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#SDCC15: Scream Factory and Shout! Factory Have Something for Everyone at Comic-Con

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San Diego Comic-Con

The Comic-Con news continues as we approach zero hour in San Diego, and right now we have all the details of what Scream Factory and Shout! Factory have in store for attendees.

There’s definitely something for everyone. Dig below for the full announcement. Stuff of concern to horror fans appears in bold.

From the Press Release:
Now a mainstay at San Diego Comic-Con International, Shout! Factory returns to the convention in 2015 with a dynamic line-up sure to delight pop culture enthusiasts of all ages. Shout! Factory is a leading multi-platform entertainment company, and its Comic-Con offerings, which span its popular Shout! Factory, Shout! Kids and Scream Factory™ brands, are sure to please devoted fans of popular home entertainment properties, collectors and pop culture enthusiasts alike. This year, Shout! Factory unveils an exciting panel event, new home entertainment products, Comic-Con exclusives and engaging booth activities. Fans and attendees are invited to join in on the excitement at the Shout! Factory booth (#4118) on the main convention floor.

Convention attendees who are genre and horror film buffs, obscure franchise fanatics, animation aficionados, fans of retro television or who just have a penchant for pop culture entertainment will not want to miss this year’s panel event: An Inside Look at Shout! Factory, Shout! Kids, Scream Factory and Shout! Factory TV on Friday, July 10th, at 7:30 pm in Room 24ABC. Join Brian Ward (BD/DVD producer), Melissa Boag (vice-president, Shout! Factory Kids), and Jeff Nelson (senior marketing director, Scream Factory) as they give you an exclusive sneak peak at upcoming Blu-ray and DVD collector’s editions and make some very special announcements. This fan-driven event featuring lively discussion and a Q&A is moderated by Eric Goldman (executive editor at IGN).

Shout! Factory Booth (#4118) and the studio’s Shout! Factory Store, located in the Shout! Factory booth, will once again be essential destinations on the convention center floor. Showcasing highly anticipated current and upcoming offerings from Shout! Factory’s most popular brands, the booth also features convention exclusives, an autograph signing, interactive fan activities including a green screen photo booth, daily sweepstakes giveaways and much more.

For continuing updates on Shout! Factory’s Comic-Con activities and news, please follow us on Twitter @ShoutFactory, on Instagram @shoutfactory, and the studio’s official Facebook page.

SHOUT! FACTORY BOOTH (#4118) HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
The Shout! Factory Green Screen Photo Booth: During all convention hours Thursday through Sunday, commemorate your SDCC experience with a free digital photo at our photo booth! From MST3K to Scream Factory, My Little Pony to Power Rangers, we’ve got a backdrop to fit your fandom! Once we’ve snapped your picture and you’ve chosen your background, you can share your photo digitally via the social media platform of your choice.

Kaiju Scavenger Hunt:
To celebrate the upcoming The Kaiju Movie Marathon, Shout! Factory TV is teaming with Famous Monsters Magazine (booth #1507) for a kaiju scavenger hunt! Visit both booths to collect each half of a special postcard, and then turn in the completed postcard at either Shout! Factory’s or Famous Monster’s booth to collect your limited-edition Godzilla poster!

My Little Pony Costume Contest: Is your My Little Pony cosplay so good even Rarity would be impressed? Come show us! If you are dressed as a My Little Pony character, come to the Shout! Factory booth (#4118) and have your picture taken in the green-screen photo booth to enter. Each day (Thursday- Sunday) one winner will be selected to receive a $100 Amex gift card. The grand prize winner a $150 Amex gift card PLUS an entire set of EVERY My Little Pony release by Shout! Kids! No purchase necessary. Rules and restrictions apply.

Comic-Con Exclusives!
Scream Factory’s highly sought-after button packs are back! Stop by the Shout! Factory booth (#4118) for your FREE 2015 Scream Factory Button Pack

Excited for the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls-Friendship Games later this year? Stop by our booth to get your FREE, exclusive My Little Pony: Equestria Girls-Friendship Games Button (while supplies last).

We’re also giving away other Shout! Factory goodies, including Shout! Factory cloth shopping bags and Shout! Factory TV screen wipes.

