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Title: Synapse Films Releases
Released: 8th December 2015
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Thundercrack!


1080p (1.33:1) Blu-ray (AVC Codec)/SD (1.33:1) DVD
DTS-HD MA English 2.0 Mono Blu-ray audio/Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono DVD audio
Not Rated/1975/160 min
BD SRP: $39.95/DVD SRP $29.95
Two-disc Blu-ray extras will include:
  • New high-definition transfer of Thundercrack! in its original filmed aspect ratio of 1.33:1
  • Rare, archival interview segments with Curt McDowell on the second audio commentary track
  • It Came from Kuchar (87 mins) - The definitive documentary on the underground filmmaking twin brothers, George and Mike Kuchar, directed by Jennifer Kroot (BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE!)
  • Bonus DVD, featuring rare interviews, short films, Thundercrack! audition footage, outtakes and MORE! (BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE)

Quote: Witness if you dare Thundercrack!… the world’s only underground kinky art adult horror film, complete with four men, three women and rampaging circus animals. With the initial setup of an atmospheric gothic tale — a dark and stormy night breakdown featuring a creepy old house on the hill — it quickly turns into an eerie orgy of graphic humor, horror and sex. A tour de force of underground filmmaking with a plot beyond description, this film fully exposes itself with amazing dialogue and trash-noir lighting through which to peer at the pickles, the puke and the polymorphs.

In 1975, Curt McDowell and writer/actor George Kuchar created the exceptionally perverse and utterly brilliant Thundercrack!, a film not recommended for those with tender sensibilities. A true cult classic that has shocked, excited and amazed audiences worldwide for 40 years, this presentation is the first ever official North American video release!


Synapse Films Releases

Triumph of the Will


1080p B&W (1.19:1, AVC Codec)
DTS-HD MA German 2.0 Mono
Not Rated/1935/111 Minutes
BD SRP: $34.95
The Blu-ray will include:
  • All-new 2015 high-definition 2K remaster of Triumph of the Will from a duplicate 35mm fine grain master
  • Original German language with all-new on screen identifications and newly translated removable English subtitles for the speeches
  • Leni Riefenstahl’s short film Day of Freedom, remastered in high-definition
  • Audio Commentary by Dr. Anthony R. Santoro, specialist on National Socialist German history
  • Liner Notes

Quote: To some, it is a work of art, an example of cinematic genius of the highest order. To others, it is perhaps the most dangerous and heinous piece of propaganda ever produced. Triumph of the Will, Leni Riefenstahl's classic piece of historical filmmaking, filmed during the 1934 Nazi Party Rally in Nuremberg, Germany, is considered by many to be one of the most important and notorious films ever made. In 2001 and 2006, Synapse Films released Triumph of the Will on DVD to equal parts acclaim and controversy and now, in 2015, Synapse revisits Triumph of the Will with the definitive Blu-ray that shows this motion picture milestone in a whole new light.

The film, realized by Paul Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's Reich Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, was created to influence all of Germany to support the "power" of the Nazi Party. All during World War II, in every theatre in Germany, either part of, or all of, Triumph of the Will was shown. An historically significant and, at times, horrifyingly manipulative exercise in propaganda for the Nazi regime, Triumph of the Will continues to be controversial over seventy years after its original release. This historical document has been unavailable in Germany for many decades and Leni Riefenstahl has since come under fire for her personal relationship with Adolph Hitler, spending her life in the shadow of collaborating with the Nazi Party.

This title continues to be one of Synapse Films' top selling titles and is a hit with schools, universities, and libraries. History buffs and film scholars have celebrated Synapse’s DVD as the best quality version of this film available anywhere.  This all-new remastered version of Triumph of the Will is derived from a new 2K scan, digitally corrected and restored under the supervision of film historian and preservationist, Robert A. Harris ( Lawrence of Arabia, Vertigo, My Fair Lady). From obscure cult films to film classics, Synapse Films is dedicated to the art of film restoration and we are proud to say that our Blu-ray edition of Triumph of the Will is one of our finest and most significant achievements yet.


Synapse Films Releases


Stalingrad


1080p (1.78:1, AVC Codec)
DTS-HD MA English 2.0 Stereo
Not Rated/2003/165 Minutes
BD SRP: $34.95
The Blu-ray will include:
  • High-definition presentation of the original three-part 2003 mini-series
  • English language dubbed version featuring footage not seen in the original broadcast
  • Deleted interview segments
  • Video interview with Dr. Guido Knopp (Professor and Historian)
  • Stalingrad Today – Views of the City of Volgograd
  • Three Stalingrad documentaries:
    • The Attack (54 min.)
    • The Kessel (56 min.)
    • The Doom (55 min.)

Quote: It has been called the deadliest battle in the history of all wars, with almost 4 million casualties.  Lasting over 6 months, a major Soviet city was decimated and most of its citizens killed, ordered not to flee by Stalin himself. It is a monumental story that has never been told like this before, and this December, Synapse Films is proud to present the Blu-ray premiere of Stalingrad, the critically acclaimed WWII documentary nominated for the 2003 International Emmy Award for Best Documentary.

The Eastern Front experienced the viciousness of war on a scale of unimaginable horror and brutality. The bloodiest and most savage fighting took place in Stalingrad between August 1942 and February 1943. Stalin's city on the Volga had military significance for Hitler: It carried the name of his enemy and therefore had to be destroyed. The ensuing battle sealed the fates of hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians and marked the turning point of World War II. It was the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany. In their three-part HD documentary, internationally recognized award-winning documentary filmmakers Sebastian Dehnhardt, Christian Deick and Jörg Müllner reveal new historical facts while touching the emotions of their audience with new, moving eyewitness accounts and confessions from some of the last survivors.


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