Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Infamous Blaxploitation Shocker BLACKENSTEIN Coming to Blu-ray


Get ready to have your afro blown off because possibly the weirdest and most exploitive mix of horror and blaxploitation ever is coming to high-definition blu-ray this May!

PRESS RELEASE
"On May 30th, Severin Films, ​in association with Xenon Pictures ​and Vinegar Syndrome​, ​invites you to experience Mary Shelly's horror classic through a Vietnam-shattered, micro-budget, entrail-smothered lens. Or as BleedingSkull.Com put it: "Not just a horror picture, not just Blaxploitation, something greasier!" After years of lifeless home video presentations, Severin is proud to re-animate this lumbering monster​ with an immaculate transfer of the rarely seen original theatrical cut AND ​a new assembly of the home video release version, Frankensteined together from the best existing elements!*

You may have heard of this infamous Blaxploitation/Horror hybrid, but the real story is even more bizarre: In 1973, criminal-lawyer-turned-wannabe-monster-movie-mogul Frank R. Saletri wrote and produced this grindhouse hit about a Black soldier mortally wounded in Vietnam transformed into a rampaging monster by an L.A. mad scientist. Almost a decade later, Saletri himself would be murdered gangland-style in a crime that remains debated – and unsolved – to this day. John Hart (TV’s “The Lone Ranger”), ‘40s Hollywood starlet Andrea King (THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS) and even former mob moll/stripper Liz Renay (DESPERATE LIVING) star in this jaw-dropper directed by William A. Levey (THE HAPPY HOOKER GOES TO WASHINGTON), now with all-new Special Features that spotlight the entire twisted saga!

*The home video version has been the most widely seen version over the past few decades. It's entirely possible that the original video master was created using a longer, unfinished cut of the movie, with the producer's tighter edit being the version that was officially released to cinemas in the 70s."

SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Theatrical Release Version (78 Mins.) and Video Release Version (87 Mins.)
  • Monster Kid: Interview with Writer / Producer Frank R. Saletri’s Sister, June Kirk
  • Archive News Broadcast On The Murder Of Writer / Producer Frank R. Saletri
  • Producers / Directors / Actors Ken Osborne And Robert Dix Remember Writer / Producer Frank R. Saletri
  • Bill Created Blackenstein: Interview With Creature Designer Bill Munns
  • Theatrical Trailer

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