The first thing that greets you with this excellent blu-ray release is the terrific classic slasher-style artwork. It's truly over the top in that great 70's & 80's slasher movie way and shows the amount of care Arrow have put into the re-release.
This applies to the movie as well - it's got a better conversion that some other more major films, suffering none of the dreaded moments when the quality plummets to VHS blurriness and then back to blu-ray sharpness because they lost a bit of the original print. The whole of this film looks excellently sharp and clear.
The story's a little lacklustre, as a cop comes back for revenge - not in the plot, but in the way it's done. For fans of more creative stalk and slash pictures, the lack of any real cat-and-mouse or suspense will be a let down. And a let down that can't be blamed on the budget, as many low-budget horrors manage far more creative direction and storytelling than this. It is fun though, and enjoyable to watch. Tom Atkins is good as the lead detective, and Bruce Campbell is okay in a fairly weakly written role. As killer cop Cordell, Robert Z'Dar is decent, but the continuity team let him down badly. Why? Because blu-ray shows up the dozens of shots where they've messed up his scarring and makeup. He goes from clean-shaven and unscarred, to hideous weeping scars, to just a nick on his chin, and back again many many times. His hands also vary wildly between scarred as heck and utterly fine. Maybe it wasn't that noticeable on VHS, but it's ridiculously glaring on blu-ray and actively distracts from the film.
I'm a big fan of classic old horrors, including cheesy ones, but it just didn't grab me.
However, that's just me - some people will love it, and for them I'd recommend this as a gorgeous looking copy of an excellently clear print.