"Director: John Carpenter"

  • They Live [Blu-ray] [2018]They Live | Blu Ray | (29/10/2018) from £10.65   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    WWF wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper plays John Nada, a homeless, unemployed construction worker who discovers a pair of sunglasses that when worn, suddenly reveal a world run by capitalist, yuppie aliens intent on keeping the human race sedate and brainwashed with subliminal messages fed through advertising and the media. Luckily for us all Nada is a man of action and so begins the fight-back (including perhaps the longest fistfight in cinema's history) to save humankind. Extras: Subversion: Exposing John Carpenter's THEY LIVE - A brand new feature-length documentary featuring interviews with Associate producer Sandy King, cinematographer Gary Kibbe, actor Peter Jason, actor Robert Grasmere, composer Alan Howarth, stunt coordinator/Ghoul Jeff Imada, author Jonathan Letham, music historian Daniel Schweiger, Blumhouse editor Rebekah McKendry, and visual effects historian Justin Humphreys Original EPK: The Making of They Live (1988) John Carpenter profile - vintage profile of the director Meg Foster profile - vintage profile of the actress Roddy Piper profile - vintage profile of the actor Audio Commentary with John Carpenter & Roddy Piper Independent Thoughts with John Carpenter a 2012 interview with director John Carpenter Woman of Mystery: Interview with Meg Foster a 2012 interview with actress Meg Foster Man vs Aliens: Interview with Keith David a 2012 interview with actor Keith David Fake commercials in the film 2.34 mins TV spots Photo gallery

  • Escape From New York (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray) [2019]Escape From New York (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (18/03/2019) from £21.79   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    John Carpenter's classic Escape from New York has been stunningly restored in 4K. The year is 1997 and in a police state future the island of Manhattan has been turned into a maximum security prison. The rules are simple: once you're in, you don't come out. But when the President of the United States (Donald Pleasance) crash lands an escape pod into the centre of the city after fleeing a hijacked plane, a ruthless prison warden (Lee Van Cleef) bribes ex-soldier and criminal Snake Plisskin into entering the hazardous Manhattan and rescuing the distraught president from the twisted world of New York and from the demented clutches of its new ruler The Duke (Isaac Hayes) in John Carpenter's cyber-punk, action, suspense spectacular. The 2018 restoration of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK was made from the 35mm original camera negative. A full 4K 16bit workflow was applied to create a 4K DCP, UHD version and a new HD version which were produced with the same high technological standards as today's biggest international film releases. The restoration and new UHD version was colour graded and approved in Los Angeles by the Cinematographer, Dean Cundey. Extras include: Purgatory: Entering John Carpenter's ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK: A brand retrospective documentary produced by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures and featuring interviews with writer Nick Castle, cinematographer Dean Cundey, composer Alan Howarth, production designer Joe Alves, special visual effects artist/model maker Gene Rizzardi, production assistant David De Coteau, photographer Kim Gottleib-Walker, Carpenter biographer John Muir, visual effects historian Justin Humphreys, and music historian Daniel Schweiger. Snake Plissen: Man of Honor featurette from 2005 featuring interviews with John Carpenter and Debra Hill Deleted Opening Sequence Snake's Crime with Optional Audio Commentary Photo gallery incl. Behind the Scenes Original Trailers Audio Commentary with actor Kurt Russell & director John Carpenter Audio Commentary with Producer Debra Hill and production designer Joe Alves Big Challenges in Little Manhatten: Visual effects featurette from 2015, features interviews with both Dennis Skotak, Director of Photography of Special VFX, and Robert Skotak, Unit Supervisor and Matte Artist I am Taylor - Interview with actor Joe Unger from 2015 Audio Commentary with actress Adrienne Barbeau & DOP Dean Cundey

  • Halloween [Blu-ray] [2018]Halloween | Blu Ray | (24/09/2018) from £7.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Please note: This edition is a reissue of the 35th anniversary edition and features the following special features: On a black and unholy Halloween night years ago, little Michael Myers brutally slaughtered his sister in cold bold. But for the last fifteen years, town residents have rested easy, knowing that he was safely locked away in a mental hospital until tonight. Tonight, Michael returns to the same quiet neighbourhood to relive his grisly murder again and again and again. For this is a night of evil. Tonight is Halloween! Features: Commentary track with writer/director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis 'The Night She Came Home' featurette with Jamie Lee Curtis (HD) On Location Trailers TV and Radio Spots Additional Scenes from TV Version

