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on September 4, 2013
Scream Factory gives the most famous haunted house in America its due with the release of "The Amityville Horror" Trilogy box set. The collection includes "The Amityville Horror," "Amityville II: The Possession," and "Amityville 3-D." It also marks the first time the two sequels have been available on Blu-ray and in 3-D.

Everybody knows about the legend of the Amityville House at 112 Ocean Avenue in Long Island, New York. A family moves into the house and the older son murders them all in their sleep. When he's apprehended, he tells the authorities a voice told him to do it. Another family moves in a year later and they're plagued with paranormal incidences. Things get so bad, they abandon the house and never return.

Whether or not you believe the stories are true, the "Amityville" films do provide good times for horror fans. Some want to revisit their childhood fears. Others want the opportunity to share the experience with their children for the first time and scare them to death.

Upon watching the first two films again for the first time in over a decade, I realized a couple things. "The Amityville Horror" isn't as hokey as I remembered it. The last time I watched it, I was disappointed by how tame it was. I found it to be a satisfying watch now. Maybe I've come to appreciate its subtleness in the wake of so many graphic gore fests and torture-porn films.

"Amityville II: The Possession" is the best of the first three films. It really taps into a person's fear of losing control and the supernatural. The whole story just feels more fleshed out than the first.

"Amityville 3-D" was truly cashing in on what producers felt could be a franchise by the time it was released. Not only were they attempting to capitalize on the first two films, but they jumped on the 3-D bandwagon being exploited at the time by other horror series like "Friday the 13th," "Jaws," and others. Filmmakers were so desperate to pull more people in that the movie is even rated PG. Here's the perfect example of a movie where barely anything exciting happens except objects poke out of the screen at you.

Religious folks won't be satisfied with "The Amityville Horror" Trilogy if they're easily offended and take things too seriously. Good very rarely wins over evil in these films. Good usually runs at the last second screaming out of evil's house. Sadly, the powers of the priest never seem able to triumph over the demonic forces they come up against.

The Blu-ray transfers of the film look and sound good. They all manage to maintain their 1970s and 1980s "real" film flavors but look cleaner and clearer. "The Amityville Horror" and "Amityville 3-D" are presented in 5.1 surround sound while "Amityville II: The Possession" is only in DTS Master Audio Mono for some reason. It's still safe to say these Blu-ray versions are most likely the best these movies ever sounded.

As usual, Scream Factory provides great special features for each disc. "The Amityville Horror" includes audio commentary by Dr. Hans Holzer, Ph. D in Parapsychology. It also contains a new documentary entitled "For God's Sake, Get Out!" that features interviews with actors James Brolin and Margot Kidder. A theatrical trailer and radio spots can be found as well.

"Amityville II: The Possession" contains the most special features. There's audio commentary provided by author Alexandra Holzer ("Growing Up Haunted-A Ghostly Memoir"). There are interviews with Director Damiano Damiani and actors Andrew Prine, Diane Franklin, and Rutanya Alda. A theatrical trailer is included as well.

"Amityville 3-D" features a theatrical trailer and the 2-D and 3-D versions of the film. It also contains an interview with actor Candy Clark. I guess you could count early appearances by Meg Ryan and Lori Loughlin as special features, too.

"The Amityville Horror" Trilogy box set has Scream Factory and Shout! Factory doing what they do best again. They're reviving and breathing life into forgotten cinema gems of the horror genre. Not everybody is going to like all the films in this collection, but there are definitely enough enthusiasts out there to merit giving these classics the high-definition treatment they deserve.
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on October 17, 2013
Great set, that does have a 3D version, if you are into that. Love the set and got a fantastic price of $25.99 on amazon.ca for today's deals. I couldn't be happier with my purchase. I found this set a little pricey when it first came out, and perhaps that's why the price of this dropped so drastically now. If you can get a good deal, it's worth it. 5 out of 5
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on October 5, 2013
better than the 2005 MGM Boxset if you have this then try to sell it or throw it out
and buy this new Blu-ray box set of the Amityville Horror film series
incredible box set Definitely worth the money
this box set released by Scream factory which is part of shout factory
contains all 3 Amityville movies on blu-ray each Disc has their own case
and the artwork is excellent plus the Discs have artwork to (Pictured Discs)

