‘This Island Earth’ Re-Issue Is Another Must For Science Fiction, Classic Movie Buffs Alike

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Universal International’s 1955 science-fiction flick This Island Earth is one of the most notable entries in the genre.  That is because up until that point, no movie within the genre had to that point, taken viewers into the cosmos.  Every movie within the genre had instead seen beings from other worlds come to Earth.  That and the movie’s overall story makes the movie interesting in its own right.  Now thanks to Shout! Factory, viewers will get to enjoy that collective content for themselves in a new Blu-ray re-issue of the timeless sci-fi classic.  That noted element will be discussed shortly.  The bonus content featured in the movie’s recent re-issue strengthens its presentation even more and will be addressed a little later.  Considering the breadth and depth of the movie’s bonus content and the engagement and entertainment offered through the movie’s main story, its average price point proves to be money well-spent.  It will be discussed later, too.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of this movie’s re-issue.  All things considered, This Island Earth proves to be one more of this year’s top new DVD/BD re-issues.

Shout! Factory’s recent re-issue of Universal International’s This Island Earth is one more of this year’s top new BD/DVD re-issues.  That is due in part to the movie’s central story.  As already noted, the movie was — in its debut — the only sci-fi flick of its kind.  It was the only one that took its characters into outer space instead of bringing the aliens solely to Earth.  It would not be until a year later when Forbidden Planet made its debut that another science fiction flick would take viewers into the cosmos.  This is just one important aspect of the story.  The fact that it stays largely true to its literary source material (which is noted in the movie’s bonus content) adds even more enjoyment to the story.  Given, there are variances, but the fact that its so commonplace today for moviemakers and script writers to change so much from the printed page to the big screen makes that loyalty even more deserving of respect.  That is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg that is the importance of the movie’s story.  Whether it was intentional or not, the story presents itself as an anti-war allegory.  That allegory is presented as Dr. Meacham and Dr. Adams are swept away to a war-ravaged planet that is on the verge of being destroyed because of the war.  The interstellar voyage happens after the duo is made to help Exeter and a group of other scientists develop a death ray of sorts.  The group has no clue that they are making the ray for the purpose of the Metalunans’ war on their home planet.  There is also the whole discussion on nuclear power and its dangers, especially with warfare.  Again, these discussions may not have been intentional statements about the dangers of warfare, but they are most definitely there.  The thing is that even if the message is intentional, it doesn’t come across in the preachy fashion of so many other message movies of its time and even those that have come along since.  To that end, it makes the story all the more enjoyable.  For all of the enjoyment that the movie’s story brings viewers, the story is not the movie’s only source of entertainment.  The bonus content featured with the movie’s recent re-issue provides its own engagement and entertainment for audiences.

The bonus content that accompanies This Island Earth’s recent re-issue adds its own engagement and entertainment because of the background that it develops for the movie.  Author/ visual effects specialist Robert Skotak’s feature-length audio commentary is the most notable of the movie’s bonuses.  Skotak delves into a variety of topics throughout the course of the movie’s 86-minute run time, such as the story’s noted loyalty to its source material, the principal photography and the use of the infamous Metalunan mutant.  Skotak notes in his discussion that while much of the movie does stay loyal to the original book from it was adapted, it does reach a point late in its nearly 90-minute run where some variances start to appear, though the majority of the movie stays largely true to the original literary work.  The note of the principal photography is interesting in its own right because of what Skotak reveals here.  He notes that the scenes that were supposed to be shot in Washington, D.C. were in fact filmed in California.  He notes that much work had to be done in order to hide the hills in the distance in said scenes so as to maintain suspension of disbelief.  That makes for a certain level of appreciation for that work.  In terms of the mutant, Skotak reveals that while it has become a fan favorite in the decades since the movie’s debut, it almost did not make the final cut.  The reasoning for it remaining in the movie will put a smile on any viewer’s face, considering the statements made by so many in the bonus content about how old they were when the movie debuted.  That is the most of the clue that will be given to that item.  Everything noted here is just a preview of everything that Skotak discusses throughout the movie in his commentary.  He also addresses Russell johnson’s performance (Johnson is best known as the Professor from Gilligan’s Island), the matter of the “thermal barrier” and even the use of the “starfield” as a backdrop in the movie’s opening credits.  Between those discussions, the talks more directly addressed here and more, Skotak’s commentary adds quite a bit of insight and enjoyment to the movie.

