Saturday, March 23, 2013
Remote Controlled Titans
Jeff Lieberman's largely unavailable 1988 horror-satire about the dangers of (what now seemed inevitable) pop-cultural brainwashing, REMOTE CONTROL, is now available on DVD and Blu-ray HERE direct from the film maker. They're both restored from a new 2K master, each copy is hand-signed and numbered by writer/director Lieberman, they've pressed a thousang copies per format, and there's a limit of 2 copies per customer - in other words, it's basically Twilight Time plus Albert Pyun, but without the scalping and SD masters, respectively. Interesting.
There's a lot of crap coming out right now that I want to get my hands on first, but I hope this'll be around for another few weeks so I can put in an order... never even heard of this damn flick, to be honest.
In other, perhaps even more bizarre news, the Los Angeles based Dark Delicacies bookstore sold a handful of copies of William Malone's 1985 creature feature THE TITAN FIND, better known as CREATURE in much of the world. It's not one bit unfair to call this an Alien knock-off, but at least by all counts it's one of the better knock-offs of the period, and stars Wendy Schall and Klaus Kinski. Malone tracked down the uncut master positive and created a new 2K master from it, and was in the midsts of releasing it himself on DVD... but after a handful of copies were sold at Dark Delicacies, a signing was canceled and the store - perhaps inadvertently - that Malone had signed a deal with a distributor who was interested in a wide DVD and Blu-ray release. All eyes are currently on Synapse Films waiting for the other boot to drop, though as of this moment no official word on who exactly now owns distribution rights has been made... odds are almost overwhelmingly in Synapse's favor here, though.
I think I saw the final reel or so of this on the Sci-Fi channel years ago around two in the morning, right before they'd give up and play Infomercials 'till dawn. I'd love to revisit this, just to see if it's half as good as I remembered it (or if it's even the same damn thing).
For the record, I've been to Dark Delicacies a few times. Cool little place that does autograph signings every week, and I was lucky enough to get Bill Mosley to put his signature on something for me not too long ago because of it. I've bought a handful of posters from them too, and the prices were better than I typically see on eBay. Good people there. Hopefully they'll hold another event in the near future and have Malone sign some damn Blu-rays instead.