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Shout! Factory getting ready to release more Roger Corman classics

11.19.2010by: Jared Pacheco

Chances are if you're a fan of AITH then you're a fan of classic genre faire. By classic genre faire I'm talking the cheesy greatness of the past, which includes the impressive library of one Roger Corman. It seems Shout! Factory agrees because the company are getting ready to hit us with five, count em five!, classic Corman flicks come this January.

So what does Shout! Factory have in store for us? A Roger Corman sci-fi triple feature that includes ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS, NOT OF THIS EARTH and WAR OF THE SATELLITES. They'll also be releasing a Corman double feature that includes UP FROM THE DEPTHS and DEMON OF PARADISE. You know that's right. I'm going to go ahead and hit you all with the rundown for the flicks from Shout!'s press release:

ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS: In ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS, 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)

NOT OF THIS EARTH: An alien (Birch) comes to Earth, masquerading as a human, to scout our planet for a new blood source in NOT OF THIS EARTH (1957). 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)

WAR OF THE SATELLITES: In WAR OF THE SATELLITES, 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)

UP FROM THE DEPTHS: In 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 in DEMON OF PARADISE. 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.

But that's not all! Scope out the special features we've got coming with the two releases:

Sci-Fi Triple Feature
-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.

Double Feature
--New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.78:1)
--TV and Radio Spots
--Theatrical Trailer

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

Alright.. So it might not be worth writing home about but if you're a Corman fan, and let's face it.. you are, then this news should make your day! These two DVDs are set to hit shelves on January 18, 2011 with Shout! promising more Corman classics throughout 2011. As always when we get word on more details for any and all Corman releases we'll be sure to pass the good word along to all of you!

Extra Tidbit: Roger Corman's most recent theatrical production was 2008's DEATH RACE, which starred Natalie Martinez (above).
Source: Shout! Factory



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