Today’s column is called Blu-Ray Thursday, which will shout-out any new or upcoming Blu-ray releases, every other Thursday or so. Speaking of shouts, one company that has been releasing kick-ass Blu-rays is Shout Factory, a company that we used to just associate with Mystery Science Theater 3000 (they took over releasing MST3K after Rhino – actually, Shout! Factory was started by Rhino founders). Anyway, the company is really good about giving older horror/cult films new life, with nice transfers, tons of extras, and even some great cover art.
Anyway, to help the horror fan get into the spirit of Halloween, we present the following new and upcoming Blu-ray horror releases.
Blu-Rays Out Now
Halloween (35th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]
How many releases of Halloween are there? Well, anyway, here’s another one – the 35th anniversary edition, from Anchor Bay. Features: booklet featuring 20 pages of photos along with an essay about the film; other new stuff: All-new audio commentary with writer/director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis; All-new featurette entitled “The Night She Came Home” – a documentary-style piece showing Jamie Lee Curtis attending a fan convention; also includes other features from previous releases. You might want to pick this one up because of the new commentary track with Curtis and Carpenter. Movie reviewed here.
Day Of The Dead (Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray]
This third chapter in George Romero’s zombie saga features: a new HD master, audio commentary with Romero, Tom Savini, production designer Cletus Anderson, and actress Lori Cardille; behind the scenes footage with Savini, interview with actor Richard Liberty, and much more. If you ask us, Day of the Dead is highly underrated in Romero’s zombie series of films.
The Burning (Collector’s Edition) [BluRay/DVD Combo] [Blu-ray]
Do you remember this slasher? It was created by Harvey Weinstein, after he saw how much fun Sean Cunningham was having with Friday the 13th. This one is a spin on the Cropsey legend, and is about a guy burned horribly from a prank who returns to camp for revenge. Has a crazy kill scene involving a raft and some hedge clippers; feature early appearances by Seinfeld‘s Jason Alexander and Holly Hunter.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray]
Shout! Factory brings us the much maligned Halloween III, which doesn’t feature Michael Myers but does feature the awesome Tom Atkins, witchcraft, Silver Shamrock commercials that bury themselves inside your head, masks that turn kids’ heads to mush (and snakes), killer robots, and… Stonehenge! Probably the craziest plot this side of Prince of Darkness. This edition features audio commentaries with Tommy Lee Wallace and Tom Atkins, a making-of segment, a location-find segment (Horror’s Hallowed Grounds) with Sean Clark (he did something similar on the PoD Blu as well), trailers, and more. Reviewed here.
The Fog (Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray]
We’re not done with Carpenter yet. This blu-ray of The Fog sports a new 1080p HD transfer supervised by cinematographer Dean Cundey, an audio commentary featuring John Carpenter and Debra Hill, another commentary featuring Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, and Tommy Lee Wallace; a new interview with scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis, a bunch of featurettes, another edition of Sean Clark’s Horror’s Hallowed Grounds, trailers, and more.
A Boy And His Dog (Collector’s Edition) [BluRay/DVD] [Blu-ray]
Finally, we have A Boy and His Dog, the 1975 cult film featuring Don Johnson as a young loner who roams the post-nuclear wasteland with his loyal dog, Blood, a remarkable hound with keen intelligence and the ability to telepathically communicate with his less-intelligent master. This edition gives us a new HD transfer, conversations with director L.Q. Jones and author Harlan Ellison (he wrote the stories on which the film is based), and an audio commentary by Jones, DP John Arthur Morrill, and critic Charles Champlin. Pretty wild, and a must-have for cult film fans.