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Brunel University to launch Roger Cormans B-movie DVDs

The Cult Film Archive at Brunel University's School of Arts in Uxbridge, West London, will be releasing 10 mainly horror film classics on DVD through retail outlets. The movies will be jointly distributed by the London-based art film outlet, Nouveaux Pictures in a joint venture with Brunel University.

The “extras“ will include university academics discussing the films, many of which have been, or are being remade in Hollywood, but may have a “retro“ appeal to new audiences, and are of interest to film studies students.

They include Attack of the Crab Monsters and Not of This Earth (both directed by Roger Corman, 1957), and Grand Theft Auto (Ron Howard, 1977).

The launch will take place at the third annual film festival and international conference run by the Cult Film Archive at Brunel University, Cine Excess III, which is being held at the Odeon Covent Garden and the Curzon Soho Cinema, in London, from April 30 to May 2.

Last year, Corman, famous for making movies in three days, received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the conference.

The director of the Cult Film Archive, Xavier Mendik, lecturer in Film and TV Studies, said, “These are probably the first cross commercial-academic DVD movie releases.“

Mr Mendik, who is also the director of Cine Excess III added: “For someone who grew up as a cult film fan. The opportunity to be able to release some of my all-time favourite movies is a dream come true.“

Martin Nash, director of Nouveaux Pictures commented: “We have always been a niche label enjoying good support from the educational sector and we are delighted to distribute cutting edge movies, not only targeted at academia, but to the wider DVD market as well.“

Notes to Editors

For further details about the archive or the Cine Excess III, contact Xavier Mendik mob: 07713155646 email:

For press enquires related to Cine-Excess III please contact:

Brunel University Press Office
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For information about the release schedule for the Nouveaux Pictures-Cine Excess label, contact Paul Smith at The Associates PR Company, tel: 0207 907 4770; mobile: 079708 78802. email: