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I’m not a big fan of the It’s Alive Trilogy or anything but understand its appeal amongst the horror crowd, especially in its simplicity given, at least in the first movie, you really don’t see the monster baby very much.

 

 

It’s Alive Trilogy
(1974-87)

Genre(s): Horror
Shout Factory | PG/R – 91 min. / 91 min. / 95 min. – $49.97 | May 15, 2018

Date Published: 05/20/2018 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Larry Cohen
Writer(s): Larry Cohen (written by)
Cast: John Ryan, Sharon Farrell, Andrew Duggan, Frederick Forrest, Kathleen Lloyd, Michael Moriarty, Karen Black
DISC INFO:
Features: 3 Audio Commentaries, Featurettes, Trailers, TV Spots
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 3
Audio: It’s Alive 1 & 2 – English (DTS-HD MA 1.0); It’s Alive 3 – English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: NA
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Shout Factory provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


THE MOVIES


It’s newborn and… It’s Alive… and murder is what it knows best! A proud couple’s bundle of joy is really a newborn terror in filmmaker Larry Cohen’s cautionary cult hit that tapped into environmental fears. The horror grows when multiple child monsters rampage in the first sequel It Lives Again as two brave parents try to stop them by becoming bait for their spree. The now global mutants are rounded up and relocated to a far-flung island in It’s Alive III: Island of the Alive. Will a parent’s greatest nightmare become the world’s gravest fear? Find out… if you dare.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5


All three movies are housed in their own Blu-ray case which side-slides into a cardboard outer-box. The first two movies come with reversible cover artwork.

It’s Alive (1974) — 3.5/5

  • Audio Commentary – Writer/Producer/Director Larry Cohen
  • Cohen’s Alive: Looking Back at the It’s Alive Films (18:14) is an overview look from Larry Cohen, along with actors James Dixon, Michael Moriarty and Laurene Landon, and film historians, discussing the entire franchise.
  • It’s Alive at the Nuart: The 40th Anniversary Screening (13:27) finds the Cohen answering questions following a screening.
  • Theatrical Trailer (3:03), Radio Spots (1:49), TV Spots (1:05) and Still Gallery (4:44)

It Lives Again aka It’s Alive 2 (1978) — 2.0/5

  • Audio Commentary – Writer/Producer/Director Larry Cohen
  • Theatrical Trailer (0:42) and a Still Gallery (3:40)

It’s Alive III: Island of the Alive (1987) — 2.25/5

  • Audio Commentary – Writer/Producer/Director Larry Cohen
  • Interview (10:11) with Special Effects Makeup Designer Steve Neill
  • Trailer (0:45) and Still Gallery (2:50)

 


VIDEO – 4.0/5, AUDIO – 3.5/5


Each of the three movies received new 2K scans from the original film elements and honestly, each of the It’s Alive movies do look great. Detail appears relatively sharp throughout while colors pretty much look comparable to other films from the era(s). There are times where I did notice a few specs but all in all, these were relatively clean outside of the natural film grain.

The first two movies got a DTS-HD Master Audio Mono track while the third got a stereo track. None of them are particularly noteworthy, but still sounds good providing clear dialogue levels.


OVERALL – 3.5/5


Overall, I’m not a big fan of the It’s Alive Trilogy or anything but understand its appeal amongst the horror crowd, especially in its simplicity given, at least in the first movie, you really don’t see the monster baby very much. This trilogy box set is a nice value for any fan though the amount of features was a tad disappointing.

 

 

 

 

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

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