Two From Hell: House of 1000 Corpses / The Devil’s Rejects (Umbrella Entertainment) (Blu-ray Review)

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Two From Hell: House of 1000 Corpses / The Devil’s Rejects (Umbrella Entertainment) (Blu-ray Review)
Rated: MA15+/Region B (But will play in A)/Number of Discs 2
Available from Umbrella Entertainment

House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Directed By: Rob Zombie
Starring: Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie
Rated: MA15+/Region B (But will play in A)/1:78/1080p

Two young couples take a misguided tour onto the back roads of America in search of a local legend known as Dr. Satan. Lost and stranded, they are set upon by a bizarre family of psychotics. Murder, cannibalism and satanic rituals are just a few of the 1000+ horrors that await.

House of 1000 Corpses was the first look at Rob Zombie the film director. And while I think some missed the boat on the movie upon the original release, this movie has gone on to become a classic just like The Devil’s Rejects but for different reasons. This is a rude and violent film that also comes with a giant dose of being stylish. We get a group of characters here that aren’t very likable and they end up in the hands of a sick and twisted family out in the middle of nowhere. What follows is very trippy in a number of ways and also plays as a bit of horror’s greatest hits with Zombie (long time horror fan clearly) using things he had seen and loved from other movies here. It’s all done in what feels almost like a hyper-reality but it still does what it sets out to do and that shocks people. For the time, this was a pretty shocking movie. The people we see tortured and killed are just here to be means to an end. You don’t really care about them because you really aren’t supposed to. They are just foddering to Otis, Baby, and the rest. It didn’t catch on with most right at first, but now even I gotta admit I like it just as good as I do The Devil’s Rejects. If you owned the previous Umbrella Blu-ray of this or even the old American release, this seems to pretty much be the same transfer and such.

Extras

– Audio commentary with director Rob Zombie
– The Making Of
– Rehearsal footage
– Casting footage
– Cast and crew interviews
– New interview with William Bassett
– Theatrical Trailer

Quality of Transfer: 94%

The Devil’s Rejects (2005)
Directed By: Rob Zombie
Starring: Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie
Rated: MA15+/Region B (But will play in A)/1:78/1080p

Ambushed at their homestead by Sheriff Wydell and a squad of armed men, the Firefly family awakens with guns blazing- yet only Otis and his sister, Baby, manage to escape unharmed. Taking refuge and hostages in a back-road motel, the wanted siblings rendezvous with their deranged partner in crime, Captain Spaulding, killing whoever happens to stand in their way. But as the body count mounts higher, Sheriff Wydell decides to “cross the line” and take the law into his own hands, paving the way for one of the most depraved and terrifying showdowns in cinematic history.

Despite making a movie that follows the events of the first film, Rob Zombie takes all the characters from House of 1000 Corpses and tosses them into a movie with a pure exploitation and grindhouse style, stripping away the bright colors and feel of the first film for something just as graphic and dirty feeling but something that feels like a whole different world when compared to the first. The result is a movie that many consider being Rob Zombie’s best film and it is a pure masterpiece in the eye’s of many. The Firefly family find themselves at times playing anti-heroes here, with the brother of the sheriff they killed in the first movie hot on their trail and using every dirty tactic in the book. We see Otis, Baby, and Captain Spaulding doing some horrible things at the start of the movie to acting like what they are (a family) and getting some actual sympathy in the latter half. The fact you ever get behind these people makes you feel kind of bad about yourself but it also shows just how good Zombie was at putting this story together. I’m not sure he’s ever come close to being this ON with a film of his again since this one. There’s nudity, there’s some dark humor, and there’s blood. This is a great movie in my book! Again, as far as a Blu-ray goes, this seems to be basically the same disc we got here in the states. Like that release, it is missing the awesome “Making of” that the DVD had, but the rest here is all good.

Extras

– Bloody Stand-up
– Matthew McGrory Tribute
– Buck Owens: Satan’s Got to Get Along Without Me
– “Mary the Monkey Girl” Commercial
– Captain Spaulding’s Xmas Commercial
– Otis’ Home Movies
– Deleted Scenes
– Blooper Reel
– Make-up Test
– The Morris Green Show

Quality of Transfer: 92%

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