Skotak’s commentary is just one of the movie’s notable extras.  The bonus “making of” featurette adds its own share of insight and entertainment to the movie.  This featurette includes actual audio of the movie’s cast talking about the work that went into its creation.  Audiences get to hear Faith Domergue (Dr. Adams) talk about how cold the water was in the pond where she and costar Rex Reason shot the car chase scene.  Viewers also hear from Reason about the movie’s production.  As if this is not enough, viewers also learn an interesting tidbit about the “car” in which Reason and Domergue rode in the Metaluna set.  It is revealed here that the car in question was used in the much more lighthearted movie Abbott & Costello Go To Mars.  Considering the heavy nature of This Island Earth and the much lighter feel of Abbott & Costello Go To Mars, that contrast makes for a good laugh for any viewer.  All of this is just a small sampling of what the “making of” featurette reveals to viewers.  There are more revelations about Domergue’s place in Hollywood when she signed on to star in This Island Earth, the marketing for the movie and even the Metalunan Brack.

The revelations made in the “making of” featuette are still not the end of the interest generated by the movie’s bonus content.  Film historian David Schecter’s audio commentary, which is not feature length, focuses primarily on the movie’s soundtrack.  It is clear throughout his discussions that he is reading direct from a script, as none of his discussions line up with the movie.  Keeping this in mind, it would have made much more sense to have just given Schecter his own featurette instead of his own audio commentary.  That aside, the things that he reveals in his discussions make for their own interest.  Viewers learn through his commentary, that as with so many of Universal’s classic science fiction flicks, Henry Mancini played a role in this movie’s soundtrack, but never got a credit for his work.  The same applied for the soundtrack’s lead composer Herman Stein.  According to Schecter, Stein never received the credit that he deserved, either.  On another note (no pun intended), Schecter reveals that the movie featured 31 minutes of original soundtrack music, which is far less than the movie’s 86-minute run time.  That means there was a lot of recycled music.  Despite that, the discussions on the original compositions makes for more appreciation for that original music.  Between all of these noted discussions, those on the making of This Island Earth and the back story of the movie, the bonus content in whole makes this latest re-issue of This Island Earth that much more enjoyable for classic movie buffs and sci-fi fans across the board.  When it is considered along with the movie’s deep story, the whole of that primary and secondary content makes the movie’s average price point a cost that every one of those noted viewers will be okay with paying.

The average price point of Shout! Factory’s re-issue of This Island Earth is $23.69.  That price is obtained by averaging prices listed at Shout! Factory’s store, that of Amazon, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Walmart.  It was not listed at Target, Best Buy and Books-A-Million at the time of this review’s posting.  Walmart’s listing of $21.96 is the least expensive of the movie’s listings, while Shout! Factory’s is barely more expensive, by only cents at $21.99.  Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ price listing of $26.99  and Amazon’s listing of $23.80 both exceed the noted average price.  Considering that the difference in price between Walmart and Shout! Factory is only pocket change, viewers will not lose out much regardless of which retailer they choose.  What’s more, the amount of content – both in the primary and secondary content – and the type of content that viewers get in this re-issue, that price of roughly $22-$23 with s&h, is a price worth paying.  That is something to which most viewers will agree.  Keeping all of this in mind, the collective average price point of This Island Earth, the movie’s primary content and its secondary content make this re-issue a welcome addition to the library of any classic movie buff and science fiction fan and one of the year’s top  new DVD/BD re-issues.  More information on this and other titles available from Shout! Factory is available online now at:




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Eagle Rock Entertainment Announces Release Date, Specs For New Live Recording From The Cure

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Legendary rock band The Cure celebrated the 40th anniversary of its creation last year, and now fans of the band will get to enjoy the celebration themselves with a new forthcoming live recording featuring two live performances from the band.

40 Live – Curaetion – 25 + Anniversary is scheduled for release Oct. 18 on DVD and Blu-ray through Eagle Rock Entertainment.  The DVD release is a 2DVD/4CD set and the Blu-ray release is a 2BD/4CD set.  Each set features a 40-page book.

Along with the noted platforms, Eagle Rock Entertainment will also release the recording on separate deluxe Ltd. Ed. Hardbook 2DVD and 2 Blu-ray platforms.  Each platform also features a 16-page book.

The first of the two concerts featured in 40 Live – Curaetion – 25 + Anniversary is Curaetion – 25From There To Here | From Here To There.  The concert was recorded in June 2018 on the 10th and final night of the 25th Meltdown Festival.  The festival was held at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

The concert features the band performing one song from each of its 13 albums in chronological order.  In other words, the band’s albums are represented in the order in which they were released through the songs.  The set also features hints of the band’s future with a group of new songs.

The second of the collection’s concerts is Anniversary1978 – 2018 Live in Hyde Park, London.  This four-hour, 29-song set was captured July 7, 2018 at one of London’s Royal Parks.

The trailer for 40 Live – Curaetion – 25 + Anniversary is streaming herePre-orders for the recording are open now.

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PBS Distribution Taking Audiences Back To Space Again Later This Month In New ‘NOVA’ Episode

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PBS Distribution is taking audiences back into the cosmos again with another new episode of NOVA.

NOVAThe Planets is scheduled for release Aug. 27 on Blu-ray and DVD.  The five-episode presentation takes viewers from the Milky Way’s inner planets all the way to its outermost regions.

Narrated by actor Zachary Quinto (StarTrekStar Trek Into DarknessStar Trek Beyond), takes viewers on the intergalactic journey using the most up-to-date planetary research and footage captured by orbiters, landers and rovers.  From the mystery of why Earth is the only planet of the rocky planets that can sustain life to how the outer planets and gas giants came to form and sit where they do now, the program takes viewers on a previously inexperienced journey through the galaxy.

NOVAThe Planets will retail for $29.99 (DVD) and $34.99 (Blu-ray).  It can be pre-ordered at a reduced price of $24.99 (DVD) and $29.99 (Blu-ray) through PBS’ store.  More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:


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‘The Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 2’ Is Anything But A “Buster”

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Cohen Media Group recently announced it will release a third new pairing of Buster Keaton classics later this month in the form of The Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 3.  the latest in the studio’s ongoing series of classic Keaton re-issues, it is scheduled for release Aug. 20 on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.  While audiences await the collection’s release, they can enjoy the second collection of Buster Keaton classics, which was released July 9.  The Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 2 is another wonderful new offering from Cohen Media Group that every classic movie fan will appreciate.  That is due in part to the two movies that make up the body of the collection.  They will be discussed shortly.  The bonus content that is featured with the collection adds a little bit more to the collection’s presentation and will be addressed a little later.  The actual restoration of the two movies rounds out the collection’s most important elements and will be addressed later, too.  Each item is important in its own way to the whole of The Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 2.  All things considered, they make this latest collection another must have for Buster Keaton fans and classic movie buffs alike.

The second installment of Cohen Media Group’s Buster Keaton Collection series is another positive addition to that ongoing series of classic movie collections.  It is a collection that Keaton fans and classic movie buffs alike will enjoy.  That is due in part to the movies that make up the collection’s body.  This time out, Cohen Media Group presents Keaton’s 1924 movies Sherlock Jr. and The NavigatorSherlock Jr. finds Keaton’s character – who is unnamed in this movie – being framed for stealing a watch from his lady love’s father.  It turns out the crook responsible for taking the watch is a romantic rival to Keaton’s character.  Keaton ends up having a dream sequence in which he is the world famous detective Sherlock Jr. Sherlock Jr. sets out to find out who stole a pearl necklace, and in the process, ends up saving a young woman who has been kidnapped.  There are lots of great classic physical comedy bits throughout the movie, as well as an extended car chase sequence that involves an unmanned motorcycle.  Obviously it’s not actually unmanned, as it is clearly in front of a video screen as Keaton sits on its handles.  That aside, it is still believable enough that audiences will be kept on the edges of their collective seats as they enjoy that sequence.  The whole thing ends with a happy ending, reuniting Keaton’s character and  his lady love in the projection booth of the theater where the character worked.  That final act ends with a great laugh, but the reason for that laugh will be left for viewers to discover for themselves.

The collection’s second story finds Keaton playing rich heir Rollo Treadway pining for the love of Betsy O’Brien (Kathryn McGuire).  After O’Brien rejects Treadway’s marriage proposal, he accidentally ends up on a boat that will soon thereafter be set adrift as part of a military move.  The reason that Treadway ends up on the boat in question is a classic comedy bit that every viewer will love.  Of course by some chance of fate, Treadyway does not end up on the boat alone.  He ends up, yes, along with O’Brien.  At first the duo has no clue the other is aboard the ship, but after some funny hijinks, the duo eventually find one another and end up living together (ironically) almost as a married couple.  That likely is part of the story’s overall joke.  The ship eventually finds its own way to a tropical island inhabited by cannibals, who the pair have to fight off on their own.  This sequence is loaded with lots of wonderful physical comedy that the whole family will enjoy, including Treadyway coming up out of the ocean and scaring the cannibals in his diving suit.  Treadway and O’Brien are eventually saved from the cannibals and get back home safely (at least it is inferred that the duo returns home safely).  How that save happens will be left for audiences to discover for themselves.  In essence, the movie is a romantic comedy with a touch of action thrown in for good measure.  In other words, this is a movie that men, women, boys and girls alike will enjoy together.  In the same vein, Sherlock Jr. is an action movie with a touch of romance, but it is an action movie that the whole family can enjoy together.  The very fact that these two stories are so simply written, yet so fully engaging and entertaining for audiences of all ages is a rather large statement.  It shows that there is still a place for movies, such as these, as well as a need for them, especially considering where action flicks and rom-coms have gone in Hollywood’s current era.

The stories that make up the main body of The Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 2 build a strong foundation for the collection.  They give audiences, by themselves, more than enough reason to add this collection to their home libraries.  They are just part of what makes the collection so appealing for viewers.  The collection’s bonus content adds its own share of interest to its whole, despite said content’s brief nature.  The bonus content in question is lifted from Cohen Media Group’s already released Buster Keaton documentary, The Great Buster.  It is not the first time that content from that presentation has been pulled for bonus content.  The Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 1 also features bonus content pulled from the program.  This time out, audiences get commentary about Keaton’s approach to comedy in general and about his straight face portrayal.  The commentary comes from well-known figures, such as film critic Leonard Maltin, actor/comedian Bill Hader and Director Quentin Tarantino.  Maltin says in “Buster Keaton: The Great Stone Face” that Keaton’s approach was “post modern” and completely unlike the comedy of his counterpart Charlie Chaplin.  He additionally notes the conflict between Keaton and MGM.  This is another interesting anecdote that audiences will appreciate learning.  Director Jon Watts adds to Maltin’s comments, stating himself that unlike Chaplin and others, Keaton “never set out to get a laugh.”  In the second of the brief bonus features, “Buster Keaton: The Comedian,” Hader makes note of Keaton’s ability to fit his Vaudeville training and experience into his comic presentations, noting how that set his comedy apart even more from so many other counterparts.  While the bonus content featured in this collection is brief, it still adds its own appreciation to the collection.  What’s more, it proves even more why those who have not already viewed The Great Buster will benefit from watching that program.  When this is considered alongside the value of the collection’s primary content, the two elements together make for even more appreciation for this collection.  They are not the only important elements for audiences to consider in watching this collection, either.  The actual restoration of the movies is yet another important factor for audiences to consider.

