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This review is from: My Bloody Valentine [Blu-ray]  [US Import] (Blu-ray)Years ago a criminally insane murderer is locked up after being aggressively fuelled by Valentine's Day disappointments. In the present day, as the same festive period approaches, it would appear he's back and rather peeved about things, venting his homicidal frustration on the locals of the mining town where his morbid history lies. A group of resident teens in the same town hold a Valentine's party against the wishes of the local authorities - they try to shut down any celebrations after warning messages turn up (accompanied by a couple of corpses). After the police fail to prevent the party from going ahead, the miner-suited nutcase goes on the rampage, knocking off the teens one by one.
Slasher movie that doesn't deviate from the rules (do any of them?). It is pretty well put together, however, and strengthened by a dramatic love triangle at the centre of it all (involving the amazingly nubile Lori Hallier). The teens are typically idiotic (hell, was I that bad?) and generally deserving of what comes to some of them - this is part of the fun with these kinds of movies. The murders are (depending on which version you watch - there are two cuts on the disc) surprisingly brutal for the period, aided by strong gore effects that Tom Savini would have been proud of. Whilst it plods along for the most part setting up its characters and locations, the film's winning card is the mine shaft sequence during the final act of the film. Utilising a genuine mine, the place is scary enough without the stupid teens going down there for a little loving, but then the killer obviously follows them too, leading us to a great showdown preceded by atmospheric wanderings around. Like any good slasher, My Bloody Valentine is not a masterpiece and is confined by the very genre it sits in, but it is one of the better examples and will give you a reasonable evening's viewing.
The Blu-ray presents a very surprising image - in full HD (at 1.78:1) this movie looks superb, a lot better than one would have expected. Clarity is excellent, detail is high, and colours bold - definitely the one to go for rather than plain old DVD. Sound does not fair so well and is clearly limited by the period - you get choices of DTS HD surround, or the original mono track (I went for the latter, seeing as this is how the movie was originally screened). You can watch the theatrical cut as it is or with the deleted scenes splice back in. The quality of these shots is a little inferior to the rest of the movie, however, I would urge horror fans to watch this longer cut - it really is a much more gory and potent offering! The disc also comes with an average twenty minute featurette, looking at both My Bloody Valentine movies, along with a few other slashers in a bid to contextualise this one in its genre. The deleted scenes can also be watched separate to the movie. There is in addition a trailer for the film, a Lionsgate promotional section, plus a large text-based feature on the history of horror movies - this is interactive so you can pick and choose different eras/genres to read about. Not quite deserving of the special edition tag, this Blu-ray is nevertheless a great buy for slasher fans and lovers of 80s horror on the strength of its transfer, and bloody uncut status.
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Initial post: 21 Nov 2012 22:17:38 GMT
ScottPaul ScottPaul says:
Now I'm really glad that you said "like any good slasher, not a masterpiece" so therefore that must include 'Halloween' which has the most imprefect closing.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2012 08:37:46 GMT
Paul WJM says:
It could be argued that Halloween is a great slasher rather than a good one, and therefore possibly qualifying as a masterpiece...? Anyway, the point being that most slashers, even the decent ones, are hardly going to win any film of the year awards, but that doesn't mean the cult fans amongst us can't enjoy it. Did you like the film by the way?
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ScottPaul ScottPaul says:
Yes most claim 'Halloween' as great, but I can't agree, and neither does the 'Black Chsitmas' director who claims he basically redid his film, or at least his idea of a sequel! I would find 'Halloween' a classic if it wasn't for two unavoidable failings-the stupid ending where the should be very dead Myers just gets up and disappears when he's clearly a human and nothing more, nor should he be, this is a slasher after all. The second thing is all the pointless sequels (save No.3) that followed, therefore invalidating the story of its importance and full-on scariness. A human nutter that can't be killed simply cos horror directors and fans can't say "enough already" is not scary, just plain stupid, annoying and unbelivable and a general rule that makes slashers one of the most tiresome subgneres of horror.
Regarding 'My Bloody Valentine' I did enjoy it. The setting, age of the deliberately non-pastic, non-student cast gave it an immediate air of authenticity. Sadly I've no blu-ray player so I've had to endure only the heavily cut one; even then I can tell it's a good slasher, but it does render a lot of it less impactful. Hopefully I can change that soon.
It's ending would be surprising if I hadn't unfortunatley caught the stupid 'Tripper' which lifted the complete ending a year before it. But unlike 'Tripper', 'MBV' is not stupid or trying to be wink-wink funny.
As for film awards, that's irrelevant. Film awards were never produced for horror films, apart from the dubious few that think they're so serious then can 'cross-over'. I don't agree with this, however, as I've seen many unappreciated horrors that beat the hell out of the academy award suck-up contenders on plot, acting, direction and authenticity, which when done right is easily as believable as any celebirty biopic, weepy drama and so on.
Sad to know several minutes of 'MBV' gone forever (whatever part it was) but if the usual US dvd version puts back in all the nastiness bar the lost bit, I will stump up for it if cheapish as a deeply cut one is a real pain (no pun intended).
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