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Grindhouse Releasing Announces I DRINK YOUR BLOOD Blu-ray!

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HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Grindhouse Releasing, the award-winning “Criterion of cult movie labels”, has set a Nov. 22 street date for the new deluxe Blu-ray edition of David E. Durston’s gruesome and graphically violent 1971 horror favorite I DRINK YOUR BLOOD. It’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD meets the Manson Family in this gore-drenched tale of LSD-crazed hippies who go on a murderous rampage through a small town after consuming rabies-injected meat pies!

Grindhouse Releasing’s deluxe 2-disc Blu-ray set not only presents the ultra-violent, uncensored director’s cut of I DRINK YOUR BLOOD in a new hi-def transfer but also includes two more vintage exploitation films in their HD debut: Del Tenney’s I EAT YOUR SKIN (1964) and Durston’s long-unseen, X-rated psychedelic shocker BLUE SEXTET (1969). Packed with new bonus features not seen on Grindhouse Releasing’s 2002 DVD release, the I DRINK YOUR BLOOD Blu-ray is the ultimate edition of a notorious “Blood Horror” classic.

The first film to be rated X for violence, I DRINK YOUR BLOOD was a huge-grossing hit at drive-ins and “grindhouse” theaters but was severely censored during its original release.

Grindhouse Releasing’s uncut, restored version of I DRINK YOUR BLOOD recently debuted in New York and Los Angeles and is now playing theaters across the U.S. and Canada.

“I DRINK YOUR BLOOD is one of the most infamous movies in the history of exploitation films,” says Grindhouse Releasing co-founder Bob Murawski. “Rescuing this lost gem was one of our most important achievements. And being able to finally unite I DRINK YOUR BLOOD with its legendary co-feature I EAT YOUR SKIN, both fully remastered in stunning HD for the very first time, takes that accomplishment one step further. We’ve spent almost a decade working on this release, and I feel it’s our finest yet. I’m also thrilled that so many theaters are playing I DRINK YOUR BLOOD. We’ve been trying to make this happen for years and have finally succeeded. Seeing this movie on the big screen with an audience is a mind-blowing experience. No self-respecting horror fan should miss this rare opportunity.”

I DRINK YOUR BLOOD stars Bhaskar, John Damon, and cult superstar Lynn Lowry (George A. Romero’s THE CRAZIES, David Cronenberg’s THEY CAME FROM WITHIN, and Paul Schrader’s THE CAT PEOPLE).

A limited run of 3,000 copies of the Blu-ray will include the official “I DRINK YOUR BLOOD Horror Hypo” – an actual syringe that fans can use to infect their friends with rabies! Supplies of the Horror Hypo are not expected to last long, so fans should pre-order from DiabolikDVD.com to get the best shot at receiving one!

The I DRINK YOUR BLOOD Blu-ray is now available for pre-order exclusively at DiabolikDVD.com – click this link to reserve your copy!

Upcoming I DRINK YOUR BLOOD Screening Dates:

9/23 & 10/1 – Grand Illusion Cinema, Seattle, WA
9/24 – Midway Drive-In, Dixon, IL
9/30 – Filmbar, Phoenix, AZ
10/1 – Alamo Drafthouse, Omaha, NE
10/4 – Alamo Drafthouse, Yonkers, NY
10/5 – Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park, Houston, TX
10/7 – Frida Cinema, Santa Ana, CA – with I EAT YOUR SKIN
10/7 – 13 – Plaza Theatre, Atlanta, GA
10/14 & 15 – Landmark Main Art, Detroit, MI
10/14 & 15– Landmark Inwood, Dallas, TX
10/14 – 16 – Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH
10/19 – Alamo Drafthouse, Lubbock, TX
10/20 – Alamo Drafthouse, Littleton, CO
10/22 – Landmark Uptown, Minneapolis, MN
10/22 & 23 – Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa, ON
10/23 – PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA
10/27 – Royal Cinema, Toronto, ON
10/27 – Sun Ray Cinema, Jacksonville, FL
10/28 – Film Scene, Iowa City, IA
10/28 – Alamo Drafthouse Mission, San Francisco, CA
10/28 & 29 – Cedar Lee Theatre, Cleveland, OH
10/28. 29 & 30 – Screenland Tapcade, Kansas City, MO
10/31 – Tampa Theatre, Tampa, FL
11/12 – Olympia Film Festival, Olympia, WA
11/16 – Abertoir Film Festival, Wales
12/3 – Music Box Theatre, Chicago, IL

I DRINK YOUR BLOOD Blu-ray Specs:

– Spectacular new HD restoration of the original UNCENSORED DIRECTOR’S CUT
– 4 controversial deleted scenes including the original blood-drenched ending deemed too disturbing for ’70s audiences!
– Provocative audio commentary by director David Durston and star Bhaskar
– Newly recorded audio commentary by stars Jack Damon and Tyde Kierney
– Revealing on-camera interviews with stars Lynn Lowry, Tyde Kierney and Jack Damon
– New in-depth interview with director David Durston
– The original theatrical trailer and radio spots
– Extensive gallery of stills and poster art
– Rare and shocking film of Bhaskar performing THE EVIL KING COBRA DANCE
– TWO BONUS CO-FEATURES –
I EAT YOUR SKIN (1964) – presented for the very first time in HD
+ exclusive interview with 2nd unit director William Grefe
BLUE SEXTET (1969) – David Durston’s long-lost X-rated psychedelic shocker – presented for the very first time on home video!
– Liner notes by David Szulkin (WES CRAVEN’S LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT: THE MAKING OF A CULT CLASSIC)
– Beautiful embossed slipcover
– BONUS – I DRINK YOUR BLOOD HORROR HYPO – Inject your friends with rabies! – limited to the first 3000 copies!
– PLUS OTHER SURPRISES!

