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The first SHOUT/SCREAM Factory release which may not be worth the upgrade.
on September 18, 2014
I am a huge fan of this movie and have owned the VHS, two DVD's, and now the Blu Ray version.. I also own quite a few of the Shout/Scream Factory Collector's Editions, and am normally very satisfied..
Upon comparison of this title, I noticed that the picture quality is really no different from the 2008 MGM Collector's Edition DVD release, which was also 16x9 1.85:1, and is still readily available, new, here, on Amazon, (as of today) for $8.35. Sure, there are a few additional features in the way of several new interviews, additional trailers for upcoming/additional Scream Factory releases (Squirm, Motel Hell & It Came Without Warning), there is a new 5.1 mix (the CE DVD was only in Surround) and there's a cool reversible cover (standard for Shout/Scream CE releases) which features the Original UA Theatrical artwork from 1988. The remaining special features are also on the CE DVD. Sadly, even though the film is in 1080p, neither the CE DVD, nor the Blu Ray are re-mastered in HD, which is why they looked the same.
The Scream Factory's Blu Ray of "The Fog" clearly states "a new HD transfer from the negative". It doesn't state anywhere on the "Pumpkinhead" Blu packaging that the film is at all re-mastered in HD, only that the "Pumpkinhead Unearthed" Featurette is "now in HD" (above, in Amazon's product description). Older movies weren't shot in HD, so just stating 1080p doesn't necessarily mean it's re-mastered in HD. Hell, even Millcreek and Echobridge budget Blu Rays claim to be in 1080p.
For this price, I honestly expected more; or at least a combo disc.. So, unless you're a die hard fan of this film, save some bucks and get/or stick with the 2008 CE DVD instead, or at least wait until the price of the Blu drops,or you can pick it up used.
Trivial note for purists and film geeks only: The film was originally purchased from D.E.G. (who went bankrupt) and was released by United Artists in the fall of '88, and it had that cool sliding UA opening which I loved in the late 80's, and it added to the ambiance and mood of the film.. The packaging, credits and trailer have always said United Artists, and there were a number of UA titles, which upon updating and re-mastering by MGM, received one of the two newer UA intros, but not this title. The latest UA opening (created around 2000) is still the coolest of theirs to date (imo)..
Back when it first came to DVD in 2000 it was changed to an MGM opening (Yes, I realize MGM owns UA and that MGM always appeared at the beginning). When it was released in the 2008 CE, it was changed to a modified and silent MGM/UA Communications opening, with no UA reveal. Back in the day, depending on the title, it would snap open after the MGM Communications, and reveal either the MGM or the sliding blue UA logo.. Anyway, the Blu Ray is the same as the 2008 CE DVD..
I do realize this is not something that the average person nor even the avid fan would even care about or notice, but for hardcore fans who grew up watching the film, it does matter to an extent.. It's part of the film, which is why studios cater their opening logos to the mood of the film, and have for decades.
I also noted in my recent Prom Night (Synapse) Blu review that it too was missing the iconic Avco/Embassy opening, which (for me)set the mood for that film.. and A/E is talked about and given accolades all through it's extras.. It's the same thing here.. However, in the case of Pumpkinhead, I think it was probably an error by someone doing the authoring who just didn't know or cared and no one ever corrected.. Oh well... I said it was trivial (lol)