When the Alamo Drafthouse announced their film acquisition arm, Drafthouse Films, a couple of years back with their first acquisition of the fantastic (and my number one film of 2010) Four Lions, we all knew there was great things ahead for what films they would get to distribute. We now have The FP and an Oscar nominee in Bullhead (one of my top 10 films of 2011) and with number 2 and 3 in their Blu-ray/ DVD line we now have Tim League emailing a personal press release explaining about the new membership program, Drafthouse Alliance.
We here at CriterionCast have been saying for awhile that more film companies should be doing what Oscilloscope Laboratories figured out a few years ago with their Circle of Trust program. A yearly membership fee means you get to get the next 10 releases, special screenings and great deals on past catalog titles. League and company have taken that tried and true plan and brought it to Drafthouse Films now with their Alliance Program. As of now, it looks to be at the more than reasonable price of $124.99 for the next 10 releases with digital downloads as well, all of which will be shipped right to your home. Bonus gifts and special screening opportunities at theaters for future Drafthouse Films (such as the hysterical Klown, the amazingly bad yet awesome film Miami Connection or one of my most anticipate horror films of the year The ABC’s of Death) will be the norm for any member of the program.
So sign up today because it’s really a no brainer. Or buy a friend an early Christmas gift. Below is the official press release for this exciting new membership program.
Fifteen years ago, my wife and I opened the first single-screen Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas. We got into this business in the first place because we wanted to create a neighborhood theater run by movie fans for movie fans. Since then, the number of Alamo theaters has grown to eleven and we have started our own distribution label under the Drafthouse banner. Today, with both of these ventures we still try to uphold the same ideals that got us into the business. At Drafthouse Films, for example, we only acquire and distribute movies we love. I want to be able to look back in ten years and be proud of every single curated title in our catalog.
Tomorrow sees the release of Drafthouse Films title THE FP (#2) on DVD/Blu-ray and Digital/VOD platforms followed by BULLHEAD (#3) on June 26th. You could probably not find two more disparate films to announce back-to-back: one a sumptuous, powerful foreign-language Academy Award ® nominee; one a bizarre comeback story set amid the world of lethal Beat-Beat Revelation video game battles. They both fit under the broad banner of Drafthouse Films in that both are fresh, bold and unique visions by exciting new filmmakers.
I encourage everyone to support our efforts at Drafthouse Films by purchasing an exclusive DVD/Blu-ray fan pack for THE FP, pre-ordering our upcoming BULLHEAD release or by joining our new ‘Drafthouse Alliance’ membership program. Each time you buy a DVD/Blu-ray or one of our fan packs from our website, you also get a digital copy of the film as well as the soundtrack (when available). By becoming a member of the Drafthouse Alliance for $124.99, you will get either a Blu-ray or DVD (and digital download) of a current Drafthouse Films title of your choice, plus the next 9 releases shipped automatically to your door. Additionally, we will offer our Drafthouse Alliance members exclusive deals, bonus gifts and screening opportunities throughout the year.
Thanks to everyone for being a part of the Drafthouse family, and I look forward to sharing more and more movies we love with you for many years to come.
Drafthouse Films’ upcoming theatrical release of ‘the funniest film of the year,’ (The Village Voice), KLOWN will hit NYC, LA & Austin theaters and VOD/Digital platforms on July 27 and the ‘˜80s Tae Kwon Do ninja assault cult classic MIAMI CONNECTION will debut at the New York Asian Film festival on July 7 and hit theaters later in the fall. For more Drafthouse Films updates and unique offers, subscribe to the newsletter by claiming 2 free tracks from the synth rock MIAMI CONNECTION soundtrack!