Friday, February 6, 2009

MY BLOODY VALENTINE SPECIAL EDITION

Yet another vintage slasher film to receive a recent big-budget studio remake – in 3-D, no less – MY BLOODY VALENTINE is an above average Canadian stalk-n-slay flick from the early 80’s. Following the tradition of HALLOWEEN and FRIDAY THE 13TH, MY BLOODY VALENTINE sets up another holiday killing spree with a few original twists, and a uniquely creepy and claustrophobic setting – an old mine. The young, no-star cast is mostly adequate, and the direction by George Mihalka is fairly suspenseful.

Lionsgate new DVD presents the 1981 film at 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen in both the original theatrical version, as well as in a "restored" version, which inserts deleted gore originally shot for, but never before included in the film. This footage is also presented separately, with introductions by some of the cast and crew. I watched the movie with the footage inserted, and it played quite well, despite there being a notable difference in the quality of the source footage. In addition, there are a couple of text features on the film and the slasher subgenre.

For fans of films about masked spree killers, this new edition is recommended both for the fine transfer and restored effects footage.

BUY: My Bloody Valentine