Audiences will note in watching both of this collection’s featured movies, that each is preceded by a notice of the restoration work conducted in order to bring the movies back to life.  The notations make statements about pieces of the movies that were restored and that were added back.  In comparing the original films to the restorations, those responsible for that work are to be commended for their efforts.  Rather than the sepia tone look of the original films, these presentations – just as with the movies in the first collection – are quite clean and clear.  The grainy look is there with each movie, but neither has that aged look of the original film negatives.  It just goes to show how much painstaking effort was taken to restore the movies.  Those efforts are not lost on this critic and will not be lost on the collection’s target viewers.  They are deeply appreciated, and will be appreciated by viewers who love classic movies.  When the hard work put into restoring the collection’s movies is considered along with the stories themselves and their companion content, the whole of the collection proves to be another positive offering from Cohen Media Group that Buster Keaton fans and classic movie buffs alike will appreciate.

Cohen Media Group’s recently released second installment in its Buster Keaton Collection series is another win for the company as well as for classic movie fans and Buster Keaton fans.  That is due in part to the two stories featured in the collection.  One of the movies – Sherlock Jr. – is an action movie that audiences of all ages can enjoy.  The other – The Navigator – is a rom-com that the same wide range of viewers can watch together.  They prove just how far Hollywood has fallen from its peaks throughout its history.  The bonus content featured with the collection is brief, but still engaging and entertaining in its own right.  It serves as another reminder of just why those who have not yet watched The Great Buster should watch that documentary.  The restoration of both films adds its own enjoyment to the collection, too.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the collection.  All things considered, they make The Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 2 anything but a “Buster” for classic film buffs and Buster Keaton fans.  More information on this and other titles from Cohen Media Group is available online now at:




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New ZZ Top Doc To Make Its Theatrical Debut Next Month

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ZZ Top’s new documentary will make its theatrical debut next month.

ZZ TopThe Little Ol’ Band From Texas is scheduled to make its theatrical Aug. 13 at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, CA.  The documentary, which features interviews with the band’s members, testimonials from the band’s celebrity fans and animations, is presented by independent movie studio Abramorama, and is meant as part of the band’s 50th Anniversary Tour.

The documentary’s trailer is streaming here.  Tickets to the premiere are available here.

ZZ Top’s 50th Anniversary Tour is scheduled to launch Aug. 16 in Ridgefield, WA.  It is scheduled to run through Nov. 9 in Shreveport, LA and will feature performances in cities, such as Raleigh, NC; Peoria, IL and Burgettstown, PA.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

ZZ Top’s 50th Anniversary Tour

Aug     16 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre*

            17 – Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Casino Theater

            18 – Vancouver, BC – PNE Amphitheater

            20 – Yakima, WA – Yakima Valley SunDome

            21 – Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste. Michelle*

            23 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre**

            24 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion**

            25 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre*

            27 – Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theater

            28 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU*

            29 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre*

            31 – Lewisville, TX – City of Lewisville

Sept    01 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre*

            02 – St. Paul, MN – Minnesota State Fairgrounds*

            04 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion*

            06 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*

            07 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*

            08 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill*

            10 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at The Heights*

            11 – Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion*

            13 – Ocean City, MD – Ocean City BikeFest

            14 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion*

            15 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion*

            17 – Syracuse, NY – Crouse-Hinds Theatre at John H. Mulroy Civic Center at Oncenter

