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From Beyond (Collector's Edition) [BluRay/DVD Combo] [Blu-ray] (1986)

Jeffrey Combs , Barbara Crampton , Stuart Gordon  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ted Sorel, Ken Foree, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon
  • Directors: Stuart Gordon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Collector's Edition, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,001 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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H.P. Lovecraft’s classic tale of suspense became ’a grisly amalgam of sex, shock and satire’ (Newsweek) in the hands of the creators of Re-Animator. And now, armed with shocking never-before-seen footage and special features and on Bluray for the first time, this ’ bloody good entertainment’ (Time) has evolved into one of the most gruesomely riveting film experiences of all time!

The Resonator, a powerful machine that can control the sixth sense, has killed its creator and sent his associate into an insane asylum. But when a beautiful psychiatrist becomes determined to continue the experiment, she unwittingly opens the door to a hostile parallel universe... and to the deviant behavior within the human psyche. With its victims becoming creatures who feed on (and become aroused by) human brains, the Resonator is the ultimate man-made monster. And now something’s gone horribly wrong and no one can turn it off!

Director Stuart Gordon followed his gleefully gruesome Re-Animator with From Beyond (1986), another freewheeling H.P. Lovecraft adaptation that blends classic mad scientist tropes with a hearty dose of polymorphous perversity and gallons and gallons of gore and goo. Gordon's stalwart leading man Jeffrey Combs returns to the laboratory as a research scientist working with the grandiose Dr. Pretorius (Ted Sorel) on a device that stimulates the pineal gland in order to supercharge perception. Unbeknownst to them, the machine has a few (quite literal) kinks in its design: not only does it bring the user into contact with extra-dimensional creatures with an appetite for humanity, but it also supercharges both evolution and desire, transforming Pretorius into a gelatinous, megalomaniacal libido monster while reducing Combs to a psychopath with a taste for brain matter. While From Beyond does not command the same cult following as Re-Animator--it lacks that film's coal-black humor, which tempers its explosions of morbid autopsy-room splat-shtick--it's also an outrageous experience unto itself. It more than matches its predecessor in terms of bloodshed while also conjuring a heady brew of Frankenstein references (Pretorius name-checks Ernest Thesiger's sexually ambiguous medico in Bride of Frankenstein), Cronenbergian body horror, and a quivering mass of Freudian peccadilloes, all filtered through Gordon's own avant-garde theater sensibilities and '80s-era grindhouse aesthetics. It also benefits from a remarkably game cast, led by the unfettered twin forces of Combs and Sorel and abetted by fellow Re-Animator alum Barbara Crampton, who kicks out the jams as a strait-laced psychiatrist who discovers her libertine side through their invention, and Ken Foree (the '78 Dawn of the Dead) as a brawny detective whose pro-football past proves no match for the picture's array of monsters.

Scream Factory's Blu-ray presentation offers the director's cut of From Beyond along with a host of new and previously released supplemental features. Lively commentary by Gordon, Combs, Crampton, and producer Brian Yuzna has been ported over from the 2007 MGM DVD release, as have interviews with Gordon and composer Richard Band, while the new material includes a second commentary track with cowriter Dennis Paoli, who reads selections from the Lovecraft source material, as well as interviews with a very funny Combs, Crampton, and producer Charles Band. A featurette on the four special effects companies that labored on the film, as well as a gallery of production stills and advertising material and the original trailer, round out this typically top-notch Blu-ray from Scream Factory. --Paul Gaita

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally September 12, 2007
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After years of waiting, Stuart Gordon's From Beyond is finally out on DVD, and be thankful that it is. Undoubtedly one of Gordon's (Re-Animator) best films and one of the best H.P. Lovecraft adaptations ever filmed, From Beyond revolves around survivor Crawford (the great Jeffrey Combs) of an experiment gone hideously awry. A psychiatrist (Barbara Crampton) however wants to continue the experiment, and returns to the house where everything went wrong, along with Crawford and a cop named Bubba (Dawn of the Dead's Ken Foree). Naturally, things don't go very well, but in Gordon's hands, the otherwise predictable story and events are frequently gross, and frequently entertaining. There's plenty of gorey, slimy moments to be had, as From Beyond is finally restored in all it's uncut glory after years of only being able to see it as a butchered, MPAA approved version that floated around on VHS. The DVD itself has some great special features as well, including an insightful commentary from Gordon, and a couple featurettes as well which detail the making of the film as well as it's re-editing for DVD. All in all, it's so great to finally have From Beyond in all it's uncut glory on DVD; and it's needless to say that if you're a real horror fan, this DVD belongs on your shelf.
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108 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Way Stuart Gordon Intended it to Be. July 11, 2007
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Scientific endeavors to reach the other side work and the results - they leave an enigma splashed all over an upstairs laboratory and a man in the custody of a lovingly cozy straightjacket. Here you have an assistant accused of killing his protégé with an axe, a young researcher that wants to exploit the possibilities of findings that still exist in a house with a now-grizzly past, some muscle to keep Jeffrey Combs from trying to escape while helping arrange this - and while trying to prove to people he isn't crazy, and a host of things that become transparent when an experimental machine is fired up and something "from Beyond" returns.
You really have to love the work of Stuart Gordon, and moreso now that it comes complete to you in a form you haven't been allowed to see.

