It should come as no surprise to learn that there will be a new DVD of the original Piranha to go along with this summer's 3-D remake; that sort of release is nothing new, especially if you're a horror fan. But what is particularly exciting, provided you're a fan of horror, schlock, and/or Roger Corman in general, is this: In just a few months the fine folks at Shout! Factory will be unleashing all sorts of Cormanized craziness.

In April we'll get a long-awaited re-issue of Joe Dante's Piranha, which is arguably one of Corman's finest productions -- even if it is a thinly-veiled Jaws wannabe. Your choice of standard special edition or blu-ray. Yes, that's right: Piranha on blu-ray. Pinch me. But don't pinch yet. It gets better: In the following weeks Shout! Factory will also dole out Humanoids from the Deep (yes!), the beloved Death Race 2000 and its follow-up Deathsport, the punk favorite Suburbia, Rock 'n' Roll High School (of course), another Jaws copycat called Up from the Depths, the immortal Michael Beck in Warlords of the 21st Century, one I've somehow missed called Demon of Paradise, the sci-fi horror mating of Forbidden World (aka Mutant) and -- a true personal favorite -- the 1981 classic Galaxy of Terror.

And more to come, I'm sure. My picks would be Battle Beyond the Stars, Deathstalker, Sorceress, Space Raiders, and (especially) Chopping Mall. Click here for the SF press release -- and be sure to tune in to the Oscars next month. This Corman guy is a lock to win an award. Bet on it.
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