Welcome to another horror/sci-fi round-up! This time around we have release details on the Blu-rays of Long Weekend and Silent Running, as well as a look at Mondo's new Alien posters.

Synapse Films will release Long Weekend to Blu-ray on April 14th:

Press Release - "Upon its 2005 DVD release, the Australian thriller LONG WEEKEND quickly became one of the most highly-regarded films in the Synapse Films library, later to be prominently featured in Mark Hartley’s acclaimed documentary NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD and remade by director Jamie Blanks (URBAN LEGEND) in 2008. Fans have long requested a Blu-ray upgrade for this unrelenting Aussie classic, now making its high-def debut on a stunning new Synapse Blu-ray!

Attempting to resurrect their failing marriage, Peter (John Hargreaves, THE ODD ANGRY SHOT) and Marcia (Briony Behets) set out on a camping trip to a deserted stretch of the Australian coastline hoping a long weekend in the sunshine will help them patch their differences. They are a careless couple, littering the countryside with garbage, shooting guns and even driving away after wounding a Kangaroo with their automobile. Their callous disregard for the environment soon becomes apparent when the animals start to seek vengeance. Marcia and Peter have proven themselves to be destroyers of nature. Will the animals allow them to leave or will they too be destroyed?

From the writer of ROAD GAMES and RAZORBACK comes this “spooky little gem” (Premiere Magazine), presented in a high-definition transfer from original vault materials with a re-mastered DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround soundtrack created by Synapse Films.

Extra Features

-High-Definition 1080p Transfer Supervised by Synapse Films
-Re-mastered DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Soundtrack (Original 2.0 Mono also Included)
-Audio Commentary from Producer Richard Brennan and Cinematographer Vincent Monton
-Motion Still Gallery Featuring an Audio Interview with Actor John Hargreaves
-Original Theatrical Trailer
-Reversible Cover Artwork

Not Rated / 1978 / 95 Minutes / Color / 5.1 & 2.0 / 2.35:1 aspect ratio / $24.95 retail"

Blu-ray.com reports that on April 7th, Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release the Bruce Dern-starring Silent Running on Blu-ray:

Synopsis: "Botanist Freeman Lowell (Dern) has spent eight years aboard the space freighter Valley Forge preserving the only botanical specimens left from Earth under huge geodesic domes. When he receives orders to destroy the project and return home, Lowell rebels and hijacks the freighter, while plunging the craft into the gaseous rings of Saturn. From that moment on, he has only the trees, the gardens and two "Drone" robots, Huey and Dewey, to keep him company on his greatest adventure of all."

Special Features (via Blu-ray.com):

  • The Making of Silent Running
  • Silent Running by Douglas Trumbull
  • A Conversation with Bruce Dern
  • Douglas Trumbull: Then and Now
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Optional Feature Commentary with Director Douglas Trumbull and Star Bruce Dern

Available to purchase online beginning sometime today (the announcement will be made via Mondo's Twitter) are Tyler Stout's Alien posters:

"Alien by Tyler Stout. 24"x36" screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 510. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $60"

"Alien (Variant) by Tyler Stout. 24"x36" screen print with Glow in the Dark Layer. Hand numbered. Edition of 235. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $110"

Source: Blu-ray.com
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    Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

    When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.