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(aka 'The Outpost" or "Mind Ripper" or "The Hills Have Eyes III: Mindripper" or "Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes 3" or "Wes Craven's The Mindripper" or "Hills Have Eyes Part 3" or "Mind Ripper")

 

Directed by Joe Gayton
USA 1995

 

The late great Wes Craven (SCREAM) planned to produce the third in his classic THE HILLS HAVE EYES franchise and let his son Jonathan take the directorial reigns but a last minute title change gave us MIND RIPPER instead of THE HILLS HAVE EYES PART 3!! Starring the legendary Lance Henriksen (ALIENS) as a scientist who accidentally resurrects a fully blown brain-hungry cannibal during some re-animation experiments, 1995's MIND RIPPER is a more supernatural slant on the slasher formula than the demented desert terror of THE HILLS HAVE EYES. Even so, fans of slice and dice delirium can expect plenty of stalking, suspense and splatter theatrics in this all-time classic of video rental violence, now finally unleashed in HD from 88 Films!

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Theatrical Release: August 1995 (video premiere)

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Review: 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution

88 Films
Region
'B' Blu-ray

 

Runtime

1:35:41.110

Video

Disc Size: 32,186,940,256 bytes

Feature Size: 23,820,435,456 bytes

Average Bitrate: 29.69 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

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88 Films Blu-ray

 

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1781 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1781 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films

 

Disc Size: 32,186,940,256 bytes

Feature Size: 23,820,435,456 bytes

Average Bitrate: 29.69 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Stories From the Outpost - An Interview with Producer & Writer, Jonathan Craven (39:22 Mins)
• Original Trailer (HD) (02:26)
• Reversible Sleeve with Alternate Artwork


Blu-ray  Release Date: June 25th, 2018
Transparent Blu-ray case inside slipcase

Chapters: 8

 

 

Comments

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

888 Films present "Mind Ripper" in an HD-transfer from the film's original negative. The film is housed on a dual-layered Blu-ray and has a high bitrate. Though the transfer is mostly free of debris and scratches, the original shots were sometimes somewhat unfocused or blurry, possibly due to the stock that the film was shot on, or perhaps a choice of the filmmakers. Detail is good, though not great. Colors and contras seems fine as fleshtones look appropriate and the gory scenes look red and bloody, as they should. Though not a breathtaking transfer, one can assume that this is as good as this film is going to look on digital, for the time being.

88 Films present the film in 2.0 stereo on a 24-bit DTS-HD track. The various sci-fi special effects sound appropriately gooey and gross, and dialogue is clear. J. Peter Robinson was the composer here, he was also the composer of such features as "Wayne's World" and "Detroit Rock City" (and countless other notable films). There are optional English Subtitles for the film on this Region 'B'-locked
Blu-ray.

What do Kato Kaelin, O.J. Simpson, 'Divorce Court' and Bulgaria have to do with "Mind Ripper"? You'll have to watch Producer/Writer Jonathan Craven's great half-hour interview that is included on this disc. Jonathan is very, very open about the challenges that he faced making this film, and this is quite the informative extra. Apparently, Alexander Payne was being floated as a possible director for the film and we also learn that upon visiting Jonathan's father Wes (yes, that Wes) in the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" cutting room, he learned that his father had little faith in that film being a hit. Though this is by-and-large the only extra of any substance, it is a good one that covers all the bases. There is a nice write-up from Dr. Callum Waddell that is included in the
Blu-ray's insert. The film's trailer is also included here, as well as a reversible sleeve with alternative artwork.

Originally imagined (and titled) "The Hills Have Eyes III", "Wes Craven presents: Mind Ripper" is a piece-meal, low-budget direct-to-video sci-fi / horror feature. Jonathan may not have had the success of his father, but he clearly tried his best here as a producer and writer. Director Joe Gayton went on to be somewhat successful directing action films, and his talent for creating tension and creating action (from a very low-budget) really shines here. Though not a masterpiece by any measure, this is an interesting attempt at a horror/sci-fi hybrid that is worth checking out.
 

 - Colin Zavitz

 

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'B' Blu-ray

 




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