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Re: Powerhouse Indicator releases

So close to seeing this weekend. So close.
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Re: Powerhouse Indicator releases

With the release of Columbia Noir vol. 3, my large winter sale order from Indicator finally arrived.

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There are few things in this world I love more than an Indicator box set and I cannot wait to dive into these. I'm not a horror guy in the least, but these Hammer volumes have just been a ton of fun. To some they may be full of lesser titles, but I've found that I enjoy the various Hammer thriller and adventure films far more than the monster/gothic horror titles they're famous for.

My one complaint with the Noir boxes is that they've shifted to digi-packs inside the box rather than the keepcases that all of their other box sets use.
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Originally Posted by rocket1312
My one complaint with the Noir boxes is that they've shifted to digi-packs inside the box rather than the keepcases that all of their other box sets use.
One question about this: art the digipacks in all of the Noir sets, or did they switch for more recent sets? They just announced Noir Vol. 4, which I assume will likewise be a digipack set. Still, looks like another winner. Really cool to see the two March Of Time shorts included in this set. I'd love to see that entire series released on disc (or just released at all, even unrestored); it's such a pop cultural gold-mine. I still have my DVD-R's that I ripped from the old VHS releases before I sold them off a century ago, but it would be nice to have something more official:





WALK A CROOKED MILE (Gordon Douglas, 1948)
WALK EAST ON BEACON! (Alfred Werker, 1952)
PUSHOVER (Richard Quine, 1954)
A BULLET IS WAITING (John Farrow, 1954)
CHICAGO SYNDICATE (Fred F Sears, 1955)
THE BROTHERS RICO (Phil Karlson, 1957)

Release date: 20 September 2021
Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set (World Blu-ray premieres)

Indicator’s ongoing series of Columbia Noir box sets returns with its fourth instalment, once again delving into the studio’s archives to select six films which plunge the viewer into a dark world of crime. Featuring Kim Novak, Fred MacMurray, Jean Simmons, Rory Calhoun, Abbe Lane, Louis Hayward, and Richard Conte – not to mention gangsters, G-men, foreign spies, criminals on the run, and corrupt cops – Columbia Noir #4 continues the series in fine style.

Presenting all six films on Blu-ray for the first time anywhere in the world, this stunning collection includes newly recorded commentaries and critical appreciations, archival documentaries, six Three Stooges comedy shorts which lampoon the tropes and themes of the titles in the set, and a 120-page book. Strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units.


INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY BOX SET SPECIAL FEATURES
  • High Definition remasters of all six films
  • Original mono soundtracks
  • Audio commentary on Walk East on Beacon! with In a Lonely Street author Frank Krutnik (2021)
  • Audio commentary on Pushover with film historians Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Josh Nelson (2021)
  • Audio commentary on Chicago Syndicate with film historian Toby Roan (2021)
  • Audio commentary on The Brothers Rico with professor and film scholar Jason A Ney (2021)
  • Introduction to The Brothers Rico by Martin Scorsese (2010)
  • Glenn Kenny on Richard Quine (2021): the author and critic examines the eclectic career of the director of Pushover
  • Josephine Botting on Jean Simmons(2021): the film historian discusses the early American career of the British actor
  • G-Men Combat Saboteurs (1941) and G-Men at War (1942): two March of Time documentaries produced by Louis De Rochemont (Walk East on Beacon!), focusing on the FBI’s efforts to apprehend spies and fifth columnists
  • Routine Job: A Story of Scotland Yard (1946): short film examining the day-to-day work of the Scotland Yard detective, much like the one in Walk a Crooked Mile
  • Policeman’s Holiday (1949): short film in which an American detective comes to England to assist Scotland Yard, echoing but reversing the plot of Walk a Crooked Mile
  • Six comedy shorts starring the Three Stooges, each lampooning the tropes and themes of the films in this set: From Nurse to Worse (1940), The Yoke’s on Me(1944), Dunked in the Deep (1949), Blunder Boys (1955), Commotion in the Ocean (1956), and A Merry Mix-Up (1957)
  • Original theatrical trailers
  • Image galleries: promotional and publicity materials
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive 120-page book with new essays by Beth Ann Gallagher, Bob Herzberg, Sophie Monks Kaufman, Omar Ahmed, Jen Johans, and Monica Castillo, archival articles and interviews, and film credits
  • World premieres on Blu-ray
  • Limited edition box set of 6,000 numbered units
  • MORE EXTRAS TO BE ANNOUNCED
All extras subject to change

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Re: Powerhouse Indicator releases

Sweet. Hopefully they will announce more boxes (noir or otherwise) this year so I can order them all in a big bundle given how crazy international shipping has gotten.