For theatrical bookings and publicity contact info@grindhousereleasing.com.

Grindhouse Releasing Brings Lucio Fulci’s ‘CAT IN THE BRAIN’ To Theaters, Blu-ray!

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The Most VIOLENT Movie Ever Made – Starring Godfather Of Gore Lucio Fulci!

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Grindhouse Releasing has set a July 12 street date for the new deluxe 3-disc Blu-ray edition of Lucio Fulci’s nightmare classic CAT IN THE BRAIN. The movie will be touring theaters all over the U.S. this summer, starting June 2.

CAT IN THE BRAIN is a psychological masterpiece in the tradition of such cinematic classics as PSYCHO, STRAIT-JACKET, ERASERHEAD and Fellini’s 8 1/2. Acclaimed Italian horror maestro Lucio Fulci, director of ZOMBIE and THE BEYOND, stars in this blood-soaked epic as a director being driven insane by his own movies. Fulci is thrust into an ultra-violent nightmare of death and depravity where murder and madness consume his sanity in a vortex of violence.

“CAT IN THE BRAIN is my favorite Fulci movie,” says Grindhouse Releasing co-founder Bob Murawski. “How could it not be? It’s wall-to-wall gore and stars Lucio Fulci playing himself. It delivers on all levels.”

As with Grindhouse Releasing’s #1 best-selling smash PIECES, the new Blu-ray release of CAT IN THE BRAIN will be issued in two versions: the standard release, and a special edition for collectors limited to 3,000 copies.

The limited version of the CAT IN THE BRAIN Blu-ray includes a glow-in-the-dark slipcover and an original portrait of Lucio Fulci created especially for this release.

Grindhouse Releasing advises all customers who want to be guaranteed a copy of the limited edition to pre-order from Diabolik DVD, as Diabolik customers will get first priority and will receive the set early.

Supplies are not expected to last long — if you do not pre-order from Diabolik DVD, there is no guarantee of receiving one of the limited collector’s copies.

As an additional exclusive, Diabolik DVD is offering a special bundle that includes the CAT IN THE BRAIN Blu-ray and the official Lucio Fulci bobblehead from Cult Colletibles. This offer is limited to 500 copies, as these are the last of the numbered Lucio Fulci “Weird Wobbler” bobbleheads – when they’re gone, they’re gone!

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CAT IN THE BRAIN Blu-ray specs:

– Hi-definition digital restoration of the original UNCENSORED DIRECTOR’S CUT
– Presented with English and original Italian language soundtracks
– In-depth interviews with director Lucio Fulci and cult superstar Brett Halsey (REVENGE OF THE CREATURE, RETURN OF THE FLY, THE GODFATHER 3)
– New interviews with composer Fabio Frizzi, screenwriter Antonio Tentori, cinematographer Sandro Grossi and poster artist Enzo Sciotti
– Lucio Fulci’s heroic appearance at the 1996 NYC Fangoria Weekend of Horrors
– Original Italian theatrical trailer & gallery of stills and poster art
– Liner notes by Antonella Fulci, David J. Schow, Eli Roth and Martin Beine
– BONUS CD – the original soundtrack by Fabio Frizzi!
– Chilling GLOW-IN-THE-DARK slip cover – limited to first 3000 copies
– Mini portrait of Lucio Fulci – suitable for framing – limited to first 3000 copies
– PLUS OTHER SURPRISES!

CAT IN THE BRAIN screening dates:

6/2/2016 – Alamo Drafthouse, Omaha, NE
6/3/2016 – Moolah Theatre, St Louis, MO
6/3/2016 – Texas Theatre, Dallas, TX
6/3/2016 – Chalmette Movies, Chalmette, LA
6/4/2016 – Moolah Theatre, St. Louis, MO
6/5/2016 – Alamo Drafthouse S. Lamar, Austin, TX
6/10/2016 – Hollywood Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
6/11/2016 – Hollywood Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
6/15/2016 – Alamo Drafthouse, Richardson TX
6/17/2016 – Coolidge Corner Theatre, Boston, MA
6/18/2016 – Coolidge Corner Theatre, Boston, MA
6/19/2016 – Alamo Drafthouse Mission, San Francisco, CA
6/20/2016 – Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes, San Antonio, TX
6/21/2016 – Alamo Drafthouse, Dallas, TX
6/22/2016 – Alamo Drafthouse, Ashburn, VA
6/25/2016 – Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park, Houston, TX
6/25/2016 – Alamo Drafthouse, Lubbock, TX
6/25/2016 – Alamo Drafthouse, El Paso, TX
6/27/2016 – Alamo Drafthouse, Kansas City, MO
6/27/2016 – Alamo Drafthouse Laredo, TX
6/27/2016 – Alamo Drafthouse, New Braunfels, TX
6/27/2016 – Alamo Drafthouse Park North, San Antonio, TX
6/28/2016 – Alamo Drafthouse, Winchester, VA
6/29/2016 – Alamo Drafthouse, Yonkers, NY
7/1/2016 – Frida Cinema, Santa Ana, CA
7/1/2016 – Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, NM
7/1/2016 – Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH
7/2/2016 – Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, NM
7/2/2016 – Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH
7/3/2016 – Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH
7/4/2016 – Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH
7/5/2016 – Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH
7/6/2016 – Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH
7/7/2016 – Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH
7/8/2016 – Grand Illusion Cinema, Seattle, WA
7/13/2016 – Film Scene, Iowa City, IA
7/15/2016 – Circle Cinema, Tulsa, OK
7/15/2016 – Plaza Theatre, Atlanta, GA
7/16/2016 – Circle Cinema, Tulsa, OK
7/16/2016 – Plaza Theatre, Atlanta, GA
7/17/2016 – Plaza Theatre, Atlanta, GA
7/18/2016 – Plaza Theatre, Atlanta, GA
7/19/2016 – Plaza Theatre, Atlanta, GA
7/20/2016 – Plaza Theatre, Atlanta, GA
7/21/2016 – Plaza Theatre, Atlanta, GA
7/22/2016 – Capitol Theatre, Cleveland, OH
7/24/2016 – Metrograph, New York City, NY
7/26/2016 – Capitol Theatre, Cleveland, OH
7/29/2016 – Music Box Theatre, Chicago, IL
7/30/2016 – Music Box Theatre, Chicago, IL
7/30/2016 – Metrograph, New York City, NY
7/31/2016 – PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA
8/5/2016 – Hollywood Theater, Portland, OR
8/6/2016 – Hollywood Theater, Portland, OR
8/26/2016 – Cinefamily, Los Angeles, CA
8/31/2016 – Alamo Drafthouse, Littleton, CO

