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

VALENTINE was directed by Jamie Blanks from a screenplay by Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts and stars Marley Shelton, Denise Richards, David Boreanaz, Katherine Heigl, Jessica Cauffiel, Jessica Capshaw, Johnny Whitworth, Daniel Cosgrove and Fulvio Cecere.

Revenge is sweet, just like Valentine’s Day chocolates. At least, that is what a vengeful, Cupid-masked killer thinks in the teen slasher Valentine. Be my Valentine … or else. Broken hearts and other mortal wounds await a cast of contemporary young stars when they play dating-scene veterans dying for love in this humor-laced, twist-filled thriller cleverly directed by Jamie Blanks and starring David Boreanaz, Denise Richards, Marley Shelton, Katherine Heigl and more. Cards, candy and flowers are nice. But for fans of stalker-shocker terror, there’s nothing like a Valentine.

Valentine follows Kate (Marley Shelton), Paige (Denise Richards), Dorothy (Jessica Capshaw), Lily (Jessica Cauffiel) and Shelly (Katherine Heigl), best friends who are all looking for their Valentine because that special day is slowly approaching. This is where the dating game begins. All the girls are looking for a nice guy to spend that special day with and this is where Adam Carr (David Boreanaz) comes into the picture for Kate. She’s found a charming guy to be her Valentine and he seems like a really great catch but her friends aren’t so lucky.

What happens is, instead of being showered with chocolate and roses, they all start dying horrific deaths by the hands of this mysterious killer (with uncontrollable nose bleeds) wearing a creepy baby face mask who’s really creative when it comes to taking out these pretty girls. What they don’t realize is that this is a damaged person from their past who’s returned to get some revenge for being hurt as a child. Each girl comes face-to-face with this killer who’s finally unmasked but when their identity is revealed it just doesn’t add up – and then a twist is introduced in the final moments that shows maybe the killer is still alive. Queue the nose bleed.

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 classic 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. Scream Factory has given Valentine a new 2K scan of the original film elements. 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, I had a blast revisiting Valentine and this Blu-ray debut is an extremely nice upgrade from the old DVD that I have in my collection. Back in 1996 Scream paved the way for teen slashers like this and Valentine was actually one of the final big screen entries to come along and then the Saw franchise took over with torture porn. Even though this story deals with a bullied character that comes back for revenge years later, there’s still a fun cheese factor to this movie because we have a killer who sports a baby face mask and the nose bleeds somehow find their way out of the mask. It’s crazy stupid but it’s still an entertaining watch with this cast of beautiful starlets that take front and center and of course we get that little twist at the end. Jamie Blanks made a splash with Urban Legend in 1998 and followed it up with 2001’s Valentine and I think he’s one of the most underrated filmmakers out there because he’s a really good storyteller and he makes fun horror movies. By the way, this movie also has some really creative kills like the death by drill in the hot tub scene. So yeah, the movie has a fun story, a great cast, some mystery and suspense, and a cool score to go along with it all. Valentine will be available on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on February 12th.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 96 Minutes

Rated: R

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

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

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include new audio commentary, vintage audio commentary, new interviews with some of the cast and crew, over two hours of never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage, vintage making of featurette, deleted scenes, music video, two trailers, five TV spots, still gallery and a hidden easter egg.

  • NEW 2K scan of the original film elements supervised and approved by director Jamie Blanks and director of photography Rick Bota
  • NEW Audio Commentary with director Jamie Blanks and filmmaker Don Coscarelli, moderated by author Peter Bracke
  • NEW Thrill of the Drill – an interview with actress Denise Richards (09:41)
  • NEW The Final Girl – an interview with actress Marley Shelton (13:54)
  • NEW Shot Through the Heart – an interview with actress Jessica Cauffiel (23:03)
  • NEW Writing Valentine – an interview with co-writers Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts (1:04:33)
  • NEW Editing Valentine  – an interview with editor Steve Mirkovich (27:50)
  • NEW Scoring Valentine – an interview with composer Don Davis (11:53)
  • NEW Almost 2 hours of never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage from director Jamie Blanks’ personal archive (1:54:21)
  • Vintage “Making of” featurette featuring cast and crew (08:18)
  • Audio Commentary with director Jamie Blanks
  • Extended interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from the electronic press kit (17:21)
  • Deleted Scenes including extended death scenes (08:40)
  • Music Video (02:53)
  • Teaser Trailer (00:40)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:27)
  • TV Spots (01:23)
  • Still Gallery (04:12)
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