There's a reason why Shout! Factory - and their more genre-specific subsidiary, Scream Factory - are one of my favorite companies. Simply put, they bring us great releases of films that we love, and they also bring some of the lesser-appreciated genre fare to the masses as well. In keeping with this mantra, the company formally announced one of their July Blu-ray releases today, and it includes both of the cult action films I ESCAPED FROM DEVIL’S ISLAND and THE FINAL OPTION.
The set, which streets on July 15, 2014, marks the Blu-ray debut for both titles.
From The Official Press Release:
Lock and load your Blu-ray™ player – it’s time for a double-barreled blast of high-octane, high-definition action when William Witney’s I ESCAPED FROM DEVIL’S ISLAND (produced by Roger and Gene Corman), starring football superstar Jim Brown and Christopher George (City of the Living Dead), and Ian Sharp’s THE FINAL OPTION, starring Lewis Collins (The Professionals), Oscar® nominee Judy Davis (A Passage to India) and Richard Widmark (Judgment at Nuremberg), arrive on home entertainment shelves together in a special double-feature Blu-ray™ on from Shout! Factory. Available for the first time on Blu-ray, this pair of hard-to-find action, adventure classics are a sure-fire night of entertainment for those who like their meat – and their movies – raw. ($19.97 SRP)
I ESCAPED FROM DEVIL’S ISLAND (1973)
Sentenced to life in the world’s most notorious prison colony, two tougher-than-nails inmates enact the ultimate jail break…but find that trying to survive in the outside world is every bit as hellish as it was in the slammer. Football superstar Jim Brown and drive-in movie mainstay Christopher George star in this gritty actioner from the legendary Roger Corman.
THE FINAL OPTION (1982)
An elite Special Air Service captain takes the ultimate risk when he infiltrates a terrorist organization in order to thwart a plan to take several dignitaries hostage. Inspired by the real-life operations of counter-terrorist forces, this military movie favorite (also known as Who Dares Wins) boasts an all-star cast.