Blood Rage is by no means a great horror flick but it is kind of typical of the 1980s. The acting is mostly awful and the plot isn’t exactly top notch, though I suppose as a relic of the era it might be worth some time, including checking out the Nightmare at Shadow Woods versions also included in this 3-disc set.
Arrow Video | NR – 79 min. / 82 min. – $39.95 | December 15, 2015
Date Published: 02/21/2015 | Author: The Movieman
|Twins Todd and Terry (MARK SOPER) seem like sweet boys – that is, until one of them takes an axe to the face of a fellow patron at the local drive-in. Todd is blamed for the bloody crime and institutionalized, whilst twin brother Terry goes free. Ten years later and, as the family gathers around the table for a Thanksgiving meal, the news comes in that Todd has escaped. But has the real killer in fact been in their midst all along?|
SPECIAL FEATURES – 4.0/5
The 3-disc set is housed in a clear, thick Blu-ray case and comes with a matted slip cover.
There are several new interview featurettes made for this release:
Return to Shadow Woods (5:36) takes viewers back to the original locations in Jacksonville, Florida. Really wish this one of those Hallowed Grounds features…
VHS Opening Titles (5:01) is the title sequence from the home video release.
Behind-the-Scenes Gallery are a collection of production photos.
Composite Cut (1:25:08; HD) is a version of the film combining footage from the home video and theatrical versions.
Outtakes (26:39) is some footage shown without sound.
VIDEO – 4.0/5
|Blood Rage bludgeons its way onto Blu-ray shown with a 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer using the original 35 mm film negative scanned in 2K resolution. Although hardly brilliant, the picture doesn’t look half bad, dust marks and scratches are absent and although some detail is a tad soft, other parts are sharp and well defined. Colors might not be especially bright but given this was a C-movie on a shoe-string budget I have to think it’s never looked better.|
AUDIO – 3.75/5
|The disc comes with a pleasantly adequate PCM 2.0 track which provides for clear dialogue levels throughout which makes up for the bulk of the film with some additional depth for the soundtrack and score. Considering the movie is a low 1980s budget horror, I was satisfied with only minor instances of hissing and other ailments.|
OVERALL – 2.5/5
|Overall, Blood Rage is by no means a great horror flick but it is kind of typical of the 1980s. The acting is mostly awful and the plot isn’t exactly top notch, though I suppose as a relic of the era it might be worth some time, including checking out the Nightmare at Shadow Woods versions also included in this 3-disc set. This release from Arrow Video does at least offer quality video and audio transfers and a decent selection of bonus material.|
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