The Strangers (2008) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

The Strangers (2008) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Bryan Bertino
Starring: Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman, Kip Weeks
Rated: R & UR/Region: A/2:35/1080p/Number of disc: 2
Available From Scream Factory

After a 4 a.m. knock at the door and a haunting voice, Kristen McKay (Liv Tyler, The Leftovers) and James Hoyt (Scott Speedman, Underworld) find that their remote getaway becomes a night of psychological terror as three masked strangers invade. Faced with inscrutable tormentors, Kristen and James must go beyond what they think they’re able to endure if they have any hope to survive.

The Strangers was a movie that I actually caught way back in the day on PPV. That should tell you what time it was on that little bit of info alone. While totally a horror film to its core, you could probably rest easy with someone calling it a thriller because it stays pretty darn tense from almost the start until the end. This is a movie that doesn’t shock me at all to see getting a Scream Factory Collector’s Edition because if you are wanting to step more away from the 80’s and 90’s and dive into some more modern horror films that have stood well in time The Strangers is a good choice. Starring Liv Tyler is what might be her only real role I enjoy her in, she plays a woman being tormented on a night by three weirdos in masks that are in the midst of a home invasion. Things get spooky quick and you actually feel bad for her and hope all goes well even when things are looking bleak and they look bleak a lot here.

It might sound a bit silly but that’s my one complaint about the movie, the tone. While nothing is wrong with a scary film and a doom and gloom, I tend to take more to the ones a bit campier. This is a very dark movie and it’s tense and a good date horror film but might not be as much fun to re-watch much alone. Still, some enjoy that a lot more than I and those are the ones who will enjoy The Strangers the most. Here we have a Rated-R and an Unrated version of the film and both look about the same in HD. That isn’t a knock as both look good regardless. Toss in some nice extras and it another solid release for Scream Factory. There is tension, a bit of mystery, and even some blood in the end here with The Strangers. It is about as spooky as you could get during the time of its release.

Extras

Disc One:
– NEW HD Master Of The Theatrical Cut Taken From The 2K Digital Intermediate
– The Element Of Terror – Interviews With The Cast And Crew
– Strangers At The Door – Interviews With Writer/Director Bryan Bertino And The Cast
– Deleted Scenes
– TV Spots
– Theatrical Trailer
Disc Two:
– NEW HD Master Of The Unrated Cut Taken From The 2K Digital Intermediate
– NEW Defining Moments – An Interview With Writer/Director Bryan Bertino
– NEW All The Right Moves – An Interview With Actor Kip Weeks (Man In The Mask)
– NEW Brains And Brawn – An Interview With Actress Laura Margolis (Pin Up Girl)
– NEW Deep Cuts – An Interview With Editor Kevin Greutert
– Still Gallery

Quality of Transfer: 97%