Blood Rage aka 'Nightmare at Shadow Woods' aka "Slasher" [Blu-ray]
(John Grissmer, 1987)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Film Limited Partnership
Video: Arrow Video
Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Home Video Runtime: 1:22:19.416
Theatrical Runtime: 1:19:27.208
Composite Cut Runtime: 1:25:08.041
Blu-ray One size: 32,132,522,026 bytes
Blu-ray 2 Size: 44,340,353,469 bytes
Home Video Feature Size: 21,657,765,888 bytes
Theatrical Feature Size: 19,806,978,048 bytes
Composite Cut Feature Size: 21,242,199,744 bytes
Video Bitrate: 29.97 Mbps / 29.98 Mbps / 30.00 Mbps
Mbps Chapters: 12 / 12 / 12
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase
Release date: November 23rd, 2015 / December 15th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps /
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Theatrical and Composite Cut:
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
English (SDH), none
3-DISC DIRECTOR-APPROVED LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
Behind the Scenes gallery- motion still gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes make-up photos (4:31)
BLU-RAY DISC 2 - NIGHTMARE AT SHADOW WOODS [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]
• Nightmare at Shadow Woods the re-edited 1987 theatrical cut featuring footage not seen in the Blood Rage home video version
• Alternate composite cut of the feature combining footage from the home video and theatrical versions
• Never-before-seen outtakes (26:39 - no audio)
Blood Rage (Home Video version - Slasher title card)
Nightmare at Shadow Woods (theatrical cut)
Alternate composite cut
Description: What do you get if you combine Thanksgiving,
American TV star Louise Lasser (Mary Hartman, Mary
Hartman), killer 80s synths and some of the most
gruesome special effects in all of slasher history courtesy
of Ed (Terminator
2) French. Why, it s Blood Rage of course!
The highlight of this sometimes humorous horror film is the performance of Louise Lasser. Maddy (Lasser) is the mother of ten-year-old twins Todd and Terry (Mark Soper). Terry sneaks out of the car at a drive-in movie and slashes the throat of an innocent victim. The evil twin blames it on his innocent brother Todd, who is sent off to a mental institution. Ten years later, Maddy is about to get married again and plans to make the announcement of Thanksgiving Day. She receives a phone call saying that Todd has escaped, and the thrilled Terry begins to make secret plans to begin another killing spree.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
Variously known as Blood Rage (home video version), Slasher
(original title card), and Nightmare at Shadow Woods (theatrical
cut), this ropey hack-‘em-up took four years to get a US release after
having been filmed in 1983. It was hardly worth the wait but there’s
some fun to be had in its maniac twins setup.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
This is the another Arrow Blu-ray release that is being simultaneously released in both region 'A' (US) and 'B' (UK). It is the exact same package on both sides of the pond beyond minor cosmetic differences on the disc labels and sleeve to do with differing copyright info and barcodes, and the US release doesn't have BBFC logos.
NOTE: We call this region FREE . although technically it is region 'A' + 'B'. I've yet to see a region 'C'-locked Blu-ray so most will also consider this region FREE.
Blood Rage joins an all-encompassing double Blu-ray, single DVD, package from Arrow. We get three version of this eighties, horror, slasher flic. Disc one is a brand new 2K restoration of the hard home video version, transferred from the camera negative, director-approved and featuring the original title card Slasher (see above.) The second Blu-ray has Nightmare at Shadow Woods the re-edited 1987 theatrical cut featuring footage not seen in the Blood Rage home video version. Blood Rage was re-edited and released theatrically in 1987 as Nightmare at Shadow Woods. The Arrow presentation of this cut comprises the newly restored Blood Rage footage combined with unique footage transferred from the best available 35mm print element. Because of the significant variations between the two elements used, the differences remain noticeable. All three are in 1080P and aside from some acceptable variations - have the same bitrates and look very similar with plenty of appealing grain. I've only produced captures of the restored Home Video version - and it looks surprisingly good. This Blu-rays are in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and the image quality is far in advance of what any fan of the film(s) could have hoped for.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
All three version use a linear PCM 2.0 channel at 1536 kbps (16-bit). They sound about as you might anticipate and a generally accurate representation of the original film production. Not dynamic - but serviceable - clear dialogue with no, definitive, effect separation. The score is by Richard Einhorn (Carl Th. Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc, Joseph Zito's The Prowler, Eyes of a Stranger, Shock Waves). It's flat without significant depth for the effects but seems true to source and sounds generally tense and suspenseful - as well as consistent. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles (see sample above) for all three versions and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A' and 'B'-locked.
Arrow, unafraid of going overboard - stack the supplements - probably beyond what the film deserves. Firstly a revealing audio commentary with director John Grissmer. I found him interesting and worth the time and it sparked some appreciation that didn't exist before. There are 5 interviews; Both Sides of the Camera spends 10-minutes with producer/actress Marianne Kanter, Double Jeopardy is an 11-minute interview with actor Mark Soper reflecting back almost 30-years. Jeez, Louise! shows us actress Louise Lasser with a revealing 10-minutes. Man Behind the Mayhem gives us more than dozen minutes with very civilized special make-up effects creator Ed French and we also get Three Minutes with actor Ted Raimi. Also in the first Blu-ray is Return to Shadow Woods - a 6-minute featurette revisiting the original locations in Jacksonville, Florida plus there is some horrid footage of the VHS Alternate opening titles and a behind-the-scenes gallery.
December 2nd, 2015
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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Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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