Schedule of Shout! Factory Events at Comic-Con International 2015

Wednesday, July 8th
Preview Night

Thursday July 9th
12 p.m. Power Rangers appearance at Shout! Factory booth #4118.

All Day My Little Pony Costume Contest at the Shout! Factory booth #4118.

All Day Shout! Factory Green Screen Photo Booth

Friday July 10th
1 p.m. Meet Samantha Newark (original speaking voices of Jem and Jerrica in
Jem and the Holograms) Special signing with SDCC exclusive posters
at the Shout! Factory booth.

7:30 p.m. Panel: An Inside Look at Shout! Factory, Shout! Kids,
Scream Factory and Shout! Factory TV
Room 24ABC, Convention Center

All Day My Little Pony Costume Contest at the Shout! Factory booth #4118.

All Day Shout! Factory Green Screen Photo Booth

Saturday July 11th
12 p.m. Power Rangers appearance at Shout! Factory booth #4118.

All Day My Little Pony Costume Contest at the Shout! Factory booth #4118.

All Day Shout! Factory Green Screen Photo Booth

Sunday July 12th
9:30 a.m. – Shout! Factory Green Screen Photo Booth

All Day My Little Pony Costume Contest at the Shout! Factory booth #4118.

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Shout! Factory, Shout! Kids And Scream Factory Home Entertainment
Highlights For SDCC 2015

The Last Unicorn: The Enchanted Edition (BR/DVD/Digital Combo Pack)
One of the most beloved fantasy films of all-time, The Last Unicorn has enraptured generations of fans with its poetic tale of a brave unicorn’s journey through a mystic land seeking others of her kind. Showcasing the latest hi-definition restoration of the uncut film, endorsed by Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn: The Enchanted Edition is brought to life with exquisite detail never before seen, to ensure the most satisfying film viewing experience for all fans, old and young alike. The release also comes loaded with brand new bonus features, including an audio commentary with Peter S. Beagle, Michael Chase Walker, Connor Cochran, Terri Kempton and Travis Ashmore; “Highlights from The Last Unicorn Worldwide Screening Tour with Peter S. Beagle,” the featurette True Magic: The Story of The Last Unicorn, and animated storyboards, as well as the original theatrical trailer.

Dog Soldiers Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack)
Six Men. Full Moon. No Chance. The terrifying thriller Dog Soldiers gets the Scream Factory treatment with a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack. Dog Soldiers features a new 2k scan HD transfer supervised and approved by director Neil Marshall and comes loaded with brand-new bonus features, including an audio commentary with director Neil Marshall, a look at the model of the sets created by production designer Simon Bowles and the featurette The Making of ‘Dog Soldiers’, featuring new interviews with director Neil Marshall, producers Christopher Figg and Keith Bell, actors Kevin McKidd, Sean Pertwee, Darren Morfitt, Leslie Simpson and Emma Cleasby, special effects artist Bob Keen, special effects supervisor/creature designer Dave Bonneywell, production designer Simon Bowles and director of photography Sam McCurdy. Dog Soldiers also includes Neil Marshall’s short film Combat, theatrical trailers, and a still gallery.

MST3K: Volume XXXIII (DVD)
This summer you can get your kicks with the cool cats on the Satellite of Love, in orbit with some of the cheesiest movies ever made. Don’t be a square, it’ll be a gas! On July 28th, 2015, Shout! Factory will release Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXIII, featuring four episodes never before on DVD: Daddy-O, Earth vs. the Spider, Teen-Age Crime Wave and Agent For H.A.R.M. The set also includes a bevy of brand-new bonus features including the featurettes Beatnick Blues: Investigating ‘Daddy-O’, This Movie Has Legs: Looking Back at ‘Earth Vs. The Spider’ and Film It Again, Sam: The Katzman Chronicles; interviews Tommy Cook: From Jungle Boy To Teenage Jungle and Peter Mark Richman: In H.A.R.M.’s Way, MST hour wraps, theatrical trailers and four exclusive Mini Posters by artist Steve Vance.

