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Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (Scream Factory Blu-ray)

Often I’ve heard the argument made that movies in Black and White don’t need to be transferred in 1080p to be preserved. When it comes to a movie like The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, that’s just the case. Why? I think the main reason has to do with The Brain That Wouldn’t Die having been a Mystery Science Theater 3000 title. To some that automatically degrades that title into the bargain bin, unworthy film that should be relegated to the VHS grade bootlegs that are always widely available. If it’s been riffed, then it can’t be a “worthy” movie. It becomes so important to fight back and help to educate the folks that would see these titles as lesser films, unworthy of restoration and preservation. Scream Factory knows, and this release looks simply gorgeous. Oh and for all you skeptics… this disc contains the ultimate answer to the riff and the raff versus the beautify of a picture in HD. The whole damn thing on one new Blu-ray.


The movie itself is Sci-Fi gold from a simple time when all concepts were on the table. Low budget fare movies were easy to come by and making money, and the faux Science of the pictures in question made for great film, but maybe not great real science. We laugh at the dated concepts. We laugh because the movie has been made fun of my our favorite riffing robots. It’s been released to infinity, but this is a gorgeous transfer, clean and filled with uncrushed blacks and beautiful saturation of picture. It’s important to realize that a pivotal movies of this type from the golden age, need to be loved and not just laughed at.


While Scream Factory has put out titles that have seen the Mystery Science Theater treatment before, this is one of the first times they’ve included the standard definition MST3K track for your viewing pleasure as well as a commentary track to give you a direct comparison and historical context. You can see the upgrade for yourself (and get a laugh) and watch the movie as it was intended. You can even see the”boobie” scene… young ones, hold your eyeballs in.



You can order your copy now.


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Bonus Features
NEW High Definition (1080p) Transfer From The Negative Restored To Its Uncut Version
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Episode - The Brain That Wouldn't Die (Standard Definition)
NEW Audio Commentary With Film Historian And Author Steve Haberman And Writer Tony Sasso
Alternate Scene From The International Cut
Theatrical Trailer
Still Gallery


Product Note

This version of The Brain That Wouldn't Die is uncut and includes parts of the brain surgery scene that were missing from previous releases.

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