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Roger Corman Collection (R2) in September

Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Roger Corman: The Collection on 15th September 2008 priced at £39.99 RRP. Six films (four making their UK DVD premiere) are included in this set. They are: Five Guns West, Gunslinger, Haunted Palace, Premature Burial, Masque of the Red Death and Wild Angels.

With the exception of Five Guns West which is 1.33:1 and Gunslinger which is 1.85:1 anamorphic, all other titles are 2.35:1 anamorphic with English DD2.0 mono. The only extras are trailers for all titles except Premature Burial and Masque of the Red Death.

From the press release…

As a producer he helped launch the careers of such Hollywood legends as Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Jonathan Demme, as a director he has made some of the most original, unforgettable and highly influential cult movies in modern cinema. Incredibly prolific with an amazing output that rarely disappoints, Corman was an early exponent of what would become known as guerrilla filmmaking. Being one of the most uncompromising directors in Hollywood, Roger Corman never let the constraints of time and a low budget get in the way of his vision and as such the results were always a unique and visceral experience. This box-set includes such ground breaking classics as The Gunslinger (a highly charged feminist western with a brilliant opening action sequence), The Haunted Palace (a somewhat surreal horror story involving evil warlocks, disfigured villagers and an age old curse), Five Guns Go West (a violent, high octane western that pre-dates The Dirty Dozen with its story of death row prisoners with nothing to lose made to take on a secret suicide mission), The Premature Burial (a creepy atmospheric adaptation of an Edgar Allen Poe story), the cult classic The Wild Angels as well as The Masque of the Red Death, released by Optimum on DVD last year.

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