            18 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*

            19 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater*

            21 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica*

            22 – Louisville, KY – Bourbon and Beyond Festival 

Oct      05 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre*

            06 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion*

            08 – Charleston, WV – Clay Center for Arts & Sciences     

            09 – Charleston, SC – Volvo Cars Stadium*

            11 – Cherokee, NC – Harrah’s Cherokee – Event Center*

            12 – Manchester, TN – Exit 111 Festival – Great Stage Park

            13 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

            15 – Augusta, GA – The James Brown Arena*

            16 – Saint Augustine, FL – Saint Augustine Amphiteatre* 

            18 – Estero, FL – Hertz Arena*

            19 – Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre*

            20 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre*

            22 – Melbourne, FL – King Center for the Performing Arts

            23 – Tallahassee, FL – Donald L. Tucker Center

            25 – Oxon Hill, MD – MGM National Harbor

            26 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center

            27 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino 

            29 – Erie, PA – Warner Theatre

            30 – Kalamazoo, MI – Wings Event Center

Nov     01 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee

            02 – Waukegan, Il – Genesee Theater

            03 – Peoria, Il – Civic Center Theater

            05 – Springfield, MD – Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts 

            06 – Enid, OK – Stride Bank Center

            08 – Tulsa, OK – River Spirit Casino         

            09 – Shreveport, LA – Shreveport Municipal Auditorium

* with Cheap Trick

**with Lynyrd Skynyrd

All three members of ZZ Top are scheduled to take part in the premiere of ZZ TopThe Little Ol’ Band From Texas for a Q&A session following the screening.  The trailer for the band’s new doc is streaming here.

Band member Billy F. Gibbons said in a recent interview, he is looking forward to the documentary’s premiere.

“I think even our most steadfast fans will find themselves surprised by what they learn about those men behind the beards and cheap sunglasses,” Gibbons said.  “There we are, up there on the silver screen, and it’s something we’re delighted to share with fans of all stripes.”

Abramorama CEO Richard Abramowitz and Abramorama Head of West Coast Acquisitions and Business development Evan Saxon shared Gibbons’ positive sentiments about the documentary during a separate interview.

“ZZ Top always seemed larger than life and are one of the most iconic bands to hit the stage, the pair said.  “They belong on the big screen!  We are proud to be collaborating with our colleagues at Eagle Rock Entertainment, Banger Films and Suretone Management to bring the story of these sharp-dressed men to fans around the world.”

The doc will make its Canadian premiere Aug. 23 at Cineplex Cinemas nationwide.  That premiere will be followed by a Sept. 1 premiere at Event Cinemas throughout Australia.

More information on ZZ Top’s new documentary is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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Bad Blood Releases Self-Titled Debut

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Rock super group Bad Blood released its debut self-titled album this week.

The album and band are already getting attention from a very well-known actor, too.  Aquaman star Jason Mamoa offered his praise for the band via Twitter.

My dear friend @kennydaleborill and his band @badbloodbandofficial just released their album!,” Mamoa tweeted.  His message also featured a swipe up link to the band’s album.

Bad Blood — composed of Chad Cherry (The Last Vegas), Chris Clemence (RapScallions and Adelita’s Way), Chris Iorio (Adelita’s Way) and Kenny Borill — has partnered with music app company Vezt to release its album.  Vezt is a music rights platform that allows fans to share in portions of the royalties and profits earned from music.  It essentially lets fans have a certain portion of ownership in the songs.

Clemence explained how the partnership works in a recent interview.

“We’ve partnered with an amazing new music app Vezt that will allow our fans to share ownership in our songs,” Clemence said.  “They’ll be able to make royalties and get paid every time the songs are played, licensed, streamed, performed, etc. The more everyone listens to and promotes Bad Blood, the more money everyone makes.  It’s partnering with our fans in the success of this record.  It’s truly revolutionary and a game changer for the music business.”

The Vezt app can be downloaded via the company’s website, http://www.vezt.co and through GooglePlay.

A mini-documentary featuring the video for Bad Blood’s debut single ‘The Drug That I Need’ is streaming now here.

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Disney Announces Release, Re-Issue Dates, Specs For ‘Aladdin’ 2019 and 1992 Presentations

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Fans of Disney’s Aladdin are getting their wishes granted next month with new releases of the movie.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is scheduled to release the recent live action/CG reboot of its classic animated movie on Aug. 27 on DVD/Blu-ray combo pack.  The movie stars megastar Will Smith as the Genie, Mena Massoud as the movie’s titular character and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine.

Disney’s updated take on the modern classic makes some changes to that movie, including new story elements and musical numbers, along with lots of computer generated elements.