“A shattering exposition of gore, mutilation and sordid sex, certain to satisfy the sick set. A MASTERPIECE!”

– David F. Friedman, legendary producer of BLOOD FEAST and ILSA, SHE WOLF OF THE S.S.

“The fun never stops! Sadism, carnage, brutality, lust and utter psychosis delivered as only Lucio Fulci can.”

– CLIVE BARKER, director of HELLRAISER

More theaters and screening dates coming soon! Visit GrindhouseReleasing.com for updates!

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For theatrical bookings and publicity, contact David Szulkin info@grindhousereleasing.com

Duke Mitchell’s GONE WITH THE POPE: It’s A Hit!

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This Easter, home video audiences are celebrating the miraculous resurrection of Duke Mitchell’s GONE WITH THE POPE, the long-lost follow up to the smash hit MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE! At last, the cult hit hailed as “a glorious masterpiece” (Detroit Metro Times) is here on home video!

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Legendary nightclub entertainer, crooner and “Mr. Palm Springs” Duke Mitchell stars in GONE WITH THE POPE as a gangster with an unholy scheme: to kidnap the Pope in exchange for the ransom of a dollar from every Catholic in the world! Duke Mitchell filmed GONE WITH THE POPE in 1975, but the movie was left unfinished at the time of his passing in 1981. Sage Stallone and Bob Murawski of Grindhouse Releasing rediscovered GONE WITH THE POPE in 1995 and vowed to save it from obscurity. Academy Award-winning film editor Murawski (THE HURT LOCKER, SPIDER MAN 1, 2 & 3, ARMY OF DARKNESS) spent 15 years completing GONE WITH THE POPE from the surviving film elements. The result is the Holy Grail of Exploitation Cinema!

GONE WITH THE POPE played exclusively in 35mm at theaters and festivals around the globe for five years. The film has played repeatedly to an enthusiastic cult audience at the Quentin Tarantino-owned New Beverly Cinema in L.A. and the fantastic story of its unlikely rescue and restoration was featured in Variety, LA Weekly, Movieline, and the Los Angeles Times.

Now Grindhouse Releasing has at last answered years of worldwide demand for GONE WITH THE POPE on home video with a stunning deluxe Blu-ray/DVD set…and it’s a hit! Customers are already calling it the cult Blu-ray release of the year!

http://www.amazon.com/Gone-With-Pope-Blu-ray-Combo/dp/B00TA9VS6C

Available now, along with Grindhouse Releasing’s acclaimed, best-selling new Blu-ray editions of MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE and Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND, Duke Mitchell’s GONE WITH THE POPE is being hailed as a miracle by fans and critics alike!

“There’s miracle work, and then…well, there’s this Blu-ray disc. I cannot get over how phenomenal Gone with the Pope looks in high-def. The clarity and staggering level of detail outclass just about every last Blu-ray release I’ve come across, regardless of age, budget, or marquee value. An absolutely incredible effort…Gone with the Pope is one of a kind: crude, violent, offensive, unapologetic, deeper than it lets on, and a hell of a lot of fun. I doubt if there’s any other filmmaker, dead or alive, who could pull this off the way Duke Mitchell does. I defy anyone not to be floored by the complete package that Grindhouse has assembled here, one that’s twenty years in the making. The visual and aural presentation eclipse anything I ever could’ve dreamt possible for a lost production like this, and the sprawling selection of extras hammer home just how much of a labor of love this is. Highly Recommended.” – DVD Talk

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“Gone With The Pope is testament to how ambition and passion are always more important than a big budget or a famous cast. It’s a film like no other, an eighty-two minute barrage of ideas that are simultaneously insane and profound as Mitchell takes on the hypocrisy of organized religion without ever really writing off the spiritual side of life. It’s a skewed and strange vision to be sure but it’s relentlessly entertaining, as politically incorrect as they come and really just a wild ride all together. Grindhouse Releasing have rolled out the red carpet for the film, giving it the best possible presentation and jamming the disc with extras that are as interesting as they are comprehensive.” – Rock! Shock! Pop!

