[Blu-Ray Review] Scream Factory Recent Releases: ‘Phantom Of The Opera’ – ‘New Year’s Evil’ & ‘Exterminators Of The Year 3000’: All 3 Now On Blu-Ray

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Apologies to all of our dedicated readers out there for not getting a couple of these reviews up sooner, but unfortunately sometimes things get excessively busy. Nonetheless, as you are all surely aware, we here at Screen-Connections are huge fans and supporters of the fantastic Scream Factory and all of the amazing work they have been doing in getting these rare and great films out on Blu-Ray over recent years (not to mention all they do with their Shout Factory label as well), so we definitely wanted to make sure and let you know about three more great releases they recently put out. Hit the jump to check out our reviews of Scream Factory’s recent Blu-Ray releases of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ ‘New Year’s Evil’ & ‘Exterminators of the Year 3000’.

Phantom.of.the.Opera.1989-Blu-Ray-CoverPhantom of the Opera (1989) [Blu-Ray]

Director: Dwight H. Little

Cast: Robert Englund, Jill Schoelen, Alex Hyde-White

Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray

Film Rating: 6/10
Disc Rating: 8/10

 

Plot Summary:

A darker version of the classic Gaston Leroux novel. A young soprano becomes the obsession of a horribly disfigured composer who has plans for those oppose himself or the young singer.

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Based on the well-known story and famous play, this version of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ directed by Dwight H. Little takes things into far darker territory than the story ever had prior to its release. It comes together as more of a slasher film and even (somewhat surprisingly) omits the majority of the music which should please many out there who aren’t overly fond of musicals, although for those who were hoping to hear horror legend Robert Englund sing his heart out, you are unfortunately out of luck. Throw in some gore and Robert Englund (fresh from portraying his iconic role as Freddy Kruger) and you’ve got this horror retelling of ‘Phantom of the Opera’.

While I must admit that I’m not overly fond of this film, it’s in no way a bad movie and I’m also admittedly not too familiar with the story of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ in general and while the costumes and basic concepts here are fairly impressive and look great, some of the performances and other elements included often feel a bit out of place. Nonetheless, I know there are also surely plenty of fans of this film out there and they will definitely want to make sure to pick up a copy to add to their collections, now available for the first on Blu-Ray from Scream/Shout Factory and it delivers pretty great high definition video and audio presentations in addition to some worthwhile bonus content that should more than satisfy.

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VIDEO:

Scream Factory’s Blu-Ray release of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty great overall, while some mild artifacts and noise may be present on occasion, it is minimal and in no way affects the overall viewing experience. The colors, details and movements, even those in more dark settings, look pretty great and as a whole this is a more than capable high definition video presentation that should please fans of this dark retelling of the classic story.

AUDIO:

The Blu-Ray release features both a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack and a lossless 2.0 Stereo DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. I myself opted to watch utilizing the 5.1 channel soundtrack and it sounds pretty nice in most regards. The films score immerses the viewer and the surrounding channels are also utilized for natural background noise and on occasion during the more intense moments as well, while never detracting from the audibility of the dialogue occurring in the center channel simultaneously. Overall this is a very suitable and well constructed 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that should please most.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Scream Factory’s Blu-Ray release of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ includes some entertaining and worthwhile bonus goodies, including ‘Behind the Mask: The Making of Phantom of the Opera’ which runs just over 37 minutes in length and includes new interviews with members of the cast and crew discussing the film. Also included is an Audio Commentary track with Director Dwight H. Little and Actor Robert Englund, along with a Still Gallery and the Trailer, Radio Spots and a TV spot for the movie.

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*Please note that the above images are taken from the Blu-Ray and resized. They additionally will suffer quality loss as a result of .jpg compression. Larger versions of each image can be viewed by clicking on the image. All images and content included on this Blu-Ray release are the property of their respective owners.

Film Rating: 6/10
Disc Rating: 8/10

‘Phantom of the Opera’ is now available to own on Blu-Ray from Scream Factory.

Purchase your copy of the Blu-Ray on Amazon at a discounted price by clicking here!

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New.Years.Evil-Blu-Ray-CoverNew Year’s Evil [Blu-Ray]

Director: Emmett Alston

Cast: Roz Kelly, Kip Niven, Chris Wallace

Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray

Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 8/10

 

Plot Summary:

During a New Year’s Eve celebration, a Punk Rock & New Wave show host gets a phone call saying that when New Year’s strikes in each time zone, someone will be murdered–and she will be the last one.

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It’s New Years Eve and well known rock host Blaze is hosting the New Year’s event of the year, a live broadcast rock extravaganza that will be celebrating the New Year as it hits in every single time zone in the country, leading up to the final event on location in the West Coast where they are filming the show. Unfortunately a psychopath has decided to make his own resolution and calls in to the show promising Blaze that he will murder someone close to her at midnight. Initially thinking it merely a prank, soon the madman calls back with a recording of his first murder and she realizes he isn’t joking around and that he actually plans to murder someone at midnight in each time zone and Blaze is now caught in the middle of it and broadcast live where anything can happen.

The cult classic ‘New Year’s Evil’ is a pretty fun little ride, delivering something different and original in the slasher genre during its time in the early 80s and for any of you fellow horror fans out there who may not have had the pleasure of it before, I would certainly recommend giving it a watch. The film finally arrives home on Blu-Ray for the first time ever, once again thanks to the folks over at Scream/Shout Factory. In addition to delivering very solid high definition video and audio presentations, the Blu-Ray release includes a couple of great bonus goodies including an Audio Commentary track featuring Writer and Director Emmett Alston and more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below) making this an absolute must own for fans of the cult classic, in addition to a great way for newcomers to the movie to enjoy it for the first time.

