Slaughterhouse-Five (1972) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: George Roy Hill
Starring: Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Eugene Roche,
RATED: R/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Arrow Video
Past, present and future collide in darkly satirical fashion in Slaughterhouse-Five! Based on Kurt Vonnegut’s classic 1969 novel, this tale of time travel and alien abduction emerged as part of a wave of more cerebral science-fiction films in the late 60s to early 70s, elevating the genre beyond the B-movie fare of previous decades. Upstate New York, 1968. Mild-mannered Billy Pilgrim (Michael Sacks, The Sugarland Express) finds himself “unstuck in time”. Traveling back and forth across the entire span of his existence, he experiences key events of his life in a random order, including his formative years, the firebombing of Dresden and finally, at some undefined point in the future, his surreal adventures on a distant planet.
I enjoy a weird movie as much as the next guy. I really do! That being said, I think Slaughterhouse-Five was a bit too weird for my personal taste. It’s a movie that mixes together a whole heck of a lot of things. It also comes with a good share of timeline jumping. A clear product of its time and still hanging on to that 60’s trippy nature in 1972, Slaughterhouse-Five was based on a book and if that book was half as confusing at times as this movie was I don’t think I’d want to try to read it. I can respect a movie like this for being creative. I can even respect the risk it takes and the cast of it for playing along. But this just wasn’t my cup of tea when it comes to movies I usually enjoy watching.
Arrow still went above and beyond on the release. So if this is your type of movie you will have a nice looking transfer and a solid list of extras to go along with it. If you are like me and you watch this one and it doesn’t hit you where it needs to, I might suggest giving it another go with the commentary on. It’s at least nice to see someone who is more of an expert in this sorta film give you their take on just what is going on. At the end of the day, I can’t really say if you will enjoy this type of movie or not. But I can safely say that it is totally not for me.
– Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative, produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release
– Original lossless mono audio
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– New audio commentary by author and critic Troy Howarth
– New video appreciation with author and critic Kim Newman
– Pilgrim’s Progress: Playing Slaughterhouse-Five, a new video interview with actor Perry King
– Only on Earth: Presenting Slaughterhouse-Five, a new video interview with Rocky Lang, son of executive producer Jennings Lang, about the film’s distribution
– Unstuck in Time: Documenting Slaughterhouse-Five, a new video interview with behind-the-scenes filmmaker/producer Robert Crawford, Jr.
– Eternally Connected: Composing Slaughterhouse-Five, a new video interview with film music historian Daniel Schweiger
– Theatrical trailer
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley
Quality of Transfer: 93%