22nd May2020

‘The New Kids’ finally coming to Blu-ray in the UK

by Phil Wheat

This June, 101 Films will release Sean S. Cunningham’s tense and violent horror-thriller The New Kids (1985), previously released on VHS as Striking Back in 1988 and never making the transition to DVD here in the UK, as part of the companies “Black Label” line.

After their parents die in a car crash, two all-American teens, Loren (Shannon Presby) and Abby (Lori Loughlin) go to live with relatives in a small Florida town. But trouble begins when members of a vicious gang, led by Dutra (James Spader), bet on who’ll be the first to seduce the innocent Abby. When she spurns their obscene advances, the thugs embark on a sadistic campaign of vandalism, arson and assault. The savagery escalates until Loren must defend himself and his sister in a brutal fight to the death in a carnival midway. It’s The New Kids… trying to make it in this town just might kill them!

A key entry in the 1980s wave of juvenile delinquency movies, The New Kids features early performances from Lori Loughlin and James Spader, the latter in a particularly memorable role. This edition includes brand new interviews with director Sean S. Cunningham and writer Stephen Gyllenhaal, a commentary with film critics Sean Hogan and Jasper Sharp, and a limited edition booklet with new writing on ‘80s gang movies and Sean S. Cunningham’s career.

Brand New Extras:

  • Interview with director Sean S. Cunningham
  • Interview with writer Stephen Gyllenhaal
  • Commentary with film experts Sean Hogan and Jasper Sharp
  • Limited edition booklet: Includes ‘80s Gang Violence Movies and The New Kids by Jon Towlson and Pushing the Envelope: Sean Cunningham by Barry Forshaw

The New Kids, title 014 on the 101 Films Black Label, will be released in Limited Edition version (3000 copies) that comes with booklet and slipcase, on June 29th.

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