Director: Larry Cohen
Cast: John P. Ryan, Frederic Forrest, Michael Moriarty
Release Date: May 15, 2018
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
Experience Larry Cohen’s It’s Alive trilogy like never before in high definition!
It’s newborn and … It’s Alive … and murder is what it knows best! A proud couple’s bundle of joy is really a newborn terror in filmmaker Larry Cohen’s cautionary cult hit that tapped into environmental fears. The horror grows when multiple child monsters rampage in the first sequel It Lives Again as two brave parents try to stop them by becoming the bait for their spree. The now global mutants are rounded up and relocated to a far-flung island in It’s Alive III: Island of the Alive. Will a parent’s greatest nightmare become the world’s gravest fear? Find out … if you dare.
Get ready to experience Larry Cohen’s cult classic ‘It’s Alive’ trilogy like you never have before with all three films on Blu-ray for the first time ever and in one 3-disc box set! From the original ‘It’s Alive’ which was unleashed upon unsuspecting audiences in October of 1974, to the incredibly different, yet in its own right equally wonderful final chapter ‘Island of the Alive’ which was first released over a decade later in 1987. Each written and directed Larry Cohen, all three films in the ‘It’s Alive’ franchise still manage to deliver plenty of creepy fun and even some solid laughs, and fans of Cohen’s classic horror trilogy can now finally own all three entries on Blu-ray for the first time ever in this new 3-disc collection from Shout Factory’s horror-focused Scream Factory label.
At long last, hardcore fans of the ‘It’s Alive’ trilogy can now own all three films in glorious high definition on Blu-ray disc, and all in one pretty great little 3-disc collection from Scream Factory. Marking the first time that all three movies have ever been released on Blu-ray, which for longtime fans is certainly an event to be celebrated. This new BD trilogy release from Scream Factory features impressive overall high definition video and audio presentations on all three films; each making their Blu-ray debut sporting new 2K scans and also provided their own disc (and case) for optimum quality, in addition to featuring some new and archival supplemental material such as ‘Audio Commentary tracks with Larry Cohen’ on each film along with more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below). Altogether, it should easily make this box set a definite must own for any diehard fans of this beloved cult classic horror trilogy written and directed by Larry Cohen.
Overall, fans of Larry Cohen’s cult classic trilogy will definitely want to at least consider purchasing a copy of Scream Factory’s new 3-disc ‘It’s Alive’ Trilogy Blu-ray box set to add to their collection. This solid release is definitely recommended, it delivers noteworthy high definition video and audio presentations on all three films (each of which is also provided its own disc and case within the box set), in addition to some enjoyable extras both new and old; not to mention of course marking the first time any of the three have been released on Blu-ray; now all available to own for a more than reasonable price in one wonderful little box set from Scream Factory that ‘It’s Alive’ fans that have been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to own any or all of these cult classics in glorious high definition should be downright thrilled with.
The Blu-ray release of the ‘It’s Alive’ Trilogy features a new, full 1080p High Definition presentation of all three films, each provided their own disc and utilizing their original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; according to the inside of the third film’s case: “All three 2018 high-definition transfers were created in 2K resolution at Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging on the Lasergraphics Director scanner from an archival interpositve.” All three of the video presentations look pretty fantastic considering their age and other obvious factors and each delivers a relatively sharp and detailed presentation that still retains some noticeable grain and other elements representative of its source. Each presentation is quite impressive and shouldn’t disappoint. Aside from a few mild, expected issues courtesy of the source’s age that many probably won’t notice or at least shouldn’t be overly troubled by, these HD presentations are nothing short of spectacular. Overall, these are pretty solid high definition video presentations for the most part from Scream Factory that are further complimented by more than substantial bitrates and should have little trouble pleasing fans of the series that have been long awaiting the trilogy’s arrival on Blu-ray.
The Blu-ray release features DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks on all three films; the first two featuring a DTS-HD MA Mono presentation and the third a DTS-HD MA Stereo presentation. These lossless audio presentations each deliver fairly sharp, clean and detailed audio presentations that should certainly be far superior to those found on previous releases. They each deliver impressive audio presentations as a whole and suffer very few minor issues aside from a noticeable hiss at times in the first film, although clearly an issue resulting from the age of the source and in every other aspect it delivers a remarkably clean and smooth presentation; with the audio presentations on the second and third entries sounding even sharper, particularly the third film and the first to be sourced in stereo which definitely results in a noticeable overall improvement in detail and clarity. Overall, all three of these 2.0 DTS-HD MA soundtracks sound quite fantastic for the most part and should largely thrill fans of the trilogy.
Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of the ‘It’s Alive’ Trilogy includes some fun extras on each disc that fans of the franchise should enjoy. For the sake of simplicity I’ve broken down the extras by disc below:
Disc One (It’s Alive) includes an ‘Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer/Director Larry Cohen’, in addition to ‘Cohen’s Alive!: Looking Back at the It’s Alive Films’ which features new interviews with Larry Cohen, James Dixon and more (running approximately 18 minutes in length). Also included on the release is ‘It’s Alive at The Nuart: The 40th Anniversary Screening’ (running approximately 13 minutes), along with a few ‘Radio Spots’ (running approximately 2 minutes altogether), a couple of ‘TV Spots’ (approximately 1 minute total) the ‘Theatrical Trailer’ (3 minutes) and a ‘Still Gallery’ for the movie.
Disc Two (It Lives Again) includes an ‘Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer/Director Larry Cohen’, along with the ‘Trailer’ (running under 1 minute) and a ‘Still Gallery’ for the film.
Disc Three (Island Of The Alive) includes another ‘Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Larry Cohen’, in addition to an ‘Interview with Special Effects Makeup Designer Steve Neill’ (running approximately 10 minutes in length). The ‘Trailer’ (45 seconds) and a ‘Still Gallery’ for the movie are also included.
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Disc Rating: 7.5/10
Larry Cohen’s ‘It’s Alive’ Trilogy; Now Available to Own in a 3-Disc Blu-ray Box Set from Scream Factory!