Oct 302022

The Kindred arrives on Blu-ray from Synapse Films and the Special Edition comes with an Audio Commentary, Making-of Documentary and more.



The Kindred
— Special Edition —

Genre(s): Horror, Science Fiction
Synapse Films| NR – 93 min. – $34.95 | October 25, 2022

Date Published: 10/30/2022 | Author: The Movieman

Director: Jeffrey Obrow & Stephen Carpenter
Writer(s): Stephen Carpenter & Jeffrey Obrow & John Penney & Earl Ghaffari and Joseph Stefano (written by)
Cast: David Allen Brooks, Amanda Pays, Talia Balsam, Kim Hunter, Rod Steiger

Features: Commentary, Featurettes, Still Gallery, Theatrical Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), English (DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C



Dr. Amanda Hollins (KIM HUNTER) is a molecular scientist who calls on her son John (DAVID ALLEN BROOKS) to eliminate all evidence of her genetic experiments… most specifically her “Anthony Journals.” Dr. Philip Lloyd (ROD STEIGER), an acquaintance of Hollins who is familiar with her experiments, wants to continue her studies no matter the cost. John heads to his isolated childhood home with a group of friends to uncover his mother’s research and destroy it all. There’s something else in the house, however… something watching and waiting… a tentacled creature born from the desire to alter human evolution.



This release comes with a fair amount of bonus features including an Audio Commentary with Directors Jeffrey Obrow and Stephen Carpenter which is moderated by horror journalist Steve Barton; Inhuman Experiments: The Making of The Kindred (51:16), an newly produced featurette that includes new interviews with the cast and crew looking back on the production; On-Set Footage (17:52) by Creature-Effects Artist Michael McCracken; a Still Gallery and Original Storyboards; and lastly promotional materials including the Theatrical Trailer (1:58), Video Promotional Trailer (0:59) and the TV Spots.


VIDEO – 4¾/5, AUDIO – 4½/5

Synapse Films releases The Kindred onto Blu-ray where it’s presented in the original 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio and given a new 1080p high-definition transfer, taken from a new 4K remaster of the unrated version of the film. As it is, and considering the budget for its time, the picture here looks excellent with sharp and well defined detail throughout and colors were nicely balanced. There were no apparent signs of artifacts, aliasing or other flaws.

The movie comes with a new DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track along with the original 2.0 mono theatrical mix with the former being the default option. Dialogue comes through with good clarity and with god clarity, no pops or hisses along with decent depth with the soundtrack/score.

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