Posted Wed Sep 3, 2014 at 01:00 PM PDT by Tom Landy
The long-awaited Director's Cut arriving in two Blu-ray versions this October has been fully detailed.
As previously reported, Scream Factory says 'Nightbreed: The Director's Cut' will arrive on Blu-ray on October 28.
The release will also be available in a limited edition set that will include a collector's booklet and will be limited to 10,000 copies.
Boone (Craig Sheffer) may be a troubled young man, but his troubles are just beginning. Set up as the fall guy in a string of slasher murders, he decides he'll hide by crossing the threshold that separates “us” from “them” and sneak into the forbidden subterranean realm of Midian. Boone will live among the monsters. Hellraiser creator Clive Barker writes (adapting his novel Cabal) and directs this vivid leap into horror that asks: in the battle of man vs. monster, who's really the monster? The answer supplies flesh-crawling suspense, sudden fear, a colorful Danny Elfman score and a creepy array of shape-shifting beings. They are the Nightbreed, denizens of a world beyond death, beyond the imagination, perhaps beyond anything you've seen.
In 1990, the film was released theatrically nationwide. However, the movie studio edited the film extensively and several scenes were excised or rearranged – much to Clive Barker’s disappointment. Since then, a fan-driven movement was created (www.OccupyMidian.com) to see the full version of the film restored and re-released. Now, after 25 years, fans and horror enthusiasts can finally experience NIGHTBREED like never before! Scream Factory, in conjunction with Warner Bros., was able to find the long-thought-missing original film elements and combed through over 600 boxes to locate not only the lost scenes but a treasure trove of never-before-seen footage as well. With nearly an hour of lost footage meticulously restored, the result is not only a more faithful adaptation of Clive Barker’s book Cabal, but also what he originally intended NIGHTBREED to be.
New statement from Clive Barker’s Office: The Nightbreed Director's Cut is an entirely different film than the one which was released in theaters. Its 20 minutes longer than the theatrical cut, but it contains over 40 minutes of new and altered footage. Clive oversaw the reconstruction and edit himself, personally ensuring that, at long last, he was able to tell the story he always wanted to tell, but until now, had never been given the chance. Once the scenes were reordered, and the original film footage restored, the entire film received a brand new sound mix and color pass. It is, in every way, a different movie. It contains more story, more monsters, and there's even a musical umber. Ultimately, what we've delivered is a love story 25 years in the making.
The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, a lossless 5.1 soundtrack, and supplements include: New “Director’s Cut” presentation of the film which contains over 40 minutes of new and altered footage; Introduction by writer/director Clive Barker and restoration producer Mark Alan Miller; Audio Commentary by writer/director Clive Barker and restoration producer Mark Alan Miller; Tribes of the Moon: The Making of Nightbreed featuring interviews with Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, Doug Bradley and more… (72 minutes); Making Monsters - interviews with makeup effects artists Bob Keen, Martin Mercer and Paul Jones (42 minutes); Fire! Fights! Stunts! 2nd Unit Shooting - an interview with Andy Armstrong (20 minutes); and Original Theatrical Trailer.
The limited edition will also include two bonus discs: one with the theatrical cut, and another with more bonus features including: Deleted and Alternate Scenes (approx. 20 minutes); Monster Prosthetics Master Class; Cutting Compromise – an interview with editor Mark Goldblatt; The Painted Landscape: The Concept Art of Ralph McQuarrie; Matte Painting Tests; Makeup Tests; Stop Motion Lost Footage; Extended Torture Scene; Rehearsal of Boone’s dream; and Extensive Still Galleries – Early Sketches, Deleted Scene, Posters and Pre-Production art, On the Set, The Cast and Crew.
Those who order the Special Edition and the Limited-Edition sets directly from www.ScreamfactoryDVD.com will also receive an exclusive 18”x24” poster of the newly designed artworks (available while supplies last)!
Suggested list price for the Special Edition Blu-ray is $29.93 and the Limited Edition release is $79.97.
You can find the latest specs for 'Nightbreed: The Director's Cut' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under October 28.
The latest news on all things 4K Ultra HD, blu-ray and Gear.