“Grindhouse Releasing kills it with this release of a long lost and unfinished film that will turn in to a classic piece of exploitation. A beautiful restoration job and lovingly packed with special features, GONE WITH THE POPE is a must own for any exploitation film fan!” – Celluloid Terror

“Grindhouse Releasing’s work here has resulted in one of their finest achieve­ments. They went beyond hon­or­ing a film’s legacy here: they actu­ally res­ur­rected, restored and fin­ished an aban­doned work. They really earned their tag as “the Criterion Collection of exploita­tion” with this impres­sive set.” – Schlockmania

“I’m happy to say that it was worth the wait. Gone with the Pope – as well as Grindhouse Releasing’s presentation of it – surpassed any expectation that I had. Very weird, very 70s, and very much the product of an individual who knew exactly what he wanted. It’s a shame that Duke Mitchell didn’t live long enough to see his work get the treatment that it is getting now, but he can rest easy know that it is in great hands and it looks f*cking amazing. Another indispensable release from Grindhouse Releasing.” – Paracinema

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GONE WITH THE POPE is continuing to run in 35mm in theaters. The movie was featured in the 2015 Boston Underground Film Festival and opens this Friday, April 10 at the Gateway Film Center in Columbus, OH. http://gatewayfilmcenter.com/gone-with-the-pope-35mm/

Duke Mitchell’s MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE will show in Portland at the Hollywood Theatre April 28. http://hollywoodtheatre.org/massacre-mafia-style/

Get the mind-blowing MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE Bluray/DVD here!

http://www.amazon.com/Massacre-Mafia-Style-Blu-ray-Combo/dp/B00R8O809O

Bob Murawski on the Restoration of GONE WITH THE POPE

Revisiting GONE WITH THE POPE, The Exploitation Jewel with an Unlikely Oscar Twist

About Grindhouse Releasing:

Grindhouse Releasing is a Hollywood-based film distribution company co-founded in 1996 by Sage Stallone and Academy Award-winning film editor Bob Murawski. Devoted to preserving, restoring and releasing the best in exploitation cinema, the label has earned the rep of “The Criterion Collection of cult” for its no-expense-spared restorations of such celebrated Italian horror films as Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND, Umberto Lenzi’s CANNIBAL FEROX, and Ruggero Deodato’s CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST. Through the Box Office Spectaculars imprint, Grindhouse has released David Durston’s I DRINK YOUR BLOOD, Lucio Fulci’s CAT IN THE BRAIN, and J.P Simon’s chainsaw classic PIECES.

In recent hyears, Grndhouse Releading has entered the Blu-ray market with acclaimed special editions of Amos Sefer’s AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL,starring Asher Tzarfati and Shmuel Wolf,  Robert Hartford-Davies’ CORRUPTION, starring Peter Cushing, Sergio Sollima’s THE BIG GUNDOWN, starring Lee Van Cleef and Tomas Milian, and the #1 best-seller CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, starring Robert Kerman and Carl Gabriel Yorke. In 2015, Grindhouse Releasing won the Satellite Award for Outstanding Overall Blu-ray/DVD for its special edition of Frank Perry’s THE SWIMMER, starring Burt Lancaster, which includes the original documentary “The Story of THE SWIMMER” by Academy Award winning film editor Chris Innis (THE HURT LOCKER).

Grindhouse Releasing once again scored a #1 Amazon best-seller in 2015 with the lavish 3-disc Blu-ray/CD release of Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND, sure to top the list of the year’s best horror discs. MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE and GONE WITH THE POPE are among the most long-anticipated titles in the Grindhouse Releasing catalog and the lvish Bu-ray/DVD sets are rapidly gaining acclaim as some of the studio’s finest work to date. Grindhouse Releasing is also the most active independent theatrical distributor of classic horror and exploitation films in the U.S., handling Sam Raimi’s original classic EVIL DEAD and other genre landmarks in addition to its own catalog of titles. Upcoming Blu-ray releases from Grindhouse include CANNIBAL FEROX, out May 12, and more to be announced soon!

For more about Grindhouse Releasing, visit www.GrindhouseReleasing.com

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Theatrical bookings: info@grindhousereleasing.com

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Grindhouse Releasing Sets ‘Gone With the Pope’ Blu-ray/DVD Release!

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AT LAST! Grindhouse Releasing proudly presents the legendary lost classic! 

Duke Mitchell’s GONE WITH THE POPE

2 DISC DELUXE EDITION – BLU-RAY + DVD COMBO

Street Date: March 24, 2015

Exclusive GONE WITH THE POPE Pre-Order from Diabolik DVD

I WANT A DOLLAR FROM EVERY CATHOLIC IN THE WORLD!

“A GLORIOUS MASTERPIECE!” 

– Jeff Meyers, Detroit Metro Times

An exemplary piece of exploitation entertainment”

– Louis Albo, Los Angeles Times

“Gloriously, hilariously offensive…an incredible hybrid, with Mitchell’s decidedly dated sensibility delivered in a modern, masterfully quick-cut package.”

-Karina Longworth, LA Weekly

“A far-out film…beautiful to look at, ridiculously entertaining!”

– Jeffrey Root, Film Radar

Lost for over 30 years, GONE WITH THE POPE stars famed nightclub performer Duke Mitchell as Paul, a paroled gangster with an unholy scheme: to kidnap the Pope and charge “a dollar from every Catholic in the world” as the ransom.

Shot in 1975, GONE WITH THE POPE was unfinished at the time of Duke Mitchell’s death in 1981. Sage Stallone and Bob Murawski of Grindhouse Releasing rediscovered GONE WITH THE POPE in 1995 and vowed to save it from obscurity. Academy Award-winning film editor Murawski (THE HURT LOCKER, ARMY OF DARKNESS) spent 15 years completing GONE WITH THE POPE from the surviving film elements.

Grindhouse Releasing proudly presents the Holy Grail of exploitation cinema!

