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The Burning (Collector's Edition) [BluRay/DVD Combo] [Blu-ray] (1981)

Brian Matthews , Leah Ayres , Tony Maylam  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer, Larry Joshua, Jason Alexander
  • Directors: Tony Maylam
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: May 21, 2013
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BCMSY80
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,089 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Audio Commentary By Director Tony Maylam And International Journalist Alan Jones

Blood n’ Fire Memories

Theatrical Trailer


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Additional Features

The Burning enjoys a loyal following among '80s horror film aficionados, who will undoubtedly be pleased by the wealth of extras featured on Scream Factory's Blu-ray/DVD presentation. The picture's raison d'être is unquestionably its grisly, no-holds-barred special effects, which are among the most gruesome featured in an American slasher film, and their conception and execution (no pun intended) by makeup effects legend Tom Savini are the highlight of the supplemental features. The always-jovial Savini is front and center on "Blood 'n' Fire Memories," a 17-plus-minute interview ported over from MGM's 2007 DVD release which features a wealth of his own behind-the-scenes footage as well as his recollections of working on the upstate New York set with its cast of up-and-coming talent. The grainy camcorder footage also receives its own standalone eight-minute showcase, highlighting some of the picture's nastiest kills. Also ported over from the MGM DVD is director Tony Maylam's commentary track, in which Maylam discusses the film's production with writer Alan Jones in frank but affectionate terms; a second, brand-new commentary track featuring costars Shelley Bruce and Bonnie Deroski with moderator Edwin Samuelson is freewheeling and fun as they recall working with their castmates (Jason Alexander, we learn, rewrote a portion of his own self-deprecating dialogue). Actor Lou David, who played the film's villain, Cropsey, is equally informative in his brief interview segment, which highlights the physical and performing challenges of his limited, makeup-heavy role, while director Jack Sholder (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, The Hidden) relays how his work for New Line's trailer department led to his role as editor on the film. The original theatrical coming attraction, galleries of stills, poster art and makeup effects, and a PDF of the screenplay round out this typically abundant presentation from Scream Factory. --Paul Gaita

Product Description

A group of summer camp pranksters get the scare of their lives when they target the camp's creepy caretaker...and he takes bloody revenge! "Gruesome" (The Hollywood Reporter) and "stomach-churning" (Boxoffice), this terrifying tale is "a brilliant slasher flick [and] gory as hell" (slasherpool.com)!


After a cruel joke goes awry, severely burning him and subjecting him to five years of intensive, unsuccessful skin graft treatments, Cropsy (Lou David) is back at camp...and ready to wreak havoc on those who scarred him! With his hedge clippers in hand, he terrorizes the camp and systematically mutilates each victim. Can a few courageous campers save themselves and destroy this demented madman before he kills them all?


Starring Brian Matthews (Crime Stopper), Leah Ayres (Bloodsport), Brian Backer (Fast Times At Ridgemont High), Larry Joshua (Dances With Wolves) and featuring early film appearances by Fisher Stevens (Short Circuit), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) and Holly Hunter (Raising Arizona), The Burning is a grim and nasty movie [that] gets under your skin (efilmcritic.com)!

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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
In my daily search for lost horror movie gems, I thought to myself that I may have found one in the notorious slasher movie called "The Burning". Indeed, the movie is notorious because it was previously banned in some countries as the gore is considered to be graphic in the extreme. However, upon a viewing of the movie, I came away thinking to myself that it wasn't so much the gore that would offend the average viewer especially horror movie lovers (Tom Savini was terrific as usual), but, if anything, perhaps the sex scenes and nudity were a little strong for younger viewers, certainly not enough to be banned, however.

Anyway, "The Burning" starts off simple enough as the audience is thrown into the middle of Camp Blackstone as an ornery man named Cropsy is being conspired upon by a group of boys who want to "pay" Cropsy back for his sinister ways. The trick goes bad and Cropsy is burned so badly that no skin grafts would take and Cropsy is reduced to an inhuman freak of nature. Still, Cropsy recovers his physical strength and then some it seems as he begins his mission to gain revenge upon those campers that wronged him, including any other girls or adolescent sex-crazed boys that might be in the area.

