Quint tells you about BUBBA-HOTEP DVD Release!!!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with some great news for all you primitive screwheads and perverts with a penchant for buggering dried up corpses... BUBBA HO-TEP is coming to DVD on May 25th. MGM is putting out the disc in the US. Don't know if there's any video/DVD distribution set up out of the US just yet, but one step at a time!
This ends a very, very long time period for me. Some of you long time readers may remember my set reports, the very first word out on the film. You can read the two I managed to pop out here and here. The pictures originally posted with the reports seem to be missing, but the words are still there.
I wrote those in June and July of 2001, having visited the set in April of that year. I ended up spending two weeks on set (half of principle photography) as an observer and sometimes crew member (I ended up shooting some of the behind the scenes video that'll hopefully be on the DVD). I followed the film through post, attending Bruce's ADR (additional dialogue recording) and was one of the first people in the world to view the film. I then attended the premiere at CineVegas and interviewed the trinity (Bruce, Don and Joe R. Lansdale). A couple weeks ago I visited Don as he was making an HD master of the film for DVD and foreign TV.
It's been a project that I've loved since I first heard the idea... An aging Elvis, still alive but languishing in an old age home in Butt Fuck, Texas has to team up with an elderly black man who thinks he's JFK (and might well be) to fight a Mummy that sucks the souls of the elderly out of their assholes. With Man-God Bruce Campbell in the lead, Real Man-God Ossie Davis as JFK and the talent of Don behind the camera, this was a no miss film for me. They didn't disappoint.
Thankfully the project got a limited theatrical distribution and many of you fine folks got to see this film for yourselves where it was meant to be seen: The Big Screen. Now all the current fans and all the future fans will be given a really cool DVD.
I'm told there will be commentaries, including one with Bruce as the "real" Elvis watching the film and commenting as it unfolds. I'm sure Don will have a commentary, as well, but I do know for a fact that the DVD will include excerpts from Joe R. Lansdale's original short story "Bubba Ho-Tep" read by the author himself. If you've never had the pleasure of meeting Joe, let me assure you you'll get a kick from his readings. His thick Texas accent reading about cancerous penis sores is something to be treasured.
Lots of other goodies are going to be on the disc (or discs), but the above is what I know as of now. I'll keep you up to date on this one, folks. Mark the calendars! May 25th Elvis kicks some ass on DVD!
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Feb. 13, 2004, 12:33 a.m. CST
This...so...rules. Ohhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! Ohhhhhhhhh!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!! Now where was I? Oh yes, Bubba Ho Tep. It comes out four days after my birthday. I know what I'm asking for!
Feb. 13, 2004, 1:36 a.m. CST
After hearing about this movie for what seems like forever, I'm glad Ill finally be able to see the thing. Too bad this never made it to most theaters so we could have seen it on the big screen.
Feb. 13, 2004, 1:50 a.m. CST
All I can say is fuck yeah!!! Hail To The Mother Fucking King Baby! I am so excited that this movie is getting put out on DVD. Deserves an academy award for Bruce's performance, but hey... Begger's can't be choosers.
Feb. 13, 2004, 2:07 a.m. CST
It's about fucking time!!
Feb. 13, 2004, 2:17 a.m. CST
by Sith Witch
Feb. 13, 2004, 7:33 a.m. CST
GREETINGS PROGRAMS! I saw the trailer for Bubba Ho Tep a while ago and I thought it looked cool. Knowing the typical Hollywood release system I expected this film to be released in February, But there is not a sign of it. It will probibly be put back to the summer, A bit like Dracula 2000 in the USA and Dracula 2001 in Europe. Bah Humbug! END OF LINE.
Feb. 13, 2004, 8:23 a.m. CST
"Bruce as the "real" Elvis watching the film and commenting as it unfolds.".... sheer genius.
Feb. 13, 2004, 8:24 a.m. CST
That is all.
Feb. 13, 2004, 10:23 a.m. CST
Canada is finally getting a theatrical run of this in rep cinemas in Toronto toward the end of this month. Sure, it did play earlier here than in most places because of the film festival and underground showings by Rue Morgue Magazine, but now I finally get to see it.
Feb. 13, 2004, 12:32 p.m. CST
Wow, first "Return of the King" theatrical edition, and now "Bubba Ho-Tep" Consider me buying both, WHOOOO HOOOO!!!!!!!
Feb. 13, 2004, 1:36 p.m. CST
BHT was one of my favorites from last year. It still surprised me, even after reading countless set reports and reviews. Even my dad, who is a tough sell on off-beat movies and anything he considers 'weird' loved it. We agreed it was a shame that BHT wasn't getting the wide release nor the public recognition it deserved.
