July 29, 2014

Blu-ray & DVD: The Digital Dread Report for July 29th

July bows out with a very small week for genre releases.

It's really all about the Blu-ray release of Curtains, for us, and even though we're not happy that no one seems to know why we don't yet have our copy (that we pre-ordered weeks ago), we're still anxious as hell to see how it all turned out.

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Curtains is an obscure little Slasher flick from 1983 that boasts one of the coolest scenes in Horror History; if you haven't seen the "skating pond scene" yet, then you're in for a treat when you check this one out. Severin Films has painstakingly restored this one into a true 1080p beauty, which is so far above the quality of any previous version of the movie, that it's almost unbelievable. This is a big of a Must Own title as there is as far as 80's Slashers go.

We don't usually post pictures in our DVD Column, but in this case, we feel we need to give you an example of just how great this movie finally looks. The pic below shows three versions of the same frame from Curtains:

1- DVD.
2- VHS.
3- The Synapse Blu-ray.
*It could be the other way around on the first two, as Google didn't really specify. Either way, you get the point that both previous Home Video versions of Curtains were pure shit.

Also of note this week is Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery, which collects the complete TV Series, the movie, Fire Walk With Me, and a wealth of extras that will satisfy even the most rabid of Twin Peaks fans. For the cherry pie lovers of the world, this Blu-ray set is a Godsend, and really can't be missed.

It's always great to get a new Mystery Science Theater 3000 box set to devour, and for fans of the series, there's no need to explain why. For non-fans of the series, it's funny as hell. That's why.

The Den (our review HERE) is a movie that started of very promising, but quickly devolved into a mess of silly stupidity. At least for us, it did. Lots of people are digging on this one, so maybe it just rubbed us the wrong way, or maybe they're wrong for liking it! Either way, fans of the Found Footage conceit may get a kick out of this one.

Finally we have The Complete Blind Dead Saga, which we're sad to say is only available on DVD, and not on Blu-ray. What can you do, you know? The Blind Dead movies are a bunch of cheesy old school fun, and maybe even the highpoint of 70's Spanish Horror. This is classic, fun stuff, to be sure.


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