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The new Blu-Ray of the unholy is excellent. Great extras and good commentaries. Interviews with Ben Cross and others related to the film. The score related commentaries are about 20 minutes each, and then the extra audio has separate score and the original score for the most part. The print is a great version and worth getting for fans of the Unholy.
Usually if you were in a university residential college (which is mostly unusual for Tasmania and a number of Australian states) renting horror movies was definitely the Friday or Saturday night activity to do if you had nothing else to do. And, if you rented enough of the horror flicks you will be inordinately familiar with the name of the now bankrupt/defunct company VESTRON. I do not know who owns the majority of the titles but I suspect that a European or in particular a British distributor has some key rights to the VESTRON titles. At the time REANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND and the title mentioned here THE UNHOLY were all classic rental titles.
The unholy is definitely an escapist title, and any criticism about believability is kind of silly in the extreme. Ben Cross became a staple for the kind of role he presented in the unholy and a good comparative example is the first season of POLTERGEIST: THE LEGACY. Films like the unholy were for people who wanted to have a scare and step over that threshold into the suspension of disbelief where you could enjoy a variation on a haunted house story, except that it involved a church, a holy man, and what is in my opinion a very extensive mythology. Once you can get past the suspension of disbelief factor, this is quite an enjoyable film. Ben Cross delivers a solid performance as a man of faith who goes from one who helps people but does not believe in the supernatural to someone who believes because he has experienced hell itself. I don't fully recall the version I saw in the late 80s, but this edit is extremely enjoyable and if you can get it for a moderate price it's worth it on DVD. Unfortunately the US obsession with downloads makes the very nicely packaged European edition quite a buzz.
As potentially lowbrow as some of the Vestron collection might be seen, it would be nice to have some commentaries or some little extras with somebody who was involved with the production. But, since it has been more than 20 years since I've seen a lot of these titles, all I would hope is that they have at the very least stereo sound, or with a little bit of investment may be a 5.1 surround sound. If I recall correctly there was a Vestron film done in 1986 which involved a possessed puppet and the producer if not the director was Roland Emmerich, and the film is a real gem. Vestron deserves a lot more attention and it's very nice to see titles like THE UNHOLY available in DVD. Nice presentation and an excellent item if you can get.
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