Movie Review: The Serpent And The Rainbow (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

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THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW is based on the true-to-life experiences of Wade Davis and directed by Wes Craven. The film stars Bill Pullman, Cathy Tyson, Zakes Mokae, Brent Jennings, Badja Djola, Paul Winfield and Michael Gough.

Don’t Bury Me… I’m Not Dead! The Serpent and the Rainbow is the terrifying story of one man’s nightmarish journey into the blood-curdling, deadly world of voodoo. The movie follows Dennis Alan (Bill Pullman), a Harvard anthropologist who is sent to Haiti to retrieve a strange powder that is said to have the power to bring human beings back from the dead. In his quest to find the miracle drug, the cynical scientist enters the rarely seen netherworld of walking zombies, blood rites and ancient curses.

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What happens is, Dr. Alan goes way too far and his curiosity gets him in some big trouble. He ends up getting the attention of some of the wrong people who end up being more than willing to show him just how real all of this really is. Dr. Alan ends up losing a few allies in this dangerous adventure of his but ultimately he is shown first hand how this strange powder works when it is given to him. He ultimately gets what he’s been searching for where he personally gets to experience this netherworld and the true horror that comes with it. The anthropologist does live to tell his story but this horrifying experience ends up leaving him a changed man.

First of all, The Serpent and the Rainbow is not only one of my favorite Wes Craven movies but it’s also one of my all-time favorite horror movies – period. There’s just something about voodoo and black magic that creep me out and the fact that these zombification rituals have really taken place gives me the heebie jeebies! The movie was filmed on location in Haiti which also gives it this authentic element. The story is a fascinating and dark journey that takes the viewer into this world that deals with voodoo and black magic. We even get a little romance in the story to go along with the unsettling terror that it offers. All of the acting was really good and Bill Pullman in the lead is just right. This is probably my favorite performance from Mr. Pullman too. We’re all familiar with the masterful Wes Craven and his wonderful horror movies but this one stands out because it deals with this eerie real life experience. To top this off there’s also some great practical effects used in this movie.

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The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the all-new artwork by Joel Robinson and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. There reverse sleeve features original artwork and movie credits. The Blu-ray disc also features matching original 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. The movie looks and sounds amazing!

Bottom line is, The Serpent and the Rainbow was already one of my Wes Craven favorites and once again Scream Factory has added something really special to a movie that will not only allow old school horror fans to revisit and enjoy but a new generation of horror fans will get to experience this movie for the very first time and in high-def. This will be Scream Factory’s last Wes Craven movie which makes it even more special and they went all out for this Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. Everything about this release is absolutely stunning, from the all-new artwork to the impressive HD transfer from the inter-positive film element. Job well done! There are movies that come along that have iconic lines and this one has one of them, “Don’t Bury Me… I’m Not Dead!” and it has stuck with me since I first watched this movie as a kid. This Collector’s Edition Blu-ray releases on February 23rd and is a must have.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 98 Minutes

Rated: R

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

Blu-ray Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! There’s an all-new HD transfer that looks and sounds absolutely stunning. Bill Pullman has provided some new commentary for this release and to top this off there’s also a new “Making Of ” featurette with some of the cast and crew. There’s also the original trailer, TV spot and a still gallery. Scream Factory had planned on having Wes Craven involved with this nice release but unfortunately the Master of Horror passed away before that could happen. 

  • NEW 2015 HD Transfer From The Interpositive Film Element
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Bill Pullman
  • NEW The Making Of The Serpent And The Rainbow Featuring New Interviews With Actor Bill Pullman, Author Wade Davis, Director Of Photography John Lindley And Special Effects Artists Lance Anderson And David Anderson (23:57)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (01:23)
  • TV Spot (00:31)
  • Still Gallery (05:10)

 

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