‘Car Wash’ BD Re-Issue Is A Must See For Any Classic Movie Fan

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The summer movie season is officially in swing once again, but sadly, Hollywood’s “Big Six” studios haven’t really turned out much about which audiences can be excited.  That leaves one wondering what alternatives are available.  One answer comes in the form of Shout! Factory’s recent re-issue of the classic dramedy Car Wash.  Released June 20 on Blu-ray, this 1976 flick is the polar opposite of everything in theaters today and almost everything before with few exceptions.  That is due in part to the movie’s story, one of its key elements to examine.  It will be discussed shortly.  The movie’s soundtrack is just as important to note believe it or not.  It will be discussed later.  The soundtrack is discussed at more length in the movie’s bonus material, which in itself is important to note.  Each element noted here is important in its own right to the whole of Car Wash’s presentation in its recent re-issue.  All things considered, Shout! Factory’s recent re-issue of Car Wash is a solid alternative to Hollywood’s annual lack of summer entertainment.

Shout! Factory’s recent re-issue of Universal Pictures’ classic dramedy Car Wash is an enjoyable alternative to Hollywood’s annual lack of entertaining summer fare.  That is due in part to the story at the center of the movie.  The story is relatively simple.  It follows a group of car wash employees over the course of a single day on the job. It sounds simple, and it is.  But it’s that simplicity that makes the story so interesting even with all of the different story lines.  Far too often in today’s movies, multiple story lines are the norm, and far too often, those multiple story lines mess up said movies because said movies’ writers don’t know how to balance the stories.  That wasn’t the case here.  Script writer Joel Schumacher (yes, the same one responsible for those awful Batman movies) actually did an applause worthy job in balancing each character’s story within the bigger picture of the story’s script.  That ability to balance the stories ensures audiences engagement from beginning to end.

On another level, the story’s aesthetic elements add even more to its surprising enjoyment.  It balances just as well its dramatic elements and its more comedic moments, making the story even more entertaining.  Viewers will laugh as one of the guys stuffs his friend’s sandwich with hot peppers and as George Carlin’s taxi driver looks for a woman who tried to get a free ride in his cab, trying to get his money.  What’s interesting about his performance is that one can’t help but wonder if Bill Murray might have taken Carlin’s performance as inspiration for his performance in Caddyshack.  Putting the pair’s performances side by side, one can’t ignore the similarity in the characters’ portrayals.  Getting back on track, audiences will be just as entertained in the story’s more moving moments such as when T.C. tries to woo a certain young lady and when Duane tries to rob the car wash (not to give away too much).  Between these moments and so many more, the balance of the story’s humorous and heartfelt elements makes the story even more entertaining.  Doing a comparison to certain other movies, one can’t help but compare that balance to that presented in Friday.  Stylistically, the two stories are very similar in that aspect.  Keeping that in mind, it shows potentially the long reach that this story has had.  Considering that and the balance in the story’s multiple lines, it becomes clear why Car Wash’s story is central to its presentation in more ways than one.  It is of course just one of the movie’s important elements.  Its soundtrack is an important element to note, too.

The story at the center of Car Wash is central to its presentation not just because it is the story, but because of the balance in its multiple arcs and aesthetic elements.  That balance ensures audiences’ engagement throughout the course of the classic dramedy.  Even with this in mind, it is not the movie’s only important element.  The movie’s soundtrack is just as important to note.  That’s because it isn’t just a random soundtrack.  In fact, as is discussed in the bonus material, it is actually its own part of the movie.  As is noted, the movie is actually built around its soundtrack.  The songs are deliberately placed alongside each scene in order to heighten each scene’s appropriate emotion.  Such a practice is something rare nowadays in most films.  It shows, too, with so many soundtracks just overflowing with Top 40 and rock songs.  Given, the songs included in this movie are major radio hits to this day.  But they were strategically placed, and quite well at that.  Even more interesting to note is that the movie’s title song was released before the movie even hit theaters.  That, too is noted in the movie’s bonus material, which will be discussed shortly.  Considering the deliberate, well thought out placement of the movie’s soundtrack, it goes a long way toward adding to the movie’s entertainment especially taking into account the knowledge of that intentional placement.  Keeping this in mind, it becomes fully clear why the soundtrack around which Car Wash’s story is built is just as important as the movie’s story.  It is not the last of the movie’s important elements either.  Those previously noted bonus materials round out the movie’s most important elements in its recent re-issue.

