Shout Factory! set to take San Diego Comic Con by storm


It’s con season and the granddaddy of them all is taking place in San Diego this month! From July 20 to July 23 get ready to get your geek on.

Shout Factory! is ready to party and they are armed with swag. Joining them will be the cast of MST3K for Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return … and New Destinations! Let’s check out the press release on their blog to find out what’s happening.

“A mainstay at San Diego Comic-Con International, pop-culture purveyor Shout! Factory returns to the convention in 2017 with a dynamic lineup, featuring captivating panel events, a showcase of new and upcoming theatrical and home entertainment releases, new official Mystery Science Theater 3000 merchandise, Comic-Con exclusive items and engaging booth activities, including a signing with the cast of the critically acclaimed Netflix Original Series Mystery Science Theater 3000. Fans and convention attendees are invited to join in on the excitement at the Shout! Factory booth (#4118) on the main convention floor.

Genre and horror film buffs, collectors and pop culture enthusiasts alike won’t want to miss Breaking News from Shout! Factory and Scream Factory. At 8 pm on Friday, July 21st in Room 4, join Jeremy Whitham (Development Director), Brian Ward (Senior Director of Blu-ray and DVD Production) and Jeff Nelson (Senior Marketing Director) as they make special announcements and unveil exclusive sneak peeks of upcoming Blu-ray collector’s editions and new movies coming to theaters this fall. A fan-driven insider’s event filled with lively discussion and a few surprises, this panel discussion and Q&A will be moderated by Bill Hunt of The Digital Bits.

Calling all MSTies! In the not too distant future—Saturday, July 22nd at 3 pm at the Horton Grand Theatre, to be precise—join the cast of MST3K for Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return … and New Destinations! Following a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, the new season of MST3K is now a Netflix Original Series. What was it like to bring the show back and what’s next for MST3K? Join creator Joel Hodgson and cast members Felicia DayJonah RayHampton Yount, and Rebecca Hanson, along with moderator Erik Adams of The A.V. Club, as they take you behind the scenes!

On Saturday, July 22nd at 1 pm, join MST3K creator Joel Hodgson and cast members Felicia DayJonah RayHampton Yount, and Rebecca Hanson for a cast signing at the Shout! Factory booth (4118).

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For DVD and Blu-ray collectors, this just may be the motherlode of entertainment. Horror fans check out some of these special editions. Descriptions and info are courtesy of Dread Central. I know exactly what titles I would bring home. How about you?

Army of Darkness (Collector’s Edition)
Bound in human flesh and inked in blood, the ancient “Necronomicon” – the Book of the Dead – unleashes unspeakable evil upon mankind in this outrageously hilarious third chapter of Evil Dead Trilogy from legendary director Sam Raimi (Darkman, Drag Me to Hell) and producer Robert Tapert (Ash vs. Evil Dead). Army of Darkness Collector’s Edition, featuring the Theatrical Cut of the film, the Director’s Cut (with 15 minutes of extra footage), the International Cut and the TV version (in standard definition). This definitive collector’s edition is jam-packed with bonus content, including new interviews with star and co-producer Bruce Campbell and the cast, special make-up effect artists Howard Berger, Tony Gardner, Robert Kurtzman, and Greg Nicotero, audio commentary, alternate and deleted scenes and much more – all collected in a special 3-Disc Blu-ray set!


Escape From New York (Collector’s Edition Steelbook) 
In a world ravaged by crime, the entire island of Manhattan has been converted into a walled prison where brutal prisoners roam. But when the US president (Pleasence) crash-lands inside, only one man can bring him back: notorious outlaw and former Special Forces war hero Snake Plissken (Russell). But time is short. In 24 hours, an explosive device implanted in his neck will end Snake’s mission – and his life – unless he succeeds! Shout! Factory’s edition of the 1981 cult classic includes brand new bonus features including a new 2K scan of the inter-positive, struck from the original negative.


The Fog (Collector’s Edition Steelbook)
When the fog rolls in … the terror begins! Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Scream Factory with this moody horror classic from master of terror John Carpenter. The sleepy seaside village of Antonio Bay is about to learn the true meaning of the word “vengeance.” This seemingly perfect town masks a guilty secret … a past steeped in greed and murder. Exactly 100 years ago, a ship was horribly wrecked under mysterious circumstances in a thick, eerie fog. Now, shrouded in darkness, the long-dead mariners have returned from their watery grave to exact a bloody revenge.


The Lawnmower Man (Collector’s Edition) 
Available for the first time on Blu-ray, this definitive collector’s edition release boasts The Director’s Cut, theatrical cut and revealing extras. Dr. Lawrence Angelo (Pierce Brosnan) is a brilliant scientist obsessed with perfecting virtual reality software. When his experiments on animals fail, he finds the ideal substitute – Jobe Smith (Jeff Fahey), a slow-witted gardener. Dr. Angelo’s goal is to benefit his human guinea pig and ultimately mankind itself, but evil lurks the guise of “the Shop,” a shadowy group that seeks to use the technology to create an invincible war machine. When the experiments change the simple Jobe into a superhuman being, the stage is set for a Jekyll-and-Hyde struggle for the control of Jobe’s mind and the future of the world.


Slither (Collector’s Edition)
From James Gunn, co-writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, comes Slither, the deliciously demented story of an unnamed evil wreaking havoc on a small town. Making its Blu-ray debut as a deluxe Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on August 1st, 2017 from Scream Factory, this delightfully disgusting creature feature comes jam-packed with bonus features, including a new audio commentary with director James Gunn, actor Nathan Fillion and actor Michael Rooker, a new interview “The Genesis of Slither” with writer and director James Gunn, a new interview with actor Gregg Henry, audio commentary with James Gunn and Nathan Fillion, deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary by James Gunn, Slithery Set Tour with actor Nathan Fillion, and much, much more!


Scream Factory is proud to present SPECIES Collector’s Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray set. This definitive collector’s edition features new 4K scan of the film and contains insightful bonus content. When a beautiful human-alien hybrid (Henstridge) escapes from observation, scientist Xavier Fitch (Kingsley) dispatches a crew of experts to find her before she is able to fulfill her horrific purpose: to mate with unsuspecting men and produce offspring that could destroy mankind. As her deadly biological clock ticks rapidly, Fitch and his team are hurled into a desperate battle in which the fate of humanity itself hangs in the balance!

They Live (Collector’s Edition Steelbook) 
Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Scream Factory with John Carpenter’s politically-charged science fiction thriller They Live. The truth is more than meets the eye. You’ve been listening to their speeches and watching them on TV. They influence our decisions without us knowing it. Think again and the choice is yours! Featuring anamorphic widescreen presentation of this cult classic movie, this special collector’s edition home entertainment release of They Live boasts a bounty of special bonus content, a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible wrap with original theatrical key art and much more!


The Thing: (Collector’s Edition)
In 1982 legendary genre filmmaker John Carpenter (Halloween, They Live) unleashed THE THING–a chilling sci-fi thriller that raised the bar on shocking special effects and terrified movie audiences worldwide. Scream Factory is proud to present this landmark horror film in a 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release which includes a brand new 2K scan of the film (supervised by Director of Photography Dean Cundey) and over 5 hours of extras.

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Sounds like a terrific way to spend a weekend. For more information visit the SDCCblog for panel and guest info.

If you are in the San Diego area, will you be going to #SDCC17? What swag will you bring home from Shout Factory!? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.