Director: George A. Romero
Cast: Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau
Release Date: October 23, 2018
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 9.5/10
Masters of the macabre – writer Stephen King and director George A. Romero – conjure up five shocking yarns, each a virtuoso exercise in the ghouls-and-gags style of classic ’50s horror comics. A murdered man emerges from the grave for Father’s Day cake. A meteor’s ooze makes everything … grow. A professor selects his wife as a snack for a crated creature. A scheming husband plants two lovers up to their necks in terror. A malevolent millionaire with an insect phobia becomes the prey of a cockroach army. Add the spirited performances of an excellent cast (Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielsen, Ted Danson, E.G. Marshall and King himself) and the ghoulish makeup wizardry of Tom Savini, and you have a non-stop, thrilling ride that “plays like an anthology of human phobias” (Roger Ebert)!
Welcome back to the cult classic anthology film that still remains a noteworthy entry in the world of horror filmmaking. Directed by the legendary George A. Romero from a story by the King of horror himself Stephen King (who also stars in the film), ‘Creepshow’ tells a collection of chilling short stories that involve everything from a dastardly revenge scheme gone wrong and the dead rising from the grave to a selfish man’s paranoia that takes him over the edge when that fear becomes a reality. A fun, unique and devilishly entertaining horror outing done in a clever comic book styling, ‘Creepshow’ was unleashed upon moviegoers in 1982 and remains a staple in horror anthology films to this day. Now available in this outstanding and fully stacked new Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release from Scream Factory which should easily serve as the definitive release of the horror classic (or at least for the time being).
Scream Factory’s new Collector’s Edition release of ‘Creepshow’ brings home the legendary horror anthology from George A. Romero and Stephen King in a gorgeous and overloaded new Blu-ray release that is sure to thoroughly excite hardcore fans of the film. This new Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of ‘Creepshow’ is quite impressive, even by Scream Factory standards. Not only does the release deliver a fantastic new high definition video presentation and pretty solid audio presentations of the feature film in addition to hours of worthwhile supplements including a number of brand new extras created just for this release (see the technical specification coverage of the review below for more detailed information regarding the bonus content), it also comes packaged in a thick and solid side accessible slip case that includes a standard Blu-ray case within, in addition to a great booklet that offers even more fun information about this classic, along with two more additional cover art options on the standard Blu-ray case. It’s an altogether magnificent release of this horror gem and any fellow fans of this one will probably want to strongly consider picking up a copy at some point; odds are you won’t be disappointed that you did and it should prove well worth the double dip for those who already own the more bare-bones Warner Home Video release from years back.
Overall, this new Collector’s Edition Blu-ray edition of ‘Creepshow’ from Scream Factory delivers in nearly every conceivable way and will surely prove a must own (and the definitive Blu-ray release of the horror classic) for many longtime fans of this gem. Bringing fans a wonderful new high definition transfer of the film and lossless audio presentations, in addition to an impressive collection of solid bonus goodies (many of which were created specifically for this release), and packaged in a thick, sturdy side-slip case that features new artwork and a collectible behind the scenes booklet as well. This is one magnificent Blu-ray release of George A. Romero and Stephen King’s horror anthology classic that should easily prove more than worthy of a double dip for many fans who are likely to be truly thrilled with this Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Shout Factory’s Scream Factory label.
The Scream Factory Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of ‘Creepshow’ features a new full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; from a new 4K scan of the Original Camera Negative Supervised and Approved by Director of Photography Michael Gornick. The new video presentation looks pretty magnificent altogether and delivers a sharp, clean and beautiful new transfer with some corrected color issues that looks consistently wonderful throughout and still retains plenty of grain and other welcome elements representative of its source, while suffering no noticeable issues or faults along the way. Overall, this is a wonderful new high definition video presentation from Scream Factory that looks great from start to finish and should easily thrill the fans.
The Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release features the option of both a 5.1 channel and a 2.0 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. The lossless audio presentations both provide rather sharp, smooth and altogether quite decent audio presentations throughout, with the multichannel presentation contributing the occasional surround expansion, with the music and other elements free to expand when appropriate. The audio levels seem a bit low at times and there are odd little bits that seem slightly off, but for the most part it serves up a solid audio presentation that sounds great for the most part, never with any substantial problems or issues; all dialogue and other audio elements always remaining clear and fully audible throughout. Overall, these are pretty solid 5.1 and 2.0 channel DTS-HD MA soundtracks that while perhaps not quite perfect (the 2.0 presentation seems to be the winner here in most respects), still sound pretty great in their own right overall and should generally please.
The Scream Factory Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of ‘Creepshow’ includes an impressive collection of noteworthy bonus content that should truly thrill the fans, and featuring numerous brand new supplements that were created specifically for this release. Included on the release are ‘3 Audio Commentary tracks’, the first is an ‘Audio Commentary with Director George A. Romero and Special Make-up Effects Creator Tom Savini’, the second track is an ‘Audio Commentary with First Assistant Director John Harrison and Construction Co-ordinator Ed Fountain’, and the third is an ‘Audio Comentary with Director of Photography Michael Gornick’. A fourth option featuring ‘Audio Interviews with Director of Photography Michael Gornick, Actor John Amplas and more’ is also available. We are also treated to a collection of Featurettes and Interviews featuring many created specifically for this release; they include a ‘Terror and the Three Rivers’ Discussion (running approximately 30 minutes in length), along with ‘The Comic Book Look’ (running approximately 13 minutes), ‘Ripped From The Pages’ (approximately 16 minutes), ‘The Colors of Creepshow’ (10 minutes), ‘Into the Mix with Sound Re-Recordist Chris Jenkins’ (13 minutes), ‘Mondo Macabre’ (10 minutes), ‘Collecting Creepshow’ (12 minutes), plus ‘Tom Savini’s Behind-The-Scenes Footage’ (26 minutes) and ‘Horror’s Hallowed Grounds’ (15 minutes). Also included are some ‘Deleted Scenes’ from the movie (approximately 15 minutes altogether) in addition a couple ‘Trailers’ (3 minutes together), a ‘TV Spot’ (30 seconds) ‘Radio Spots’ (1 minute combined) and ‘4 Still Galleries’; ‘Movie Posters’, ‘Color Stills’, ‘Special FX Makeup’ and ‘Behind the Scenes’. And if all of that wasn’t quite enough, the release also comes with a gorgeous 40-page booklet to boot that takes you even further behind the life of this cult classic. And all packaged within a nice, sturdy side-slip case that won’t disappoint.