Flowers in the Attic (1987) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Jeffrey Bloom
Starring: Louise Fletcher, Victoria Tennant, Kristy Swanson
RATED: PG-13/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Arrow Video
After the death of her husband, a mother takes her children to live with their grandparents in a remote mansion. However, the children are kept locked in a room just below the attic, visited only by their stern grandmother and their mother, who becomes less and less concerned about them and their failing health, and more concerned about herself and the inheritance she plans to win back from her dying father.
A movie that was at one time going to be made with Wes Craven in the director’s seat, 1987’s Flowers in the Attic is a strange and twisted little tale that just so happens to star the extremely hot Kristy Swanson. Everyone knows how the plot for this one works and the weird themes it can deal with, but the thing about this one is it just seems to stand out a bit more than any other version of the film we’ve seen. This is probably the most disturbing version of it out there and it just has an 80’s flavor to it that helps make it more than the other more polished versions you might have seen. This one has the weird stuff but it also has some really good acting to go along with it. And it, of course, has Kristy Swanson and I’m a big fan of hers if you couldn’t tell.
The only negative side of things here with this one (and its a big problem at times) is how slow this one moves along. I’ve heard it said more than once that this one is a bit too slow and after having watched it again for the first time in a very long time, I can see why and agree. That’s the biggest issue this one has as far as I’m concerned. Arrow Video brings the goods with this one giving it a very sharp transfer and a whole list of extras. If you’ve seen it before and like it or never seen it before and will be checking it out for the first time, this release is really put together well and has the stuff to keep you busy even after the movie is over.
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
– Original lossless 2.0 stereo audio
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– New audio commentary by Kat Ellinger, author and editor-in-chief of Diabolique Magazine
– Home Sweet Home: Filming Flowers in the Attic, a new interview with cinematographer Frank Byers
– Fear & Wonder: Designing Flowers in the Attic, a new interview with production designer John Muto
– The Devil’s Spawn: Playing Flowers in the Attic, a new interview with actor Jeb Stuart Adams
– Shattered Innocence: Composing Flowers in the Attic, a new interview with composer Christopher Young
– Production gallery of behind-the-scenes images, illustrations and storyboards
– The original, studio-vetoed ending
– The revised ending with commentary by replacement director Tony Kayden
– Original theatrical trailer
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Haunt Love”
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 93%