The Fog – Collector’s Edition 4K Ultra HD and 2018
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In this 4 disc limited Collector’s Edition, John Carpenter’s classic 1980 horror THE FOG has been stunningly restored in 4K. This release is beautifully packaged with a stylish, newly commissioned illustration on the cover. It contains a UHD of the feature as well as a Blu-ray feature disc, extra features disc and the original soundtrack on CD. It also contains 5 artcards, a newly illustrated theatrical poster and booklet containing behind the scenes stills, articles and an essay from celebrated film journalist Kim Newman.
Antonio Bay, California has turned a hundred years old. As the residents of this small, quaint harbour town begin to celebrate, an eerie fog envelops the shore and from its midst emerge dripping, demonic spectres, victims of a century old shipwreck, seeking revenge.
Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, the FOG is a tense and ghoulish tale that confirms John Carpenter as a master of terror.
(1 UHD, 1 Blu-ray feature, 1 Blu-ray extras, 1 CD Soundtrack)
48 page book
Collector’s Edition Blu Ray Extras:
Retribution: Uncovering John Carpenter’s THE FOG: New Making Of / Retro documentary: A brand new feature-length documentary featuring interviews with Cinematographer Dean Cundey, production designer/editor Tommy Lee Wallace, photographer Kim Gottleib-Walker, make-up effects artist Steve Johnson, Carpenter biographer John Muir, music historian Daniel Schweiger, visual effects historian Justin Humphreys and assistant Larry Franco
The Shape of The Thing to Come: John Carpenter Un-filmed: A brand new featurette looking at the John Carpenter films that never were
Easter Egg – surprise!
Intro by John Carpenter – an interview with director John Carpenter originally recorded for a French DVD release in 2003
Scene Analysis by John Carpenter - Director John Carpenter analyses key scenes from The Fog, in an interview from 2003
Fear on Film: Inside the Fog (1980) - A vintage featurette which includes an interview with John Carpenter
The Fog: Storyboard to Film – original storyboards
Photo gallery incl. Behind the Scenes
Audio Commentary with writer/director John Carpenter and writer/director Debra Hill
Horror's Hallowed Grounds with Sean Clark - a fun tour of the film’s locations hosted by Sean Clark
Audio commentary with actors Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins and production designer Tommy Lee Wallace
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For those of you who haven't seen it but are fans of horror I highly recommend it as it fits in that period of time John Carpenter was in top form: Halloween, The Thing, Christine, etc.
THE STORY: The quiet, Californian coastal town of Antonio Bay is about to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Lots of city bigwigs and important officials will be attending, along with some uninvited guests in the form of a cursed ghost ship full of vengeful spirits! Something horrible happened a century ago and the dead have returned to collect on some long-unpaid debts. A local radio DJ & her young son become involved in the ghostly goings-on. Who will the poltergeist pirates claim as their victims?
THOUGHTS: Simple, old-fashioned spook story gets a huge shot in the arm with this fan favorite film from legendary horror meister John Carpenter. Some like myself feel that the explicit killings could have been left on the cutting room floor without affecting the sense of dread and terror. Thankfully the gore isn't TOO gross or violent, especially compared to the stomach-churning torture porn garbage splashed across cinemas screens in recent years. The spectral violence unleashed in this, the original (and infinitely superior) version of THE FOG is almost quaint by comparison. Several of Carpenter's regular acting troop make an appearance here, (Nancy Loomis, Charles Cyphers, Darwin Joston and Jamie Lee Curtis), along with some help from genre vets like Janet (PSYCHO) Leigh and Hal (CREEPSHOW) Holbrook. Of special note is the terrific performance by John Houseman, in a one-scene role at the opening of the film, playing a grizzled old sailor who tells a creepy (and rather prophetic) campfire ghost story to a group of frightened young school kids. Like Houseman, some of Holbrook's best work in this film is simply him telling a tragic and decidedly hair-raising story (read aloud from an old diary). Adrienne Barbeau is very strong here as Stevie Wayne, the single mom DJ who broadcasts her warnings about the frightful fog & grisly ghouls from a picturesque lighthouse on a craggy, isolated coast of Antonio Bay.
THE BLU-RAY: Enthusiasts of THE FOG should stand up and dance a joyful jig because this Blu-ray from Shout!Factory is simply gorgeous-looking. The lush landscapes and hauntingly beautiful windswept coastal scenery has never looked better. Everything is razor-sharp and the whole film looks like its was completely restored, although I don't think that was the case. Just a case of an excellent hi-def transfer. The picture on this Blu-ray is jaw-dropping in comparison to my older DVD edition of the film. The sound is also strong & clear with a well-balanced soundmix too; you won't have to dial the volume up & down to keep your eardrums from being blown out whenever the film switches from quieter, dialogue-heavy scenes to the musical stingers (and screams) used to great effect whenever the ghosts show up. A bunch of nice bonus features just adds to the fun for fans & film enthusiasts. This hi-def upgrade comes highly recommended and is worthy of a double dip if you already own this on VHS or standard-def DVD. Lock the doors, turn out the lights & enjoy!