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Phantasm: Remastered (1979/Well Go USA Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B+/B- Sound: B+/C+ Extras: B Film: B

Just in time for the holiday season is the 1979 cult classic horror flick Phantasm, directed by Don Coscarelli (Bubba Ho-Tep). Remastered in 4K HD for the first time courtesy of current mega producer/director (and obvious fan) J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot Production Company, the film has never looked better than it does here (even considering some fine previous restorations) and is one of the best looking discs I've seen this year. For those who haven't seen it or those was are due to revisit it, you'll be hard pressed to find a better restoration of a lower budget film. Period. If you're new to the film or the Phantasm series, I would also suggest checking out the worthy sequel Phantasm 2 (reviewed elsewhere on this site), which is now also available from Scream Factory in a nice release, as well as the newest film in the series Ravager, which is also available from Well Go USA (now reviewed elsewhere on this site).

The original Phantasm stars the late-but-great Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester, and Terrie Kalbus.

After the mysterious death of his friend, Jody (Thornbury) is followed by his teenage brother Mike (Baldwin) to the funeral. Mike snoops around the cemetery and sees an unusual mortician known as The Tall Man (Scrimm) carrying Tommy's coffin and loading it into a van alone without any help. Desperate for answers, Mike breaks in the mortuary to investigate the mystery and discovers weird hooded dwarf creatures with yellow blood and dangerous flying spheres that protect the location. Who is the Tall Man and what secret is he hiding?

Presented in 1080p high definition, this stunning 4K remaster looks better in every way to previous releases with rich colors and hardly any noise on the print whatsoever, without compromising the original look of the film. Presented in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, Phantasm also sports a lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit) mix that brings the film to life like never before. Most notable is the musical soundtrack by Fred Myron and Malcolm Seagrave that sets the haunting mood for the film and really sounds excellent in DTS. Also included is a standard DVD version that looks and sounds fine for the format but isn't as impressive as the Blu-ray. The audio mix on that disc is a lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital track.

Special Features on the disc include...

- Audio Commentary with Director Don Coscarelli and cast members Michael Baldwin, Angus Scrimm, & Bill Thornbury

- Graveyard Cars

- Interviews from 1979 with Don Coscarelli and Angus Scrimm

- Deleted Scenes

The Tall Man is one of cinema's greatest and most iconic horror villains and it's great to see a low budget film like this get the grand presentation that it deserves.

- James Lockhart



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