Thunderbirds: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
In 5…4…3…2…1…Thunderbirds are GO! Available for the first time on Blu-ray, the re-mastered high-definition transfer showcases Gerry Anderson’s visionary Supermarionation technique in exquisite detail never before seen, and promises audiences of all ages an outstanding showcase of thrills, action, and adventure with no (okay, maybe some) strings attached. Featuring all 32 episodes of the popular science-fiction series in a 6 BR set, Thunderbirds: The Complete Series also includes the documentary “Launching Thunderbirds”, which includes a never before seen interview with Gerry Anderson, and a vintage publicity brochure as bonus features.

Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut [Limited Edition] (Blu-ray)
After 25 years, fans and horror enthusiasts can finally experience NIGHTBREED like never before! Scream Factory, in conjunction with Warner Bros., was able to find the long-thought-missing original film elements and combed through over 600 boxes to locate not only the lost scenes but a treasure trove of never-before-seen footage as well. With lost footage meticulously restored, the result is not only a more faithful adaptation of Clive Barker’s book Cabal, but also what he originally intended NIGHTBREED to be. This three disc, extremely limited set contains the new director’s cut, the theatrical cut, and is loaded with brand new bonus features.

The Decline Of Western Civilization Collection (Blu-ray)
The highly-celebrated and long-awaited trilogy known as The Decline Of Western Civilization will receive a deluxe box set release. The 4-disc set contains Penelope Spheeris’ The Decline Of Western Civilization (1980), The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II : The Metal Years (1988), and The Decline Of Western Civilization Part III (1998), a 40-page book containing an essay written by rock historian Domenic Priore (Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Last Stand in Hollywood), rare stills, and bonus features including extended interviews, a commentary recorded by Dave Grohl in February 2015, and more. This is the first ever official Blu-ray or DVD release of the films.

Hackers: 20th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray with poster)
Hack the planet! A highly stylized cyberpunk exploitation fantasy, Hackers is a joyous ride through ‘90s cyberpunk subculture. The Hackers: 20th Anniversary Edition also includes the brand new bonus feature The Keyboard Cowboys – a 3-part documentary looking back at Hackers including all-new interviews with director Iain Softley, cast members Fisher Stevens, Matthew Lillard and Penn Jillette, visual effects artist Peter Chiang, wardrobe designer Roger Burton, hacking consultants Nicholas Jarecki and Emmanuel Goldstein and film critic Mark Kermode.

The People Under the Stairs (Blu-ray with poster)
In horror master Wes Craven’s The People Under The Stairs, a young boy is trapped inside the fortified home owned by a mysterious couple. Suddenly thrust into a nightmare, he quickly learns the true nature of the house’s homicidal inhabitants and the secret creatures hidden deep within the house. The People Under The Stairs comes loaded with bonus features, including Audio Commentary with writer/director Wes Craven, Audio Commentary with actors Brandon Adams, A.J. Langer, Sean Whalen, and Yan Birch, House Mother – an interview with actress Wendy Robie, What Lies Beneath – interviews with special make-up effects Artists Greg Nicotero, Howard Berger and Robert Kurtzman, House of Horrors – an interview with director of photography Sandi Sissel, Settling The Score – an interview with composer Don Peake and much more!

Wyrmood: Road of the Dead (Blu-Ray)
In the aftermath of a comet breaking up over Earth, most of the planet’s population quickly succumbs to a strange disease which turns them into “zombies.” Few survive, and those who do, quickly discover all existing fuel sources have been rendered useless by the plague. A raucous, blood-soaked post-apocalyptic epic filled with inspired vehicular mayhem and unrestrained gore, Wyrmood: Road of the Dead is one of the most wildly entertaining genre films in years. This critically-acclaimed rambunctious adventure comes loaded with bonus features, including an audio commentary with the Roache-Turner Brothers, the featurette The Wyrmdiaries: Behind the Scenes of WYRMWOOD, Crowdfunding Videos: Wyrmwood Production Pitch, deleted scenes, a seven minute teaser scene, a gallery of storyboards by the director and the theatrical trailer.

