Jan 182019
 

I’m not especially fond of the Howling franchise and this third entry, which doesn’t have much in common with the first two films, has a few cheesy scenes and an amusing premise that did make this at least an entertaining fantasy-horror flick.

 

 

Howling III
(1987)

Genre(s): Horror, Comedy
Shout Factory | PG13 – 98 min. – $29.99 | January 15, 2019

Date Published: 01/18/2019 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Philippe Mora
Writer(s): Gary Brandner (book); Philippe Mora (story) (screenplay)
Cast: Barry Otto, Imogen Annesley, Max Fairchild, Leigh Biolos, Dasha Blahova, Ralph Cotterill, Barry Humphries
DISC INFO:
Features: Commentary, Interviews, Theatrical Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 38.78 GB
Total Bitrate: 37.59 Mbps
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.


PLOT SYNOPSIS


Long ago, the now-extinct marsupial wolf (a.k.a. the Tasmanian Tiger) roamed the Australian Outback. Today, a werewolf colony that has descended from these marsupials has taken over the land. This race of human-like creatures roams the outback, preying on the unsuspecting to feed their growing numbers. The race for survival is on as the humans struggle to contain these out-of-control creatures.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.5/5


No slip cover or reversible artwork on this release. There are a few decent features, though with a new Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Philippe Mora, a new Interview (27:23; 1080p) with Mora and Vintage Interview (18:56; 1080p) excerpts from the “Not Quite Hollywood” documentary by Mark Hartley. Also included is the Theatrical Trailer (2:06; 1080i).

 


VIDEO – 4.0/5


Howling III comes to Blu-ray through Shout Factory’s Scream line and has been given a 1080p high-definition transfer which was taken from a new 4K scan of the original film elements. Outside of some dust marks and minor scratches, this is a good looking transfer, especially for a movie that is over 30 years old and one that probably didn’t have a large budget. Colors were nice and bright without appearing bolstered and detail was relatively sharp with a couple softer shots.

AUDIO – 3.75/5


The included DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo track which sounds pretty good outputting clear dialogue levels, some okay depth and no discernible hisses or pops. Basic but effective enough.

 


OVERALL – 3.5/5


Overall, I’m not especially fond of the Howling franchise and this third entry, which doesn’t have much in common with the first two films, has a few cheesy scenes and an amusing premise that did make this at least an entertaining fantasy-horror flick. This Blu-ray release via Scream Factory has respectable video and audio transfers and a fine selection of bonus features.

 

 

 

 

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

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