Sunday, January 02, 2011

Horror Features Bitter Feast, The Last Exorcism and Case 39 Releasing on DVD and Blu-Ray This Week (Jan. 4th, 2011)

There are at least three major horror releases coming out this week, with Bitter Feast, The Last Exorcism and Case 39. Some will cringe at these titles, while others will jump in horrific delight. The independent feature Bitter Feast from director Joe Maggio releases January 4th on DVD and Blu-Ray. This is a tale of revenge, as one chef gives a scathing food critic and blogger his just desserts. This film will release through Dark Sky Films. Other films also release January 4th.

The Eli Roth (Hostel) produced The Last Exorcism did very well at the box office considering its meager $2 million price tag. Yet, movie critics have been ambivalent, with comments like "a nice surprise" (San Francisco Chronicle), "[the film] is thoroughly engrossing until it loses its way about three-quarters in" (USA Today), and "the film’s docu-style and credible improv acting lay the foundation for an eerie and believable horror movie" (Chicago Tribune). So, horror fans need to do their research before deciding on a purchase. Still, more remains.

Case 39 stars the movie hit and miss actress Renee Zellweger and this film was completed in 2007, but did not receive a release until 2010. Seems strange, no? This film made its way to 28DLA's "Top Five Worst Horror Films of 2010," and this list can be found here: Top Five Worst Films of 2010. So, again, fans will need to decide for themselves if this picture is horror gold, or something much less shiny. Special features, trailers, and artwork for each of these releases are inside!

Bitter Feast

Synopsis: "A food critic can dish it out, but can he take it? Revenge is on the menu for notorious blogger J.T. Franks (Joshua Leonard) when he publishes a rumor which leads to the demise of TV chef Peter Grey's (James LeGros) culinary empire. Grey kidnaps the writer, confines him in a remote cabin and presents him with a series of deceptively simple food challenges - from preparing a perfect egg over-easy, to grilling a steak precisely medium rare - punishing him for anything less than total perfection.

Bitter Feast is an exploration of the creative impulse gone tragically and ferociously awry. Indie horror icon Larry Fessenden (Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever) and renowned chef Mario Batali co-star in this tense shocker, which is served up with wicket wit and savory flair.

Release Date: January 4th, 2011 (DVD).

Director/writer: Joe Maggio.

Cast: Mario Batali, Owen Campbell, Tobias Campbell, Paula El Sherif, Larry Fessenden, Megan Hilty and James LeGros.

A trailer for this feature is here:

Bitter Feast Trailer on 28DLA

DVD special features:

- Feature-length commentary with writer-director Joe Maggio along with producers Larry Fessenden, Peter Phok, and Brent Kunkle and sound designer Graham Reznick.
- Making Bitter Feast featurette
- Joe Maggio Interviews Mario Batali
- Deleted Scene and Alternate Ending
- Teaser
- Trailer
- Feast Portraits (More Horror).

The Last Exorcism

Synopsis: "After a career spent helping the devout through prayer and trickery, Reverend Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) invites a film crew to document his final fraudulent days as an exorcist. Soon his faith is truly tested when a desperate plea from the father of a possessed girl (Ashley Bell) brings him face to face with the devil himself" (28DLA).

Release Date: January 4th, 2010 (DVD, Blu-ray).

Director: Daniel Stamm.

Writers: Huck Botko and Andrew Gurland.

Cast: Patrick Fabian, Iris Bahr, Louis Herthum, Ashley Bell, Tony Bentley, Caleb Jones, Shanna Forrestall, Allen Boudreaux, Denise Lee, and Becky Fly.

The film's full theatrical trailer is here:

The Last Exorcism Trailer on 28DLA

DVD and Blu-Ray special features:

- Actor and Director commentary with Daniel Stamm, Ashley Bell, Patrick Fabian and Louis Herthum
- Audio commentary with Producers Eli Roth, Eric Newman and Tom Bliss
- "The Devil You Know: The Making of The Last Exorcism" featurette
- "Real Stories of Exorcism" featurette
- 2009 Cannes Film Festival teaser trailer
- "Witnesses to an Exorcism: An Audio Commentary with a Haunting Victim, Deliverance Minister and Clinical Psychologist" (Blu-ray only)
- Audition footage (Blu-ray only)
- Theatrical trailer (Blu-ray only)
- BD Touch and Metamenu Remote (Blu-ray only) - (MovieWeb)

Case 39

Synopsis: "In Case 39, family services social worker Emily Jenkins (Renée Zellweger) thinks she has seen it all... until she meets 10-year old Lilith Sullivan (Jodelle Ferland) and the child's cruel and dangerous parents. Her worst fears are confirmed when the parents try to harm Lily, their only daughter. Frightened for her life, Emily enlists the help of Detective Mike Barron (Ian McShane) and takes Lily in while she continues the search for the perfect foster family.

Just as it seems as though Lily is on her way to a more loving home, under the guidance of Emily and psychiatrist (Bradley Cooper), dark forces surrounding this young girl come to light and, little do they know, their attempts to protect her will only bring on greater horror

Release Date: January 4th, 2011 (DVD, Blu-Ray).

Director: Christian Alvart.

Writer: Ray Wright.

Cast: Renee Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane, Kerry O'Malley, and Callum Rennie.

The film's trailer has previously been posted here:

Case 39 Trailer on 28DLA

An unofficial fan page for this film is here on Facebook:

Case 39 Fan Page on FB

The film's homepage:

Case 39's Official Website

Special features (Blu-Ray):

- Filed Under Evil: Inside Case 39 featurette
- Turning Up the Heat on the Chill Factor featurette
- Inside the Hornet's Nest featurette
- Playing with Fire featurette
- Deleted scenes


Bitter Feast Special Features on More Horror

The Last Exorcism Special Features on Movie Web

Case 39 Blu-ray Special Features

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