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Phantasm 1-5 Collection
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(Apr 24, 2017)
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Few horror movie franchises are as iconic as Don Coscarelli s Phantasm series. From its deadly flying silver spheres through to its hooded dwarf minions, and of course, the towering figure of arch villain The Tall Man himself, the imagery conjured up by the Phantasm films remains etched in the psyche of genre fans everywhere.
Beginning with the 1979 original through to 2016 s Phantasm: Ravager, the five films which make up the Phantasm series follow the young Mike Baldwin as he battles against the enigmatic Tall Man - an extraterrestrial being intent on harvesting the human race as slaves for his home planet. Aided by friend Reggie and his trusty four-barrelled shotgun, Mike resolves to vanquish the Tall Man before he wipes out humanity altogether.
Brought together for the first time on Blu-ray - including a stunning new 4K restoration of the original Phantasm overseen by J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek Into Darkness) - the Phantasm series is back with added balls!
LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL PHEATURES
PHANTASM II, PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD, PHANTASM IV: OBLIVION, PHANTASM: RAVAGER
PLUS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!
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Both releases contain all 5 movies in excellent quality on Blu-Ray, albeit with different accessories.
The movie quality ranges from excellent (PHANTASM 1 & 2) to almost excellent (PHANTASM 3) and deteriorates to mediocre (PHANTASM 4) to abysmal (RAVAGER). As I said I am a die hard Phan so I own all 5 movies in many releases, even RAVAGER.
The Arrow UK release is coded Region B (locked) and pheatures (in this limited edition) a bonus disc with extras, a plastic sphere replica and a great booklet (150 pages). It comes in a nice square box that is intent to house the sphere in a shelf. The 6 discs come in cheap cardboard casings, each separately, with with ugly covers. These discs will probably see a future individual release. They include a few extras, e.g. the infamous workprint scenes of PHANTASM II (albeit in terrible quality).
The bonus disc includes some very nice extras, including two documentaries, "Phantasmagoria" 1 and 2 running 97 mins. approx. plus 5 other featurettes running over one and a half hours.
The pice is currently at £35.99 (approx. $US 45) which is definitely a bargain.
The sphere is cheaply made from soft plastic and rather tacky. Personally I could have done without.
More interesting are the additional bonus disc and especially the booklet.
I am very disappointed in the individual casings of the discs, mainly the lousy cover art. I usually do not like the Arrow "newly commissioned" alternate art work and prefer the original cinema or vhs cover motifs which are not available here (there is no alternate reversible sleeve).
The US box set pheatures all 5 films and also the sixth bonus disc of the UK edition, a 120 page booklet (The Phantasm Compendium), a poster (reversible) but no sphere. The discs come individually packed in plastic blu-ray casings with reversible cover art (including the original vhs motifs). Note that the US box set is coded A. The US edition has a list price of $79.98 (approx. £60) but is out of print and currently sells for an outrageous $220.00 (approx. £170) on Amazon (oh how we phans must suffer!).
Personally I prefer the US box set. However, the UK box set is definitely the cheaper alternative if you are not a die hard phan of the series.
The philms were als recently released individually on Blu-Ray in the US (3 & 4) with parts 1 & 2 having been available there for a longer time. The individual releases are region FREE (despite claiming otherwise on the packaging), except for Part 2 which was released by SHOUT!Factory, their releases are region A locked. Note that these individual releases have a different art work and less extras.
There are also individual German releases, uncut officially for the first time, which also have outstanding picture quality, English audio and extras.
My only gripe is the ball itself. Its made from plastic. Feels cheap n tacky. I'd have paid more if it were a metal ball but thats only a small issue. Oh, and you cant fit the discs in the ball either like you can on another release.
If you like horror films and know your stuff, then this is a must for your collection and you'll know the importance of such films.
all and all a great box wether your a hardcore fan or not.