Movie Review: CREEPSHOW (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

CREEPSHOW was directed by George A. Romero from a screenplay by Stephen King and features the spirited performances of an excellent cast that includes Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielsen, Ted Danson, E.G. Marshall, Ed Harris, John Amplas, Marty Schiff and Stephen King. The special makeup effects were created by Tom Savini.

In Creepshow, masters of the macabre – writer Stephen King and director George A. Romero – conjure up five shocking yarns, each a virtuoso exercise in the ghouls-and-gags style of classic ’50s horror comics. A murdered man emerges from the grave for Father’s Day cake. A meteor’s ooze makes everything … grow. A professor selects his wife as a snack for a crated creature. A scheming husband plants two lovers up to their necks in terror. A malevolent millionaire with an insect phobia becomes the prey of a cockroach army.

Creepshow is a horror anthology that features five segments and a wraparound the ties them all together. The wraparound (prologue and epilogue) features a young boy named Billy (played by Stephen King’s son) who gets punished by his father for reading this horror comic that features some terrifying stories. The first segment is called “Father’s Day” and shows this murdered man return from the grave to get some sweet revenge on his family members that had something to do with his death – so he finally gets to have his cake and eat it too. The second segment is called “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill” and follows this backwoods man who watches a meteor crash on his property and this gives him crazy ideas of becoming rich. What happens is, Jordy isn’t very bright and ends up playing around with the meteor too much which ends up infecting him and ultimately transforms the simpleton into a giant weed.

The third segment is called “Something to Tide You Over” and follows a rich psychopath who finds out his wife has been cheating on him so he decides to get some revenge in a rather creative way. He tricks his wife and her lover into his traps that also become their watery graves but the two lovebirds return from the dead so they can get their revenge on their sinister killer. The fourth segment is called “The Crate” and deals with an emotionally distraught man who discovers this mysterious crate that serves as sort of a prison for this ape-like creature with a thirst for blood. He comes up with a plan to get rid of his extremely annoying and verbally abusive wife and uses the creature to do his dirty work. The fifth segment is called “They’re Creeping Up on You!” and follows a ruthless businessman who gets trapped inside his high-tech apartment when the power goes out. The crazy thing is, he’s not alone because there’s an army of cockroaches trapped inside with him and they’re all hungry. Needless to say it doesn’t end well for him because he becomes dinner.

The packaging comes with a thick slipcase that houses the plastic keepcase inside. The front of the slipcase features the all-new artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The front of the Blu-ray keepcase features its own individual artwork 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 as the front cover. There’s also a nice 36-page booklet of liner notes and images inside. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover of the slipcase. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. Scream Factory gave Creepshow a brand new 4K scan of the original camera negative with color correction supervised and approved by director of photography Michael Gornick. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, we’ve gotten several home video releases for Creepshow over the years but none of them come close to what Scream Factory has delivered. There’s so much fandom that goes along with this classic horror anthology because of the talent that’s attached to it – in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes. This is also what makes the movie such a special watch to so many fans, that and the fact that is plays perfectly like a comic book that comes to life on screen. There’s also a perfect mixture of horror and comedy included in each segment. Stephen King’s imagination runs wild with the storytelling that’s brought to life by horror maestro George A. Romero and his talented cast and crew. All of this is topped off with some fantastic special makeup effects by Tom Savini that looks creepy cool. Creepshow raised the bar back in 1982 for all horror anthologies that would follow and only a few of them have come close to its greatness. It even spawned two sequels and even some merchandise that includes custom made action figures, prints, t-shirts and even lunch boxes. Scream Factory gave the movie a 4K scan that looks and sounds pristine and they added an impressive list of extras to go along with it. Creepshow will be available on a stunning Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on October 23rd and is a must have.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 120 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include two new audio commentaries and over 100 minutes of new interviews with the cast and crew. There’s also some vintage audio interviews, some behind-the-scenes footage, a location featurette, deleted scenes, two theatrical trailers, a TV spot, two radio spots and stills galleries.

  • NEW Audio Commentary with director of photography Michael Gornick
  • NEW Audio Commentary with composer/first assistant director John Harrison and construction co-ordinator Ed Fountain
  • NEW Terror and the Three Rivers – a round table discussion on the making of Creepshow with John Amplas, Tom Atkins, Tom Savini and Marty Schiff (30:10)
  • NEW The Comic Book Look – an interview with costume designer Barbara Anderson (12:51)
  • NEW Ripped From The Pages – an interview with animator Rick Catizone (15:37)
  • NEW The Colors of Creepshow – a look at the restoration of Creepshow with director of photography Michael Gornick (10:10)
  • NEW Into The Mix – an interview with sound re-recordist Chris Jenkins (13:05)
  • NEW Mondo Macabre – A look at Mondo’s various Creepshow posters with Mondo Co-Founder Rob Jones and Mondo Gallery events planner Josh Curry (09:41)
  • NEW Collecting Creepshow – a look at some of the original props and collectibles from the film with collector Dave Burian (12:31)
  • Audio Commentary with Director George A. Romero and Special Make-Up Effects Creator Tom Savini
  • Audio Interviews with director of photography Michael Gornick, actor John Amplas, property master Bruce Alan Miller, and make-up effects assistant Darryl Ferrucci
  • Tom Savini’s Behind-the-Scenes Footage (25:52)
  • Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – a look at the original film locations hosted by Sean Clark (14:56)
  • Deleted Scenes (15:31)
  • Theatrical Trailers (01:49)
  •  TV Spot (00:28)
  •  Radio Spots (01:04)
  • Still Galleries – Posters, Lobby Cards and Movie Stills
  • Still Galleries – Behind the Scenes photos

 

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