Feb. 13, 2004, 2:20 p.m. CST
Am I the only one who is violently disturbed by the graphic of the Harry/Cupid?? I don't see a quiver (or anything being worn for that matter) on him....so.....exactly where or what is he pulling those arrows out of??? Think about it.....see what I mean?
Feb. 13, 2004, 2:32 p.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
I swear half the talk backers would bust a nut if Campbell so much as co-starred in a Home Depot commercial! I would love to see the comments about this desperate attempt at making a cult classic had it not starred Campbell.
Feb. 13, 2004, 3:38 p.m. CST
*ahem* Bruce is the fucking man, he made this movie. Had he not been in this movie, the story would be good, the film would be good, but the guy that would substitute Bruce Campbell's performance... wait, let me correct that... NO ONE could have done his performance... and you know what? you're probably right, if we had a commercial with Bruce working at home depot not only would it be the best home depot commercial, but it would be smart. 'S'Mart, to be exact.
Feb. 13, 2004, 5:57 p.m. CST
I haven't watched too many of Bruce Campbell's movies (I know, what am I doing on *this* site?), so I was unprepared for how good he was as Elvis in this movie. I came out of the theater knowing I wasn't going to see a better performance by an actor all year. I wish the movie was as good as he was, but it was good enough; I enjoyed it a lot.
Feb. 13, 2004, 6:17 p.m. CST
Feb. 13, 2004, 7:22 p.m. CST
I like Bruce, but I don't usually own or see all that he's in. I have all 3 Evil Dead movies, which I like cause they are funny and unique, and they just happen to have Bruce in them, which he is perfect for. Mainly I will own "Bubba Ho-Tep' cause I missed it in the theater, and it's a movie that is right up my alley. It's quirky, weird, funny, and is totally interesting. I would probably still like it even if Bruce wasn't in it. But honestly, he was pefectly cast, but I'm not going gaga all over him.
Feb. 13, 2004, 7:33 p.m. CST
I never buy new DVD's. But I will buy this.
Feb. 13, 2004, 7:59 p.m. CST
that is, Bruce Campbell God Denial Syndrom. Also, does anyone think the other talkbacker was on to something when he suggested Bruce do a Home Depot commercial? Does anyone else see the genius in this?
Feb. 14, 2004, 9:37 a.m. CST
Just caught this flick at the Crown Block E in downtown Minneapolis... Seems they have it for one week! Catch the flick on the Big Screen if you can! Can't wait for this DVD.. the film ROOOOCKED!
Feb. 14, 2004, 12:34 p.m. CST
Very very overated. First half hour or so was quite funny, then everyone involved suddenly decided they were making a serious movie and started to take it all seriously. Still, Bruce was in good form.
Feb. 15, 2004, 1:31 p.m. CST
by Doom II
...was a blast. It was a sold-out show, Mr Coscarelli stood in the lobby greeting fans (very few recognized him. At times he stood alone looking lost. I shook his hand and turned full on "fan-boy" for a moment) & signing pictures. He judged an Elvis look-alike contest before the film and a did Q & A afterwards. The man really loves what he is doing and it shows. The film was pretty good. I still prefer the 4 Phantasm films he's made, but I did enjoy Ho-Tep for what it was.
Feb. 17, 2004, 3:32 p.m. CST
I've known Bruce since 1978 and first saw BHT at the 2002 FLASHBACK WEEKEND with Bruce and The Ladies of THE EVIL DEAD. After the movie Bruce took us all out to diner and wanted to know what we, his friends, thought of BUBA. He made very little for this film and did it for love of the project and to work with the great Mr. Davis. Bruce is not a great actor but he is a very good actor who doesn't get all roles he should because of the "B" movie actor tag he wears with pride. When we were talking about BHT Bruce thought the big problem with the film was it didn't fit any of the mass distributers marketing models. It's too bad Anchor Bay isn't doing the DVD, MGM sucks and will spend more to sue you than put out a good product. Having worked with MGM over giving Tom Sullivan credit for creating The BOOK Of The DEAD for the ED films on the McFarlane Ash figure even when he, by Sam Raimi's word owned and created the book and copyright, MGM pays more for lawyers than artist.(by the way, even after three months working on a contract and agreeing to Tom's terms, free use of the book for credit on the package they violated the agreement and McFarlane re-released the figure with book in a Two Pack Ash/Evil Ash with no credit) And last, Peter Jackson is making movies today because he is one of those Bruce Campbell "Fanboys" who saw a little indie film called THE EVIL DEAD and said "hey, I can do that" and made a film called BAD TASTE. So listen up you primates with keyboards, you're all "FANBOYS" or you wouldn't be reading any of these post.
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