GONE WITH THE POPE has screened exclusively in cinemas since its sold-out Hollywood premiere in 2010. This home video debut follows Grindhouse Releasing’s Blu-ray/DVD release of Duke Mitchell’s MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE, now set to arrive Feb. 24 along with the company’s long-awaited Blu-ray edition of Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND.

Grindhouse Releasing will celebrate the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD releases of MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE and GONE WITH THE POPE with a rare 35mm screening of both films Feb. 10 at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.

Duke Mitchell’s MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE and GONE WITH THE POPE are two of the most long-awaited and requested titles in the Grindhouse Releasing home video catalog. Founded in 1996 and known as the Criterion of cult cinema,  Grindhouse Releasing has released Blu-ray editions of THE SWIMMER, starring Burt Lancaster, THE BIG GUNDOWN, starring Lee Van Cleef and Tomas Milian, CORRUPTION, starring Peter Cushing, and AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL, starring Asher Tzarfati and Shmuel Wolf, The company scored a #1 best-selling hit in 2014 with its deluxe Blu-ray release of Ruggero Deodato’s notorious CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST.

Grindhouse Releasing is also one of the most prolific theatrical distributors of classic horror and exploitation films in the United States. THE BEYOND, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST,  the midnight hit TRAILER APOCALYPSE and other Grindhouse Releasing titles are all making the rounds of of cinemas across the country now.  For theaters and dates, visit www.GrindhouseReleasing.com.

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GONE WITH THE POPE SPECIAL FEATURES

– Spectacular 2K digital restoration from the original 35mm camera negative

– Three stunning audio options – mono, stereo and 5.1 – mixed by Emmy award-winning mixer Marti Humphrey

– In-depth interviews with stars Jim LoBianco and John Murgia, cinematographer Peter Santoro, editors Bob Leighton and Robert Florio, and legendary exploitation producer/director Matt Cimber

– Footage from the 2010 Hollywood World Premiere

– Deleted scenes and bloopers

-Liner notes by acclaimed horror novelist John Skipp

-Extensive still galleries and theatrical trailer

-AND OTHER SURPRISES!

GONE WITH THE POPE Deluxe Edition © 2015 Grindhouse Releasing, Inc.

Grindhouse Releasing Presents Duke Mitchell’s MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE!

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Grindhouse Releasing is proud to present the definitive release of Duke Mitchell’s MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE, arriving on DVD and Blu-ray disc February 10, 2015!

Pre-order MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE at Diabolik DVD!

Italian-American actor and nightclub singer Duke Mitchell wrote, produced, directed and starred in this homemade answer to THE GODFATHER, self-financed with earnings from his career as the self-proclaimed “Mr. Palm Springs.” Previously known for his Martin and Lewis act with Sammy Petrillo as seen in BELA LUGOSI MEETS A BROOKLYN GORILLA, Duke plays the ruthless son of a Mafia kingpin who blasts his way through Hollywood on a bloody crime spree. Promising “more guts, more action, more dynamite” than the Mario Puzo gangster classic, MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE delivers an onslaught of low-budget mayhem unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

“It’s a great thing for my Dad’s legacy for his movie to be released on Blu-ray,” says Jeffrey Mitchell, who co-produced the Blu-ray with Academy Award winning editor Bob Murawski of Grindhouse Releasing. Adds Murawski: “We have put in years of work restoring MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE and gathering an amazing selection of bonus material on Duke Mitchell. We think fans will agree  it was worth the wait.”

SPECIAL FEATURES

– 2 disc combo pack – Blu-ray + DVD

– Incredible new hi-definition digital restoration of the original director’s cut

– Stunning digital restoration of the original mono soundtrack

– Interviews with Jeffrey Mitchell, Frankie Ray, George Jacobs, Jim LoBianco, and exploitation legend Matt Cimber

– Almost one full hour of never-before-seen Duke Mitchell home movies

– Lost audio recording – Duke Mitchell Live in Concert, June 9, 1960

– Bonus TV special – AN IMPRESSIONISTIC TRIBUTE TO JIMMY DURANTE

– Extensive still galleries, radio spots, and theatrical trailer

– Glossy booklet with rare photos and liner notes by author David Szulkin

– Spectacular new cover painting by renowned Los Angeles cult artist Dave Lebow

– AND OTHER SURPRISES!

“Mind-bending…with Duke Mitchell’s cult following steadily building on what seems to be a daily basis, one can only wonder how far and wide the legacy of this entertainment jack of all trades will go.” – Nathaniel Thompson, TCM Underground

“Duke Mitchell delivers an eccentric, impassioned, unpredictable performance unlike anything else ever committed to film. You’ve never seen another gangster movie like this.”- Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo-Digital

“The rare film that is BETTER than its trailer… a great forgotten gem.” – Josh Hurtado, TWITCHFILM

“A virtual torrent of bloodshed… This makes the GODFATHER movies look like Sunday school picnic outings!” – LAS VEGAS SUN

Watch for Grindhouse Releasing’s Blu-ray release of Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND, coming February 10, 2015! And stay tuned for details on the long-awaited Blu-ray and DVD release of Duke Mitchell’s GONE WITH THE POPE!

For more information, visit GrindhouseReleasing.com

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CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST star Robert Kerman, Grindhouse Releasing’s Bob Murawski to appear at Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention

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Flashback Weekend is proud to welcome “CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST” star Robert Kerman and Grindhouse Releasing co-founder Bob Murawski as guests at Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention to be held Aug. 8-10, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, IL.

Robert Kerman and Bob Murawski will be signing autographs at the Grindhouse Releasing table and will present a Q & A on the Italian Horror Classic “CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST”. The Q & A will be moderated by Steve “Capone” Prokopy of “Ain’t it Cool News” on Saturday August 9, 2014.

“CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST” presents the ‘found footage’ of four documentary filmmakers who experience brutal death at the hands of a savage South American tribe of flesh-eaters. The footage is so intense so graphic and so unflinching in its realism that the director and producer of “CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST” were arrested upon its original release and the film was seized.

Grindhouse Releasing’s “CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST” Deluxe Edition Blu-ray is the ultimate home video presentation of this notorious classic named by Entertainment Weekly as “one of the most controversial films ever made”. A #1 bestseller on Amazon.com and Diabolik DVD’s top-selling title of all time, the 3-disc Blu-ray/DVD/CD set includes a wealth of new special features and a brilliant remaster of the original score by Academy Award-nominated composer Riz Ortolani (“More”, theme from “MONDO CANE”). Fans and critics are already hailing “CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST” as the Blu-ray release of the year.

CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST 35mm Drive-In and Theatrical re-release!

To celebrate the release of the “CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST” Blu-ray, Grindhouse Releasing is screening the film at the historic Midway Drive-In located in Dixon, Illinois. Flashback Weekend’s Dusk to Dawn Horror Fest set for Saturday September 20 will include a 35mm showing of the film. The movie will also be shown with Exhumed Films at International House (http://ihousephilly.org.), and Aug. 22 & 23 in San Francisco at Landmark’s Clay Theatre with star Carl Gabriel Yorke to attend both shows! Visit www.GrindhouseReleasing.com for additional screening dates.

FLASHBACK WEEKEND 2014 ALL-STAR CELEBRITY GUEST LINE-UP

Robert Kerman and Bob Murawski will join the all-star Flashback Weekend 2014 celebrity guest line-up including horror legends Robert Englund (“Freddy Krueger”), a “PHANTASM” 35th anniversary reunion featuring director Don Coscarelli, Angus Scrimm (THE TALL MAN), and a full “PHANTASM” cast reunion, Lance Henriksen (ALIENS, NEAR DARK),Jen and Sylvia Soska, Katharine Isabelle, Traci Lords, Zach Galligan, Amanda Wyss, Ronee Blakley, Chicago Horror Host legend Svengoolie, and many more!

Flashback Weekend also features a huge horror vendor room, evening entertainment including “PHANTASM” stars In Concert, Charles Band’s Full Moon Horror Roadshow, Costume Contest hosted by Svengoolie, Sinister Visions Zombie Pin-Up pageant, and more!

About Robert Kerman

Robert Kerman is the star of the Ruggero Deodato classic “CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST” (1980). Robert also starred in the Italian horror classics “EATEN ALIVE” (1980), and “CANNIBAL FEROX” .

A special edition “CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST” Blu-ray has just been released by Grindhouse Releasing which will be available at Mr. Kerman’s table.

About Bob Murawski

Bob Murawski is president of Grindhouse Releasing. He is also an Academy Award-winning film editor, known for his longtime collaboration with Sam Raimi on “ARMY OF DARKNESS”, “THE GIFT”, “SPIDER-MAN 1, 2 & 3”, “DRAG ME TO HELL” and “OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL”.

In addition to his work with Raimi, Murawski won acclaim for his editing on Kathryn Bigelow’s 2009 Best Picture Academy Award winner “THE HURT LOCKER”, for which he took home the coveted Oscar (shared with co-editor and wife, Chris Innis). Other credits include John Woo’s “HARD TARGET” and music videos for MOTORHEAD and THE RAMONES.

About Grindhouse Releasing

Grindhouse Releasing is a Hollywood-based distribution company dedicated to the restoration and preservation of classic exploitation films. Founded in 1996 by Murawski and the late Sage Stallone, Grindhouse has produced spectacular deluxe editions of Lucio Fulci’s “THE BEYOND”, Ruggero Deodato’s “CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST”, Umberto Lenzi’s “CANNIBAL FEROX”, David Durston’s 1970 drive-in classic “I DRINK YOUR BLOOD”, and Juan Piquer Simón’s outrageous chainsaw epic “PIECES”.

Grindhouse Releasing is also committed to theatrical distribution. The company recently presented the theatrical releases of the long lost psychedelic odyssey “AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL”, Duke Mitchell’s previously unfinished 1976 crime sage “GONE WITH THE POPE”, Bill Lustig’s notorious film “MANIAC”, and the theatrical re-release and negative restoration of Sam Raimi’s “EVIL DEAD”, all presented in glorious 35mm in theaters throughout the U.S. and Canada.

About Flashback Weekend

Founded in 2002 by Mike and Mia Kerz, Flashback Weekend is Chicago’s largest and longest running Horror convention. Its philanthropic efforts are dedicated to the preservation of the American Drive-In. Flashback Weekend owns and operates the Midway Drive-In located in Dixon, IL to support the film industry and to present classic 35mm horror film festivals. For this reason, all net proceeds from Flashback Weekend go to the preservation and operation of the Midway Drive-In and 35mm film preservation.

FLASHBACK WEEKEND TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

Visit www.flashbackweekend.com for advance ticket sales.

For additional information, call (847) 647-3124.

First Reviews: THE SWIMMER Blu-ray/DVD!

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Grindhouse Releasing’s new special edition Blu-ray/DVD of the 1968 Burt Lancaster classic THE SWIMMER is available now from stores and online retailers everywhere!

