NIGHTBREED Director's Cut Coming To Blu-ray This October
If you haven't heard of Nightbreed, it's Clive Barker's ambitious adaptation of his novel Cabal. It stars David Cronenberg as serial killing psychiatrist Dekker, and Craig Sheffer as his patient Boon, framed for his murders. Shot down by the cops, Boon is resurrected in the secret mythical city of Midian - "where the monsters go" - and joins its denizens as they defend the gates of the city against the "real monsters". It's a decent, underrated, but admittedly uneven movie, spawned from a far superior novel and Epic (remember them?) comic series. Apparently the film was drastically interfered with by its studio (they cut it down to under 90 minutes) and has always been the subject of controversy, and rabid fan speculation as to "what may have been". Now the full 145 minute director's cut (or, "Cabal Cut") will be released on DVD and Blu-ray for the very first time.
Here's a Halloween treat for fans of Clive Barker's underrated flick: On October 28, Scream Factory, in collaboration with Morgan Creek Productions will finally release the highly sought after director's cut of Nightbreed. Covers and details past the jump.
Details on the special edition set:
- Disc 1: Unrated Director’s Cut of the film on Blu-ray plus bonus features (details forthcoming)
- Disc 2: Unrated Director’s Cut of the film on DVD (details forthcoming)
- Slipcase includes artwork approved by Clive Barker
Details on the limited edition set:
- Only 5,000 numbered sets produced
- Disc 1: Unrated Director’s Cut of the film on Blu-ray
- Disc 2: The 1990 R-Rated theatrical version of the film on Blu-ray (through a special licensing agreement through Warner Bros.)
-Disc 3: EXCLUSIVE-TO-THIS-SET Bonus Blu-ray disc packed with extras (details forthcoming) - Includes Collector’s Book with an essay and rare photos - Slipcase includes newly designed artwork approved by Clive Barker.
Here's a statement from Clive Barker himself:
"This is film history and beyond my wildest dreams of realization. When Scream Factory told me that they found the NIGHTBREED film footage I was gob-smacked! This is the ultimate validation of choices made by myself and Mark Miller [of Seraphim Films] all the way back in 2008. As we embarked down the road of attempting to track down the lost footage, we looked at each other and said, 'Maybe one day they'll find it.' It's my pleasure to announce that the day has come. Speaking personally, I didn't allow myself to believe that it would. Even if we did find some footage (which we did in 2009 in the form of heavily degraded VHS tapes) and even if we did find a company willing to release the film (which we did in 2013 with Scream Factory, God bless them) the prospect of finding the actual lost film materials was remoter than I'd wanted to admit out loud. If the footage could not be found by those who had worked closest on it the same year it had been released, then what were the odds we'd be able to find anything 20 years on? But Scream Factory, in their commendable determination, kept up the search and thanks to them total reconstruction has been made a possibility. There's never been a reconstruction that's had as little chance of succeeding and yet has succeeded on as many fronts as this film has. It's unprecedented. To now have a movie that we can put together in the way that I fully intended it to be seen when I first set out to make this film in 1989 is extraordinary. The project has moved inexorably to this conclusion. Fate and the hard work of individuals such as Mark Miller, Russell Cherrington, Phil and Sarah Stokes, Occupy Midian, Morgan Creek, and ultimately, Scream Factory have made this a possibility and I could not be happier."
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