JIM VAN BEBBER’S THE MANSON FAMILY FINALLY GETS THE BLU-RAY TREATMENT IT DESERVES

Posted on 2nd March 2013 by aaron in News

Those of you who regularly take a gander at Backwoods Horror may know that I have a special place in my dark little heart for Jim Van Bebber. Everything the man has done has been exploitation gold with THE MANSON FAMILY standing (thus far) as the pinnacle of his achievements. I recall, years back, getting my hands on a copy without knowing anything about it and thinking “Holy Hell, I’ve just discovered a long lost classic!” That’s still how it feels whenever I view anything the man does. It seems as though his work has been borne forth from the primordial genius of late 60’s, 70’s, and early 80’s grindhouse classics, the kind of work Joe Bob Briggs devoted his life to covering. Yeah, it’s that kind of fantastic. Below you’ll find the press release from Severin Films who, by the way, are doing us all a service by putting their hard work into treating this masterpiece with the dignity and respect it deserves. Oh, and as an extra goody, as if THE MANSON FAMILY Blu-Ray weren’t enough, they’re bringing the film back to select theaters across the country as well, so Van Bebber fans (including me) rejoice. Check out all the pertinent details in the press release below!

LOS ANGELES, CA – Severin Films announced the May 7th Blu-ray debut of Jim VanBebber’s legendary, award-winning indie THE MANSON FAMILY on the 10th anniversary of its original release. US theatrical dates in 20 major cities are scheduled through March and April and new poster artwork has been created by artist Stephen Romano for the occasion. VanBebber’s highly anticipated new short GATOR GREEN will accompany many of the screenings and will also be included in the extras-packed Special Edition Blu-Ray release.

The theatrical run launches at Landmark Theatres locations in Denver and San Francisco on March 22nd and will continue through April taking in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston and many more (see below for a partial list of engagements, with more to be announced in the coming weeks).

THE MANSON FAMILY delivers an uncompromising, brutal vision of the collapse of the “Love Generation.” On a ranch outside of LA the hippie dream is perverting into something evil. What was once an oasis of free love and acid trips has become ground zero for a madman’s paranoid visions. An average group of kids, the “Family”, become engulfed in a delusional world where torment and slaughter is considered the path to righteousness. The Manson Family is a dizzying, rapid-fire vision of the sex and violence that unifies the misguided group, and at the direction of their leader, ends in a brutal spree leaving seven people dead in 48 hours. Now re-mastered in stunning HD for the first time ever in America. Extras include an all-new Director’s commentary, the brand new short GATOR GREEN, the uncut version of the previously censored, feature length documentary THE VAN BEBBER FAMILY on the film’s near-mythic production, and much more.

And don’t forget to go see the film on the silver screen if it’s playing in your area. Hell, even if it isn’t, drive as far as you have to to check it out! Below you’ll find the newly updated (as of March 26th) list of theaters and dates where THE MANSON FAMILY will be playing…

3/22/2013 – Landmark’s Clay Theatre – San Francisco, CA
3/22/2013 – Landmark’s Esquire Theatre – Denver, CO
3/23/2013 – Landmark’s Clay Theatre – San Francisco, CA
3/23/2013 – Landmark’s Esquire Theatre – Denver, CO
3/27/2013 – Boston Underground Film Festival – Brattle Theatre – Cambridge MA
3/29/2013 – Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema – New York, NY
3/29/2013 – Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park – Houston, TX
3/29/2013 – Plaza Theatre – Atlanta, GA
3/30/2013 – Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema – New York, NY
3/30/2013 – Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park – Houston, TX
4/03/2013 – Granoff Center for the Arts – Providence, RI
4/05/2013 – Landmark’s Ritz Bourse – Philadelphia, PA
4/05/2013 – Landmark’s Egyptian Theatre – Seattle, WA
4/06/2013 – Landmark’s Egyptian Theatre – Seattle, WA
4/12/2013 – Logan Theatre – Chicago, IL
4/12/2013 – Hi-Pointe Theatre – St. Louis, MO
4/13/2013 – Hi-Pointe Theatre – St. Louis, MO
4/13/2013 – Cedar Lee Theatre – Cleveland, OH
4/19/2013 – Landmark’s E Street Theatre – Washington, DC
4/19/2013 – Landmark’s Inwood Theatre – Dallas, TX
4/19/2013 – Landmark’s Uptown Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
4/19/2013 – The Loft Cinema – Tucson, AZ*
4/20/2013 – Landmark’s E Street Theatre – Washington, DC
4/20/2013 – Landmark’s Inwood Theatre – Dallas, TX
4/20/2013 – Landmark’s Uptown Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
4/20/2013 – The Loft Cinema – Tucson, AZ*
4/21/2013 – Screenland Crossroads – Kansas City, MO
4/21/2013 – The Loft Cinema – Tucson, AZ*
4/22/2013 – The Loft Cinema – Tucson, AZ*
4/23/2013 – New Beverly Cinema – Los Angeles, CA
4/23/2013 – The Loft Cinema – Tucson, AZ*
4/24/2013 – The Loft Cinema – Tucson, AZ*
4/25/2013 – The Loft Cinema – Tucson, AZ*
4/26/2013 – Tampa Pitcher Show – Tampa, FL
4/26/2013 – The Loft Cinema – Tucson, AZ*
4/27/2013 – Clinton St. Theater – Portland, OR
4/28/2013 – Clinton St. Theater – Portland, OR
October – Housecore Horror Film Festival – Austin, TX

* Denotes The Screening Was Just Recently Added

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