if you're a new fan of this film series i'll tell you a bit about the plot of all 3 films
THE AMITYVILLE HORROR released in Theaters 1979 which is based on the novel of the same name is an incredible piece of work
a really Good supernatural chiller, very creepy, along with that is Great Acting by James Brolin and Margot kidder
and also well Directed by Stuart rosenberg
it's about the Lutz family that move into this particular house that happens to be haunted by Evil spirits
and they experience alot of Supernatural events through out the whole film, Unexplained events, Ghosts etc
after the first 30mins the film starts to get very creepy and bizarre at the end of the film the Lutz family were very lucky
not to get possessed by the Evil spirits in the house and the Lutz family fled the House and never returned for their property
if you believe in the supernatural you'll get a real kick out of the film, if you don't then you might not find it scary, you might find it boring
so it depends who's watching it really.
the film is very well Directed and well Actored so i found it scary regardless
THE AMITYVILLE HORROR is Widescreen, the picture quality looks excellent, it's beautiful Blu-ray transfer with High Definition Audio
the surround sound quality is pretty Good for an old film like this, scream factory really did make an effort to enhance the picture and audio in Blu-ray quality
Definitely better than the MGM DVD release from 2005

AMITYVILLE II-THE POSSESSION released in Theaters 1982 which is based on the book Murder in Amityville by Hans Holzer who's a supernatural investigator/Ghost hunter
this sequel is actually a prequel set 1 year before the Lutz family moved into the house
this sequel which i think is just as frightening at the original classic has brilliant Directing by Damiano Damiani
Burt young as the controlling father steals the film aswell as Rutanya Alda who plays the mother
the 2 kids get Abused and bullied by their father, the mother gets slapped around alot
the Eldest son gets possessed by the Evil spirit in the house and kills his whole family by Shotgun
and that is basically the plot so it's a prequel to the original
this film holds no punches there's tons of suspense and terror from the first scene til the last scene i found some scenes were difficult to watch
cause the Acting made it look so real, Brilliant Actor Burt young and Rutanya Alda
and there's incest overtones by older brother and sister, no sex scenes just a bit of intimacy which was Disturbing.
this film is also presented in beautiful High Definition Widescreen, the picture and audio quality is amazing much better than the 2005 MGM release

and the last sequel AMITYVILLE 3-D released in Theaters 1983 which is actually a sequel/a continuing story from the first film
similar plot to the original classic i'm not going to explain the whole film, you can look it up on wikipedia
but the film is suppose to be in 2-D and 3-D, you need a 3-D player and TV to watch the film in 3-D and i have neither
so i only watched the film in 2-D so i can't review the 3-D version
the film's plot is still scary but not as frightening as the first 2 films in my opinion
again this 3rd sequel is in Widescreen High definition for the first time ever so the picture and audio quality does look better than DVD for sure

now to the Special features, unlike the 2005 MGM Boxset that had no extras at all for the 2nd and 3rd film, the original had a making of Documentary etc
this new blu-ray boxset is the best for any Amityville horror fan
the first blu-ray still has the Making of Documentary with James brolin and Margo kidder plus the Audio commentary by Hans Holzer
there is a brand new interview with Music composer Lalo Schifrin
plus stills Gallery, Theatrical trailer and TV spots

with Amityville II the special features are incredible,
about 90 mins of interviews if you played them altogether but you can't select that on the Menu so you have to watch them seperatly
Interview with Director Damiano Damiani goes for about 5mins
Interview with Tommy lee wallace who wrote the screenplay about 15mins
Interview with Dianne Franklin who played the Older sister in the film, goes for 15mins
Interview with Rutanya Alda goes for 15mins, Andrew prine who played the priest is interviewed for only 5mins
and Alexandra Holzer is interviewed for the longest about 30mins, she talks about her fathers involvement in the Amityville series.

