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UPDATED WITH WINNER!! Aint It Cool News, Terry Malloy, And Scream Factory Want To Give You A Copy Of THEY LIVE on Blu-ray!!


UPDATED 11/08/12...



Okay Contenders, all of your ballots have been cast into my email account for a chance to win the amazing new Blu-ray of THEY LIVE from Shout! Factory. And through a highly scientific and refined method of random selection, I have drawn the winning name!
I'm sorry there was only one prize to win here, but I'm looking forward to doing many more giveaways like this in the near future. So keep on trying! And may the odds be ever in your favor.
The Winner:
Ray Gonzalez of Ottumwa, IA 
Congrats, Ray. You are all out of bubblegum! I'll send an email to you to confirm this and I'll get the disc shipped out to you this week!

What’s up, Contenders? Terry Malloy here reporting live from the Waterfront.


“I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass. And I’m all out of bubble gum.”


THEY LIVE is one of the most outrageous films in director John Carpenter’s amazing filmography. A homeless and vagrant Roddy Piper uncovering a heinous alien invasion via a pair of magic sun glasses? Yeah, that happens. Carpenter takes that crazy scenario and turns it into a wildly entertaining and paranoia-filled political statement that suggests that the 1% may really be out to get us.


John Carpenter is easily my favorite living director, and quite possibly my favorite of all time.



And so it is with unbridled excitement that AICN and myself anticipate the Blu-ray release of THEY LIVE from Scream Factory on November 6th! (Keep in mind that Shout Factory are TOTALLY releasing this movie on Election Day and are 100% aware of the awesome irony inherent therein.)


With an all new high definition transfer, for the first time on Blu-ray, we get the film, a John Carpenter/”Rowdy” Roddy Piper commentary, new interviews and making of featurettes, and more!


In celebration of this awesome film, we are giving away a copy of the brand new Blu! Thanks to Scream Factory for providing the prize.


All you have to do to win is obey, consume, and sleep while we slowly and silently assume control of  your petty little lives.


All you have to do to enter is the following:


  1. Follow the official Ain’t It Cool Twitter feed: @aintitcoolnews
  2. Follow MY Twitter feed: @Ed_Travis
  3. Send an email to my AICN account with the title: I’M ALL OUT OF BUBBLEGUM. Make sure to include your mailing address and a confirmation of your Twitter handle in case your real name and twitter accounts sound nothing alike.


I will randomly select a winner and WILL double check to make sure that winner follows both Twitter accounts and has emailed me before contacting them as the winner. If I randomly select someone who hasn’t met all requirements, I will choose another winner.


The Blu-ray Releases on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th. So I’m going to announce the contest winner that same day! I’m sure the tension will be just as high surrounding this Blu-ray giveaway as it will be surrounding the election.




And I’m Out.



 Terry Malloy AKA Ed Travis





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  • Oct. 15, 2012, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Follow the yellow brick twitter account

    by unkempt_sock

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST

    We still sleep...

    by Gary Makin

  • I swear, John Carpenter must be some kind of prophet... this film is more relevant to the times than ever. They Live, along with Sir Ridley's Blade Runner, Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop, and Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men, they might actually be the the four most eerily prophetic science fiction films that comment on the current politically polarized and socially upheaving times we live in.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Mr. Malloy!

    by A_Banned_Apart


  • I love "They Live" as a film, but you cannot raise up the poor by weakening the wealthy. Never has worked,never will.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST

    All you have to do is follow my twitter feed...

    by RustyShakelfort

    I don't like this one bit...not one bit

  • As for aliens doing a better job running our planet, how do we know they aren't already doing so? Think about it. An extremely advanced alien race (which they'd have to be to traverse the stars to get here), could easily be here already. Either watching us, or perhaps interfering with our piddly human affairs. Kinda like in Star Trek, how they could study more primitive races from the Enterprise without the natives of whatever planet they were peering down upon even having a clue. Not unless the Enterprise or its crew purposely made themselves known. So yeah, I bet there are aliens at the very least watching us now. Or maybe I'm one of them and I'm just fucking with all of you?