The bonus material included in Car Wash’s recent Blu-ray re-issue via Shout! Factory are important to the movie’s presentation because they, surprisingly, create the movie’s backbone.  It is through Producer Gary Stromberg’s discussions that audiences learn about the movie’s story being created around its soundtrack rather than the other way around.  His discussion also reveals the tidbit about the movie’s title song being released to radio in order to build excitement about the movie.  Audiences will be surprised to learn just how much excitement that approach built.  For those unfamiliar with the song, the discussion on the song along provides an interesting history behind the composition.  As if that isn’t enough, Stromberg reveals he was still a struggling college student when the idea for Car Wash came about.  Audiences will be surprised to learn this piece of history, considering how popular the movie has gone on to become in the now almost 41 years since it debuted—on Oct. 22, 1976.  Stromberg’s discussions on the Soul train dancers being hired to dance at the movie’s premiere, how the story was scripted, and more are just as enlightening as his other discussions, too.  Considering all of this, Stromberg’s overall discussions form a solid foundation for Car Wash in its recent re-issue.  Looking back in hindsight, it is recommended that audiences watch this discussion before taking in the movie because of the groundwork that it lays.

Stromberg’s thoughts are not the only important input presented through the movie’s bonus material in its recent re-issue. Schumacher’s own commentary throughout the movie offers its own interest.  That will be left for audiences to discover for themselves.  His commentary, when coupled with that of Stromberg, creates a solid foundation for Car Wash proving finally just how important the movie’s bonus material is to its whole.  Keeping this in mind, the movie’s bonus material proves to be just as important to its presentation as its soundtrack and story in making it entertaining in its recent re-issue. Keeping all of this in mind, the movie in whole proves to be, again, a solid alternative to anything that Hollywood’s current lack of worthwhile entertainment.

Shout! Factory’s recent Car Wash re-issue is a classic that was well-deserving of being unearthed.  In a time when Hollywood’s Big Six are struggling to turn out anything truly meaningful or even memorable, its balance of heart and humor couples with its equally well-balanced story lines to make it a movie that will resonate with any true classic movie buff and that shows how far Hollywood has fallen from its former glory.  With that in mind, it is – once again – a movie that will entertain any audience looking for an alternative to Hollywood’s current fare.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via Shout! Factory’s online store.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Public Media Distribution Re-Issuing ‘Room On The Broom’

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There’s always room for more…on the broom.

Public Media Distribution announced Tuesday that it will re-issue the small-screen adaptation of author Julia Donaldson’s book Room on the Broom this summer.  Released via Magic Light Pictures and Orange Eye and featuring the voices of Simon Pegg (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek Beyond), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Last King of Scotland, The Fall), Rob Brydon (Cinderella, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Huntsman: Winter’s War) and others, the DVD will retail for MSRP of $12.99.

The movie’s story follows the journey of a witch (voiced by Anderson) and her pet dog (voiced by Martin Clumes – Shakespeare in Love, Kipper, Doc Martin) as they try to recover some lost items.  Along the way, the pair is joined by a kindly bird, cat and frog, who help save the witch from a dragon.

The new re-issue comes with the same bonus material included in the DVD’s previous 2013 release.  Those bonuses include a behind-the-scenes featurette, live performance from Donaldson and art gallery.

Room on the Broom can be ordered direct from the NCircle online store at http://www.ncircleentertainment.com/room-on-the-broom/843501008041.  To find out about even more releases from NCircle Entertainment, parents can go online to http://www.facebook.com/NCircleEntertainment or the company’s official website, http://www.NCircleEntertainment.com.

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‘Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie’ Re-Issue Is A Wild Visual High For Viewers

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The screwball comedy is a lost art in today’s mainstream movie industry.  As a matter of fact, it is a lost art in the movie industry in whole.  At one point, great classic screwball comedies such as It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Some Like It Hot and other similar stories once made the movie industry great.  Today, it seems like overly dramatic works and brainless shoot-‘em-up action flicks run things across the board.  Thankfully, Shout! Factory will soon give audiences an alternative to that endless sea of cookie-cutter theatrical and home releases when it re-issues the classic 1980 stoner/screwball comedy Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie on Blu-ray.

