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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

One Dark Night [Blu-ray]

 

(Tom McLoughlin, 1982)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: The Picture Company

Video: Code Red / distributed by Kino Lorber

 

Disc:

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

Runtime: 1:28:32.348

Disc Size: 48,920,062,332 bytes

Feature Size: 21,488,184,192 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.24 Mbps

Chapters: 16

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: August 15th, 2017

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2026 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2026 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 / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB

 

Subtitles:

English, None

 

Extras:

• 'Workprint' (1:29:55, 480i) aka "Night in the Crypt"
Commentary with co-writer/director Tom McLoughlin and co-writer Michael Hawes
Commentary with McLoughlin and producer Michael Schroeder.
Behind the Scenes (38:53)
Interview with Tommy McLoughlin (16:15)
Interview with E.G. Daily "Leslie" (32:03)
Interview with Producer Michael Schroeder (14:42)
Interview with DP Hal Trussel (18:15)
Interview with actress Nancy McLoughlin "Lucy" (10:53)
Interview with Production Designer Craig Stearns (10:40)
Interview with make-up effects artist Paul Clemens (17:07)
• The Paul Clemens Scrapbook (3:28)
Theatrical Trailer (2:16)

 

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Description: A World famous psychic is found dead along with several victims of his bizarre experiments. One the same day his body is interred in a mausoleum, high-schooler Julie Wells (Meg Tilly, Psycho 2, The Big Chill, Body Snatchers) agrees to spend the night there all alone - as part of a hazing to join the clique, The Sisters (Robin Evans, E.G. Daily, Leslie Speights). Later that night, the sisters secretly return to torment Julie in an attempt to scare her out of her mind. But the girls are not alone. The psychic s experiments continue even after death - on his own body and on the dozen resident corpses in various stages of decay. Soon they're exhumed and looking for fresh bodies. One Dark Night haunts audiences' psyches with its claustrophobic setting, moody cinematography, foreboding score and ultra-realistic makeup effects. Tom McLoughlin (Date with an Angel, Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI) directed this terrifying chiller which co-stars the great Adam West (Batman, Family Guy).

 

 

The Film:

In this spooky horror outing aimed at teen audiences, the innocent new girl in town tries to become friends with a rough but cool crowd. They are all pretty mean, especially the young woman who is mad that the girl stole her boyfriend, and they decide that the girl must survive an ordeal before they let her join their gang. They send her to a funeral home to spend the night by herself. Unfortunately, none of them realize that it is inhabited by a murderous ghost just waiting to suck the life out of all of them.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

 

The story begins intriguingly enough. An elderly former magician named Raymar, is found dead in his apartment from an apparent heart-attack. The bodies of several girls are also found, although they seem to show no cause of death, and eating utensils and plates are found embedded in the walls. His daughter Olivia has his body interred in the local mausoleum.

Now, one would think this nifty beginning would signal us that an interesting and terrifying film would follow. Oh, but no. What the real bulk of the film deals with is the initiation of a young pledge who wants to be a member of the most powerful clique in school, "The Sisters".

Excerpt from BadMovieNight located HERE

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

The dual-layered Blu-ray of One Dark Night looks decent in 1080P. The image quality shows the early 80's less-effectual film stock weaknesses. Contrast is modest and detail a little wanting. In-motion it maintains a consistency and colors export some depth. It's flat but texture is present. The softness may be inherent and it probably can't look exceptionally better. The source has some frame-specific damage (see last capture) that is mostly limited to a couple of scenes. This Blu-ray gave me a watchable, and pleasurable, viewing in regards to the picture quality.

 

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

 

 

 

1) Code Red (1080P Feature)  TOP  

2) Code Red (480i Workprint)  BOTTOM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frame Specific Damage sample

 

 

Audio :

Code Red use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track (24-bit) in the original English language. There are plenty of, fairly, modest, effects in the film - obviously shock value. They sound reasonably deep. The score is by Bob Summers (Hanger 18) with a few violent chords and a notable high end that sounds moderately penetrating via the lossless. The dialogue was sometimes less penetrating and hard to distinguish - which would probably on-par with the production. There are optional English subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.

 

Extras :

The dual-layered disc is stacked with supplements starting with the 1.5 hour 'Workprint' of the film - titled aka "Night in the Crypt". It's in SD and 4:3 - see sample above - and looks weak but is a viable inclusion as a curiosity for the fans. The feature has two commentaries; a first with co-writer/director Tom McLoughlin and co-writer Michael Hawes - sharing details and a second has McLoughlin, again, and producer Michael Schroeder with a bit more of the preparation edge of the production. Both have value. There is a 40-minute Behind the Scenes piece with a few interesting split screen sequences plus there are 7 interviews running almost 2-hours in total with director McLoughlin, E.G. Daily - who played "Leslie", Producer Michael Schroeder, DP Hal Trussel, actress Nancy McLoughlin "Lucy", Production Designer Craig Stearns, and make-up effects artist Paul Clemens. Much of the personal anecdotes and reflections are covered and there is educational value here too. Lastly we have the brief 'The Paul Clemens Scrapbook' and a theatrical trailer.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
I remember seeing One Dark Night and it carries some heavy, early 80s, nostalgia including the, late, great Adam West (if only briefly). It's not a 'dynamic' horror but it has some bone-fide appeal with scary moments and over-the-top visuals. The Code Red
Blu-ray has a ton of value with the commentaries, workprint and many interviews. Fans of the film couldn't ask for much more.  Recommended!  NOTE: At the writing of this review it is 40% OFF at Amazon.

Gary Tooze

August 14th, 2017

 

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.

Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.

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