Lifeforce. I've seen the movie before so I haven't watched it yet on Blu-Ray (mainly because I wasn't in the mood for something that was almost two hours long) but judging from the clips I saw on the special features, it looks pretty good in high-def. Not bad. As for the features... they were interesting but didn't exactly blow me away. The best one to me was with Matilda May where she talked about how she dealt with the nudity, how everybody was on the set, and so on. Tobe Hooper is a guy who not only do I not like a lot of his movies but I don't particularly like listening to him talk either. I hate raspy smoker voices like he has and while some of what he says is interesting, he tends to drone on and I get rather bored (I particularly don't like listening to audio commentaries by him). And the interview with Steve Railsback was fine and he does seem to like the film but couldn't they have talked with him a lot longer? Surely he had more to say. The most detail I got on the making of the film was the featurette from back in the day, which was very informative and interesting. On the whole, I would put this one in the okay pile.
The Incredible Melting Man. I have to admit that even though I didn't care for this movie, the transfer on the Blu-Ray was very well done. It's so crisp and clear for the most part that it's hard to imagine that this is a low budget movie from 1977. The movie also sounded pretty good but the picture quality is the aspect of it to comment on. The extras, though, aren't much to write home about. The interview with Greg Cannom is so brief that it makes me wonder why they even talked to him. And in the interviews with director William Sachs and Rick Baker, neither of them seemed to be that fond of the movie, especially Sachs due to the clashes he had with the film's producers over the tone and so forth. I did like hearing Baker talk about what a jerk the guy who played the melting man was and the difficulty he had in the makeup, though. These interviews, though, made me think even less of the movie. I was like, "Well, if these guys don't care about it, then why should I?"
TerrorVision/The Video Dead. Not only was TerrorVision the more enjoyable film in this double feature but it was also the one that reaped the rewards of Blu-Ray better. This was another low budget movie from the 80's that looked and sounded awesome in high-def thanks to Shout Factory's remastering. Also, the making of documentary on the film was really good and it was fascinating to hear just how this bizarre movie came to be. So, I really enjoyed this in all aspects.
The Video Dead, on the other hand, was rather lacking. This movie didn't look much like it was on Blu-Ray with all the grain on the picture and the audio could have been a bit better as well. The little featurette on the makeup effects was fine but it was hardly the greatest feature ever. However, the two audio commentaries on here are probably really good and informative so who knows?
One last thing I have to say about the Blu-Ray is that the navigation was really wonky. I don't know if anyone else has had this problem but on the Blu-Ray, there was nothing highlighting what ever feature you had selected at the time so I had to keep track of it in my head. What's even more unusual is that when I tried to watch the special feature on The Video Dead, the thing wouldn't play and eventually, the menu just got stuck. I tried it several times and it just wouldn't work, so I had to pop in the DVD in the set in order to watch the special feature. Did anybody else have this problem or was it just me? I'd like to know.
The Town That Dreaded Sundown. Not only would I say that the movie is just okay but I'd say the same for the Blu-Ray. The high-def transfer is very uneven. At some points, the movie looks very good but other times, it's grainy and scratchy as all get-out. The audio could have been better as well. The extras were... okay but ultimately, weren't much to write home about and didn't give that much of an insight into the making of the film (although, I guess there weren't many people they could have talked to since Charles Pierce is dead and I'm sure a lot of the cast is too).
The Fog. First off, I can say that I totally agree with everyone about the transfer. This movie looks and sounds absolutely spectacular in high-definition. In fact, it seems like all of John Carpenter's movies really lend themselves well to Blu-Ray. I also enjoyed the new special features along with the ones that were carried over from the DVD. I was a bit disappointed when Jamie Lee Curtis said that she thought the movie sucked but I do like that she talked about her entire horror repertoire and I was pleasantly surprised when she said some very good things about Halloween II (although, if that's the case, I still don't get why she wouldn't do an interview for the actual release of that movie but whatever). The interview with Dean Cundey was good and while I'm not someone who's all that interested in photography, it was nice to hear him talk about all of the movies that he shot for Carpenter and the experiences of making them. And Horror's Hallowed Grounds is always nice to see on any release. So, yeah, I agree that is one of Scream Factory's best releases.
Post by VectorClash68 on Aug 29, 2013 5:37:37 GMT -5
The Sandlot. I was impressed with the overall PQ. Vibrant colors and excellent black levels. The Sandlot is another of those movies (much like Stand By Me and The Goonies) that I can watch over and over. My only gripe with this release is the too thin (and ported) extra features. This movie deserves a beefier package with a lot more in the back end. At least a commentary from one or two involved with the project. The 20th Ann. Edition does come with a few trading cards featuring some of the film kids' mugs, but nothing else not available on the old BD release from a few years ago. The good news is this blu-ray is dirt cheap just about everywhere.
