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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Alien Prey" )

 

directed by Norman J. Warren

UK 1977

 

An alien craft carrying a being with fox-like features has landed in the middle of rural England. After brutally murdering a young couple, the being animates himself into the body of the man he killed, adopting the name Anders. Upon being discovered by a reclusive lesbian couple, who mistake him for an injured drifter, they invite him to recover in their isolated home, unaware of his innate bloodlust...

While ostensibly a science fiction film, Norman J. Warren's PREY is a brooding study in sexual desire and loneliness, punctuated by shocking violence and suspense. Equal parts bloody and erotic, Vinegar Syndrome presents this masterpiece of British horror on Blu-ray, in a brand new, director approved restoration from its 35mm negative, and fully uncut for the first time since its 80s VHS release.


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Theatrical Release: October 31st, 1977

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Comparison:

Anchor Bay Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL vs. Redemption Films/Koch Lorber - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Vinegar Syndrome - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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

 

1) Anchor Bay Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT

2) Redemption Films/Koch Lorber - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Vinegar Syndrome - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Anchor Bay Entertainment

Region 2 - PAL

Redemption Films/Koch Lorber
Region 1 - NTSC
Vinegar Syndrome
Region 'A' -Blu-ray
Runtime 1:17:39 (4% PAL speedup) 1:17:54 (4% PAL speedup) 1:25:13.733
Video

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.73 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.29 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.66:1 - 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,587,469,632 bytes

Feature: 22,324,060,800 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.99 Mbps

Codec: 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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Anchor Bay Entertainment

 

Bitrate:

 

Redemption Films/Koch Lorber

 

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Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray

 

Audio English DTS 5.1; English Dolby Digital 5.1; English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1080 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1080 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 128 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 128 kbps / DN -4dB

Subtitles English, none none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
� Audio Commentary by director Norman J. Warren and actor/screenwriter David McGillivray
� Theatrical Trailer (4:3; 0:59)

DVD Release Date: 22 November 2004
Amaray

Chapters 12
 

Release Information:
Studio: Redemption Films/Koch Lorber

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
� Audio Commentary by Norman J. Warren, Sally Faulkner, Alan Jones moderated by Rebecca Johnson
� 'Aliens, Lust and Terror' documentary (41:46)
� Cert X British (UK) Theatrical Trailer (0:59)
� Photo Gallery
� Trailers

 

DVD Release Date: 14 July 2009
Amaray

Chapters

Release Information:
Studio: Vinegar Syndrome

Aspect Ratio:

1.66:1 - 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,587,469,632 bytes

Feature: 22,324,060,800 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Audio Commetnary by Norman J. Warren and Sally Faulkner
• 'Directing the Prey' interview with director Norman J. Warren (21:57)
'Becoming the Prey' interview with actress Sally Faulkner (13:56)
•  'Producing the Prey' interview with producer Terry Marcel (7:17)
• Theatrical Trailer (1:00)
• DVD Copy
• Reversible Cover
 

Blu-ray Release Date: February 27th, 2018
Transparent
Blu-ray Case inside cardboard slipcase
Chapters: 6

 

Comments

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

 

ADDITION: Vinegar Syndrome - Region FREE - Blu-ray (February 2018):

 

Vinegar Syndrome's new Blu-ray is advertised as 'newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm original camera negative'. The image quality towers above the older DVDs looking far sharper, less damage, warmer skin tones and more information on the side edges of the 1.66:1 frame. Colors are deeper and richer and the 1080P is another huge bump in video quality - thanks to Vinegar Syndrome!

 

Vinegar Syndrome transfer the audio in a faithful DTS-HD Master mono track (24-bit) and it sounds, reasonably clean with the production limitations in tact. The score is credited to Ivor Slaney (Death Ship, Paid to Kill, Terror Street, Bad Blonde, Gambler and the Lady) and it sounds clean and atmospheric. It's an interesting soundtrack - also available on CD HERE. There are optional English SDH subtitles are also provided (see sample below) on the Region FREE Blu-ray disc.

 

There is new commentary track with Norman J. Warren and Sally Faulkner and has relevancy for those keen on the production. 'Directing the Prey' is a 22-minute interview with director Norman J. Warren, 'Becoming the Prey' is 1 14-minute interview with actress Sally Faulkner and 'Producing the Prey' spends 7-minutes with producer Terry Marcel. There is also a theatrical trailer and the package has a reversible cover and second disc DVD.

I enjoyed this... very creepy, fantastical, sci-fi horror. It's hard not to have some interest in a premise like this; "The day after a weird green light is seen in the English sky, a strange young man stops at the country home of two lesbian housemates. It turns out that the man is an alien, and a hungry one."  Vinegar Syndrome continue to bring to the surface these, wrong-side-of-the-tracks, niche genre, films from the 70's and 80's.  The Prey
Blu-ray transfer is dramatically superior to the old SDs. The extras also offer the commentary and three salient interviews. There ism surprisingly, good value here with this film. Don't be afraid to indulge.

 -Gary + Colin


DVD Menus
(Anchor Bay Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT vs. Redemption Films/Koch Lorber - Region 1 - NTSCRIGHT)
 

 

 

Vinegar Syndrome - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 


 

Subtitle Sample - Vinegar Syndrome - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

 

1) Anchor Bay Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Redemption Films/Koch Lorber - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Vinegar Syndrome - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Anchor Bay Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Redemption Films/Koch Lorber - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Vinegar Syndrome - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Anchor Bay Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Redemption Films/Koch Lorber - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Vinegar Syndrome - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Anchor Bay Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Redemption Films/Koch Lorber - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Vinegar Syndrome - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Anchor Bay Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Redemption Films/Koch Lorber - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Vinegar Syndrome - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Anchor Bay Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Redemption Films/Koch Lorber - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Vinegar Syndrome - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Anchor Bay Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Redemption Films/Koch Lorber - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Vinegar Syndrome - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

Report Card:

 

Image:

Blu-ray

Sound:

Blu-ray

Extras: Blu-ray

 
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Distribution

Anchor Bay Entertainment

Region 2 - PAL

Redemption Films/Koch Lorber
Region 1 - NTSC
Vinegar Syndrome
Region 'A' -Blu-ray

 

 



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