  • The Thing [Blu-ray]The Thing | Blu Ray | (20/11/2017) from £13.89   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Director John Carpenter and special makeup effects master Rob Bottin teamed up for this 1982 remake of the 1951 science fiction classic The Thing from Another World, and the result is a mixed blessing. It's got moments of highly effective terror and spine-tingling suspense, but it's mostly a showcase for some of the goriest and most horrifically grotesque makeup effects ever created for a movie. With such highlights as a dog that splits open and blossoms into something indescribably gruesome, this is the kind of movie for die-hard horror fans and anyone who slows down to stare at fatal traffic accidents. On those terms, however, it's hard not to be impressed by the movie's wild and wacky freak show. It all begins when scientists at an arctic research station discover an alien spacecraft under the thick ice, and thaw out the alien body found aboard. What they don't know is that the alien can assume any human form, and before long the scientists can't tell who's real and who's a deadly alien threat. Kurt Russell leads the battle against the terrifying intruder, and the supporting cast includes Richard Masur, Richard Dysart, Donald Moffat, and Wilford Brimley. They're all playing standard characters who are neglected by the mechanistic screenplay (based on the classic sci-fi story "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell), but Carpenter's emphasis is clearly on the gross-out effects and escalating tension. If you've got the stomach for it (and let's face it, there's a big audience for eerie gore), this is a thrill ride you won't want to miss. --Jeff Shannon

  • Big Trouble In Little China [Blu-ray]Big Trouble In Little China | Blu Ray | (16/12/2013) from £11.99   |  Saving you £10.00 (100.10%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Trying to explain the cult appeal of John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China to the uninitiated is no easy task. The plot in a nutshell follows lorry driver Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) into San Francisco's Chinatown, where he's embroiled in street gang warfare over the mythical/magical intentions of would-be god David Lo Pan. There are wire-fu fight scenes, a floating eyeball and monsters from other dimensions. Quite simply it belongs to a genre of its own. Carpenter was drawing on years of chop-socky Eastern cinema tradition, which, at the time of the film's first release in 1986, was regrettably lost on a general audience. Predictably, it bombed. But now that Jackie Chan and Jet Li have made it big in the West, and Hong Kong cinema has spread its influence across Hollywood, it's much, much easier to enjoy this film's happy-go-lucky cocktail of influences. Russell's cocky anti-hero is easy to cheer on as he "experiences some very unreasonable things" blundering from one fight to another, and lusts after the gorgeously green-eyed Kim Cattrall. The script is peppered with countless memorable lines, too ("It's all in the reflexes"). Originally outlined as a sequel to the equally obscure Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension, Big Trouble is a bona fide cult cinema delight. Jack sums up the day's reactions perfectly, "China is here? I don't even know what the Hell that means!". On the DVD: Big Trouble in Little China is released as a special edition two-disc set in its full unedited form. Some real effort has been put into both discs' animated menus, and the film itself is terrific in 2.35:1 and 5.1 (or DTS). The commentary by Carpenter and Russell may not be as fresh as their chat on The Thing, but clearly they both retain an enormous affection for the film. There are eight deleted scenes (some of which are expansions of existing scenes), plus a separate extended ending which was edited out for the right reasons. You'll also find a seven-minute featurette from the time of release, a 13-minute interview with FX guru Richard Edlund, a gallery of 200 photos, 25 pages of production notes and magazine articles from American Cinematographer and Cinefex. Best of all for real entertainment value is a music video with Carpenter and crew (the Coupe de Villes) coping with video FX and 80s hair-dos.--Paul Tonks

  • The Thing (Double Pack Including Original) [Blu-ray][Region Free]The Thing (Double Pack Including Original) | Blu Ray | (26/03/2012) from £7.99   |  Saving you £0.16 (2.00%)   |  RRP £8.15

    The Thing (1982)Horror-meister John Carpenter (Halloween, Escape from New York) teams Kurt Russell's outstanding performance with incredible visuals to build this chilling version of the classic The Thing. In the winter of 1982, a twelve-man research team at a remote Antarctic research station discovers an alien buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. Once unfrozen, the form-changing alien wreaks havoc, creates terror and becomes one of them.The Thing (2011)Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) joins a Norwegian scientific team in Antarctica that has discovered an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, and an organism that seems to have died in the crash. When an experiment frees the alien, a shape-shifting creature with the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being, Kate must join the crew's pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. Paranoia soon spreads like an epidemic as they're infected, one by one, and a thrilling race for survival begins...The Thing is a prelude to John Carpenter's classic 1982 film of the same name.

