What a great start to the year of film viewing. In the form of a camp cult horror and an extraordinary sci-fi epic.that is brought back to us with an extended version included along with the theatrical version.
First off is Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, starring the irresistible Cassandra Peterson as the gorgeous gothic horror host, starring in her very own, and very entertaining B-movie directed by Saturday Night Live veteran James Signorelli, this is an hilarious and spooky good time, given the exemplary Arrow treatment.
Then there’s the definitive Blu-ray release of the Kevin Costner sci-fi epic Waterworld. A post-apocalypse blockbuster, Costner is The Mariner – a mutant trader, adrift in a dystopian future where Earth is submerged under water, fighting against the villainous leader Deacon (Dennis Hopper, Blue Velvet) over a map to the mythical realm of “Dryland”. Presented here in an exclusive new restoration, in three different cuts, and with a wealth of extra material, this high-water mark of high-concept Hollywood can now be enjoyed as never before.
Both titles are packed with goodies and packaged with exclusive new artwork, and deserve a spot on any self-respecting film fan’s wishlist to Santa.
Having just quit her job as a Los Angeles TV horror hostess, Elvira receives the unexpected news that she’s set to inherit part of her great-aunt Morgana’s estate. Arriving in the small town of Fallwell, Massachusetts to claim her inheritance, Elvira receives a less than enthusiastic reception from the conservative locals – amongst them, her sinister uncle Vinny, who unbeknownst to Elvira, is an evil warlock who secretly schemes to lay his hands on the old family spellbook for his own nefarious ends…
Campy, quirky and stuffed to the brim with more double entendres than your average Carry On movie, 1988’s Elvira: Mistress of the Dark helped solidify the horror hostess (played by Cassandra Peterson) as a major pop culture icon, here owning every inch of the screen with her quick wit, sass, and of course, cleaving-enhancing gown!
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original interpositive
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original Uncompressed Stereo 2.0 audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Introduction to the film by director James Signorelli
2017 audio commentary with director James Signorelli, hosted by Fangoria Editor Emeritus Tony Timpone
2017 audio commentary with Elvira Webmaster and judge of US TV show The Search for the Next Elvira Patterson Lundquist
Archival audio commentary with actors Cassandra Peterson, Edie McClurg and writer John Paragon
Too Macabre – The Making of Elvira: Mistress of the Dark – newly-revised 2018 version of this feature-length documentary on the making of the film including interviews with various cast and crew and rare never-before-seen archival material
Recipe for Terror: The Creation of the Pot Monster – newly-revised 2018 version of this featurette on the concept and design of the pot monster, as well as the other SFX of the movie
Original US Theatrical and Teaser Trailers
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark – on Blu-ray now
But for me, heres the biggie and the must have bluray of December, the Kevin Reynold directed Waterworld.
The most expensive film ever made at the time of its release, Waterworld has thrilled audiences through the years with its awe-inspiring action scenes, gargantuan maritime sets and ground-breaking special effects.Its also become part of filmmaking legend with its tales or budget, and production chaos but that doesnt make the film any less entertaining. In fact even though the film is often touted as a ‘flop’ the film did make its money back and end up in profit, but because that fact makes the production legend a little less exciting, that fact isnt talked about as much as the hardship of the films creation is.
A definitive post-apocalypse blockbuster, Waterworld stars Kevin Costner (The Untouchables) as The Mariner – a mutant trader, adrift in a dystopian future where Earth is submerged under water and humankind struggles to survive on boats and in ramshackle floating cities. The Mariner becomes embroiled with the Smokers, a gang of pirates who, led by villainous leader Deacon (Dennis Hopper, Blue Velvet), are seeking Enola (Tina Majorino, Napoleon Dynamite), a girl with a map to the mythical realm of “Dryland” tattooed on her back.
Famous for both its epic scale and the controversy that swirled around its production, Waterworld is a key cult film of the 1990s, and an essential entry into the subgenre of ecologically-minded blockbusters. Presented here in an exclusive new restoration, in three different cuts, and with a wealth of extra material, this high-water mark of high-concept Hollywood can now be enjoyed as never before.
TWO-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
• New restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative by Arrow Films, presenting the film in three cuts
• Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 stereo audio options
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Six collector’s postcards
• Double-sided fold-out poster
• Limited edition 60-page perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the film by David J. Moore and Daniel Griffith, archival articles and original reviews
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper
DISC ONE – THE THEATRICAL CUT
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the original theatrical cut
• Maelstrom: The Odyssey of Waterworld, an all-new, feature-length making-of documentary including extensive cast and crew interviews and behind the scenes footage
• Original archival featurette capturing the film’s production
• Global Warnings, film critic Glenn Kenny explores the subgenre of ecologically aware Hollywood blockbusters
• Production and promotional stills gallery
• Visual effects stills gallery
• Original trailers and TV spots
DISC TWO – THE EXTENDED CUTS [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the extended US TV cut, which runs over 40 minutes longer than the theatrical cut
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the extended European “Ulysses” cut, which includes censored shots and dialogue
I have seen the theatrical cut many times over the years so I just know that when I get my hands on the bluray, I will head straight to disc 2 and check out the extended versions. To know that you are watching footage that not many people have seen is something very exciting for a film geek like me and not since the directors cut of Aliens, or the Richard Donner cut of Superman II, have I been this eager to see what has previously been a very much unseen version of a film I love.