Jan 102019
 

Although I’m sure The Mangler has its fanbase that has grown over the years, this horror-comedy didn’t do much for me, mainly with some over-the-top acting on the parts of Robert Englund and Ted Levine, even in a movie where a machine comes to life and chases people down…

 

 

The Mangler
(1995)

Genre(s): Horror
Shout Factory | Unrated – 106 min. – $29.99 | December 11, 2018

Date Published: 01/10/2019 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Writer(s): Stephen King (short story); Tobe Hooper, Stephen Brooks and Peter Welbeck (screenplay)
Cast: Robert Englund, Ted Levine, Daniel Matmor, Vanessa Pike
DISC INFO:
Features: Commentary, Interview, Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 40.47 GB
Total Bitrate: 40.45 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


Based on Stephen King’s short story, this white-knuckle chiller follows a cop (TED LEVINE) as he investigates a series of grisly accidents… and uncovers a deadly town secret that has been hidden for years – a terrifying entity that threatens to destroy everything in its path. With time running out and a young girl’s (VANESSA PIKE) life in the balance, he races to destroy the beast before it’s too late!

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5


No slip cover but the artwork is reversible revealing the film’s original poster art. Features include a new Audio Commentary with Co-Writer Stephen Brooks, a new Interview (22:40) with Robert Englund, some Behind the Scenes Footage (12:42) and the Theatrical Trailer (1:26) and TV Spot (0:33).

 


VIDEO – 4.0/5


The Mangler is presented in its original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and given a new 1080p transfer taken from a 2K scan of the original camera negative for the unrated version (the R-rated one is not on the disc). Although there are some minor dust marks, this was a sharp looking picture and colors appear to be as originally intended.

AUDIO – 3.75/5


The disc includes a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track which isn’t anything amazing, yet perfectly satisfactory, where dialogue levels are clear and there is some minor depth though the LFE channel barely registers.

 


OVERALL – 2.25/5


Although I’m sure The Mangler has its fanbase that has grown over the years, this horror-comedy didn’t do much for me, mainly with some over-the-top acting on the parts of Robert Englund and Ted Levine, even in a movie where a machine comes to life and chases people down… In any case, the Blu-ray release has good video/audio transfers and an okay 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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