  • Prince Of Darkness [Blu-ray] [2018]Prince Of Darkness | Blu Ray | (26/11/2018) from £11.49   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Beautifully restored on Blu-Ray this edition of Prince of Darkness includes an extra disc filled with extra features including a brand new documentary. Deep in the basement of an abandoned church, once run by a sinister religious sect, lies a strange bottle of green liquid being investigated by a group of local theoretic physics students. But as the night draws in the students soon realise that the strange relic holds a dark and powerful force beyond their control. A force that could well be the essence of pure evil: the remains of Satan himself. Extras: Malevolent: Unearthing John Carpenter's PRINCE OF DARKNESS: A brand new feature-length documentary featuring interviews with Cinematographer Gary Kibbe, actor Peter Jason, actor Alice Cooper, composer Alan Howarth, script supervisor Sandy King, visual effects supervisor Robert Grasmere, stunt coordinator Jeff Imada, Carpenter biographer John Muir, film historian C. Courtney Joyner, music historian Daniel Schweiger and Producer Larry Franco Intro by John Carpenter an interview with director John Carpenter originally recorded for a French DVD release in 2003 Scene Analysis by John Carpenter - Director John Carpenter analyses key scenes from Prince of Darkness, in an interview from 2003 Audio commentary with John Carpenter and Peter Jason Sympathy for the Devil: Interview with John Carpenter - from 2013 Horror's Halloween Hallowed Grounds with Sean Clark - a fun tour of the film's locations hosted by Sean Clark Trailer Photo gallery incl. Behind the Scenes

  • Escape From New York [1981]Escape From New York | DVD | (04/08/2008) from £6.99   |  Saving you £6.00 (46.20%)   |  RRP £12.99

    1997. New York City is now a maximum security prison. Breaking out is impossible. Breaking in is insane. Manhattan Island has become a maximum-security prison for three million criminals. When the American President's plane is hijacked and crashed on the island the President is taken hostage by gangland warlord 'The Duke'. Sent to the rescue is Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) a former war hero now a convicted criminal. To ensure safe return of the President the police commissioner (Lee Van Cleef) has had tiny time bombs implanted in Plissken's neck: if he gets the President out within twenty four hours he gets a pardon; if not he gets blown to pieces...

  • The Prince Of Darkness (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray) [2019]The Prince Of Darkness (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (18/03/2019) from £19.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    NOTICE: Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk has English audio.

  • Assault On Precinct 13 [Blu-ray]Assault On Precinct 13 | Blu Ray | (09/01/2017) from £14.09   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    John Carpenter's Assault On Precinct 13 is a riveting low-budget thriller from 1976, in which a nearly abandoned police station is held under siege by a heavily armed gang called Street Thunder. Inside the station, cut off from contact and isolated, convicts heading for death row and the cops must now join forces or die. That's the basic plot, but what Carpenter does with it is remarkable. Drawing specific inspiration from the classic Howard Hawks Western Rio Bravo (which included a similar siege on disadvantaged heroes), Carpenter used his simple setting for a tense, tightly constructed series of action sequences, emphasising low-key character development and escalating tension. Few who've seen the film can forget the "ice cream cone" scene in which a young girl is caught up in the action by patronising a seemingly harmless ice cream van. It's here, and in other equally memorable scenes, that Carpenter demonstrates his knack for injecting terror into the mundane details of daily life, propelling this potent thriller to cult favourite status and long-standing critical acclaim. From this Carpenter went on to make the original Halloween, one of the most profitable independent films of all time. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • Dark Star [Blu-ray]Dark Star | Blu Ray | (23/01/2012) from £6.49   |  Saving you £11.50 (177.20%)   |  RRP £17.99

    In the mid twenty-first century, mankind has reached a point in its technological advances to enable colonization of the far reaches of the universe. Dark Star is a futuristic scout ship traveling far in advance of colony ships. Armed with Exponential Thermostellar Bombs, it prowls the unstable planets. But there is one obstacle that its crew members did not count on - one of the ships thinking and talking bombs is lodged in the bay, threatening to destroy the entire ship and crew!John Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon combine their writing, creative, and technical talents to bring you this thrilling and extraordinary science fiction parody.

  • The Fog (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray) [2019]The Fog (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (18/03/2019) from £19.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    NOTICE: Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk DOES NOT have English audio and subtitles.

