Saturday, December 1, 2007

HELLRAISER - 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Another 80’s horror classic was just reissued as part of Starz Entertainment’s "Anchor Bay Collection," in the form of Clive Barker’s original HELLRAISER (1987).

Barker’s feature directing debut is the twisted and disturbing tale of a couple (Andrew Robinson of STAR TREK: DS9, and Clare Higgins) who move into an old house and discover the undead form of the husband’s brother (who was also the wife’s lover) in the attic. His earthly body having been taken by bizarre, sadistic demons known as Cenobites, he forces his former mistress to bring him his human sacrifices so he can recreate his body…

A disturbingly graphic and highly effective horror film, the original HELLRAISER stands as one of the best true horror films of the Eighties. With a palpable sense of dread and depravity, the film still has the power to shock and horrify.

Starz gives the movie a fantastic new1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and a Dolby 5.1 surround mix. The disc is loaded with extras – some from previous editions of the film on DVD, some new – including five featurettes, an audio commentary by Barker, TV spots, trailers, several still galleries and the first and final drafts of the screenplay on DVD-ROM.

I haven’t seen the previous DVD releases of this film. But I doubt they looked this good. If you’re a fan, you might consider upgrading to this edition for the excellent transfer and new featurettes.

HELLRAISER is an important and still-effective horror classic that has been given a very solid release by Starz/Anchor Bay. Recommended.

BUY: Hellraiser: 20th Anniversary Edition