Robot Jox (Blu-Ray)
In the distant future, mankind has forsaken global wars for battles of single combat. The world has been divided into two opposing super powers, with each side represented by trained champions. Their weapons are huge robotic machines, capable of battle on land, sea and in the air. From celebrated director Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond) and executive producer Charles Band comes ROBOT JOX, a riveting sci-fi action adventure. Arriving for the first time on Blu-ray, this highly-anticipated release contains insightful bonus content, including new interview with actor Paul Koslo, audio commentary, behind-the-scene footage and much more.

Howling II: Your Sister Is A Werewolf (Blu-Ray)
After countless millennia of watching, waiting and stalking, the unholy creatures known as werewolves are poised to inherit the earth. Legendary horror icon Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings, Count Dracula) faces off against sexy cult favorite Sybil Danning (Battle Beyond the Stars, Chained Heat, Grindhouse) in this terrifying descent into a world of nightmares that turns out to be all too real! This high-anticipated release contains extensive bonus content, including all-new interviews with actor Reb Brown, actress Sybil Danning, special make-up effects artists Steve Johnson and Scott Wheeler, audio commentary, behind-the-scenes footage and much more.

I, Madman (Blu-ray)
After a spine-tingling paperback catches the imagination of bookstore clerk Virginia, she seeks out the author’s second book, I, Madman. But once she opens the cover, its eerie tale of obsessive love comes to life, catapulting a disfigured, scalpel-wielding killer from the world of fiction onto the streets of Hollywood with one demented goal: to win Virginia’s love, one murder at a time! Arriving for the first time on Blu-ray, this long-awaited release contains insightful bonus content, including interviews with director Tibor Takacs, actor & artistic supervisor Randall William Cook, screenwriter David Chaskin, actor Clayton Rohner and actress Stephanie Hodge, behind-the-scene footage, audio commentary and much more.

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Amazon Developing Stephen King’s The Dark Tower TV Series

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The Dark TowerIt’s been a while since we brought you guys an update on the planned TV series based on Stephen King’s The Dark Tower book series.

But today it looks like we have confirmation via Deadline that, “Amazon… is developing a slew of high-profile titles, including The Dark Tower…”

The series is being developed by Amazon as part of their bid to move into bigger budgeted spectacles ala their recent acquisition of the rights to The Lord of the Rings.

No further info is available at this time but we will keep you up to date as we hear word on Amazon’s “The Dark Tower.”

Are you excited about this series? Let us know below!

Synopsis:

Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black. The Gunslinger must prevent the Man in Black from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. With the fate of worlds at stake, two men collide in the ultimate battle between good and evil.

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Rutger Hauer Says There Was No Love and No Soul in Blade Runner 2049

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I don’t know about you, but I dug the hell out of last summer’s Blade Runner 2049. I found the film to be a tonally perfect addition to the Blade Runner universe and appreciated how it built on the story established in the original film.

That said, there are some out there that aren’t fans of the sequel – most of all, it seems, is the original film’s baddie, Rutger Hauer.

Recently, Hauer spoke with THR and didn’t hold back on his dislike of the new film.

“I sniff and scratch at it,” Hauer says. “It looks great, but I struggle to see why that film was necessary. I just think if something is so beautiful, you should just leave it alone and make another film. Don’t lean with one elbow on the success that was earned over 30 years in the underground.”

He continues: “In many ways Blade Runner wasn’t about the replicants; it was about what does it mean to be human? It’s like E.T. But I’m not certain what the question was in the second Blade Runner. It’s not a character-driven movie and there’s no humor, there’s no love, there’s no soul. You can see the homage to the original. But that’s not enough to me. I knew that wasn’t going to work. But I think it’s not important what I think.”

Wow, don’t hold back, Hauer. Tell us how you really feel!

I’m kidding. And while I don’t agree with Hauer on this particular issue, the man has more than earned the right to think it IS “important what [he] thinks.

Do you agree with Rutger Hauer on Blade Runner 2049? Let us know below!

Synopsis:
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

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Ash vs Evil Dead Set Visit Part 2: Learning About Kelly, Pablo, and Brandy

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If you haven’t read through the first part of my set visit for the third season of “Ash vs Evil Dead”, make sure to do so here.

