[Blu-Ray Review] Two 80’s horror classics from Kevin Tenney finally come home on Blu; ‘Night of the Demons’ UNCUT Collector’s Edition & ‘Witchboard’; Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Packs For Both Invade February 4, 2014 From Scream Factory

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Night of the Demons (1988) [Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray]          

Director: Kevin Tenney

Cast: Cathy Podewell, Alvin Alexis, Hal Havins

Release Date: Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack Available February 4, 2014

A Review By: Kevin Lovell

Film Rating: 8/10

Disc Rating: 10/10

Plot Summary:

On the night of Halloween, 10 teens decide to go to a party at an abandoned funeral parlor. “Hull House”, rumored to be built on an evil patch of land & underground stream, is the place. While starting the party, the teens gather around a big mirror to perform a seance…BIG MISTAKE. They awaken some evil force and find themselves trapped and taken over one by one. Now it’s a battle for who can survive and cross over the stream before going to hell…

 

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Witchboard [Blu-Ray]

Director: Kevin Tenney

Cast: Todd Allen, Tawny Kitaen, Clare Bristol

Release Date: Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack Available February 4, 2014

A Review By: Kevin Lovell

Film Rating: 8.5/10

Disc Rating: 9.5/10

Plot Summary:

A woman finds an interest in her friend Brandon’s Ouija Board when he brings it by her party.

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For all fans of writer/director Kevin Tenney, you are probably already well aware (and quite thrilled) that Scream Factory is releasing the two first films he directed on beautiful Blu-Ray/DVD combo packs this month.notd02 ‘Witchboard’ marked Tenney’s writing and directorial debut, and while I know most of the horror population disagrees with me, I really prefer it over ‘Night of the Demons.’ Now, please don’t mistake that comment to mean that there is anything wrong with ‘Night of the Demons’ or that it doesn’t stand alone in its own unique way, as well as obviously upping the ante on the gore factor and flat out mayhem element, while ‘Witchboard’ keeps things a little more subtle and focuses in larger part on the creepiness and unsettling vibe that is present throughout the film.

wb01While both films are a lot of fun, you have to also give Tenney a lot of credit for switching up to such a completely different kind of a horror film in his second outing as director. It really was a tremendous amount of fun to watch both of these back to back in absolutely phenomenal video and audio quality and Shout/Scream Factory continues to prove they are one of the finest companies releasing older content on Blu-Ray & DVD today, as well as one of the very few rare examples of a company that listens to what its fans want and actually take that seriously into account when organizing and compiling their releases.

For fans of both Scream Factory’s tremendous releases, as well as Kevin Tenney’s work in the horror field, you will definitely want to pick up a copy of both of these titles to add to your collection. I can say with almost absolute certainty that I will be revisiting both of these releases a number more times to come down the road personally and I’m fairly sure that most horror fans out there will want them in their own collections as well.

Night of the Demons

Night of the Demons

VIDEO:

Night of the Demons: The Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray release of ‘Night of the Demons’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio. As is usually the case with Scream Factory, the video presentation here looks quite impressive. While it may not have the level of grain many releases do, as a friend pointed out to me, these late 80’s films often have issues with this and the resulting over polishing that often occurs as a result. I can certainly say that Scream Factory did a pretty wonderful job of making this one look as fantastic as possible and I’m pretty certain most fans will be more than pleased with this high definition video presentation.

Witchboard: The Blu-Ray release of ‘Witchboard’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio. Just as with ‘Night of the Demons’ the video quality here looks very nice, pops and imperfections of the film source are intact as they should be and everything just looks quite gorgeous overall. I think most of the fans out there are going to be pretty thrilled with this high definition transfer as well.

Witchboard

Witchboard

AUDIO:

Night of the Demons: The Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray release of ‘Night of the Demons’ offers up a few different options as far as audio availability for the movie, in fact three lossless audio choices to be exact. Included on the release is a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack, in addition to what is titled an old 2.0 lossless DTS-HD Master Audio stereo soundtrack, as well as a ‘New’ lossless 2.0 channel stereo DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. I’m not sure exactly what differences are present here, and I while I watched the film with the 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA track, I did go back afterwards and switch back and forth between that and the ‘new’ stereo DTS-HD MA track in order to compare a few scenes, and while I always prefer my multichannel soundtracks, I have to admit the new lossless stereo master offered up here sounds pretty glorious, and diehard fans may want to go that route when re-watching this classic on Blu. Rest assured that the lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA track is quite impressive as well, so either way you can’t lose, therefore pick your poison and enjoy!

Witchboard: The Blu-Ray release of ‘Witchboard’ features solely a 2.0 lossless DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack which sounds pretty great for what it is and considering the budget and age of this feature; one can’t help but be fairly impressed with what this 2.0 track brings to the table. This lossless stereo soundtrack certainly helps accentuate the overall creepiness of the movie and should leave most pretty content.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Night of the Demons: One thing you can definitely say for this ‘Night of the Demons’ Collector’s Edition release, is that it is compiled with some pretty magnificent bonus content that should have fans salivating on their Blu-Ray cases. Included on the Collector’s Edition Blu are a New Audio Commentary with Kevin Tenney and numerous members of the cast and crew as well as an old commentary track, also featuring Tenney and two of the film’s producers. Also included on the release are new interviews with the cast and crew, a promo reel, video trailer, theatrical trailer, still gallery, tv and radio spots, and probably most notable would be that of the extensive making of feature, clocking in at over an hour and giving a very comprehensive look at everything involved in the making of this classic 80’s horror film.

Witchboard: While the Blu-Ray release of ‘Witchboard’ doesn’t contain quite as many goodies as the Collector’s Edition of ‘Night of the Demons’ it certainly still brings a pretty hefty chunk of extras to the table. Included on the release is a New Audio Commentary with Kevin Tenney as well as members of the cast, in addition to an old commentary track which also features Tenney accompanied by some of the producers and staff on the film, new interviews with Tenney and numerous others, as well as a Vintage making of Witchboard, still gallery, TV spots and the theatrical trailer.

Night of the Demons:

Film Rating: 8/10

Disc Rating: 10/10

Witchboard:

Film Rating: 8.5/10

Disc Rating: 9.5/10

 

‘Night of the Demons’ UNCUT Collector’s Edition & ‘Witchboard’ Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Packs invade Home Entertainment shelves everywhere on February 4, 2014 from Scream Factory.*

*Please note that these titles are sold separately.

 

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