all Great interviews all interesting to watch

Alexandra Holzer does an Audio commentary for this film which i haven't heard it might be interesting commentary or might not.
there's no Behind the scenes featurette/footage unfortunately but there's a still Gallery, Theatrical trailer and TV spots

Amityville 3-D has some special features, it does not say them on the cover art
but there's 2 interviews one with Candy clark who plays Melanie in the film and another interview with another Actor from the film
there's no commentary or Interview with Director Richard Fleisher
which i'm not bothered about cause Amityville 3 is an alright sequel, the first 2 were the best of the series in my opinion

so scrap the old 2005 MGM boxset and definitely get this new Blu-ray boxset by Scream factory definitely worth the money.
the only fault with this blu-ray boxset is the price
amazon have this for $60 which is a bit of a ripoff in my opinion, but if you buy direct from scream factory website you'll only pay $50
and DVDempre has this boxset for $50 aswell so amazon has most expensive price.

but get rid of the MGM boxset and get this Scream factory blu-ray box set, definitely for the fans.
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on March 14, 2015
While not the biggest fan of the Amityville, nor Friday the 13th... but am a big 3D movie fan. I received Amityville and Friday the 13th box sets in the hopes for getting a 3D Blu-Ray release of their third movies. Where Friday's Blu-ray box set failed miserably (still looking to upconvert the Anaglyph to REAL 3D), Amityville does it justice by releasing it right. While the 3D is a bit bad if sitting close, it is awesome if you're further out. Now if the other 80's 3D movies can be released...
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on April 25, 2015
I, like some other reviewers on here, bought this to upgrade my Amityville MGM DVD Box Set to Blu-Ray. If you are doing that, do whatever you want with the DVD box set (give it away, sell it, whatever) but I do suggest one thing you do with the DVD box set: keep the bonus Amityville Confidential DVD that came with that set!

Anyways, the Blu-Ray set is excellent! It is much higher quality picture when compared to the DVD or VHS. Sound is a little better than the DVD but not too much. This set is worth it though because of the better picture and extra features. Not to mention, this box set is the only way to get Amityville II: The Possession and Amityville 3: The Demon (aka Amityville 3-D) on Blu-Ray. I highly recommend this box set, whether that's for yourself or a loved one who is an Amityville fan!
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on December 12, 2014
Really only got it for the first two films, don't care for the third. Just not enough bonus material included plain and simple. Atleast each of the 3 films got their own casing instead of some other weird casing studios use for multi-disc releases.
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on November 21, 2014
Whether you believe in the true stories behind the first and second Amityville movies theres something special about the first two movies that keep me always watching them. They have that old school haunted house feel and a cast that is good at selling the horror. The best cast member being the house itself. Its creepy on its own...enough so that its spawned far too many sequels. The first one is a classic but theres something about the second one (which is a prequel technically) that is just downright creepy...not sure if its the incest undertones or the true story that makes the movie the creepiest of the trilogy. Now the 3rd is a complete waste of time but the care Scream Factory put into it is still appreciated as they could have easily just ignored it. Its one of those movies you like to watch when you just need something thats so bad its good to watch.
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on March 19, 2014
I have been a fan of the Amityville Horror book for years. And I have enjoyed the movie (despite that it took liberties with the book. And the book took liberties with what really happened.) for many years now. But when Shriek Show put out the 3 MGM produced movies on Blu-Ray, I just couldn't pass it up. And you know something? I am glad I got it.
The three Blu-Rays come in a cardboard set. And they are a bit more compact than said DVD's I had. While the picture is still a bit grainy, it is still a step up from my DVD versions of them. And I do like the extras on all three. The first Amityville movie has the extras from the DVD. But the other two have never before produced extras that were never on the original DVD editions. And Amityville 3D has both the 2D & 3D versions which is nice. But one has to have the 3D TV & Blu-Ray to access the 3D version. But that's no big loss to me either way. I am ok with just watching that one in 2D. But for those sticklers who insist on the 3D part, this might stick inyour craw a bit (understandably of course)
But overall I REALLY love this purchase
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on August 22, 2013
The Amityville Horror is a classic story about a family experiencing problems after moving into a haunted house. The Amityville Horror craze was an unexpected and terrifying phenomenon in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The slasher hadn't exploded yet when this film scored huge at the box office. Supernatural horror had ten good years already but everyone who saw Amityville Horror was blown away. The lead actor, James Brolin, couldn't find work for 2 years after appearing in this film despite being an accomplished actor! To this day I'm not sure I understand what happened and why with the ten film franchise (the eleventh installment has just been completed). Friday the 13th established the slasher for the 1980s the year after and the rest is history. My personal favorite is Amityville II. The Possession features Burt Young (Rocky) who just slaps you around right away and it's full-blown possession time 20 minutes into it. Good performances, great make-up, great effects, good plot and pacing with enough oddities to turn your head ("Why didn't you pull the trigger?"). Sonny (Jack Magner) was so creepy he never worked again. I consider it an improvement from the suspense-filled original. Part 3-D is more of an effects-based movie than a character-driven, plot-based investigation into the house. Amityville 3-D does have a great cast including a young Lori Loughlin (Full House) and Meg Ryan (Sleepless in Seattle). A journalist moves into the house to debunk rumors of the supernatural and investigate the *basement*.

