Movie Review: Tales From The Crypt Presents: Demon Knight (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

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Tales From The Crypt Presents: Demon Knight was directed by Ernest Dickerson and stars William Sadler, Jada Pinkett, Thomas Haden Church, CCH Pounder, Brenda Bakke, Dick Miller, Charles Fleischer and Billy Zane, with John Kassir as the voice of the Crypt Keeper. Executive producers are Robert Zemeckis, Richard Donner, Walter Hill, David Giler and Ted Hartley.

This 1995 demonic horror-comedy follows Brayker (William Salder), a mysterious drifter on the run who possesses the last of seven ancient keys that hold the power to stop the forces of darkness and protect all humanity from ultimate evil. It’s up to Brayker to keep the human race safe from the cool cowboy demonic Collector (Billy Zane) who has gathered the other six keys and is now hot on the drifter’s tail so he can acquire the seventh key that has eluded him for so many centuries.

Brayker takes refuge in an old run-down hotel that is occupied by a group of misfits but it doesn’t take long for the Collector to find out where the hero is hiding and unleashes his horde of demonic ghouls on Brayker and the unsuspecting group of occupants who are innocently trapped in this battle of good versus evil. The Collector easily shows his obsession to possess the final key and pulls all kinds of pranks, tricks and stunts to get closer to it. Brayker and his new friends battle against the Collector and his evil minions but it’s the Collector who finally overpowers the war-torn Brayker whose time comes to a close after protecting the key for centuries. Brayker doesn’t go down without a backup plan and standing in the wings is his successor, the strong-willed Jeryline (Jada Pinkett-Smith) who takes over the reigns as the protector of the key and becomes the new guardian of the human race.

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First of all, I grew up watching Tales from the Crypt and absolutely loved the long-running series. I remember going to the theater to watch Demon Knight and ended up getting it on VHS and twenty years later Scream Factory has given this fantastic horror-comedy a much deserved high-def release with this (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray. The story was so much fun and the ensemble cast that made up this group of quirky characters were so much fun to follow. I mean you have the iconic William Sadler going up against the iconic Billy Zane and these two bring their characters to life in an iconic battle of good versus evil. The rest of the cast ain’t to shabby either!  The creatures also helped make Demon Knight such a special watch with their creepy looks and oddball piercings. I mean when’s the last time you saw demons with so many piercings? There’s also some cool looking visual effects that came along with these gooky goblins and it all looked amazing. There’s also plenty of blood and gore and CCH Pounder’s arm flying around. I can’t leave out the Crypt Keeper because he still plays host in this big screen offering.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the amazing new artwork by Justin Osbourn that you can see up top and the back includes movie details, an image and the impressive list of extras. The reverse sleeve also includes the original artwork and movie credits. The Blu-ray disc also features matching new artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. Demon Knight looks amazing in high-def with all the crazy colors that were used in the movie and they all show up vividly.

Bottom line is, the Tales From The Crypt Presents: Demon Knight was an absolute blast to revisit and it looks so freaking cool in high-def on this (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray. At the time I was sure this movie would be the first of may Tales from the Crypt big screen offerings but we only ended up getting a few which makes these movies even more special. The story was fun, the cast was amazing, the demons were creepy cool and the special effects were a blast. Demon Knight was already one of my all-time favorites and this high-def release makes the movie looks absolutely stunning. This (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray arrives on October 20th and is a must have for any Tales from the Crypt fanatic or anybody who is just looking for a fun new horror-comedy to watch. This movie fits perfectly in the Tales from the Crypt universe and that’s also why it’s a classic.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 93 Minutes

Rated: R

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

Blu-ray Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! This (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray is loaded with some impressive extras that included several new commentaries, a making of featurette, a panel Q&A, images and theatrical trailer. The stand out to me as far as these extras go is Under Siege: The Making Of Demon Knight, the amazing new making of featurette with some of the cast and crew who talk about their experience in making this fun movie.

  • NEW Audio Commentary With Director Ernest Dickerson
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Special Effects Creator Todd Masters, Visual Effects Supervisor John Van Vliet, Special Effects Coordinator Thomas Bellissimo, and Demon Performer Walter Phelan
  • NEW Under Siege: The Making Of Demon Knight – Featuring Interviews With Director Ernest Dickerson, Co-producer A.L. Katzm Screenwriters Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris, and Mark Bishop, Stars Billy Zane, William Sadler, Brenda Bakke, Charles Fleischer And More
  • Panel Discussion From The American Cinematheque Featuring Director Ernest Dickerson, Actor Dick Miller And Special Effects Maestro Rick Baker
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
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