DVD Releases For July 29, 2008
--PHINEAS AND FERB'S HOMEMADE TREE SHADE ARCADE (Set-Top Games) -- "MOM!!! Phineas and Ferb made a Homemade Tree Shade Arcade!!!" Oh yes they did! What else for two mad cool adventurers to do with a humdrum summer day? With a little elbow grease and a lot of ingenuity, they've converted their backyard into an awesome arcade, complete with four custom-designed games, and everyone is invited to join the wacky fun. And don't forget to watch out for Perry -- he's undercover.
--Original Pitch by Dan Povenmire -- Go behind the scenes in this unique opportunity to witness the creator of PHINEAS AND FERB (and voice of Dr. Doofenshmirtz) Dan Povenmire during his original pitch for the show, which (he swears it's true) is loosely based on his own childhood.
INGLORIOUS BASTARDS On DVD
Quentin Tarantino just announced that his next movie will be Castellari's 1978 World War II INGLORIOUS BASTARDS. Now, for the first time in the U.S. and Canada, the original INGLORIOUS BASTARDS will be released on DVD with Quentin Tarantino in the bonus features, including an exciting interview with the original director where Quentin reveals plans for his own version that starts production in October.
Enzo G, Castellari, the Rome-based writer/director recently hailed as "The '70s Italian Drive-In God" by L.A. WEEKLY, was feted by longtime fan Quentin Tarantino at a recent pair of Hollywood events. Footage from the events -- a raucous screening of two Castellari action hits and an in-depth summit between the two directors -- will be featured on the special three-disc DVD of Castellari's INGLORIOUS BASTARDS to be released July 29 by Severin Films.
Castellari has been one of international cinema's most celebrated writer/directors for more than four decades, specializing in all-star testosterone-fueled films that have defined the EuroCult genres of spaghetti Westerns, war sagas, crime dramas, sci-fi, fantasy and more. Castellari remains a stylistic hero to a generation of filmmakers that includes Tarantino, who has called the 70-year-old former prizefighter one of his favorite action directors.
On May 6, Tarantino hosted "Enzo Castellari Night" at Hollywood's Silent Movie Theater. The following day, Tarantino joined Castellari at The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills for a rousing 3-hour career-spanning discussion that ranged from the challenges of the original BASTARDS production to Tarantino's plans for his own upcoming version.
Castellari's 1978 international hit remains perhaps the biggest and most badass war movie in EuroCult history. Exploitation legends Fred "The Hammer" Williamson and Bo Svenson (WALKING TALL, KILL BILL) star as the leaders of a gang of condemned criminals who escape from an Allied prison convoy with a plan to blast their way to the Swiss border, only to find themselves "volunteering" for a suicide mission deep inside Nazi occupied France. Academy Award nominee Ian Bannen (FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX, BRAVEHEART) co-stars in this explosive action epic that has now fully restored from original vault elements for the first time ever in America.
"Part of our desire to restore and release INGLORIOUS BASTARDS on DVD was the opportunity to work with Enzo," said Carl Daft, co-founder and CEO of Severin. "Besides being a remarkable director, he's perhaps the most charismatic badass in EuroCult history. After we'd recorded a terrific audio commentary with him in Rome, we knew we wanted to bring him to Los Angeles for some kind of special event. Quentin couldn't have been more enthusiastic about being involved in these DVD extras."
Special Features Include:
--"Quentin Tarantino and Enzo Castellari In Conversation" -- an all-new featurette with the two legendary directors
--"Train Kept-A-Rollin'" -- Documentary with Director Enzo Castellari, Stars Fred Williamson, Bo Svenson and Massimo Vanni, Special Effects Artist Gino de Rossi, Producer Roberto Sbarigia, Screenwriter Laura Toscano and Filippo De Masi.
--"Back To The War Zone" -- Locations featurette with Director Enzo Castellari and Special Effects Artist Gino de Rossi
--Audio Commentary with Director Enzo Castellari
--Bonus Soundtrack CD containing the previously unreleased scores of INGLORIOUS BASTARDS
AVATAR BOOK 3 VOLUME 4 On DVD