Buy THE SWIMMER at Amazon.com

Buy THE SWIMMER at Diabolik DVD

Hailed as “brilliant!” (Ain’t It Cool News), “a sensational package that’s an early candidate for the year’s best” (Film Score Monthly) and ”a spectacular Blu-ray/DVD release” (DVD Savant), THE SWIMMER hit #1 on DVD Empire’s sales charts this week, outranking Scorsese’s WOLF OF WALL STREET. The new SWIMMER Blu-ray/DVD combo includes the debut of Oscar-winning film editor Chris Innis’ all-new 2 1/2 hour documentary THE STORY OF THE SWIMMER, praised as “miraculous” (Blu-ray.com) and “a fascinating Hollywood story.” (Mondo Digital)

“If you have a favorite cult film, you should only hope that it gets on Grindhouse Releasing’s radar, as they have done exceptionally well by The Swimmer. A fascinating film, it’s been matched by a tremendous presentation, both in terms of the audio/video quality and the depth and quantity of the bonus content, especially the hugely enlightening documentary,” says DVD Talk.

“FIVE STARS! Continues Grindhouse’s exemplary work in the BD realm, with a gorgeous filmic offering…THE SWIMMER looks fresh and inviting on this disc, preserving the moods and mystery of the original cinematography. Scoring (from the late Marvin Hamlisch) stands out as clean and rich with instrumentation, providing bold orchestral support to the picture without drowning out the on-screen action. As with the visual experience, everything here is freshly prepared, delivering what was originally designed without distortion. It’s bold work and a forgotten film that deserves a fresh audience, with this exemplary BD providing a perfect opportunity to discover its numerous treasures.” – Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com

“‘The Story of ‘The Swimmer’ is a miraculous five-part documentary from Innis that dissects the feature in full, with specific attention to Lancaster’s star power and the BTS strife that almost prevented the movie from being released. Enthusiastic interviews are richly detailed with anecdotes and memories…the candor put forth here is outstanding, generating a riveting tale of a Hollywood tug of war…It’s an exhaustive documentary, but there’s never a dull moment.” – Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com

Watch THE SWIMMER trailer

Based on the famous story by John Cheever, THE SWIMMER stars Lancaster as Ned Merrill, a man who confronts his destiny by swimming home, pool by pool, through the suburban nightmare of upper-class East Coast society. The film was directed by Frank Perry from a script by Eleanor Perry.

Glenn Erickson of DVD Savant calls THE SWIMMER “a dynamite package that’s my favorite release so far in 2014. Unquestionably recommended!”

“THE SWIMMER is a knockout punch of a film and one of the great dramas of the 1960s…a terrific package!” says DVD Verdict.

Nathaniel Thompson of Mondo Digital writes, “The much-needed special edition by Grindhouse easily eclipses them all both in terms of technical presentation and supplements…in HD, it really looks fantastic. There hasn’t been any ridiculous digital manipulation, either; it still looks like film all the way. Audio options include a DTS-HD mono track (which sounds great) and, in a nice gesture, an isolated stereo presentation of the music score by Marvin Hamlisch (his film debut).”

The Story of The Swimmer documentary includes interviews with composer Marvin Hamlisch, Joanna Lancaster, Michael Hertzberg (first assistant director), Ted Zachary (second assistant director), actresses Janet Landgard, Marge Champion, and Joan Rivers, Bob Horn (UCLA swim coach), and  editor Sidney Katz.

The disc also includes a vintage audio recording of author John Cheever reading his short story “The Swimmer”, originally published in The New Yorker in 1964; extensive still galleries, storyboards, deleted scenes, artwork from around the world, the complete screenplay, a 12-page booklet with insightful essays by Innis and director Stuart Gordon (RE-ANIMATOR).

Praise for THE SWIMMER:

“Burt Lancaster is superb in his finest performance. Four stars.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Totally engrossing, thanks to its very strangeness, and to the superb performances and vivid location photography. Five stars.” – Geoff Andrew, Time Out New York

“Grim, disturbing and sometimes funny…the film has the shape of an open-ended hallucination.” – Vincent Canby, The New York Times

“A strange, stylized work, a brilliant and disturbing one “- Roger Ebert

More reviews of THE SWIMMER Blu-ray/DVD:

“Grindhouse Releasing gives THE SWIMMER a fantastic Blu-ray debut. The presentation is up to the high standards set by their past releases as are the supplements which prove to be both comprehensive and genuinely interesting. The story behind this one is just as interesting as the movie itself. A fantastic package through and through.” – Ian Jane, Rock! Shock! Pop!

“The new Grindhouse Releasing of THE SWIMMER looks marvelous…I love this film, which has elevated to a cult status in certain circles. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.” – Flicker Alley

“The new high definition digital restoration created from 4K scans brings this movie back to its original gleaming glory. THE SWIMMER is a beautifully photographed film and you will get to see all the spectacular imagery with this special edition. The superbly produced Blu-ray/DVD package is jammed with extra features that will give new and old fans of the movie a very complete view of the production from start to finish. Recommended!” – Furious Cinema

“An emotionally draining experience. THE SWIMMER is a very effective, and sometimes surreal drama.  The freshly restored print alone would likely warrant a purchase from most fans of the film, but as to be expected with Grindhouse Releasing, there are a wealth of incredible bonus features that make this truly essential. The highlight of the package would have to be THE STORY OF THE SWIMMER, a brand-new 2 1/2 hour documentary by Oscar winner Chris Innis.” – Brain-Hammer.com

“A BIZARRE MASTERPIECE…This remarkable restoration of THE SWIMMER is not to be missed.” – Mack Blankenship, SSS Horror Reviews

“It isn’t every day that a movie such as The Swimmer is released to the screen, but thankfully Grindhouse Releasing has realized the glory of this film, and how its impact can continue to be felt, so many years after its original theatrical run. The Swimmer is simply one of the must-see home video releases of 2014.” – George Pacheco, 10K Bullets

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Grindhouse Releasing Presents ‘The Swimmer’

Grindhouse Releasing is proud to present Burt Lancaster in THE SWIMMER, based on the famed story by John Cheever, arriving March 25, 2014 on Blu-ray and DVD in a spectacular new collector’s edition.

