The Early Films of Blue Underground’s, Bill Lustig

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Introducing, the brand new DVD Release of the The Billy Bagg Double Feature: The Adult Films of Bill Lustig, is now available for pre-order on many online sites, or directly for retail from Distribpix.com. The package contains both of Bill Lustig’s early X rated features, The Violation of Claudia and Hot Honey. Both films haven been restored in 2k from their original negatives. Color correction and digital scratch removal software was used to help restore the image and bring the films back to life. They now exits for the first time ever on home video in their original aspect ratios of 1.85:1. Besides both UNCUT features, original theatrical trailers, and an exclusive slide and ephemera gallery, there are 2 stellar audio commentaries with director Bill Lustig(Maniac Cop, Vigilante), one for each film. Each commentary is moderated by super famous, Danish Filmmaker, Nicolas Winding Refn(Drive, Bronson, Valhalla Rising).

Nicolas Winding Refn and Bill Lustig, Audio Commentary

Nicolas Winding Refn and Bill Lustig, Audio Commentary

I truly feel that these commentaries are very special. They were recorded while Nicolas was in Hollywood filming Drive, he was gracious enough to take 3 hours out of his day and meet with Bill, in a Burbank Sound studio. What came from that recording session was magical. The sessions were not only incredibly entertaining, but full of facts and tidbits about Bill Lustig’s early days of filmmaking. For any fan of Bill Lustig or Nicolas Winding Refn, this package is a must have.

Here is the reversible box art for this release, which is also the first edition of the Sweetheart Theatres, line of DVD’s, now available at www.distribpix.com

Full DVD Box Cover, Front Side

Full DVD Box Cover, Front Side (Clear Case)

Full DVD Box Cover- Reverse Side(Clear Case)

Full DVD Box Cover- Reverse Side(Clear Case)

 

DVD Main Menu, The Billy Bagg Double Feature

DVD Main Menu, The Billy Bagg Double Feature

Here are a variety of screen grabs taken from each feature:

 

In VIOLATION OF CLAUDIA (1977), the incredible Sharon Mitchell stars as Claudia, a beautiful, wealthy housewife who enters the seedy and bizarre world of prostitution with the help of her manipulative tennis coach (Jamie Gillis).Also starring Crystal Sync, Long Jeane Silvers and Don Peterson.(63min)

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Sharon Mitchell, 1977

Sharon Mitchell, 1977

In HOT HONEY (1978), young Honey (Heather Young) refuses to put out for her boyfriend,preferring to tend for her wheelchair bound brother (Jamie Gillis). But soon, Honey begins a strange sexual awakening, seducing menand women alike! Co-starring Serenaand Robin Byrd.(71 min)

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Check out some really kool ads/reviews and other rare ephemera:

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Original records for Theatrical Distribution

Original records for Theatrical Distribution

 

Original Playdate and Records for The Violation of Claudia

Original Playdate and Records for The Violation of Claudia

PODCAST: The Films of Billy Bagg…. Why did they call him Billy Bagg? How did he even end up making these films?  What kind of upbringing did he have? The answers to those question and many others are all contained within a concise podcast, between myself (Steven Morowitz) and Bill Lustig, it is very informative and descriptive. You can check it out, by clicking the link: BILL LUSTIG PODCAST.

 

 

The films of Billy Bagg- Bill Lustig’s NY Erotica

Coming this summer from Distribpix Inc.- Bill Lustig’s NY Erotica, a double bill featuring both of his X rated films from the 1970’s. Both films have been restored with brand new 2k scans, color correction and digital scratch removal. Each film has an intensely educational commentary track moderated by Nicolas Winding Refn. You will learn so much from the commentaries alone.

This will be the first installment of the Sweetheart Theaters Home Video Cinema line, which is perfect as both of these films, debuted at the Word Theater.

Please enjoy the brand new HD trailers for The Violation of Claudia and Hot Honey.

 

 

 

Bill Lustig and the X rated films of Billy Bagg

Bill Lustig and the films of Billy Bagg – Distribpix Podcast episode #2

The Distribpix Podcast  Episode #2- Bill Lustig and the films of Billy Bagg

The Distribpix Podcast Episode #2- Bill Lustig and the films of Billy Bagg

Before he was known as Bill Lustig, he was called Billy Bagg, want to know why?

Before he became the legendary head of Blue Underground and years before he was releasing his favorite films to DVD for Anchor Bay, he was Billy Bagg.

Billy Bagg was an alias for Bill Lusting when he directed 2 X rated films in the late 1970’s, Hot Honey and The Violation of Claudia. Both of these films are getting a special release as a double feature, with brand new 2 k scans of each film, as well as amazing commentaries on both of the films, moderated by Hollywood director Nic Winding Refn.