The plot in "The Burning" is simple and quite effective as it is based upon the age old act of revenge. After he leaves the hospital, Cropsy haunts the woods of another camp where one of his former pranksters/assailants is now a camp counselor. Now, if you have seen "Madman" or any of the "Friday the 13th parts 1-6" movies, you have a basic idea of what it going to happen, or do you? An element of surprise along with some graphic violence brilliantly orchestrated by the legendary, Tom Savini, marks this slasher as a cut above the rest.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT just another slasher-movie March 3, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
There are so many slasher-movies with the usual cliches; dumb blondes (no offence) that are running up the stairs instead of running just out the front door to escape from the boogeyman; cars that don't start; everybody being killed one by one, and in the end the bodies suddenly pop up when the only survivor (the dumb blonde) finally starts to suspect there's something wrong etc.
This flick is totally different, 5 people are killed by the maniac at the same time in broad daylight. Their bodies are discovered by a whole group of teens, who are crying for the lost of their friends. This is the first time that such things are shown in a slasher-movie and I had my share.
So this movie has an entertaining story and isn't that predictable as most of the slasker-movies are. The SFX are also very good.
My advise, if you like slasher-movies don't miss out on this one, but also don't expect a -nightmare on Elm street- success.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best 80's Slasher Of All Time December 12, 2006
Format:DVD
"The Burning" is hands down my favorite slasher film of the 80's..
I personally love the killer in the woods slashers the best and this is the perfect premise.This film starts as a flashback "of course".

The kids at a summer camp play a trick that goes terribly wrong on Cropsy the mean spirited grounds keeper and he is burned beyond recognition, Flash to hospital where the horribly burned and disfigured Cropsy is being treated and going through physical therapy then released with a warning that it will take him awhile to adjust to being in the outside in his disfigured state.

Flash to the seedy part of Times square he picks up a prostitute and when she reacts in a horrified manner to his appearance he loses it and kills her ,After seeing the first kill I knew it was going to be a great slasher film.

Flash back to the woods "summer camp " Cropsy returns to the scene of the crime to wreak havoc and spill PLENTY of blood .I personally don't see why they didn't make a sequel ,Cropsy and his garden shears are scarier than Jason and his machete anyday as far as I'm concerned.

I have 2 copies of this DVD one still unopened,as you can see it's hard to find and if you find it it's very expensive. This is a MUST HAVE for slasher fans.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cut-throat horror! January 10, 2008
By BUB13
Format:DVD
Long ago, a janitor named Cropsy was burned horribly by a bad prank that went wrong leaving him disfigured. Five years later, he comes back to the same camp where he worked as now he seeks revenge with a huge pair of shears which he uses to cut his victims in pieces with it but can the campers survive a vacation to hell?

Entertaining and gory to the max slasher movie that is one of the most overlooked slasher movies ever! Tom Savini's make-up effects are mindblowing even by today's standards as i think he is the master of all make-up artists. The film co-stars Holly Hunter and Jason Alexander before their major film careers, there's some incredible graphic violence such as the infamous raft massacre sequence with more of the gore that was cut out and restored on this DVD. The music score is quite chilling as well, it's not for the faint of heart but a must have for fans of "Sleepaway Camp" and "Friday The 13th" alike.

The DVD has some cool extras like two featurettes especially on Tom Savini's make-up effects, photo gallery and a trailer.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This dvd is great September 18, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Not only is the movie one of my favorite hidden slasher gems of the 1980's, the transfer to dvd is absolutely beautiful. While the dvd lacks many special features, it makes up in picture. Even as a standard dvd, it holds up top notch on my LCD television. DEFINITELY recommended for any horror/slasher fan out there with intention of adding to their library. I'm so glad this finally had an official release!

The featurette with Tom Savini and the audio commentary is worth the buy as well. Plus, the low price. Pick this movie up, and contribute to the interest of putting more gems onto dvd format!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The 80s
A classic horror movie remastered high definition.
Published 1 day ago by Kathy P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favs. Personally I pick this over Friday the 13th
Published 2 days ago by Michael Buttram
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
ok movie.

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Published 9 days ago by Peinny Colburn
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun slasher campsite romp
A fun slasher campsite romp. A man is accidentally set on fire by pranksters at a camp; five years later, the deformed and burned man attacks campers in randomly chosen camps. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Viva
5.0 out of 5 stars Great slasher movie
If you like Friday the 13th, you'll love The Burning. Prank gone wrong, sets up a date for revenge. Great special effects by Tom Savini. Highly recommend
Published 1 month ago by Philip
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Slasher
This classic slasher takes a familiar formula but executes (excuse the pun) it very nicely. Top notch effects and lots of well known actors from before they were famous. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. Gibb
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I love this movie! IT keeps your attention and has enough suspense to keep you watching it. I really liked it.
Published 5 months ago by Tonja
5.0 out of 5 stars My opinion of the product
The sound track is a little Dated other wie nice Trancfer And sound quality A cLassic Campfire Horror Movie The overall product was good quality slipsleave and art work on... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars This DVD/Blu Ray set is on fire!
SHOUT! releasing is causing me to give five star reviews to what might otherwise only be two or three star films in themselves. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Leslie Karen Rigsbey
3.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed.
Had never heard of this movie till it was mentioned on a facebook app. It was given a good review so I decided to take a chance. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kathy P. Lafayette
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