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Image Entertainment Bringing Robert Hall’s Lightning Bug to Blu-ray in January 2013

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One of our favorite films of the early 2000’s is Robert Hall’s coming-of-age tale Lightning Bug (review here), and in January of next year Image Entertainment is giving it the Blu-ray release it deserves. Read on for the details of the film’s high-def extended cut!

From the Press Release:
After wowing genre and mainstream audiences and fans during its initial DVD release, Image Entertainment will release Lightning Bug for the very first time on Blu-ray January 15th, which will also include an all-new, never-before-seen Extended Cut. The award-winning independent film stars Bret Harrison (“Reaper,” “Grounded For Life,” “The O.C.”), Laura Prepon (“That 70’s Show”) and a skillful supporting cast in a coming-of-age story set against an ultra-conservative and often bizarre hamlet in the rural South. Lightning Bug will be available for the SRP of $17.97.

The screenwriting and directorial debut of award-winning special makeup effects wizard Robert Hall (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” Pineapple Express, Quarantine, Superbad), Lighting Bug launched a career that eventually spawned the creation of horror icon “ChromeSkull” in Hall’s Laid To Rest and ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest 2.

Lightning Bug is a nostalgic journey through the budding aspirations and sobering realities of youth, as told semi-autobiographically by writer/director Hall. Bret Harrison stars as Green Graves, a young Alabama man desperate to escape the stifling grip of his rural confines. In a Bible-Belt town chock-full of misfits, Green finds escape and solace in his longing to create special effects creatures in Hollywood. Despite finding a kindred spirit in a local girl with a sordid past, Green soon learns that sometimes the most frightening monsters aren’t always made of rubber and latex.

The film co-stars Laura Prepon as Angevin Duvet, his love interest and a girl with demons of her own, and features a stellar supporting cast including genre favorite Ashley Laurence (Hellraiser), Kevin Gage (Heat), Hal Sparks (“Queer as Folk”) and Josh Todd (frontman for Buckcherry).

Bonus features on the Lightning Bug Blu-ray include an Extended Cut version of the film (additional 15 minutes), brand new featurette Afterglow: A Look Back at Lightning Bug, Lucifern: The Making of Lightning Bug featurette, audio commentary with writer/director Robert Hall and cast, deleted scenes, and more.

Image Entertainment Bringing Robert Hall's Lightning Bug to Blu-ray in January 2013

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