New Release: Barbarian Queen and The Warrior and the Sorceress DVD

Barbarian Queen

Shout! Factory, in association with New Horizons Pictures, issued a double-feature DVD with a pair of sexy sword-and-sorcery epics from legendary producer Roger Corman: Barbarian Queen (1985), starring the late B-movie goddess Lana Clarkson, and The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984), starring the late cult star David Carradine.

The DVD double-feature debuted exclusively available from the Shout! Factory Store on Oct. 19, 2010, for $19.95 plus shipping and handling fees.

The Warrior and the Sorceress and Barbarian Queen have both been given new anamorphic widescreen transfers and include their original theatrical trailers as special features.

The colorful, mid-1980s VHS favorite films produced by Corman have long had a following and can now be considered even more cult-worthy because they feature a pair of stars who died under strange, tragic and tabloid-worthy circumstances: In February, 2003, Lana Clarkson (Vice Girls) was found shot dead in legendary record producer Phil Spector’s home in Alhambra, Calif. Six years later, Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison for her murder.

David Carradine (TV’s Kung Fu) was discovered dead in a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, where he was shooting his latest film. Though there was immediate speculation that his mysterious death was a suicide, as a police official claims Carradine was found hanging by a rope in the room’s closet, all the evidence suggests that his death was the result of autoerotic asphyxiation.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.