After walking through the halls of Brandy’s high school, the sperm bank clinic that has been seen in the trailer, Brock’s house, and the streets of Elk Grove (all through the magic of set designs), it was time to sit down with stars Dana DeLorenzo and Ray Santiago, who told me about their characters Kelly and Pablo through this season of “Ash vs Evil Dead”! Oh, and there’s also a lot from Arielle Carver-O’Neill about her character Brandy as well, because who can resist hearing from Ash’s daughter?

After finding out that Dana, who is from Youngstown, Ohio, is a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, our interview nearly ended. After all, your boy is a Wolverine, through and through, and anyone who knows sports rivalries knows that Buckeyes and Wolverines don’t get along. That being said, we managed to put aside our differences so that I could learn a bit about Kelly and what she’ll be going through this season.

I really loved Kelly’s journey in season one and two. It was very exciting to play because, in a way, it mirrored my own as an actor coming into a franchise like this. Just like Kelly was dragged into this fight against evil and was caught completely off guard, it was very similar to the actor struggling for 10 years. I was living in Los Angeles working at a bar when I got this job. All of a sudden I’m being thrown into this with this incredible franchise, with the amazing producers of Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, where a franchise that’s built upon one man, a lone wolf as we’ve said, who is the star of this show and now he’s going to have sidekicks, that was terrifying as well! But it was really cool because I feel like I got to grow with Kelly and every time Kelly did something new, it was me doing something new,” DeLorenzo explains.

Expanding on that, DeLorenzo starts telling me more about Kelly and how she specifically changes through the upcoming season, saying, “At the end of season two, there’s the parade. And if you look, you can see that Kelly isn’t happy. Kelly is the smart one of that trifecta, the ghostbeaters. She knows that evil is not gone for good, which brings us to season three. Now that she’s tasted blood, she’s constantly chasing that high. So, at the start of season three, Kelly is a warrior without a war. She wants to stay on her game for when evil comes back. Her journey for season three…evil paints Kelly in a bloody corner and sets up her to fail where she can’t do what she does best, which is kick evil’s ass. She’s put in these catch-22 situations that she can’t fight her way out of without someone she cares about getting hurt. I think fans will be shocked at her transformation [this season].”

The theme of family running throughout this season of the show is not lost on DeLorenzo, who recognizes that Kelly’s ultimate purpose throughout this series is called into question through events that she wasn’t able to elaborate upon. However, she did tell me, “It was always about protecting and staying by the side of Ash and Pablo because they are not her family by blood but they are her family by bloodshed.

When describing the ghostbeaters, she calls Ash the “brawn”, Pablo the “heart”, and Kelly the “brains”. Later, as I sat with Arielle Carver-O’Neill, I asked what Brandy represents, to which she stated, “the hope”. “They all become very protective of Brandy and are very supportive of her journey,” Carver-O’Neill explains.

I asked her to envision a world where a fourth season is confirmed and how she’d like to see Brandy’s role expanded. Pondering this for a couple of moments, she then told me, “I’d like to see her find herself a bit more. I think just because she’s a teenager, you go through that journey at that age where you are figuring out who you are and your parents, either consciously or unconsciously, play a large role in that. For her, she only had her mum and then she found parts of herself in her dad. But she’s got a lot of growing up to do and I think that’d be really fun to explore how she goes about that.

For Santiago, the character and evolution of Pablo throughout the series has a very personal meaning for him. “As a kid, I grew up watching horror films and I always wanted to be the hero saving people from the monster and I always wanted to be the person chased by the monster. I think, in this show, I have the opportunity do that every day as Pablo and I’m one step closer to becoming the superhero I wanted to be as a kid,” he states.

As for his evolution, Santiago sees Pablo as going from a pushover in the first season to someone very important and potentially very powerful in the third season. “We’ve seen Pablo go from this naive guy [in the first season] that’s pushed through the ringer to last season and…the Necronomicon and Pablo have an undeniable relationship that will never end. As we move into this third season, Pablo sees things differently. He’s not just tormented by his visions of darkness, we see that he may not be just a sidekick but also psychic! We’re going back to his family and we callback to his roots. Perhaps it wasn’t just a coincidence that he met Ash and that he himself was always destined to be somewhat of a Jefé. I think season three is where we see all that coming to fruition. He’s not just along for the ride, he’s become an integral part of the team.

Part III of our set visit coming soon!

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