Originally Posted by Brian T
One question about this: art the digipacks in all of the Noir sets, or did they switch for more recent sets? They just announced Noir Vol. 4, which I assume will likewise be a digipack set. Still, looks like another winner:
All of the noir sets have digipacks.
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Originally Posted by rocket1312
All of the noir sets have digipacks.
Cool – thanks. Not a deal-breaker, but I was kinda partial to the plastic cases, which just made the boxes feel that much more substantial overall.
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Long time since this company had any new releases worth posting about, but they announced a couple of interesting boxes today, both region-free. Three of the films in the Mexico Macabre box (WITCH'S MIRROR, BLACK PIT OF DR. M, and CURSE OF THE CRYING WOMAN) set were released in ok special editions on DVD by CasaNegra back in the day. Two are still pretty cheap to grab, while BLACK PIT is usually more expensive). The fourth film (THE BRAINIAC) is on a cheap Cheezyflix DVD, but presumably will look much better here.

The FROM HOLLYWOOD TO HEAVEN set looks fascinating, although I'm not sure how much replay value the Ormond family's cringe-inducing Christian scare films have (and thankfully they're not the sole focus of the set), so the extras hopefully make up for it! The most intriguing part of this set, for me, is the collaboration with author Jimmy McDonough. The set is timed to coincide with the release of what appears to be an exhaustive book about the family and their movies from FAB Press (also available on the Indicator site). More interestingly, McDonough wrote the Russ Meyer biography 'Big Bosoms And Square Jaws', still one of the great reads about a B-movie auteur. I'm probably pipe-dreaming, but it would be awesome if the Ormond set was a prelude to the RM films finally arriving on Blu-ray. Not holding my breath, of course.

(some of the Ormond Christian films are on YouTube, to give you an idea of what you're in for. Only in America, baby!)







Release date: 29 May 2023
Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set (World Blu-ray premieres)

Presented by Nicolas Winding Refn, From Hollywood to Heaven tells the extraordinary story of a truly unique American filmmaking family.

For almost half a century, June, Ron and Tim Ormond, a Nashville mother-father-son trio, cranked out a wild bunch of movies, from Lash LaRue westerns to the stripper-gore-musical outrage The Exotic Ones, and plunged into every area of showbiz. What’s more, they did it all on a shoestring, totally independently, with no studio to back them.

At the height of their frenzied career, Ron and June experienced a spiritual awakening when their private plane crashed on the way to a premiere. From then on, they turned their back on secular show business to produce a series of shocking, surreal religious pictures, including an unbelievable trio of films for Mississippi Baptist preacher Estus Pirkle – films such as The Burning Hell, which made millions, despite never being shown in an actual movie theatre.

Produced by Powerhouse Films in association with byNWR, and released to coincide with FAB Press’ publication of forensic biographer Jimmy McDonough’s awe-inspiring tome on the extraordinary life and work of the Ormond Family, this strictly limited, individually numbered Blu-ray box set contains thirteen feature films, a host of new and archival extra features – including five new audio commentaries and a collection of rarely seen short films – as well as a set of art cards and a fully illustrated 100-page book, newly written by McDonough.

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY BOX SET SPECIAL FEATURES

New 2K restorations of If Footmen Tire You What Will Horses Do?, The Burning Hell, and The Believer’s Heaven from original duplicate negatives
New 2K restoration of 39 Stripes from the only known surviving 16mm print
New 2K restorations of It’s About The Second Coming from best-quality, surviving 16mm print elements
Newly remastered presentations of Untamed Mistress, Please Don’t Touch Me, White Lightnin’ Road, The Girl from Tobacco Row, Forty Acre Feud, and The Exotic Ones from rare surviving Standard Definition master tapes
Standard Definition presentations of The Grim Reaper and The Sacred Symbol, mastered from best-available sources
Original mono audio
Audio commentary with author and Ormond biographer Jimmy McDonough on Please Don’t Touch Me (2023)
Audio commentary with McDonough and actress, exotic dancer, fire eater, and carny queen Georgette Dante on The Exotic Ones (2023)
Audio commentary with documentarian Brian Rosenquist and Greg Pirkle, son of Baptist minister and Ormond collaborator Estus Pirkle, on If Footmen Tire You What Will Horses Do? (2023)
Audio commentary with McDonough, filmmaker Tim Ormond, and film restorationist Peter Conheim on The Burning Hell (2023)
Audio commentary with McDonough and Ormond on It’s About The Second Coming (2023)
Estus W Pirkle Sermon (1970, 64 mins): rare and previously unreleased archival audio recording
Edge of Tomorrow (1961, 50 mins): June and Ron Ormond’s lost portrait of UFO huckster Reinhold O Schmidt, presented from a rare VHS source
A Tribute to Houdini (1987, 60 mins): directed by Tim Ormond, and featuring John Calvert performing an array of tricks inspired by celebrated escape artist and magician Harry Houdini
Lash LaRue: A Man and His Memories (1992, 70 mins): Tim Ormond’s rarely seen documentary in which the beloved western star reflects upon his life and work
June Carr: The Virtual Vaudevillian (1997, 30 mins): Tim Ormond’s loving portrait of his mother and collaborator, June Carr Ormond
Forgotten Memories (1997, 20 mins): Tim Ormond’s short drama starring June Ormond in which two women meet under extraordinary circumstances
Original theatrical trailer for White Lightnin’ Road
Radio spots
New English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Limited Edition exclusive 100-page book with an extended essay by Jimmy McDonough, Peter Conheim on the restorations, and full film credits
Limited Edition exclusive art cards
World premieres on Blu-ray
Limited edition box set of 6,000 numbered units for the UK and US
All extras subject to change

