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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Creepers" or "Creeps")

 

directed by Ed Hunt
USA 1981

 

Ten years ago, Debbie (Elizabeth Hoy, HOSPITAL MASSACRE), Curtis (Billy Jacoby, SUPERSTITION), and Steven (Andy Freeman, BEYOND WITCH MOUNTAIN) were all born on the same night during an eclipse. As their joint tenth birthday approaches, the inseparable trio take up baseball bats, handguns, and bow and arrow to take out their parents, teachers, and friends. Only Joyce (Lori Lethan, THE PREY) and her little brother Timmy (K.C. Martel, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR) suspect that the three kids are psychopathic murderers and they are next on the list of the precocious trio's targets. Then-unknowns Joe Penny (TV's JAKE AND THE FATMAN), Michael Dudikoff (TRON), and comedian Julie Brown (CLUELESS) co-star. Susan Strasberg (THE MANITOU) and Jose Ferrer (THE BEING) hang around for a day to pick up a paycheck. Killer kids pointing handguns at the screen should be more disturbing, but the film is better remembered today for Julie Brown's striptease early in the film. While THE BAD SEED was surely an influence, the use of a Southern California suburb for the Midwest recalls a similar look and atmosphere to John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN, while the score seems to be aping FRIDAY THE 13TH's shrieking strings. The notion that the kids have no souls because they were born during an eclipse is not really developed, and it is more unsettling that the child actors are actually close to the age of their characters (their smirking disingenuousness is more unsettling than their carnage). Lethin (who went onto more traditional slasher territory with THE PREY and the slasher comedy RETURN TO HORROR HIGH) makes a good "final girl" and the sequence of the three killer kids attacking Joyce and her little brother is the film's most exciting part.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 28 April 1981 (USA)

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Comparison:

Severin Films - Region 0 - NTSC vs. VCI Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for all the DVD Screen Caps!

1) Severin Films - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT

2) VCI Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Severin Films

Region 0 - NTSC

VCI Home Video
Region 0 - NTSC
Severin Films
Region FREE - Blu-ray
88 Films
Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:24:36 1:24:33 1:24:44.788 1:24:46.623
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.3 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.76:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.95 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,317,947,849 bytes

Feature: 17,141,569,536 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 23.99 Mbps

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,292,793,125 bytes

Feature: 19,404,570,624 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 26.79 Mbps

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

Bitrate:

 

Severin Films

 

Bitrate:

 

VCI Home Video

 

Bitrate: Severin

Blu-ray

Bitrate 88 Films:

Blu-ray

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps
Audio Interview:

Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps

Subtitles None None None None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Severin Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Interview with director Ed Hunt (51:10)
• Don't Eat the Cake: Interview with Actress Lori Lethin (16:9; 9:50)
• A Brief History of Slasher Films featurette (16:9; 15:11)
• Trailers for THE BABY, BLOODY MOON, NIGHTMARES, and HORROR EXPRESS

DVD Release Date: June 28th, 2011
Amaray

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: VCI Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.76:1

Edition Details:
• Interview with producer Max Rosenberg (4:3; 17:22)
• Director Biography
• Trailers for KISS OF THE TARANTULA, DON'T OPEN THE DOOR, and HOMEWORK

 

DVD Release Date: 23 January 2003
Amaray

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Severin Films

 

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,317,947,849 bytes

Feature: 17,141,569,536 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 23.99 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• Audio Interview with director Ed Hunt (51:13)

• Don't Eat That Cake Interview with Actress Lori Lethin (9:52)

• A Brief History of Slasher Films featurette (15:13)
• Theatrical Trailer (2:00)

• Severin Trailers (10:36)
 

Blu-ray Release Date: July 8th, 2014
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters: 16

Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films

 

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,292,793,125 bytes

Feature: 19,404,570,624 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 26.79 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• UK exclusive audio commentary with Justin Kerswell, author of Teenage Wasteland
• Audio Interview with director Ed Hunt (51:10)
• Don't Eat that Cake: Interview with actress Lori Lethin (9:52)
• 'A Brief History of Slasher Movies' featurette (15:13)
• Bloody Birthday Trailer (1:58)

• Bloodsucking Freaks Trailer (2:01)

• Tourist Trap Trailer (2:00)
• Two Moon Junction Trailer (2:10)
• Reversible Sleeve Incorporating Original Artwork
• Booklet Notes by Calum Waddel

 

Blu-ray Release Date: June 23rd, 2014
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters: 16

 

Comments

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

ADDITION - 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray June 2014: The 1080P UK transfer is slightly more robust, but I don't have the vision or system to pick up the superiority - although it does exist. Likewise I can hear no difference in the lossless audio tracks (both LPCM.) Neither offer a subtitle option but the 88 Films is region 'B'-locked.

The major difference would be in the extras - essentially duplicating the Severin with the 50-minute audio interview with Ed Hunt (under 'Audio Options'), 10-minutes with Lori Lethin and the 15-minutes of Slash Movies featurette. 88 Films DO add an exclusive audio commentary with Justin Kerswell, author of Teenage Wasteland. The UK package also has a reversible sleeve incorporating original artwork and a liner notes booklet with notes by Calum Waddel. So, 88 Films wins with the commentary but being region 'B'-locked may dismiss it as a choice for some purchasers.

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ADDITION - Severin - Region FREE - Blu-ray June 2014: Severin's three simultaneous Blu-ray releases of July 8th, 2014, The Baby, Bloody Birthday and Bloody Moon, share many transfer characteristics - so I will duplicate some of my comments.  All three are single-layered with the same bitrate and in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Each seem to use the same source as their previous SD, supporting the same color scheme etc. They also seem to have all the same extras as the older DVDs (as well as no optional subtitles) but all offer lossless audio.

Detail, grain support definitely improve in the 1080P, but the production inconsistencies also show through with the higher resolution. The lossless audio does help with the mood and creepiness. Of the three, this might be my favorite. It's probably the most polished and the kid-angle adds a real layer of uncomfortable-ness. I did enjoy this Blu-ray, including the - more extensive- extras. Genre-fans should indulge.

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ON THE DVD: Severin's new dual-layer is largely an improvement over the VCI edition, but the film isn't that great looking to start with, and the night scenes are underlit. Both transfers are framed at around 1.78:1 (Severin's cover claims 1.66:1, but the film would have been projected at 1.85:1 in the states). Night scenes look a little better, but the overall lower contrast of new transfer robs some of the shots of perceived depth while simultaneously revealing more detail. Audio is improved over the VCI version as well, but still has some minute distortion (noticeable on the music track). Despite some gunfire, the two tracks only exhibit some real bass during the song underscoring Julie Brown's striptease early in the film.

 

While the VCI disc had an interview with producer Max Rosenberg (formerly of Amicus) in which he has some disparaging things to say about director Ed Hunt, the Severin disc includes a lengthy telephone interview with the director and a pleasant and humorous interview with lead actress Lethin (she makes a humorous remark about Strasberg's small role: "How do you method act dying?"). Neither disc features the film's theatrical trailer. Anchor Bay UK also released a Region 2 DVD with a 5.1 remix (reportedly not very impressive) and the Rosenberg interview from the VCI disc.

 - Eric Cotenas

 


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2) VCI Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Severin Films - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) VCI Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Severin Films - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) VCI Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Severin Films - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) VCI Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Severin Films - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) VCI Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Severin Films - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) VCI Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

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Extras: 88 Films Blu-ray

 
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Distribution

Severin Films

Region 0 - NTSC

VCI Home Video
Region 0 - NTSC
Severin Films
Region FREE - Blu-ray
88 Films
Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 



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