April 16th’s home media releases feature a small but eclectic array of titles, including Glass, the latest from M. Night Shyamalan, Replicas featuring Keanu Reeves, the Master of Dark Shadows documentary, and a trio of genre classics from Scream Factory: The Manitou, Grave of the Vampire, and Superstition. Other titles headed to Blu-ray and DVD this week include Cynthia and Close Calls.
Glass (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/Blu, Blu/DVD & DVD)
Night Shyamalan brings together two of his standout original films—Unbreakable and Split— in this explosive comic book thriller. Elijah Price, also known as Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson), finds David Dunn (Bruce Willis) pursuing Kevin Wendell Crumb's superhuman figure, The Beast (James McAvoy), in a series of escalating encounters. Price, armed with secrets critical to both men, emerges as a shadowy orchestrator.
Grave of the Vampire (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
The vampire Caleb Croft has awakened from his unholy slumber with an insatiable lust for blood and the pleasures of the flesh. A brutal attack on a pair of lovers allows for his desire to be temporarily fulfilled ... but his unspeakable acts leave the woman pregnant with his child. Ignoring all advice, she gives birth to the progeny of their unwanted union: James who will only drink blood from his mother’s breast. As James matures, he learns of his father’s true nature, and sets out to destroy him.
NEW Commentary With Author/Historian Troy Howarth
NEW Commentary With Film Historians Nathaniel Thompson And Howard Berger
Deleted Scenes (Sourced From Standard Definition VHS Tape)
The Manitou (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
What surgeons thought to be a tumor growing on the neck of patient Karen Tandy (Susan Strasberg) is actually a fetus growing at an abnormally accelerated rate. But when Karen reaches out to former lover and phony psychic Harry Erskine (Tony Curtis), she discovers that she is possessed by the reincarnation of a 400-year-old Native American demon. Now with the help of a modern-day medicine man (Michael Ansara), Erskine must survive this ancient evil’s rampage of shocking violence and forever destroy the enraged beast known as The Manitou.
Stella Stevens, Ann Sothern and Burgess Meredith co-star in this infamous shocker produced and directed by William Girdler (Grizzly, Day of the Animals) from the best-selling novel by Graham Masterton.
NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Film Elements
NEW Restored Stereo Soundtrack
NEW Interview With Author Graham Masterson
NEW Producing Girdler – An Interview With Executive Producer David Sheldon
NEW Audio Commentary With Film Historian Troy Howarth
Original Theatrical Trailer
Original TV Spots
Master of Dark Shadows (MPI Home Video, Blu-ray & DVD)
In 1966, a phenomenon was launched when Dark Shadows debuted on ABC-TV as a daily Gothic suspense series. Airing in the late afternoon, the show attracted a massive youth audience as it shifted to the supernatural with the introduction of vulnerable vampire Barnabas Collins. Witches, ghosts and scary storylines turned Dark Shadows into a TV classic that led to motion pictures, remakes, reunions and legions of devoted fans who have kept the legend alive for five decades. The feature-length documentary MASTER OF DARK SHADOWS reveals the fascinating, far-reaching impact and appeal of Dark Shadows with a compelling blend of rare footage, historical images and behind-the-scenes stories while also exploring the dramatic talents of creator-producer-director Dan Curtis.
Known as the "King of TV Horror," the Emmy-winning filmmaker followed Dark Shadows with other iconic genre favorites including The Night Stalker, Trilogy of Terror and Burnt Offerings before earning accolades for the epic mini-series The Winds of War and War & Remembrance. Narrated by Ian McShane (Deadwood), MASTER OF DARK SHADOWS offers insights from Curtis himself in addition to Oscar-winning writer-producer Alan Ball (True Blood), screenwriter William F. Nolan (Trilogy of Terror), author Herman Wouk (The Winds Of War), veteran actresses Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost) and Barbara Steele (Black Sunday), actor Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire), Dark Shadows stars Jonathan Frid, David Selby, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Lara Parker, John Karlen, Nancy Barrett, Jerry Lacy, Roger Davis, Marie Wallace, Chris Pennock and James Storm, plus other colleagues and family members.
Superstition (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
Something horrible is happening at the old house on Mill Road. A series of ghastly accidents has occurred near the site where a witch drowned centuries earlier. But when an alcoholic minister and his family move into the cursed residence, an idealistic young priest (James Houghton) and a cynical police detective (Albert Salmi) start their own investigation into the unexplained violence. Has the daughter of Satan returned for a rampage of vengeance? Will the laws of the Church be strong enough to cast out this demon? And if evil has truly found a new home, is the entire neighborhood headed straight to hell?
NEW 2K Scan From The Original Film Elements
NEW That Crazy Witchcraft – An Interview With Director James Roberson
NEW Lake Of Fire – An Interview With Actor James Houghton
Original Theatrical Trailer
Original TV Spot
Also Available This Week:
Close Calls (Scream Team Releasing, Blu-ray)
Cynthia (Indican, DVD)
Replicas (Lionsgate, Blu/DVD & DVD)