Monday, February 24, 2020

Review: My Bloody Valentine (Collectors Edition) by Scream Factory!



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 Features

DISC 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
DISC TWO: UNCUT VERSION
  • 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.


To order, head over to Shout Factory!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

A Tribute To The Boz!

Ladies and gentlemen...welcome....to The Land of BOZ!


Back in the 1980s and 1990s, athletes and most celebrities in general, were judged by their public personas and no one had a larger persona and chip on their shoulder than Brian Bosworth aka THE BOZ! The young, cocky linebacker broke into the mainstream during his memorable college football career where he became one of the most legendary Oklahoma Sooners. While he helped bring a lot his team, he also brought a lot of controversy. Namely by criticizing the NCAA and even his steroid use. Despite this, he was still a very desired pick by the NFL and Brian was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks where he'd play for 2 seasons until injuries caught up with him. Brian's potential wasn't truly realized in the NFL and he became the butt of many jokes at the time. In many people's minds, The Boz was a complete failure and seen as just another big fish in a little (college football) pond. With his NFL dreams fizzling before his eyes, he had other plans...


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Slam of The Night: The 1992 Royal Rumble!



January 19 1992. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was a cold, dark, snowy Saturday evening. Normally at age 9, I'd be watching whatever my mom is watching on CBS but this was a very important night. I was heading over to my best friend's house to listen to the Royal Rumble and play NES. Listen? Yeah, you heard me! He wasn't ordering it but he was gonna have it playing on his TV and we could listen to the action through the scrambled nonsense. That's usually how we did it back then and believe it or not, didn't change our excitement!



It was time, after months of world title shenanigans, to see who would win the 30 man over the top rope Royal Rumble and became the new WWF Champion!


Friday, January 10, 2020

Feel The Wrath of Zeus!




Back in 1989, WWF entered a brand new arena. No not the Palace of Auburn Hills, I'm talking the movie arena. No doubt Vince McMahon had been waiting for years to make a movie to show the rest of the entertainment industry that he truly belongs in their world and wrestling can be seen as legit entertainment, not just some small arena in Illinois. He was hitting the big time and he was bringing Hulk Hogan with him to produce NO HOLDS BARRED .For those who have never seen this movie, it's all about Hulk Hogan playing the most popular wrestler in the world named "Rip Thomas". Not Hulk Hogan. Even though he's essentially Hulk Hogan. Throughout the movie, Rip battles a lot of people, including one he makes crap his pants. But his biggest and best opponent of the movie? The Human Wrecking Machine...ZEUS!


Monday, January 6, 2020

Monday Merch Madness: Wrestlemania 9 Crew Shirt

Most of you know I'm a thrifting fiend. VHS, old toys, promo cups, pillow cases. You name it! If it's a pretty fun item, I'll be sure to grab it. But what about those items I've missed out on? Well, today is...kinda...one of those stories. The one that ALMOST got away.


Friday, January 3, 2020

Review: Elite Gorilla Monsoon

I don't think there's been an action figure that's sent me and other fans in such a hardcore tizzy like this one right here. Surely a main event in the toy aisles all across the country...



Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Welcome To SlamFest! WOOOOO!




Last year, I started a new tradition here on the blog where I focus exclusively on wrestling figures and memorabilia. It was a fun idea and I decided to continue it this year! January is usually a dead month in terms of excitement for a lot of people. It's cold, it's depressing, it's kinda boring, but considering the Royal Rumble is the biggest event of the winter season for so many, I figured it would be a good time to sit back and chat about rasslin! So today, I can't think of anyone better to help me kick this off than with the man who is considered the greatest of all time...in fact, you could say it's the only way to start of the WOOOOOOO! year. Heh.

Ok, I'll see myself out...






Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Joys of Black Friday!

We're officially in the home stretch of the Thanksgiving season. It's been a pretty busy few weeks for me and I'm sure you as well but in just a matter of hours, it'll be worth all the effort. I can feel the excitement creeping up more and more! Of course after a long day of Parades, food, and family telling the same stories over, I'll have Black Friday to look forward to!