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VIDEO:

Scream Factory’s Blu-Ray release of ‘New Year’s Evil’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing a 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty solid overall, delivering a mostly crisp, clean and impressively detailed picture. There is some expected grain present, in addition to some mild noise and pops, among other artifacts that are clearly a result of the source video, but none of these elements are overly noticeable or distracting; all in all this is a pretty top notch high definition video presentation that should have fans of the film pretty satisfied.

AUDIO:

The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 2.0 Mono DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless audio soundtrack sounds pretty good as a whole, while some moments come off as sounding briefly muffled or a bit off, they quickly correct themselves and all of the music, effects and dialogue is clean, clear and always more than discernible. While it may not be absolutely perfect, this is surely the most impressive audio soundtrack that the film has yet to see and it should not disappoint.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Scream Factory’s Blu-Ray release of ‘New Year’s Evil’ also includes a couple of great extras. Included on the release is an Audio Commentary with Writer and Director Emmett Alston, in addition to ‘The Making of New Year’s Evil’ which runs approximately 37 minutes in length and includes new interviews with Actors Kip Niven, Grant Cramer, Taaffe o’ Connell and Director of Photography Thomas Ackerman. Lastly, the Trailer for the film is also included.

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*Please note that the above images are taken from the Blu-Ray and resized. They additionally will suffer quality loss as a result of .jpg compression. Larger versions of each image can be viewed by clicking on the image. All images and content included on this Blu-Ray release are the property of their respective owners.

Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 8/10

‘New Year’s Evil’ is now available to own on Blu-Ray from Scream Factory.

Purchase your copy of the Blu-Ray on Amazon at a discounted price by clicking here!

 

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Exterminators.of.the.Year.3000-Blu-Ray-CoverExterminators of the Year 3000 [Blu-Ray]

Director: Giuliano Carnimeo (as Jules Harrison)

Cast: Robert Iannucci, Alicia Moro, Luciano Pigozzi

Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray

Film Rating: 5/10
Disc Rating: 8/10

 

Plot Summary:

The year 3000, after a nuclear war turned the earth into a desert. A group of survivors in a cave runs out of water and desperately needs new supply. The last guy they sent out didn’t return. His 10 years old son Timmy wants to join the next team. They know where they’ll find a well, but the problem it the way there, which is controlled by a savage gang of motorcyclists under the bloodthirsty Crazy Bull. A lonesome stranger who Timmy meets on the way may help.

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Surely fresh off of all the rage surrounding the small budget hit ‘Mad Max’ this goofy tale of a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland surely fit right in, along with its story of a group’s search for water amidst an all out war zone with gangs of ruthless thugs lurking and always intent on taking what they want, not to mention plenty of over the top armored suits, armored cars and the works. Amidst the chaos, a young boy with a robot arm joins forces with an unknown loner named The Alien and a couple other strangers in order to try and retrieve a legendary supply of water (the rarest commodity in existence these days) to bring back for his people before they expire, a journey his father already gave his life trying to accomplish.

If you’re not familiar this one but enjoy other similarly themed movies, then ‘Exterminators of the Year 3000’ may be right up your alley, but be warned that it is an incredibly goofy and cheesy film, far more so than likely intended due to what appears to be some pretty hilarious English Dubbing that probably resulted in the largest number of laughs from my end. For the fans of this cult classic out there, you will without question want to make sure and pick up a copy of this one to add to your collections. It finally arrives home on Blu-Ray for the first time ever courtesy of Scream Factory with wonderful high definition video and audio presentations, in addition to some great new bonus features and fans of the film definitely won’t want to miss out.

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VIDEO:

Scream Factory’s Blu-Ray release of ‘Exterminators of the Year 3000’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty great overall, all of the colors and scenic landscapes are sharp, detailed and clean; a few bits of pixilation, noise and other expected minor elements due to the films age are present, but do not detract from the overall experience. As a whole, this is a very nice high definition video presentation that should please fans of this somewhat silly post-apocalyptic film.

AUDIO:

The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 2.0 Mono DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. The soundtrack sounds pretty good for the most part, although some minor audio noise is present and it feels as if the clarity of the soundtrack weans and then rights itself again a few times throughout. As a whole, it may not be downright perfect, but this Mono DTS-HD MA soundtrack holds up admirably and is almost surely the best this film has ever sounded.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Scream Factory’s Blu-Ray release of ‘Exterminators of the Year 3000’ includes a couple of fun and worthwhile extras. Included on the release is an Audio Commentary with Actor Robert Iannucci, along with ‘Boogie Down with The Alien: An Interview with Robert Iannucci’ which runs just over 17 minutes in length.TV Spots and the Trailer for the film are also included.

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*Please note that the above images are taken from the Blu-Ray and resized. They additionally will suffer quality loss as a result of .jpg compression. Larger versions of each image can be viewed by clicking on the image. All images and content included on this Blu-Ray release are the property of their respective owners.

Film Rating: 5/10
Disc Rating: 8/10

‘Exterminators of the Year 3000’ is now available to own on Blu-Ray from Scream Factory.

Purchase your copy of the Blu-Ray on Amazon at a discounted price by clicking here!

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