The first feature-length film starring the Pet Shop Boys alongside Joss Ackland, Gareth Hunt and Barbara Windsor finds Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe on an extraordinary adventure from the coast to London, encountering a curious array of eccentric characters along the way. Pop surrealism meets classic road movie, the film is peppered with hits from the duo’s first two studio albums, including ‘West End Girls’, ‘It’s a Sin’ and ‘Always On My Mind’.
Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
Limited Edition 48-page Digi-book includes a new interview with Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys and previously unseen excerpts from his personal on-set production diary, as well as an introduction to the film by director Jack Bond and writing on the film by Anthony Nield, Jason Wood, Omer Ali, John Ramchandani, William Fowler and Vic Pratt
Comprehensive feature commentary by Jack Bond, James Dillon and Simon Archer (2020)
West End Boy: Jack Bond (2020, 27 mins): the director discusses his eclectic career as a filmmaker and his enterprising approach to the making of It Couldn’t Happen Here
It Can Happen Here: Arlene Phillips (2020, 26 mins): the renowned choreographer reflects upon a life in dance – and the trials and tribulations of working on It Couldn’t Happen Here
Always on My Mind (1987, 5 mins): the full-length promotional video for the Pet Shop Boys’ acclaimed ‘Christmas Number One’ hit, featuring Joss Ackland and footage from It Couldn’t Happen Here
Actually: an unfilmed early version of the script for the film, included here in its entirety for the first time anywhere
As it Happened: Image galleries including the complete final version of the script, the director’s shot lists, Pet Shop Boys reference lyric sheets and promotional materials for It Couldn’t Happen Here
Original theatrical trailer (digitally reconstructed for this release)
With the U.S. in the grip of a zombie apocalypse, four desperate survivors find refuge in a shopping mall. But the flesh-eating hordes, still possessed by an instinctive desire to consume, are drawn to the same destination. What follows is a nail-biting fight for survival. George A Romero’s ‘Dawn of the Dead’ remains one of the greatest horror films ever made, often imitated but never equaled, and is now presented in a brand new restoration.
UHD DISC 1: THE THEATRICAL CUT
New 4K scan and restoration of the Original Camera Negative by Second Sight at Final Frame New York and London supervised and approved by DoP Michael Gornick
Presented in HDR10+
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono – New restoration of the original OCN Optical / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Commentary by George A Romero, Tom Savini, Christine Forrest
NEW commentary by Travis Crawford
New optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired
UHD DISC 2 – THE EXTENDED (‘CANNES’) CUT
Produced using 4k scan of the Theatrical Cut Original Camera Negative and 4K scan of the Extended Cut Colour Reversal Internegative
DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono
Presented in HDR10+
Commentary by Richard P Rubinstein
New optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired
UHD DISC 3 – THE ARGENTO CUT
4K scan of the Interpositive by Michele De Angelis at Backlight Digital, Rome
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Last Friday was another Zoom session with friends. I am not sure that I will get used to this kind of socializing. But, it’s better than nothing right now.
Speaking of movies … I have been working my way through the initial run of Amityville related films. I have never liked the original movie. So much potential that gets totally squandered. Amityville II: The Possession was actually pretty damn decent (all things considered). Amityville 3-D was kinda lame … but in 3-D (whoo!). Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes was made-for-TV-tastic (Patty Duke and Jean Wyatt!). Amityville: It’s About Time was just bad. Two more (A New Generation and Dollhouse) and I can get off this kick. And yes, I know it’s silly of me to think any of these movies are going to be any good. Ha, ha.
A couple of weeks ago, the boyfriend got diagnosed with Strep (and the Flu). Fun. I felt fatigued and not great all that week but managed not to get fully sick. Everyone was better for one day and then I came down with a cold. Ugh.
Thankfully, the one good day for me was the day we had long standing plans to go drink moonshine in Gatlinburg with A&A. We might have even thrown some cider from the Tennessee Cider Company in there.
Of course, we might have had to romp through the Mysterious Mansion. Spooky!
Michelle is unexpectedly back in town … now a refugee from China due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Even with me not at 100% (yay, cold), we went for burgers, beer, green bean fries and karaoke. Michelle seriously is the best.
And, on Saturday, we tripped down to Anderson, SC for a super tasty dinner at Reed’s. The Mac ‘N Cheese he made was off the chain!
The work week is now underway. Ugh. But, the big excitement for the week will be going to see The Lodge tomorrow night. Whoo!
So, yeah. Hannibal is my favoritest show of all time (unless something in the future knocks it off its perch). Its mix of psychological drama, horror and art house styling is so totally up my alley.
Back when the show was airing, one of those online “on sale for 24 hours only” t-shirt places sold two Hannibal-inspired cereal themed shirts … Cannibal Crunch and Murder Grahams. Of course, I found out about them days after they had gone off sale and was unable to get them. Bummer.
