Ken Russell's LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM, Bob Balaban's PARENTS Coming Home In January From Vestron Video

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Lionsgate's superb Vestron Video Collector's Series continues the upcoming January 2017 with classics from Ken Russell and Bob Balaban. We've previously reviewed their introductory titles, Blood Diner and Chopping Mall, and if those releases are anything like these new ones, we are in for a treat.

January will see the Blu-ray premiere of Ken Russell's bonkers folk horror film Lair of the White Worm starring Hugh Grant, Amanda Donohoe, and Catherine Oxenberg. This film was a VHS and cable staple throughout the '90s and along with Altered States was one of Russell's most culturally ubiquitous films in the US thanks to Vestron Video.

We will also see the Blu-ray premiere of Bob Balaban's classic cannibal spoof, Parents. This film features Randy Quaid and Mary Beth Hurt as the ideal '50s couple whose son becomes convinced that they are cannibals after more than a few odd occurences around the dinner table.

Check out the gallery below for detailed specs, box art, and trailers. Both films are due on store shelves on January 31.

A terrifying English legend returns when the Vestron Video Collector’s Series brings the British horror classic The Lair of the White Worm to limited-edition Blu-ray™ on January 31 from Lionsgate. In a remote corner of England’s Peak District, a mysterious skull is unearthed, then quickly stolen for use in worshiping a pagan god, the White Worm. Based on the novel by Bram Stoker, and starring Hugh Grant, the restored and remastered The Lair of the White Worm Blu-ray has all-new special features, including an audio commentary with Director Ken Russell and Lisi Russell and an interview with actress Sammi Davis. The Lair of the White Worm limited-edition Blu-ray will be available for the suggested retail price of $34.97.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

Hugh Grant, Amanda Donohoe, and Catherine Oxenberg star in this mix of heart-stopping horror and campy humor. James D’Ampton (Grant) returns to his country castle in England. Legend has it that James’s distant ancestor once slayed the local dragon — a monstrous white worm with a fondness for the sweet flesh of virgins. The young lord dismisses the legend as folklore, until archaeology student Angus Flint explores James’s property and unearths a massive reptilian skull and a pagan snake god’s ancient site of worship. When James’s virtuous girlfriend, Eve Trent (Oxenberg), suddenly disappears, James and Angus set out to investigate the foreboding cavern said to be the worm’s lair, where a centuries-old mystery begins to uncoil.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with Director Ken Russell

· Audio Commentary with Lisi Russell, in conversation with Film Historian Matthew Melia

  • “Worm Food: The Effects of The Lair of the White Worm” Featurette

· “Cutting For Ken” – An Interview with Editor Peter Davies

· “Mary, Mary” – An Interview with Actress Sammi Davis

· Trailers From Hell featuring an introduction and commentary with Producer Dan Ireland

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ManateeAdvocateNovember 24, 2016 12:28 PM

Wonderful. Both will be mine.

YojimboNovember 24, 2016 5:31 PM

Have any of your children realised that as soon as they move out that poppa Manatee is going to turn their old rooms into a Cinema and old fashioned physical film artefact storage library.

ManateeAdvocateNovember 25, 2016 5:29 PM

6 more years before I kick the eldest to the curb. Then her room will be MINE!