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Demonic Toys [Blu-ray]

 

(Peter Manoogian, 1992)

 

Also coming out in January 2014 in the US

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Full Moon Entertainment

Video: 88 Films

 

Disc:

Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:22:39.287

Disc Size: 23,581,135,866 bytes

Feature Size: 20,328,302,592 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Chapters: 12

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: December 9th, 2013

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3784 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3784 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2078 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2078 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

 

Subtitles:

None

 

Extras:

Original VideoZone (7:38)
Original Trailer (1:19)
Trailers for The Pit and Pendulum, Castle Freak, Dollman, Puppet Master and Subspecies
Liner notes booklet - Calum Waddell
Reversible Sleeve incorporating original art

 

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Description: A botched bust on a pair of arms dealers inadvertently leads to the raising of a sixty year old demon with the power to bring toys to life as his personal minions. The demon is looking for a body to inhabit so he can increase his powers, and it just happens that one of the police officers, Judith Gray (Tracy Scoggins) is pregnant with the ideal host. As the murderous toys close in on their victims, the officer must not only fight for her life, but for the soul of her unborn child.

 

 

The Film:

They're cute and cuddly by day, lethal demons by night. Ruthless killing machines come alive for just one purpose...death. And for five adults in an abandoned warehouse, every child's worst nightmare has become a deadly reality. While on a stakeout, Judith Gray (Tracy Scoggins), a beautiful, tough cop, is trapped inside a warehouse full of toys. But these are no ordinary playthings they have been awakened to murderous life by a strange child of darkness, "The Kid" (Daniel Cerny). Each toy feeds on blood: Jack Attack heads straight for the throat; Grizzly Teddy is not afraid to show its claws; and Baby Oopsie Daisy is truly to die for. Now it's up to Gray and a passing delivery boy, Mark Wayne (Bentley Mitchum), to stop the deadly, DEMONIC TOYS!

Excerpt from Amazon.com located HERE

Demonic Toys is an American film produced by Charles Band's Full Moon Entertainment and released in 1992. The film features small, killer toys similar to those seen in Puppet Master, a film which Band produced in 1989. Like many other Full Moon releases, Demonic Toys never had a theatrical release and went straight-to-video in 1992. In the USA the film was given an "R" rating for violence, language, and brief nudity.

Excerpt from Wikipedia located HERE

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

Demonic Toys gets an acceptable 1080P transfer to Blu-ray from 88 Films.  It is single-layered and I doubt the original video production looked significantly better than this. Detail seems adequate in the 1.78:1 frame - notable in a few close-ups.  It's fairly clean but there is a bit of noise in the more poorly lit scenes. This Blu-ray appears to be a reasonable replication of the original which isn't saying a ton, but about as good as we can expect. Fans of this genre are usually less picky about appearances anyway.

 

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Audio :

Two options a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at a healthy 3784 kbps or a similar encode at 2.0 channel stereo (I suspect is original). Sound is probably accurate to the limited production with some separations for some of the creepier effects. Richard Band, who has done titles in the genre like Re-Animator, The Pit and Pendulum, Puppet Master etc., did the score and its unremarkable but supports the film's dark moments pretty well. There are no subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE.

 

Extras :

88 Films include another VideoZone piece (running about 7-minutes), an original trailer - also trailers for The Pit and Pendulum, Castle Freak, Dollman, Puppet Master and Subspecies. The package as a liner notes booklet with an essay by Calum Waddell and there is a reversible sleeve incorporating 'original artwork'.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Sure this is a poor-man's Child's Play. But these cheesy rip-offs still have their place and appeal developing a devout niche. Scoggins seems to be slumming but she is cute enough. I wasn't as keen on this as I was with Dollman but there is still some worthiness for a sleepless Friday night. Of course, you know where we go next? Dollman vs. Demonic Toys! (a 1993 video classic) The Blu-ray provides a decent presentation - also coming out in North American in 2014. I can't, really, endorse Demonic Toys but those familiar with this sub-sub-genre already know who they are.... and will be willing to indulge and add to their unique collections. 

Gary Tooze

December 8th, 2013

Also coming out in January 2014 in the US

 

About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

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