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The Driller Killer (1979/MVD Visual/Arrow Films Blu-ray w/DVD)

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

Similar in some respects to Roger Watkins' Last House on Dead End Street (1972), the Abel Ferrara 1979 slasher The Driller Killer is a frighteningly realistic film that could happen anywhere. at anytime. Originally branded as a 'video nasty' in the U.K., the film finds its way onto high definition Blu-ray disc thanks to Arrow looking and sounding truck loads better than it ever has before.

An artist (Ferrara) slowly goes insane while struggling to pay his bills, work on his paintings, and taking care for his reckless two female roommates, which leads him taking to the streets of New York after dark, randomly killing derelicts with a deadly power drill that he is pretty good with.

The film stars Abel Ferrara himself, plus Carolyn Marz, Baybi Day, and Harry Schultz.

Arrow Films presents The Driller Killer in 1080p high definition with a new 4K restoration of the original negative of the never-before-seen pre-release version and the theatrical cut with both both 1.85:1 and 1.37:1 aspect ratios respectively with equally fine fidelity. The audio has also been given an upgrade with an Original, Uncompressed Mono PCM 2.0 audio track that makes the violence come to life like never before. Also included is the standard release DVD edition of the film that looks and sounds fine for the format but isn't as sharp and defined as the high definition edition, of course.

Special Features include...

Feature-length audio commentary by director and star Abel Ferrara, moderated by Brad Stevens (author of Abel Ferrara: The Moral Vision) and recorded exclusively for this release

Laine and Abel: An Interview with the Driller Killer, a brand-new interview with Ferrara

Willing and Abel: Ferraraology 101, a new visual essay guide to the films and career of Ferrara by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of Cultographies: Ms. 45

Mulberry St., Ferrara's feature-length 2010 documentary portrait of the New York location that has played a key role in his life and work, available on home video in the U.S. for the first time ever


Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil

A fun '70s slasher that really looks great on disc, I would suggest giving this one a spin!

- James Lockhart



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