Phantasm 5 Movie
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ALL 5 FILMS FROM DON COSCARELLI'S ICONIC HORROR FRANCHISE TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME ON DVD
(Standard Definition (1.78:1)/Dolby Digital Audio 5.1, Mono and Stereo / 1978 / Color / R /90 minutes)
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Don Coscarelli, Michael Baldwin (Mike), Angus Scrimm (The Tall Man), and Bill Thornbury (Jody)
Graveyard Carz Episode
Interviews from 1979 with DOn Coscarelli and Angus Scrimm
PHANTASM II: THE BALL IS BACK
(Standard Definition (1.85:1)/Dolby Digital Audio 5.1 and Stereo / 1988 / Color / R / 95 minutes)
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Don Coscarelli and Stars Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister
The Ball is Back: The Making of PHANTASM II
TV Spots and Trailers
PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD
(Standard Definition (1.78:1)/Dolby Digital Audio 5.1 / 1993 / Color / R / 91 minutes)
Audio Commentary with Director Don Coscarelli and Editor Norman Buckley
Balls of Steel: Bob Ivy's Stunt for the Ages
PHANTASM IV: OBLIVION
(Standard Definition (1.78:1)/Dolby Digital Audio 5.1 / 1998 / Color / R / 90 minutes)
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Don Coscarelli and Stars Reggie Bannister and Angus Scrimm
Behind the Scenes
PHANTASM V: RAVAGER
(Standard Definition (1.78:1)/Dolby Digital Audio 5.1 / 2016 / Color / NR / 86 minutes)
Audio Commentary with Director David Hartman and Writer/Producer Don Coscarelli
Behind the Scenes
Phuntasm: Bloopers and Outtakes
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Sadly, the movie too late in the game starts opening up more questions to the older questions it was starting to sort out. Also, the few scenes with Angus Scrimm as the Tall Man are bittersweet. The Tall Man really is not in the movie that much and it could have been due to Scrimm's health at the time but he definitely relishes his moments on screen. My favorite part is when Reggie wakes up in a civil war era hospital right next to Jebidia Morningside. Reggie is a bit confused at this kindly old man with a very familiar face and just as Reggie is about to relax the Tall Man uses that chilling voice and tells him he has always been watching. This is a decent effort for a Phantasm movie, I know it is the end but my final thoughts are that I wish they would have been done a better job wrapping things up as the movie seemed to have several different endings and kept piling on new story elements.
As for the films, I love all of them, even if, objectively the first two are the only really good ones. Here's a brief review of each one:
Phantasm: A creepy, dreamlike film that doesn't have many answers. It's slow paced, but it's never boring. The budget is low, but they make up for it with their creativity. The main character Mike is really likeable, and so is his brother Jody, and friend Reggie. The plot is about these 3 characters having to fight off The Tall Man, who is an unstoppable monster (his origins are never really revealed), from killing their other friends and family. The Tall Man and his abilities give these films a fantasy element that works with the horror. The plot is not the strongest aspect, the characters, and atmosphere are what make this film. The commentary on it is pretty fun too, even if it's roughly 20 years old and from a laserdisc.
Phantasm 2: Not anywhere near as creepy and already the dreamlike feel is deminished. Also the kid who played the main character is replaced by someone who isn't as good (originally Michael Baldwin, James LeGros in this one). Despite these flaws, this is an awesome sequel, it replaces a lot of the horror with humor and action, although it does have creepy moments, especially with The Tall Man. Once again the characters are great, so you don't mind the added humor, if anything it makes the characters more likeable. This one has the most coherent plot of the bunch (whihc isn't saying much), and is a nice complement to the original inspite its thematic and tonal differences. The extras are great on this disc, though if you have the shout factory disc, you already this disc, (they didn't even replace the shout factory logo).
Phantasm 3: The first one to go straight-to-video, although you wouldn't be able to tell because the production value is quite impressive. This one is fun, but not particularly good. From this entry onward, Reggie becomes the character we spend more time with, and he's a lot of fun. The problem is that the story is about Mike (luckily the original actor returns for this and the remaining entries) and he's barely in it. In fact The Tall Man is barely in it. This one feels like a lesser version of Phantasm 2. However it does pick up a lot of steam around the 45 minute mark when Mike finally returns to the film, although he is way too victimized. This is a fun movie, and if you loved the first two, you'll enjoy this, but it's not particularly great. The extras: the older anchor bay DVDs had a decent commentary that was fun and informative. This one has a different but equally interesting commentary that is more informative than the old one.
Phantasm 4: Most people hate this one, I don't mind it but I can understand why other people hate it. I still like the characters, and there's a new interesting idea between Mike and The Tall Man (I won't spoil it). But most of the film is Mike wandering around the desert, Reggie driving around aimlessly, The Tall Man saying things that aren't as creepy as what he usually says, and deleted footage from the first one used as flashbacks. This one was made for the purpose of making money for an epic fifth film, that for years never got made, then essentially became Ravager. It's always clear that this was made as a filler movie and for years it was the last one. This one returns to the tone of the first film, but it's nowhere near as creepy as even the second one. I don't mind sitting through this one, but it is my least favorite. The extras: There's a commentary that makes the film more entertaining than if you watch it with the actual audio of the film.
Phantasm 5: Phans are divided on this one, but one thing we can all agree on is that it looks really cheap, at times it looks like a fan film that got the actors from the previous movies involved. Some hate it, whcih I can understand, but Some, including myself, really enjoy it. Don't expect a particularly conclusive ending, although it does provide a certain degree of closure. This one has elements of the horror tone of the first one, and the humor of the second. Like the previous two, it's too Reggie centric, but Mike has a better role in this than in 3 and 4. The film looks really cheap, but the other thing everyone seems to agree on is that it is very well-intentioned, and it's heart is in the right place. This was not made as a cash grab. For that reason, it's hard to dislike this. Seeing these characters one last time was nice, even if the film isn't that great, and looks really cheap. There aren't many answers, this is just one last adventure we're seeing. It is more conclusive than Phantasm 4. This one also has a nice and informative commentary, and a blooper reel.
There are talks of doing a 6th one, which unfortunately would have to be without Angus Scrimm as the Tall Man, (he sadly died before 5 was released), but if they do, Doug Bradley or Tony Todd could be good replacements.
For people who haven't seen any of them, I highly recommend the first two, and I'd say the rest are optional, but I enjoy all 5 of them.
2. Phantasm 2
3. Phantasm 5
4. Phantasm 3
5. Phantasm 4
It's a great movie for anytime but especially around Halloween. I plan to now watch the other installments and hope they're just as good. I don't think I would've ever watched this if not for the Shudder channel here on Amazon. Thanks for introducing me!
Btw, what's sad is that I was born in 1977 so I'm old enough that I should've run across this movie growing up at some point but somehow I either forgot I watched it or I never crossed paths with it on tv in all these years. Oh well. Better late than never!
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Way to go everyone, great job and acting all the way around!