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The Initiation is your common 1980s slasher film with some shoddy performances but at least a fun quotient that will entertain fans, though for myself this is probably a one-and-done viewing.

 

 

The Initiation
(1984)

Genre(s): Horror
Arrow Video | R – 97 min. – $34.95 | November 8, 2016

Date Published: 11/20/2016 | Author: The Movieman

 


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Larry Stewart
Writer(s): Charles Pratt Jr. (written by)
Cast: Vera Miles, Clu Gulager, James Read, Daphne Zuniga
DISC INFO:
Features:
Commentary, Interviews, Extended Scene, Theatrical Trailer, BD-ROM Content
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (LPCM 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 33.1 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

 


PLOT SYNOPSIS


Kelly’s (DAPHNE ZUNIGA) sorority sisters have a special initiation in store for her and her fellow pledges, which involves a late-night break-in of her father’s department store. But what begins as a harmless prank turns sour when, once inside the mall, the group find themselves locked in for the night along with a deadly intruder.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.75/5


This release includes an 18-page essay/photo booklet.

Audio Commentary – The Hysteria Continues is a podcast group and fans of the slasher genre and they delve deep into the film.

Interviews:

  • Sorority Saga (21:17; HD) – New interview with writer Charles Pratt, Jr. as he discusses his career and how The Initiation was made.
  • Pledge Night (18:36; HD) – New interview with actor Christopher Bradley on how he got the gig playing Chad in his feature film debut.
  • Dream Job (13:34; HD) – In this new interview, actress Joy Jones talks about her role as Heidi.

Extended Scene (1:07; SD) – Apparently, during the restoration process, the original camera negative was discovered to include a brief section of additional footage during the party scene. No audio as it was presumed to be lost but we do get subtitles.

Trailer (1:11; HD)

 


VIDEO – 4.25/5


Arrow Video releases The Initiation onto Blu-ray for the first time presented with a 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer (MPEG-4 AVC codec). For what was a low budget 1980s slasher flick, this new 2K restoration from the original camera negative looks pretty damn good. Colors are fairly bright in daylight scenes and darker shots, while showing some heavy grain, still allow detail to show through. There were no obvious signs of artifacts, aliasing, film damage or other major flaws.

AUDIO – 4.0/5


The disc has been given a nice sounding LPCM 1.0 track which offers decent dialogue levels while other elements, especially during the bloody third act, gives off well balanced screams that should impress any fan of the genre. The generic music also comes through the center channel pretty well.

 


OVERALL – 3.25/5


Overall, The Initiation is your common 1980s slasher film with some shoddy performances but at least a fun quotient that will entertain fans, though for myself this is probably a one-and-done viewing. As for the Blu-ray from Arrow Video, there are some OK features while the video/audio transfers are both well done.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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