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Exclusive: 4K “CHANGELING” and foreign frights coming in September from Severin; art & details

Monday, August 15, 2022 | Blu-ray/DVD, Exclusives, News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Horror for all ages is part of this big Blu-ray/UHD announcement.

Severin Films has a batch of great vintage horror streeting September 27. Leading off is a new UHD disc of Peter Medak’s classic ghost story THE CHANGELING (pictured) starring George C. Scott, featuring a 4K 1.85:1 scan from the internegative and four and a half hours of special features (including–full disclosure-a locations featurette in which this writer took part):

  • Exclusive slipcase
  • Audio commentary by director Peter Medak and producer Joel B. Michaels, moderated By Severin Films’ David Gregory
  • Interview with Peter Medak by filmmaker Adrián García Bogliano at Mórbido Fest 2018
  • Exile On Curzon St.: Peter Medak on his early years in swinging London
  • The House On Chessman Park: The haunting true story of THE CHANGELING
  • The Music of THE CHANGELING: Interview with music arranger Kenneth Wannberg
  • Building the House of Horror: Interview with art director Reuben Freed
  • The Psychotronic Tourist: THE CHANGELING
  • Master of Horror Mick Garris on THE CHANGELING
  • Still gallery
  • Trailer
  • TV spot
  • Bonus Disc: Soundtrack CD

Hailing from Spain is TALES TO KEEP YOU AWAKE (HISTORIAS PARA NO DORMIR), a 1966-68 TV series written (under the pseudonym Luis Peñafiel) and directed by Narciso “Chicho” Ibañez Serrador, creator of WHO CAN KILL A CHILD? and LA RESIDENCIA/THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED. It includes adaptations of stories by Edgar Allan Poe, Ray Bradbury and Robert Bloch; the two-disc set includes the complete series plus a 1974 special, a 1982 miniseries and other extras celebrating Serrador’s legacy.

Severin has also collected (under its Intervision Picture Corp. banner) the shot-on-video PLAGA ZOMBIE TRILOGY, beginning with the $450 1997 production by then-17-year-old Buenos Aires, Argentina filmmakers Pablo Parés and Hernan Sáez that became a DIY horror favorite. This set contains the original PLAGA ZOMBIE and its two follow-up features, PLAGA ZOMBIE: ZONA MUTANTE and PLAGA ZOMBIE: ZONA MUTANTE–REVOLUCIÓN TÓXICA, together for the first time ever, remastered and upscaled by the directors and accompanied by:

  • Exclusive slipcover
  • PLAGA ZOMBIE trailer
  • PLAGA ZOMBIE: ZONA MUTANTE teaser
  • PLAGA ZOMBIE: ZONA MUTANTE trailer
  • A Million Zombies: The Story of PLAGA ZOMBIE
  • PLAGA ZOMBIE: THE ANIMATED MINIFEARIES
  • Short films:

-NEW YORK COP
-LA CAMA (THE BED)
-BAJO EL PODER DE LA GARRA MALDITA (UNDER THE POWER OF THE WICKED -CLAW)
-EL ESQUELETO Y YO (THE SKELETON AND I)
-TUUUUUUUUUU…
-AMIGOS DEL DEMONIO (THE DEMON’S FRIENDS)
-MAR 6
-CUCARACHA (COCKROACH)

  • PLAGA ZOMBIE: ZONA MUTANTE: REVOLUCIÓN TÓXICA Trailer

Finally, Severin brings the New Zealand horror/comedy MY GRANDPA IS A VAMPIRE (a.k.a. MOONRISE and GRAMPIRE), starring THE MUNSTERS’ Al Lewis, to disc under its Severin Kids imprint. Directed by David Blyth (DEATH WARMED UP) and written by Michael Heath (NEXT OF KIN), the film was scanned in 2K at 1.85:1 from the original negative under Blyth’s supervision, and will come with these extras:

  • Audio commentary by director David Blyth and screenwriter Michael Heath
  • Grandpa Remembers Grandpa: Interview With Actor Daniel Roebuck
  • My Husband Was a Vampire: Interview With Karen Lewis
  • MOONRISE: Original five-episode radio play
  • Trailer
  • MOONRISE booklet

All of these titles are now available for pre-order at the Severin Films on-line store.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.