Creepshow (1982) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

Creepshow (1982) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
DIRECTED BY: George A. Romero
STARRING: Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielsen, Ed Harris
RATED: R/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Scream Factory

Masters of the macabre – writer Stephen King and director George A. Romero – conjure up five shocking yarns, each a virtuoso exercise in the ghouls-and-gags style of classic ’50s horror comics. A murdered man emerges from the grave for Father’s Day cake. A meteor’s ooze makes everything … grow. A professor selects his wife as a snack for a crated creature. A scheming husband plants two lovers up to their necks in terror. A malevolent millionaire with an insect phobia becomes the prey of a cockroach army. Add the spirited performances of an excellent cast (Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielsen, Ted Danson, E.G. Marshall and King himself) and the ghoulish makeup wizardry of Tom Savini, and you have a non-stop, thrilling ride that “plays like an anthology of human phobias” (Roger Ebert)!

Let me just start out here by saying that as far as transfer and extras go, this new release from Scream Factory looks amazing!! This blows the old Blu-ray out of the water and I’m sure nobody is shocked to hear that. Now as far as audio goes, I don’t have surround sound and I thought the audio seemed a little low. I know that’s the big things people care about with a new release, but now let’s talk about this amazing movie. Divided into five short parts titled, “Father’s Day”, “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill”, “Something to Tide You Over”, “The Crate” and “They’re Creeping Up on You!”. Creepshow is also strung together with a bumper of a story about a kid (played by Stephen King’s real-life son) and his father (Tom Atkins) who is very upset to find his son has been reading horror comics. This sets the perfect place for a film that for it’s time really did come across as a live-action comic book. It may be cheesy fun, but it’s fun none the less. Father’s Day is creepy but effective. The story of a hateful old man and his love for cake doesn’t give us anything mind-blowing, but I’ll be damn if it still doesn’t hold up well today. It’s followed by The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill. Stephen King himself plays a man who runs across a meteorite that has just fallen from the sky. It’s a little silly, but as a kid, I remembered it well and I think it may be one of the most memorable from the whole film. The movie then goes into, Something to Tide You Over. This one has none other than Ted Danson and Leslie Nielsen. Still to this day I find it very weird to see Nielsen in a serious role. Next up, The Crate is perhaps the bloodiest of the bunch. Still is packs a somewhat corny but effective creature. That sorta stuff only helps in my book. Then the last of the stories is, They’re Creeping Up on You. In this, we see another hateful old timer as he finds his house being taken over by cockroaches. If nothing else, it’ll at least make your skin crawl.

When you add everything up here, you have a film that is bloody, is R-rated, but it packs just the right mix of style and feel to make you feel like a kid again. I especially love the style of which the film’s color turns nearly neon in violent moments. It really drives home the comic book effect more. And looking back now, you really could say it’s an odd but all-star cast that makes up the cast of Creepshow. They even have a spot for makeup and effects wizard, Tom Savini. And if you are wondering, YES, Savini also did the gore effects for the film, so you have even more of a reason to love this. As if it didn’t already give you plenty of them. This comes to us on a release unlike anything Scream Factory has put out for us before in a none super limited way and I love it. It’s a great movie and a great looking release in transfer and package as well. You totally need to get this one ASAP!

Extras

– Includes 40-Page Booklet
– NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative – Color Correction Supervised And Approved By Director Of Photography Michael Gornick
– Audio Commentary With Director George A. Romero And Special Make-Up Effects Creator Tom Savini
– NEW Audio Commentary With Director Of Photography Michael Gornick
– NEW Audio Commentary With Composer/First Assistant Director John Harrison And Construction Coordinator Ed Fountain
– NEW Terror And The Three Rivers – A Round Table Discussion On The Making Of Creepshow With John Amplas, Tom Atkins, Tom Savini, And Marty Schiff
– NEW The Comic Book Look – An Interview With Costume Designer Barbara Anderson
– NEW Ripped From The Pages – An Interview With Animator Rick Catizone
– NEW The Colors Of Creepshow – A Look At The Restoration of Creepshow With Director Of Photography Michael Gornick
– NEW Into The Mix – An Interview With Sound Re-recordist Chris Jenkins
– NEW Mondo Macabre – A Look At Mondo’s Various Creepshow Posters With Mondo Co-Founder Rob Jones And Mondo Gallery Events Planner Josh Curry
– NEW Collecting Creepshow – A Look At Some Of The Original Props And Collectibles From The Film With Collector Dave Burian
Audio Interviews With Director Of Photography Michael Gornick, Actor John Amplas, Property Master Bruce Alan Miller, And Make-up Effects Assistant Darryl Ferrucci
– Tom Savini’s Behind-The-Scenes Footage
– Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – A Look At The Original Film Locations Hosted By Sean Clark
– Deleted Scenes
– Theatrical Trailers
– TV Spot
– Radio Spots
– Still Galleries – Posters, Lobby Cards, And Movie Stills
– Still Galleries – Behind The Scenes Photos

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 100%