Years before James Gunn joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe and brought The Guardians of the Galaxy to life, he wrote his own original superhero movie in 2000 called The Specials.
Now, imagine that movie as written by the creator of the HBO drama series Chernobyl.
Written by James Gunn and directed by Craig Mazin, The Specials follows the “sixth or seventh best superhero team in the world” as they try to find their place. In 2020, the movie celebrates its 20th anniversary with a Blu-Ray release.
The cast is top-notch for a low budget superhero indie comedy, with Thomas Haden Church, Paget Brewster, Judy Greer, Rob Lowe, Jamie Kennedy, and Jordan Ladd in the cast.
At their modest suburban headquarters, The Strobe (SIDEWAYS’ Thomas Haden Church), The Weevil (PARKS AND RECREATION’s Rob Lowe), foul-mouthed Amok (SCREAM 1 & 2’s Jamie Kennedy), Ms. Indestructible (CRIMINAL MINDS’ Paget Brewster, Deadly Girl (HALLOWEEN 2018’s Judy Greer), new member Nightbird (CABIN FEVER’s Jordan Ladd) and the rest all spend their time bickering, having extramarital affairs, and preparing for the grand unveiling of their own action figure line. But when a furious Strobe suddenly disbands the group, who will be there for the oddballs, rebels, outcasts and geeks? Before they save the world, can they save themselves?
This 20th anniversary edition has the following special features:
- NEW! 2K SCAN OF THE INTERPOSITIVE
- NEW! THEATRICAL TRAILER in 1080p
- NEW! MOJO’s MAGIC: The “Specials” Effects FEATURETTE
- 2000 AUDIO COMMENTARY: Director Craig Mazin, Writer/Actor James Gunn, Producer Mark A.Altman and Visual Effects Supervisor Mojo
- 2005 AUDIO COMMENTARY: Writer/Actor James Gunn and Actress Paget Brewster
- DELETED SCENES
- WEDDING VIDEO
- TOY COMMERCIAL
- BEHIND-THE-SCENES PHOTOS
The 20th-anniversary edition of The Specials has all-new front cover art by artist Paul Shipper. The Blu-ray will be available on July 14, 2020, at www.lalalandrecords.com and other online retailers. The retail price is $24.98.