Anchor Bay in October

Anchor Bay have announced a few titles for release on the 9th of October.

The first title is 1983’s Bad Boys, directed by Rick Rosenthal and starring Sean Penn (Carlito’s Way). Anchor Bay list this version as being complete and uncut, containing footage not seen in previous versions on DVD. With a feature running time of 123 minutes, it obviously is substantially longer than the 1987 PAL VHS version, which had a running time of 105 minutes (PAL). The DVD features an anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfer, an English Mono soundtrack, English closed captioning, poster replica, director’s commentary and the trailer. Retail price is $19.98.

Sean Penn plays Mick O’Brien, a young Chicago thug incarcerated after the heist of a local drug dealer goes awry. Inside the detention centre, life will be even tougher for Mick as he fights to survive both a world of violence and a personal vendetta against him. Bad Boys also marked the movie debuts of Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club), Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption) and Alan Ruck (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off).

Next is a horror from 1960, Circus of Horrors. Directed by Sidney Hayers (director of many episodes of various TV series, including 70s favourite The Professionals), and starring Anton Diffring (Farenheit 451), Erika Remberg and Donald Pleasance (Halloween), Circus of Horrors tells the tale of a plastic surgeon (Diffring) who takes over a travelling circus and transforms scarred women into the beautiful stars of his show. When some of the women want to leave, they begin to be involved in a series of freak accidents... The DVD features an anamorphic 1.77:1 transfer, English and French Mono soundtracks, original poster replica, an Anton Diffring biography, poster and stills gallery, TV spots and the trailer. The disc will retail at $24.98.

In From the Hip, a young lawyer known for winning cases via outrageous courtroom antics questions his own abilities as he defends a man accused of murder. This 1987 “comedy,” directed by Bob Clark (Porky’s) and co-written by David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal), stars Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club), Elizabeth Perkins (Big) and John Hurt (The Elephant Man). The DVD features an anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer, a mono soundtrack, closed captioning, original poster replica and the trailer. Retail is $19.98.

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers will be available both in a normal edition and in a limited edition tin (40,000 copies). The normal edition will feature an anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 surround tracks, closed captioning, original poster replica, a 17-minute documentary on the movie and the trailer. The tin edition contains all of this as well as a four (!) page booklet. Retail for the normal edition is $24.98, while the tin will retail at $39.98. Directed by Dwight H. Little (Murder at 1600) and starring Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell and Donald Pleasence, 1988’s Halloween 4 sees Michael Myers return yet again, this time in an attempt to kill his niece (Harris).

Bob Giraldi’s Hiding Out is a comedy/drama from 1987 starring Jon Cryer (Pretty in Pink), Keith Coogan and Annabeth Gish (Mystic Pizza). More enjoyable than I at first suspected, the movie sees a Wall Street broker being forced to hide out as a high school student when he is called to testify against the Mafia. The disc will retail at $19.98 and will feature an anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer, a Dolby 2.0 Surround track, closed captioning, original poster replica and the trailer.

Christopher Lee stars in the 1967 UK horror movie Theatre of Death, directed by Samuel Gallu. The plot consists of a series of vampire-like murders in Paris leading to The Theatre of Death, where young actors specialise in performances of gory horror plays directed by the sinister Phillipe Darvas (Lee). The DVD will feature an anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer obtained from original vault materials, a mono soundtrack, a new 11-minute interview with Christopher Lee, Christopher Lee biography, poster and stills gallery, TV and radio spots and the trailer. The retail price will be $24.98.

The last title is 1982’s Timerider, directed by William Dear (Harry and the Hendersons) and starring Fred Ward (Tremors), Belinda Bauer and Peter Coyote (E.T.). In this cult sci-fi thriller a champion motorcycle racer is accidentally sent 100 years into the past as part of a government experiment, where he must battle against bandits in the old west. The disc will retail at $24.98 and will feature an anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 surround tracks, closed captioning, original poster replica, director’s audio commentary, TV spots and trailers. This disc may not be regionally encoded.

Halloween 4 is already available on Digital Entertainment’s UK R2 DVD with a 1.85:1 transfer (non-anamorphic, I believe) and a photo gallery, but no other extras as far as I am aware. Theatre of Death is also available as an inexpensive UK R2 release from Momentum, with an anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer but no extras (again, as far as I can tell). To the best of my knowledge, none of the other titles are available in UK R2 or R4.

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