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Kino Lorber is bringing The Monster Squad to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Nov. 28 as part of the indie film distributor’s Studio Classics line. 

The 1987 horror-comedy film, which over the years has become a cult classic, finds Count Dracula (Duncan Regehr) escaping monster-slayer Van Helsing (Jack Gwillim) and adjourning to modern-day Earth in search of an ancient amulet that will grant him final control over the delicate balance between good and evil in the world.

To help him, the creepy Count calls on some old friends: the Wolfman (Carl Thibault), Gill-Man (Tom Woodruff Jr.), Mummy (Michael MacKay) and Frankenstein (Tom Noonan). Standing in their way is a group of neighborhood kids who vow to protect their neighborhood and call themselves the Monster Squad.

The Monster Squad was produced by Peter Hyams (Running Scared), written by Shane Black (Lethal Weapon) and Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps) and directed by Dekker. The film was released theatrically by Tri-Star Pictures.

Kino Lorber is releasing the film in a three-disc set.

The first disc, a triple-layered UHD100 Disc, features the film in 4K HD Blu-ray from a new HDR/Dolby Vision master, made from a 4K scan of the 35mm original camera negative. Bonus content includes two audio commentaries with director Dekker, who is joined on one by cinematographer Bradford May and on the others by actors Andre Gower, Ryan Lambert and Ashley Bank.

The second disc, a dual-layered BD50 Disc, features the film in standard Blu-ray, also from a new HD master from a 4K scan of the 35mm original camera negative. In addition to the two audio commentaries also found on the 4K disc, the Blu-ray Disc features a 79-minute documentary called Monster Squad Forever: Five Part Documentary; a nine-minute interview with actor Tom Noonan (Frankenstein); deleted scenes; an animated storyboard sequence, and a stills gallery.

The third disc in the package contains the 2018 documentary Wolfman’s Got Nards, which was co-written and directed by The Monster Squad star Andre Gower. 

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