Blood Feast (1963) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Blood Feast (1963) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Starring: William Kerwin, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason
Rated: UR/Region O/1:66/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Arrow Video

Mrs. Dorothy Fremont wants to throw a very special dinner party for her daughter Suzette. She calls on a local caterer, Fuad Ramses, who promises to prepare her an Egyptian feast, one that has not been prepared for 5,000 years. Suzette’s boyfriend, police detective Pete Thornton, is investigating a series of grisly murders. Someone has been attacking young women and harvesting various organs and body parts. What no one realizes is that Fuad Ramses is the killer and needs the body parts to resurrect a long dead goddess…

Good ol’ Herschell Gordon Lewis. Today we are taking a look at the very first splatter film in the infamous Blood Feast. Now Blood Feast isn’t the type of movie that will have you applauding performances or talking about how awesome the plot is because honestly, you don’t really get neither of those things there. What you do get might be enough to make you ask if you even need those other things. What you do get here is, of course, the gore. While dated by today’s standards and all that, Blood Feast offers up buckets of the red stuff on the screen. From the opening scene and then whenever violence is on the screen we basically see parts mutilated and all. But we see it done in a way that was unlike anything people had seen before at the time. For example here in the movie, you might see a woman laying somewhere dead with her leg hidden but she’s still covered in tons of blood while our killer will be holding “her” leg with plenty of the blood dripping off of it. It might not be on the Savini level but it is still something to look at that will interest anyone who loves gore movies.

Arrow brings the movie to HD in a transfer that I think looks amazing. I know such sites as Blu-ray.com only gave them transfer a 3.5 out of 5 but I think it looks great more times than not. I thought the rich colors of nothing else caught my attention while watching. I can’t tell you if this is the same disc with new art on top of it from the big box set that was released because I don’t own that one, but this disc does still come with the very same movie that came on the disc in the set with Blood Feast, Scum of the Earth. So, basically, you are getting a two for one when you buy Blood Feast. You also get lots of other cool extras I will list below. To sum it up, if you are here for blood you won’t be let-down. If you are wanting anything else it might get a little tricky. Still, this is a historical horror movie in a lot of ways, it looks good, and the disc is leaded.

Extras

– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard DVD presentations
– English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Scum of the Earth – Herschelll Gordon Lewis’ 1963 feature
– Blood Perspectives: Nicholas McCarthy and Rodney Ascher discussing Blood Feast
– Herschel’s History: An archival interview with Lewis from 2007 and features comments about Scum of the Earth
– Carving Magic (Short Film)
– Blood Feast Outtakes
– Scum of the Earth Clean Scenes Sourced from an SD Source
– Promo Gallery
– Blood Feast Commentary with Mike Vraney from Something Weird Video, Herschell Gordon Lewis and David Friedman
– Herschell Gordon Lewis Introduction for Both Films

Quality of Transfer: 95%