Hey Weinberg! Shout! Factory Brings BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS and DAMNATION ALLEY To Blu Summer 2011

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Hey Weinberg!  Shout! Factory Brings BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS and DAMNATION ALLEY To Blu Summer 2011
Ask and ye shall receive.

The almighty Shout! factory are continuing their Roger Corman Cult Classics collection with two new additions to the Blu-ray collection this July.

First off is probably one of the most famous Star Wars rip-offs around, Battle Beyond the Stars on July 12th, alongside a Blu-ray of post-apocalyptic custom car bash up Damnation Alley.  Also coming soon on DVD are some great collections like Women In Cages (Big Doll House, Women in Cages, and The Big Bird) on June 21st (FYI, this collection will be released on Blu-ray at an undetermined future date), The Ron Howard Action Pack (Eat My Dust!, Grand Theft Auto), Streetwalkin' on Aug 2nd, a Sword and Sorcery Collection (Deathstalker I & II, Barbarian Queen, and The Warrior and the Sorceress) on August 26th, a Quadruple Feature of (Grotesque, Time Walker, Velvet Vampire, and Lady Frankenstein) on September 27th, and a Lethal Ladies collection (Firecracker, TNT Jackson, and Too Hot Too Handle) for October 25th.

And that's just the stuff that has been announced!

Shout! Factory are bringing the goods BIG TIME on these films.  Almost every set features cool extras and/or awesome exploitation trailers.  I cannot pimp them enough!  Look for my review of Jackson County Jail/Caged Heat very, very soon!
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J HurtadoApril 13, 2011 5:35 PM

How does Battle Beyond the Stars not have a Mubi page?

SwarezApril 13, 2011 6:17 PM

I hate, hate, hate the fact that these are region locked and I don't know if any Euro company is picking these up.

idiotproof67April 14, 2011 1:31 AM

I do prefer Damnation Alley over BBTS, but still I'm thankful for these Corman films on Blu.
TNT Jackson wow! Somehow Blu-ray versions make these bad films so much better to watch.

Hopefully Unholy Rollers will turn up one day despite it still not having a legit DVD release as yet.

Aaah the joys of having a region A+B machine. thanks Kogan!

Ard VijnApril 14, 2011 5:15 AM

Totally agree with Swarez: I've contacted Cultlabs about this issue and he said nobody is currently interested in picking these up for Region B, stating they don't see a market for them in Europe.

Fine, be that way distributors, but that begs the question: why put regioncoding on these old genre titles in the first place? Whose rights are being protected here? I only see Shout Factory cutting themselves off from a piece of their own market, and for no good reason. This costs them money instead of earning it.

I would have gladly bought Death Race 2000, Galaxy of Terror, Battle Beyond the Stars, Forbidden World and Humanoids From the Deep, if they would run on my machine.

Anyone from Shout! willing to comment on this? While you probably only have bought the rights for North-America, I'm not sure if you are under obligation to release these regioncoded, especially if there are no takers amongst distributors outside of Region A anyway...

Todd BrownApril 14, 2011 5:15 PM

All region BluRay players, boys, not that hard to find any more. I've been quite happy with my Momitsu and I'm told Oppo have a really good one now, too.

J HurtadoApril 14, 2011 5:41 PM

From what I understand Momitsus are getting scarce, but there are clones out there. A little research will dig them up. The Oppos require hardware modifications, but are super reliable pro-quality machines from what I understand, I can't afford one. My Momitsu is my lifeline to international Blu-rays. I also have a Best Buy house brand Insignia player that does all regions as long as I don't update firmware.

Ard VijnApril 15, 2011 5:19 AM

Har-de-har Todd. We're not at the point we were years ago already with DVD-players, where you could buy a regionfree player at your local drugstore for 20 USD.

None of the players mentioned here are being sold in Europe and importing them is difficult, expensive and cumbersome.
Apart from that there are loads of known problems with connecting these players to European hardware. Taking that gamble is not yet an attractive option.

The only people I know who can play Region-A around here in the Netherlands have bought a second player from the States. With players now dipping below 80 USD this might become the only truly viable option right now.

Hmmm... wonder if my tuner has slots for two optical cables...