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CREEPSHOW 2

CREEPSHOW 2 REVIEWED

“Creepshow 2” still remains the earliest film that I can recall seeing frontal female nudity. Well, top half. The guys at New World weren’t breaking any new ground in 1987. There was something about the second story and its bizarre black blob that attracted my attention. Having picked up the Chuck Russell remake of “The Blob” and pairing it with this release, I would spend years revisiting the pairing as a video store junkie. Why did Creepshow 2 splinter from the comic book style original into something that didn’t quite gel? We’re getting animation now?

What ultimately sinks this film is slicing up the story length and giving us a third tale that fails to live up to the original. Sure, hitchhiker terror is dark and intriguing. But, where is E.G. Marshall having bug problems? I appreciated the slightly sexual creepiness of the sleeping nudity of “The Raft”, but it lacked the charming of a dancing Ed Harris. If we’re really going to break it down, the only story that felt geniune in the film was “Old Chief Wood’nhead”. That Golem style Cigar Shop Indian could’ve easily been a back-up feature in an old EC Comic.

The problem that remains is that this film didn’t feel as new and gore-filled as the original. Slashed budgets and the overall Premium Cable feel of the film sunk what could’ve been. Surprisingly, almost all of these stories could’ve found homes on “Tales from the Crypt”. But, that’s a bridge uncrossed in a better universe.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original Uncompressed PCM Mono 1.0, Stereo and 5.1 DTS-HD MA Surround Audio Options
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio Commentary with director Michael Gornick
  • Poncho’s Last Ride – a brand new interview with actor Daniel Beer
  • The Road to Dover – a brand new interview with actor Tom Wright
  • Screenplay for a Sequel – an interview with screenwriter George A. Romero
  • Tales from the Creep – an interview with actor and make-up artist Tom Savini
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Mike Saputo
  • Nightmares in Foam Rubber – archive featurette on the special effects of Creepshow 2, including interviews with FX artists Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero
  • My Friend Rick – Berger on his special effects mentor Rick Baker
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Image Gallery
  • Trailers & TV Spots
  • Original Screenplay (BD-ROM Content)
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Mike Saputo
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Michael Blyth

A/V STATS

  • 1.85:1 1080p transfer
  • DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track

RELEASE DATE: 12/13/16

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