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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Elvira: Mistress of the Dark")

 

Directed by James Signorelli
USA 1988

 

She s back! Elvira, Horrorland's hostess with the mostest, finally busts out on newly restored Blu-ray with this long-awaited, positively bursting-at-the-seams special edition of her big screen debut, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark!

Having just quit her job as a Los Angeles TV horror hostess, Elvira receives the unexpected news that she's set to inherit part of her great aunt Morgana's estate. Arriving in the small town of Fallwell, Massachusetts to claim her inheritance, Elvira receives a less than enthusiastic reception from the conservative locals amongst them, her sinister uncle Vincent, who, unbeknownst to Elvira, is in fact an evil warlock secretly scheming to steal the old family spellbook for his own nefarious ends.

Campy, quirky and stuffed to the brim with more double entendres than your average Carry On movie, 1988's Elvira: Mistress of the Dark helped solidify the horror hostess (played by Cassandra Peterson) as a major pop culture icon, here owning every inch of the screen with her quick wit, sass, and of course, cleaving-enhancing gown!

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When her great aunt dies, famed horror hostess Elvira heads for the uptight new England town of Falwell to claim her inheritance of a haunted house, a witch's cookbook and a punk rock poodle. But once the stuffy locals get an eyeful of the scream queen's ample assets, all hell busts out & breaks loose.

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Theatrical Release: September 30th, 1988

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It also came out on Blu-ray from Image Entertainment in 2018:

  

Bonus Captures:

Distribution Anchor Bay - Region 1 - NTSC Arrow Video - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:36:09      1:36:15.770
Video 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.59 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,470,331,507 bytes

Feature: 25,244,060,352 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio English Dolby Digital 5.1; English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Commentaries:

Dolby Digital Audio English 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps

Subtitles None English (SDH), None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Anchor Bay

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Edition Details:

 Theatrical Trailer (1:49)
 Teaser Trailer (1:01)
 Cassandra Peterson Bio

DVD Release Date: August 28th 2001

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Chapters: 29

Release Information:
Studio:
Arrow Video

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,470,331,507 bytes

Feature: 25,244,060,352 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Introduction to the film by director James Signorelli
2017 Audio Commentary with director James Signorelli, hosted by Fangoria editor emeritus Tony Timpone
2017 Audio Commentary with Patterson Lundquist, elviramistressofthedark dot-com webmaster and judge of US TV show The Search for the Next Elvira
Archival audio commentary with actors Cassandra Peterson, Edie McClurg and writer John Paragon
Too Macabre The Making of Elvira: Mistress of the Dark newly-revised 2018 version of this feature-length documentary on the making of the film, including interviews with various cast and crew and rare never-before-seen archival material (1:37:04)
Recipe for Terror: The Creation of the Pot Monster newly-revised 2018 version of this featurette on the concept and design of the pot monster, as well as the film s other SFX (22:13)
Original storyboards
Extensive image galleries
Original US theatrical and teaser trailers (1:49 / 1:05)
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring writing by Kat Ellinger and Patterson Lundquist


Blu-ray Release Date:
April 28th, 2020
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 13

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Arrow Video Blu-ray (July 2020): Arrow Video have transferred Cassandra Peterson's super fun Elvira: Mistress of the Dark to Blu-ray. The 1080P transfer is on a dual-layered disc with a high bitrate - almost 6X that of the 2001 DVD. It's a remarkable leap in image quality showing grain texture, notably more information in the frame, it is brighter, colors shift from pale orange to red - it's a significant upgrade and the HD presentation is consistent. clean and looks solid in-motion. It is advertised as as a "Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of original film elements". 

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On their Blu-ray, Arrow Video use a linear PCM 2.0 channel track (24-bit) in the original English language. It is another advancement in the film's audio and score by is credited to orchestrator James B. Campbell, but more notable may be the sampling of Joanna St. Claire's I Put a Spell on You, Lori Chacko's Once Bitten, Twice Shy, Jess Harnell's Town Without Pity, Cassandra herself performing Here I Am, Michael Sembello's Maniac and some may recognize Dvorak's New World Symphony. It's another significant upgrade via the uncompressed audio transfer. Arrow Video offer optional English subtitles (SDH) on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Arrow Video Blu-ray has the archival audio commentary with actors Cassandra Peterson, Edie McClurg and writer John Paragon - which is till fun and shows Cassandra's warmth and humor. There is also an introduction to the film by director James Signorelli and two further commentaries from 2017 - with Elvira Webmaster and judge of US TV show The Search for the Next Elvira Patterson Lundquist and the third with with director James Signorelli, hosted by Fangoria Editor Emeritus Tony Timpone. Running longer than the feature is Too Macabre - The Making of Elvira: Mistress of the Dark - newly-revised 2018 version of this feature-length documentary on the making of the film including interviews with various cast and crew and rare never-before-seen archival material. It has Tony Angellotti, Yancy Calzada, Sam Egan, Susan Kellermann, Cassandra Peterson and others. It is quite good. Also included Recipe for Terror: The Creation of the Pot Monster - a newly-revised 2018 version of this featurette on the concept and design of the pot monster, as well as the other SFX of the movie. There are extensive image galleries with original storyboards etc. plus theatrical and teaser trailers. The package has a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck.

Cassandra Peterson is amazing - she carved out such a unique and lovable niche. It's one that is universally appreciated by film fans. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark should have had a sequel or entire movie series - it has held up so well. Elvira is absurdly sexy, cute and fun - built around an homage is horror cinema - both cheesy and scary. I really know few people who didn't enjoy the heck out of this - I've rewatched it may times myself. Great to have it on the vastly superior Blu-ray a/v and the multitude of extras including the three commentaries and feature-length 'making of'. Absolutely recommended!

Gary Tooze

 


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