For Immediate Release
June 7, 2016
FROM A PHONE BOOTH NEAR YOU…
BILL & TED’S MOST EXCELLENT COLLECTION
ARRIVES FROM SHOUT! FACTORY’S NEW SHOUT SELECT LINE
ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2016
LIMITED EDITION VERSION INCLUDES AN EXCLUSIVE “RUFUS” FIGURE FROM NECA
History’s about to be rewritten by two guys who can’t even spell.
Los Angeles, CA – Excellent! History’s favorite time traveling duo land on September 20, 2016 in a deluxe Blu-ray box set from Shout! Factory titled Bill & Ted’s Most Excellent Collection. The bodacious set includes Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, the Blu-ray debut of the sequel Bogus Journey, and is fully loaded with an entire disc of bonus features, including new interviews and commentary, deluxe packaging, a “Wyld Stallyns” branded guitar pick, vinyl stickers for both films, and previously released extras including The Original Bill & Ted, The Most Triumphant Making-Of, Air Guitar Tutorial, The Linguistic Stylings of B&T, From Scribble to Script, The Hysterical Personages of B&T, and radio spots.
Shout! Factory will also have a limited edition set complete with an exclusive lithograph and exclusive action figure of George Carlin’s character “Rufus,” available on shoutfactory.com beginning June 7. NECA, which created the figure, will also have a Bill & Ted action figure set available in July 2016.
The biggest concern for Bill S. Preston, Esq. (Alex Winter) and Ted “Theodore” Logan (Keanu Reeves), two totally excellent dudes from San Dimas, California, has been that their band, the Wyld Stallyns, “will never be a super band until we have Eddie Van Halen on guitar.” But now they’re on the verge of failing history class, and Ted’s father is threatening him with military school. To keep the Wyld Stallyns together, and save the future, they need to deliver an epic history report, so a messenger named Rufus (George Carlin) arrives in a time traveling phone booth to help them out. As they travel through history they pick up some new friends, like the “Bodacious Philosopher” Socrates, “One Very Excellent Barbarian” Genghis Khan, the “Short Dead Dude” Napoleon and “Noah’s Wife” Joan of Arc, and put on one outrageous presentation.
In the sequel Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, the daffy duo travel to Heaven, Hell and points in between as they meet robot versions of themselves, Albert Einstein, the Easter Bunny, and beat the Grim Reaper at a video game. Bogus Journey features an all-star cast including Keanu Reeves (The Matrix), Alex Winter, George Carlin, William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption), and Pam Grier (Jackie Brown). At the time of its release, Roger Ebert described the film as “a riot of visual invention and weird humor that works on its chosen sub-moronic level, and on several others as well, including some fairly sophisticated ones.” In other words, not bogus at all, dudes.
Bill & Ted’s Most Excellent Collection is part of Shout! Factory’s new home entertainment series Shout Select, which shines a light on films that deserve a spot on your shelf. Debuting this August, Shout Select boasts an exciting slate of fan-favorite releases making their Blu-ray debuts. Titles include the pulp sci-fi rom-com classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension, John Carpenter’s Emmy Award® -nominated biopic Elvis, the brilliant action-comedy Midnight Run, and the rowdy action-thriller Road House. Each title will be presented in anamorphic widescreen, and when possible will be released as a Collector’s Edition, with new bonus content, archival materials, collectible cover artwork, and more.
ABOUT SHOUT! FACTORY
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Factory Productions, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Shout! Factory Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.
NECA is the leading designer, marketer, and worldwide distributor of licensed entertainment consumer goods based on some of America’s most established and beloved properties, providing products across all consumer categories. Specializing in the 12+ licensed movie, video game, comic book, and traditional literary markets, NECA has over 60 licenses from major media partners for properties including Alien, Godzilla, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, A Christmas Story, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and numerous other major properties from Marvel and DC Comics, major video game properties, as well as professional and collegiate sports. The NECA group of companies includes game developer and publisher WizKids, urban vinyl icon Kidrobot, retail chains Hastings and MovieStop, and full-service distributor SP Images. NECA is part owner of the Muhammad Ali estate and a partner of the Marilyn Monroe estate, and holds a majority ownership to Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., granting NECA the property ownership and management rights to Graceland, Elvis Presley’s home in Memphis, Tennessee, in partnership with ABG and the Presley family.