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An epic documentary about the dramatic rise and fall of Empire Pictures, the most ambitious B-movie studio of the 1980’s.
An epic documentary about the dramatic rise and fall of Empire Pictures, the most ambitious B-movie studio of the 1980’s.
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    “THE WHISTLER” - A “Special Thanks” in the end credits.

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    “THE MANDROID” - A collectable set of seven Empire Pictures 2.5” buttons and a “Special Thanks” in the end credits.

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    "THE DOCUMENTARY" - A Blu-ray/DVD Combo containing the final documentary, "Celluloid Wizards in the Video Wasteland: The Saga of Empire Pictures", with hours of bonus features, both new and archival (the documentary and the features will be the same of both discs)! You will also receive “THE MANDROID” button set (seven collectable buttons) and a “Special Thanks” in the end credits! Release date TBD.

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    “THE DUNGEONMASTER” - A collectable “EMPIRE PICTURES ’86” T-Shirt (sizes M, L, XL, & XXL), plus the “THE MANDROID” button set and a “Special Thanks” in the end credits.

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    "THE PUPPET MASTER - A blu-ray copy of the Special Edition of "TRANCERS" (featuring Daniel Griffith's documentary) and a blu-ray copy of "THE PUPPET MASTER", both signed by director Charles Band. You will also receive a "Special Thanks" end credit.

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    “HERBERT WEST’S LABORATORY” - Select one of four original Empire film T-shirts (TRANCERS, RE-ANIMATOR, PRISON or ROBOT JOX), plus “THE MANDROID” button set, a MEDIA VIDEO 2" button, and a “Special Thanks” in the end credits.

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    “CHARLIE FORSYTHE’S ELECTRIC CHAIR” - A copy of the "PRISON" script signed by screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner (with an exclusive introduction) and a "Special Thanks" end credit in the film.

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    “THE VIDEO WIZARD” - An exclusive “WIZARD VIDEO ‘87” T-shirt (sizes L & XL) in collectable ‘big box’ VHS packaging (box randomly selected from 5 original designs) with three 1” mini VHS sticker buttons, one Wizard Video 2" button, one Media 2" button, and a “Special Thanks” end credit in the film.

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    "THE DOCUMENTARY COLLECTORS SET" - A LIMITED EDITION VHS, Blu-ray and DVD combo set* packaged in an EXCLUSIVE, newly created ‘BIG BOX’ VHS case featuring the alternative “DECAPITRON” artwork. Each copy is numbered and signed (by the director)! You will also get “THE MANDROID” button set and a “Special Thanks” in the end credits! Release date TBD

    *The VHS contains the documentary ONLY. The Blu-ray/DVD combo is the same as the $40 pledge version.

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    “DR. PRETORIUS' RESONATOR” - The official “Celluloid Wizards in the Video Wasteland” documentary one-sheet (24in x 36in) featuring original artwork by award-winning artist Paul Shipper and signed by producer/director Daniel Griffith, plus the “THE MANDROID” button set and a “Special Thanks” in the end credits.

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    “THE DEAD ZONE” - An exclusive set of three “UNFILMED EMPIRE” mini-posters (12in x 18in) featuring the original concept artwork and signed by the directors assigned to each film, plus the “THE MANDROID” button set and a “Special Thanks” end credit in the film.

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    "THE KILLER BIMBO" - An original set of the ultra-rare Empire Pictures stamp collection (featuring artwork and films never released) , a reprint 12in x 18in mini-poster of the 'unfilmed' Jack Kirby artwork for MINDMASTER, and a reprint 12in x 18in mini-poster of the Empire Pictures SPACE CAPSULE campaign. Plus "THE MANDROID" button set and a "Special Thanks" end credit in the film.

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    "THE PULSE POUNDER" - A limited collection of all 5 exclusive Empire Pictures T-shirts (EMPIRE '86, TRANCERS, RE-ANIMATOR, PRISON, and ROBOT JOX - in L, XL, or XXL), the official “Celluloid Wizards in the Video Wasteland” documentary one-sheet (24in x 36in) featuring original artwork by award-winning artist Paul Shipper and signed by producer/director Daniel Griffith, "THE MANDROID" button set, and a "Special Thanks" end credit in the film. NOTE: The shirts will be delivered on or before Feb. 2016. The poster will be delivered on or before May 2016.

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    “THE ROBOT JOX” - Attend the LA premiere of “Celluloid Wizards in the Video Wasteland” in style with two night accommodations in Hollywood, CA, a private dinner with select cast and crew members from the Empire films (for you and a guest), and VIP seating at the premiere (for you and a guest). Also included is an "Associate Producer" credit (in honor only) on its own title screen and Empire Gift set featuring an official poster, seven Empire buttons, and an Empire Pictures T-shirt (to be delivered upon release). That’s not all! You will also receive your own signed DVD/BLU-RAY copy of the final documentary when it is released. Premiere date and time TBD. Flight and other expenses are not included.

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    “THE SORORITY BABE” - A DVD copy of "SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-A-RAMA" and a big box VHS copy of "DREAMANIAC", both signed by director David DeCoteau, plus a “Special Thanks” in the end credits.

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    "JACK DETH'S BADGE" - A set of rare 8in x 11in Empire Pictures promo-cards, one for TRANCERS and one for ZONE TROOPERS. Both are signed by screenwriters Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo. Also includes a "Special Thanks" end credit in the film.

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    "CORPORAL MITTEN'S TROOPERS" - An ultr-rare 16in x 22in advance promo-poster for ZONE TROOPERS, signed by screenwriters Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo. Also includes a "Special Thanks" end credit in the film.

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