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DVD Buzz-Saw #23

Aug. 18, 2005by: BiggNewt


Okay, what better way to start off the column with an evil Gingerbread Man? Bloody Disgusting reports: From Wizard Entertainment comes the news of The Gingerdead Man, which is being tagged with a November 24th release. The premise focuses on three executed murderers whose remains are stored in a vat of pastry batter and they return as evil 'cookie monsters'. The film is being helmed by B-Movie veteran Charles Band, who makes a long-awaited return to the genre. Also making an appearance is "everyone's favorite drunk" Gary Busey, who's career has now dwindled to voicing a piece of cookie dough. So sad, yet so funny...No extras have been announced nor has any pre-order information arisen...

THE EXORCIST: The Complete DVD Resurrection

Before I make you soil your pants fellow Region 1 viewers, I have some bad news...Our pals in Region 2 are getting this little box set, not us, not yet (hint to Warner. On October 17th, Warner Home Video will release a box set that will include all four installments of the famed demonic possession franchise which has captivated audience or in The Heretic's case hypnotized them to absolute boredom. The Exorcist (1973) will be the Original Theatrical Version not the later used Extended Cut. Also included will be The Exorcist: Beginning as well as Dominion: The Exorcist Prequel, making it's DVD debut. For reviews of all these films, be sure to check Arrow's famed reviews...Full specs below...


The Exorcist

  • Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) Transfer
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio
  • Feature Length Commentary by Peter Blatty
  • Feature Length Commentary by William Friedkin
  • 'Fear of God' Documentary
  • Sketches and Storyboards, Interviews, Original Ending
  • Introduction by William Friedkin,
  • Six TV Spots & Four Theatrical Trailers

    Exorcist II: The Heretic
  • Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) Transfer
  • Dolby Digital Mono Audio
  • Alternative Opening Sequence
  • Two Theatrical Trailers

    The Exorcist III
  • Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) Transfer
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio
  • Theatrical Trailer

    Exorcist: The Beginning
  • Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) Transfer
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio
  • Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround Audio
  • Director's Commentary with Renny Harlin
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

    Dominion: Prequel to THe Exorcist
  • Details TBC

Spooky...No? Nothing on about the set yet...


Following a rather disappointing outcome at the Box Office, making pretty close to par of the Production cost, Universal Home Entertainment is hoping to recoup some of that mean green with the DVD release of George A. Romero's epic zombie flick Land of the Dead (see Arrow's review here). Considered to be a good outing by most horror fans, Land of the Dead showcased zombies having taken over the world and those left alive are confined to a walled-in city that keeps out the corpse corps. Anarchy rules the streets, with the wealthy insulated and living in fortified skyscrapers. Drama revolves around a group of scavengers who must thwart an attempt to overthrow the city while the dead are evolving from brainless slow-moving creatures into more advanced creatures. The release date is October 25th and the only confirmed extra are some deleted scenes. There is a rumor that it also may come with an alternate ending. Keep checking back, well hook you up :)

George says get your ass out there and buy this damn DVD. Blood-Disgusting with the scoop.

ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: Collector's Edition

Okay I'll wait...Go ahead and throw your copies of Alien vs. Predator (see Arrow's review) right out the damn window. Once again, we have another double dipper on our hands. I have been dipped so many times I fell like a damn Porn Star over here. Fox Home Entertainment is planning on release The Ultimate/Super/Unrated/Extended Cut of it's lame attempt to salvage face of what is already considered a most disappointing horror film. Here's how they exactly plan on raking more money from your tiny little pockets...