Many fans want to know about Amityville 3D in Blu-ray 3D. It is a good presentation but it does show the limitations of the technology and photography from when it was originally filmed. The 3D effects are exaggerated, creating a pop-up effect when you watch it. It's pretty cool but hardly convincing if you don't like the movie. Since it was filmed in ArriVision 3D it can cause some strain on the eyes at times but you get added depth. Amityville fans will get a kick out of it but Avatar fans might not. Overall, the picture quality is good but the audio is disappointing. This 3-disc release includes The Amityville Horror, Amityville II: The Possession and Amityville 3-D (1983). This is the Blu-ray debut for Amityville II & 3D. The third film is also in Blu-ray 3D for the first time (you get both 2D and 3D versions). This trilogy comes surprisingly with 90 minutes of NEW content (lots of interviews and one new audio commentary). Scream! Factory didn't skimp on this set by doing a bare-bones release. The DVD collection did not have extras for the sequels (the focus was on the original). That has been corrected in the Blu-Ray release with new featurettes for Amityville II and 3-D. There is roughly 2 hours of total bonus content included. My only complaint is that deleted scenes from the trilogy could have been added (especially from Amityville II). Including a bonus disc with Amityville IV, the remake or more previously released extras would have made this set even more complete. Admittedly, the later sequels are fairly bland. An audio commentary for Part 3-D will likely be added in the future.

Special Features:
Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p/AVC MPEG-4, 1080p/MVC MPEG-4 (Amityville 3-D)
Aspect Ratio(s): 1.85:1, 2.35:1 (Amityville 3-D)
Audio Formats: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English DTS-HD Master 2.0 Mono
NEW [Amityville] Interview - Haunted Melodies with Composer Lalo Schifrin
[Amityville] "For God's Sake, Get Out!" (2005) (21-minutes) Documentary with actors James Brolin and Margot Kidder
[Amityville] Audio Commentary by Dr. Hans Holzer, PH.D. in Parapsychology (author of Murder in Amityville)
NEW A Mother's Burden - Interview with Actress Rutanya Alda
NEW Father Tom's Memories - Interview with Actor Andrew Prine
NEW Interview with ghost hunter/author Alexandra Holzer (Growing up Haunted: A Ghostly Memoir)
NEW [Amityville II] Audio Commentary with ghost hunter/author Alexandra Holzer
NEW [Amityville 3-D] A Chilly Reception - Interview with Actress Candy Clark
The Posession of Damiani - Interview with Director Damiano Damiani
NEW Adapting Amityville - Interview with Screenwriter Tommy Lee Wallace
NEW Family Matters - Interview with Actress Diane Franklin
Original Theatrical Trailers, TV Spots, Radio Spots

