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MVD Signs Grindhouse Releasing to Distribution Deal, Starting in March with William Shatner Cult Classic ‘Impulse’ Media Play News

William Shatner in Impulse

January 31, 2024

MVD Entertainment Group has signed a new home entertainment distribution deal with Grindhouse Releasing that kicks off with the March 12 Blu-ray Disc release of the psycho thriller Impulse, a cult classic starring William Shatner of “Star Trek” fame.

In a switch from his usual film and TV roles, Shatner in the 1974 film portrays  homicidal maniac Matt Stone, a con artist and gigolo who preys on rich widows, viciously murdering the victims of his playboy scam when he loses control of his sick psycho-sexual urges. The supporting cast includes Ruth Roman, Kim Nicholas, Jenifer Bishop, and James Bond villain Harold “Oddjob” Sakata (Goldfinger) as Matt’s former cellmate, “Karate Pete.” 
  
The two-disc Blu-ray set boasts a new 4K transfer of Impulse that has been restored from archival 35mm elements, and more than 15 hours of bonus features produced in cooperation with the film’s director, William Grefé (Stanley, Death Curse of Tartu, Mako: The Jaws of Death). Extras include “Kingdom of the Shatner,” a 2022 live festival appearance in which Shatner reflects on the making of the movie, his memories of starring in other 1970s cult hits like Kingdom of the Spiders and The Devil’s Rain, and his experience going into space.

The set also offers an in-depth look at the actor’s career in the 1970s from director, screenwriter, and film historian C. Courtney Joyner; on-camera interviews with Grefé, producer-makeup artist Doug Hobart, and art director Roger Carlton Sherman; audio commentary with Grefé; a haunting alternate French soundtrack; still galleries; trailers; and hours of rare treasures from Grefé’s vaults, including two complete feature films.

A full-color glossy illustrated booklet with liner notes from underground filmmaker Jacques Boyreau rounds out the package, which comes in an embossed slipcover and a collectible postcard of an original oil portrait of William Shatner by painter Dave LeBow. 

Grindhouse was launched in 1996 by Sage Stallone and Bob Murawski as the first label to produce lavishly restored home video editions of Italian exploitation epics by Lucio Fulci, Umberto Lenzi, and Ruggero Deodato. 

“I’ve always been a big fan of MVD and how they cater to the independent record stores,” said Murawski. “They fully understand the philosophy that our late friend Jay Douglas espoused – ‘Cult movies are the new rock ‘n’ roll’  – and are therefore the perfect fit for Grindhouse Releasing.” 
  
MVD’s director of home video sales and acquisitions Eric Wilkinson said, “We are happy to welcome Bob Murawski and his legendary company Grindhouse Releasing to MVD’s growing family of amazing boutique collector’s labels. Grindhouse has some exciting titles coming in the near future that fans are going to love and MVD is more than eager to get these into collector’s hands.” 
  
Upcoming Grindhouse Releasing titles include new restorations of three long-unavailable and overlooked cinema classics: Hollywood 90028Scum of the Earth, and Palmer Rockey’s Love is Deep Inside. Grindhouse is currently finishing 4K Ultra HD disc editions of The Beyond and Cannibal Holocaust, with more UHD titles to follow. 

Kirk Sanderson

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