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5.0 out of 5 stars Street Trash Synapse Blu-ray, 23 July 2013
This review is from: Street Trash: Special Meltdown Edition [Blu-ray] [1987] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
I've been a bit of a (big) fan of Street Trash since the video era, and bought it several times on VHS alone. It's a classic exploitation film - not too much of a plot to speak of (basically it follows a bunch of homeless losers, leading up in several cases to their consumption of a seemingly alcoholic drink that either makes them melt or explode...) but the joy is in the characters and the situations they get into. It's quite far from any grounding in political correctness, so if you're likely to get offended by anything you're probably better off buying a Hanna Montana movie or something. I think it's wonderfully realised despite a low budget, and a huge testament to the talents of the prime movers behind this production.

I expected the Blu-ray to be good - Synapse's previous DVDs were the definitive editions (alongside Arrow's UK release maybe) and I was aware Synapse were going to extra lengths to ensure the transfer was up to contemporary standards (the previous HD master was not up to what they were hoping for in today's world). Well, the Blu-ray is actually better than I anticipated. The image quality (full HD of course) is sumptuous - I'd actually use this as a demo disc to show just how amazing a low budget 80s horror/exploitation film can look, kicking into oblivion anything that DVD has to offer. Colours leap from the screen, detail is up there with most films you're likely to screen on Blu. Grain a very fine and not remotely intrusive, whilst remaining present enough to alleviate any realistic concerns of excessive DNR. For the record I watched this on a 100" projected screen, finding nothing at all to complain about. Audio is thoughtfully provided in its original non-surround mode, or surround - both lossless DTS HD Master Audio tracks. The audio quality is good, but much more limited by its source than the image seems to be. Extras-wise you get mainly the stuff from the previous 2 disc Meltdown DVD set (although all on one disc due to Blu-ray-s 50 Gig capacity). This includes the whopping two hour documentary on the making of the film, two audio commentaries, the original 16mm short, deleted scenes, trailer, plus an interview that was on the Arrow disc. This makes this Blu truly the ultimate edition of the film. My pack also contained a Viper (referring to the drink in the film) sticker by the way.

One of the best-ever exploitation films is given treatment made in Heaven - one of the best Blu-rays yet released in my opinion.
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Initial post: 29 Aug 2013 00:15:41 BDT
Mr. K. Arts says:
Fully agree.

Was going to post a review but no point. This pretty much sums it up. An excellent package and region free.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2013 08:37:21 BDT
Paul WJM says:
Thanks for that comment, Mr K. This is definitely one of my favourite Blu releases so far.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2013 08:52:36 BDT
Mr. K. Arts says:
Indeed. Synapse have really delivered. Lets see if Arrow can up the game. I doubt it with this release.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2013 09:36:01 BDT
Paul WJM says:
Are Arrow releasing this? I asked them a while ago (via FB) about the possibility of a Blu and they said they had no plans, which is mainly why I didn't wait around when the Synapse disc came out. Like you say though, I don't really see how it can be improved upon personally.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2013 10:37:41 BDT
Mr. K. Arts says:
I doubt it can be improved on and Arrow have no plans as of yet. Does not mean we wont get something announced at a later date. Scream Factory in the US were adamant that Kevin Tenney's Night of the Demons would not get a release. A month or so later and its announced. Basically you can never know for sure in this game.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2013 11:05:53 BDT
Paul WJM says:
You're right, and there are plenty of surprises now Blu has a bit better footing with buyers. Definitely getting Night of the Demons. Don't know if you picked up Olive's NOTD2 but I thought it was pretty nice presentation personally.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2013 14:50:53 BDT
Mr. K. Arts says:
Oh, bought that as soon as it appeared. It's an excellent disc and definitely worth the trade up from DVD. Just need a decent blu-ray release of the third one now! Olive are an excellent company, they have Witchboard 2 on the way as well. Their boogens, Ticks and night of the scarecrow releases are great as well. Never picked up cujo as I have the previous special edition release from lionsgate with the commentary track.

Posted on 16 Sep 2013 11:39:28 BDT
LONE WOLF says:
Great Review
I have the Arrow Release on DVD and I was hoping for a Blu-ray update
It's great this is region free.

The Asian girl in this film is hot!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Sep 2013 11:57:36 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Sep 2013 11:57:52 BDT
Paul WJM says:
Thanks for the comment. There's an interview with that girl on the new Blu-ray actually - she's become one of those really lucky people who doesn't have to do one of these mundane 'day jobs' (i.e. that I'm stuck with) - her hubby tours with the Rolling Stones all over the world and she goes with him. What a life!
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