When I first heard that The Video Dead was coming to Blu-ray I was very specific in my response: Why? This movie is B movie gold and VHS genius and from the days of 80's past. It is everything I have come to love about collecting movies that you simply can't get a hold of anymore especially when the format du jour was not made available on this disc for way too long anyway. So we start off with a great by "why" because honestly it deserves all the formats it can get its hands on for content and enjoyability, but the damn thing has such profound hints of bad production value and poor quality filming that I couldn't imagine how a new format, especially one synonymous with hi-def could assist in The Video Dead. Keep it on the good ol' VHS box or in the hands of the VHS duplicators.
The first time I watched The Video Dead I had a flu-like virus that kept me on the couch for days. I loved it and it's absurdity was well placed between vomit sessions. It's a fun flick. The effect remind me that any of us have a shot at being filmmakers if we just spend a little time and latex in front of and behind the lens. It's an indie filmmakers movie. Ingenious zombie creation myth that is almost self aware. Nearly meta. Nearly a movie within a movie. The acting is pure comedy bad. The effects are gore and gross and great.
That brings us to Scream Factory and their treatment of this seemingly destined to stay on the VH of S. Was it worth the transfer? Do we get anything more pretty out of a movie that's budget only allowed for the brown bag treatment in the back of your daddy's station wagon? The transfer works though I would add that if you're looking for super mega ultra hi-def with 1080p shock and awe, Video Dead probably isn't the movie for you. This isn't the movie that you show to the neighbors to show off your movie collection or your new TV set. The extras are fair with behind the scenes shots, an effects interview and nice menus that feature the classic creepy synth, traditional horror score with well framed and featured Video Dead artwork. Enjoy the still gallary which will clearly serve as nostalgia 101 for the tapesters out there.
Of course this release comes as a part of a double feature with Terrorvision and the price dictates that you'll be happy about that. These two movies have often been looked at as two 80's movies that never quite made it to a digital format (save that they are on Netflix Instant). Scream Factory remedied that and put these two complimentary features on one disc. We'll cover Terrorvision in the next installment of the Scream Factory Appreciation Month. These two movie represent some cult classic clout. The one two punch has made this a highly talked about release. The cover imagery alone pictured side by side on the Blu is exciting.
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