  • Vampires / Ghosts Of Mars [Blu-ray] [Region A & B & C]Vampires / Ghosts Of Mars | Blu Ray | (07/05/2018) from £10.79   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Double pack with two of John Carpenter's classic films Vampires and Ghosts of Mars! VAMPIRES: John Carpenter directs this horror based on the novel by John Steakley. When Jack Crow (James Woods)'s team of mercenary vampire hunters is slaughtered by the master vampire Valek (Thomas Ian Griffith), he teams up with Montoya (Daniel Baldwin) to fight back. Their only link to Valek is the beautiful, psychic prostitute Katrina (Sheryl Lee), and with her help they set out to confront the ultimate evil. FROM THE MASTER OF TERROR COMES A NEW BREED OF EVIL. James Woods leads a band of ruthless vampire hunters in a blood-soaked battle against the undead. Also starring Sheryl Lee, Daniel Baldwin and Maximillian Schell, Carpenter crafts a tense, brutal and action-packed horror/western crossover. GHOSTS OF MARS: Sci-fi feature directed by John Carpenter and starring Ice Cube, Natasha Henstridge and Jason Statham. The year is 2176 and Mars has been colonised by Earth, but the spirits of the old planet still continue to cause trouble. When a police team travels to a distant Martian mining outpost in search of the mass murder suspect Desolation Williams (Ice Cube), they find the place populated mostly by headless corpses. Williams is discovered locked in the town jail, and when the team is attacked by a mob of miners possessed by Martian spirits, it seems the jail might be the safest place for them all to be. IT'S THEIR PLANET. WE ARE THE ALIENS. John Carpenter blends horror and sci-fi in this action adventure set on Mars in the year 2176 as Martian police battle supernatural forces unleashed by a deep mining facility.

  • Halloween 4K [Blu-ray] [2018]Halloween 4K | 4K UHD | (01/10/2018) from £19.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    On a black and unholy Halloween night years ago, little Michael Myers brutally slaughtered his sister in cold bold. But for the last fifteen years, town residents have rested easy, knowing that he was safely locked away in a mental hospital until tonight. Tonight, Michael returns to the same quiet neighbourhood to relive his grisly murder again and again and again. For this is a night of evil. Tonight is Halloween! Extras: Commentary track with writer/director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis 'The Night She Came Home' new featurette with Jamie Lee Curtis (HD) On Location Trailers TV and Radio Spots Additional Scenes from TV Version

  • Halloween (25th Anniversary Edition)Halloween (25th Anniversary Edition) | DVD | (27/10/2003) from £10.41   |  Saving you £7.58 (42.10%)   |  RRP £17.99

    It was a cold Halloween night in 1963 when six year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister. Fifteen years later he escapes from prison and returns home...

  • Big Trouble In Little China [1986]Big Trouble In Little China | DVD | (05/07/2004) from £4.09   |  Saving you £13.90 (77.30%)   |  RRP £17.99

    Trying to explain the cult appeal of John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China to the uninitiated is no easy task. The plot in a nutshell follows lorry driver Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) into San Francisco's Chinatown, where he's embroiled in street gang warfare over the mythical/magical intentions of would-be god David Lo Pan. There are wire-fu fight scenes, a floating eyeball and monsters from other dimensions. Quite simply it belongs to a genre of its own. Carpenter was drawing on years of chop-socky Eastern cinema tradition, which, at the time of the film's first release in 1986, was regrettably lost on a general audience. Predictably, it bombed. But now that Jackie Chan and Jet Li have made it big in the West, and Hong Kong cinema has spread its influence across Hollywood, it's much, much easier to enjoy this film's happy-go-lucky cocktail of influences. Russell's cocky anti-hero is easy to cheer on as he "experiences some very unreasonable things" blundering from one fight to another, and lusts after the gorgeously green-eyed Kim Cattrall. The script is peppered with countless memorable lines, too ("It's all in the reflexes"). Originally outlined as a sequel to the equally obscure Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension, Big Trouble is a bona fide cult cinema delight. Jack sums up the day's reactions perfectly, "China is here? I don't even know what the Hell that means!". On the DVD: Big Trouble in Little China is released as a special edition two-disc set in its full unedited form. Some real effort has been put into both discs' animated menus, and the film itself is terrific in 2.35:1 and 5.1 (or DTS). The commentary by Carpenter and Russell may not be as fresh as their chat on The Thing, but clearly they both retain an enormous affection for the film. There are eight deleted scenes (some of which are expansions of existing scenes), plus a separate extended ending which was edited out for the right reasons. You'll also find a seven-minute featurette from the time of release, a 13-minute interview with FX guru Richard Edlund, a gallery of 200 photos, 25 pages of production notes and magazine articles from American Cinematographer and Cinefex. Best of all for real entertainment value is a music video with Carpenter and crew (the Coupe de Villes) coping with video FX and 80s hair-dos.--Paul Tonks