Good thing I have Monster to help me recreate the mood for this one...


Oh yeah. The only time lining up at 3 am for 20 dollars off a 4K tv seems somewhat sane and...logical? I don't know. I feel like I can always find better deals on Mercari or even used on Amazon, but that weird comradely with other psychos in line makes it somewhat comforting. Besides, it's just not a Thanksgiving evening without about 600 flyers and circulars on your dinner table. It's a weirdly comforting feeling.


Black Friday actually holds a lot of positive memories for me. The first one I ever did was in 2003 and my big reward for dragging my best friend Andrew to Best Buy at 4 in the morning while relying heavily on cigarettes and Pepsi was 3 cd's, a Playstation 2 game and a couple Anchor Bay horror dvds (ya know, back when Best Buy had an enormous horror section). Andrew was a great sport and picked up a few PS2 games but he wanted nothing more than a nice hot McGriddle and to go back to bed. For two 20 year old guys, who probably were more used to a good smoke and drink and sleeping in until about noon or so on a day off, this was a different experience for us. Fun though! And I'm glad I got to share it with my best friend.

While that was a good starter, in 2006, I'd bust my biggest nut. That was the era where Jakks WWE Classic Superstars were reaching one of their highest points. Some of the best characters of wrestling's past were being created for the first time in 15-20 years. Brutus Beefcake, Demolition. All the faves. And on Black Friday that year, KB Toys and Kmart offered some serious deals that I couldn't pass up. KB offered 3 Classic Superstars for $20, which considering they were $15 each at the time, wasn't something I would turn down. So I decided to load up on my collection and grab 3 figures, which is good since the store had already sold so many. Pickings were slim but hey, Ken Shamrock, Bam, Bam Bigelow and Kamala are nothing to sneeze at. Of course, K-Mart is where the real gem was...


K-Mart rolled out an exclusive "Real Scale Ring" set which was a replica of a WWE ring, except a LOT bigger than a normal ring. This was no rinky dink toy, it was a 20' x 20' ring with a real cloth ring mat, die cast ringposts, foam turnbuckles and ropes that didn't require me to tie them with horrible knots like I used to with WWF Hasbro Rings. It was more like a giant model than a toy and I was more than happy to humor the store and pay it. The asking price for this beauty? $50. Special Black Friday price. You'd think they were done and officially hooked me but then they threw in the big guns: Exclusive Rowdy Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan figures would be included. Well, crap. Now I really can't turn this down!


Just pretend this is K-Mart, as hard as that is to do...

So I drove from KB to my local K-Mart. By this point it was about 5:30. K-Mart opened at 6 am and I was determined to be the one to grab that ring and figure set. Once the doors opened, I flew to the toy section like the giant kid I am and grabbed the only set they had! It was a flawless victory. I was overjoyed. I couldn't wait to get home to put it together and immediately construct a sweet display on my shelf. The guilt set in rather quickly though, as I checked out and started walking out. A woman came up to me and asked if they had anymore because she wanted one for her son. I broke the news that I got the only one and she looked super defeated. Normally I would feel bad and would be happy to give up my bounty for the greater good but I was super drained at this point and wanted to get home. Not my proudest moment, but hey, my credit card got charged and I was feeling cocky and victorious. Little Billy would have to wait another day.



And then, on the way home, I proceeded to stop at another Kmart and pick up two more Classic Superstars. Before you ask, yes I still lived in my mom's basement. Shocking, eh?

For no reason, here's Monster and Bullseye.

I'm sure you too have a very similar story about having fun during Black Friday. I'd love to hear it!  Sound off in the comments with your best Black Friday memory!



-Chad

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

He-Man at the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade!

Now, I've written about our pal He-Man before, but this is one subject I've been wanting to cover since I started blogging. In the words of Blade from the live action Masters of the Universe movie "I've been waiting a long time for this!"