(1987/Music Box/Scorpion Blu-ray)/Don't
Torture A Duckling
(1972/MVD/Arrow Blu-ray w/DVD)/Stephen
King's IT (2017/New
Line/Warner 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)
Ultra HD Picture: A- Picture: B+/B+ & B-/B+ Sound: B+/B+
& B-/B+ Extras: C/B/B Films: B
three thrillers from three masters of suspense to know about...
has always been a favorite of mine and it's nice to FINALLY see it
get a Blu-ray release. Nicely restored, however a bit light on
extras disappointingly, this is the best the film has looked with
this new 2K remaster from the original source materials.
you haven't seen it, Opera
is a brutal thriller with some disturbing imagery that's become
nothing short of iconic in the world of Italian Horror cinema. Such
sequences as POV shots of crows flying into the audience, razors
taped under eyes to prevent them from closing, and giallo visuals
have become a staple of Argento's work. This is no doubt an
important film in his career and one that every Italian Horror fan
stars Cristina Marsillach, Ian Charleson, Urbano Barberini, Daria
Nicolodi, Coralina and Cataldi-Tassoni.
the scenes of a grand operatic version of Verdi's Macbeth, several
grisly murders start to occur. When the lead of the opera quits,
opera singer Betty (Marsillach) takes over the role however, she soon
finds herself the target of a killer/obsessed fan. Things get
intense when this man kidnaps her, forces her to watch her friends be
murdered in front of her, and terrorizes her. However these killings
seem to be similar to some of Betty's nightmarish childhood
flashbacks. Does Betty know this killer? Who could it be?
in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and
a great sounding English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix,
this 2K remaster is pretty sharp. The film's beautiful
cinematography is more detailed than before with rich contrast and
deep blues. This is definitely an upgrade from the standard
definition DVD version. The soundtrack is amazing as well with a
great synth horror score by Claudio Simonetti, '80s heavy metal
music, and of course opera tracks from Verdi's Macbeth.
interview with director Dario Argento never-before released to U.S.
new interview with star William McNamara
such as myself are very happy that Argento's films have been landing
on Blu-ray disc over the past year or so and many of which we have
reviewed elsewhere on this site. These titles include Arrow's Bird
with the Crystal Plumage,
three releases from Synapse Films (Suspiria,
and Blue Underground (The
all with great looking and sounding HD presentations and this one is
no exception. It's just a shame it doesn't have more extras, nicer
packaging, and other goodies.
you're hankering for more Opera,
then you will have to seek out the Anchor Bay release from many years
back which included the soundtrack CD and other extras.
label is also putting out The
both of which are films Argento produced rather than directed and
that we hope to cover soon.
infamous Italian horror filmmaker Lucio Fulci (The
has been given a well deserved spotlight in recent years with many of
his more obscure films being released on the HD format from big
labels such as Severin (Two
Female Spies with Flowered Panties),
Arrow, and others.
of his most renowned thrillers, Don't
Torture a Duckling
(1972), has now gotten the grand HD treatment from Arrow with a host
of new extras that's highly recommended for the horror fan in your
film stars Florinda Bolkan, Barbara Bouchet, Tomas Milian, Irene
Papas, Marc Porel, and Georges Wilson. Duckling
centers around a reporter and a promiscuous young woman - both of
which get entangled in a series of child killings in a remote
southern Italian town. Things get more complex when each local
frowns upon newcomers and a dark secret is ever present.
combo pack features both the 1080p high definition Blu-ray and
definition DVD with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and a 5.1
Italian DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless track (on the Blu-ray,
lossy Dolby Digital on the Blu-ray). While I haven't seen other
versions of the film on disc, I have read that this is the best
transfer currently available at the time of this writing.
audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So
Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
Blood of Innocents, a new video discussion with Mikel J. Koven,
author of La
Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film
is Already in Us,
a new video essay by critic Kat Ellinger
with co-writer/director Lucio Fulci, actor Florinda Bolkan,
cinematographer Sergio D'Offizi, assistant editor Bruno Micheli and
assistant makeup artist Maurizio Trani
sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Timothy
pressing only: Collector's booklet with new writing on the film by
Barry Forshaw and Howard Hughes
a disc that Fulci fans won't want to miss out on!
of the most successful horror remakes in recent years is Warner Bros
new spin on Stephen
(2017), which marks the first official feature film adaptation of the
material and serves as the first part of a two part film series. Of
course, not every Stephen King adaptation is good, we've had plenty
of misfires in recent years such as Carrie
(2013 theatrical film remake) and Cell
(2016), but hopefully IT
will start a trend and more great King adaptations (and remakes) will
start coming in.
infamous 1990 television mini-series, which starred Tim Curry as
Pennywise the Clown, has until now been the definitive version,
however this version has fans divided over which one is actually
better. While there's no question that Curry's performance is
groundbreaking, Pennywise here is played very well by Bill Skarsgard
who definitely made the character his own. (I personally think that
he would be a good candidate for the Joker for future Batman films as
well.) The original IT
is also available on Blu-ray from Warner in various formats and is
also included in a new boxset called King
which features two classic King films.
by Andres Muschietti (MAMA),
the film also stars an ensemble of young actors including Jaeden
Jeremy Ray Taylor (Alvin
and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip),
Sophia Lillis (37),
Finn Wolfhard (TV's Stranger
Wyatt Oleff (Guardians
of the Galaxy),
Chosen Jacobs (Cops
Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales
and Nicholas Hamilton (Captain
in the 1980s, the small town of Derry has a terrifying curse that
resurfaces every 27 years... with this curse comes several missing
children that usually turn up dead. When a group of 'loser'
teenagers band together soon after the disappearance of one of their
friends, they start noticing a terrifying clown named Pennywise
(Skarsgard) who starts stalking and threatening them. Pennywise is
more than just a guy dressed up as a clown though... he's a
shapeshifting demon that's capable of becoming their greatest fear.
Will they make it through the night against Pennywise... or will
these kids meet an early grave?
in 2160p HECV/H.265, HDR/Dolby Vision (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced
Ultra High Definition image on 4K UHD disc that dramatically expands
the color palette and contrast range, and uses dynamic metadata to
automatically optimize the picture for every screen, the presentation
here is beautiful to behold.
sound mix is a superior 11.1 Dolby Atmos lossless track (showing up
as Dolby TrueHD 7.1 sound on older systems), which immerses you into
the film the most effective of the other included mixes. IT
has a very unnerving soundtrack and score that certainly helps set
the tone for the film.
is cinematically and gorgeously shot and has a dark, yet stylistic
look that is very well crafted and on point. Also included is the
lesser 1080p high definition Blu-ray of the film with similar specs
and a digital UV copy.
- Discover how Bill Skarsgard prepared to portray the primordial
creature known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown
- Get up close and personal with the teenage stars of "IT"
as they bond together during the production,
- Stephen King reveals the roots of his best-selling novel, the
nature of childhood fear and how he created his most famous monster,
Scenes - Eleven deleted or extended scenes from the film.
available is the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and a collectible steel book
version, which has already proven to be a hard to find collector's
there haven't been too many details on the sequel film as of this
writing, I'm sure the next installment will be as huge of a success
as this one was. This is the rare case of a horror remake being
effective, scary, and true to the original source material. The 4K
Ultra HD presentation is demo disc worthy as well, especially in the
opening scene with Georgie and Pennywise and during some of the
film's surreal moments.
in all, I would highly recommend checking this film out. It's well
done and has solid performances all around. One of the better horror
remakes as of late.