Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Night of the Creeps Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 36.3 GB
Film Size: 23.6 GB
Film Rating: Unrated
Region: Free

Night of the Creeps comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. I was very pleased when I started the film to see a very grain heavy experience. The film looks very natural and authentic, but still boasting a very high-def picture.

Clearly I did not have the day-and-date DVD to compare, but the film definitely looks good considering the time it was released and the type of film it is. There is an overall sharpness and detail that will leave fans very impressed. Colors were also very strong, black levels were also very good overall.

The very beginning of the film is the least impressive visually, but it's quick and in a lower-light setting that makes it very easy to forgive. The film won't be anyone's catalog demo material, but it's very strong when you take everything into consideration. 8/10.

A 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included. It really does help the film had not received a proper 5.1 mix prior, as this track definitely feels more recent than it does aged. Surround use is very good, incorporating effects and music quite nicely and aggressively.

Dialogue was front and center, generally very clear aside from a few quick instances. I was very impressed by the environment created in the film, showing some strong direction as well. There's no way one could not enjoy this high-def mix. 8/10.


Audio Commentary
with Writer/Director Fred Dekker

Cast Commentary
with Steve Marshall, Tom Atkins, Jason Lively and Jill Whitlow

Original Theatrical Ending (:29) (HD)
the original ending is included in high-definition, but your not missing too much as it's definitely quick and fairly weak.

Deleted Scenes (7:41) (SD)
Seven deleted scenes are included.

Thrill Me: Making "Night of the Creeps" (59:47) (HD)
An extremely in-depth and impressive making-of. Featuring new interviews with the cast and crew, and it's all presented in beautiful high-definition. Many things are covered here, from the original idea of the film to the casting, audience reaction and the Director's Cut premiere. It's nice to see how the cast looks now too. This is a very recent and very updated bonus feature that will impress all fans of the film.

Tom Atkins: Man of Action (19:56) (HD)
All about Tom Atkins, he discusses past projects and of course Night of the Creeps.

Trivia Track

Original Theatrical Trailer (1:31) (HD)

Previews (HD)
trailers for other Blu-ray releases.

Considering the film took forever to come out on DVD, this is quite the strong supplements package, we get more than just a trailer. We get very recent look backs on the film, new commentary, and an extremely extensive making of feature. This is a very strong supplements package considering the film's age where extras were not highly produced unless new. 8/10.

Blu-news Summary
Night of the Creeps comes to Blu-ray with a new Director's cut, which definitely felt much more in flow with the film than the previous ending did. The film ends the way it opens, answering quite a few more questions that were left by the ending.

This film is finally on DVD, so it's nice that it was also given the high-def treatment at the same time rather than waiting even more time to release it. The movie is the true definition of fun, and the lines featured are some of the best.

Detective Cameron: I got good news and bad news, girls. The good news is your dates are here.
Sorority Girl: What's the bad news?
Detective Cameron: They're dead.

This is a fun zombie film, which can get quite random at times, but never becomes bland while viewing. If you have not seen the film by now, definitely do give it a rent just in time for Halloween. 8/10.

The Blu-ray release is strong, featuring good video and audio presentations. Extras on this release are very impressive, particularly the making of featurette. The studio has done a lot of great work on this Blu-ray release, making this one 'Highly Recommended.'

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