This is a solid release for Amityville fans but I can't rate it more than 3 stars because it isn't deluxe and not all the films have aged well. Overall, the picture quality, audio quality, films and extras are good but not great. Keep the old Amityville Confidential bonus DVD. The other 7 films in the Amityville film franchise are sold separately (they are not as good but the remake and Amityville 1992: It's About Time (Part 6) are worth watching). Now if we can get Friday the 13th Part 3-D in Blu-Ray 3-D then everything will be perfect. Amityville Horror fans are lucky. This is a better box set than Hellraiser, Robocop, or the Halloween franchises received in DVD or Blu-Ray. There is also an out of print 3-film DVD release of Amityville VI, VII and VIII (It's About Time, A New Generation, and Dollhouse). You do get the 3 best Amityville Horror films in one collection.
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on September 13, 2015
I don't know how I feel about thr Amityville films. Ever since I got interested in horror films in middle school, the Amityville series was the first I got curious about mainly because of it being based on a true story and the iconic "evil eyed" house looking cool and scary. Anyways you getbthe first 3 original theatrical films from 1979-1983.
The Amityville Horror is exactly like the regular bluray release with a different Scream Factory exclusive cover art.

Amityville 2: The Possession is loaded with features and is probably the best disc on this set mainly because of the added extra content alone.

Amityville 3-D surprisingly is the movie I got this set for because I like cheesy B horror films (and this was actually the first Amityville film I watched...). I just wish I had a Blu-ray 3D TV and player so I can watch this awful amusing film like how it was meant to be seen. The extra feature showing Candy Clark talking about all the stunts she did on the film was really cool because usually forgotten, bad horror movies like this don't usually get interviews like this...but thanks to Scream Factory we're able to! Also it made me relieved about how fun she had doing the stunts and making jokes about them despite everything her character goes through o_0

This set isn't perfect however and this is just my opinion:

1) I'd pay more for this if it came with both Bluray and DVDs of the movies. I'd even pay more for this set if it did! Plus, who doesn't like the feel of 2 disc bluray combo packs ^^?

2) All of Scream Factory's releases come with reversible artwork. Why didn't these movies have then? The 2005 MGM DVD covers would have been good enough or maybe some international movie poster artwork perhaps?

3) The most talked about deleted scenes from Amityville 2 included a rape scene between Rutanya Alda and Burt Young, plus the Lost Souls scene near the end and the Montelli children in the bathtub. There's many more too such as Burt Young's character cleaning out his rifle and a scene where the two priests in the film are implied to be gay with each other. This I'm only getting from sources by the way. I dunno, maybe a license issue or because the footage was destroyed may be possible reasons why we don't get deleted scenes? Same could be said for Amityville Horror with the "white hooded" figure...but one can only dream. The appearance of that spectre would've made the movie a lot scarier!!

4) I like that Amityville 3-D had a couple extras but I wanted a commentary track on that film! Maybe the 3D version of the movie counts as an extra but I was hoping for more besides the typical trailer and still gallery. The interview with Candy Clark is enough I guess. Hey at least we get something. Better than no interview at all.

6) The box set artwork. At first I wasn't really a fan of the Scream Factory box art...hoping they'd make a miniature Amityville house to house (get it?) the films in...but that'd probably be too much work. Besides, Amityville isn't on the level of fan favorites like the Halloween and Friday the 13th series' so you can't ask for too much. But after a couple months I've come to enjoy the artwork.

That's why I'm not giving this set a 5 because it was good, just not perfect. Pick this set up if you're a horror fan. I'd definitely recommend it. For a series of such minimal popularity, Scream Factory really did put a lot of effort into pleasing the fans and making this set better than any of Paramount's releases. "I'm looking at you Friday the 13th! Amityville has a better set than you! Amityville 3-D is also in true Bluray 3D unlike your 3D entry still using thise red and cyan glasses!"

Thanks Scream Factory!

--Amityville Rebellion
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