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BLACK PIT OF DR. M (Fernando Méndez, 1959)
THE WITCH’S MIRROR (Chano Urueta, 1961)
THE BRAINIAC (Chano Urueta, 1962)
THE CURSE OF THE CRYING WOMAN (Rafael Baladón, 1963)

Release date: 29 May 2023
Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set (World Blu-ray premieres)

These four macabre titles from the vaults of one of Mexico’s best-known film companies offer uniquely Mexican takes on the ghosts, witches, and monsters familiar to fans of horror cinema and fiction.

Fernando Méndez’s Black Pit of Dr. M (Misterios de ultratumba) sees a doctor make a pact with his dying colleague in order to learn the secrets of the afterlife. In Chano Urueta’s The Witch’s Mirror (El espejo de la bruja), a murderer is tormented by the ghost of his dead wife, whilst in Urueta’s The Brainiac (El barón del terror), a nobleman executed for necromancy returns in diabolical form to eradicate the lineage of his killers... by sucking out their brains! Finally, in Rafael Baledón’s The Curse of the Crying Woman (La maldición de la Llorona), a young bride visits her aunt's Gothic mansion, where she finds that she is the descendent of one of Mexican folklore's most terrifying figures.

With their star-studded casts, beautiful photography, eerie production design, and bone-chilling atmosphere, these films have terrified audiences for decades, and are now available in this strictly limited, individually numbered Blu-ray box set, which includes an array of new extra features – including four new audio commentaries, and rare English-language dub tracks – as well as a set of art cards and a fully illustrated 100-page book.

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY BOX SET SPECIAL FEATURES

High Definition remasters for Black Pit for Dr. M, The Witch’s Mirror, The Brainiac, and The Curse of the Crying Woman
Original Spanish mono audio
Optional English mono audio dub tracks for The Witch’s Mirror, The Brainiac and The Curse of the Crying Woman
Audio commentary with Abraham Castillo Flores, film programmer and curator specialising in the preservation of Mexican horror cinema, on Black Pit of Dr. M (2023)
Audio commentary with David Wilt, film historian and Mexican-cinema specialist, on The Witch’s Mirror (2023)
Audio commentary and brain nibbling with Keith J Rainville, publisher of From Parts Unknown and screenwriter of Los campeones de la lucha libre, on The Brainiac (2023)
Audio commentary with Morena de Fuego, doctor in film studies and LatAm horror specialist, on The Curse of the Crying Woman (2023)
Daniel Ripstein on the history of Alameda Films and his grandfather, producer Alfredo Ripstein Jr (2023)
Author Eduardo de la Vega Alfaro on director Fernando Méndez (2023)
Author Eduardo de la Vega Alfaro on director Chano Urueta (2023)
Author Eduardo de la Vega Alfaro on director Rafael Balédon (2023)
Memories of a Villain (2018): TV UNAM special on actor Carlos López Moctezuma
Mondo Macabro: ‘Mexican Horror Movies’ (2002): episode of Pete Tombs and Andy Starke’s fondly remembered British television series, providing an overview of Mexican genre cinema from the 1950s to the 1970s
Original theatrical trailers
Image galleries: promotional and publicity material
New and improved English translation subtitles
Limited Edition exclusive 100-page book with new essays by José Luis Ortega Torres, David Wilt and Abraham Castillo Flores, archival articles, and full film credits
Limited Edition exclusive art cards
World premieres on Blu-ray
Limited edition box set of 6,000 numbered units for the UK and US

All extras subject to change

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Not sure how much interest there is in something like this, but the preorder price on Indicator’s loaded Tod Slaughter boxed set is down to $59.99 (45% off) at both Amazon and Deep Discount. Released on November 21:

The Criminal Acts of Tod Slaughter: Eight Blood-and-Thunder Entertainments, 1935-1940 (US Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set)

Directors: George King, David MacDonald, Milton Rosmer

Cast: Tod Slaughter, Eric Portman, David Farrar

The terrifying talents of Newcastle’s Norman Carter ‘Tod’ Slaughter – the first true icon of British horror cinema – are showcased in this long-overdue box set. Featuring the eight films which ‘Europe’s Horror Man’ made in collaboration with British producer-director George King (Tomorrow We Live), this comprehensive collection also includes a number of rare shorts and newsreel items.