For those who have never seen this completely outrageous production, it takes the screwball comedy to a whole new level.  Put simply, the hybrid of its screwball and stoner elements puts it into a category all its own; one that many have tried to emulate, but that few have succeeded at copying.  It is not a movie for children due to its drug and sexual content.  Because it is also its own brand of screwball/stoner comedy, it is also very much a niche production.  Even with that in mind, it is still a movie that any comedy fan should see at least once especially now that it will be re-issued next week, if only for that content, which is one of its key elements.  The movie’s story is just as important to note in examining the movie’s overall presentation and will be discussed later.  The bonus interview with Cheech Marin about the movie’s making rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is, obviously important in its own right.  All things considered, they make Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie one of this year’s top new DVD/BD re-issues.

Shout! Factory’s upcoming re-issue of the classic stoner/screwball comedy Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie is one of the most outrageous offerings of its type.  Few, if any, movies before or after have ever been able to equal the level of comedic output produced by this movie.  That is due in no small part to its content.  From raunchy bathroom humor to full-on adult jokes about drugs and sex to a completely out of this world visit from a UFO and more, the content in this movie hits on so many different comedic elements.  At the same time, the rapid fire delivery of all of the jokes (which are clearly products of their time) works alongside that vast range of comedic elements to leave viewers wondering what the duo will do next throughout the course of the movie’s 95-minute run time.  On the downside, there is so much going on that by the time the movie reaches its final act, it does have a slightly negative impact on the movie’s pacing.  Luckily though, that doesn’t happen until late in the movie’s run.  Keeping that in mind, the type and amount of content presented throughout Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie, while obviously not meant for children (and likely won’t reach everyone) makes it worth at least one watch as well as one of this year’s top new DVD/BD re-issues.  It is just one of the elements that makes this re-issue such a surprise hit.  The movie’s story is another key element that deserves to be discussed in examining the movie’s overall presentation.

The content at the heart of Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie forms the foundation of this movie’s entertainment.  One part stoner flick and one part screwball comedy, the combination of those elements’ content makes this raucous comedy one of the most original of its kind.  It is only one of the key elements that makes this movie stand so starkly apart from its counterparts past and present.  Its story is just as important to discuss in examining its overall presentation as its content.  The story, as Marin notes in the re-issue’s new bonus interview, may seem like it’s all over the place at first glance.  However, a closer watch shows it actually does follow a structured continuum of sorts.  What is really interesting is that though Marin provides the bonus interview (which will be discussed shortly), Tommy Chong is in fact the movie’s real star.  That is because in this story, viewers go along with Tommy and his friend Dwayne “Red” Mendoza (obviously Marin plays Mendoza here) while Cheech waits back at the pair’s house for his girlfriend Donna (Evelyn Guerrero—Blood In, Blood Out; The Toolbox Murders; …And The Earth Did Not Swallow Him) to come by.  Every now and then, audiences are taken back to check on Cheech during the course of the movie’s second and third act.  But by and large, Tommy Chong is the real star of this movie as he and “Mendoza” ride around town smoking lots of marijuana and getting into all kinds of mischief.  The content of those misadventures couples with the story to make the movie its own visual high for viewers.  Again, it won’t appeal to everyone, but those elements together will definitely entertain its key audiences.  Keeping this in mind, the movie’s story is not the last of its key elements.  The bonus interview with Marin that comes with the movie’s re-issue rounds out its most important elements.

The story and content presented in Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie are both pivotal to its overall presentation.  Both in themselves and collectively, they create a visual and cinematic experience unlike anything that has come before and after.  They are not its only important elements.  The bonus interview with Cheech Marin included in the movie’s upcoming re-issue rounds out its most important elements.  Marin discusses in his interview, which only runs maybe 10 minutes at the most, the approach that he and Tommy Chong took in writing the movie (yes, they wrote the movie’s story and it shows), battling with other creative forces to keep certain scenes in, the duo’s own career history and even that of one Paul Reubens (yes, Pee-Wee Herman) who makes an appearance in this movie and so much more.  The interview isn’t in-depth per se.  However, it does offer audiences new and old alike a new view on the movie, its creation, and what makes it one of those movies that stands the test of time.  When this is considered along with the movie’s story and its overall content, viewers will agree that regardless of their familiarity with the movie, it is unlike any other stoner or even screwball comedy out there and deserves at least one watch.  All things considered, it is one of this year’s top new DVD/BD re-issues.