  • Two-disc release
  • Theatrical edition of the film
  • Seamlessly branched unrated cut
  • The new scenes added are entitled Antarctica 1904, Argument, Chamber of Skulls, Sacrifice, Weyland's Death and Predator Ritual.
  • Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1, and DTS 5.1 Surround tracks
  • A commentary by Paul W.S. Anderson, Lance Henriksen and Sanaa Lathan
  • A second audio commentary by Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff Jr. and John Bruno
  • A Pre-Production: AVP The Beginning feature
  • A Branching Footage: ADI Workshop feature
  • A Storyboard Gallery, concept art
  • An AVP Production featurette.
  • Making of AVP: Miniature Whaling Station
  • Facehuggers & Eggs
  • Trouble at the Mouth of the Tunnel
  • A visual effects breakdown
  • Deleted scenes with optional director's commentary (The Sister, Miller Gets Caught, & Love Scene)
  • A Licensing the Franchise: Aliens vs Predator the Comic Book featurette
  • A Monsters in Miniature by Todd McFarlane feature
  • A HBO special
  • Three theatrical trailers
  • Trailers for Alien Quadrilogy and Planet of the Apes 35th Anniversary.

Artwork to come, but if your more than willing to fork over a few bucks for another edition of AVP, here ya go! If you think your not in a rush to Pre-Order than just wait until it comes out on November 22nd.

KING KONG (1933)

With the upcoming modernized Kong film from Peter Jackson, he himself, is helping put together a DVD of the classic film to hit stores on November 22nd, just weeks prior to his new film's release. King Kong is getting the royal treatment and deservingly so, as it has undoubtedly set the path for Movie-Monsters to captivate audiences, just like it did in it's day. For full specs and details we go to shift+return and...


  • Collectible tin
  • A 20-page reproduction of the original 1993 souvenir program
  • Postcards reproducing original poster art
  • A Mail-in offer for a vintage theatrical poster
  • A newly restored, digitally mastered transfer of the film from rare nitrate film element
  • RKO Production 601: The Making of Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World , a two-hour, seven-part documentary created by Peter Jackson
  • A feature-length documentary on KONG creator Merian C. Cooper, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Kevin Brownlow,
  • Audio commentary by FX wizards Ray Harryhausen and Ken Ralston and MIGHTY JOE YOUNG actress Terry Moore.

This film, IMO was the turning point in American films, so I highly recommend Pre-Ordering Kong now!


Following up on the early detail I gave a few weeks ago, Anchor Bay Entertainment has release more in-depth details of it's pair of films hitting DVD shelves on October 4th. Both films starring legendary B-actor Bruce Campbell, and even one he directed in Man With the Screaming Brain. The other film, of course being Josh Becker's Alien Apocalypse. The Lowdown for each DVD...


The Man With the Screaming Brain

  • Presented in 16x9-enhanced widescreen (1.77:1)
  • Dolby Surround 5.1 and 2.0 soundtracks
  • Audio commentary by Campbell and producer David M. Goodman
  • Brain Surgeons: Making The Screaming Brain featurette
  • Neurology 101: Evolution Of The Screaming Brain featurette
  • Behind-the-scenes
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Storyboard gallery
  • Comic book art Gallery
  • Bruce Campbell bio
  • Cross-promo trailers

Alien Apocalypse

  • Presented in 16x9-enhanced widescreen (1.77:1)
  • Dolby Surround 5.1 and 2.0 soundtracks
  • Audio commentary by Campbell and writer/director Becker
  • Behind-the-scenes gallery
  • Storyboard gallery
  • Bruce Campbell bio
  • Cross-promo trailers

During all those Evil Dead films, Bruce never really had the chance to bond with his deadly foes, in Alien Apocalypse, he more than happily dances and boogies with his enemies...


That's it for this installment in DVD Buzz-Saw , check back in the next column for news on Tremors Box Set , Frighteners, and much more!

Source: FangoriaDVDAnswers

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8:31AM on 08/18/2005

Nice !!

Finaly we will see the Other version of the Exorcist Prequel. The Renny Harlin version was simply awful.

And GingerDead Man...Gary Busey as a killer cookie 'nuf said

Finaly we will see the Other version of the Exorcist Prequel. The Renny Harlin version was simply awful.

And GingerDead Man...Gary Busey as a killer cookie 'nuf said

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