Genre(s): Horror, Suspense/Thriller
Blue Underground | NR – 90 min. – $29.98 | September 23, 2014
While a group of young actors rehearse a new musical about a mass murderer, a notorious psychopath escapes from a nearby insane asylum. But when the show’s director locks his cast in the theater overnight, the madman is accidentally locked inside as well. Now, a killer with acting in his blood has gone berserk for the blood of actors and the stage is set for one unforgettable evening of shock, suspense and unstoppable carnage.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.75/5
The disc includes Interviews with Director Michele Soavi (19:01; SD), Star David Brandon (11:40; HD), Star Giovanni Lombardo Radice (14:00; SD), Make-Up Effects Artist Pietro Tenoglio (11:21; HD) and Composer Simon Boswell (18:02; HD). Also included is the Theatrical Trailer (2:18; HD) and a Poster & Still Gallery.
VIDEO – 4.0/5
Stagefright arrives on Blu-ray via Blue Underground presented with a 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. The picture itself isn’t bad showing good detail level albeit at times colors do appear overly saturated, though my suspicion, without comparing it to any other previous releases, was intentional. As such, it’s a fine transfer and most likely better than it’s ever looked before.
AUDIO – 4.5/5
The DTS-HD Master Audio track (5.1 and 2.0 channels) meanwhile really takes advantage of the music while also offering crisp and clear dialogue levels throughout. The depth isn’t exactly dynamic but for a movie, and low budget slasher one at that, both lossless tracks sound pretty darn good.
OVERALL – 4.0/5
Overall, Stagefright has cultivated cult classic status and while it’s never was my kind of movie, never really found it that engrossing in a horrific kind of way, the Blu-ray released by Blue Underground does offer good video and audio transfers while the bonus features, a set of interviews mostly, is well done.