Video digest: Horror in a box


Horror 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 Don Coscarelli's "Phantasm," from 1978; its 1994 sequel "Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead"; and a "Hammer Films" boxed set.

From 'Carson' vault
Quirky independent Shout! Factory has set a Feb. 20 release date for "The Johnny Carson Show," a collection of 10 newly restored episodes of the king of late-night talk's pre-"Tonight Show" CBS series. The episodes, which first aired more than 50 years ago, were thought to be lost, but Shout! Factory worked with Carson's wife, Joanne, to find the original kinescopes. "The Johnny Carson Show" was launched by CBS in 1955 after the young comedian so impressed network brass during a stint as guest host of "The Red Skelton Show," on which Carson worked as 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 of the second "Spider-Man" movie, 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.
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