The Echo Bridge 4-film set of “quality” Hellraiser sequels is barebones in terms of features but I guess if you’re a fan of the franchise, I think the audio and video transfers are a step up from their DVD counterparts. At a low price, it’s also not a bad deal but know you’re not going to get anything special.
Echo Bridge | R – 369 min. – $29.99 | November 29, 2011
MOVIE INFO (HELLRAISER – BLOODLINE):
Directed by: Alan Smithee (Kevin Yagher)
Writer(s): Peter Atkins (written by)
Cast: Bruce Ramsay, Valentina Vargas, Adam Scott, Doug Bradley
Theatrical Release Date: March 8, 1996
MOVIE INFO (HELLRAISER – INFERNO):
Directed by: Scott Derrickson
Writer(s): Clive Barker (characters); Paul Harris Boardman & Scott Derrickson (written by)
Cast: Craig Sheffer, Nicholas Turturro, James Remar, Doug Bradley
MOVIE INFO (HELLRAISER – HELLSEEKER):
Directed by: Rick Bota
Writer(s): Clive Barker (characters); Carl Dupre (written by)
Cast: Dean Winters, Ashley Laurence, Doug Bradley
MOVIE INFO (HELLRAISER – HELLWORLD):
Directed by: Rick Bota
Writer(s): Clive Barker (characters); Joel Soisson (story), Carl Dupre (screenplay by)
Cast: Lance Henriksen, Katheryn Winnick, Christopher Jacot, Henry Cavill, Doug Bradley
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0) – Bloodline, Inferno and Hellseeker; English (DTS-HD MA 5.1) – Hellworld
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78/1.85
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
THE MOVIES – 2.0/5
Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996) — 2.25/5
The fourth chapter of the Hellraiser series chronicles the struggle of one family who unknowingly created the puzzle box that opened the doors of Hell—setting Pinhead (DOUG BRADLEY) free to spread evil here on Earth.
Hellraiser: Inferno (2000) — 2.0/5
A shady L.A. detective (CRAIG SHEFFER) finds himself lost in a nightmarish world of evil when he solves the mysterious puzzle box that releases the diabolical demon, Pinhead (DOUG BRADLEY).
Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002) — 2.0/5
Pinhead (DOUG BRADLEY) and his legion return to unleash Hell on Earth but standing in the way is Kristy (ASHLEY LAURENCE)—the only person who has defeated Pinhead in the past.
Hellraiser: Hellworld (2003) — 1.5/5
When five hardcore Internet gamers (KATHERYN WINNICK, CHRISTOPHER JACOT, KHARY PAYTON, HENRY CAVILL) are invited (by LANCE HENRIKSEN) to a special party thrown by the website Hellworld, they are about to endure a night of unspeakable terror they believed only existed in cyber space.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 0/5
The disc only has a menu to select a movie. The film will start playing during which you can use the pop-up button to get to the chapter menu or go to another movie. Otherwise, there are no features for any of the movies.
VIDEO – 2.75/5
Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996) — 3.25/5
The fourth movie in the series doesn’t look too bad in its original 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio. The 1080p HD transfer is very dark, the norm for the franchise, and it does show off some heavy film grain/noise. However, detail levels were decent enough and the color array, when we do get to the lighter scenes, weren’t bad.
Hellraiser: Inferno (2000) — 2.25/5
The next one in line, Hellraiser 5 for those keeping track, looks considerable worse as it’s also the first of the numerous direct-to-video sequels. This time the video, 1080i HD, shows off a ton of pixilation and/or artifacting, the black levels are OK but all around it’s an average transfer. I should note that there is quite a bit dust and scratches so it doesn’t appear, not surprisingly, that the studio did any work with the transfer.
Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002) — 2.75/5
Hellraiser 6 looks a bit better but not much. The 1080p transfer shows off some decent detail level but nothing special. I didn’t notice as much in regards to flaws but on occasion there will be some scratches or dust marks.
Hellraiser: Hellworld (2003) — 3.0/5
And the last of the bunch on this set doesn’t look too bad but suffers much of the same flaws of its predecessors. Here, the 1080p high-def transfer at times looks alright, even half-decent, but in some scenes, especially the oddly lit ones, I noticed quite a bit artifacting as the scenes/shots don’t look very smooth.
AUDIO – 3.0/5
Bloodline, Inferno and Hellseeker (all about a 2.75/5) have been given DTS-HD MA 2.0 surround tracks and while none of them are particularly special, they get the job done with clear dialogue levels and some OK audio effects for the action sequences. Hellworld (3.0/5), being the newer movie in this set, has a DTS-HD MA 5.1 track but I don’t think it fairs that much better than the others except that there is some audio coming via the rear channels.
OVERALL – 1.75/5
Overall, the Echo Bridge 4-film set of “quality” Hellraiser sequels is barebones in terms of features but I guess if you’re a fan of the franchise, I think the audio and video transfers are a step up from their DVD counterparts. At a low price, it’s also not a bad deal but know you’re not going to get anything special.
Brian Oliver, The Movieman
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