Monday, October 25, 2010

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 45.2 GB
Film Rating: R
Release Date: October 19th, 2010
Region: A
The Video
The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ debuts on Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The video presentation comes from a brand-new 4K/2K master from the original camera negatives. The video presentation looks much better than I expected, adding a new level of detail and clarity that was never available on home video.

The film doesn’t look brand new by any means, but there is a significant and notable improvement from previous home video releases. The level of detail and overall clarity at times was impressive, colors are also an improvement and black levels are solid throughout.

The film features a welcome level of grain throughout, but not particularly excessive. There are no signs of DNR or edge enhancement to be found on this release, disaster avoided. ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ has never looked better and the Blu-ray release definitely surpassed my expectations. 8/10.

The Audio
An English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is the lossless option included. An English 2.0 mono track, Portuguese and Polish 5.1 Dolby Digital audio tracks are also included. Optional subtitles include English SDH, Portuguese (Brazil), Danish, Finnish, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Hebrew, Norwegian, Swedish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Korean, Polish and Portuguese.

The English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is quite fantastic when it comes to surround use throughout. That being said, I have always felt that the audio was lacking at times and the Blu-ray release is no different.

Non-musical sequences are clear and easy to understand. The musical numbers vary in clarity, I don’t know much about how certain musical elements were recorded for the film, but some almost sounded as if they were recorded during filming.

Most sequences sounded like in-studio recordings and the clarity of the audio definitely helped prove that, however there were certain moments were vocals felt slightly washed out and live, particularly during ‘The Time Warp’ introduction by Riff Raff.

Regardless, the film’s 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track creates an immersive audio experience that sounds quite great for a film celebrating its 35th anniversary. It certainly sounds dated at times, but it easily could have been much worse. I am very pleased and impressed overall. 8/10.

The Extras

Play with Alternate B&W Opening (HD)
Watch the film with the alternate 20 minute B&W opening via seamless branching.

UK version of the film
Watch the UK version of the film via seamless branching; this version is two minutes longer.

The Midnight Experience
The Mdinight Experience includes four-in film features; check the features you would like active during the film:
  • Trivia Track: Learn little known facts about the film, cast and its creators.
  • Vintage Callback Track (Unrated): Join the tradition of shouting callback lines at the screen with the original 1983 Rocky Horror Picture Show Audience Par-Tic-I-Pation Album brought to you by Rocky Horror Picture Show Fan Club President, Sal Piro.
  • Drop Box: Bring the Rocky Horror Picture Show in-theater experience right into your home! Now you can throw props along with the film, toggle through the available props using the left and right arrows on your remote. Hit ENTER on your remote to activate a prop at any time during the movie. And for the virgins –sit back and relax – the appropriate prop will be presented at the appropriate time during the film with no selection required.
  • The Late Night, Double Feature, Picture-in-Picture Show: A live shadowcast performance with Rocky Horror Picture Show cast members from around the globe.
Rocky-Oke! Sing It!
Sing your favorite songs from the film with vocals on or off.

Audio Commentary
By Richard O’Brien and Patricia Quinn.

The Search for the 35th Anniversary Shadowcast (HD)
Don’t Dream It, Be It: Part I (30:02)
An-tic-i-pation: Part II (28:13)

Mick Rock (A Photographer) (3:37) (HD)
An interview with Mick Rock and his work on ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show.'

Mick Rock’s Picture Show (A Gallery) (3:50)
This is a gallery of photos from the production.

A Few from the Vault… (SD)
Deleted Musical Scenes
Outtakes
Alternate Credit Opening
Misprint Ending
“Rocky Horror Double Feature Video Show” (1995)
Beacon Theater, New York City (10th Anniversary)
Time Warp Music Video (15th Anniversary VHS Release)
Theatrical Trailer 1
Theatrical Trailer 2
Pressbook Gallery
Poster Gallery

Packaging:
‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ is packaged as an attractive digibook with color photos throughout. The disc is housed in a cardboard holder, which isn’t too bad actually, but I wish it was housed in a proper disc holder. Regardless, the packaging is very attractive and will stand out on shelves.

Overall I very much enjoyed the bonus features included on this release. A lot of work went into creating brand new features for the 35th anniversary release and I am thankful the new features were all included in high-definition. 8/10.

The Movie
The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ is now available on Blu-ray, with the cult-classic celebrating its 35th anniversary. I have always been a fan of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show,’ it is totally insane, but it is also some of the most fun you will have with a musical.

To me, it is no surprise why the film has such a strong following. The movie won’t appeal to those who tend to be more conservative, it pushes boundaries most definitely, but those with open minds will likely find much more entertainment.

Now, I can’t say that the film’s story is great by any means, but it is certainly enjoyable. I personally find the musical numbers to be some of the very best, despite the random and raunchy lyrics. The film is best viewed with other fans of the film; it just makes for a fun time.

The cast is terrific, especially Tim Curry who stars as Dr. Frank-N-Furter. I loved the supporting cast as well, which includes Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn, Jonathan Adams, Peter Hinwood, Meat Loaf and Charles Gray.

Tim Curry’s performance is really what stood out though; he makes the character truly memorable. Without his performance, I really don’t know how less popular the film would be today. His performance certainly compares to the best Johnny Depp has done, if not better.

I love ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show.’ I do think the last 20 minutes of the film are weaker in comparison to the rest of the film, but it is still a fun time regardless. The musical is dirty, sexual, funny and memorable. Film perfection this is not, but a fun time it certainly is. 8/10.

The Blu-news Summary
‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ celebrates its 35th anniversary release with a great Blu-ray release. The video and audio presentations are great with a strong selection of extras. Overall the Blu-ray release is ‘Highly Recommended.

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