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Hey cureguy put your Hope n Change glasses back on this instant!

    by baldalienprobeinhighheels

    So that you are blind to the ideology slithering into our schools and replacing our unique American history, scorning our heroes, devaluing our values, and elevating the collective over the individual. We must not be allowed to notice that it has infiltrated our government at the highest levels and blurred the party lines, shifting both ever further left so that differences are almost indiscernible, trampling on our Founding Documents, the foundation of this great country. We must NOT be allowed to awaken to decide whether we are to remain a free nation or if we are to become the North American States of the United Nations. sleep........obey

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:30 p.m. CST

    baldalienprobeinhighheels -- The Obamatrix has you.

    by lv_426

    Knock knock...

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Follow the white-haired Biden

    by lv_426

  • This one wasn't even started by Herc. And you got the quote backwards.

  • When I first saw THEY LIVE, I could appreciate the basic themes and all, but let's face it: it's goofy as shit. Did I say goofy? I meant stupider than shit. A 10 minute fight over putting on sunglasses? The Aliens control everything and put all of these subliminal messages out there so they can do... what? They aren't breeding humans for food, as warriors or as sports commentators. You get these nice glimpses of alien teleporters that are never dealt with again, and somehow a single satellite dish (that could have been some guy's movie channel reception) gets blown up and everyone can see all the aliens... I mean people with okay facial make-up and blue and purple body paint. The movie then ends on a joke with a woman screwing one of the aliens, who looks up and says "What?" Really? Now when I found out that THEY LIVE was essentially JC's inverted INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (a liberal's fear of conservative philosophy taking over, as opposed to communism consuming all independent thinking human beings), it made a bit more sense. Still, nothing is really done with the idea other than simply to present it. Yeah, I understand: low budget. But you can't tell me that a better way to deal with the subject matter still couldn't have been written up. Even so, watching it recently I thought: " What if the sunglasses did not let you see "the truth", but it enhanced your inherent paranoia and showed you what you wanted/feared to see (ie. all those "aliens" Roddy and co. killed were really humans after all)?" Kinda puts a different perspective on the movie...

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Excellent! ...looking forward to that Carpenter/Hot Rod commentary

    by Ted Knight

    Get ready for lots of clicking cigarette lighters and excitable reminiscing of weaponized coconuts and dog collar matches with "The Hammer".

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:46 p.m. CST

    *And you got the quote backwards*

    by lv_426

    Adding the *knock, knock* felt better for effect. Either that or I haven't recovered from the shock of naked Gyp Rosetti walking around a bloody hotel flapping his dong all over the place. And the notion of following the white-haired Biden, which would have to be a tattoo of a half-rabbit/half-Joe Biden figure on the arm of a gothy chick is just beyond silly. I don't want to turn it into a political circle jerk either. I just mentioned that the movie They Live was a cool flick that happens to be relevant to our current times. It is funny that whatever one's political affiliation is, they see themselves as Roddy Piper and Keith David, fighting for the good of America's future.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:47 p.m. CST

    I didn't even read your post, lv_426

    by Mugato5150

    I was talking about the bubble gum quote at the top.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Sorry to let the cat out of the bag lv_426,

    by baldalienprobeinhighheels

    but we're all really inside the Obamatrix which is inside another Matrix which is inside the Cube from Cube 2: Hypercube which is part of the nexus of all fiction which is all inside poor Tommy Westphall's mind.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST

    They Live was a 1/2 hour Twilight Zone episode at best

    by Mugato5150

    stretched out to a feature film, hence the 10 minute fight scene and nothing really happening for the first 1/2 hour or so.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:51 p.m. CST

    mugato5150 -- no problem, I did mangle the Matrix quote a bit

    by lv_426

    I was joking so I figured no one would care. Now I'm off the chew ass and kick bubblegum... and I'm all outta ass! Oh wait, that's not right. Damn it to hell!!!!!!! Dirty Apes stole my bubblegum!!!!!!!

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Mad Mitt: Beyond the Romneydome

    by lv_426

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Mugato5150: Sure! Why not?

    by Monroville

    I just mentioned that the movie They Live was a cool flick that happens to be relevant to our current times. It is funny that whatever one's political affiliation is, they see themselves as Roddy Piper and Keith David, fighting for the good of America's future. "

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:56 p.m. CST

    WTF? Where did the rest of my post go?

    by Monroville

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:56 p.m. CST

    About 2/3rds of my post just disappeared.

    by Monroville

  • "What’s wrong with having it good for a change? Now they’re gonna let us have it good if we just help ‘em. They’re gonna leave us alone, let us make some money. You can have a little taste of that good life too. Now, I know you want it. Hell, everybody does." Now, how does this pertain to Obama's America? Here, let me tell you......... just kidding

