Creepshow 2 (1987) (Arrow Limited Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

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Creepshow 2 (1987) (Arrow Limited Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Michael Gornick
Starring: Tom Savini, George Kennedy, Lois Chiles
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Arrow Video

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Horror titans George A. Romero and Stephen King deliver yet another fiendish selection of blood-curdling tales in Creepshow 2 – now newly remastered in 2K! In “Old Chief Wood’nhead”, a group of young hoodlums faces retribution from an unlikely source after looting a local hardware store. Meanwhile, “The Raft” sees a group of horny teens wishing they’d read the warning signs first before taking a dip in a remote lake. Finally, an uptight businesswoman finds herself with some unwanted company following a hit-and-run incident in “The Hitch-hiker”.

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Creepshow 2, wasn’t directed by George A. Romero, who directed the original. But he did write the screenplay and what you see is once again based on Stephen King stories to boot. For me, this was the Creepshow I remembered the best. There was a copy at the house and I watched it often growing up. I actually saw it before I ever got to see the original film. Over the years Anchor Bay had original put out both a regular DVD and a Special Edition Divimax version of the DVD. In September of 2011, Creepshow 2 made it’s way back onto DVD by way of Image and their Midnight Madness Series, along with a number of other horror classics. It also got a Blu-ray from them but that one isn’t much to write home about. Here, Arrow puts out this set with a new 2K scan so the only way to go is up. This time around Creepshow 2 is a much shorter film than the original film. Giving us just three stories, but they are three very good and memorable stories. I said in my review for the original that I thought that film could have been one segment shorter. In this case, I believe it could have been a segment longer. For what it’s worth, more shorts were considered for the movie, but for one reason or another they never made their way to film or the movie. But with that being the case, the film still maintains the fun of the original. And the animated bumper story that runs throughout the film was somewhat trendy for its time and still cool to see today. The animated stuff still doesn’t look too great in HD here, but the rest is an improvement of what Image had out there with their release. I think looking at any screenshot you see here will prove that much.

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But as far as the stories go, Old Chief Woodinhead starts us off. An elderly couple named Ray and Martha Spruce run a store that’s down on its luck near an Indian reservation. Ray (played by George Kennedy) also has an old wooden Indian outside the store and when some kids do the wrong thing, this Indian comes to life and turns things into a fun but silly slasher. We then head into perhaps the film’s biggest segment and most memorable, The Raft. Four teens looking for a good time end up trapped on a raft in a lake as some weird blob of gue floats in the water trying to consume them. It’s pretty edge of your seat stuff at times and hands down my favorite segment. The third and final short is, The Hitchhiker. It’s the weakest of the three, but it’s still pretty funny and comes complete with some awesome gore. A woman (played by Lois Chiles) hits a man on the road while driving back from cheating on her husband only to find he isn’t as dead as she assumed. The segment isn’t much, but it packs some awesome gore as I’ve already said before. As you can tell already, this movie really could have used one more segment. That being the case, it’s still a lot of fun and never once does it get boring. While keeping with the same format as the original, it added a new late 80’s twist to the Creepshow concept with the animation. We also get to see another cameo by Tom Savini as he is all dressed up as the “Creep” in the film when the Creep is in none animation form. If you were alive in the 80’s, or at least at an age you could remember the decade, you’ll get that decade’s vibe from the start of this one to its finish. And it’s that nostalgia feeling, tagged along with the gore and classic second story that makes this one very awesome to see. I’m nostalgic for it, so my grade of it might be a bit more than most. But I grew up on this one and I regret nothing!

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Extras

– Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
– Original stereo audio
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Creepshow 2: Pinfall – limited edition booklet featuring the never-before-seen comic adaptation of this unfilmed Creepshow 2 segment by artist Jason Mayoh
– Audio Commentary with director Michael Gornick, moderated by Perry Martin
– Nightmares in Foam Rubber – featurette with special make-up effects artists Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero
– My Friend Rick – Berger on working with make-up legend Rick Baker
– Behind-the-Scenes Footage
– Trailers and TV Spots
– Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Michael Blyth
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Mike Saputo

Quality of Transfer: 90%

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