  • Christine (Blu-Ray)Christine (Blu-Ray) | Blu Ray | (16/10/2017) from £13.19   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    HOW DO YOU KILL SOMETHING THAT CAN'T POSSIBLY BE ALIVE? She was born bad. Plain and simple. Somewhere deep on a darkened assembly line. Christine. A '58 Plymouth Fury possessed by Hell. She's taken control of her teenage owner, Arnie. Her previous owner is not alive to warn him. And now she's steering straight for the one person in her way. Arnie's girlfriend, Leigh. The other woman. INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES: ¢ 2K restoration ¢ Original stereo audio ¢ Alternative 5.1 surround sound track ¢ Audio commentary with director John Carpenter and actor Keith Gordon ¢ Christine: Ignition, Fast and Furious & Finish Line (2003, 48 mins): three-part ˜making of' documentary, featuring interviews with cast and crew, including John Carpenter and Keith Gordon ¢ Deleted scenes (26 mins): twenty-one sequences which never made the final cut ¢ Isolated score: experience John Carpenter's original soundtrack music ¢ Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography ¢ Theatrical trailers ¢ TV spots ¢ New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

  • Dark Star -- 30th Anniversary Special Edition [1974]Dark Star -- 30th Anniversary Special Edition | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £6.39   |  Saving you £9.60 (150.23%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Dark Star is absurd, surreal and very funny. John Carpenter once described it as "Waiting for Godot in space." (It's also, surely, one of the primary inspirations for Red Dwarf.) Made at a cost of practically nothing, the film's effects are nevertheless impressive and, along with the number of ideas crammed into its 83 minutes, ought to shame makers of science fiction films costing hundreds of times more. The story concerns the Dark Star's crew who are on a 20-year mission to destroy unstable planets and make way for future colonisation. The smart bombs they use to effect this zoom off cheerfully to do their duty. But unlike Star Trek, in which order prevails, the nerves of this crew are becoming increasingly frayed to the point of psychosis. Their captain has been killed by a radiation leak that also destroyed their toilet paper. "Don't give me any of that 'Intelligent Life' stuff," says Commander Doolittle when presented with the possibility of alien life. "Find me something I can blow up." When an asteroid storm causes a malfunction, Bomb Number 20 (the most cheerful character in the film) has to be repeatedly talked out of exploding prematurely, each time becoming more and more peevish, until they have to teach him phenomenology to make him doubt his existence. And the film's apocalyptic ending, lifted almost wholly from Ray Bradbury's story "Kaleidoscope", has the remaining crew drifting away from each other in space, each to a suitably absurd end. --Jim Gay

  • Escape From New York [DVD] [2018]Escape From New York | DVD | (26/11/2018) from £6.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    The year is 1997 and in a police state future the island of Manhattan has been turned into a maximum security prison. The rules are simple: once you're in, you don't come out. But when the President of the United States (Donald Pleasence) crash lands an escape pod into the centre of the city after fleeing a hijacked plane, a ruthless prison warden (Lee Van Cleef) bribes ex-soldier and criminal Snake Plisskin into entering the hazardous Manhattan and rescuing the distraught president from the twisted world of New York and from the demented clutches of its new ruler The Duke (Isaac Hayes) in John Carpenter's cyber-punk, action, suspense spectacular. Extras: Audio Commentary with actor Kurt Russell & director John Carpenter Audio Commentary with Producer Debra Hill and production designer Joe Alves

  • Escape From L.A. [1996]Escape From L.A. | DVD | (04/06/2001) from £4.99   |  Saving you £8.00 (160.32%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Fifteen years after John Carpenter squandered a great idea on a mediocre movie (Escape from New York), he does it again--this time on the Left Coast. Kurt Russell is back as the terminally cynical one-eyed action hero Snake Plissken who, this time, has been coerced into saving the world in Los Angeles. It's 2013 and L.A. is now an island maximum-security prison off the coast of California. Snake has 10 hours to find a doomsday weapon that's fallen into the hands of revolutionaries before he dies of a virus with which he's been injected. But the action is clumsy and unimaginative: lots of shootouts and very little suspense. Even the bad guys aren't particularly inventive; only Pam Grier, as a transsexual gang leader, strikes any sparks. Russell growls his way through the role but can only blame himself: He cowrote the script with Carpenter. --Marshall Fine

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