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Blaxploitation? No, Bruceploitation!
The Film Detective Presents 40th Anniversary Edition of the
Cult Classic Fist of Fear, Touch of Death on Blu-ray & DVD
Collector’s Set 4K Restoration With Exclusive Special Features
(With Blood-Red, Blu-ray Case), Available March 31st
ROCKPORT, Mass. — March 31, 2020 — For Immediate Release — The Film Detective (TFD), a leading classic media streaming network and film archive that restores classic films for today's cord-cutters, is proud to announce the 40th anniversary edition of the cult classic Fist of Fear, Touch of Death in a special collector’s set.
First presented in 1980 by veteran distributor and producer Terry Levene and director Matthew Mallinson, the action-packed Fist of Fear, Touch of Death premiered as one of the final pieces of the Bruceploitation era.
A subgenre of 1970s cinema, Bruceploitation clung to the box office success of the Bruce Lee legacy after the star’s untimely demise in 1973, utilizing Lee lookalikes and archival footage from the legend himself. Carving a niche within the grindhouse market, Bruceploitation not only appealed to fans of the day, but has generated a cult status in recent years.
True to Bruceploitation fashion, Fist of Fear, Touch of Death features eye-popping combat scenes viewers will have to see to believe, putting the 1979 World Karate Championship at center stage, where martial artists take their shot at eliminating the competition and claiming the title of “successor to the Bruce Lee legacy.”
Using mockumentary-style interviews in the film, hosted by Academy Award-nominee Adolph Caesar, martial arts masters Fred Williamson and Ron Van Clief, among others, emerge from every corner of the martial arts world to give their take on whether any competitor can be deemed worthy of the Bruce Lee legacy.
Lee himself receives top billing in the film, appearing in archival footage dubbed “The Bruce Lee Story,” a chronicle of Lee’s early years partially taken from the 1957 film, Thunderstorm. In the film, a Kung Fu move known as the “Touch of Death” shrouds Lee’s untimely demise in mystery, before returning to the World Karate Championship to watch the new victor claim the title.
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Said the film’s star, Fred Williamson, “It was never meant to be a serious martial arts movie. It’s a comedy and satire … a bad movie that was good. Why was it good? It was entertaining, which is, after all, why you make a movie.”
Said Phil Hopkins, founder of The Film Detective, “We are excited to be giving Fist of Fear, Touch of Death the restoration it deserves in honor of its 40th year. Fans of Quentin Tarantino’s recent tribute to Hollywood’s Golden Age, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, are sure to appreciate this grindhouse classic and new, never-before-seen special features.”
A drive-in circuit sensation in 1980, this special 40th anniversary collector’s set is guaranteed to pack a punch with audiences, featuring a blood-red, Blu-ray case and a stunning 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative under exclusive license from the film’s original producers at Aquarius Releasing, Inc.
EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL FEATURES: Stars Fred Williamson and Ron Van Clief are reunited for interviews, masterfully produced by Prince Henry Entertainment Group founder Frazier Prince; and producer Terry Levene, director Matthew Mallinson and scriptwriter Ron Harvey give their behind-the-camera take on the film in new interviews conducted by producer and editor Jim Markovic as part of an exclusive, 30-minute featurette, That’s Bruceploitation, by Daniel Griffith from Ballyhoo Motion Pictures. Limited-edition Blu-ray copies will feature a special liner note booklet written by Justin Decloux and Will Sloan, hosts of The Important Cinema Club podcast.
Fist of Fear, Touch of Death is available for purchase on The Film Detective website March 31 in a limited-edition Blu-ray ($24.99) or on DVD ($19.99). With a limited pressing of just 1,500 Blu-rays, this exclusive deal won’t last long. Fans can secure a copy by pre-ordering, beginning March 3, at www.thefilmdetective.com/fist-of-fear
About The Film Detective:
The Film Detective is a leading distributor of restored classic programming, including feature films, television, foreign imports, and documentaries. Launched in 2014, The Film Detective has distributed its extensive library of 3,000+ hours of film on DVD and Blu-ray and through leading broadcast and streaming platforms such as Turner Classic Movies, NBC, EPIX, Pluto TV, Amazon, MeTV, PBS, and more. With a strong focus on increasing the digital reach of its content, The Film Detective has released its classic movie app on web, iOS, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV. The Film Detective is also available live with a 24/7 linear channel available on Sling, STIRR, and DistroTV. For more information, visit us online at www.TheFilmDetective.com.
Fist of Fear, Touch of Death
The Film Detective
Original Release: 1980 (Color)
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Suggested Retail Price: $24.99 (Blu-ray) / $19.99 (DVD)
Pre-Order Date: March 3, 2020
Release Date: March 31, 2020
UPC Code: 810044711004 (Blu-ray) / 810044710991 (DVD)
Catalog #: FB1006 (Blu-ray) / FD1006 (DVD)
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The Film Detective Brings the Comfort of Classic Film to Uncertain Times With Movie Marathons Dedicated to Charlie Chaplin, Roger Corman's 94th Birthday & April Fools' Day!
Step Into Spring on the Lighter Side With an Entire Month Dedicated to Classic Comedy
ROCKPORT, Mass. — April 1, 2020 — The Film Detective (TFD), a classic media streaming network and film archive which restores classic films for today's cordcutters, is offering a brief escape from these challenging times with the light-hearted side of classic film and television.
While the theaters may be closed and many confined at home, one thing that offers a bit of respite in times of overwhelming news is the nostalgia of classic film and television.
