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Mother's Day [Blu-ray]


(Charlie Kaufman, 1980)


Also available on Blu-ray in North America from Anchor Bay:




Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: United Film Distribution

Video: 88 Films



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

Runtime: 1:30:26.254

Disc Size: 40,328,872,266 bytes

Feature Size: 26,719,592,448 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.06 Mbps

Chapters: 12

Case: Red Blu-ray case

Release date: February 23rd, 2015



Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 1560 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1560 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1578 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1578 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)






Audio Commentary with director/co-writer/producer Charles Kaufman
Film introduction by Charles Kaufman (2:22)
• Rex Piano Intro (1:00)

Interview with Charles Kaufman and Darren Bousman (8:08)

Eli Roth (13:07)
Theatrical Trailer (2:15)
Bonus Scenes 16mm Footage (10:02)
Graduation Day Trailer (2:06)
TV Spot (:30)
Booklet Notes by Calum Waddel





Description: Three women find their worst nightmares have become a reality in this horror film that combines extreme violence with dark, absurdist comedy. Abbey (Nancy Hendrickson), Jackie (Deborah Luce), and Trina (Tiana Pierce) have been close friends since their college days, and they decide to celebrate their tenth class reunion by taking a vacation together. The women go camping in the woods of rural New Jersey; however, an idyllic few days in the great outdoors turn ugly when they're ambushed by a pair of subnormal thugs, Ike (Holden McGuire) and Addley (Billy Ray McQuade). Ike and Addley live in a garishly decorated hovel deep in the woods, where they gorge themselves on sugar, obsessively watch television, debate the merits of punk rock versus disco, and strictly obey the instructions of their aged Mother (Rose Ross) -- a vicious psychopath who goads her boys into acts of rape and murder, with Mother shouting encouragement throughout. When one of the women is killed by Ike and Addley, the other two escape, and they plot a gruesome revenge. Mother's Day developed something of a cult following after its initial release, and no small amount of controversy -- many feminist groups denounced its depiction of violence against women, while writer and director Charles S. Kaufman contended that he intended for the film to be viewed as a satire. The film was later reissued in a cut version that eliminated some of the more extreme scenes of rape and violence.



The Film:

For their tenth anniversary after graduation, The Rat Pack – Beverly Hills socialite Trina (Tiana Pierce, THE CONCRETE JUNGLE), career woman/doorstop Jackie (Deborah Luce), and lonely Abbey (Nancy Hendrickson) who looks after her domineering mother – drive deep into New Jersey's Pine Barrens for a camping trip of idyllic wandering, skinny dipping, pranks, and "ewww, slimey" encounters with nature. Their trail of beer cans leads backwoods brothers Addley (Michael McCleery, BEST LAID PLANS) and Ike (Frederick Coffin, HARD TO KILL) right to them, and they bring them back forcibly to Mama (CAR 54, WHERE ARE YOU?'s Beatrice Pons). While Abbey and Trina are lashed to the brothers' workout equipment upstairs, Jackie is dragged out onto the lawn to perform a skit with the brothers for Mama's entertainment that culminates in a vicious rape. Abbey and Trina manage to free themselves and flee with a badly-injured Jackie into the woods. Leaving Abbey with Jackie, Trina goes for help and ends up in a cat and mouse game with Ike (who may be a local cop or just wearing the uniform for fun). When Jackie – used all of her life by men – dies from her injuries, the remaining members of The Rat Pack band together to take brutal revenge on Mama and her boys.

Eric Cotenas

Lovin sons always do what their mothers tell them to…even if it's to KILL!!! The Troma Team is proud to bring you Charles Kaufman's Mother's Day, the independent horror classic which redefines the term ''family values.'' This stylish, horrific and darkly humorous film is a worldwide favorite. In the spirit of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Mother's Day is a celebration of gore and depravity that is certain to offend the weak of heart!


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

Mother's Day gets an impressive transfer to Blu-ray from 88 Films in the UK.  It's dual-layered with a max'ed out bitrate for the 1.5 hour feature. Colors are brighter and truer than SD could relate and there is no noise in the darker sequences. The 1080P supports solid contrast with some minor depth in the 1.85:1 frame.  Aside from a few speckles and uneven, production-related, patches the visuals are quite striking. The source is in great shape. This Blu-ray probably gives a pretty good replication of how the film looked some 35-years ago. No complaints.
















Audio :

88 Films use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel mono at 1560 kbps. WE still have some of the scattered effect from the production limitations. Dialogue is audible and effects and scream carry some piercing depth. The forgettable score was written by jack-of-all-trades Phil Gallo and Clem Vicari Jr. and its occasional out-of-place intensity can jolt you back into the experience. There are no subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.


Extras :

Director Kaufman and assistant art director/later director Rex Piano (MURDER DOT COM) share a commentary track in which we learn that FRIDAY THE 13TH was filming at the same time just across the lake, of trained actress Pons' professionalism, the product placement funding that contributed to the junk food clutter of Mama's home (and the diet she feeds her boys), and that the cinematographer disliked one actress enough to feign a technical problem with the camera so a scene of her being roughed up by one of the brothers had to be shot more than once. There are also film intros (Kaufman and Rex Piano), an 8-minute interview with Kaufman and Darren Bousman- almost 1/4 hour with Eli Roth, trailers, TV Spots, some bonus 16mm footage and a liner notes booklet notes by Calum Waddel.




Another gruesome, gratuitously violent, mid-80s horror... but Mother's Day is a more polished that the average while still retaining its limited production realistic edginess. The screaming gals put up a strong front.  The 88 Films Blu-ray provides a strong a/v presentation with related supplements including a commentary. I'm sure I won't ever develop a taste for this genre - although the surprising humor is amusing, but for those who enjoy - this is a worthy package with some definite effort put into it. I doubt we will ever compare it to the Anchor Bay (which, we understand, has lossy sound). 

Gary Tooze

March 10th, 2015

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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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