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Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a wonderful 1980s deliberate B-movie that has garnered cult status and actually features respectable make-up/costume designs and some genuinely funny moments.

 

 

Killer Klowns from Outer Space
(1988)

Genre(s): Comedy, Horror
Arrow Video | NR – 86 min. – $39.95 | April 24, 2018

Date Published: 04/21/2018 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Stephen Chiodo
Writer(s): Charles Chiodo & Stephen Chiodo (written by)
Cast: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, Michael Siegel, Peter Licassi, John Vernon, Royal Dano
DISC INFO:
Features: Commentary, Featurettes, Deleted Scenes, Outtakes, Galleries, Trailers
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0), English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 45.6 GB
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

 


PLOT SYNOPSIS


When Mike (GRANT KRAMER) and girlfriend Debbie (SUZANNE SNYDER) warn that a gang of extraterrestrial killer klowns have landed in the nearby area, the cops are naturally skeptical. Before long, however, reports are coming in from other local residents detailing similar run-ins with the large-shoed assailants. There can no longer be any doubt – the Killer Klowns from Outer Space are here, and they’re out to turn the population into candy floss.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 4.0/5


This release comes with a matted slip cover and the single disc is housed in an extra-wide clear Blu-ray case. Inside is a booklet containing an essay and production photos and a two-sided fold-out poster.

Audio Commentary – The Chiodo Brothers sit down for a lively and still fascinating track recounting some on-set stories and the concept behind the movie.

Let the Show Begin! (10:38; HD) is a new interview with the original members of punk band ‘The Dickies’ who were responsible for the film’s theme song.

The Chiodos Walk Among Us (23:41; HD) – This featurette looks at the making of the Chiodo’s Brothers’ childhood films from the early years through college.

Chiodo Brothers Early Films is a collection of six films dating from 1967 through 1974 including: Land of Terror, Beast from the Egg, Africa Donny, Eskimo, Sludge Grubs and Free Inside.

Brining Life to These Things (7:58; HD) – This 2014 featurette has Stephen Chiodo provides a tour of the Chiodo Bros. Productions and includes some behind-the-scenes footage from the set of Killer Klowns.

Killer Interviews (HD):

  • Tales of Tobacco (18:01) – Actor Grant Cramer
  • Debbie’s Big Night (10:39) – Actress Suzanne Snyder
  • The Making of Killer Klowns (21:40) – The Chiodo Brothers
  • Visual Effects (14:52) – Co-Writer/Producer Charles Chiodo and VFX Supervisor Gene Warren Jr.
  • Kreating Klowns (12:50) – Charles Ciodo and Creature Fabricator Dwight Roberts
  • Komposing Klowns (13:15) – Composer John Massari

Behind the Screams with the Chiodos (29:54; HD) – This is home video footage from behind-the-scenes while making Killer Klowns. Actually pretty good especially considering you’d think there wouldn’t be much old footage from a lower budgeted horror film…

Klown Auditions (3:56; SD) is footage of the actors portraying the, well, Killer Klowns.

Deleted Scenes (4:36; HD) included two scenes removed and come with optional commentary.

Killer Bloopers (2:49; SD) containing on-set flops and fumbles.

Image Galleries: Stills, Behind-the-Scenes, Concept Art, Storyboards

Trailer (1:53; HD)

 


VIDEO – 4.5/5


Killer Klowns comes to Blu-ray and restored from the original 35mm camera negative and scanned in 4K resolution where upon thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches and other signs of wear were repaired or removed. By my eye, this was an incredible looking 1080p high-definition transfer. Colors are bright without appearing overly pumped up or contrast boosted while detail was sharp and nicely defined throughout.

AUDIO – 4.0/5


Both the included 2.0 and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio tracks were remastered, with the former being the default option when the movie begins. Either of these tracks would be perfectly serviceable as both do showcase some modest depth while also outputting crisp and clear dialogue levels.

 


OVERALL – 4.0/5


Overall, Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a wonderful 1980s deliberate B-movie that has garnered cult status and actually features respectable make-up/costume designs and some genuinely funny moments. This new Blu-ray release from Arrow Video offers up excellent video and audio transfers to go along with some good bonus features.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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