on 29 December 2016
AUDIO: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
SUBTITLES: English, English HoH, French, Portuguese and Spanish
RUNTIME: 95:57 mins.
EXTRAS: Audio commentary, The Making of Event Horizon Featurettes, The Unseen Event Horizon Featurettes, The Point of No Return: The Filming of Event Horizon Featurettes, Secrets Deleted Scenes, Theatrical Trailer, Video Trailer
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I confess it took me a while to learn to appreciate EVENT HORIZON for what it is: a superb sci-fi horror film in the style of the original ALIEN mixed with some HELLRAISERish horror. I was a bit disappointed when I saw the movie the first time because I had seen pre-release pictures of scenes that were cut from the film and I heard of its controversy, and being very much into gore movies at the time I was expecting to see some HELLRAISER-like disembowelment.
Unfortunately approx. 30 mins. were cut from the movie, as demanded by the studio Paramount, drastically reducing the on-screen violence. Like with other Paramount movies (the FRIDAY THE 13TH 2-8) those scenes are lost forever, so the R rated version is the best available version.
Years later I have become an ALIEN fan and came to appreciate EVENT HORIZON better. The cut scenes really are not necessary for the film to work: it is a very suspenseful, shocking little gem, easily Anderson's best film, with a superb cast and great atmosphere. EVENT HORIZON is still fairly disturbing and bloody, and shows how great the combo space-sci-fi & horror can work. The acting is very good, including top actors Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Joely Richardson, Sean Pertwee, Jason Isaacs and others. I don't really care for Anderson's films (his botched RESIDENT EVIL franchise) but this one is a really good movie for fans of the original ALIEN a must see. Fans of the HELLRAISER franchise will be slightly disappointed in the lack of gore, but will be able to enjoy several references. THIS is what (the space part) of HELLRAISER IV: BLOODLINE should have looked like! If Pinhead had had a cameo, this would be more of a Hellraiser film than the last few official sequels!
Visually EVENT HORIZON is a looker and the Blu-Ray captures this incredibly well. Sure, there is a fair amount of grain in the background, but it is not extensive and bothersome as in ALIENS. There is great detail in close-ups and facials, overall a great transfer far surpassing the DVD. The audio is good as well, I have no complaints, it might be a bit limited, but it works well. Everybody is clearly audible.
in regards to the Extras, taking into consideration this is a pre-DVD-era film where extra footage was not common yet, I was blown away, there's OVER 2 HOURS of bonus material! Most early movies on DVD only contained 1 or 2 alternative audio tracks and a trailer, EVENT HORIZON has far more to offer. Yes, the 30 mins. of cut footage is missing, and no I doubt it will ever surface, and if it does probably in very very bad quality (see FRIDAY series on youtube), Paramount Pictures is not known to be friendly towards their gore-friendly audience, but it would do this film great injustice to simply judge it by its gore contents, as EVENT HORIZON is so much more.
EVENT HORIZON is a superb sci-fi/horror film, not quite on par with ALIEN or ALIEN 3, but certainly better than most sci-fi/horror movies out there and fairly original. The upgrade from DVD is definitely worth it, as it can be found for under $10 nowadays.