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Just Desserts: The Making of 'Creepshow' [Blu-ray]

 

(Michael Felsher, 2007)

 

   

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Red Shirt Pictures

Video: Synapse Films

 

Disc:

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

Runtime: 1:29:29.731

Disc Size: 48,396,986,129 bytes

Feature Size: 26,351,177,280 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.85 Mbps

Chapters: 7

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: July 12th, 2016

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080i / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2014 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2014 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentaries:

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

 

Subtitles:

None

 

Extras:

• Audio Commentary with Director & Editor Michael Felsher
Audio Commentary featuring interviews with Actor John Amplas, Property Master Bruce Alan Miller, and Make-Up Effects Assistant Darryl Ferrucci
Creepshow Days An interview with Director of Photography, Director Michael Gornick (8:01)
Extended Interview Segments with George A. Romero, Tom Savini, and Bernie Wrightson (23:45)
Behind The Screams A compilation of on-set video footage from Tom Savini (26:31)
Horror's Hallowed Grounds with Sean Clark (14:56)
Scream Greats Volume One: Tom Savini, Master of Horror Effects with Optional Audio Commentary with Tom Savini (52:54)
Vintage 1982 Evening Magazine Segment shot on the set of the film, featuring rare cast & crew interviews (7:31)
Behind-The-Scenes of CREEPSHOW Photo Gallery (8:30)

 

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Description: In 1982, Author Stephen King, and Director George A. Romero collaborated on a feature-film tribute to the controversial EC comics of the 1950s. Told through five jolting tales of terror, CREEPSHOW has become a celebrated horror classic over the past three decades. With an all-star cast, and featuring groundbreaking special effects by genre legend Tom Savini, CREEPSHOW stands as a horrific and hilarious tribute to the stories that helped influence (and corrupt) a generation of writers and filmmakers. Now the tales behind the creation of this chilling masterpiece can finally be told!

Featuring rare behind-the-scenes footage and photographs, JUST DESSERTS: THE MAKING OF “CREEPSHOW” also contains over a dozen interviews, including George A. Romero, Tom Savini, Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins and many others. These are the terrifying stories behind the film that promised you... The Most Fun You'll Ever Have...BEING SCARED!

 

 

The Film:

What Just Desserts is, is a solid documentary that ventures deep enough into the heart of the Creepshow production to hold our attention, but doesn’t manage to pull off the unlikely in turning up something we were entirely aware of. So, to be real brief, it’s a good documentary that makes for an enlightening watch, but probably won’t be remembered a year after you’ve looked into it. Michael Felsher does a good job of getting clean interviews conducted, and he’s solid with the editing, keeping the picture moving smoothly through transitions. It looks good, it sounds good and we see some of our favorites in front of the camera, reciting stories and sharing anecdotes now nearly 34 years old.

Excerpt from HorrorFreakNews located HERE

Over the weekend at North Carolina’s Mad Monster Party convention, Fango spoke with longtime DVD and Blu-ray supplement/documentary producer Michael Felsher, who hosted a special showing of his JUST DESSERTS: THE MAKING OF “CREEPSHOW.” Previously visible only on a 2007 UK double-DVD set and subsequent British Blu-ray of the 1982 Stephen King-scripted anthology, JUST DESSERTS includes interviews with Romero, makeup/creature FX creator Tom Savini, producer Richard P. Rubinstein, actors Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, Ed Harris and many others, plus plenty of on-set footage. It will be issued in the U.S. for the first time by Synapse Films in conjunction with Felsher’s Red Shirt Pictures, and the Blu-ray will be fully loaded with bonus material.

Excerpt from Fangoria located HERE

 

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

Firstly - as stated this documentary was previously only available on Second Sight's, Region 'B', Creepshow Blu-ray or 2007 Double DVD - also from the UK. Just Desserts: The Making of 'Creepshow' gets a 1080i, 178:1 transfer which makes me assume that it was shot on video and this is accurate to the original production. It's beautifully clean and crisp with bright colors and the film footage is weaker. The stills of effects and make-up look excellent. It's dual-layered with a max'ed out bitrate and we have no complaints with the visual appearance in HD.

 

CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio :

Audio is transferred as adeptly as the video using a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 2014 kbps (24-bit). Not much but talk and it all sounds clean and very clear. There are no subtitle options and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

 

 

Extras :

You certainly get your money's worth with the supplements which include 2 audio commentaries; a first with director & editor Michael Felsher and a second, multi-effort, featuring interviews with actor John Amplas, Property Master Bruce Alan Miller, and Make-Up Effects Assistant Darryl Ferrucci - all providing a different and interesting take on the production. Creepshow Days is an 8-minute interview with DoP Michael Gornick. There are 24-minutes worth of extended interview segments with George A. Romero, Tom Savini, and Bernie Wrightson. Behind The Screams is a 26-minute compilation of on-set video footage from Tom Savini. Horror's Hallowed Grounds spends a 1/4 hour with Sean Clark visiting some locals. Scream Greats Volume One runs shy of am hour with Savini, master of horror effects and also offers an optional audio commentary (with Tom Savini). Also included are a 7-minute vintage 1982 Evening Magazine Segment shot on the set of the film, featuring rare cast & crew interviews. Lastly is a Behind-The-Scenes Photo Gallery.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
This was more fun than I was anticipating - so many smiling faces and passionate people. If not for being sent this Just Desserts: The Making of 'Creepshow' Blu-ray this wouldn't be something I would, generally, seek out. But as a documentary , I quite enjoyed it - it certainly made me want to re-watch Creepshow again (we reviewed the second segment on Blu-ray HERE). For the fans, this has plenty of value and is worth the indulgence. Even those less familiar may get a lot out of this package. Recommended! 

Gary Tooze

July 1st, 2016

   


 

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 3500 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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