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5.0 out of 5 stars Great presentation of an eighties classic., 20 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Burning: Collectors Edition [Blu-ray] [1981] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
***This review is for SCREAM FACTORY'S BLU-RAY RELEASE*******

When a prank goes horribly wrong, summer camp caretaker Cropsey gets horribly burned. While it was an honest mistake, Cropsey naturally cannot let things go. After getting out of hospital he decides to try and relieve some of tha anger and frustration by visiting a hooker. Sadley it turns out Cropseys never getting a lady again, not even a lady of the night so after eviscerating the poor prostitute who turns him down he heads straight back to summer camp to begin the killing.

Banned on video in the 'video nasties' panic of the early eighties before being re-issued cut, the Burning gained somewhat of a cult reputation. A lot of films that ended up on the DPP list became cult classics mainly due to the noteriety of being banned. Some, like the Burning became cult classic by virtue of actually being pretty good. In fact it's still one of my favourite Miramax movies its produced by Bob and Harvey Weinstein and based on an actualy urban ledgend told in summer camps around the New York area.

The Burning does nothing origional. It follows in the footsteps of the Friday 13th films and borrows a lot of the conventions of the summer camp slasher from parts 1 & 2 of those films, from the Summer camp setting, the Tom Savini gore effects (from the first movie, he turned down part 2 to do this) and the ghost story around the campfire. Its probably worth mentioning Savini claims the Weinsteins were developing this before the orgional Friday the 13th but I dont know how true that is. While the film may do nothing origional it does take the conventions of the genre and do them very well indeed. The film is suspensful. It looks great and its well edited by the hugely talented Jack sholder (aside from nightmare on elm street 2 of course!). Rick wakeman provides an excellent score and the film is a fun, gorey slice of eighties nostalgia. It even has the added bonus of an early role for Jason alexander (george Costanza from Seinfeld) and a small early role for Holly Hunter.

I got a bit worried before the disc arrived. I read on forums it 'wasnt much of an upgrade from DVD'. Thankfully i'd already bought the film and was waiting for it to arrive as in fact the Blu-ray represents a real noticable improvement over the DVD even on upscale. It looks sharper, has more detail and the colours look better. There is some print damage evident in places but it looks natural and 'film-like'. I ran the MGM release straight afterwards and its definately an upgrade, proving half of what you read on forums is probably bull****. Extras wise it ports over all the extras from the MGM dvd including the excellent commentary track from Tony Maylam and Alan Jones. We also get new extras in the shape of a second commentary and some added featurettes. I'm not so keen on the cover but thats my only real gripe with an otherwise excellent package.

Sadly like most scream Factory discs its region locked. So If you can't play region A it might actually be worth waiting. Not long back there was a UK screening of a 35mm print down in London. Sadly being a northern monkey I was unable to attend but hopefully it bodes well for a british release somewhere down the line from either Arrow or Second sight, both of who seem to be handling the MGM liscened material in the UK. Even better we might get the origional Thorn EMI sleeve art or the Vipco art, both of which I prefer to this releases.
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Initial post: 3 Oct 2013 00:20:40 BDT
Pablo Leone says:
cheers for the review mr k,,,is this a double disc set?blu ray and dvd?if so does th edvd have the same features as the blu ray?thanks,pablo

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Oct 2013 05:44:44 BDT
Mr. K. Arts says:
Yes its a Blu-ray and DVD pack. Both are region locked, both are the same in terms of features.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2014 22:03:11 BDT
Scream Factory, really make me angry they are buying up classic early 80's films and keeping them region 1
Region locking is very narrow thinking.
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