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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent presentation. Shame it's region locked., 17 May 2013
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This review is from: When a Stranger Calls / Happy Birthday to Me [Blu-ray] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE MILL CREEK DOUBLE BILL OF WHEN A STRANGER CALLS/HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

Sheesh! STILL have to stick these clarifications at the top of reviews in case this review gets shunted onto another release...

WHEN A STRANGER CALLS.

"Have you checked the children?"

Still one of the finest opening scenes in a horror movie. Creepy and unnerving without needing to spill a drop of blood. This opening scene could cut together as a great standalone short movie. As for the rest of the film, previous times I've sat through the film what follows always came as something of an anticlimax. Essentially it reverts to showing the killer as he wanders the city after escaping the mental hospital while a retired detective (played by Charles Durning) attempts to track him down, not to apprehend him but to kill him. The film becomes more a portait of a madman than a suspenseful horror and I always felt it never really picked up the same quality until about ten minutes before the end.

This time I really enjoyed it however. Probably more so than any previous time I watched it.

Why?

Probably because the picture and sound quality on this release is first rate. Mill creek are a fairly cheap and cheerful operation but so far they have managed to stick out some great quality releases that actually look and sound great. Compared to the rotten looking dvd releases when a stranger calls looks phenomenal on Blu-ray. Lots of detail, great colour and in anamorphic widescreen. For the going price of the disc this alone would be worth shelling out for but then we also get...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME.

J. Lee Thompsons brutal canadian slasher is a brilliant entry into the slasher sub-genre with plenty of memorable deaths as lead character GINNY sees her friends from the popular clique at school get whittled down one by one as her 18th birthday approached.

The Anchor bay release on DVD looks phenomenal and has the origional soundtrack, not the irritating replacement other releases had. This Mill creek release is the version that CONTAINS THE ORIGIONAL SOUNDTRACK and looks even better!!! Theres lots more detail, much sharper image and suiperior sound so this release tops an already great release.

Unfortunately the blu is region locked. This sucks because I dont see a UK release anywhere on the horizon and theres a lot of people in the UK and Europe not yet multi region who would absolutely love this disc. Perhaps then its time to upgrade to a multi region player. Crazy for a blu-ray that costs about a fiver (at time of writing) but this really is a damn fine blu-ray.
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