Bill Lusting and Nic Winding Refn, 2010.

Bill Lusting and Nic Winding Refn, 2010.

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The details of the audio commentary are amazing, and any Blue Underground, Nic Winding Refn fan or just fan of classic erotica must pick up ,this soon to be released DVD. This project has been a huge undertaking and the restorations of both films are excellent. In order to prepare and celebrate this release, I got together with Bill Lustig in his West Hollywood apartment in late January 2014 and we sat down and talked a bit about his career, his love for cinema and we touched briefly about the films. Lustig also talks about growing up in NJ, escaping to the grind houses of NYC as a child, his early influences and so much more! BUT, we made it a point to leave out all the exact details of the films and keep them exclusive to  the commentary tracks. But, with that said, I hope you enjoy our conversation together, it is honest, simple and to the point.   In the podcast, he refers several times to “your father”, he is referring to Arthur Morowitz, the original founder of Distribpix.

 

Bill Lustig X Rated Films          

 

Listen to the podcast here:

Or download it here: Bill Lustig Podcast

The Films of Billy Bagg

Honcho of Blue Underground, Manic Cop Maven and Anchor Bay Bandit ,Bill Lustig, was once called Billy Bagg….yup- Billy Bagg!

Yes, this is absolutely true. He made 2 films using that alias, The Violation of Claudia and Hot Honey, both from the late 1970’s. These were his first films, Violation of Claudia was shot in 35mm and Hot Honey in 16mm. Distribpix owns both of the films and the original elements. They were recently scanned in 2k resolution and had digital restoration and color correction performed. They both look very clean, maybe too clean!

Several years ago, Bill Lustig, along with famous movie director, Nicolas Winding Refn,were both gracious enough to come to a sound studio in Burbank, to perform audio commentaries on both films, both full length, it is gold! Nic actually moderates the commentary with a cynical tone that changes from astonished to comical, but all in all, it is very informative, and the complete stories of both films are told. Bill is wonderful with his memory, he is accurate and shares many details. I am hoping that all of the Blue Underground fans will give this release a chance, if not only for almost 4 hours of unique and rare commentary, but equally as gorgeous film restorations. I think this will become a valuable collectible.

The films are being authored and should be able to see the market by late Spring, early summer.

It will be billed as a double feature that will contain both films, from 2k scans, full length audio commentary for each film and an exclusive slideshow/ephemera gallery.

I have wanted to release this for a while now and I am excited to see things finally moving along again.

I hope you enjoy The Billy Bagg Double Feature.

 

Bill Lustig X Rated Films

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The World Theater, The Violation of Claudia

The World Theater, The Violation of Claudia

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THE EARLY FILMS OF BILL LUSTIG

Most of the films fans out there know of Bill Lustig as one of the more prolific cult/horror filmmakers of the late 70’s and early 80’s. Some of his more well know films are Maniac Cop and Vigilante, and they both are legendary cult classics. Today Bill is the owner of one of the most cutting edge re-releasing companies, Blue Underground. He is totally committed to quality, integrity and is a really great guy. I have gotten to know more about Bill, and we got  to spend some great time over this past summer. He is one of the most interesting guys I have ever met.

But before Bill, became a famous director, he began his career in a way that is quite common for most young independent film makers, but it is still a bit surprising and very interesting. In the 70’s, as Bill was starting his career, he directed two porno films, both were quite successful theatrically and still sell to this day, very well on DVD. They were known as the films of” Billy Bagg”(we learn why in the commentary).These 2 films payed in dozens of theaters across the country and made a lot of money at the World Theatre in NYC, as well as the Pussycat adn even at the Ofarell’s Screening Room in San Francisco.

The 2 films are ‘Hot Honey’ with Heather Young, Jack Hammer and Robin Byrd and ‘The Violation of Claudia’ with Sharon Mitchell, Jamie Gillis and Serena.

As part of a tribute, to the only 2 adult films of Bill Lustig’s career we are preparing to release a double feature of these films, so this past Saturday Bill was gracious enough to meet us at a Sound Studio in Burbank, in order to record a full length commentary for each film. In addition, Bill brought one of his friends who thought it would be an interesting commentary. He brought Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, who is one of the hottest up and coming directors today and has directed films like ‘Bronson’ , ‘The Pusher Trilogies’ and ‘Valhalla Rising’.

The content of the commentaries are simply amazing, The stories that Bill has to tell are absolutely amazing and Nic’s insight was remarkable. This is going to be a great release and any fan of Bill Lusting, should have this.

-Thanks so much to Bill Lusting and Nic Winding.

-Audio commentary shot at Bang Zoom Entertainment in Burbank.

 

Bill Lusting and Nic Winding Refn.....doing 'Biily Bagg" commentaries

THE VIOLATION OF CLAUDIA

HOT HONEY