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Directed by Gary Graver
USA 1987

 

In a Los Angeles marina three buddies who fought together in Vietnam - Alan (John Phillip Law), Burt (William Smith) and Mark (Lewis Van Bergen) - and their wives (Britt Ekland, April Wayne and Jillian Kesner) set sail on a cruise, their first reunion since the war. All three men are haunted by nightmares of a bloody wartime massacre they took part in, killing everyone in sight - men, women, children; the tension between the men is thick enough to cut with a knife. Before long, anxiety turns to blow-chilling horror as first one, then another passenger on the cruise is mysteriously, gruesomely murdered! Adrift on the open sea with no help in sight, the terrified survivors must fight for survival against an unseen, bloodthirsty killer who has turned their worst nightmares into deadly reality!

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A Vietnam vet with PTSD and his new wife are invited for their honeymoon aboard his war buddy's yacht along with a third war friend and their girlfriends. Soon, they are being slaughtered one-by-one by a mysterious gloved assailant with an unusual pronged murder weapon.

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Theatrical Release: October 14th, 1987

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Review: 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:27:17.941         
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1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 26,508,483,267 bytes

Feature: 25,982,318,592 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1982 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1982 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
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Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
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 English, None
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1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 26,508,483,267 bytes

Feature: 25,982,318,592 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio Commentary by Co-Producer Fred Olen Ray
Audio Commentary with the Hysteria Continues, The Slasher Loving Podcast
Deep From the Schlock Pit - Audio Commentary by Film Journalists Matty Budrewicz and Dave Wain,
Original Trailer (1:37)
LIMITED EDITION SLIPCASE [3000]
LIMITED EDITION POSTER [3000]
LIMITED EDITION BOOKLET NOTES [3000]


Blu-ray Release Date:
October 19th, 2020
Black Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 9

 

 

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ADDITION: 88 Films Blu-ray (October 2020): 88 Films have transferred Gary Graver's Moon in Scorpio to Blu-ray. It has the less effectual 80's film stock but the overall 1080P image is highly serviceable with a max'ed out bitrate and a consistent image with smatterings of grain, pleasing detail in the close-ups and frequent depth. Colors aren't vibrant but there are no fatal flaws. NOTE: the opening title is unnaturally bland - a function of the original production, no doubt. Considering the slasher-genre film, the HD presentation is, actually, a pleasant surprise.

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On their Blu-ray, 88 Films use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track (24-bit) in the original English language. Like the video the audio is quite effective exporting some tension and suspense through a seething bass. The score by Robert O. Ragland (10 to Midnight, The Things With Two Heads, Grizzly) adds another layer to the sailboat-scenery and slasher elements. 88 Films offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The 88 Films Blu-ray offers not one, not two, but three audio commentaries. A first with co-producer Fred Olen Ray who gives his perspective, the second from The Hysteria Continues, The Slasher Loving Podcast which is always fun and insightful and the last by Film Journalists Matty Budrewicz and Dave Wain - that I look forward to indulging when I have time. There is also an original trailer and this package has limited edition slipcase, poster and liner booklet notes.

Moon in Scorpio has a few 'notables' who are in the latter half of their primes;  Britt Ekland, John Phillip Law and William Smith although I thought they were fine in this genre effort with Britt carrying a lot of the entertainment value exercising keen acting chops that were less-frequently utilized in many of her previous films. April Wayne and Jillian Kesner are at their titillating best with brief nudity and minor cheesecake. The gore is at a minimum (which I appreciated.) Yeah, it wasn't that bad and I liked the sailboat-horror milieu. Director Graver pulled it off producing the formulaic conventions adeptly. Value in the trifecta of commentaries, poster, slipcase, and 8-page notes on the 88 Films Blu-ray. For fans of this slasher/exploitation genre prevalent in the 80s, or who can appreciate the slightly older star power (Britt is still a stunner) this is not such a bad purchase.

Gary Tooze

 


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