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(aka 'Bloodsuckers from Outer Space" or "Horror Academy 1" or "Blood Suckers from Outer Space" or "Transformer)

Directed by Glen Coburn
USA 20
08

 

A mysterious and invisible alien presence has landed in rural Texas and has started turning the nearby townspeople into white-faced, bloodthirsty killers. As the local authorities begin to investigate the strange and violent goings on, a photographer and his girlfriend find themselves trapped in the midst of an unexpected rural bloodbath, which seeks to turn them into another pair of bloodsuckers from outer space...

A low budget, low rent horror comedy from writer/director Glen Coburn, BLOOD SUCKERS FROM OUTER SPACE is a gory and silly slice of home made regional genre filmmaking. Vinegar Syndrome presents the Blu-ray debut of this straight-to-video classic, freshly restored from its 16mm negative and filled with a whole host of newly created special features.

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Review: Vinegar Syndrome - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution Vinegar Syndrome - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:21:59.414  
Video

Disc Size: 24,790,370,864 bytes

Feature Size: 21,409,206,912 bytes

Average Bitrate: 31.91 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1058 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1058 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 128 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 128 kbps / DN -4dB

Subtitles English (SDH), None
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Release Information:
Studio: Vinegar Syndrome

Disc Size: 24,790,370,864 bytes

Feature Size: 21,409,206,912 bytes

Average Bitrate: 31.91 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video  

Edition Details:

• Commentary Track with writer/director Glen Coburn, actor Thom Meyers and cinematographer Chad D. Smith
• “34 Years Later” – 50 minute ‘making-of’ documentary (51:24)
• “Back To Bloodsucker Town” – 15 minute locations featurette (15:47)
• “Bloody Arm Rip 101” – special effects featurette (4:42)
• Stills Gallery: featuring over 100 images from the director’s personal collection! (10:15)
• Limited edition slipcover (1,000 units)
• Reversible cover artwork

Blu-ray Release Date: Mary 29th, 2018
Transparent Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 5

 

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

Vinegar syndrome bring us "Bloodsuckers from Outer Space", newly scanned and restored in 2k from 16mm negative elements in all its low-budget glory. The film is presented on a single-layered Blu-ray disc in 1080p with a reasonably high bitrate. Though the box says it is in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio, it is transferred in 1.78:1. The film has a heavy amount of grain, but it is not too distracting and it just amplifies its b-movie, drive-in roots. There are the occasional specks and debris in the transfer, but it is not overwhelming and is clearly related to the source.

The soundtrack features period rock music, especially the instantly memorable They're Out For Blood (written by Emilie Aronson, Ann Armstrong and Steve Hughes). The score is credited to actor / art director Rick Garlington and is as cheesy as the production demands. The 1.0 mono (24-bit) track sounds very clear, with dialogue levels coming through crisp. There are optional English SDH subtitles on this Region free Blu-ray disc.

Vinegar syndrome gives us a new commentary with writer/director Glen Coburn, actor Thom Meyers and cinematographer Chad D. Smith. The sound quality of the commentary is a little rough, but it fits with the low-budget quality of the film. There is an exhaustive and informative making-of documentary included here, the 51-minute "34 Years Later". Also here is a 15-minute locations featurette called "Back to Bloodsucker Town" where the cast and crew re-visit and recall certain locations featured in the film. Next up is a 5-minute featurette called "Bloody Arm Rip 101" featuring Richard Taylor and Zack Beins of Bizjack Flemco Productions. This is a fun little piece going into the grueling work behind the grue. There is also a stills gallery with over 100 images from the director's personal collection. A limited edition slipcover is included for the first 1000 units, and there is a rad reversible cover artwork.

"Your father was like a brother to me"... "my father WAS your brother." If that sort of dialogue doesn't float your boat, this movie ain't for you. Bloodsuckers is a fun, tongue-barely-in-cheek low-budget sci-fi/horror Troma-esque gem that has been brought to us by Vinegar Syndrome. The transfer is probably the best this film will ever look, and there are a ton of extras to explore. Highly recommended for the schlocky B-movie crowd.
 

Colin Zavitz

 


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