There’s no secret that I love the recent Magnet release of V/H/S. I made sure to check it out as soon as I was possibly able. The first thirty minutes actually turned me off and turned my stomach for all the camera shake and gross assault on women, but you know what? That’s because I didn’t understand where the whole thing was going. Once I “got it” I loved it. I am not the cheerleader for found footage. I fully admit that there’s a great big cash grab around the genre trying to take advantage of the cheap production value this shooting style affords, but this ain’t that movie. This a bunch of filmmakers getting together to champion a film that gives portmanteau horror a good name and offers a fresh perspective on what found footage could be, should be and actually is apart from some of the stale flickers we’ve seen hit theaters like Devil Inside. It’s ripe for trolling. The aisle is as divided as the United States Congress, but as for me… I loved it unapologetically. All of the stories (some more than others) and will continue to support this movie into the sequel phase if we’re lucky and hopefully seeing a true VHS release to keep us nostalgia junkies happy.
In case you’re unfamiliar with V/H/S, please enjoy a few plot points from Magnet:
V/H/S is a point of view, found-footage horror film from the perspective of America's top genre filmmakers. In V/H/S, a group of misfits are hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house in the countryside and acquire a rare tape. Upon searching the house, the guys are confronted with a dead body, a hub of old televisions and an endless supply of cryptic footage, each video stranger and more inexplicably terrifying than the last...
Today we’re here to discuss the big bad Blu-ray which as you might expect receives much love from yours truly. Will this release changes the hearts and minds of the haters? Probably not, but I’ll be damned if the bonus features don’t help to explain some of the inconsistencies found in the selection of medium used to record certain sequences or how the entire movie is cohesive. The best thing to do is pick up the Blu-ray, enjoy the irony that you’re watching a movie in hi-def that’s namesake correlates to the medium of magnetic tape and then enjoy as you would any other VHS offering. You won’t have to adjust the tracking. No head cleaning (if you’re into that kind of a thing).
The interview reel is quite impressive. Everyone’s there for the ride and you’ll get the unique back story that helped put V/H/S together. It explains the process of creating each separate installment and how that fit into the grander scheme and wrap story. One of the most overt criticisms of V/H/S is the use of a webcam in one of the installments and how that seemed to defy the very essence of a movie called V/H/S. That’s the kind of info you’re gonna get from the filmmakers themselves. Radio Silence interview? Yes!
There’s even some bonus footage and an alternate ending for the Radio Silent installment (my favorite entry). The still gallery is a nice collection of some of the storyboarding and creature creation though don’t expect to find too much of what you haven’t seen before in this arena.
You can pick it up below on Blu-ray or DVD. Hopefully we’ll be announcing the U.S. release of the VHS cassette version soon.