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    Demons & Demons 2 Coming From Synapse

    I'm gonna split this off from the regular Synapse thread.

    So yeah, this is officially announced now...

    We wanted to keep everyone updated on DEMONS and DEMONS 2 and we’re pleased to announce a little surprise with these two titles. Synapse Films has been approached by Scanavo, the makers of the Steelbook cases for Blu-ray and DVD, and we have decided to do something a little special for the fans.

    As many of you know, for the past few years, Synapse has done “Limited Edition” versions of some of our titles near the holidays. We did the limited edition BLU of INTRUDER with the workprint (sold out in 3 weeks) and, last year, we did the limited edition BLU of THE DEFINITIVE DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD (only a couple hundred left).

    This year, we’ve decided to do Limited Edition Steelbooks for both DEMONS and DEMONS 2, with exclusive new cover art by the amazing Wes Benscoter. While the street date is expected to be around November, anyone who orders the Limited Editions will be getting theirs shipped as soon as they are done and available (we’ll ship them as soon as they come in to our offices, regardless of street date). These LE Steelbooks will NOT be available in stores and 3000 units will be available direct from our website right here at www.synapse-films.com. Once the units are sold out, they will no longer be available. These are ONE PRESSING ONLY items. Once the Steelbooks are gone, they are gone forever and will NOT be repressed. At this time, we have no plans to release these two films in standard packaging.

    The price for the Steelbooks will be $39.95 + $6.00 shipping, for a total price of $45.95 each. We will ship on a first-come, first-served basis (we’ll ship the orders in the order in which they are received).

    While the discs are not yet 100% finalized, this is what we can tell you:

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    DEMONS – Limited Edition Steelbook

    - Limited Edition Steelbook Featuring All-New Artwork from Wes Benscoter
    - Each Steelbook is Blu-ray packaging sized, and will be a “Combo Pack” containing both a Blu-ray (BD-50) and a DVD (DVD-9) of the feature and extras.
    - Unlike previous releases, we have the original Italian Language Stereo mix, the “International” stereo alternate dub mix and the original U.S. mono soundtrack!
    - Audio Commentary Track with Cast & Crew Featuring Recollections from Director Lamberto Bava, Make-up Effects Artist Sergio Stivaletti, Musician Claudio Simonetti and actress Geretta Geretta.
    - Removable English Subtitles for both the U.S. Language Dub Version, as well as the Original Italian Version.
    - Collectible Reproduction of the Original Metropol Theatre Ticket seen in the Film.
    - The transfer is from a new HD scan of the original 35mm negative, in 1080p/23.98fps 1.66:1 aspect ratio [not the same muted colors and weak black levels as previous released versions].
    - All audio tracks will be encoded in DTS-HD MA.

    -Featurettes (from Calum Waddell’s HIGH RISING PRODUCTIONS Company) include:
    PROFONDO JONES – THE CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE – Interview with Alan Jones

    CARNAGE AT THE CINEMA – LAMBERTO BAVA AND HIS SPLATTER MASTERPIECE – 30 Minute Interview with Director Lamberto Bava

    MONSTROUS MEMORIES WITH LUIGI COZZI – 30 Minute Interview

    SPLATTER STUNT ROCK – Interview with Stunt Man Ottaviano Dell’Acqua

    DARIO AND HIS DEMONS – PRODUCING MONSTER MAYHEM – All-New Exclusive Interview with Producer Dario Argento.


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    DEMONS 2 – Limited Edition Steelbook
    [Extras/Transfer are still in the early stages of completion. What we list below is what we currently have. Other extras may still be added.]

    - Limited Edition Steelbook Featuring All-New Artwork from Wes Benscoter
    - Each Steelbook is Blu-ray packaging sized, and will be a “Combo Pack” containing both a Blu-ray (BD-50) and a DVD (DVD-9) of the feature and extras.
    - Contains the Original Italian Language Mix and the Original English Soundtrack.
    - Removable English Subtitles for both the English and Italian Versions.
    - The transfer is from a new HD scan of the original 35mm negative, in 1080p/23.98fps 1.66:1 aspect ratio [not the same muted colors and weak black levels as previous released versions].
    - All audio tracks will be encoded in DTS-HD MA.

    -Featurettes (from Calum Waddell’s HIGH RISING PRODUCTIONS Company) include:
    SCREAMING FOR A SEQUEL – THE DELIRIOUS LEGACY OF DEMONS 2 – Interview with Lamberto Bava

    THE DEMONS GENERATION – ROY BAVA DISCUSSES A LEGACY IN LACERATIONS – Assistant Director Roy Bava Speaks About His Experiences on DEMONS and DEMONS 2

    A SOUNDTRACK FOR SPLATTER – Composer Simon Boswell Discusses His Genre Music Making Career.

    DEMONIC INFLUENCES – FEDERICO ZAMPAGLIONE SPEAKS – Interview Segment

    We will be adding the two titles to our site within the next week for IMMEDIATE preorder. Once the items go “live” to order in our database, we will post the availability to order on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.
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    So it sounds like they're going to be selling direct only and taking a Twilight Time style approach by limiting these to 3k per title, steelbook versions only.

    I'd imagine there's going to be some controversy over this.
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    The way I originally read it was that like Document of the Dead, there will be a standard version, and a Synapse direct only ltd version. But it's not really clear if that is the case or not.

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    I read it as they (the steelbooks) won't be in stores but will be at online sellers. Those who pre-order direct from Synapse will get them as soon as they come to their office but they are the same as what will be sold at etailers. That's how I see it anyway. It's a pretty vague statement in that sense. I am not too tempted by these, I'm long over these films.
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    Guess we'll find out, but then there is quote:

    "At this time, we have no plans to release these two films in standard packaging."
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    Hmmm... "While the street date is expected to be around November, anyone who orders the Limited Editions will be getting theirs shipped as soon as they are done and available (we’ll ship them as soon as they come in to our offices, regardless of street date)."

    Why do you need a "street date" if you are selling the entire stock yourself?

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    Maybe Andrew is right and the steelbooks will be available at the Synapse site and other e-tailers but ship from the Synapse site first?
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    I was really looking forward to getting these, but at $46 each, I don't know anymore...

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    Hopefully.....the shipping will be free even outside the US to make up for the outrageous pricing, and lack of standard release? I also hope Tenebre and Phenomena won't be given this "special" treatment.

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    Er....just noticed the shipping fees....

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