Blue Underground brings Maniac and Vigilante to 4K on December 15th
|There’s Only One Way To Stop Them… New York City factory worker Eddie Marino (Robert Forster, Oscar® nominee for JACKIE BROWN) is a solid citizen and regular guy, until the day a sadistic street gang brutally assaults his wife and murders his child. But when a corrupt judge sets the thugs free, Eddie goes berserk and vows revenge. Now there’s a new breed of marauder loose on the city streets, enforcing his own kind of law. His justice is swift. |
His methods are violent. He is the VIGILANTE. Fred Williamson (FROM DUSK TILL DAWN), Richard Bright (THE GODFATHER), Rutanya Alda (AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION), Carol Lynley (THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE), Woody Strode (SPARTACUS), Joe Spinell (MANIAC) and Salsa legend Willie Colón co-star in this hard-hitting exploitation classic from director William Lustig (MANIAC COP 2) that many critics consider to be better – and more shocking – than the original DEATH WISH.
Now Blue Underground is thrilled to present VIGILANTE in a pristine new restoration, scanned in 4K 16-bit from the original 35mm camera negative, with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio, fully loaded with exclusive new and archival Extras!
|Extra Features / Sell Points|
|Extras: Audio Commentary #1 with Co-Producer/Director William Lustig and Co-Producer Andrew GarroniAudio Commentary #2 with Co-Producer/Director William Lustig and Stars Robert Forster, Fred Williamson and Frank Pesce|
NEW! Audio Commentary #3 with Film Historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel ThompsonNEW! Blue Collar DEATH WISH – Interviews with Writer Richard Vetere, Star Rutanya Alda, Associate Producer/First A.D./Actor Randy Jurgensen, and othersNEW! Urban Western – Interview with Composer Jay ChattawayTheatrical TrailersTV SpotsRadio SpotPromotional ReelPoster & Still Galleries
BONUS! Collectible Booklet with new essay by Michael Gingold Sell Points: The hard-hitting exploitation classic returns in a newly restored 2-Disc Limited Edition!
WORLD PREMIERE! New 4K Restoration from the original 35mm camera negativeDolby Vision HDR, with Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD Master AudioRemastered Blu-ray features 1080p HD Resolution and DTS-HD Master AudioExclusive Limited Collector’s Edition includes 4K UHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, collectible booklet, reversible sleeve, and 3D lenticular slipcover (First Pressing Only)National Print Advertising and extensive Online Exposure
From Director William Lustig (MANIAC, RELENTLESS, MANIAC COP trilogy)Stars Academy Award® nominee Robert Forster (JACKIE BROWN, MEDIUM COOL), Fred Williamson (FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, THE INGLORIOUS BASTARDS), Richard Bright (THE GODFATHER trilogy, HAIR), Rutanya Alda (AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION, THE DEER HUNTER), Joe Spinell (MANIAC, ROCKY I & II), Carol Lynley (THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE, THE NIGHT STALKER), and Woody Strode (SPARTACUS, ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST)
Film Reviews: “A Steady, Well-Made, Nicely-Acted, And Entertaining Movie That’s Sure To Leave Audiences Satisfied!” – Blu-ray.com“Bronson May Have Jumpstarted The Genre With DEATH WISH, But VIGILANTE Is A Much Stronger, More Severe – And Satisfying – Statement!” – Pop Matters“A Terrific ‘Take The Law Into Your Own Hands’ Movie!” – DVD Authority“This Film Will Make City Dwellers Who Feel Harassed By Gangs Stand Up And Cheer!” – TV Guide
Still Here has new some new clips
In STILL HERE, when twelve-year-old Monique Watson disappears from home, her father Michael Watson (McRae) refuses to give up even as the media and police make little effort in solving the case. The assignment lands in the hands of journalist Christian Baker (Whitworth), who at first pursues a false lead, turning the entire case upside down. Filled with guilt, Christian helps Michael in the search for his daughter, while facing resistance from the community, the police, and his own publication.
