May 282017

Willard is a cult classic and finally gets a release on both DVD and Blu-ray so fans can finally revisit after many, many years.




Genre(s): Horror, Comedy
Shout Factory | PG – 85 min. – $29.99 | May 16, 2017

Date Published: 05/28/2017 | Author: The Movieman


Directed by:
Daniel Mann
Writer(s): Stephen Gilbert (novel ‘Ratman’s Notebook’); Gilbert A. Ralston (screenplay)
Cast: Bruce Davison, Sondra Locke, Elsa Lanchester, Ernest Borgnine
Commentary, Featurette, Trailer, TV Spot, Radio Spot, Gallery
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray, DVD
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 31.5 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A



Willard Stiles (BRUCE DAVISON) is a young man with a big problem. He lives alone in a crumbling house with his ailing mother (ELSA LANCHESTER). His boss, Al Martin (ERNEST BORGNINE) is a vulgar, cruel man who stole his business from Willard’s father and is now working Willard to death at his factory job.

Lonely, depressed and isolated, Willard is on the verge of a breakdown when he makes a new friend: Ben, one of the many rats who inhabit his dilapidated home. Not only can Willard communicate with the rodent, but he can actually command him to do his bidding. Using Ben and his furry friends as instruments of retaliation, Willard commands his pets to carry out his vengeance…



This release comes with a new Audio Commentary with actor Bruce Davison (moderated by Mondo Digital’s Nathanial Thompson), I Used to Hate Myself but I Like Myself Now (12:27; HD) is an interview with Davison, the Theatrical Trailer (2:23; HD), TV Spot (1:02; HD), Radio Spot (1:26; HD) and Still Gallery (5:52; HD).

Also included is a DVD Copy.


VIDEO – 3.5/5

Willard makes its long awaited arrival on home video, here on Blu-ray, presented in its original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and given a 1080p high-definition transfer. Although it’s doubtful this went through a thorough restoration or anything, yet the picture still looks good, decent enough detail and colors appear vibrant. There’s a few little dust marks but otherwise it’s a clean transfer.

AUDIO – 3.5/5

The disc has been given a DTS-HD Master Audio Mono track which is, as with many catalog titles from Shout, serviceable. This is a movie that’s either full of rat noises or dialogue which comes through that center channel clear enough.


OVERALL – 3.5/5

Overall, Willard is a cult classic and finally gets a release on both DVD and Blu-ray so fans can finally revisit after many, many years. The movie itself is a lot of fun while this Shout Factory release offers up good video/audio transfers and a nice selection of features.





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

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