Dark Night of the Scarecrow. For a TV movie from 1981, I thought the picture and audio quality was superb. The colors in particular really popped. The extras were pretty good too, especially the little documentary about the making of the film and the legacy that it's had over the years. The Q & A at Fright Night Film Fest one year was pretty good too, with some good stories being told, good questions being asked, and so on. Overall, I would say that this was a pretty good Blu-Ray release.
Halloween: 35th Anniversary Edition. I actually bought this way back near the beginning of October but I decided to save it until Halloween night, when I finally did watch it. I actually thought the transfer was quite good, although I haven't seen the first Blu-Ray so maybe that did look better but I still thought this looked good and I liked that the blue lighting was improved from previous editions. The sound could have been better but it wasn't to the point where I couldn't hear it. I haven't listened to the audio commentary with John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis yet but I did watch The Night She Came Home featurette, which was quite interesting. Curtis did give her reasons why she doesn't do conventions and why she'll never do one again but, at the same time, even though she did seem like she loved meeting people and does always credit Carpenter and Debra Hill with giving her a career... I don't know. There's still something about her that makes me think that she hates the fact that she was a part of the horror genre and now, will never ever talk about it again. Or maybe I'm just bitter, which could be a possibility. Anyway, I did think this was a fairly good edition of this classic film.
Post by porkerface on Dec 11, 2013 23:31:41 GMT -5
I think Jamie Lee Curtis ate all that Activa yogurt so she could shit all over us horror fans on the reg. HA HA HA. I'm just joking. I think Jamie Lee is a good actor and the fact she'd do a commentary for the movie says it all.
I bought one of those ten inch Daryl Dixon dolls to cash in on in five or six years from Amazon and put Vanishing Point in the cart along with it. I really enjoyed this flick that I've never seen or heard of before. First, it's a film built around a 1970 or 71 Dodge Challenger. That friggin thing still looks cool today. It really holds up as a muscle car. The sheriff from Blazing Saddles portrays a blind disc jockey along with the father from Good Times. A completely nude woman appears riding on a motorcycle not long after the hero picks up a pair of hitch hikers and smacks em around after they try to rob him. I'm too dense to really get this picture, but it kind of signified to me guys sort of rediscovering their machismo after the 60's tried to make him more of a feminine peacenik. This was a motherfucking 426 Hemi cranking out 500 horsepower. This was a guy trying to work out some rage and issues on the blacktop. This was a director who looked like he inspired a lot of scenes you saw in Mad Max or Road Warrior.
slasherfreak: Deadpit Forever !!!
Dec 23, 2017 8:48:33 GMT -5
newt138: It might have lived again if CK wasn't such a dick to all the fans. Admit it you stupid fuck Deadpit died cause you are a greedy fuck. Like when you created that bootleg site and tried to act like it wasn't you behind it. But you were stupid
May 1, 2018 0:48:10 GMT -5
newt138: and used the same email address you used to see hockey masks. How many fans did you drive away? How many fans did you rip off? You managed to drive off CodyLL who was a diehard fan. Face it you fat stupid fuck you killed deadpit. And don't have the balls
May 1, 2018 0:49:15 GMT -5
newt138: To admit to doing it.
May 1, 2018 0:49:46 GMT -5
bradtheman: Like all things in life, Deadpit Radio's run had to end at some point. Towards the end, Wes, Aaron, and Steve's hearts weren't in it and that it was time to move on. For what it's worth, I like to thank the threesome for inspiring me to do commentaries.
May 26, 2019 19:07:39 GMT -5
oldhorrorfan: Stuttering Steve Bumblefuck B Plan was worse than Aids on there and was one of the Main reasons the show went to shit so fast..
May 31, 2019 8:58:17 GMT -5
bradtheman: That and the horror genre was going down the tubes when Aaron and Wes signed off. It still is with the Child's Play remake and I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu as examples.
May 31, 2019 23:23:06 GMT -5
newt138: No mainstream horror was going down the tubes. There was plenty of good mainstream horror. But as fat fuck Wes told many people "Unless we get sent a copy for free I Aint reviewing it."
Jun 11, 2019 13:50:53 GMT -5
bradtheman: The 8th anniversary of my very first audio commentary is coming up. It was for Psycho IV: The Beginning. I like to thank Wes and Aaron for inspiring me to do some on my own.
Jul 1, 2019 22:45:10 GMT -5
psychostillvicious: Greetings one and all. Don't know if anyone remembers me, but whatever. I was a poster here many moons ago. God I loved Deadpit. I'm just strolling down memory lane after hearing some sad news from Wes on facebook. Long live DP.
Jul 25, 2019 14:15:25 GMT -5
bradtheman: I'm sorry about what Wes Vance is going through right now. My thoughts go to him and his family.
Jul 27, 2019 22:49:33 GMT -5