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

THE CRAFT was directed by Andrew Fleming who co-wrote the screenplay with Peter Filardi and stars Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Rachel True, Skeet Ulrich, Christine Taylor, Breckin Meyer, Helen Shaver and Cliff DeYoung.

After transferring to a Los Angeles high school, Sarah (Robin Tunney) finds that her telekinetic gift appeals to a group of three wannabe witches, who happen to be seeking a fourth member for their rituals. Bonnie (Neve Campbell), Rochelle (Rachel True) and Nancy (Fairuza Balk), like Sarah herself, all have troubled backgrounds, which combined with their nascent powers lead to dangerous consequences. When a minor spell causes a fellow student to lose her hair, the girls grow power-mad.

This 1996 supernatural thriller follows Sarah who moves to a new town with her family. She’s the new kid in school and ends up meeting Nancy, Bonnie and Rochelle, three highschool outcasts who practice witchcraft and the new girl ends up fitting right in with them. Sarah isn’t really aware that she has a connection to The Craft even though she’s always felt a little out of place but with the help of her special new friends she finally comes into her own and the four begin to have a little magical fun with certain people.

There’s Chris (Skeet Ulrich) who becomes Sarah’s loyal servant because of how he treated her once she started school and then there’s Laura (Christine Taylor) who gets a terrifying dose of karma because of how she dissed the girls in the past. What happens is, they end up abusing their powers while they get revenge against the people that have hurt them as well as take advantage of certain situations. What happens is, Sarah decides to part ways with the trio because it gets out of control but Nancy doesn’t take it well and decides to try and hurt Sarah for leaving them but it ends up backfiring on her because Sarah has become more powerful.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/0-card. The front features the fantastic 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 the original 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 artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release and were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Craft has aged really well over the past 33 years and it’s another one of those cool 90s movies (with a great sountrack) that paved the way for other teen witch movies and series that would follow. What stands out most about The Craft is that it’s female driven supernatural drama that features witchcraft and there’s just not a whole lot of them out there – especially during the 90s. The who’s who cast did a great job with their characters but the standout is definitely Fairuza Balk because she delivers a batshit crazy performance that’s hard to forget. Where is she now? The movie features just enough special effects to go along with key scenes and it all still looks as good as it did back in the day. All in all, The Craft has earned cult status because it’s a witchy fun standout from the 90s that has built up a loyal fan base over the years and it definitely deserves the Scream Factory touch. The Craft will be available on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on March 12th.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 101 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: The extras include four new interviews with some of the crew, some audio commentary, two vintage featurettes, three deleted scenes and theatrical trailer.

  • NEW Directing The Craft – an interview with co-writer and director Andrew Fleming (15:12)
  • NEW Producing The Craft – an interview with producer Douglas Wick (13:28)
  • NEW Writing The Craft – an interview with co-writer Peter Filardi (10:44)
  • NEW Effecting The Craft – an interview with makeup effects supervisor Tony Gardner (11:02)
  • Audio Commentary with director Andrew Fleming
  • Vintage Featurette – Conjuring THE CRAFT (24:35)
  • Vintage Featurette – The Making of THE CRAFT (05:59)
  • Deleted Scenes with optional audio commentary (06:36)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:50)
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