We have extended our exclusive big-screen release of Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD with Joe LoDuca’s reimagined score into 2020. We are also the licensed North American theatrical distributor of the original EVIL DEAD in 35mm and digital.
Keep an eye out for 2020 revival screenings of THE TOUGH ONES, PIECES, THE BEYOND, CAT IN THE BRAIN, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, GONE WITH THE POPE, and other Grindhouse Releasing hits.
THE TOUGH ONES (35mm) January 24, 2020 Globe Cinema Calgary, AB
EVIL DEAD REIMAGINED (4K) Jan 24, 2020 Panic Fest – Screenland Armour Theatre Kansas City, MO
EVIL DEAD (35mm) February 6, 2020 Parkway Theater Minneapolis, MN
EVIL DEAD REIMAGINED (4K) February 21, 2020 Amherst Cinema Arts Center Amherst, MA
GRINDHOUSE RELEASING BRINGS “EVIL DEAD” TO THEATERS IN 4K WITH EXCLUSIVE NEW 5.1 SURROUND SOUNDTRACK
Original Composer Joe LoDuca Revisits Sam Raimi’s Horror Classic
For Immediate Release
Grindhouse Releasing is bringing Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD to theaters for the first time in 4K with a terrifying new soundtrack!
This special edition of EVIL DEAD presents the horror classic for the first time with a reimagined score by original composer Joseph LoDuca and a thrilling new 5.1 surround mix created by Marti Humphrey and Jussi Tegelman, the award-winning sound crew behind DRAG ME TO HELL and ASH VS. EVIL DEAD.
Star BRUCE CAMPBELL explains, “Mixing the sound for EVIL DEAD in the early 80’s, we were forced to shove everything into one monaural box. As a result, Joe LoDuca’s great score had to compete unfairly with Kandarian Demons, gore sound effects and lots of screaming. With this new release, Joe can finally have his dynamic composition mixed, balanced and featured properly – for perhaps the first time ever!”
Grindhouse Releasing owner Bob Murawski worked with Raimi to restore EVIL DEAD from the original 16mm camera negatives, and brought the stunning 4K transfer together with LoDuca’s new soundtrack. Murawski is an Oscar-winning film editor whose work with Sam Raimi includes DARKMAN, ARMY OF DARKNESS, THE GIFT, SPIDER MAN 1, 2, & 3, DRAG ME TO HELL, and ASH VS. EVIL DEAD.
“With this fantastic new score, Joe LoDuca proves that he’s the Bartok of blood, the Shostakovich of shock, the Mahler of the macabre.” Murawski said. ”The new music, new sound mix and new 4K restoration have elevated EVIL DEAD from the scary to the sublime.”
EVIL DEAD was my first film commission. As fate would have it, this is the movie that has the most enduring impact on generations of fans. Every few years I get a request to release the score.
The EVIL DEAD trilogy launched my career composing for films and television. I still get asked to write for horror/thrillers. I love doing it, because the genre has no rules when it comes to music, save the objective of building tension and sustaining dread. Today’s audience is more savvy, so I have to constantly re-examine what is scary. Keeps me on my toes.
Producers always want the popcorn to fly, and I am often afforded large orchestras to insure that happens. Yet I never seem to be able to sell the idea that intimacy conjures a bubbling cauldron of fear just as potent. With limited resources, I scored EVIL DEAD for a string quintet augmented by piano, hand percussion, a synthesizer and a bit of guitar–anything I could get my hands on.
So when I was last approached to reissue the score, I asked myself this question: Knowing what I now know, how would I write for that ensemble today?
I am happy that I did.
So sit back in a darkened room and listen to the soundtrack to what Stephen King once called “a black rainbow of horror”.
Years in the making, Grindhouse Releasing’s deluxe 3-disc Blu-ray release of Umberto Lenzi’s police-action thriller THE TOUGH ONES is now available in stores!
Calum Waddell’s superb Lenzi documnetary, Mike Malloy’s expert commentary, and interviews with the late, great Tomas Milian are just a few of the special features that make THE TOUGH ONES a must-have for genre aficionados. You also get Franco Micalizzi’s score, completely remastered from the original tapes. (And don’t forget that .30-caliber metal BULLET PEN – limited to the first 2,500 copies!
Critics are raving about this jam-packed release!
“FIVE STARS – AN ABSOLUTE STUNNER. I have not seen another release of an Italian genre film that has undergone a complete makeover quite like it — not only is the new 4K restoration very nice, but there are hours and hours of very high-quality supplemental features that could have easily been used for a couple of individual releases. I would have written that it is unmissable even if it had come only with The Rebel Within and The Rebel and the Bourgeois, both of which offer tremendous insight into the life and legacy of Tomas Milian. Needless to say, there is already a guaranteed spot for it on my Top Ten list for 2019. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.”
“Hard-hitting and angry…Lenzi knows how to stage exciting action sequences. THE TOUGH ONES looks and sounds fantastic, lovingly restored for a 4K presentation….As typical for a title from Grindhouse Releasing, this new edition of THE TOUGH ONES comes absolutely packed to the gills with special content, not the least of them being a third bonus CD of the film’s soundtrack by Franco Micalizzi.”
