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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent blu ray for a bona fide cult classic., September 14, 2012
This review is from: Killer Klowns From Outer Space Blu-ray (Blu-ray)
The blu-ray of "Killer Klowns from Outer Space" represents a highly noticeable visual improvement over the 2001 special edition DVD. Some people are grumbling that the blu-ray looks like an upconverted DVD and that is absolutely not the case. Either these people expect all blu-rays to look like "Inception" or they don't have the DVD on hand for a direct comparison as I do.

Detail takes a dramatic leap over the DVD and this is most apparent during the numerous closeups of the various clowns. Black levels are vastly improved and the colors really pop in comparison to the DVD. There is a very nice level of film grain throughout and it doesn't appear that any DNR (digital noise reduction) was used at all. The film will always have a bit of a soft look to it at times but that's due to way it was shot and the type of film stock being used during the late 80's. As a huge fan of this film, I was very pleased with the blu-ray visually. The film has never looked better!

The audio is presented in 2 channel DTS-HD master audio that packs a lot more punch than the DVD did. While some might not like that MGM didn't do a 5.1 mix for the blu-ray, I don't think that it needed it.

All of the extras from the 2001 special edition DVD were ported over and there are unfortunately no new goodies for the blu-ray. Since the DVD was loaded though, at least nothing was left out. I would have liked to have seen the music video for The Dickies be finally added for the blu-ray but that didn't occur. The commentary track is one of the best ever featuring the Chiodo brothers and the featurettes are highly informative too.

As for the film itself, I still love this film as much as I did when I first saw it in 1988. They don't make them like this anymore and it's a great blend of laughs, scares and lots of cotton candy.
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Initial post: Sep 15, 2012, 11:28:29 AM PDT
T. Coakley says:
Just got mine today, can't wait to check out all these extra's. I was unaware of the special edition DVD. Good review.

Posted on Sep 17, 2012, 6:52:35 AM PDT
S. Rodriguez says:
thanks for the info, I played the bluray last night and wasn't happy with the picture quality, too grainy and soft. After reading your review though, Im glad its the best available version of the movie so far.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2012, 4:23:25 PM PDT
Kevin Dudley says:
Unless MGM decides to to a 4K restoration of the film, this is the best that it will look. I was very pleased with the blu-ray.
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