Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut (US - DVD R1 | BD RA)
Update: There are now rumors of a new and different 'Director's cut' being made...
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At San Diego Comic Con this year Shout Factory imprint Scream Factory announced they might have the extended cut of Clive Barker's
Night Breedcoming out sometime next year. Now they have an official press release to verify the claim, which I have included below.
Quote: Shout! Factory and Morgan Creek Productions officially announced today a strategic distribution alliance to bring Clive Barker’s classic horror film
Nightbreedextended director’s cut to the home entertainment marketplace in the U.S and Canada and on digital entertainment platforms next year. The announcement was made by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos along with David Robinson, President of Morgan Creek Productions. The news initially broke at Comic-Con 2013, however the agreement formally reached by both parties occurred today.
For years rumors swirled about substantial missing footage from the film. A fan-driven movement was created (www.OccupyMidian.com) to see the full version of the film restored and re-released, which was not only a more faithful adaptation of Clive Barker’s book 'Cabal,' but is what originally he intended
Clive Barker said, 'I had a dream about the tribes of the moon. They would live in a city called Midian and, though they were monsters of every shape and size, they would be the heroes of a movie called
Nightbreed. However, when I made the movie, the studio was not comfortable with this inversion of the classic structure. They wanted the monsters to be simple-minded scare machines, while I wanted them to be the dark side of all of us, mysterious and misunderstood. Finally, with this new version of
Nightbreed, which contains over forty five minutes of previously unseen material, my original vision has been realized. Come with me to Midian, the city of monsters. The tribes of the moon await us.'
'We are excited by this opportunity with Morgan Creek and are huge fans of Clive Barker. His cinematic works and brilliant storytelling continue to captivate fans worldwide,' stated Shout! Factory’s founders in a joint statement. 'We look forward to working closely with Clive to bring his original vision to life.'
Shout!’s Scream Factory plans an aggressive rollout of
Nightbreedextended director’s cut through physical home entertainment releases and a variety of digital entertainment distribution platforms sometimes next year.
'We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the fans,' noted Robinson. 'Without their hard work and persistence, this would have never become a reality. Clive Barker is one of the greats, and we are tremendously proud and excited to be working with him and Shout! Factory on this release.'
Update: The fine folks at Shock Till You Drop noticed a Fangoria interview in which Clive Barker and Seraphim Films' Mark Miller state that the Scream Factory release will
notbe the Cabal Cut, but a newly assembled director's cut.
Quote: The Cabal Cut was created by us in-house from the footage we found in the storage rooms. This 160-minute beast has every bit of
Nightbreedfootage we had access to incorporated into the cut. We put everything we found back in a) just to be able to say we'd seen that version and b) because we needed as much of the proverbial scultpor's rock to chip away from for what would become the finished masterwork: The Director's Cut.
...More importantly, the VHS footage will be put through a high-definition digitization process to make certain that this is the best version of Nightbreed possible.
Hopefully there will be an official announcement from Scream Factory on this matter, though there is still no release date set for their release.
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