SYNOPSIS: "On Valentine's Day, someone always loses their heart. Twenty years ago, this small town lost more than that. When supervisors abandoned their posts to attend the town's annual holiday dance, a tragedy claimed the lives of five miners. The sole survivor, Harry Warden, was institutionalized, but returned for a vengeful massacre on the disaster's first anniversary.
Nineteen years later, the town is gearing up for another Valentine's Day party. Teen sweethearts T.J. and Sarah, along with their friend Axel, are among the excited partygoers. But when a box of candy containing an eerie warning and blood-soaked heart arrive, the townsfolk realize that romance is as good as dead. And so are they..."
THOUGHTS: Well, it's been well over a decade since we've last seen this slasher hit bluray, or any home media release in North America thanks to our friends at LionsGate. A good disc, not a lot of extras but decent enough transfer. It sadly quickly went out of print and became highly sought after by collectors and slasher fans. The best part? It included the legendary "missing footage" deemed way too violent and x-rated. Now, thanks to their amazing and eyecatching 4K transfer, Scream Factory helped us out big time and we get to see the movie as it was originally intended by the director. The movie was absolutely fantastic on it's own, but with the deleted scenes, it's even more gory.
But don't be fooled. It's not just a cut 'em up, who did it slasher. It's got a lotta depth to it and a very emotional story including a love triangle involving three friends. There's not a lot of slasher movies in my opinion that can match it's fun and memorable kills with a decent story, but this one does. I'd actually argue that it's one of the few 1980s slashers that hold up and this transfer helps big time. It's almost like watching the movie for the first time all over again.
And for fans who are loyal to the original poster, you can see Scream put their best efforts to make the new cover/artwork as loyal as possible. One of the best covers to actually capture the feeling of the original.
Bonus FeaturesDISC ONE: THEATRICAL VERSION
- NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
- NEW An Anemic Valentine – An Interview With Director George Mihalka
- NEW From The Heart – An Interview With Actor Paul Kelman
- NEW Friends Of Mine – An Interview With Actress Lori Hallier
- NEW Axel, Be My Valentine – An Interview With Actor Neil Affleck
- NEW Becoming Sylvia – An Interview With Actress Helene Udy
- NEW The Secret Keeper – An Interview With Actor Rob Stein
- NEW Broken Hearts And Broken Bones – An Interview With Special Makeup Effects Designer Tom Burman
- NEW Holes In The Heart – A Look At The Difference Between The Theatrical Version And The Uncut Version
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Original TV Spots
- Original Radio Spots
- Still Gallery
- NEW 4K Scan Of The Uncut Original Camera Negative
- NEW Audio Commentary With Director George Mihalka
- MY BLOODY VALENTINE 35th Anniversary Cast Reunion Panel At The Bay Of Blood Convention In Florida Featuring Director George Mihalka, Cast Members Lori Hallier, Helene Udy, Rob Stein, Peter Cowper, Thomas Kovacs, Jim Murchison, Alf Humphreys, And Hosted By Brian Singleton
- Thomas Kovacs Performs “The Ballad Of Harry Warden” At The Bay Of Blood Convention With Peter Cowper And Jim Murchison
This set includes not only two cuts of the film, but some brand new, exclusive extras featuring interviews with cast and crew, brand new commentary with the director, trailers and tv spots, radio spots(always a favorite bonus feature of mine!), and even a deep look at the two versions of the film.My favorite bonus though is the 35th anniversary reunion panel. Don't get me wrong, a documentary and interview is always great, but in my opinion, as a convention enthusiast, a panel discussion can always show the true love and spontanious discussion between cast and crew. I'm very happy to see that included.
Just like you, I've been waiting for this landmark slasher to get the release it's always deserved and this is it. A solid 10/10.
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