Alex Cox, the famed director of "Sid and Nancy" and "Repo Man," will release six films on DVD from his catalogue through Microcinema International. Three films previously unavailable in the states, "Straight to Hell Returns," "Searchers 2.0," and "El Patrullero/Highway Patrolman," are included in the deal. Also included in the deal are "3 Businessmen" and "Death and the Compass" (previously released through Anchor Bay Entertainment) and "Revenger's Tragedy" (previously released through Fantoma Films). "Searchers 2.0" gets a home video release October 26, and "Straight to Hell Returns" will be released on DVD later this year.
"Straight to Hell Returns" is an update of Cox's 1986 feature "Straight to Hell." The new film features an all-star line-up of Joe Strummer, Courtney Love, Dennis Hopper, Elvis Costello, Sy Richardson, Shane McGowan, Dick Rude, Jim Jarmusch, and Grace Jones.
"I am thrilled that my films have found a home in the Microcinema catalogue," Cox said in a statement. He noted the company he is with at Microcinema: "Microcinema is one of the only distributors remaining who truly understand the auteur filmmaker and I am proud to have my films alongside the likes of Luis Buñuel, Maya Deren, Salvador Dalí, Hal Hartley, the 'Loose Change' franchise, and many other fine films and filmmakers!"
Microcinema International acquired the rights for "Straight to Hell Returns" directly from the director and negotiated the deal for the other five films with the UK's HanWay Films.