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Thread: Finally... Synapse Films Releasing Thundercrack On Blu-ray!

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    Finally... Synapse Films Releasing Thundercrack On Blu-ray!

    From Fango:

    "A years-in-the-making restoration of an underground-cinema classic is finally ready to be unleashed on an unsuspecting public. Read on for the complete info and first look at cover art for Synapse Films’ THUNDERCRACK!

    Directed, photographed and edited by Curt McDowell and scripted by George Kuchar, both heroes of the independent film scene, 1975’s THUNDERCRACK! is described as “the world’s only underground kinky art adult horror film, complete with four men, three women and rampaging circus animals. With the initial setup of an atmospheric gothic tale—a dark and stormy night breakdown featuring a creepy old house on the hill—it quickly turns into an eerie orgy of graphic humor, horror and sex.” Synapse has restored the movie in high definition for its first official North American home video release December 8 on region-free Blu-ray and DVD, presented in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio. Both editions will include rare archival interview segments with McDowell on a second audio commentary track, and the two-disc Blu-ray release will also include IT CAME FROM KUCHAR, Jennifer Kroot’s definitive 87-minute documentary on George and his filmmaking twin brother Mike, plus a bonus DVD featuring:

    • Rare interviews
    • Short films
    • THUNDERCRACK! audition footage
    • Outtakes

    And more. Retail prices are $39.95 for the Blu-ray set and $29.95 for the DVD."

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    Yusss! Finally! Knowing Synapse it should be worth the wait.

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    That cover is going to trick a lot of people into thinking this is a different kind of movie...boy will they be suprised!!!

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    My eyeball is not spotting the release date. Is my brain deceiving me?

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    Synapse has restored the movie in high definition for its first official North American home video release December 8 on region-free Blu-ray and DVD, presented in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio.

    Can't believe this is finally happening.

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    “the world’s only underground kinky art adult horror film, complete with four men, three women and rampaging circus animals."
    Not to mention a prominent cucumber.

    This is fantastic news. I assume this is the extended (European release) version?

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    All of these years & I have never seen Thundercrack! I think I had it on vhs but the quality was crap... Will have to take a look on youtube to see if anything about it rings a bell.

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    Fantastic news!

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    Formal press release and sell sheet!

    Thundercrack!
    Label: Synapse Films
    Production year: 1975 Genre: Horror
    Director: Curt McDowell
    Cast: Marion Eaton, George Kuchar, Melinda McDowell, Mark Ellinger, Mookie Blodgett
    Ken Scudder, Moira Benson

    Blu-ray
    (2 Disc Special Edition)
    Pre-book: 11/10/2015 Streets: 12/08/2015
    SRP: 39.95 UPC: 654930317891 Cat: SFD0155 Run Time: 160 minutes
    English with English SDH, Spanish, French, German subtitles
    Black and White Not Rated Full screen 1.33:1 DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono All Regions

    DVD
    Pre-book: 11/10/2015 Streets: 12/08/2015
    SRP: 29.95 UPC: 654930318195 Cat: SFD0158 Run Time: 160 minutes
    English with English SDH, Spanish, French, German subtitles
    Black and White Not Rated Full Screen 1.33:1 Dolby Digital Mono Region 0

    Synopsis:

    YEARS IN THE MAKING! THE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED RESTORATION OF THE UNDERGROUND FILM CLASSIC THUNDERCRACK! WILL FINALLY BE UNLEASHED TO THE PUBLIC!

    Witness if you dare... THUNDERCRACK!... the world's only underground kinky art adult horror film, complete with four men, three women and rampaging circus animals. With the initial setup of an atmospheric gothic tale -- a dark and stormy night breakdown featuring a creepy old house on the hill -- it quickly turns into an eerie orgy of graphic humor, horror and sex. A tour de force of underground filmmaking with a plot beyond description, this film fully exposes itself with amazing dialogue and trash-noir lighting through which to peer at the pickles, the puke and the polymorphs.

    In 1975, Curt McDowell and writer/actor George Kuchar created the exceptionally perverse and utterly brilliant THUNDERCRACK!, a film not recommended for those with tender sensibilities. A true cult classic that has shocked, excited and amazed audiences worldwide for 40 years, this presentation is the first ever official North American video release!

    Blu-ray Bonus Features:

    Rare archival interview segments with director Curt McDowell presented as audio commentary
    BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE Bonus Feature - IT CAME FROM KUCHAR (87 minutes): Directed by Jennifer Kroot.
    Documentary about the twin underground filmmakers George and Mike Kuchar
    BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE: An additional BONUS DVD loaded with fun additional extras! Rare interviews, short films, THUNDERCRACK! audition footage, outtakes and MORE!

    DVD Bonus Features:

    Rare archival interview segments with director Curt McDowell presented as audio commentary
    Chapter Selections

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    The detail about additional "short films" on the bonus DVD is intriguing but vague.

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