MVD Entertainment Group Announces Release Date, Specs For ‘Double Dragon’ Re-Issue

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MVD Entertainment has a special treat coming in the new year for gamers everywhere.

The company recently announced it will re-issue the 1994 cinematic adaptation of the classic video game Double Dragon on Jan. 22 on a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.  The movie will be re-issued as part of MVD’s MVD Rewind Collection. Pre-orders are open now. A trailer for the movie is streaming online now here.

MVD’s forthcoming Double Dragon re-issue will feature a wide array of bonus content, such as the pilot episode of Double DragonThe Animated Series, a new “making of” documentary and new featurette on the movie’s producer, Don Murphy.

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

Bonus Materials
* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of the main feature
* Audio: English 5.1 Stereo, English 2.0 Stereo, German 2.0 Stereo
* English, French and Spanish Subtitles
* NEW! “The Making of Double Dragon” (full length documentary featuring interviews with stars Scott Wolf and Marc Dacascos, writers Peter Gould & Michael Davis and producer Don Murphy)
* NEW! “Don Murphy: Portrait of a Producer” featurette
* Archival ”Making of” featurette
* Behind the Scenes featurette
* 1993 Double Dragon Animated Series Pilot Episode #101: “The Shadow Falls”
* Storyboard Gallery
* Press Photos, Marketing and Behind The Scenes Photo Galleries
* TV Spots
* VHS Home Video Trailer
* Original Theatrical Trailer
* Collectible Mini-Poster
* Reversible Sleeve Featuring Alternate Artwork

The story at the center of Double Dragon, follows two teenage brothers — Jimmy (Mark Dacascos — The Island of Dr. MoreauDriveOnly The Strong) and Billy Lee (Scott Wolf — Party of FiveNight ShiftPerception) as the pair works to protect their half of a magical amulet from the evil tycoon Koga Shuko (Richard Patrick — Terminator 2The X-FilesWayne’s World).  Shuko has the other half of the amulet, and wants the brothers’ half of the amulet so that he can have untold power.  Billy and Jimmy are aided in their efforts by Marian (Alyssa Milano — CharmedCommandoWho’s The Boss) and her vigilante group, The Power Corps.

MVD Entertainment Group Director of Acquisitions and Sales Eric D. Wilkinson spoke highly of the movie’s forthcoming re-issue.

Double Dragon was arguably one of my favorite projects for the Rewind Collection,” Wilkinson said.  “This release marks the first time Double Dragon will be available on Blu-ray and in HD in North America!  Special features producer Richard Schenkman and I worked tirelessly to create some amazing brand new bonus material that includes a feature-length “making of” documentary that I know collectors will love.  These new bonus features, along with some great archival bonus material, and the addition of the pilot of the Double Dragon animated television series (courtesy of Invincible Entertainment) MVD is proud to present the definitive edition of Double Dragon in a kick-ass (pun intended) Blu-ray + DVD combo pack collector’s set.”

Double Dragon was directed by James Yukich (Jeff BeckLive at the Hollywood Bowl, Def LeppardAnd There Will Be a Next TimeMegadethCountdown to Extinction Live), produced by Don Murphy (TransformersNatural Born KillersFrom Hell), Jane Hamsher (From HellNatural Born KillersThe War of the Roses) and Alan Schecter (Fair Gamethe Last Boy ScoutShowdown) and written by Michael Davis (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IIEight Days A Week100 Girls), Emmy Award-winner peter Gould (Breaking BadBetter Call SaulToo Big To Fail), Paul Dini (BatmanThe Animated SeriesBatman BeyondLost) and Neal Shusterman (GoosebumpsThe Haunting HourCry Victory).

More information on this and other titles from MVD Entertainment Group is available online now at:

 

Website: http://mvdentertainment.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.commvdentgroup

 

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One Of Filter’s Best Records “Comes Out” In Its New LP

Courtesy:  Wind-Up Records

Courtesy: Wind-Up Records

Filter’s first new record in three years is a solid release for the band.  Having undergone numerous lineup changes and seemingly almost as many label changes, this new record is a testament to the band’s ability to keep going and making music.  So many lesser bands would have already folded long before.  But Filter has taken the road less travelled and crafted what is arguably one of its best records to date in The Sun Comes Out Tonight.  The record largely keeps the energy flowing from start to finish, holding back only a small handful of times.  The times that the band holds back are so spread out that even when they do make themselves known, it luckily doesn’t take anything away from the rest of the album’s songs.

The energy starts flowing right from the album’s opener, ‘We Hate It When You Get What You Want.’  This slightly techno-infused song will take long-time audiences back to the days of the band’s 1995 debut record, Short Bus all while sounding quite a bit like Linkin Park.  There are those that might consider such a comparison to be musical heresy of sorts.  But if one hadn’t known that this was Filter, it would have been rather easy to think it was the latter of the two.  This isn’t such a bad thing though.  The song’s energy and front man Richard Patrick leads the onslaught, while drummer Jeff Friedl, guitarist Jonathan Radtke and bassist Phil Buckman come together to make a song that is a proper opener.  The drive of the guitar and drums make this song an obvious hit both on the record and in a live setting.  It would be easy to see any live audience taking in the song, fists high in the air, voices raised, singing along together.  Being that this is the first impression for the band since its last release three years ago, it is an excellent first impression for the band in its return.

The album’s next song, ‘What Do You Say’ takes over at the end of the LP’s opener and keeps the energy flowing at top level.  And just as with the album’s opener, it’s just as certain to have live audiences singing along and pumping their fists along as Patrick sings, “Hey, hey what do you say/It doesn’t really matter/Cause it’s all the same/Hey, hey what do you say/They’re just gonna blame us anyway.”  Lyrically, this song comes across in a slightly cryptic manner.  The really good thing about it though is that it isn’t just one of so many countless songs about one’s relationship issues.  And the equally powerful hooks and choruses make the song even better and another sure bet to be a fan hit.

The energy kicked up by the album’s first pair of songs pulls back just slightly in its third song, ‘Surprise.’  That pullback is only momentary, as the energy kicks back into high gear in the album’s rather electronica infused semi-title track, ‘What The Sun Come Out Tonight.’  And it doesn’t let up from there until the band gets just past its halfway mark in ‘First You Break It.’  Again, that reduced presence is only temporary as the band once again sheds its softer sound in favor of something with more kick in ‘Burn It’ and ‘Take That Knife Out Of My Back.’  By the time listeners reach the album’s final pair of songs, which is definitely the album’s calmest, they will be left almost breathless thanks to the musical rollercoaster on which they have been taken over the course of the album’s previous ten songs. By the time the last notes of ‘It’s Just You’ fade away, listeners will know that they have just experienced one more album that is more than deserving of being added to the ever growing list of the year’s best rock records.

Audiences will have the chance to experience the music from this brand new album as Filter will be hitting the road beginning next Thursday, April 18th in support of it.  The band will perform at the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, CO that day.  Filter’s North Carolina based fans will also get the chance to experience the band’s new music live as the band will make not one but two stops in North Carolina on its tour.  The first of the band’s NC dates will be at the Red Hat Amphitheatre in Raleigh, North Carolina on Friday, May 31st.  The band’s second NC date is scheduled for Sunday, June 2nd at the Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Fans can get a full listing of tour dates from the band’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/Filter.  Fans can also go to the band’s Facebook page to pre-order the album, which is due out June 4th.

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