The best part of seeing what titles companies like Scream Factory, Kino Lorber, Scorpion, Blue Underground, and Synapse keep announcing for upcoming Blu-ray releases of late is seeing whether the movie in question is actually a forgotten gem people have been clamoring for a Blu-ray of, a forgotten gem waiting to be rediscovered, or a mostly forgotten film that seems more deserving of being included in a Mill Creek multi-movie pack found in the Walmart $5 bin.
Today’s announcement from Scream Factory that the 1999 Patricia Arquette supernatural chiller Stigmata is getting a digital upgrade this summer seems to fall squarely in that “ummmm… why?” category. Be honest. Hearing this news is probably the first time in ages you even remember this movie existing at all.
But for fans of the film and those who haven’t seen it but are willing to give it a shot on Blu-ray, Scream Factory will be bringing it to HD again on May 12th. Here’s what they had to say on Facebook:
Starring Patricia Arquette (recent Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actress in Boyhood), Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects, “In Treatment”), and Jonathan Pryce (Brazil, Tomorrow Never Dies), the movie was a surprise hit at the time of its release, grossing nearly $90M at the box office internationally.
No details on extras at this time, but you can expect most (if not all) extras that were on the prior 2000 MGM DVD release to be ported over. We will keep you posted closer to street date. Pre-order links will go up next month.
Over at Kino Lorber Studio Classics, they’ve dug deeper into the vault to announce the 1977 big screen adaptation of H.G. Wells’ Island of Dr. Moreau will be bowing on Blu-ray this June. Unlike the notorious Nineties version, this one has mostly been forgotten, little more than a curiosity from that period in the 1970s when a multitude of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne stories were being turned into feature films.
The Seventies version stars Burt Lancaster, Michael York, Nigel Davenport, Richard Basehart, and Barbara Carrera. Somehow, shockingly, Doug McClure did not get cast in this film.
No other details are available at this time so stay tuned!