Starship Troopers 2 Info
Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the
Federation, the sequel to the 1997
movie, will be released on DVD on April 19.
The straight-to-video movie was filmed during one month in mid-2003. This is the directorial debut
for Phil Tippett, who has
been a stop-motion animator and a visual effects supervisor since 1977 (including the creature effects
for the original Starship Troopers)
According to producer Jon Davidson, who worked with Tippett on different movies since 1978's
Piranha, they wanted to work as a producer/director team for years. He claims the key for this
movie was the low budget and that Sony got a huge bargain on the visual effects in exchange for
allowing Tippett to helm the film.
TV Spot (or this, or this)
More Info about Fast Company Special Edition DVD
Amazon offers the Fast Company Special Edition DVDs: The single disc version ($17) and the 2-Disc Limited Edition ($25.5)
Buy.com also offers the DVDs: The single disc version ($15) and the 2-Disc Limited Edition ($22)
Some more info about the DVD, from Fangoria (January 12):
At our just-concluded Fangoria Weekend of Horrors, Blue Underground's Bill Lustig, David Gregory and
Jay Douglas previewed a number of their upcoming DVD releases, including a really exciting one for
David Cronenberg fans.
Later, Fango caught up with Gregory for the full details: "We're doing a release
of Fast Company April 27, and we've got Cronenberg's involvement," he says of the director's
little-seen 1979 drag-racing drama. "The only way Cronenberg will do things like commentary is if he approves
the transfer. Of course, that was fine with us, because we always like to get the filmmakers invovlved
if we can. So we did a new transfer from the original negative under the supervision of cinematographer
Mark Irwin, who has worked with Cronenberg six times. As a result of that, I went up to Toronto
right before the Fango convention and did the commentary with Cronenberg.
"He was very happy and surprised that we had restored a nude scene into the film that he thought was
lost," Gregory reveals, "and also very happy with the transfer. And he was able to put Fast Company
into the context of his other films; often people consider it an anomaly, but to him it's one of his
most personal movies. I should also mention that the film will have a new 6.1 Surround audio track."
But the good news for the director's fans doesn't stop there. "In addition to this, when he heard we
were restoring the film and interviewing William Smith, John Saxon and Mark Irwin for the special
features, he knew we were serious about doing a special edition, so we asked if we could also restore
his early short features Stereo and Crimes of the Future, with a view to
putting them on a second disc to be released with Fast Company. So Fast Company
will be released on both a single disc and a double disc, with those two movies, for the Cronenberg
Cronenberg Special Edition DVDs
brings the following news on some of Cronenberg's early movies coming out on Special Edition DVDs:
On April 27, Fast Company will be released by Blue Underground in both a
single disc ($20) and
a 2-disc limited edition version ($30).
Both will have the following features:
Anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
6.1 DTS-ES, 5.1 DD EX, 2.0 DD and the original mono soundtracks
A new transfer from the original negative supervised by cinematographer Mark Irwin
A "lost" scene
Commentary by David Cronenberg
Interviews with William Smith and John Saxon
Interview with cinematographer Mark Irwin
Still & photo gallery
Claudia Jennings bio
The second disc of the 2-disc limited edition will also contain the following:
Crimes of the Future
David Cronenberg bio
Additional still & photo gallery
On June 1, Rabid will be released by Ventura Distribution for $25.
It will feature the following (as well as a few still unannounced):
Remastered anamorphic widescreen
Commentary by David Cronenberg
(Thanks to reddragonbb)
Fast Forward, 1 Year Later
Well, it's been a year since I put the site on hold. Is it back? I'm not sure. I might post some news
once in a while, but definitely not as frequently as it used to be in the good days. Maybe not at all.
We'll see. Too bad most of the other Cronenberg sites seem to have frozen too.
Still, you might have noticed that some sections - such as Movies
and Others - are kept updated, and two new sections were added:
Awards and Music.
The site keeps getting visitors on a daily basis, so it seems that people are still enjoying it. I'll
do my best to keep it that way.
All the best,
Painkillers Pushed to a Back Burner
You may have noticed the bad news concerning Painkillers in the FAQ section:
According to Jam! from November
28th 2003, Cronenberg has "pushed Painkillers to a back burner". He's quoted as saying: "Because a film
takes two or three years of your life, I have to be excited about a script and Painkillers just
isn't doing it. I may return to it at a later date, but I've just begun working on a new idea that may
or may not be my next film."