It's Alive Trilogy
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Experience Larry Cohens Its Alive trilogy like never before in high definition!
Its newborn and ... Its Alive ... and murder is what it knows best! A proud couples bundle of joy is really a newborn terror in filmmaker Larry Cohens cautionary cult hit that tapped into environmental fears. The horror grows when multiple child monsters rampage in the first sequel It Lives Again as two brave parents try to stop them by becoming the bait for their spree. The now global mutants are rounded up and relocated to a far-flung island in Its Alive III: Island of the Alive. Will a parents greatest nightmare become the worlds gravest fear? Find out ... if you dare.
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But you want to know about the transfers - they're great. The first two look exactly like what they are - very low-budget programmers. The shocker was the third film, which looks incredible - different DP, in this case a DP with the initials DP - Daniel Pearl. You can't really go wrong with this set - it's just too much killer mutant baby fun.
This box set from Shout!’s Scream Factory label (the films are licensed from Warner Bros) is a top-tier presentation of these genre classics. Each movie has its own disc, and each disc its own Blu ray case (with reversible cover art). I am told that the transfers are noticeably improved from the Warners DVDs (which I do not own; I still have IT’S ALIVE on Warner Bros. VHS, however). The tremendously-entertaining audio commentaries by director Cohen have been ported over from those DVDs, along with several brand new video extras exclusive to this set. Even if you own IT’S ALIVE or its sequels on DVD, this box set is a terrific upgrade. Highly, highly recommended, even as a blind purchase—you will not be disappointed. I do not buy many physical Blu rays any more, but I made a special exception for this set (which is a steal even at its suggested list price; the sale price makes this a no-brainer purchase). Thank you, Shout! Factory, for your great presentation of this nostalgic favorite.
To the new set, Shout Factory has confirmed that it will be three discs and will contain quite a few more special features than I expected, given the recent trend of releasing single films with not much else and focusing less on the "Collector's Editions" people like me drool over. For "It's Alive", it is starting to look like it might actually be a pretty special set, as there will be three new, exclusive featurettes, in addition to the commentaries and other features. To the details....
First, the set will include three individual blu-ray cases, one for each disc and each film, with individual artwork. The outer case will be a thicker cardboard case, not a slip, with the artwork pictured above.
"It's Alive" is a "new 2K scan of the original film elements" and is presented with the NEW featurettes, "Cohen’s Alive: Looking Back at the It’s Alive Films featuring interviews with writer/producer/director Larry Cohen, actors James Dixon, Michael Moriarty and Laurene Landon and more…" and "It’s Alive at the Nuart: The 40th Anniversary Screening with Larry Cohen". It also includes an "Audio Commentary with writer/producer/director Larry Cohen", "Radio Spots", "TV Spots", "Theatrical Trailer" and a "Still Gallery".
"It Lives Again" is also a "new 2K scan of the original film elements" and includes an "Audio Commentary with writer/producer/director Larry Cohen", "Theatrical Trailer" and a "Still Gallery".
The final film, "It's Alive 3: Island of the Alive" is also a "new 2K scan of the original film elements" and includes the NEW featurette, "Interview with Special Effects Makeup Designer Steve Neill", alongside an "Audio Commentary with writer/director Larry Cohen", "Trailer" and a "Still Gallery".
As you know, new featurettes aren't always easy to get for older films, for the obvious reasons, and it looks like they went out of their way to track down quite a few key players for interviews that I'm actually looking forward to seeing.
I will post any additional information that crosses my path, but, so far, this is looking like the final rundown on this fun Trilogy of oddball horror from that wonderfully weird 70s/80s horror free for all some of us are old enough to remember well.