ‘In the Shadow of Negativity’ by director Wayne Kramer and ‘Heaven and Hell: The Cooler and Hollywood's Vegas’ by Scott Harrison.
  • Previously unreleased deleted scenes (SD)
Additional Extras
  • Commentary with director Wayne Kramer and composer Mark Isham
  • Commentary with director Wayne Kramer and cinematographer Jim Whitaker
  • Anatomy of a Scene featurette (SD)
  • Storyboard comparisons (SD)
  • Trailer (SD)

Released on 24th December it is available to pre-order now on the 101 Films website HERE or in HMV's 2-for-£25 offer HERE.





ANNOUNCED... CLASS OF 1984 ON 101 FILMS BLACK LABEL

It has just been announced over on the 101 Films website that the violent classic 1982 near future thriller, Class of 1984 , wil...