Well Go USA Announces All-New Bonus Features for The Phantasm Blu-ray Collection
Well Go USA Entertainment announced today the all-new bonus materials included in the upcoming The Phantasm Collection, scheduled to release in a limited edition, six-disc Blu-ray box set on April 11. (Please note that the previous release date for the box set was March 28).
In addition to the previously released archival material included in the box set, Phantasm creator Don Coscarelli has produced hours of never-before-seen material, featuring new interviews with cast and filmmakers, as well as rare archival materials.
"Well Go USA has done an outstanding job in curating the ultimate Phantasm collection. This terrific new release rivals the best Blu-ray box sets ever in its size and depth," said Don Coscarelli. "I am so excited to share these never-before-seen features with our devoted fans, who will now be able to witness just how the Phantasm films were created in this stunning high-definition presentation."
"This box set is the answer to every Phantasm fan's prayers," said Doris Pfardrescher, President & CEO, Well Go USA Entertainment. "The filmmakers have gone above and beyond in order to create the most immersive Phantasm experience possible in one comprehensive box set."
One of the world's most popular franchises in the history of horror, the Phantasm film series has terrified fans for generations and this new box set features all five frightening films in the series – PHANTASM: REMASTERED (1979), PHANTASM II (1988), PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD (1994), PHANTASM IV: OBLIVION (1998) and the most recent installment PHANTASM: RAVAGER (2016). Packaging on all five films in the collection will feature reversible sleeve art, with one side highlighting the original packaging and the reverse showing new artwork uniform exclusive to the collection. In addition, the discs themselves will be BD50, which allow for less compression and a higher quality audio, as well as more space for the extensive bonus materials.
Also included with the collection is Phantasm Compendium, a 120-page book featuring exclusive interviews and rare, behind-the-scenes photos chronicling the history and impact of the franchise, plus a 21" x 27" reversible poster featuring the iconic original theatrical artwork.
THE ALL-NEW SPECIAL FEATURES BREAK DOWN AS FOLLOWS
Disc 1: PHANTASM
Audio Commentary with writer/director Don Coscarelli, co-producer Paul Pepperman and visual consultant Roberto Quezada
Additional home movie footage
Disc 3: PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD
"Balls of Steel: Bob Ivy's Stunt for the Ages - The Phantasm III Car Stunt" – This featurette shows the planning and behind-the-scenes footage of the dangerous stunt performed in the film and includes recently rediscovered material.
"It's Never Over: The Making of PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD" – This featurette includes interviews with Don Coscarelli, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury, Gloria Lynn Henry, Stuntman Bob Ivy, director of photography Christopher Chomyn, composer/sound designer Christopher L. Stone, sphere designer/mechanical effects artist Kerry Prior, special makeup effects designer Dean Gates and Production Assistant Kristen Deem.
Audio Commentary with writer/director Don Coscarelli and editor Norman Buckley
Behind the Scenes Compilation
Disc 4: PHANTASM IV: OBLIVION
"Death is No Escape: The Making of PHANTASM IV: OBLIVION" – This featurette includes interviews with Don Coscarelli, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury, special makeup effects artist Gigi Bannister, stunt co-ordinator/actor Bob Ivy, director of photography Christopher Chomyn, composer/sound designer Christopher L. Stone, sphere designer/mechanical effects designer Kerry Prior, cameraman Justin Zaharczuk and special makeup effects artist Robert Kurtzman.
Behind the Scenes Compilation
Phantasm sequels Conceptual Art Gallery by Justin Zaharczuk
Disc 5: PHANTASM V: RAVAGER
"The Making of PHANTASM V: RAVAGER" featurette
Interview with actor A. Michael Baldwin
Interview with actress Kat Lester
Interview with actor Stephan Jutras
Behind the Scenes Promo with Angus Scrimm Tribute
Phantasm V Red Credit Sequence
Disc 6: BONUS DISC
"Phantasm and You" – a comic recap of the first 4 films by PHANTASM V: RAVAGER director David Hartman
Flashback Weekend Chicago Convention Panel Discussion (2008)
Flashback Weekend Chicago Convention Cast Panel (2014)
Flashback Weekend concert performance by Kat Lester
2016 Fantastic Fest Premiere and Q&A
PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED CONTENT FOR THE PHANTASM COLLECTION
Synopsis: Mike, a young teenage boy who has just lost his parents, afraid to lose his brother follow him to a funeral, where Mike witnesses the Tall Man lifting a coffin on his own. Mike decides to investigate, and discovers that the Tall Man, protected by his flying spheres, is shrinking dead bodies down to half their normal size and reanimating them as slaves. It is then up to Mike, his brother, and Reggie the ice cream man to stop the Tall man.
