When it comes to buying horror movies on Blu-ray, we have one issue; we already own so many horror movies on DVD, that upgrading them all to Blu-ray would cost a small fortune. There are however some titles that we just have to own in the best format available, and so we open to you our Blu-ray Archives, which consist of what we consider to be Must Own Horror Blu-ray's.
From Beyond (1986)
Scream Factory (Shout! Factory)
1 50GB BR Disc
1 DVD copy
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/2.0
From Beyond is one of the most enjoyable horror flicks to have come out of the 80's, plain and simple. It's full of otherworldly Lovecraftian brilliance, it has the ever-sexy Barbara Crampton acting her ass off in a state of erotic overdrive, and it features the much beloved Jeffrey Combs at the top of his manical game. Aside from a few instances of cheesiness here and there, From Beyond is an effective flick that has held up well over the last 27 years.
What Stuart Gordon created with From Beyond, is a dazzling glimpse into an alternate universe that unbeknownst to we humans, exists all around us. You have to use a resonator to actually see this other world -it stimulates the pineal gland, which is obviously the key to the melding of dimensions- but once you do, all kinds of creepy shit shows up and tries to eat your head.
It's basically a flick that uses gore and sensuality to show you what the consequences are when you get a little too curious. It reminds me, in places, of movies like The Thing and Hellraiser, but that could jsut be me.
|They call him Dr. Love.|
I'll admit that I'm easily wowed by most Blu-ray offerings, which is to say that I don't nitpick every detail of the transfer looking for flaws, nor do I particularly care if every frame isn't crisp, brilliant perfection. That said, the visuals here didn't necessarily "wow" me, but neither did they leave me thinking that things could have looked better. This is a pretty transfer, and it's most definitely the best the movie has ever (or likely will ever) look on any home video format.
If there's one thing that I can and have to nitpick, it's the way that some of the old school FX shots come off. To put it plainly, some of them look extremely dated and are pretty poor. I'm talking in particular about the flying monster and the night vision-like "beyond" scenes here, because they do not look as slick as the rest of the FX shots in the movie. To be fair, there was only so much that FX guys could do back in the 80's, especially with a small budget.
|There's a penis growing out of that penis.|
Not being much of an audiophile, that's about as much expertise on this subject that I can pretend to be all smart about here, because honestly, who cares. If it sounds good, I'm all set, and this one really does sound great.
FROM BEYOND Collector’s Edition – Unrated Director’s Cut bonus content:
ALL-NEW SCREAM FACTORY EXTRAS:
- Audio Commentary with writer Denis Paoli
- MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS – A look at the film’s extensive Make-Up & Creature Effects with Special Effects Creators John Buechler, Anthony Doublin, John Naulin, and Mark Shostrom (20 mins)
- PAGING DR. MCMICHAELS – An interview with Actress Barbara Crampton (15 mins)
- A TORTURED SOUL – An interview with Actor Jeffrey Combs (15 mins)
- AN EMPIRE PRODUCTION – An interview with Executive Producer Charles Band (5 mins)
- Audio Commentary with director Stuart Gordon and the cast
- THE DIRECTOR’S PERSPECTIVE – interview with Stuart Gordon
- THE EDITING ROOM: LOST AND FOUND – Gordon Stuart and MGM restoration team interview
- Interview with composer Richard Band
- Storyboard to Film Comparisions with Introduction
- Two photo galleries
|Suck that eyeball, boy... the good stuff's behind it!|
As a Blu-ray disc, there's really nothing here to complain about. We're not going to call it a perfect release, but we can easily say that it is perfectly awesome on just about every front. Shout! Factory has taken another beloved genre favorite of old, given it a beautiful Blu-ray transfer, loaded the disc with entertaining extras, and made us happy. They are the go-to company for Blu-ray horror releases right now, period.
It's a must own for us, and should be for you too.
|4 out of 5 Blu Masters|
We offer you now some sexy pictures of Ms. Crampton, because how do you take pictures of acting talent?