November 28, 2008 Looking for an aweseome Blu-Ray horror movie present for a loved one, along with the $168 Wal-Mart Blu-Ray player you're buying? Don't want to get burned with a release that has shoddy picture quality? Here's a quick and handy guide to some of the most important Blu-Ray horror releases out there.
One issue with Blu-Ray and horror is that so many horror titles are from old, grainy prints. And they're issued by companies that don't have the deep pockets to remaster a title with the digital technology used, say, remastering an old James Bond movie. Thankfully, however, a few splatter classics have been given that kind of treatment, most notably from Anchor Bay Entertainment.
George Romero's Dawn of the Dead
Romero's second zombie film has come a long way from its blurry VHS release in the '80s. This amazing Blu-Ray from Anchor Bay makes the film look like it was shot yesterday. Watching it on Blu-Ray really makes you feel like you're watching it for the first time again. Skyline shots are magnificent -- and you can even spot some of the fakness in the makeup effects. In short, this is the most incredible horror Blu-Ray out there as a release that reinvents a movie with incredible HD picture quality. Of course, it's also just a great movie. A must have.
John Carpenter's Halloween
Another winner from Anchor Bay, this title also looks like it was shot yesterday. They did a bang-up job remastering the original negative and making this classic look like it was filmed this year. A must have.
One of the best horror movies of last year, if not the best, "The Mist" just made its way to Blu-Ray. It's bloody expensive, but looks spectacular in the format -- although not as spectacular as some of the Anchor Bay remasters of the classics, most notably "Dawn of the Dead." The Blu-Ray features both the color and director-approved black-and-white versions of this modern classic.
Not a great horror movie, but a great looking Blu-Ray. Worth getting simply because it's a decent modern movie with incredible picture quality in the new high-def format.
The Omen Collection
The first horror movie box set on Blu-Ray, "The Omen Collection" suffers somewhat in the picture quality department, in part because these films are so old, but also because maybe not enough care was taken in remastering them. These Blu-Rays don't pop out of your HDTV like "Halloween" or "Dawn of the Dead." But they still look great, and it is the only horror box set out there in the format.
Dawn of the Dead 2004
Arguably the best horror remake of the past ten years, Zack Snyder's "Dawn of the Dead" looks spectacular in HD. Another great release to show off your system with, especially if you're looking for a high-ocate action horror title.
Stanley Kubrick's big-budget Stephen King adaptation looks spectacular in high-def. 'Nuff said.
Masters of Horror
The entire Season 1 of the "Masters of Horror" series is on Blu-Ray courtesy of Anchor Bay. This awesome hard R-rated horror series debuted on Showtime in high-def. They looked spectacular then and spectacular now.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
If you really want a Blu-Ray that fully lets you see grain this is it. This horror classic was shot on grainy 16 mm and it looks it. But colors are strong and, ultimately, this Dark Sky Films release makes this movie look better than it ever has before.
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