Shout! Factory’s upcoming re-issue of Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie is one of this year’s top new DVD/BD re-issue.  Scheduled for release next Tuesday, June 13, it is unlike any other stoner and/or screwball comedy that has come before or after.  That is obvious in the movie’s outrageous content (which is only fitting for adult audiences) and its equally outrageous, yet somehow structured story.  The bonus interview with star Cheech Marin about the movie rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important to the movie in its own right, as has been discussed.  All things considered, they make Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie a surprisingly refreshing break from the endless sea of dramas and mindless action flicks currently filling America’s theaters.  Considering this, they combine to make the movie one of the year’s top new DVD/BD re-issues.  It can be pre-ordered online now direct via Shout! Factory’s online store.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Universal Pictures Announces ‘Fate Of The Furious’ Home Release Date

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The latest installment in the hit Fast & Furious franchise is racing to home release.

Fate of the Furious will be released Tuesday, July 11 on DVD, Blu-ray and 4KUltra HD Combo pack.  It will be preceded by a digital HD release on Tuesday, June 27. Audiences can see the movie’s trailer online now here.

Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Vin Diesel, Jason Staham, Michelle Rodriguez, and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, the movie follows Dom, Letty, Mia, Brian and the rest of their friends as they embark on one more globe-trotting, action-filled adventure.  This time, the threat that the elite driving corps faces comes from a deranged anarchist bent on bringing total chaos to the world.

The movie’s upcoming home release on DVD and Blu-ray includes a digital director’s cut and more than an hour of bonus content including a behind-the-scenes look at the stunts used throughout the movie, audio commentary with director F. Gary Gray and extended fight scenes.  The movie’s Blu-ray release will feature its own bonus material that will be exclusive to that platform.

The full listing of the movie’s bonuses is noted below.

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO BLU-RAY:

  • The Cuban Spirit –As the first major studio motion picture to shoot in Cuba in decades, the country’s effusive spirit permeates the making of the film.
  • In the Family –In The Fate of the Furious, family ties are put to the ultimate test. Get an inside look at the family divide.
  • Car Culture –It’s time to put yourself in the driver’s seat of the supercharged vehicles showcased in The Fate of the Furious.

BONUS FEATURES on BLU-RAY and DVD:

  • All About the Stunts –Go behind the scenes to witness how The Fate of the Furiousaccomplished the most epic stunts in franchise history.
  • Extended Fight Scenes
  • Feature Commentary with Director F. Gary Gray

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS  EXTENDED DIRECTOR’S CUT
Director F. Gary Gray’s never-before-seen extended cut and the Theatrical release are available on all physical products (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD) that will include digital codes for both versions.  Also available on digital platforms.

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Shout! Factory To Re-Issue Two Classic Comedies Next Month

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Shout! Factory is set to re-issue a pair of classic comedies on Blu-ray next month.

Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie is scheduled to be released Tuesday, June 13. In the second of the famed comic duo’s big screen offerings, Cheech has to deal with an angry neighbor all while dealing with losing his job.  He also meets an attractive young woman with whom he hopes to have some fun.

Tommy doesn’t miss out on the fun.  This time out, he meets  Cheech’s cousin ( played by Cheech Marin) and the pair ends up making its way around Hollywood, getting in plenty of trouble along the way.  There are mishaps at a music store, a brothel, a comedy club and many other places that will leave audiences in stitches.

The dual-pronged story presented in Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie is not its only key elements. Guest appearances by Edie McClurg, Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson, John “Jambi” Paragon, Phil Hartman and a very young Paul Reubens add to the movie’s interest.

As if that is not enough, the movie also boasts a new interview with star Cheech Marin as bonus content.  An original theatrical trailer for the movie is also included with radio spots as additional bonus content.

Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie will retail for MSRP of $27.99 but can be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s online store for $22.99.

