Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Jacksonville Cult Movie Celebrates 40th Anniversary With National Home Video Release!

Barton Films, Inc. is proud to announce the long awaited home video release of their 1971 cult theatrical feature film ZAAT which was filmed in and around Jacksonville, Florida. According to Ed Tucker, a spokesperson for Barton Films, this release represents the culmination of over tens years of dedication on the part of the filmmakers and fans to assemble the best elements possible in one package. The forthcoming release will be on the Cultrare Video label and available in both standard DVD and high definition Blu-Ray editions, newly mastered from the original negative. Cultrare is a subsidiary of Synergy Entertainment which has a standing reputation for making high demand cult classics available to fans in versions they can be proud of.

ZAAT, which will be one of the flagship titles of the newly launched Cultrare label, will be no exception. According to Tucker, “we have located an outstanding selection of original trailers, television spots, rare promotional materials, and never before seen behind the scenes photos to enhance this edition – we even have some extremely rare outtakes we managed to unearth”.

Also unique to this release will be a feature length commentary moderated by Tucker and including the film’s director, Don Barton, along with writer / special effects coordinator Ron Kivet, and actor Paul Galloway who played the local Sheriff. “The commentary is not to be missed” said Tucker, “in addition to some great stories about the production and distribution of the film, you get some hilarious insights from Paul that were constantly breaking us up!”

ZAAT, which is currently celebrating forty years of entertaining monster movie fans as of 2011, had a promising initial release from Clark Distributors of Jacksonville beginning in 1971 but has been difficult to locate since then. This did not, however, stop die-hard fans from searching for it and now their search is over! In recent years the film has enjoyed many successful revival screenings, was featured as an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and has aired on Turner Classic Movies but this release on Cultrare Video, anticipated for some time this summer, represents the first time the film will be available nationwide on home video.

For more infomation on this release, contact:
Ed Tucker
Barton Films, Inc.
P.O. Box 24866
Jacksonville, FL 32241
(904) 880-4281

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