Blu-ray Review: Creepshow Scream Factory Collector’s Edition

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Creepshow – Scream Factory Collector’s Edition

Synopsis from the Press Release:

A murdered man emerges from the grave for Father’s Day cake. A meteor’s ooze makes everything … grow. A professor selects his wife as a snack for a crated creature. A scheming husband plants two lovers up to their necks in terror. A malevolent millionaire with an insect phobia becomes the prey of a cockroach army. Add the spirited performances of an excellent cast (Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielsen, Ted Danson, E.G. Marshall and King himself) and the ghoulish makeup wizardry of Tom Savini, and you have a non-stop, thrilling ride in Creepshow.

Adam says:

Creepshow is one of those top ten all-time best horror titles. It’s simply a must own for an horror fan and a must own on Blu-ray. If you’re wondering if you should buy this movie the answer is yes, if you already own this movie and you’re wondering if it’s worth upgrading to Scream Factory’s new Creepshow Collector’s Edition, the answer is also yes. Let’s talk about why; starting with the transfer.

This edition features a new 4K transfer supervised by Director of Photography Michael Gornick. The image is pristine, with clear grain and its legendary color palette intact. Gornick also contributes a bonus interview where he details some of the additional color correction and matching they were able to do to improve old production flaws. Not only is the film restored to release quality; it’s even better than it’s ever been (in a good way, not a Star Wars Special Edition way).

Scream Factory is upping their packaging game with this release. My guess is they’re answering the Arrow threat head on. The outer package is no simple slip cover as in the past; it is a heavy duty cardboard shell like a hardcover book (you hit someone with it and it’s gonna hurt). One piece of art on the shell, then the original Creepshow poster of the disc sleeve and the comic-style poster on the reverse; for a total of three ways to display. Also included in the shell is a 30-page essay booklet (very Criterion-like and classy).

The special features for this set are insane; it will take you hours to go through everything. Audio commentaries from the director and top production crew, interviews with much of the rest of the crew, and a very cool round table chat that includes Tom Atkins and Tom Savini take you deep into the making of Creepshow. Of particular interest to me was the behind the scenes footage Tom Savini shot during filming and the full 15 minutes of deleted scenes that are also included. Pair this as a double feature with Just Desserts and you have an amazing Friday night just immersed in Creepshow lore and you can watch the film in the most stunning presentation you will ever see.

Special Features Include:

  • NEW4K scan of the original camera negative – Color correction supervised and approved by director of photography Michael Gornick
  • Audio Commentary with Director George A. Romero and Special Make-Up Effects Creator Tom Savini
  • NEWAudio Commentary with director of photography Michael Gornick
  • NEW Audio Commentary with composer/first assistant director John Harrison and construction co-ordinator Ed Fountain
  • NEWTerror and the Three Rivers – a round table discussion on the making of Creepshow with John Amplas, Tom Atkins, Tom Savini and Marty Schiff
  • NEWThe Comic Book Look – an interview with costume designer Barbara Anderson
  • NEWRipped From The Pages – an interview with animator Rick Catizone
  • NEWThe Colors of Creepshow – a look at the restoration of Creepshow with director of photography Michael Gornick
  • NEWInto The Mix – an interview with sound re-recordist Chris Jenkins
  • NEWMondo Macabre – A look at Mondo’s various Creepshow posters with Mondo Co-Founder Rob Jones and Mondo Gallery events planner Josh Curry
  • NEW Collecting Creepshow– a look at some of the original props and collectibles from the film with collector Dave Burian
  • Audio Interviews with director of photography Michael Gornick, actor John Amplas, property master Bruce Alan Miller, and make-up effects assistant Darryl Ferrucci
  • Tom Savini’s Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – a look at the original film locations hosted by Sean Clark
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spot
  • Radio Spots
  • Still Galleries – Posters, Lobby Cards and Movie Stills
  • Still Galleries – Behind the Scenes photos

 

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Adam Ruhl is a writer and life long Cinephile. He is the Executive
Cinema Editor of Pop Culture Beast’s Austin branch; covering festivals,
conventions, and new releases. When not filing reports, Adam can be
found stalking Alamo Drafthouse Programmers for leads on upcoming
DrafthouseFilms titles. Adam once blocked Harry Knowles entrance to a
theater until he was given extra tickets to a Roman Polanski movie.

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