After a 4 month delay House On Straw Hill finally arrives uncut on Blu-Ray! I'm not going to review the film itself as most cult horror/thriller fans will know what it's about.
The Blu-ray has been transferred from 3 negatives to make it uncut, but due to years old neglect the print is in far worse condition despite the sleeve saying it's been restored. It has been restored uncut, but that's where it stops. The print is littered with scratches, dirt, debris and a whole load of colour fade. The only positive spin I can put on this is if you liked watching Death Proof and Planet Terror in all it's beaten down worn out look, then you make like it. It does have a Grindhouse feel to it so maybe in a strange sort of way the transfer suits it!
Can it look better? Sure if Lowry or Arrow were given the negatives then yes a full scan would make it look a hell of a lot better than it does here. But will it ever come out in the UK to buy? Not sure, it depends on the BBFC. Lots of sex and violence so they may cut some scenes down.
The good thing is this Blu-Ray is region free and will work in any PS3 or Blu-Ray machine. Also included in a ltd edition 3 disc set which runs at 3000 is a documentary about banned UK horror films. Also included is a DVD of the film.
I'm giving it 4 stars for the film.
2 out 5 for the transfer.
3 out of 5 for the extras.
3 out of 5 for the audio.
If you like the film then it's a must buy if you don't mind watching it in Grindhouse style worn out look.