“A MUST! The direction by maestro Umberto Lenzi and cinematography by Federico Zanni are just spectacular and with Grindhouse Releasing’s remastered hi-definition BluRay you can really appreciate the beautiful shots and photography on the screen. The movie takes a little while to get moving but once it kicks into gear it’s a non stop barrage of punch ups, beatdowns, sideswipes, draggings, car chases and shootouts. THE TOUGH ONES really is a cinematic smorgasbord of action delights that will hold you in its grip the entire running time. After seeing a wide variety of polizio films over the years, I can honestly say that Roma A Mano Armata aka THE TOUGH ONES ranks up with the best the genre has to offer. A whiz-bang, crackerjack crime film from the days when movies really went for the jugular.”
“A ridiculously satisfying ninety-three-minutes of high octane, politically incorrect, bad guy smashing insanity from Lenzi and an insanely entertaining time at the movies. Grindhouse Releasing has done a beautiful job bringing this to Blu-ray. The transfer is gorgeous, the audio rock solid and the extras cover more ground than anyone could have ever hoped for. All in all, a fantastic package that comes highly recommended!”
“HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION – THE TOUGH ONES isn’t simply an extraordinary release of a poliziottesco, cult cinema in general, or, hell, Blu-ray as a format. Maybe you’ll roll your eyes at this as hyperbole, but I mean every word of it: what Grindhouse Releasing has delivered with The Tough Ones ranks among the most exceptional editions in the history of home video. DVD Talk Collector Series.”
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Grindhouse Releasing is proud to announce its long-awaited special edition Blu-ray release of Umberto Lenzi’s THE TOUGH ONES (ROMA A MANO ARMATA). The deluxe 3-disc set arrives in stores on July 9, 2019.
Lenzi, the legendary director of CANNIBAL FEROX, kicked off the Italian police film craze with this hyper-kinetic, ultra-violent, brain-blasting action thriller. Maurizio Meril stars as an Italian DIRTY HARRY, punching and shooting his way through the sleazy drug, sex and crime infested cesspool of mid-’70s Rome, on the trail of a sadistic, machine gun-toting hunchback, played by Tomas Milian (star of THE BIG GUNDOWN).
Hailed as “one of the most gonzo, over-the-top Euro crime films you’ll ever see” (American Cinematheque), THE TOUGH ONES has been one of Grindhouse Releasing’s most requested titles for many years. Company founder Sage Stallone originally acquired the film during a trip to Italy in 1996.
“THE TOUGH ONES was a very favorite of my late partner Sage Stallone,” says Grindhouse Releasing co-founder Bob Murawski, the Academy Award-winning film editor of THE HURT LOCKER, Sam Rami’s SPIDER-MAN 1, 2, & 3, and Orson Welles’ THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND. “Sage absolutely loved this movie and wanted everyone to see it. Our friend Umberto Lenzi was extremely proud of this film and was overjoyed when he heard that we had acquired it. As was Tomas Milian. I’m sorry they are not here to see this deluxe edition release.”
Boasting a state-of-the-art 4K transfer of Lenzi‘s uncensored director’s cut, the new Grindhouse Releasing edition of THE TOUGH ONES includes an incredible slate of special features:
– Original UNRATED, UNCENSORED director’s cut
– Mastered in eye-popping 4K resolution for maximum detail and impact
– Optional Italian language soundtrack with optional English subtitles
– Audio commentary by Mike Malloy, director of EUROCRIME!
– Brand new, in-depth interviews with director Umberto Lenzi, actors Tomas Milian, Maria Rosaria Omaggio, Sandra Cardini, Maria Rosaria Riuzzi and Corrado Solari, screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti, and composer Franco Micalizzi
– Special tribute to Marizo Merli with appearances by Enzo Castellari and Ruggero Deodato
– Vintage VHS intro by cult movie superstar Sybil Danning!
– Original international theatrical trailer
– Liner notes by Italian crime film expert Roberto Curti
– Deluxe embossed slip cover
– BONUS CD – original soundtrack album by Franco Micalizzi – newly remastered in stunning 24 bit/192khz sound from the original master tapes
-AND OTHER SURPRISES!
Custom 30-Caliber Metal Bullet Pen – Strictly Limited to 2500 Units!
“One of the most gonzo, over-the-top Euro crime films you’ll ever see.”
– American Cinematheque
“Containing little idealism and much violence for the sake of violence…director Umberto Lenzi keeps his action, cast and cameras moving along at a fast clip.”
“The quintessential ‘Polizieschi’ movie. It has all the ingredients necessary – Alfa Romeo cars, stereotypical bad guys, angry ‘beat the system’ cops and lashings of over the top violence.”
– Jonny Redman, LoveLockandLoad
“OUTSTANDING…Maurizio Merli is Inspector Tanzi, a mega-mustached cop who’s forced to square off with Tomas Milian, a psychotic cripple appropriately nicknamed The Hunchback. Along the way, there’s plenty of innocents getting mowed down with machine guns, low-level criminals having their faces beaten in, incredibly energetic car chases, and so much more – all set to a wonderful score by Franco Micalizzi. A giant hit in its native Italy, it’s a wild slice of Eurotrash, showcasing Lenzi at his best, and a perfect starting place for the genre if you’re unfamiliar. You simply can’t go wrong!”
– Bruce Holecheck, Cinema Arcana