Well Go USA Entertainment announced that the company has nabbed North American rights for Don Coscarelli’s iconic Phantasm series, including an all-new 4K restoration of the original 1979 cult classic Phantasm: Remastered, never-before-seen HD restorations of 1994’s Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead and 1998’s Phantasm IV: Oblivion, and the long-anticipated debut of the fifth and final film in the series, 2016’s Phantasm: Ravager.
On October 7th, for the first time ever, the Phantasm series will be available in remastered, high-definition versions across cable and digital platforms.
A Blu-ray and DVD Collector’s Edition Set of the Phantasm series will follow later this year, along with individual Blu-rays and DVDs of Phantasm: Remastered and Phantasm: Ravager, all of which will be packed with special bonus features.
Phantasm: Remastered and Phantasm: Ravager will hit movie theaters as well. Phantasm: Remastered will screen across the U.S. as part of the inaugural Art House Theater Day on September 24th, and Phantasm: Ravager will be released in select theaters on October 7th, the same of its digital HD release. Also, fans will have the ability to bring both films to their hometowns using the Tugg platform, which empowers individuals and groups to host screenings in their local theaters and community venues.
Phantasm: Remastered came into being when filmmaker J.J. Abrams, a fan of the original, wanted to screen the film for his team at Bad Robot Productions, only to find the available prints in terrible shape. Working on the premises of Bad Robot with their expert staff, series creator Don Coscarelli was invited by Abrams to supervise a meticulous 4K digital remaster using their state-of-the-art tools. This included a new 5.1 audio mix using the original stems, ensuring Phantasm will forever be available to scare the hell out of generations to come with perfect picture and sound.
Phantasm: Ravager is an all-new film that brings one of cinema’s longest-running franchises – 36 years – without a reboot to a close, with Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) and Reggie (Reggie Banister) teaming up to confront the dimension-hopping Tall Man (Angus Scrimm, in his final role) once and for all.
“I’m thrilled to be working with Well Go USA and their talented and dedicated team,” said Phantasm creator Don Coscarelli. “I am excited by their innovative new ideas and intense drive to bring the Phantasm franchise to a new generation of fans.”
Phantasm: Remastered, Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead, and Phantasm IV: Oblivion were written and directed by Don Coscarelli. Phantasm: Ravager was written by Coscarelli and David Hartman, executive produced by Brad Baruh and directed by Hartman. The films star Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister and A. Michael Baldwin.
Well Go USA Entertainment specializes in bringing action, genre and independent films from the US and around the world, to North America, Latin America, Asia and Europe. Well Go’s titles can be seen across a variety of platforms, including theatrical, digital, subscription and cable VOD, packaged media and broadcast television.
Recent Well Go USA Entertainment releases include Na Hong-jin’s The Wailing, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin, Wilson Yip’s Ip Man 3, Yeon Sang-ho’s Train to Busan, and Felix Thompson’s King Jack.