Smith's final movie set for May DVD release
EmptyAnna Nicole Smith's final movie, "Illegal Aliens," will be released on DVD in May. But MTI Home Video, the independent DVD distributor that is releasing the film, insists it is not capitalizing on the tabloid queen's recent death.
"Prior to her unfortunate death, the film was already announced and being sold to key retail accounts and a May 2007 release was slated," said MTI spokesman Ed Baran.
Baran said the film's DVD release already has been delayed once, when Smith's son, Daniel, died. Daniel Smith had served as associate producer of "Illegal Aliens," Baran said. When he died, production company Edgewood Studios, MTI and Smith "held off the release...and were planning to dedicate the film to him this May. A publicity campaign with Anna was planned as well."
"We were working with her and her people on PR literally a week before she died," Baran said.
"Illegal Aliens" is a sci-fi comedy about three aliens who morph into attractive young women on a mission to save the earth from intergalactic forces of evil. Guided by a holographic mentor, the girls-led by Anna Nicole Smith-go through all sorts of campy adventures but ultimately succeed.
A trailer of the film is available at www.edgewoodstudios.com. "Illegal Aliens" was directed by David Giancola from Edgewood Studios and, along with Smith, stars Joanie Laurer (former WWE wrestler Chyna), Lenise Soren and Gladys Jimenez.
Executive producer John James calls the movie "the Abbey Road of films for Anna Nicole Smith fans."
"At first look, 'Illegal Aliens' appears to be just another low budget sci-fi comedy poking fun at Hollywood's big-budget flicks," James said. "Now, with the passing of its star, you'll find it replete with metaphors of her life. Anna invested in the production for her and her son, and was involved in creative aspects, adding numerous elements and rewrites for her character."
The DVD is shown in full-frame format and comes with filmmaker commentary, a making-of documentary, deleted scenes and bloopers.