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directed by David DeCoteau
USA 1987

 

Your flesh will crawl right off your bones! World War III has turned the world into a smoking cinder. The year is 1998, six years after the nuclear apocalypse, and the fallout continues to plague survivors with periodic bouts of highly toxic acid rain. A group of army deserters take refuge in a seemingly abandoned laboratory complex. They soon discover that the lab was once a top-secret government research centre gone awry. Still lurking in its corridors, a hideous genetically engineered monster emerges and a mysterious substance transforms one of them into another deadly creature! Now trapped, the four survivors must destroy the blood-thirsty beast...or die in its dripping jaws.).

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Theatrical Release: 2 October 1987 (USA)

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 Comparison:

Shadow Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC vs. 88 Films - Region 0 - PAL vs. 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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

1) Shadow Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT

2) 88 Films - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Also available on Blu-ray from Full Moon, in the US:

 

Distribution

Shadow Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

88 Films
Region 0 - PAL
88 Films
Region 'B' -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:11:51 1:08:54 (4% PAL speedup) 1:12:13.162
Video

1.33:1 Open Matte format
Average Bitrate: 4.69 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Open Matte format
Average Bitrate: 5.3 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Disc Size: 16,273,386,600 bytes

Feature Size: 15,822,170,112 bytes

Average Bitrate: 26.96 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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Shadow Entertainment

 

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88 Films

 

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88 Films Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles none none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Shadow Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
 Trailers for BACKLASH: OBLIVION 2, MURDERCYCLE, VAMPIRE RESURRECTION, DELTA DELTA DIE, DARKWALKER, and BIRTHRITE

DVD Release Date: 9 December 2003
Amaray

Chapters 14
 

Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
 Bonus feature film FILMGORE (4:3; 1:59:12) - see below
 Theatrical Trailer (4:3; 1:50)
 Still Galllery
 Trailers for SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA, PUPPET MASTER, DR. ALIEN, PUPPET MASTER II
 TOURIST TRAP, ZOMBIES VS. STRIPPERS, THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, PUPPET MASTER III, CASTLE FREAK, and
 CANNIBAL WOMEN IN THE AVOCADO JUNGLE OF DEATH

 

DVD Release Date: January 14th, 2013
Amaray

Chapters 8

Release Information:
Studio:
88 Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Disc Size: 16,273,386,600 bytes

Feature Size: 15,822,170,112 bytes

Average Bitrate: 26.96 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 

Edition Details:

 Commentary by David DeCoteau

 Trailer (1:16)

Reversible sleeve incorporating original poster

Blu-ray Release Date: July 10th, 2017
Transparent
Blu-ray Case inside cardboard slipcase
Chapters: 9

 

 

Comments

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

 

88 Films offer its Blu-ray transfer described as "Remastered and restored from the original 35mm camera negative and armed with a new 5.1 surround sound mix". It's in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and takes a large step beyond the SDs in terms of detail, even colors and the 1080P presentation exports depth. It looks surprisingly strong for the low budget film on a single-layered disc with a supportive bitrate. There was no damage, maybe a speckle or two but the end result is very pleasing in terms of HD video.

 

88 Films give us the option of lossy 5.1 surround or 2.0 channel. Unfortunately not DTS-HD but the audio does a decent job of exporting the film's sound effects and the score by Guy Moon - his first of many film compositions. There is minor separation and some depth. There are optional English subtitles on the Region 'B' Blu-ray.

 

88 Films include a new entertaining commentary by director David DeCoteau although he struggles to recall a few specific details - he shares some interesting anecdotes and stories of the production, about future porn star Ashlyn Gere, how they always use the same door throughout most of the film - and painted the walls to make it look like a different room and much more. I enjoyed it. There is also a trailer. The package has a reversible sleeve incorporating original poster (see below.)

 

This is one of the better cult 'B' post nuclear-apocalypse 'Alien' rip-offs. The acting is decent and their well conceived adventure and horror scenes, DeCoteau did a great job with the low budget. For fans of this genre - I thought this was one of the better efforts even with the super-cheesy rat-monster effects. Thumbs up.  

 

Gary W. Tooze

ON THE DVD: Although apparently sourced from a PAL master of the same age as the distractingly-interlaced 2001 US release (possibly the same one for the now out-of-print 2004 Screen Entertainment [HERE] release), the 88 Films release sports better encoding and compression. The UK release also seems to be hair brighter, with slightly less saturated reds unfortunately; but it is definitely the better video presentation. The Dolby Digital mono audio is of similar quality for the most part. In terms of extras, the UK release is superior with its inclusion of the original trailer (with a nice tagline) and the unrelated bonus feature-length compilation FILMGORE (see below). The UK release also features a nicer cover and superior menus.

There does exist a German DVD release which not only includes an interview with actress Linnea Quigley, but also reportedly the film's script in English.

 - Eric Cotenas

 


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Shadow Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT vs. 88 Films - Region 0 - PAL - RIGHT)
 

 
 

 

88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 

 


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Subtitle Sample - 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 

 

Screen Captures

 

1) Shadow Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Shadow Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Shadow Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Shadow Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Shadow Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Shadow Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

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Also available on Blu-ray from Full Moon, in the US:

 

Distribution

Shadow Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

88 Films
Region 0 - PAL
88 Films
Region 'B' -
Blu-ray

 

directed by Ken Dixon
USA 1983

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DVD Review: 88 Films - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

Distribution

88 Films

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:59:12
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.26 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
 (see above)

DVD Release Date:
Amaray

Chapters 10

 

Comments

As mentioned above, a compilation of scenes from releases on three related video labels, the quality is of course uneven as they are all sourced from the same soft and dark video masters used to strike the rental tapes of the individual films. The wrap-around footage is in similarly soft and dark condition (shot on the cheap in the early eighties). The NTSC presentation was already interlaced and the conversion to PAL hasn't done it any favors (the image also softened further by upscaling the image to the higher PAL resolution). Audio also varies based on the sources. One really can't complain since it's an bonus feature, but

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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Image:

88 Films Blu-ray

Sound:

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Extras: 88 Films

 
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Also available on Blu-ray from Full Moon, in the US:

 

Distribution

Shadow Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

88 Films
Region 0 - PAL
88 Films
Region 'B' -
Blu-ray

 




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