SFFF Day 4 Report – An Extended Trip Overseas

saskatoon_fantastic_film_festivalThe Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival closed with a massive final day that included five feature films, five shorts, and screenings of the films participating in the Festival’s 48 Hour Movie Making Challenge. SFFF closed the four day run with a trio of Asian films – the Mo Brothers’ Headshot (2015), Yeon Sang-ho’s Train to Busan (2016), and Kôji Shiraishi’s Sadako vs. Kayako (2016) – that were collected to thrill audience members and get their communal adrenaline pumping. These efforts seemed to prove successful, but the best of Day 4 was found elsewhere and the final day offered some welcome surprises along the way.

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Aachi & Ssipak (Jo Beom-jin, 2006)

“Violence, drugs, porn, and poo – It’s extreme!” – SEATTLE WEEKLY

Drafthouse Films LogoIn the future, the only energy source is human excrement.  Citizens are microchipped and rewarded for defecation with addictive Juicybars.  In Shit City, two small-time hoods team up with a would-be porn actress and become major traffickers in the Government-issued treat.  Hunted by the notorious Diaper Gang, a collection of blue, constipated, mutant Juicybar addicts led by the dangerous Diaper King, and with a superhuman Government agent out to stop them all, the trio may have bitten off more Juicybars than they can chew.  Welcome to the insane world of Aachi & Ssipak.

Warning: This movie is unsuitable for teenagers, pregnant women, and those with heart trouble.

Special Features:

  • Audio commentary with Jo Beom-jin and jTeam Staff
  • Introduction by Todd Brown of Twitchfilm
  • Making of documentary
  • Cast interviews
  • Character featurette
  • Deleted scenes
  • Original Flashanimated Aachi & Ssipak webisodes
  • Music video
  • Teasers and trailers
  • 16-page booklet with stills and production art

Juicybar Edition – Package Includes:

  • Aachi & Ssipak on Blu-ray or Standard DVD featuring over 2 hours of bonus material
  • High quality 720p HD Digital Download of the Film Available on Street Date
  • Instant Download of the 13-track Aachi & Ssipak Soundtrack
  • 27″ x 40″ Theatrical Poster
  • Juicybar Popsicle Molds

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Never Too Young to Die (Gil Bettman, 1986)

“… explosions, one-against-a-hundred bazooka battles, and chases …” – LOS ANGELES TIMES

Drafthouse Films LogoAction: Bond style.  Beauty: Vanity style.  Hero: American style.  Never Too Young to Die stars teenage idol John Stamos and the sensually exotic Vanity as two of the most dynamic secret agents seen in years.  Gene Simmons plays the super-villain who plans to take over the country, and finds his plot blocked by Stamos and Vanity.  The two suddenly find themselves the targets of the vicious Simmons, and must take on the maniacal hermaphrodite.  The resulting battle of the “sexes” blows the lid of the evil plan, and Stamos joins the ranks of the American Hero.  Powerful heavy-metal music, state-of-the-art weaponry, and the explosive chemistry between two of the sexiest stars on the screen blend to make this exciting action flick an automatic winner!

Special Features:

Stargrove Edition – Package Includes:

  • Never Too Young to Die on Blu-ray or Standard DVD featuring over 2 hours of bonus material
  • High quality 720p HD Digital Download of the Film Available on Street Date
  • Instant Download of the 7-track Never Too Young to Die Soundtrack including Tommie Lee Bradley’s theme “Stargrove”
  • 27″ x 40″ Reversible Poster
  • Limited Edition “DUNBAR” Tank Top

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The War of the Stars: A New Hope Grindhoused (George Lucas/The Man Behind the Mask, 1977/2010)

The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents The War of the Stars: A New Hope Grindhoused.

criterion logoA poor orphan working on his uncle’s moisture farm on the remote desert planet Tatooine, Luke Skywalker dreams of becoming a starship pilot like his friend Biggs Darklighter, but when Luke discovers a hidden message for an old hermit, he becomes embroiled in a quest of galactic scale.  Trained in the arcane ways of a lost order of knights by the reclusive Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke, with the help of a robotic duo and a pair of greedy space pirates, must save a princess from the clutches of the maniacal Darth Vader and destroy an evil Empire’s planet-sized weapon, the Death Star.  The War of the Stars: A New Hope Grindhoused roughs up George Lucas’ sci-fi classic, using an original 16mm print, unused footage, fearsome digital effects, and other surprising additions to recast it in the spirit of 1970s exploitation cinema.