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Okay, let's try this again

    by Monroville

    I never really connected with Roddy Piper or even Keith David. Keith was cool enough, though I lost all respect for his character after that 10 minute alley fight. Roddy's character, on the other hand, just came across as a little paranoid, and that's BEFORE the sunglasses! Now you can say he had every reason to be, but let's face it: Roddy just isn't Kurt Russell. Combine that with Aliens that never really came across as a menace and you got a kind of "meh" movie. Yeah, you got the oppressive police, the politicians, etc... but nothing really connected in a way like how THE MATRIX did. Governments and police forces have been oppressive for 1000's of years, so I never got the "the aliens are responsible!" angle (as if after exposing and defeating the evil conservative regeanombies the now-under-human (liberal democrat)-control government wouldn't just pick up where the aliens left off).

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:12 p.m. CST

    What a lame use of Twitter

    by Autodidact

  • You don't see that theme a lot. It's very David Icke.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Every time I watch THEY LIVE, I'm surprised when.

    by Autodidact

    .. the chick suddenly smashes the glass jug on Piper's head and pushes him out the window.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Saving Paul Ryan

    by lv_426

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:15 p.m. CST

    I didn'

    by Autodidact

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:17 p.m. CST

    G.I. Joe: Biden Laughs At You

    by lv_426

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST

    autodidact -- perhaps the aliens just want to mess with us

    by lv_426

    like we're some giant planet scale MMO game?

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Carpenter should have made THEY LIVE AGAIN instead of GHOSTS OF MARS

    by Autodidact

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Actually, Matrix and They Live have the same sort of subtext running beneath.

    by baldalienprobeinhighheels

    You can stay asleep and be taken care of by the Matrix in relatively perceived contentment or, in the case of the latter, join their ranks, sell out and be a comfortable flunky to the skull faced invaders.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:33 p.m. CST

    stargrove, agreed! Where have all the Buck Flower gone? Long time passing.

    by baldalienprobeinhighheels

    I......I'm the president alright

  • Poking at 'em with his janitors broom until they're so pissed they force him to take a dive off a ladder onto the handle impaling himself. Poor Buck, it never ended well for him in Carpenter movies.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Bad Day at Black Rock

    by Glenn

    So I'm watching this gorgeously shot film, which I've seen before, and forgot Spencer Tracy's character's name in the film. Know what it is? MacReady. Awesome. You can tell Sturges was a visual influence for Carpenter, too, as it has those classical, patient compositions, no overabundant use of closeups, men standing in shots with other men that emphasizes their power position within said group...

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:07 p.m. CST

    interesting rumoured

    by Ted Knight

    also, Plissken has a similar moment as Tracy when they are both a little short of options and then have a quiet seated moment (almost defeated) in relative silence. Plissken in front of the collapsed building where the president crashed and for Tracy in front of a filling station (if memory serves).

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:25 p.m. CST


    by Glenn

    Good observation. As Carpenter said often, he was really just making westerns in other genres... Dunno if you saw my post yesterday, I forget which forum it was...but I toured the EFNY shooting locations when I was in St. Louis last year, including the bridge. Twas fun.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Terry, I love you man, but I refuse to follow anyone.

    by adeceasedfan

    'cept Jesus, of course.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Ain't love grand?

    by phifty2

    I also love the look Keith David gives the hotel clerk when he takes his key and signs for the room.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 8:26 a.m. CST

    does this disc have the carpenter/piper audio track? if not pass

    by MST3KPIMP

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 8:27 a.m. CST


    by phifty2

    Saw that was on last night and forgot to put it on until it was about halfway through. Great movie though. As for They Live, are people really trashing it? It's B movie sci-fi greatness. And it contains probably the best acting performance by a professional wrestler(Look, Andre's a sweet lug in The Princess Bride but his acting isn't so good). And They Still Live would be great. Be nice to find out where those personal intergalactic wormhole transporters go. Hope it's not the Tall Man's dimension from Phantasm II. Speaking of Phantasm can we please get A PROPER ENDING TO THE SERIES!!

