Monday, April 8, 2013

John Dies at the End (2012): Blu-ray Review on Acid

Back in December I had the chance to catch John Dies at the End and love it and have it make my top ten list for last year. It's a complete mind fuck of a movie which is to say it plays with time and space and what is real and it does it well. You can read my thoughts on the movie proper HERE. We're here today to talk about the release itself and to see how a second viewing has treated me.

First off if you're unfamiliar with John Dies at the End you can enjoy the trailer:

If you still don't know what to make of it, here's the synopsis from Magnet:

It’s all about the Soy Sauce, a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. Users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John (Rob Mayes) and David (Chase Williamson), a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can't. 

It was a book before it was a movie and depending on who you talk to it's exactly the same or completely different than the book. That helps. I haven't read the book and I don't believe I will have the opportunity. I have kids, and I'm a movie guy and I have no attention span anymore. MTV was good to me in the 80's.

The Blu-ray release itself looks great. I'll tell you that it's easier for me to stpot bad releases these days than to even say that a movie looks bad on Blu-ray. I will say this, the sound quality and depth definitely assists in the occasional shock and awe jump scare.

From an extras perspective you're looking at some material that can make this an instant fan disc. I suppose that's mostly what the distro companies are packaging these days save for some older titles. Pack the release with extras and you can bolster your physical sales. A making of special and a look at the ink are intriguing. Enjoy.

From a collector's point of view, this release leaves one thing to be desired... the damn cover is a fucking shit show. Why wasn't the original poster art licensed for the cover? Only Magnet knows. It shouldn't stop folks who enjoyed the movie from purchasing it but if they release this thing in the UK with the original yellow poster with the skull mask/helmet... mine!

You can pick up John Dies at the End below. Available now. Enjoyable now as ever.

Also, if you want a chance to win John Dies at the End on DVD, go over to THE LIBERAL DEAD and find out how. 


NOTE: I wasn't on acid while I watched this. I only had a flashback and it really didn't change anything. Getting older sucks.

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