Fast forward a couple of years, and it turns out they are available for purchase again. I found out in a totally convoluted manner that randomly involved my sister and an emergency room nurse. Go figure. Needless to say, these bad boys are now mine. Yay.
And seriously, if you have never watched Hannibal, seek it out … NOW!
Shew. I kinda hate summer because it’s just been too busy (mowing, freelance work, social obligations). I guess I shouldn’t complain too much as I could just be sitting around doing nothing. But the older I get, the better sitting around and doing nothing sounds.
The biggest excitement over the weekend (besides eating pizza) was getting to see Ari Aster’s Midsommar. I really, really dug this movie … so much so that I would love to go back and see it again on the big screen. It’s hallucinatory, strange, darkly funny, quite disturbing in spots, and impeccably designed, filmed and acted. Seriously. Florence Pugh is amazing in this movie! After getting home, I watched (probably) too many YouTube videos of people reviewing and discussing the movie. I was bit annoyed that a lot of folks kept trying to make direct comparisons between Midsommar and Hereditary (Aster’s first major film). They both tackle somewhat similar subjects matters (grief being the main one of them), but they are totally different tonally and stylistically. So I am not sure why people have the desire to try and tie them to each other. Anyhoo. If you get a chance to see this Midsommar at the movies, I say … “Go!”
This expanded edition is produced by Neil S. Bulk, supervised by Howard Shore himself, and mastered by Doug Schwartz from the original two-track stereo session tapes, courtesy of MGM. Featuring original artwork by Rich Kelly, liner notes by Tim Greiving comprised of all new interviews with composer Howard Shore and star Jodie Foster. Housed in a gold foil stamped gatefold jacket and pressed on 2x 180 Gram Moth Colored Vinyl (Yellow and Black Swirl with White Splatter). Also available on 2x 180 Gram Black Vinyl.
Here are some things that happened this past weekend.
We saw Brightburn. I really liked it … and it’s surprisingly gore-filled. YES!
We went to Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park with some friends. It was a fun day even though some of the lines were ridiculously long and the lazy river was way more stressful than the title “lazy river” implies. I went all day with my shirt off in public which should be marked as some sort of accomplishment.
BTW … That’s a promo photo. None of us are that young and pretty.
We saw Godzilla: King of the Monsters. It was okay. They took all the (unfounded) complaints about Godzilla (2014) and course corrected into a movie that is pretty much wall-to-wall CGI destruction. Fun to watch but there is not much else going on here.
I bought a new mower.
And … people really piss me off. Like, I have a headache right now I am so annoyed with people. I can’t figure out if I am being unreasonable or if being less tolerant of perceived bullshit is just what happens when you get older.
As you might have guess from postings over the last month, I LOVEPROM NIGHT!!! And, after almost 40 years, there is finally an official release of the soundtrack from the friendly folks at Perseverance Records. I love a good Canadian slasher film and Prom Night is totally aces in my book. How can you not love a disco-centric slasher film starring Jamie Lee Curtis?
I could go on at great length about my love for this movie. But, for right now, I will let the press release for the soundtrack do the talking …
“This soundtrack features four different aspects of the music. First it opens with a re-creation of the score as it appears in the film – or as close to it as it could be assembled from the separate elements. Next is the score that wasn’t used in the picture. Then come the disco songs in approximate order – but omitting the Blue Bazaar songs that were not featured in the movie and were used only as filler for the bootleg Japanese LP. The last portion of the album is dedicated to the songs that don’t appear in the picture yet are as intrinsic to the sound of Prom Night as the songs that made it.”
YES!!! So insanely happy to have this in my hands.
1. Opening – 3:12
2. Killer’s Call List – 2:18
3. Tearing Up Yearbook – 1:00
4. Beach Flashback – 1:12
5. Prom Night Cello Theme – 1:48
6. Killer Tension – 1:11
7. Prom Night Suspense Theme – 1:18
8. Kid’s Piano Theme – 1:32
The Score Not Used in the Film
9. Hallway Chase – 1:03
10. Haunting Robin – 2:53
11. Calm Before the Storm – :45
12. Caught in the Web – :25
13. Eerie – 1:20
14. Escape – :36
15. Hunted – :59
16. Lurking – :37
17. Quivering – :28
18. Trapped – :23
19. Who’s There? – :42
20. Vertigo – :30
21. Waiting – :33
22. Mystery Build – :51
23. Dancin’ in the Moonlight – 3:03
24. Love Me Till I Die – 3:10
25. Tonight is Prom Night – 3:33
26. Changes – 4:15
27. Time to Turn Around – 4:20
28. Fade to Black (End Credits Song)– 4:12
The Songs Not Used in the Film
29. Prom Night – 3:07
30. Disco Out the Back Door – 3:37
31. You Can Be What You Want To Be – 3:52
32. Another Disco Funk Track – 3:07
33. Funk Dat Disco – 2:44
34. Burnin’ With Desire – 3:37