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UK fans of Night of the Comet will be delighted to hear that the film will be released on Blu-ray on 22 September by distributor, Arrow Films.
The release also includes a DVD version and the special features look to be the same as the US release with the addition of a Collector’s Booklet featuring new writing on the film and a reversible sleeve (as had the US release) with newly commisioned artwork. We will let you know as soon as the new artwork is released.
The special features are listed as
High definition digital transfer
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Thom Eberhardt
Audio Commentary with Stars Kelli Maroney and Catherine Mary Stewart
Audio Commentary with Production Designer John Muto
Valley Girls At The End Of The World – Interviews with Stars Kelli Maroney and Catherine Mary Stewart
The Last Man On Earth? – An Interview with Actor Robert Beltran
Curse of the Comet – An Interview with Special Make-Up Effects Creator David B. Miller
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork to be revealed!
Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film
Don Perry, the Music producer on Night of the Comet, recently shared some insight into the Soundtrack for the film. Adding to a discussion on the Night of the CometFacebook Group page regarding the availablility of some of the tracks from the film, Don graciously posted the following:
I was hired by Crawford and Lane to produce the music for the film. When I saw the initial screening they had temporarily scored it with hit songs and wanted to include as many of them as I could license. They had success with this format with their previous picture, Valley Girl. That picture was made for $350,000 and ultimately the music rights cost them another $250,000. To include the songs they wanted in Comet would have cost close to a million dollars.
We quickly went to “plan B” and had to record 19 original songs and the cover ofGirls Just Wanna Have Fun by Tami. I had a lot of help from friends, and Bob Summers and I produced the equivalent of 2 albums in very short time.
Having said that, I’m very proud of the quality of the artists and songs and remain disappointed that we couldn’t make a deal with a major record company… the film didn’t initially stay in the theaters long enough to shop a deal. Macola Records released it but there were a few songs we couldn’t include that I would have liked due to contractual problems and the record companies choices. I still think Learn to Love Again could have been a hit with a major release.
While Don didn’t keep a note of the songs that were originally planned for the film, he does recall that,
…each one was a monster hit and of course the producers had fallen in love with every one of them.
The first and last one I tried to license for them was The Police, Every Breath You Take. This was the song they wanted in the worst way. It was the best selling single of 1983 and the album Synchronicity sold over 8 million copies in the US alone. When the price started at $50,000, I knew we were in trouble. When licensing songs it’s possible to get a favor rate but companies were always smart enough to include a “favored nation” clause, which meant if you paid more to another company for a song they would get the same. As you can see if we paid that much for one song, they would all want that. You can see why we went with original songs. Personally, I relished the creative challenge. It’s more fun to make records than just license them.
Recording artist Thom Pace has also commented that all three of his soundtrack songs (I’ll Take the Blame, Virgin in Love, King County Woman) were recorded in Music Producer Don Perry’s studio and that Don had Doug Kershaw sing King County Woman as he wanted it to be a country track, Thom’soriginal version was not country.
To date, the soundtrack is only available on original LP and cassette. Full details of the releases are available in theMemorabilia section, with full details of the songs, including lyrics, available in the Soundtrack section.
Student Jake Williamson has written and directed a short film re-make of Night of the Comet called The Night for his Fundamentals of Video production. Other contributors include Marcus Briggans, Ashley Nicole Ellis, Kim Weir and Wendy Duran.
Director Robert Rodriguez’s new El Rey Network TV channel has added Night of the Comet to its library of films so check their website for your local TV provider to see when it’s next showing in your area.
The El Rey network is available on Comcast, DirecTV and Time Warner Cable.
Fans of Night of the Comet will know that in the film Reggie worked at the El Rey Theatre. Rodriguez also named one of the characters El Wray, in his film Planet Terror.
Currently, Night of the Comet is scheduled to be shown at 5pm and 9pm (PT) on Saturday 17 May, and 7pm and 9pm on Monday 19 May.
The Alamo Drafthouse Littleton cinema in Denver will be screening Night of the Comet in conjunction with Mile High Sci Fi at 8pm on Friday 23 May, 2014.
Mile High Sci fi is cinema with a difference. Here’s a quote from their website:
“MHSF is a live comedy show with a movie as the back drop. We show movies that we think are good to make fun of and we sit in the back with microphones and do just that for the duration of the movie. To repeat: WE TALK DURING THE MOVIE.
But we don’t just talk! We also add new sound effects, change the soundtrack etc.
Think of our shows as less going to a movie and more going to a comedy theater show with the film as a backdrop. Or just come see for yourself. You’ll love it!”
As an extra incentive, get into the 80s groove and dress up for the occasion, best ’80s outfit will win @DenverComicCon tickets.
YouTube user Sailor Smith posts 3D Theatre where classic movies are reduced to 10-15 minute versions and presented in 3D. His lastest upload is none other than our favourite, Night of the Comet. You will need red/blue 3D glasses to see the effect.
MGM Channel will be showing Night of the Comet a number of times during May 2014. The times below are for UK TV, however, the scheduling is the same for many other regions in Europe and Africa, so check your local scheduling for local times.
Friday 9 May, 4.15pm, MGM Channel (times vary in other regions) Saturday 10 May, 7.50am, MGM Channel (times vary in other regions) Tuesday 20 May, 12.10pm, MGM Channel (times vary in other regions)