Friday, August 9, 2013

Swamp Thing (Scream Factory Blu-ray/DVD Combo) - More Hi-Def Adrienne Barbeau is NEVER a Bad Thing

Before I ever saw Swamp Thing as a kid I remember seeing the novelization on the grocery story shelf. It was actually Return of Swamp Thing. My grandma picked it up for me even though it was most likely well beyond my reading level. Let's face it. The only reason I wanted that book was for the cover. The green creature carrying that girl. I think my libido started pumping at a very young age because that scantily clad girl being rescued on the cover pretty much drove my young mind into a frenzy. I can't recall ever reading it, but I loved it and would show it off to friends, scaring most of them to be sure. I remember that the first time I watched Swamp Thing it was taped off of television on the USA network. My guess would be that it was hosted by Commander USA or was on Up All Night, but that's neither here nor there. I never did catch the sequels, and while I loved the look of the comic books, I never did start collecting that series. One thing is for certain. My impressionable young mind juiced with testosterone was in love with the female lead. It would not be the last time I would fall in love with her. 
Synopsis (from Scream Factory):

Deep in the Florida everglades, a brilliant scientist, Dr. Alec Holland (Ray Wise), and a sexy government agent, Alice Cable (Adrienne Barbeau, The Fog), have developed a secret formula that could end world hunger. Little do they know, however, that their arch nemesis, Arcane (Louis Jourdan,Octopussy), is plotting to steal the serum for his own selfish schemes. Looting the lab and kidnapping Cable, Arcane douses Holland with the chemicals and leaves him for dead. Mutated by his own formula, Holland becomes "Swamp Thing" - a half-human/half-plant superhero who will stop at nothing to rescue Cable and defeat Arcane...even if it costs him his life!


Not from the Scream Factory release

The next time I'd come across Swamp Thing was quite some time later. I'd heard that you might catch a glimpse of Adrienne Barbeau topless...  possibly... maybe... if you got the right release on VHS but maybe somebody slipped in the DVD transfer or pulled the correct copy for cable on demand viewing. I checked it out on On Demand through our cable provider and of course, no nudity. I'd learn later that due to a contractual obligation, there would be no topless scene. Bummer. You can hear Barbeau talk about it and ease your own aching libidos while enjoying a good story from the queen herself. 

That brings us to the new release from Scream Factory. Yeah, the quality is incredible, but I think you're used to that by now. Scream Factory doesn't put out bad Blu-rays. Care is taken to preserve the picture, and it's really a fine transfer. Nothing bad to say about that. This disc is green. I mean the image on your TV defines swamp. It's probably as close to a 3D Swamp Thing release as is conceivable. No surround sound track which may be a let down for some of you. It wasn't in surround sound when it was released so this shouldn't be a surprise.

The extras are solid. The aforementioned interview with Adrienne Barbeau will shed some light on various aspects of production as well as Barbeau's own history. She's been a regular in the horror business forever. Finding out how she got there and what kept her there (even though she dislikes horror pictures) is something you'll wanna here. Again, she discusses the missing nude scene in her interview. I know that that's been a point of contention for some buyers. If it doesn't contain the nude scene, why pick it up? This movie is more than Barbeau's breasts. Yes, they're fantastic, but so is this release. Let's move past this issue, and enjoy the movie that might appeal to a young age group now that you don't have to worry about a couple of issues getting in the way of letting the more impressionable members of your family check this one out (check the rating though for your own specific questionable viewer). 

Other features include an informative Wes Craven commentary track, commentary from the makeup man and several other interviews with cast. All interesting and fan ready.

You can pick up Swamp Thing on combo Blu-ray/DVD now from Scream Factory or DiabolikDVD. Make sure to hit Scream Factory to plan your next purchase because for the rest of the year there's at least three discs a month you're going to want to pick up. 

Scream Factory has put out a disc that really pops out of your screen with vivid color, rich contrast and at a quality that you have never seen before. If it's green and mean and wants to fight the bad guys, that's not Swamp Thing, that's a Scream Factory disc.



  1. Great review man, I was obsessed with the cartoon as a kid and I want to say I caught the first or second film thanks to Monster Vision.

    1. Thanks Chris. It's a great release. I adore the cartoon. I wanted to reference the Cartoon and the series and the sequel, but there's plenty of time to go back and feature them. I think they deserve a full look.

  2. No titties... no purchase! It's a simple as that.