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(aka "Razorback: Destructor")

 

Directed by Russell Mulcahy
Australia 1984

 

Somewhere deep in the Australian outback there's a marauding, indestructible creature that can rip a man in half and destroy a homestead in seconds. This giant freak of nature is nine hundred pounds of tusk and muscle - and it is hell bent on terrorizing the small isolated community of "Gamulla" - a town as violent and primitive as the beast that threatens it. The astonishing feature film debut of music video maestro Russell Mulcahy (Highlander), RAZORBACK is a ferociously entertaining, adrenalin pumping thriller that proudly counts Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino among its self-confessed fans! Presented in a new high definition transfer, boasting stunning cinematography from Oscar(R) winner Dean Semler (Dances with Wolves), a taut script by horror veteran Everett DeRoche (Patrick), atmospheric music by Iva Davies (ICEHOUSE) and a fearsome creature from effects master Bob McCarron (The Matrix), RAZORBACK is an Ozploitation classic, bloodcurdling to the last squeal...

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Theatrical Release: April 19th, 1985

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Review: Umbrella - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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and on a Spanish Blu-ray in UK + Germany

    

Distribution Umbrella - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:31:01.000   
Video

Disc Size: 48,399,034,893 bytes

Feature Size: 22,631,952,384 bytes

Average Bitrate: 27.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 25 fps  

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 3458 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3458 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles None
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Studio:
Umbrella

 

Disc Size: 48,399,034,893 bytes

Feature Size: 22,631,952,384 bytes

Average Bitrate: 27.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 25 fps   

 

Edition Details:
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JAWS ON TROTTERS - a 70 minute documentary featuring interviews with Director Russell Mulcahy, Producer Hal McElroy, Razorback Creator Bob McCarron, Composer Iva Davies And Cast Members Judy Morris and Chris Haywood (1:10:46)
• Audio Interview With Actor Gregory Harrison (29:42)
• Grisly Deleted Scenes (2:24)
• Aussie Trailers (10:54)
• Stills And Poster Gallery (6:46)

Blu-ray Release Date:
May 27th, 2014
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Chapters 13

 

 

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NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

 

The Umbrella Blu-ray is Region FREE. Razorback has been released on Blu-ray in Spain as well but I suspect that European BD is a bootleg.  Umbrella's Blu-ray transfer is 1080i / 25 fps on a dual-layered disc with a high bitrate. It looks inconsistent in 1080P - with plenty of desert vistas, close-ups, and shaky looks at the titular giant pig. Razorback is in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio and it can look soft but still film-like and some of the close-ups show pleasing detail. But it is far from the heights of the format and needs a new transfer (which is coming!) The film has some cool lighting techniques and while the contrast is not crisp the film's style makes up for it. The HD is not premium but is superior to  SD.

 

The Umbrella Blu-ray has an intense DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround audio track (24-bit) in the original English. There many very aggressive 'Razorback' grunts and squeals that come through with powerful depth. There is also some head-turning separation. There is a score by Iva Davies (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) adding to the creature-feature thrills and suspense. There are no subtitles offered on Umbrella's Region FREE Blu-ray disc.

Umbrella include Mark Hartley's 2005 documentary Jaws on Trotters: The Making of 'Razorback'. It runs 1-hour 10-minutes and has interviews with director Russell Mulcahy, Producer Hal McElroy, Razorback Creator Bob McCarron, composer Iva Davies plus cast members Judy Morris and Chris Haywood. It's very good. There is also an audio interview with actor Gregory Harrison running almost 1/2 hour. There is a short deleted scene, some Aussie Trailers and a stills and poster gallery.

 

Very cool Ozploitation and creature-feature - over-the-top niche classic. It's way out-of-print but coming to a new Umbrella release in 2018. Fans of the genre(s) gotta have this on their shelf. Recommended!   

Gary Tooze

 

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and on Blu-ray in Germany

      

Distribution Umbrella - Region FREE - Blu-ray



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