Mortuary (2005) (MVD Marquee Collection) (Blu-ray Review)

Mortuary (2005) (MVD Marquee Collection) (Blu-ray Review)

Mortuary (2005) (MVD Marquee Collection) (Blu-ray Review)

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Mortuary (2005) (MVD Marquee Collection) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Tobe Hooper
Starring: Dan Byrd, Denise Crosby, Lee Garlington
Rated: R/Region A/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from MVD Visual

The widow Leslie Doyle has just lost her husband and moves with her teenage son Jonathan and her young daughter Jamie to a mortuary in a small town in California that she has bought with the intention of starting a new business, practicing her knowledge as a mortician. When they arrive, Leslie realizes that she was lured by the former owner, Elliot and that the decrepit Fowler Brothers Funeral Home was completely abandoned and with a problem with the septic sewer. While Leslie tries to improve and clean the place and start embalming corpses, Jonathan is informed about the legend of Bobby Fowler, the deformed son of the Fowlers. Meanwhile, a weird substance attacks people, transforming them in zombies.

While some people I know don’t care much for this Tobe Hooper film, I happen to find it harmless overall. The movie is guilty of using way too much CGI and having it be bad CGI at that, still the movie manages to have its fair share of fun moments that seem unexpected and interesting overall. I don’t think any character here will be winning the most interesting award, still, it works because you are never sure who will make it and who won’t. That alone can go a long way in a horror film. It doesn’t really feel like a Tobe Hooper film in spots, as this is totally from a more spontaneous portion of his career, but the movie does have its moments and I was never bored by it even if there were some down portions of the film that I noticed cut have been rushed along a bit more. Not from a pace point of view, just from a storyline purpose one.

The pacing is also very good, which I am very happy to report. Things seem to happen quickly and that seems to be rare for horror these days, or back in the 2005 days to a certain degree. Maybe we can’t hang this one up there with the Hooper classics, but this isn’t an awful movie by any stretch of the imagination. The transfer here on the Blu-ray sure does still look a bit soft overall. I don’t think anything looked bad, it was just that nothing looked that high def overall either. I know the old Echo Bridge one had some issues and this one looks darker but at least seems to have more overall detail about it. Still, maybe the transfer will let you down, but I don’t think the movie will if you give it a shot. And this might just be as good as it will ever get for Mortuary on Blu-ray. Even if you have the old version, you’ll probably still want to pick this one up. Plus, this one actually has some extras!


– Audio Commentary from Director Tobe Hooper
– ‘Inside the Graveyard’ – Behind the Scenes featurette with Director Tobe Hooper
– Original Theatrical Trailer

Quality of Transfer: 82%

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