Director: Don Coscarelli
Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis
Release Date: November 8, 2016
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 9/10
Bruce Campbell “gives his greatest and most entertaining performance to date” (Premiere) as an aging and cantankerous “Elvis” in this “zinger-filled crowd-pleaser” (The Hollywood Reporter) from writer-director Don Coscarelli! When mysterious deaths plague a Texas retirement home, it’s up to its most sequined senior citizen to take on a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy with a penchant for cowboy boots, bathroom graffiti and sucking the souls from the barely living!
Directed by Don Coscarelli (Phantasm), the wonderful and offbeat horror comedy ‘Bubba Ho-Tep’ finally makes its long awaited Blu-ray debut courtesy of Scream Factory. The film follows an aging Elvis (Campbell) currently living in a senior citizen facility and largely believed to be a mere impersonator who is confronted with a terrifying evil plaguing the home. Now, in order to stop this evil entity roaming the halls of the facility before it kills anyone else, Elvis must team up with a man claiming to be JFK (Davis) in order to uncover the truth about the mummified monster and hopefully stop its menace once and for all. ‘Bubba Ho-Tep’ is a smart, snarky, hilarious and quite brilliant piece of filmmaking. Filled with some terror, a touch of bloody mayhem, along with plenty of laughs and outstanding performances from both Campbell and Davis; in short, ‘Bubba Ho-Tep’ is a horror comedy worthy of a (the) King.
Fellow fans of the wonderfully ridiculous and enjoyable offbeat horror comedy ‘Bubba Ho-Tep’ will likely want to make sure to consider purchasing a copy of Scream Factory’s new ‘Bubba Ho-Tep’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release if you haven’t already done so. The cult classic arrives home on Blu-ray at last featuring fantastic high definition video and audio presentations on the feature film, in addition to a notable collection of worthwhile bonus content, much of which was created specifically for the release including new interviews with Director Don Coscarelli, Actor Bruce Campbell and much more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below), altogether certain to make this wonderful Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release a definite must own for many hardcore fans of the film, or simply of Coscarelli and/or Campbell in general.
Overall, hardcore fans of the film and/or Coscarelli and Campbell in general will want to strongly consider purchasing a copy of Scream Factory’s new ‘Bubba Ho-Tep’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release in order to finally have the ability to enjoy this ridiculously delightful cult classic any time you may desire, and with pretty fantastic high definition video and audio presentations, not to mention some noteworthy extras including brand new interviews and more. Those who haven’t previously had the pleasure of this cult masterpiece may want to look into trying to find a rental option for the new release if you’re hesitant to drop the funds on a blind purchase; I certainly can’t imagine a better way to experience the film for the first time.
The Scream Factory Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of ‘Bubba Ho-Tep’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty great as a whole and delivers a sharp, detailed and relatively clean presentation throughout. It holds up admirably at every point and never suffers any notable faults during its course, never resulting in anything occurring on screen during the numerous darkly lit sequences to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a solid high definition video presentation complimented by a more than sufficient bitrate that should easily please fellow fans of the film.
The Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack provides a crisp, clean, and fairly active audio presentation from start to finish. It often utilizes all five available channels in order to send the wonderful score, along with some creepy auditory effects, crowd chatter, buzzing insects and more throughout the various speakers, while never causing any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, this is an enjoyable and more than competent 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that shouldn’t disappoint the fans in the slightest.
The Scream Factory Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of ‘Bubba Ho-Tep’ includes a number of enjoyable and informative extras, many of which were created specifically for this release. Included are ‘3 Audio Commentary’ tracks; the first is a new ‘Audio Commentary with Author Joe R. Lansdale’, the second an ‘Audio Commentary with Director Don Coscarelli and Bruce Campbell,’ and the third is an ‘Audio Commentary with “The King”’. We are additionally treated to a number of new and archival extras including some brand new Interviews, plus older Featurettes and more, they include: ‘The King Lives! with Bruce Campbell’ (running approximately 22 minutes in length), ‘All Is Well with Don Coscarelli’ (running approximately 24 minutes), ‘Mummies and Make-up with Robert Kurtzman’ (approximately 9 minutes), ‘2 Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by Don Coscarelli and Bruce Campbell’ (approximately 3 minutes combined), ‘Footage From the Temple Room Floor’ (2 minutes), ‘The Making of Bubba Ho-Tep’ (24 minutes), ‘To Make a Mummy: Makeup and Effects’ (5 minutes), ‘Fit For a King: Dressing Bruce Campbell’ (7 minutes), ‘Rock Like An Egyptian: The Music of Bubba Ho-Tep’ (13 minutes), ‘Joe R. Lansdale Reads from Bubba Ho-Tep’ (8 minutes), and a collection of ‘Archival Bruce Campbell Interviews’ (approximately 35 minutes altogether). A ‘Music Video’ (approximately 2 minutes), the ‘Theatrical Trailer’ (2 minutes), a ‘TV Spot’ (30 seconds) and a ‘Photo Gallery’ for the film are also included.