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Shout! Factory just keeps on turning out first-class disc releases of vintage genre fare, with a couple of new B-horror homages also on its slate. The company passed Fango the content info on its upcoming DVDs of GAMERA VS. BARUGON, the second in the Japanese giant-turtle franchise, and Larry Blamire’s THE LOST SKELETON RETURNS AGAIN (pictured) and DARK AND STORMY NIGHT.
Following up its recent release of GAMERA, THE GIANT MONSTER, Shout! issues BARUGON July 6. The first color film in this kaiju series, it pits Gamera against a humongous, lizardlike beast that can emit a freezing spray from its elongated tongue and project a deadly rainbow ray from its back. In addition to a widescreen transfer from an all-new HD master, the disc will include:
• Audio commentry by J-monster experts August Ragone and Jason Varney
• Publicity galleries
• Booklet with an essay by actor Kojiro Hongo
• Reversible cover
Retail price is $19.93. THE LOST SKELETON RETURNS AGAIN, Blamire’s sequel to his black-and-white cult fave THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA, and DARK AND STORMY NIGHT both arrive August 17. The former reunites several of the previous film’s cast (Fay Masterson, Andrew Parks, Susan McConnell, Brian Howe, Jennifer Blaire, Dan Conroy and Blamire himself) for a new adventure in which a motley group head into the Amazon jungle in search of the Valley of the Monsters, where the rare element Jerranium 90 is said to be found. LOST and BUBBA HO-TEP’s Daniel Roebuck joins the fun this time around, and also co-stars in DARK AND STORMY NIGHT, a spoof of old-dark-house thrillers in which assorted folks are knocked off after gathering for (what else?) the reading of a will. Blamire, Masterson, Parks, Howe, Blaire and Conroy appear in this one too, and POLTERGEIST and THE UNBORN’s James Karen has a role as well. The movies will be accompanied on the DVDs by cast and crew audio commentaries and a behind-the-scenes featurettes; retail price is $14.97 each. Pick up Fango #296 for more on DARK AND STORMY NIGHT.
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