For the longest time this item was only available in the US on VHS, and even then it was available only in chopped up variations that made you want to wince. The same can be said for the versions that appeared on bootlegged DVD - there were qualities issues that abounded, terrible dubbing issues to contend with, and there were also the irregularities that seemed to occur depending on what version you had. This was a sad fate considering this was one of the Gordon "big three," too, and the idea that such a good Combs movie could be overlooked seemed almost impossible. Lately rumors began to surface about a DC of the movie, though, and the suicidegirls did an interview that confirmed that the movie would be coming out. So, it took 21 years for someone to see the point in that, but after 21 years you have a DVD feature of one of Stuart Gordon's better films - and one that he did in the height of HPL remakes and j. Combs stardom.

So, what does it mean to have a director's cut of the movie.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humans are such easy prey... July 5, 2006
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"Mad scientist" Dr. Edward Pretorius has created a resonator machine which can reveal a parralel dimension by stimulating the pineal gland in the brain which perceives the lurkers beyond who lie in wait. Parasitic creatures swim through the ether attracted by movement and light. It is claimed that the pineal gland in the cerebrum is responsible for sixth sense function, and is essentially the parapsychological bit of grey matter.

When Dr. Katheryn McMichaels discovers Pretorius' assistant Crawford Tillinghast who was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia, incarcerated in a mental hospital, she remands him into her custody to recreate the experiment. Together with cop Buford 'Bubba' Brownlee, the dimension is opened and they are greeted by a nude and subsequently malformed Dr. Pretorius who takes a strong liking to Katherine - both to her horror and ecstasy, for it seems the process also enhances sexual sensitivity as well, and she is awakened to her primal self.

Considering the procedure is largely experimental yet, the scientific method of trial and error is employed to disasterous results, as various creatures who range from eel-like beings to huge worm-like monsters are attracted to the massive electro-magnetic vibrations, and eventually overcome the participants. Pretorius is himself a transmutating beast who attempts to absorb Tillinghast and Katherine, until they eventually barely escape with their lives, though Tillinghast is dramatically effected by this encounter as his pineal stem emerges from his forehead like a "third eye", through which his psychic abilities are amplified, but is also afflicted with an insatiable hunger for brains.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Clue for Clueless Reviewers March 9, 2008
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Since I've given 5 stars here, I'm obviously a fan of films such as "From Beyond" and "Galaxy of Terror". Some clearly don't share my tastes for whatever reason, and they likely can't help that any more than I can help liking what I like, so although some detractors may be narrow-minded people, I realize this isn't necessarily true of all of them. However, there is one opinion that even some fans of these movies hold, and that is the fallacy that the acting is atrocious.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

I'm disappointed that even fans familiar with Lovecraft or "B" films don't catch on that the over-the-top performances are intentional. Think about the semi-formal dialogue, usually among highly educated turn-of-the-century (20th, that is) scientists and college students who populate Lovecraft's pulp-fiction stories where he got paid by the word. You'll find that the language in this movie has the feeling of being lifted right out of these stories. It would be impossible for even Val Kilmer or Gary Oldman to make these stilted conversations flow smoothly. Yet, as one watches, he or she realizes that he has fully accepted the characters and their motivations. That's the ingenuity of it, to give it that pulp fiction feel that a modern reader gets when he first samples one of these stories (and the "B" movie is film's answer to pulp-fiction). Yet, it must be done with a straight face or it will fall apart into a mindless, unfunny parody like "Attack of the Killer Tomatos" (I present the campy "B" movie as a separate category from outright horror-comedies like the excellent "Evil Dead 2", or "Dead-Alive"). While some vainly search for humor in the outrageous goings on, they don't realize that they aren't seeing the forest because of the trees.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie. lot's of visual fireworks
the special effects are impressive. good acting. barbara crampton is nice to look at. the science is far-fetched, though and this detracts a bit from my enjoyment. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Samuel W. Needleman
1.0 out of 5 stars Simply terrible
Terrible. Simply terrible. I had to turn it off about halway through.
Published 18 days ago by Michael Irving
4.0 out of 5 stars "Good 80's Sci-Fi/Horror!"
Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ted Sorel and Ken Foree star in Stuart Gordon's
1986 sci-fi/horror film based on H.P. Lovecraft's story. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Gregorypwilson
5.0 out of 5 stars scream factory.
Love these scream factory releases.
Published 29 days ago by Kathy P.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very fun movie. Item shipped and received well.
Published 1 month ago by Buffy64
4.0 out of 5 stars These were some great SFX. Like this much more than current CGI ...
Wow. These were some great SFX. Like this much more than current CGI stuff!
Published 1 month ago by J.O.
4.0 out of 5 stars An Extraordinary Cult Classic
This cult classic that hails from the extraordinary team who brought you the controversial tongue-in-check cult classic, Reanimator, that spawned a phenomenal cult following... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hwang
5.0 out of 5 stars Just As Weirdly Awesome As I Remember It
This is a dark, strange, graphic, sexually-explicit, and often disgusting film! But if you know that and can stomach and maybe enjoy the ride, then this is one oldie but goodie... Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Reed
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good b-horror movie
Published 3 months ago by Andrew Tims
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Science Fiction.
It about the frequency between this world and the countless others and what could happen if you had a machine that could sync in with one of them and what could come threw.
Published 3 months ago by D. Valle
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