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Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box Limited Edition Trilogy [Blu-ray] [Region A]
Limited Edition, Scarlet Box Limited Edition 4 Disc Set
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In 1987, Clive Barker unleashed his directorial debut Hellraiser launching a hit franchise and creating an instant horror icon in the formidable figure of Pinhead. Arrow Video is proud to present some of the most terrifyingly original films in the history of horror in brand new 2K transfers
4-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
DISC 1 HELLRAISER
DISC 2 HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II
DISC 3 HELLRAISER III: HELL ON EARTH
DISC 4 THE CLIVE BARKER LEGACY LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE
200-PAGE BOOK DAMNATION GAMES LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE
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Being a fan of the first two films, and only the first two films, I can say that paying this much for those two plus the third one, doesn't make the third one any better than it already was. I see the third film as a wild romp, a crazy monster movie, and that can be a lot of fun, but for me it lacks the genuine drama and gravitas of the first two, and I believe it kind of cheapens 'Pinhead' as it overuses him and perhaps pushes him somewhat out of character. I was kind of hoping I'd like #3 more now, but I still find myself wishing it was a different movie with different monsters that have nothing do with Hellraiser -- then I'd probably laugh and enjoy it more! (By the way, Doug Bradley is a wonderful perfomer -- the weaknesses of this particular movie are not his fault!)
I've read some complaints about the picture quality. I'm pretty happy with it myself. To me it looks better than any previous release. Where some of it appears very grainy, this is what film looks like. I don't want that look processed away. They have removed dirt and smudges and scratches and all that kind of thing. If the video quality is at all disappointing, it is only because we can imagine that in the next few years, someone will do 4k scans of the original negatives and do a pure restoration job on THAT and it will look EVEN BETTER. And we thought back in the 2000's with DVDs we'd never have to buy the same movies more than twice again!
The hardcover book is nice. It radiates quality. You pick it up and think, have I washed my hands first? Don't want to mess this thing up.... Start looking through it, start reading it. See you in a couple of hours. You can tell a good chunk of the money you spent on this box was put into this book.
The bonus disc has two early Clive Barker shorts sourced from very low quality degraded film (apparently) and they're interesting. Have you ever watched David Lynch's early short films? The Alphabet? This is nowhere near that level of quality (ha ha), but... interesting. The other bonus content is... also interesting. I can't really gush about any of it.
The bottom line: Big fans and collectors will want to consider seriously buying this. But if you just want the new transfers and their specific documentaries, you could probably wait and buy the same Arrow discs later individually and just give up on having this special bonus disc, book, cards, poster, and box. I gave this release four out of five because I like it. I don't love it, because it's a bit pricey and I only love two of the three films.
Below the bottom line: For anyone considering this box set, I probably don't need to review films one and two. They will be the reason you are here. I could write a very long essay about why they work so well, especially the first one. Briefly: I believe the magic is in the underlying drama of the human characters combined with the fascination of occult horror and the strange worldliness of the 'Pinhead' character. If you stripped away all the supernatural elements from these two stories, you would still have the basis for gripping, frightening drama -- you'd have to write a bunch of material to fill in for the supernatural events, but Julia, Frank, and the Doctor would still be remarkably creepy, sadistic people. They are deliciously evil characters who we understand almost completely after one viewing, and their motivations are quite believable -- they want more. A lot more. And they're willing to do anything to get it. We stare into the abyss and the madman compels us to jump. We do not jump. Julia, Frank, and the Doctor -- oh, they jump. And we get to watch.
As to the films themselves, Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II are both fantastic, whereas I personally feel part III lacks the gravitas of its predecessors, although it isn't entirely without its charms. I haven't screened the copy of Hell on Earth included here, but parts one and two both look great at least compared to my previous copies on DVD. I cannot compare the quality to any prior Blu Ray releases, having only seen the DVD releases.
Overall this set is wonderfully designed and presented. Looks great as a display piece or on the shelf with the rest of your collection. I couldn't be happier with having this box in my library. Highly recommended for fans of the series or great horror movies in general.
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the extras are superb.
sadly, i had to take off one whole star for the HORRIBLE transfer of hellbound hellraiser 2.Read more