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John Landis' Schlock coming to Blu-ray for the first time this April

03.16.2018by: Mike Sprague

I'm a big fan of writer-director John Landis (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON) yet I have still never seen his first feature film SCHLOCK. Have you? Either way, today we have cool news as it seems like Turbine Media Group will be giving the film its Blu-ray world premiere.

The disc is being brought to us in association with director John Landis and the long out-of-print cult comedy will be hitting the market in an exclusive dual-format mediabook Blu-ray/DVD worldwide-playable combo set limited to 2000 copies. The mediabook packaging features original artwork and a bound-in, fully illustrated booklet with rare pictures and new writing on the film in German and English.

You can check out more details about the film, along with the disc's artwork below. Then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are to own this film on Blu-ray in the comments below or on social media!

Special Features:

  • Exclusive new introduction by creator John Landis
  • Exclusive newly shot interview with John Landis (approx. 41 min.)
  • Vintage audio commentary by John Landis & Monster Maker Rick Baker (from the 2001 Anchor Bay DVD)
  • Trailers from Hell clip: John Landis on SCHLOCK
  • Original trailers (theatrical release, re-release, "Banana Monster" title, the original German 35mm trailer, and a new transfer of the German version)
  • Original 1970s radio spots
  • Bilingual edition: menus and booklet in English and German

Rundown:

A love stronger, and stranger, than King Kong and Fay Wray! The long-slumbering banana monster Schlock wakes up after 20 million years and escapes from his cave, befriending a blind girl who thinks he's a dog, nd causes mass panic in the small town with a shocking bloody massacre setting the scene. Schlock tries to escape but the military is fast approaching…

This low-budget prelude to Landis' brilliant career which includes ANIMAL HOUSE, THE BLUES BROTHERS, and AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, SCHLOCK is an ingenious monster comedy filled with wild movie references and absurd gags, with the then 22-year-old filmmaker paying respect to some of his favorite films like KING KONG, 2001, THE BLOB, and FRANKENSTEIN. SHLOCK is also the beginning of Landis' partnership with makeup artist extraordinaire  Rick Baker, and early feature from the gifted artist.

The film hits Blu-ray April 27th, 2018.

Extra Tidbit: Have you seen Schlock?
Source: AITH

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