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 10:11 a.m. CST

    When this came out

    by Horrorfanatic

    I remember buying all the Fangoria magazines that had the makeup and effects from this movie in them. Then I remember the total disappointment when every last one of the aliens was black and white because of those damn sunglasses. The disappoinment I felt at that alone made this film much less watchable. I re-watched it recently on Netflix, and have to say it was much better when I didn't have overblown expectations.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Shout Factory suck balls

    by Lampers

    And I'll tell you why, for releasing region-locked discs. I dislike region encoding generally but I can sort of understand way a major studio might want to control the distribution of big new releases. But what sense does region locking a catalogue title like this make? Absolutely none. If these discs were region free you'd sell a small but lucrative enough number to international customers (i.e. non-US) such as myself who want these discs. You'd also make these discs AVAILABLE to international customers. As it's painfully obvious you've no intention of releasing them elsewhere anyway. So you've robbed us of these releases and yourself of some sales. Nice one, dickheads. Take a leaf from a label like Twilight Time whose discs, though limited editions, are all region-free.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST

    I don't get the love for this film...

    by Zardoz

    Sure, it's got a great concept and cool aliens, but, barring the bubblegum line, has insipid dialogue, terrible acting and hardly any plot. Isaw this movie in the theaters on it's original release, and I almost walked out when Roddy and David beat the shit out of each other for no reason for 20 minutes. So buy all means: consume. Obey.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 11:35 a.m. CST

    "Take a leaf from a label like Twilight Time" HA HA

    by Samuel Fulmer

    You mean release a blue tinted version of a film that was never blue like Night of the Living Dead 1990, with barely any extras, sell through an obscure website, and then charge 30 something bucks? My guess is Shout region locks due to legal reasons put on them by whoever they are licensing the films from.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    And don't cry if you're in Europe

    by Samuel Fulmer

    At least you guys are getting some of the Hammer films on blu ray, we don't have any here in the states!

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST

    No Keith David commentary? Fuck you.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Blu ray with Carpenter and Roddy, but no Keith? Unless he passed, then this is missing a big piece.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Best street fight scene ever.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 12:04 p.m. CST

    That's like puting perfume on a pig. You're okay, but this one

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    formaldehyde face.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 12:04 p.m. CST

    I've got one that can see.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Mama don't like tattletales.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    An undeniable classic...

    by Darkness

    I remember seeing this movie in the theatre - and obvious political undertones aside - it was pounding that "Big Brother" phenomena into our conciousness. Carpenter was ahead of the curve - and please don't fucking remake it; just let me dwell in Meg Foster's eyes once more.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    that alley fight is the best scene is history of cinema

    by Stephen


  • Oct. 16, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST

    So, if I'm NOT a TWITFACE ???

    by Ninja Nerd

    What is the fucking deal with EVERY single promotion these days genetically linked to social media? Hey, I'm NOT social...posting here and a few other sites like Slashdot are about it. Don't do Twitter, FaceFuck, etc. So I guess it's a new form of reverse discrimination - if you don't drink the TwitFace Kool-Aid, you're fucked. Well, eat shit and die...I'll buy the damn movie.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Shout vs. Twilight

    by Lampers

    Twilight aren't perfect, I don't understand the limit of 3000 units. And I know they've passed on extras they could have easily included. I can't speak about NotLD2 as I've not seen that disc. But their Fright Night disc looks and sounds superb (albeit missing obvious extras). And, crucially for me, it's region free. Which apparently isn't a big issue for Twilight but is for some reason for Shout? I don't buy it. I think it's laziness. I think there's probably less negotiation if you agree to limit a release for whatever reason. But there's no GOOD reason, only an EASY reason. Of that I'm sure. And Re: the UK Hammer discs. I sympathise. And agree. WHY? There's no reason for these to be region locked. It's stupid. If it makes it less of a bitter pill, they're a mixed bag. Quatermass and the Pit looks utterly fabulous. GREAT print. But possibly the one I was most looking forward to, Dracula Prince of Darkness,is a shockingly awful print. "It's the best we could do," they bleat. Yes, using a pool of only ONE original print, it probably is. Apparently the idea of sourcing multiple prints and producing the best composite is something alien on this side of the pond.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 6:28 a.m. CST


    by Elliot Scozzola

    What the hell is this guy's email address? When I click on his email link I go nowhere.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Email: terrymalloyaicn at gmail dot com

    by Ed Travis

  • Nov. 8, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    I ordered this from them

    by Goodbye_America

    It has yet to arrive, and they won't provide tracking information. So far, their customer service sucks ass.

  • Wait! What?

  • Nov. 8, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST

    I won!!

    by Comedian

    Yeah, Ottumwa is real, and so is Kalamazoo and I've lived in both of them. My favorite place to live is still Austin, though. I should be moving back there soon.