Blu-ray Review: Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary

Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary was produced and directed by John Campopiano and Justin White and features appearances by Mary Lambert, Denise Crosby, Dale Midkiff, Miko Hughes, Brad Greenquist, Andrew Hubatsek, Susan Blommaert, the Berdahl twins, Michael Lombard and MANY MORE!

In 1989, director Mary Lambert collaborated with King of Horror Stephen King to bring his best-selling book PET SEMATARY to the screen. The shocking true story behind the film that scarred a generation of impressionable young genre fans gets the royal treatment in UNEARTHED AND UNTOLD: THE PATH TO PET SEMATARY. Aficionados of this undead classic can dive behind the scenes in HD glory, with a graverobber’s bounty of bonus features!

It’s true that sometimes dead is better, but for two New England filmmakers, the story of Stephen King’s PET SEMATARY was far too alluring to leave buried. That’s why John Campopiano and Justin White spent nearly five years seeking to uncover the story – from book, to film, to cult status – amounting to the most comprehensive look at the horror classic ever produced. UNEARTHED AND UNTOLD: THE PATH TO PET SEMATARY is both an in-depth independent documentary and celebration of King’s classic tale of terror, told through the voices of cast and crew from the 1989 hit film, as well as locals in Maine – the place where it all started.

Unearthed & Untold tells the story of how difficult it was for director Mary Lambert to get this movie made because the “knowitall suits” at the studios thought that Stephen King’s day had come and gone. Oh how they were mistaken! When the writer’s strike happened in the late 80’s, Lambert finally got her opportunity to bring this perfect script to life on screen and the rest is history. Mary Lambert knew she was in possession of something special with this story and her persistance finally payed off in the end. This indepth documentary focuses on that journey and expands with revisiting and exploring some of the key locations along with interviews with the actors and many of the locals who were a part of this movie that was filmed in King’s home state of Maine.

The front of the packaging features the all-new artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork and movie credits so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use for the front cover. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were good for the most part. Some of the vintage home video footage looks a little dated but that’s to be expected. I really didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Semetary was a really interesting watch that will definitely appeal to die hard Pet Semetary fans and many others. A few years ago I had the opportunity to watch and review Just Desserts: The Making of “Creepshow” that Synapse Films distributed and now Unearthed & Untold is another doc that’s also connected to Stephen King and it’s extremely well done. The horror classic was filmed in Maine and this doc not only revisits and explores some of the key locations that were used in the film but the filmmakers were also able to interview the director, producers, actors and many of the locals who actually worked on the movie. It also includes some never-before-seen photographs, home video from the set, and much more. Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Semetary is now available on Blu-ray and is definitely worth checking out. Pet Semetary fans will hopefully enjoy and appreciate this documentary as much as I did.

Distributor: Synapse Films and Terror Films

Run Time: 97 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: High-Definition 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1) / All Regions

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: N/A

Special Features: Good Stuff! The impressive list of extras include two commentary tracks, alternate scenes, interviews, a “making of” featurette, image and poster galleries, vintage footage from the set, sizzle reel and promotional trailer.

  • Audio Commentary with Creators John Campopiano & Justin White
  • Podcast Commentary with Creators John Campopiano & Justin White
  • Edited / Alternate Scenes (08:30)
  • Video Interview with Creators John Campopiano & Justin White (07:32)
  • “PET TALES – From the Cutting Room Floor” Featurette (18:27)
  • PET SEMATARY Location Photo Compilation (02:02)
  • Documentary Poster Art Concepts (00:38)
  • Rare On-Set Video Footage from Rhonda Carter (06:35)
  • Documentary Sizzle Reel (04:07)
  • Promotional Trailer (02:54)
  • Reversible Art Design by Alexandros Pyromallis

 

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