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Directed by Nico Mastorakis
USA 1986

 

What would you do if going outside meant being killed by a raging hurricane, but staying indoors meant being hacked to pieces by a sickle wielding maniac? Arrow Video proudly presents The Wind, from prolific genre filmmaker Nico Mastorakis, the director behind such cult classics as Hired to Kill and Island of Death.

When mystery novelist Sian Anderson (Meg Foster, They Live) arrives in the remote Greek town of Monemvasia, Elias Appleby (Robert Morley, The African Queen), the pompous British landlord of the house she s renting warns her of two dangers: the wind, which gets dangerously strong at night, and Phil (Wings Hauser, Vice Squad), his sleazy and suspicious American handyman. As night falls and the wind starts howling, Sian witnesses the shocking sight of Phil burying Elias s dead body in a shallow grave in his front garden! Trapped indoors from the raging, tree-branch-breaking wind, Sian must play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the murderous Phil, who'll stop at nothing to silence this inconvenient witness!

A tense and thrilling blend of Euro-horror and late 80s slasher, The Wind is a stalk n slash hidden gem, presented here for the first time on Blu-ray. Get ready to be blown away!

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Mystery writer Sian Anderson leaves her boyfriend John for three weeks of intense writing in the isolated Greek town of Monemvassia. Upon her arrival in the ancient, deserted, walled-in fortress, she is met by Elias Appleby, the round eccentric landlord who guides her through mysterious underground passageways to the house where she will work. He warns her to stay inside at night because of the killer winds that arrive after dark.

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Theatrical Release: November 17th, 1986

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Thanks to Eric Cotenas for the DVD captures and Colin Zavitz for the Blu-ray captures and review!

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Distribution Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC Simitar Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:32:00       1:31:54       1:32:02.099  
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.54 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.22 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,660,359,354 bytes

Feature: 28,863,535,872 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.89 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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Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio English (Dolby Digital stereo) English (Dolby Digital stereo)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 4480 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4480 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles None None English (SDH), Greek, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• "The Films of Niko Mastorakis: Part III" featurette (34:21)
Music Video (3:07)
Photo gallery
Filmographies for:
- Meg Foster (Actress)
- Wings Hauser (Actor)
- Robert Morley (Actor)
- Steve Railsback (Actor)
- David McCallum (Actor)
- Stanley Myers (Composer)
- Hans Zimmer (Composer)
Biographies for:
- Nico Mastorakis (Director)
- Andreas Bellis (Cinematographer)
Technical file
Bonus trailers for "Bloodstone", "Nightmare at Noon", "Glitch", "Time Traveller", "In the Cold of the Night", "Sky High", "Grandmother's House" and ".com for Murder"

DVD Release Date: April 22nd, 200
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Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio: Simitar Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• "Film Facts" notes
Filmographies for:
• Nico Mastorakis (Director)
• Meg Foster (Actress)
• Robert Morley (Actor)
Theatrical Trailer (4:03)
Bonus trailer for "Bloodstone"

DVD Release Date: June 29th, 1999

Keep Case 
Chapters: 16
 

Release Information:
Studio:
Arrow

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,660,359,354 bytes

Feature: 28,863,535,872 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.89 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Blowing The Wind - Brand new interview with Director Nico Mastorakis (28:17)
The Sound of The Wind - The complete soundtrack composed by Hans Zimmer and Stanley Myers (50:50)
Alternate "Edge of Terror" Opening credits (02:21)
A collection of trailers for the films of Nico Mastorakis (34:15)
Original trailer (03:53)
2020 Re-issue trailer (01:55)
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic and author Kat Ellinger


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 Blu-ray (July 2020): Arrow Video presents a new restoration of writer-director Nico Mastorakis' "The Wind" (aka "Edge of Terror"). This dual-layered Blu-ray release features a 4k scan of the original negative (which was approved by Mastorakis) with a reasonably high bitrate. The film appears in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with the image opening up on the top and right side of the frame, while showing a tad less on the left side. Aside from the typical boost when jumping from standard definition to 1080p, the image also benefits from the minute level of detail achieved in this 4k transfer. Close-ups reveal all kinds of information not discernible before Arrow's Blu-ray transfer. Colors also look less jaundiced without appearing too blue or teal. The film's multiple darker scenes benefit from a robust contrast, without any visible artifacts. Another great transfer from Arrow.

Arrow gives the option of watching the film in either 2.0 or 5.1 surround audio. Both tracks are DTS-HD Master audio, in 24-bit encoding. Probably the most notable thing about "The Wind" is a score composed by both Stanley Myers
(The Wilby Conspiracy Eureka, Cimino's The Deer Hunter, Roeg's Insignificance, Harold Becker's The Boost, Pete Walker House of Mortal Sin and Frightmare, etc.) and Hans Zimmer
(12 Years a SlaveThe Thin Red LineBroadcast NewsAngels and Demons etc.) While this is arguably not their finest work, it is still an interesting listen for fans of both composers, and the inclusion of the complete soundtrack as a bonus feature is worth checking out. There are optional Greek, or English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on this Region FREE Blu-ray from Arrow Video.

"Blowing The Wind" is a new half-hour interview with director Nico Mastorakis featuring footage from his work, including excised footage. "The Sound of the Wind" features the film's complete soundtrack (composed by Hans Zimmer and Stanley Myers). I always prefer the inclusion of a soundtrack on a separate CD, though here the album is accessible from the bonus features menu, with the score playing over still images from the film. Still a worthwhile extra. My favorite feature on this
Blu-ray has got to be the collection of trailers for the films of Nico Mastorakis, which runs over 34-minutes! Trailers for the film (both original and re-issue versions) also make an appearance, as well as an alternate "Edge of Terror" opening credits. There is a reversible sleeve (see below) featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys and an illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic and author Kat Ellinger.

Fans of Nico Mastorakis will be sure to get their hands on this new
Blu-ray from Arrow Video, especially given the new 4k restoration work. While the film leaves me wanting more, it is hard to deny the charms of Meg Foster, Wings Hauser, and a score from Hans Zimmer and Stanley Myers is worth a listen. 

Colin Zavitz

 


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