Buy THE SWIMMER Blu-ray/DVD at Amazon.com

Buy THE SWIMMER Blu-ray/DVD at Diabolik DVD

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Lancaster stars in THE SWIMMER as Ned Merrill, a man who confronts his destiny by swimming home, pool by pool, through the suburban nightmare of upper-class East Coast society. Roger Ebert hailed THE SWIMMER as “brilliant and disturbing”, and Lancaster “superb in the finest performance of his career.”

Trailer for THE SWIMMER

The film was directed by Frank Perry (DIARY OF A MAD HOUSEWIFE, PLAY IT AS IT LAYS, MOMMIE DEAREST) from a script by Eleanor Perry.

The new Blu-ray/DVD set boasts a wealth of bonus features including the brand-new 2 1/2 hour documentary “The Story of THE SWIMMER” by Oscar winner Chris Innis.

“The Story of THE SWIMMER” includes in-depth interviews with stars Janet Landgard, Joan Rivers and Marge Champion, composer Marvin Hamlisch, film editor Sidney Katz, assistant directors Michael Hertzberg and Ted Zachary, UCLA Olympic swim coach Bob Horn, and Joanna Lancaster.

The new Blu-ray/DVD set features a vintage audio recording of John Cheever reading his famous story “The Swimmer”, which first appeared in The New Yorker in 1964.

THE SWIMMER Blu-ray/DVD also offers a 12-page booklet with liner notes by director Stuart Gordon (RE-ANIMATOR), rare production stills from the lost alternate scenes, extensive still galleries, trailers, TV spots, and more. The cover art for the disc is a new painting by renowned Stephen King cover artist Glen Orbik (JOYLAND, THE COLORADO KID).

THE SWIMMER is the latest home video release from Grindhouse Releasing, the company founded by Sage Stallone (1976-2012) and Bob Murawski and known for its restorations of Italian cult-horror classics such as Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND and Ruggero Deodato’s CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST.

“We are thrilled to be bringing THE SWIMMER to Blu-ray and DVD in one of our most comprehensive releases to date,” says Grindhouse Releasing president and co-founder Bob Murawski.  “THE SWIMMER is one of those offbeat late-60s studio films that really defies explanation. It is ultimately as bleak and emotionally disturbing as anything by Deodato or Gaspar Noe.  We are extremely proud to have the opportunity to present this almost-forgotten classic, and, as usual, have spared no effort or expense in giving it the best release possible.”

THE SWIMMER follows Grindhouse Releasing’s acclaimed Blu-ray collector’s editions of Sergio Sollima’s THE BIG GUNDOWN, starring Lee Van Cleef and Tomas Milian, Robert Hartford-Davis’ CORRUPTION, starring Peter Cushing, and Amos Sefer’s AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL, starring Asher Tzarfati and Shmuel Wolf.

Grindhouse Releasing has also issued Sage Stallone’s award-winning acclaimed short film VIC, starring Clu Gulager (THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, THE KILLERS). DVD Talk calls VIC “truly unforgettable – a must-see, must-own short film” and Cinema Retro hails VIC as “an extraordinary film that packs an emotional wallop”.

THE BIG GUNDOWN, a massive 4-disc set of the celebrated spaghetti Western that includes Blu-ray, DVD, and the original soundtrack by Ennio Morricone on CD, was hailed as the “the Blu-ray release of the year…absolutely stunning” (DVD Verdict), “a must-see” (Blu-ray.com). “superb on every level” (Cinema Retro) and “first-rate…one of the best home entertainment packages of the year” (The Film Corner).

CORRUPTION, the first U.S. home video release of the gory Peter Cushing shocker, earned applause from horror connoisseurs around the world. CORRUPTION was named Blu-ray of the Year (The Splatter Times) and called “the answer to many a horror fan’s prayers…easily one of the most significant British horror releases in the Blu-ray era…definitely one for the ages and, in its own bloody and twisted way, a little miracle most fans never expected to happen.” (Mondo Digital)

Among the next Blu-ray titles from Grindhouse Releasing are Ruggero Deodato’s CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST and Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND, for which Murawski and Innis recently shot a new featurette on location in New Orleans.

Grindhouse Releasing will also issue Fulci’s CAT IN THE BRAIN, Duke Mitchell’s  GONE WITH THE POPE and MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE, Juan Piquer Simon’s PIECES, in a new 4K transfer, and S.F. Brownrigg’s SCUM OF THE EARTH.

For more information, visit www.GrindhouseReleasing.com

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THE SWIMMER DELUXE EDITION

(Blu-ray/DVD combo) (1968)

Burt Lancaster, Janet Landgard, Janice Rule, Joan Rivers. Director: Frank Perry. Rated: PG.

Color – 1.85:1 – 1968 – 95 minutes – Region 0

Release Date:  March 25, 2014

“Burt Lancaster is superb in his finest performance.  Four stars. “

– Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Totally engrossing, thanks to its very strangeness, and to the superb performances and vivd location photography. Five stars.”

– Geoff Andrew, Time Out New York

“Grim, disturbing and sometimes funny…the film has the shape of an open-ended hallucination.”

– Vincent Canby, The New York Times

” A strange, stylized work, a brilliant and disturbing one.”

– Roger Ebert