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Thursday, October 13, 2016

LADY IN WHITE (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - Perfect October Horror


There's a ghostly, supernatural beauty in the Lady in White that is brilliant for Halloween, centered around Halloween and is underappreciated. Maybe it's because Lady in White has been hiding away without the benefit of HD for quite some time. We're glad to have it out now. This is a soft focused, whispy effects driven tale of characters that inspire a sense of melancholy, longing and inspire a sense of innocence lost. You might prepare a tissue box if you're given to fits of empathy.

The disc is splendid. A solid transfer that captures much of the soft focus well. The colors are rich and black levels seem crisp. What surprised me about this release was the robust extra package that seems to almost dwarf the reputation of the move itself. That's not to say the movie is of low quality or doesn't have it's cult following. It certainly does, but Scream Factory has given this picture a history, two separate, elongated  versions (a Director's Cut and then a LONGER Director's CUT) and the theatrical version. For folks who have not had the opportunity to see the film before you now have so many ways to see it, so much history built to support the release and Director, LaLoggia's own words to give the previous finite audience for this movie, a huge new base.

While Lady in White trails off in the middle, not as strong as the opening through the second act, it rebounds for an unforgettable finish. Don't allow yourself to get lulled by some of the mid-film detective work. It's a ghost story after all. It's spooky. It's not scary.

You can order your copy now via Scream Factory or DiabolikDVD:
https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-horror/lady-in-white
Or
http://www.diabolikdvd.com/category/Horror-[sl]-Thriller/Lady-in-White-(Scream-Factory)-(Blu~Ray).html

From Scream Factory:

The ghosts of the dead can't rest without the help of the living in this terrifying horror film that's "one of the most intelligent and riveting ghost stories since Poltergeist" (LA Weekly). Starring Lukas Haas (Inception, Transcendence), Len Cariou (Blue Bloods), Alex Rocco (The Godfather) and Katherine Helmond (Soap, Who's the Boss), Lady In White is presented here in both its director's cut and the never-before-released extended director's cut.

Frankie Scarlatti (Haas) lives in a small town with a deadly secret. For a decade, a serial child killer has eluded police, and the death toll continues to rise. Then, one night Frankie gets locked in his school and witnesses the ghost of the first victim being murdered. Now, aided by the girl's restless spirit, Frankie takes it upon himself to bring her assailant to justice. But in a town with no strangers, the killer may be closer than he knows.

DISC ONE: DIRECTOR'S CUT (HD, 117 min)

 Introduction By Frank LaLoggia
 Audio Commentary With Frank LaLoggia
 Behind-The-Scenes Footage With Introduction By Frank LaLoggia
 Deleted Scenes With Introduction By Frank LaLoggia
 Extended Behind-The-Scenes Footage – Production And Post-Production
 Promotional Short Film
 Theatrical Trailer & Alternate Trailer
 TV & Radio Spots
 Behind-The-Scenes Photo Montage
 Extended Photo Gallery

DISC TWO: EXTENDED DIRECTOR'S CUT (HD, 126 min) & ORIGINAL THEATRICAL CUT (HD, 113 min)

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