Among the extras featured in the forthcoming home release of Aladdin, are featurettes examining Aladdin’s first meeting with the genie, Jasmine’s new pro-feminist song and  director Guy Ritchie.  There are also deleted scenes and the inclusion of the deleted song, “Desert Moon.”

The full list of bonus content is noted below.


  • MAKE WAY FOR PRINCE ALI – Take a look at the gigantic design extravaganza that came together for this scene of Genie-sized proportions.


  • “SPEECHLESS”: CREATING A NEW SONG FOR JASMINE – Follow the story of Jasmine’s inspirational song “Speechless,” written by Alan Menken, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul especially for this version of “Aladdin.”


  • ALADDIN’S VIDEO JOURNAL: A NEW FANTASTIC POINT OF VIEW – Watch behind-the-scenes moments captured by Mena Massoud (Aladdin) in this fun, fast-paced look at his personal journey.
  • DELETED SONG: “DESERT MOON” – Experience a moving duet performed by Jasmine and Aladdin, fully shot and edited, with an introduction by Alan Menken.
  • GUY RITCHIE: A CINEMATIC GENIE – Discover why director Guy Ritchie was the perfect filmmaker to tackle this exhilarating reimagining of a beloved classic.
  • A FRIEND LIKE GENIE – Discover how Will Smith brings talent, experience and his own personal magic to the iconic role of Genie.
    • Falling Petals Into OJ
    • Jafar’s Magic Orrery
    • Anders’ Gift
    • Wrong Wishes
    • Silly Old Fool
    • Post Yam Jam Debrief
  • BLOOPERS – Laugh along with the cast and crew in this lighthearted collection of outtakes from the set.
    • “Speechless” – Music video performed by Naomi Scott
    • “A Whole New World” – Music video performed by ZAYN and Zhavia Ward
    • “ A Whole New World” (“Un Mundo Ideal”) – Music video performed by ZAYN and Becky G.

*Bonus features may vary by retailer

More information on the upcoming home release of Aladdin is available online now at:


Website: http://Movies.Disney.com/Aladdin-2019

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DisneyAladdin

Twitter: http://twitter.com/DisneyAladdin



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The same day, the 1992 animated take of the movie will be released on 4K Ultra HD/BD combo pack. Two weeks later — Sept. 10 — the movie will be re-issued on BD/DVD combo pack for the most devoted fans of the movie.  The upcoming re-issue of the movie’s 1992 edition is the newest addition to Disney’s Signature Collection — the 10th movie to join the studio’s Signature Collection.

The upcoming 4k combo pack re-issue of Aladdin will feature a handful of new bonus content, such as a new sing-along version that includes on-screen lyrics, an interview with Aladdin’s original voice actor Scott Weinger (Full House) and a series of alternate endings.

The full list of the movie’s extras is noted below.



  • Sing Along With The Movie – Sing along to your favorite tunes as you watch the film. With magical on-screen lyrics.
  • Aladdin on Aladdin – Join the speaking voice of Aladdin, Scott Weinger (“Fuller House”), as he reflects on almost 30 years of being Aladdin.
  • Let’s Not Be Too Hasty”: The Voices of “Aladdin” – Take your seat in the recording booth and watch as the voice actors of “Aladdin” work their microphone magic.
  • Alternate Endings – Enter the realm of “what if” and see just how differently the movie could have ended.


  • Drawing Genie – Join prolific animator Eric Goldberg as he draws and reminices about the Genie.

CLASSIC BONUS – Revisit over 40 exciting bonus features from previous releases including:

  • The Genie Outtakes
  • “Aladdin”: Creating Broadway Magic
  • Unboxing “Aladdin”

*Bonus features may vary by retailer

Courtesy: Walt Disney Studios/Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

More information on the upcoming re-issue of Aladdin (1992) is available online at:


Website: http://Movies.Disney.com/Aladdin

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DisneyAladdin

Twitter: http://twitter.com/DisneyAladdin


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