Synopsis from Shout!:
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What stands out about this release is the quality of actors. It's the kind of cast that makes you take notice and is the difference from a shark picture and Jaws. To say that Southern Comfort is the Jaws of the Hillbilly genre might be a bit of stretch, but it's not far off. Keith Carradine, Powers Booth, Fred Ward, TK Carter... these are awesome names in cinema. Fred Ward alone garners a horror history that is masterful. I recently had the chance to enjoy him in Remo Williams too. Beyond that my annual Tremors viewing is good enough to give him some kind of royal title in the world of Horror and Dark Fantasy. TK Carter is a special case for me. Sure he was in The Thing, but he was also in Dr. Detroit! Once you bring together a group like this all you need is a solid plot and some dialogue to fill in the rich, heartfelt performances in between the credits.
If Southern Comfort is lacking from anything it isn't suspense or tension. It is however a bit obvious and some of the dialogue or twists feel forced, but either way, the movie gets you to the point. It makes you scared to head into the south, the Bayou, Cajun country.
The movie is beautifully shot and the Shout transfer is brilliant. The disc contains interviews with Powers Boothe and Keith Carradine, Lewis Smith and director Walter Hill.
Note: 1080p HD 1.78:1, DTS-HD Audio Mono. It's a combo disc that also comes with a DVD though this review focuses on the Blu-ray.
Now I know that Shout! isn't marketing this movie as a horror film, and it's on the cusp at best, but it's dark enough to mandate the inclusion in any horror fans library. It also has crossover potential with popular cinema as well as army film fanatics. It makes me want to watch Turkey Shoot badly and any movie that can do that has a special, dark vibe that almost makes you feel dirty while rooting for the "good guy" soldiers just the same as the viewer understanding the position of the "bad guy" Cajuns.
Order your copy of Southern Comfort through Shout's website.