EmptyHorror in a box
Anchor Bay Entertainment, now part of the Starz Media family, is launching a new line to play up its strength in the horror market. The Anchor Bay Collection will feature some of the most famous recent horror movies, beginning with Stuart Gordon's 1985 cult classic "Re-Animator," due March 20. The limited- edition DVDs will include all-new transfers and audio mixes of the films as well as new commentaries, interviews and other bonus materials. Future Anchor Bay Collection releases include "Phantasm" and a "Hammer Films" boxed set.
From 'Carson' vault
Shout! Factory has set a Feb. 20 release date for "The Johnny Carson Show," a collection of 10 restored episodes of the king of late-night's pre-"Tonight Show" CBS series. The episodes, which first aired more than 50 years ago, were thought to be lost, but Shout! worked with Carson's widow, Joanne, to find the original kinescopes. "Carson" launched in 1955 after the comedian impressed CBS brass during a stint as guest host of "The Red Skelton Show," for which he was a writer.
'Spidey 2' redo
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release an extended version of "Spider-Man 2" on DVD on April 17, three weeks before the theatrical bow of the third film in the franchise. "Spider-Man 2.1: The Extended Cut" will include eight minutes of footage not seen in the theatrical version, a preview of "Spider-Man 3," an introduction by producers Grant Curtis and Avi Arad, commentary by producer Laura Ziskin and screenwriter Alvin Sargent and a featurette, "Inside 2.1," on the film's visual effects, editing and sound design.