NEW 4K Restoration
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Don Coscarelli and Stars Michael Baldwin, Angus Scrimm and Bill Thornbury
Interviews with Don Coscarelli and Angus Scrimm
Cast interviews - Phantasm: Actors Having a Ball
PHANTASM Behind-the-Scenes Home Movies with commentary by Don Coscarelli and Reggie Bannister
Angus Scrimm Introduction
Fangoria TV Spot
Phantasm II (1988)
Synopsis: The Tall Man is back with a vengeance in Phantasm II, the second chapter in the cult classic Phantasm series! Released after seven years in a mental hospital, Mike convinces his old pal Reggie to join with him to hunt down and destroy The Tall Man once and for all. Mike's visions lead the two to a quiet little town where a horde of flying killer balls aim to slice and dice their gruesome way through everyone. Exploding with special effects, unparalleled thrills, horror and suspense, Phantasm II climaxes with a blood-curdling conclusion that you have to see to believe.
Audio Commentary with Don Coscarelli, actors Angus Scrimm and Reggie Banister
The Ball is Back documentary on the making of PHANTASM II
The Gory Days an interview with Special Make-up Effects Artist Greg Nicotero
Behind the Scenes
Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994)
Synopsis: The mutant dwarf creatures are attacking, the silver spheres are flying, and The Tall Man is back with a vengeance! Fifteen years after the original horror classic, writer/producer/director Don Coscarelli reunites brothers Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) and Jody (Bill Thornbury) to help their friend Reggie (Reggie Bannister) destroy The Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) once and for all. Is the ultimate of evil any match for a bald, former ice cream vendor with a '70 Hemicuda and a four-barrel shotgun? Cindy Ambuehl (JAG) co-stars in this insane sequel packed with sex, violence and gore galore that takes the Phantasm series to a whole new dimension!
Audio Commentary with Stars A. Michael Baldwin and Angus Scrimm
Phantasm III: Behind-the-Scenes
Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998)
Synopsis: Writer/director Don Coscarelli reunites A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury and Angus Scrimm for the final shocking chapter of the most unique series in horror movie history! As The Tall Man's unholy harvest reaches its crescendo, Mike, Reggie and Jody will converge across portals of time and dimensions of the undead to uncover his startling secrets. Flying spheres will be unleashed. Ice cream vendors will reload. But will the ultimate nightmare end where it all began? The final game now begins in this decisive sequel that Digitally Obsessed calls "a superb conclusion... one of the most rewarding films in the series!"
Audio Commentary with Director Don Coscarelli and Actors Reggie Bannister and Angus Scrimm
Phantasm IV: Behind-The-Scenes
Phantasm: Ravager (2015)
Synopsis: Synopsis: For 37 years, audiences have followed small town friends Reggie, Mike, and Jody in their quest to stop the evil, dimension-hopping schemes of The Tall Man (Angus Scrimm in his final performance) and his armada of killer Sentinel Spheres. Now, Don Coscarelli's acclaimed horror/sci-fi Phantasm franchise comes to a close in a truly epic finale, a multi-dimensional battle across multiple timelines, alien planets, and altered realities, where no less than the fate of Earth is on the line.
Audio Commentary with co-writer/director David Hartman and co-writer/producer Don Coscarelli
Behind the Scenes
Phuntasm: Bloopers and Outtakes
BONUS BLU-RAY DISC
Phantasmagoria: a documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew
Phantasmagorical Mystery Tour with your host, Reggie Bannister
Fangoria TV Commercial with Angus Scrimm
Angus Scrimm 1989 Convention Appearance