Beginning April 1, TFD is featuring a collection of classic comics on its live channel and adding more than a dozen comedies to its streaming library of over 1,000 classic film and television titles—and a variety of movie marathons.
April Fools’ Day will showcase the Golden Age’s favorite goofs—including The Three Stooges, Buster Keaton, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and Abbott and Costello—for 24 hours of laughs on Sling, STIRR and DistroTV.
It wouldn’t be a month of classic comedy without Charlie Chaplin, so TFD is honoring the anniversary of The Tramp’s birthday on April 16! Favorites including The Kid (1921) and The Adventurer (1917) will be featured, as well as the tale of Chaplin’s rise to fame in Chaplin’s Art of Comedy (1966), from legendary independent filmmaker Sam Sherman. Chaplin’s birthday will be followed by a weekend-long marathon of comedy, from Friday, April 17, to Sunday, April 19. In times when everyone could use a laugh, no one fits the bill quite like Chaplin and his comedic peers of yesteryear.
Comedy marathons are only part of the events on TFD this month. To celebrate the 94th birthday of iconic film legend, Roger Corman, Sunday, April 5, TFD is featuring a Roger Cor-Marathon from 3:30 p.m.-midnight ET. A Bucket of Blood (1959), The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) and more will be featured to the delight of fans. Viewers can also enjoy exclusive commentary on Corman's classics from director Joe Dante and Roger Corman himself in Trailers from Hell videos, available on the TFD app.
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Additionally, in honor of Easter on April 12, TFD will be stocking its streaming app with religious titles from The Cathedral Films Collection and The Loyola Films Collection, courtesy of Vision Video.
For more information on The Film Detective’s April schedule, visit https://www.thefilmdetective.com
About The Film Detective:
The Film Detective (TFD) is a leading distributor of restored classic programming, including feature films, television, foreign imports and documentaries. Launched in 2014, TFD has distributed its extensive library of 3,000+ hours of film on DVD and Blu-ray and through leading broadcast and streaming platforms such as Turner Classic Movies, NBC, EPIX, Pluto TV, Amazon, MeTV, PBS and more. With a strong focus on increasing the digital reach of its content, TFD has released its classic movie app on web, iOS, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV. TFD is also available live with a 24/7 linear channel available on Sling, STIRR and DistroTV. For more information, visit us at www.TheFilmDetective.com
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The Film Detective Launches on
Roku, Amazon Fire TV & Apple TV
ROCKPORT, Mass. — Dec. 12, 2016 — For Immediate Release — The Film Detective announces its classic movie app, streaming on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV. An established leader in film restoration and distribution, with thousands of hours of classic film and television restored from original elements, The Film Detective offers viewers the chance to forgo DVDs or a cable subscription, while still enjoying great entertainment. For a preview, visit thefilmdetective.tv
The app launches with dozens of iconic titles, including rare silent films, westerns, film noir, musicals and comedies. In addition to such golden age Hollywood fare as Kansas City Confidential (1952), The Film Detective has uncovered and restored such kitschy titles as Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940), The Vampire Bat (1933) and 20 episodes of The New Howdy Doody Show (1976-77). The app refreshes content monthly for timely programming around themes, holidays and anniversaries.
The Film Detective also creates original, supplemental content, with legendary broadcast veteran Dana Hersey (longtime star of Boston’s WSBK-TV’s groundbreaking series, The Movie Loft), offering behind-the-scenes information and fun-facts about the movies. The Film Detective’s original content starts with The Outlaw: The Movie That Couldn’t Be Stopped, a mini-documentary highlighting the film’s controversial journey to success.
In addition, the app offers licensed content such as the recently discovered, HD-restored, lost Ed Wood TV pilot Final Curtain (1957); the Oscar-winning documentary The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975); and such beloved family classics as Sounder (1972). The Film Detective has also licensed the Independent International Pictures library which includes over 200 classic exploitation films, including the Al Adamson collection (Satan's Sadists, 1969).
“Our team is excited to bring vintage cinema to life in the digital age through The Film Detective app. It gives consumers a library of content without purchasing DVDs, Blu-rays or subscribing to cable. Viewers can now enjoy old favorites and long-lost gems on demand. This is truly cutting the cord,” commented Phil Hopkins, Founder of The Film Detective.
The Film Detective uses Zype, the video distribution service for OTT, to manage and publish their premium content and foster relationships with classic movie and TV fans. “A premium subscription service is the natural progression for The Film Detective,” said Zype’s CEO, Ed Laczynski. “Zype is thrilled to help The Film Detective bring content to streaming media devices and to help cord-cutters re-discover the classic film and television content they grew up with.”
Enjoy a free trial period with subscriptions starting as low as $3.99 per month or $34.99 annually. Three films will stream free each month. iOS distribution will be available in 2017.
About The Film Detective:
Founder Philip Elliott Hopkins – who has been a fixture in the entertainment industry since 1999 – has channeled his life-long passion for collecting classic films into The Film Detective, a leading purveyor of restoration and distribution of broadcast-quality, digitally-remastered programming, including feature films, television, foreign imports, documentaries, special interest and audio. Since launching in 2014, the Massachusetts-based company has distributed its extensive library of 3000+ hours on DVD, Blu-ray and through such leading digital and television broadcast platforms as Turner Classic Movies, American Movie Classics, NBC, Bounce TV, Hulu, Amazon, EPIX HD, MeTV, PBS and more. In 2016, the Film Detective launched its OTT classic movies channel streaming on Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV. Visit us online at www.TheFilmDetective.com
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