Unlike his contemporaries, such as Boris Karloff and Charles Laughton, Tod Slaughter never left his native shores. Instead, he chose to make his mark in Britain by transferring his most sensational theatrical performances to the screen. Portraying every kind of cruel and cunning criminal – from petty thief to murderer – he became the first great villain of British horror, at a time before the Grand Guignolof Hammer Films began to take hold, without once donning monster make-up.

Criminally overlooked by film historians, and only previously seen in compromised versions, these fascinating films have been newly restored using original film materials preserved at the British Film Institute (BFI) National Archive, and are accompanied by an array of essential contextualizing extras, including archival short films and radio plays presented with optional soundtracks by British music legends Current 93, newly recorded commentaries, critical appreciations and personal recollections, and a 120-page book. Strictly limited to 6,000 individually numbered units for the UK and US.

The set includes:

MARIA MARTEN, OR THE MURDER IN THE RED BARN (Milton Rosmer, 1935)

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET (George King, 1936)

THE CRIMES OF STEPHEN HAWKE (George King, 1936)

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO MEND (David MacDonald, 1937)

THE TICKET OF LEAVE MAN (George King, 1937)

SEXTON BLAKE AND THE HOODED TERROR (George King, 1938)

THE FACE AT THE WINDOW (George King, 1939)

CRIMES AT THE DARK HOUSE (George King, 1940)

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION 4 x BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

• New 2K restorations of Maria Marten, or The Murder in the Red Barn, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Crimes of Stephen Hawke, It’s Never Too Late to Mend, The Ticket of Leave Man, and Crimes at the Dark Housefrom original nitrate negative elements

• 2K restoration of Sexton Blake and The Hooded Terror from 35mm dupe positive

• HD remaster of The Face at the Window

• Original mono soundtracks

• Audio commentary with film historians Josephine Botting and Vic Pratt on Maria Marten, or Murder in the Red Barn (2023)

• Audio commentary with critics and authors Stephen Jones and Kim Newman on Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2023)

• Audio commentary with critics and authors David McGillivray and Kim Newman on The Crimes of Stephen Hawke (2023)

• Audio commentary with film historian Josephine Botting and podcaster Dave Thomas on The Ticket of Leave Man (2023)

• Audio commentary with critics and authors Stephen Jones and Kim Newman on Sexton Blake and The Hooded Terror (2023)

• Audio commentary with film historians Kevin Lyons and Jonathan Rigby on The Face at the Window(2023)

• Audio commentary with film historians Kevin Lyons and Jonathan Rigby on Crimes at the Dark House (2023)

• New interviews with Imogen Slaughter, great-niece of Tod Slaughter, and her father Giles, in which they discuss their famous relative’s life off stage and off camera (2023)

• New interview with artist and illustrator Ania Goszczyńska and Current 93 channeller and trance scribbler David Tibet, in which the pair delve into their long-term obsession with the life and work of the first British villain (2023)

• Stephen Thrower on Tod Slaughter (2023): the author and musician dissects the great actor’s multiple villainous incarnations

• The Tod Slaughter Repertory Company (2023): video essay on the regular players from Slaughter’s feature films

• Maria Marten and Sweeney Todd radio plays (1932): newly remastered from original 78 rpm shellac discs, these original recordings are presented with optional, newly recorded Current 93 scores

• London After Dark (1926): first known film footage of Slaughter, captured on stage at the Elephant and Castle Theatre, presented with optional, newly recorded Current 93 score

• Tod Slaughter at Home (1936): mock interview with Sweeney Todd, recorded for the Pathétone newsreel

• Pots of Plots (1938): short film in which Slaughter, sitting at the make-up station in his dressing room, reprises three of his infamous villainous roles, including Sweeney Todd

• Bothered by a Beard (1946): humorous short educational film which traces the history of shaving, featuring a scene in Sweeney Todd’s infamous barber shop

• Puzzle Corner No. 14 (1954): Slaughter’s last appearance on camera, delivering a Sweeney Todd monologue

• Image galleries: promotional and publicity material for all eight films

• The Crimes of Stephen Hawkeoriginal treatment gallery

• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

• Limited edition exclusive 120-page book with new essays by Jean-Claude Michel, Ania Goszczyńska and David Tibet, Doug Young and Kip-Xool, excerpts from Slaughter’s unpublished memoirs, archival essays and reviews, and film credits

• World and UK premieres on Blu-ray

• Limited edition box set of 6,000 numbered units for the UK and US

All extras subject to change

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