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Old 05-14-03, 06:11 PM
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John Carpenter DVD questions

This is my first post so forgive me if this information has been covered.

I am finding it hard to find a few of John Carpenter's flicks on DVD. What special edition discs are out there of any of his films? What's OOP and what is still available? Anything being re-released? Any help would be great. Thanks.
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Old 05-14-03, 06:31 PM
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I believe this info is correct (but don't swear by it):

Readily Available:

The Thing
Assault on Precinct 13
Escape from LA
Escape from New York
Big Trouble in Little China (2-disc)

OOP:

Prince of Darkness
They Live

Coming Soon?:

Dark Star (new release with both cuts)
They Live (??? Re-release ???)

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Old 05-14-03, 06:36 PM
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A special edition of Escape From New York is planned.
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The ones that have been released and are now OOP are:

They Live (a special edition re-release has been rumored for years, and it's available in other regions)

Prince of Darkness

Big Trouble in Little China had a 2-disc special edition release that may be scarce since the 1 disc got issued.

I don't think there are any others that have gone OOP without a better edition replacing it.

also: Halloween has had dozens of reissues, but hold out for the one to come with the Carpenter Criterion commentary track.
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Old 05-14-03, 06:37 PM
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Actually, Big Trouble in Little China 2-Disc is becoming rather hard to come by. You may have to eaither pay full MSRP or pick up the 1 disc (which still has the commentary and some good stuff).
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I'd love to see Starman get a special edition re-release.
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all I need to complete the JC collection is Elvis, if that ever comes to dvd....how sad if not. he's one of my main directors as far as my library goes, and although I have the now oop titles, I'm getting the import versions in July. do try to locate a copy of the now hard-to-find Big Trouble...., it's a great set.
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Old 05-14-03, 08:05 PM
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Originally posted by BrianWarner

Coming Soon?:

Dark Star (new release with both cuts)
Unless there's another one, this is already out.
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Ahem you forgot to mention

Dracula 2000 with Gerard Butler, and James Woods. Soundtrack by John Carpenter and the Texas Toad Lickers. If you want to hear some foot stomping, kick a*s rock and roll; this movie and soundtrack has it!
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Dracula 2000? Do you mean Vampires? Dracula 2000 was another film and no where near as cool as Vampires.
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Is this correct, anyone care to add or comment?

Ghosts of Mars (2001) Available
Vampires (1998) Available
Escape from L.A. (1996) Available
Village of the Damned (1995) Available
In the Mouth of Madness (1995) Available
Body Bags (1993) (TV) (segments "Gas Station, The" and "Hair") ???
Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992) Coming Real Soon!
They Live (1988) OOP! R2 has good SE
Prince of Darkness (1987) OOP! SE in R2???
Big Trouble in Little China (1986) Available
Starman (1984) Available
Christine (1983) Available?
Thing, The (1982) Available
Escape from New York (1981) Available SE Coming in Dec
Fog, The (1980) Available
Elvis (1979) (TV) Not Available
Someone's Watching Me! (1978) (TV) Not Available
Halloween (1978) Available in 1000 different releaseses! 25th anniverary coming August
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) Regular and SE Available
Dark Star (1974) Available & SE Coming
Gorgon, the Space Monster (1969) Not Available
Gorgo Versus Godzilla (1969) Not Available
Sorceror from Outer Space (1969) Not Available
Warrior and the Demon (1969) Not Available
Terror from Space (1963) Not Available
Revenge of the Colossal Beasts (1962) Not Available
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Originally posted by Rammsteinfan
Is this correct, anyone care to add or comment?

Ghosts of Mars (2001) Available
Vampires (1998) Available
Escape from L.A. (1996) Available
Village of the Damned (1995) Available
In the Mouth of Madness (1995) Available
Body Bags (1993) (TV) (segments "Gas Station, The" and "Hair") ???
Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992) Coming Real Soon!
They Live (1988) OOP! R2 has good SE
Prince of Darkness (1987) OOP! SE in R2???
Big Trouble in Little China (1986) Available
Starman (1984) Available
Christine (1983) Available?
Thing, The (1982) Available
Escape from New York (1981) Available SE Coming in Dec
Fog, The (1980) Available
Elvis (1979) (TV) Not Available
Someone's Watching Me! (1978) (TV) Not Available
Halloween (1978) Available in 1000 different releaseses! 25th anniverary coming August
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) Regular and SE Available
Dark Star (1974) Available & SE Coming
Gorgon, the Space Monster (1969) Not Available
Gorgo Versus Godzilla (1969) Not Available
Sorceror from Outer Space (1969) Not Available
Warrior and the Demon (1969) Not Available
Terror from Space (1963) Not Available
Revenge of the Colossal Beasts (1962) Not Available
you should maybe add Eyes of Laura Mars, even though directed by Irvin Kershner. John did the screenplay and story. it sorta feels like a JC film.
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Vampires it is, there was a movie called Drac 2000

At around 2:30 AM my eyes are telling me you got to go to sleep, that's probably when I typed it in my log book for CX-860
300 + 1 changer. :embarassed:


P.S. The Texas Toad Lickers is correct though. Turn up your bass or Subwoofers, and shake the house from it's foundation.
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Where have you read about the 25th anniversary Halloween release? what's the street date? specs?
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It will have the LD commentary and the A&E documentary(??) so far... It was on DVDfile or Digitalbits recently stating it was coming in August or October I think.


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HALLOWEEN 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION - Fall 2003

It has been 25 years since Michael Myers first returned to Haddonfield. Now he returns to DVD for this special anniversary edition. Extras are still being determined, but expect a plethora of new goodies (i.e. audio commentary, etc.) for this exciting release. Expect more announcements in the coming months, and please note all features at this point are tentative and subject to change. Closed Captioned for the Hearing Impaired.
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Prince Of Darkness is also available in other regions.
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I really want this on dvd!!

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Old 05-15-03, 03:08 AM
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Got this off Yahoo News about the new 25th Ann. Halloween DVD:

Rounding out today's news is some news from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Yep, apparently 1,234 different versions wasn't enough - on August 5th, Anchor Bay will release a 25th Anniversary Edition of the John Carpenter classic Halloween. At least this time it looks like it might actually be worth buying again, with the much-beloved audio commentary that appeared on the old Criterion laserdisc, an hour-long version of the recent AMC Backstory TV special, which included never-before-seen production footage, and more to be announced. Stay tuned for the full details and retail price.
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So I'm assuming that the Criterion commentary is a done deal? I'm sure AB would hate to have another "Within the Woods" fiasco on their hands.
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I'd love to see Starman get a special edition re-release.
If you have a multi-region player, the Region 2 UK edition has a great commentary track.

Apparently, sales of the initial bare-bones DVD in the U.S. were 'soft', so they are reluctant to do a SE re-release.
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these are a positive:


body bags: out of print

prince of darkness SE - exclusive to region 2
they live SE - exclusive to region 2
starman SE - exclusive to region 2

...if you haven't already...BUY A MULTI-REGION PLAYER!
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I have been waiting for THE THING SE for a really long time now!! I wonder if it will ever happen?
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I found the 2 disc version of Big Trouble In Little China today for $26.99.

What is included with the 2 disc set that has been omitted from the single disc version?
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the second disc
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I have been waiting for THE THING SE for a really long time now!! I wonder if it will ever happen?
It'll happen as soon as you go to your local DVD store.
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