Color Me Blood Red (1965) (Arrow Video) (Blu-ray Review)

Color Me Blood Red (1965) (Arrow Video) (Blu-ray Review)

Color Me Blood Red (1965) (Arrow Video) (Blu-ray Review)

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Color Me Blood Red (1965) (Arrow Video) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Starring: Gordon Oas-Heim, Candi Conder, Elyn Warner
Rated: UR/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Arrow Video

For the third and final installment in his infamous ‘Blood Trilogy’, Color Me Blood Red, splatter movie pioneer Herschell Gordon Lewis turned to the world of fine art for this tortured tale of a troubled artist turned homicidal maniac. Painter Adam Sorge has found himself in a bit of a creative lull. But when his girlfriend accidentally cuts her finger, he realizes what his work has been missing all this time – human blood! With pressure mounting from local gallery owner Farnsworth to deliver his next masterpiece, Adam sets about procuring as much glorious hemoglobin as he can muster – first from himself, and then from anyone unfortunate enough to pass by his sickening studio of slaughter.

A crazy painter finds out that the best shade of red just so happens to be BLOOD red in the cult H.G. Lewis movie, Color Me Blood Red. The last of what was called the “Blood” trilogy, this keeps the new (at the time) gore film streak alive as Lewis seems to be doing whatever he can in order to put people in the movie in some gruesome situations. People are stabbed, we have guts hanging out, and all sorts of twisted methods used in order to help the movie’s bad guy get what he wants more than anything, blood. And to the movie’s credit, I’ll admit that the painting he paints with the blood does look pretty darn cool. Cool enough for someone to turn into a killing maniac for? I don’t know about all of that, but the movie does make it look cool regardless.

In comparison to the three films in this trilogy, I think Color Me Blood Red might be the weakest of the three, but it still offers up what fans of the film have come here to see. It’s a creative story, I’ll hand it that and it does take the path less followed in the plot. At the time it originally came out it was probably just then paving the path. You don’t really get a strong final girl type or anything like that, but you get an insane dude who really likes to paint with blood and that makes for a fun watch. Like the disc with this movie that came in Arrow’s big box set, you get a bonus movie here as Something Weird is also here with extras of its own. So, while Color Me Blood Red is the main movie on this release getting the promotion, it’s still a two for one deal with the totally accurately titled Something Weird bringing up the rear on this release.

Extras

– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
– English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Bonus Feature! 1967’s Something Weird
– Introductions to the films by H.G. Lewis
– Audio commentary on Color Me Blood Red with H.G. Lewis and David Friedman
– Audio commentary on Something Weird with H.G. Lewis and David Friedman
– The Art of Madness – a video essay on the recurring motif of mad artists as killers in horror films
– Weirdsville – film scholar Jeffrey Sconce on Something Weird
– H.G. Lewis on Jimmy, The Boy Wonder
– A Hot Night at the Go-Go Lounge! – 1966 dance short
– Color Me Blood Red Outtakes
– Color Me Blood Red Trailer
= Something Weird Trailer
– Jimmy, The Boy Wonder Trailer
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil

Quality of Transfer: 88%

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