Make Mine Shout Select!

Shout SelectMMC! is positively giddy with the opportunity to obsess over more spine numbers.  The good folks at Shout! Factory have announced a new spine numbered imprint called Shout Select.  In their own words:

Presenting Shout Select, a Blu-ray, DVD & Digital imprint of SHOUT! FACTORY.  Shining a light on films that deserve a spot on your shelf, Shout Select Titles are handpicked by the film buffs at Shout! Factory.  From acknowledged classics to cult favorites to unheralded gems, Shout Select celebrates the best in filmmaking, giving these movies the love and attention they deserve.

Already announced as receiving the Shout Select treatment are W. D. Richter’s The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984), John Carpenter’s Elvis (1979), Martin Brest’s Midnight Run (1988), Rowdy Herrington’s Road House (1989), and both Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (Stephen Herek, 1989) and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (Peter Hewitt, 1991).

This line is still in its infancy and it will be interesting to see in what directions Shout! takes the imprint and if it decides to pull some existing titles into the fold.  At the moment, Shout Select looks like a label devoted to paracinematic favourites (but no horror movies) released by Hollywood in or around the 1980s and starring high profile talent.  MMC! has a few favourites of its own that fit this description, so don’t be surprised if some suggestions for Shout Select canonization appear in the near future!

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