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

THE STRANGERS  was written and directed by Bryan Bertino and stars Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman, Kip Weeks, Laura Margolis, Gemma Ward and Glenn Howerton. The movie was edited by Kevin Greutert.

Explore your worst fears with this shocking suspense thriller inspired by disturbing true events. After a 4 a.m. knock at the door and a haunting voice, Kristen McKay (Liv Tyler) and James Hoyt (Scott Speedman) find that their remote getaway becomes a night of psychological terror as three masked strangers invade. Faced with inscrutable tormentors, Kristen and James must go beyond what they think they’re able to endure if they have any hope to survive.

The Strangers follows Kristen and James, this likable young couple that arrives back at home from a wedding reception that didn’t go quite as planned for the two so things are a little tense between them in the beginning of the movie. It doesn’t take long for the three masked figures to show up and begin terrorizing the couple and with each basic scare things get a little more tense for them. Kristen and James quickly learn that their unwanted guests have arrived to not only torment them but these people really want to do invoke harm and they do it one step at a time. The scariest part of this is the fact that the killers let the couple know that the only reason they’re doing this to them is because they were home. Now how scary is that?

Okay, there’s so much to like about this basic home invasion thriller. The isolated setting and location are spot on for a creepy story like this and it plays an important part of the movie. The masks that the three killers are sporting also adds a major creepy element and they’ll literally give you the heebs. Hey, killers have to have creepy masks and these seriously get the job done. There’s also a silence that comes with the killers and this adds even more mystery to them. There’s no reasoning behind this other than the couple was simply at home and that’s down right terrifying. What Scream did for the slasher movies back in the 90’s, The Strangers did for home invasion thrillers in the 2000’s. I feel like this movie didn’t get the respect it deserved by the critics when it first released but fans like me freaking loved it plus we’ve been begging for a sequel for a decade and we’re finally get it.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/0-card. The front 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 original artwork and movie credits so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use for the front cover. Each Blu-ray disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. This release features new HD masters of the theatrical and unrated cuts, both taken from the 2K digital intermediate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition upgrade were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. Both versions of the movie look and sound pristine.

Bottom line is, The Strangers is hands down my favorite home invasion movie and now Scream Factory has given it an awesome Collector’s Edition release that’ll get the fans out there ready for the highly anticipated sequel that is long overdue. I liked the story that kind of puts these three mysterious masked characters as the stars of the show and the familiar faces (Speedman and Tyler) were simply there as lambs to the slaughter. The small cast did a great job with their characters and I loved the fact that the killers hardly say a word throughout the movie plus the viewer never really gets to see their faces and there’s only a few horror movies that have ever done that. This leaves so much of the mystery about these killers preserved and there’s just something special about that. Bryan Bertino did a fantastic job bringing his story to life on screen and he captured everything he needed to make this movie something special. This is pure terror in its rawest form plus there’s a little blood and gore to go along with it. The Strangers will arrive on a 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set on March 6th and is a must have.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: Theatrical Cut – 86 Minutes / Unrated Cut – 91 Minutes

Rated: R and Unrated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

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

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include vintage and new interviews with some of the cast and crew, two deleted scenes, three TV spots, the theatrical trailer and a still gallery.

Disc One:

  • NEW HD master of the theatrical cut taken from the 2K digital intermediate
  • The Element of Terror – interviews with the cast and crew (09:12)
  • Strangers at the Door – interviews with writer/director Bryan Bertino and the cast (09:37)
  • Deleted Scenes (04:56)
  • TV Spots (01:34)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:11)

Disc Two:

  • NEW HD master of the unrated cut taken from the 2K digital intermediate
  • NEW Defining Moments – an interview with writer/director Bryan Bertino (29:37)
  • NEW All the Right Moves – an interview with actor Kip Weeks (Man in the Mask) (11:34)
  • NEW Brains and Brawn – an interview with actress Laura Margolis (Pin Up Girl) (13:44)
  • NEW Deep Cuts – an interview with editor Kevin Greutert (20:29)
  • Still Gallery (04:02)

 

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