Fans have been demanding it for years and it was announced a few months ago that Scream! Factory along with Morgan Creek Productions and Clive Barker’s Seraphim, Inc. would be releasing a Director’s Cut (not the Cabal Cut) of Nightbreed. It’s been silent since then, but today we finally not only got a look at the artwork for the Blu-ray release, but a list of specs for the 3-Disc Limited Edition and the 2-Disc Special Edition! Clive Barker couldn’t be happier and had this to say:
“This is film history and beyond my wildest dreams of realization. When Scream Factory told me that they found the Nightbreed film footage I was gob-smacked! This is the ultimate validation of choices made by myself and Mark Miller [of Seraphim Films] all the way back in 2008. As we embarked down the road of attempting to track down the lost footage, we looked at each other and said, ‘Maybe one day they’ll find it.’ It’s my pleasure to announce that the day has come. Speaking personally, I didn’t allow myself to believe that it would. Even if we did find some footage (which we did in 2009 in the form of heavily degraded VHS tapes) and even if we did find a company willing to release the film (which we did in 2013 with Scream Factory, God bless them) the prospect of finding the actual lost film materials was remoter than I’d wanted to admit out loud. If the footage could not be found by those who had worked closest on it the same year it had been released, then what were the odds we’d be able to find anything 20 years on? But Scream Factory, in their commendable determination, kept up the search and thanks to them total reconstruction has been made a possibility. There’s never been a reconstruction that’s had as little chance of succeeding and yet has succeeded on as many fronts as this film has. It’s unprecedented. To now have a movie that we can put together in the way that I fully intended it to be seen when I first set out to make this film in 1989 is extraordinary. The project has moved inexorably to this conclusion. Fate and the hard work of individuals such as Mark Miller, Russell Cherrington, Phil and Sarah Stokes, Occupy Midian, Morgan Creek, and ultimately, Scream Factory have made this a possibility and I could not be happier.”
Partnering with Warner Bros., Scream! Factory found what was thought to be lost original film elements and never before seen footage (in what they said was in over 600 boxes!), which nearly an hour of has been restored, bringing it that much closer to Clive Barker’s true vision based on his Cabal novel. Below is a list of the specs to be included.
LIMITED EDITION SET:
- Only 5,000 numbered sets produced
- Disc 1: Unrated Director’s Cut of the film on Blu-ray
- Disc 2: The 1990 R-Rated theatrical version of the film on Blu-ray (through a special licensing agreement through Warner Bros.)
- Disc 3: EXCLUSIVE-TO-THIS-SET Bonus Blu-ray disc packed with extras (details forthcoming)
- Includes Collector’s Book with an essay and rare photos
- Slipcase includes newly designed artwork approved by Clive Barker
SPECIAL EDITION SET:
- Disc 1: Unrated Director’s Cut of the film on Blu-ray plus bonus features (details forthcoming)
- Disc 2: Unrated Director’s Cut of the film on DVD (details forthcoming)
- Slipcase includes artwork approved by Clive Barker
Both versions will be released on October 28th and the Limited Edition will be, um, limited to only 5000 units and pre-orders are available at Scream! Factory’s official site. I really have to hand it to Scream! Factory here for going the extra mile, putting in what must have been a painstaking countless amount of time to find and restore this “lost” footage and not only giving the fans what they’ve wanted for a very long time, but to allowing Clive Barker the same privilege.