Rejoice, horror fans...because Clive Barker's classic is coming this Fall to Scream Factory in a glorious Director's Cut Special Edition Blu-ray (and DVD)! Finally...after all these years...the monsters are coming home on October 28th! Check out the details!
So, if you've been following us for awhile now, you will notice that we love us some Nightbreed around these parts and we've always been waiting for the definitive version of the awesome Barker film. Well...Scream Factory is finally stepping up to the call. Now...I was as stoked as can be when I saw the press release in my inbox earlier today. Stoked, that is...until I got down to that crazy goddamn price for the "Limited Edition" 3-disc version of the film. You're basically paying 80 fucking bucks for a disc of extras (details forthcoming) and alternate art for the slipcase (which is Clive-approved). Jesus fucking Christ, man! Do these companies know what kind of budget a genre fan has these days??! I mean...it's hard enough keeping up with all the freakin' NECA releases and all the celebrity signings and photo ops. Not to mention the Demons memorabilia that I'm hoarding in my collection. That shit ain't cheap!
So...I pre-ordered the $80 "Limited Edition" Blu-ray. *sigh* Check out the details...
From Clive Barker:
"This is film history and beyond my wildest dreams of realization. When Scream Factory told me that they found the NIGHTBREED film footage I was gob-smacked! This is the ultimate validation of choices made by myself and Mark Miller [of Seraphim Films] all the way back in 2008. As we embarked down the road of attempting to track down the lost footage, we looked at each other and said, 'Maybe one day they'll find it.' It's my pleasure to announce that the day has come. Speaking personally, I didn't allow myself to believe that it would. Even if we did find some footage (which we did in 2009 in the form of heavily degraded VHS tapes) and even if we did find a company willing to release the film (which we did in 2013 with Scream Factory, God bless them) the prospect of finding the actual lost film materials was remoter than I'd wanted to admit out loud. If the footage could not be found by those who had worked closest on it the same year it had been released, then what were the odds we'd be able to find anything 20 years on? But Scream Factory, in their commendable determination, kept up the search and thanks to them total reconstruction has been made a possibility. There's never been a reconstruction that's had as little chance of succeeding and yet has succeeded on as many fronts as this film has. It's unprecedented. To now have a movie that we can put together in the way that I fully intended it to be seen when I first set out to make this film in 1989 is extraordinary. The project has moved inexorably to this conclusion. Fate and the hard work of individuals such as Mark Miller, Russell Cherrington, Phil and Sarah Stokes, Occupy Midian, Morgan Creek, and ultimately, Scream Factory have made this a possibility and I could not be happier."
LIMITED EDITION SET (ONLY 5,000 NUMBERED SETS MADE):
Disc 1: Unrated Director's Cut of the film on Blu-ray
Disc 2: The 1990 R-Rated theatrical version of the film on Blu-ray (through a special licensing agreement through Warner Bros.)Disc 3: EXCLUSIVE-TO-THIS-SET Bonus Blu-ray disc packed with extras (details forthcoming)Includes Collector's Book with an essay and rare photosSlipcase includes newly-designed artwork by Joel Robinson approved by Clive Barker
SPECIAL EDITION SET:
Disc 1: Unrated Director's Cut of the film on Blu-ray plus bonus features (details forthcoming)
Disc 2: Unrated Director's Cut of the film on DVD (details forthcoming)Slipcase includes artwork designed by Ralph McQuarrie approved by Clive Barker
While not quite The Cabal Cut that screened in several incarnations around the world, you would have to agree that that version was rather lengthy and needed an additional clean-up in order to give us Barker's true vision of what he intended. I, personally, cannot wait to see this film in all of its glory. Which version are you getting? Pre-Order your copy HERE...and just a little note: Those who pre-order now will receive his/her copy of Nightbreed a couple of weeks sooner than the street date of October 28th ;)
Thanks for reading,