NIGHTBREED: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT
THE PLOT THUS FAR
For the first time on home video, you can experience Clive Barker’s original director’s cut of Nightbreed with over 40 minutes of new footage, all mastered in high definition from the original camera negative!
Boone (Craig Sheffer) may be a troubled young man, but his troubles are just beginning. Set up as the fall guy in a string of slasher murders, he decides he’ll hide by crossing the threshold that separates ’us’from ’them’and sneak into the forbidden subterranean realm of Midian. Boone will live among the monsters.
Hellraiser creator Clive Barker writes (adapting his novel Cabal) and directs this vivid leap into horror that asks: in the battle of man vs. monster, who’s really the monster? The answer supplies flesh-crawling suspense, sudden fear, a colorful Danny Elfman score and a creepy array of shape-shifting beings. They are the Nightbreed, denizens of a world beyond death, beyond the imagination, perhaps beyond anything you’ve seen.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Nightbreed” is one of the first horror films that I broke myself in two trying to watch it. I got busted at theaters, busted at video stores and I had to stake out the right time to catch it on HBO. Then, I saw it. I hated it and I didn’t watch it again for three years. In that time, I started to find who Clive Barker and David Cronenberg were and I started to refine my tastes in horror. I appreciated the make-up work and that creepy mask Decker owned. Everything kept adding up, but I never could figure out why this movie was edited like the horror movie equivalent of “Cobra”.
Clive Barker hasn’t had the best of luck when it comes to film adaptations. However, when he sticks it…he can stick it. But, the 1990s seem to be producing these opportunities to find material that was cut from the film. I’m thankful that Scream Factory is around to piece together those materials when they can be found. I’ve read “Cabal” and I liked what I saw, but the book has such visuals that need to be seen onscreen. The Director’s Cut brought back Suzi Quatro, clarity and better kills for the most part. I didn’t even know that Suzi Quatro was in this movie! If you still want the original cut, then pick up the Limited Edition on Halloween week. If you’re a Barker purist, this is the only way to go.
The Blu-Ray comes with featurettes, commentary, introduction from Clive Barker, interviews and a trailer as the special features. The A/V Quality is insane for a restoration of this magnitude. The 1080p transfer is nothing short of a revelation. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track is astounding. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 10/28/2014
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