Jun 302020
 

The Wind, starring Meg Foster, Wings Hauser and David McCallum arrived on Blu-ray through Arrow Video back in April and includes a new interview with the director and the complete score composed in part by Hans Zimmer.

 

 

The Wind
(1986)

Genre(s): Horror, Thriller
Arrow Video | NR – 92 min. – $39.95 | April 28, 2020

Date Published: 06/30/2020 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Nico Mastorakis
Writer(s): Nico Mastorakis (story), Fred C. Perry and Nico Mastorakis (screenplay)
Cast: Meg Foster, Wings Hauser, David McCallum, Robert Morley, Steve Railsback


DISC INFO:
Features: Interview, Trailers, Galleries
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1


Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), English (PCM 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH, Greek
Disc Size: 49.68 GB
Total Bitrate: 41.81 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A


Arrow Video 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


When mystery novelist Sian Anderson (MEG FOSTER) arrives in the remote Greek town of Monemvasia, Elias Appleby (ROBERT MORLEY), the pompous British landlord of the house she’s renting warns her of two dangers: the wind, which gets dangerously strong at night, and Phil (WINGS HAUSER), his sleazy and suspicious handyman. As night falls and the wind starts howling, Sian witnesses the shocking sight of Phil burying Elias’s dead body in a shallow grave in his front garden. Trapped indoors from the raging, tree-branch-breaking wind, Sian must play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the murderous Phil, who’ll stop at nothing to silence this inconvenient witness.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.25/5


No slip cover with this release, but there is a nice booklet and the sleeve is reversible with the film’s original poster artwork. Not a ton of features on here, but it is a pretty obscure film, so not too surprising.

Blowing the Wind (28:17) — Director Nico Mastorakis, via silhouette, discusses his work on the film.

The Sound of the Wind (50:50) — This is the complete soundtrack composed by Hans Zimmer and Stanley Myers. Would’ve been nice to have this as a CD so I could listen on my iPod, but cool to have here anyway.

Alternate “Edge of Terror” Opening Credits (2:21) — Just the same opening with a different title.

We also get the Original Trailer (3:53), 2020 Re-issue Trailer (1:55), Nico Mastorakis Trailer Gallery (34:15) and Image Galleries.

 


VIDEO – 4.75/5


Arrow Video blows in The Wind, releasing it onto Blu-ray presented with a 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and has been given a 1080p high-definition transfer, which was taken from a new scan in 2K resolution from the original 35mm camera negative. Given what I assume wasn’t a large production budget, I was rather impressed with the picture, detail is incredibly sharp on both close-ups and background objects/persons, colors have a good vibrancy while black levels are well balanced. The natural film grain and noise is still intact which is almost always a positive sign, giving it the best theatrical presentation possible.

AUDIO – 4.25/5


The disc comes with two tracks, the first (and default) is a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 while the other is PCM 2.0. Both are rather notable, the former outputting crisp and clear dialogue levels and some modest depth particularly noticeable during the finale with the titular wind blowing all over the place.

 


 

 

 

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

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