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The second of the classic comedies set to be re-issued by Shout! Factory next month is Car Wash.  Richard Pryor leads an outstanding cast that plays the staff and customers of a Los Angeles car wash in this flick.

In this laugh riot comedy, audiences  are treated to the life in the day of a car wash in Los Angeles.  There is an attempted robbery, a chase with a man believed to be the “pop bottle bomber” and even an appearance by Pryor’s money hungry preacher “Wonder-Man,” who was based on a real life televangelist.  The movie is believed by some to be the forebear to Ice Cube’s Friday and Barbershop.

Car Wash will retail for MSRP of $27.99 but can be pre-ordered at a reduced price of $22.99 via Shout! Factory’s online store.

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Fozzy Debuts New Video Ahead Of Tour’s Launch

Fozzy is giving audiences their first taste of its next album.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Judas’ today, which is taken from its next album, whose release date has not yet been announced.  The video features the band performing its new single as it stands surrounded by stacks of amplifiers.  It also boasts a certain element of humor with “stage hands” blatantly holding fans in front of the band to mimic wind while a pair of women stand in the background swinging lights around who eventually move to the fore to dance to the song.

The song itself is a heavy, guitar-driven work that is certain to impress any longtime Fozzy fan.  The lead single and title track from the band’s upcoming seventh full-length studio recording, it will also serve as the theme song for World Wrestling Entertainment’s upcoming NXTTakeover: Chicago pay-per-view on May 20th.  Audiences can experience the song and video online now here.

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Fozzy front man and WWE superstar Chris Jericho discussed the video in a recent interview, explaining how the video came to be.

“For such a dark and sexy song like ‘Judas’ we wanted a dark and sexy video to match..and and we got that and more,” Jericho said.  “In one take we filmed a unique, visually stunning masterpiece that combines an incredible song, psycho clowns, how chicks, a man on fire and a great rock n roll band, all I none tasty video morsel.  What more could you want…a giant rabbit holding balloons?  Oh yeah, we’ve got that, too.”

The band’s new song and video are just two of its efforts to promote its new album.  In anticipation of the album’s eventual release, the band will launch its “Judas Rising Tour” beginning Friday, May 5 in Virginia Beach, VA.

The nearly two-month-long tour includes performances at the annual Carolina Rebellion Festival on May 7, River City Rockfest on May 27 and many other dates.  The tour’s full schedule is noted below.  Sons of Texas will serve as support on select dates.

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FOZZY – “Judas Rising” Tour (U.S. Dates)

May 5th – Virginia Beach, VA @ Lunatic Luau*
May 6th – Canton, GA @ The Revival**
May 7th – Charlotte, NC @ Carolina Rebellion*
May 9th – Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse
May 10th – Louisville, KY @ Trixie’s Entertainment Complex
May 11th – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
May 12th – Ashwaubenon, WI @ Green Bay Distillery
May 13th – Dubuque, IA @ Courtside Sports Bar & Grill
May 14th – Somerset, WI @ Northern Invasion*
May 16th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel Concert Lounge
May 17th – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
May 18th – Patchogue, NY @ 89 North Music Venue
May 19th – Asbury Park, NJ @ House Of Independents
May 20th – Winchester, VA @ Blue Fox Billiards
May 21st – Morgantown, WV @ Mainstage Morgantown
May 23rd – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
May 24th – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
May 25th – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
May 26th – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma*
May 27th – San Antonio, TX @ River City Rockfest*
May 28th – Dallas, TX @ BFD Festival*
June 24th – Auburn, WA @ Pain In The Grass*

* – Fozzy Only
** – No Sons of Texas

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IFC Films Bringing New Romantic Dramedy To Audiences Next Month

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IFC Films has a new romantic dramedy on the way this spring.

Between Us will be released exclusively on DVD on Tuesday, May 16. The movie made its original limited theatrical release on January 6, 2017 and stars Ben Feldman (Mad Men, Superstore, Cloverfield) and Olivia Thirlby (Juno, Dredd, No Strings Attached) as thirtysomethings Henry and Diane in the story’s lead roles.

After dating for six years, the couple’s relationship is put to the test when both meet someone else on one fateful night.  The results of those chance meetings could have lifelong impacts on all involved.

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