Tammy and the T-Rex (1994) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

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Tammy and the T-Rex (1994) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Stewart Raffill
Starring: Denise Richards, Paul Walker, Ellen Dubin
Rated: UR/Region O/1:85/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 2
Available from Vinegar Syndrome

Tammy is a popular high school cheerleader whose new boyfriend, Michael, might be the love of her life. But Tammy’s jealous ex, Billy, won’t stand for anyone coming between him and ‘his’ girl, so he and his friends kidnap Michael, leaving him to be mauled by a lion in a local wildlife reserve. Comatose and at death’s door, Michael’s body is stolen from the hospital by mad scientist Dr. Wachenstein, who extracts his brain and implants it into a giant robotic T-Rex. Horrified by his predicament and new dinosaur body, he escapes from the doctor’s lab and begins brutally killing his former bullies. Meanwhile Tammy and her best friend Byron start searching for a suitable human corpse in which to re-transplant Michael’s brain…

I had no clue what Tammy and the T-Rex was going into it but this has to be one of the wildest movies I’ve ever seen! Thankfully, I never saw this as a kid when it was released and had all the gore cut because the gore and pure insanity of it all are what makes it what it is. A girl who is being tormented by an ex and his gang decides to try to take out her new boyfriend by dropping him off in an area full of lions, tigers, and panthers (oh my!). This crosses ways with a crazy scientist wanting to add a human brain to his robotic t-rex and that takes us off and running. His brain goes into the t-rex, he remembers who he is, and he’s off on a revenge quest to take out the bad guys and to also reconnect with his love, Tammy. It’s a fun ride, to say the least, and it feels almost like a fever dream on top of that.

Heads are bitten off, people are squashed, and heads are squished! All the while the blood pours and spills out like a water faucet. There are the obvious comedy moments as well, but this one has enough of the other stuff to rise above any jokes that might come across slightly lame. This is a weird hybrid between a Troma movie and a bloody horror-comedy. The mix it ends up with is one that just keeps you watching for better or for worse. This movie is a gem and if you haven’t seen it you should for sure check it out. It comes with the friendly cut as well from a tape rip and if that’s the only one you’ve seen then you are in for a shock with this. This is the first 4K release from Vinegar Syndrome and it shows that they will be doing the formate well if they keep on in that direction.

Extras

– Region Free
– Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 35mm original camera negative
– Audio commentary with director Stewart Raffill and producer Diane Kirman
– “Blood, Brains and a Teenage T-Rex” – an interview with director Stewart Raffill
– “A Blast from the Past” – an interview with actress Denise Richards
– “Having the Guts” – an interview with actor Sean Whalen
– “A Testicular Stand-Off” – an interview with actor George Pilgrim
– Full-length PG-13 cut of Tammy and the T-Rex (sourced from video)
– Reversible cover artwork
– English SDH subtitles

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 97%

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