STILL HERE Now Playing in Theaters and On VOD
Check out the trailer for the Wall of Mexico
Featuring an all-star cast, headed up by Esai Morales and Mariel Hemingway, the very timely new film from filmmakers Zachary Cotler and Magdalena Zyzak, The Wall of Mexico has been acquired by Dark Star Pictures for a theatrical and digital release this fall.
Don, a young handyman, is hired by the Aristas, a wealthy Mexican-American family with two outrageously decadent daughters. The source of the Aristas’ wealth is a mystery to Don. Living in nearby Winfield, he soon learns tensions are high between the Aristas and the poor white townspeople, and that this has something to do with the Aristas’ well, which Don is asked to guard at night.
People are superstitious about the well. Don learns the Aristas are selling wellwater at alarming prices. Don becomes infatuated with the younger daughter, Tania. As the water level drops, possibly from theft, the situation comes to a boil, and the Aristas decide to build a massive wall.
Zachary Cotler and Magdalena Zyzak direct. Cotler scripted.
In addition to award-winning actors Esai Morales (“Ozark”, upcoming Mission : Impossible 7) and Mariel Hemingway (Manhattan), the film stars Jackson Rathbone (Twilight), Alex Meneses (“Telenovela”), Carmela Zumbado (“Bloodline”), Marisol Sacramento (“Blue Bloods”), Xander Berkeley (“The Walking Dead”) and Moises Arias (The Kings of Summer).
Says director Magdalena Zyak , “The Wall of Mexico was conceived in reaction to the 2016 election and the continuing turmoil of its consequences. In our film, the clichéd power structures of American pop culture and news are flipped: a white handyman, uneducated and poor, tries to partake of the privileged and enticing world of a wealthy Latino family. To further complicate preconceived notions about ethnicity and culture, we decided to shoot the film on the other side of the looking glass and teamed up with producers and crew from Tijuana.
Our American film, which takes place in the USA, was made, like so many American things, in Mexico. On our first day of production we shot on Tijuana’s beach. A single rusty “fence,” patched up with chain linked mesh, embellished with initialed hearts scratched by teenagers and names of Mexican illegal aliens who died fighting for the American armed forces, separates the two countries. On the Mexican side, adults stroll, children play. On the American side, there are a few abandoned traffic cones, a watch tower, an occasional helicopter.
At dusk, a border patrol car stands for hours silently flashing lights. This beach exists as a real-life metaphor for a concept we scrutinize in our film: the symbolic intensity of borders, how they impinge on reality, creating endless ironies, tawdry, dangerous and sometimes poetic. Above all, The Wall of Mexico aims to sway from the political/topical to the personal/psychological, examining human hierarchies with all their necessary and unnecessary exclusions and inclusions.”
Director Zachary Cotler adds, “The Wall of Mexico is an allegory. Perhaps all works of art are allegorical, some more deliberately than others. When a situation is too complex to be satisfactorily analyzed via standard methods (political science, cultural criticism, psychology), the social utility of art is at its highest. One can, lacking anything more precise, create an allegory as a sort of loose net to throw over the situation.
What situation? The one we know as well as anything but have no name for — that situation made of money, class, differing melanin levels in skin, global warming, refugees and walls, the overwhelming of the human by machines — the situation that is coming to a boil; and who can say whether the consequences will turn out to be a sudden World War, or a slow decline and fall, and/or a Singularity, techno-utopian or terrible. The data overwhelm.
And so, instead of trying to solve the insoluble, one crafts an allegory, which gives, at least, a sense of having processed something, and which, I hope, can metaphorically take in not just the US-Mexico border debacle, but also the Israel-Palestine wall, the refugee crisis in Europe, the IndiaBangladesh wall, and the many invisible walls between cultures and classes.”
Dark Star Pictures releases The Wall of Mexico in virtual theaters from September 18 and VOD on October 13.
Watch a clip from Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story, a film by April Wright and narrated by Michelle Rodriguez (Sept 22 release)
Directed by April Wright (Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace) and produced by Stephanie Austin, Michael Gruskoff, and Marion Rosenberg, this documentary film is the inspiring untold story about the unsung professionals, their struggles on screen to perform at the highest level, and their fight off-screen to be treated fairly and equally.