Disc Features:

  • High-definition digital master, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Interactive lexicon cataloging incorporated material
  • Interview with George Lucas
  • Audio commentary by faneditor The Man Behind the Mask
  • Roundtable discussion with Robot Chicken co-founder Seth Green, Robot Chicken: Star Wars cowriter Breckin Meyer, actor and faneditor Topher Grace, Slash Film writer Peter Sciretta, and Fanboys director Kyle Newman
  • Fanmixed, a new interview with legal scholar Lawrence Lessig on fanediting, copyright, and piracy

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Double Feature Fandom: 2 Grindhouse Fanedits by The Man Behind the Mask

The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Double Feature Fandom: 2 Grindhouse Fanedits by The Man Behind the Mask.

criterion logoOriginally conceived as a fan-made double feature re-imagining two classic ’70s blockbusters as B-movie exploitation cinema, The Man Behind the Mask’s JAWS: The Sharksploitation Edit and The War of the Stars: A New Hope Grindhoused are presented here as the first authorized, commercially released fanedit features.  These homemade films mix source material with unused footage, new digital effects, original and appropriated music, and audio and visual content from other films to produce a new viewing experience that elaborates on otherwise familiar content.  Considered two of the best regarded and most entertaining edits produced from within fan subculture, The Man Behind the Mask’s Grindhouse Double Feature is a thoroughly contemporary, decidedly nostalgic, assuredly postmodern tribute to 1970s cinema and to a pair of popularly beloved favorites.

Disc Features:

  • High-definition digital master, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray editions
  • Interactive lexicons cataloging material incorporated into each fanedit
  • Interviews with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg
  • Audio commentaries by faneditor The Man Behind the Mask
  • Roundtable discussions with Robot Chicken co-founder Seth Green, Robot Chicken: Star Wars cowriter Breckin Meyer, actor and faneditor Topher Grace, Slash Film writer Peter Sciretta, and Fanboys director Kyle Newman
  • Fanmixed, a new interview with legal scholar Lawrence Lessig on fanediting, copyright, and piracy
  • From Cornell and Conner to Fanedit.org, film scholar Michael Zryd on the found footage film tradition
  • PLUS:  A booklet of essays by cult film scholars Ernest Mathijs and Jamie Sexton.

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Wicked City (Yoshiaki Kawajiri, 1987)

“The best parts of John Carpenter’s The Thing and Videodrome packed into a sexy sci-fi actioner.” – Adam Groves, FRIGHT.COM

Drafthouse Films LogoThere is Earth, our familiar world, and then there is the Black World, a parallel dimension that very few people are aware of.  For centuries, a pact between the two worlds has ensured our peaceful coexistence, but terms must be negotiated and renewed to continue the relative harmony.  With little time before the expiration of the existing treaty, a militant faction of Black World radicals commit themselves to preventing the establishment of a new peace accord.  Two agents from the elite organization called the Black Guards – defenders of the balance between the two worlds – are charged with ensuring the success of the treaty.  Director Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Ninja Scroll) blends stylish eroticism, graphic horror and pulse-pounding action as these two agents from distant worlds struggle to protect a key figure to the peace process, a centuries old psychic with plans of his own.  Long out of print and unavailable in North America, Wicked City finally returns!

Special Features:

  • Introduction with cartoon historian and Wicked City distributor, Jerry Beck
  • Audio commentary with Japanese film curator, Jasper Sharp
  • Interview with director, Yoshiaki Kawajiri
  • Original theatrical trailers
  • Character biographies
  • Original Japanese and English-dubbed language options
  • 16-page booklet with image gallery and concept art

Black World Edition – Package includes:

  • Wicked City on Blu-ray or Standard DVD
  • High quality 720p HD Digital Download of the film
  • Instant Download of the 10-track Wicked City soundtrack
  • 27″ x 40″ Theatrical Poster
  • Unofficial Wicked City black tie and cufflinks set

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