Top positive review
Original in more ways than one.
14 October 2018
Never got around to seeing this film so when the 4k version was released I took the plunge.
I was surprised by how good the film is. Considering the modern trend in horror this was far more chilling than newer films which seem to rely on gore and jump scares. This one is genuinely unsettling in places and was far more thoughtful than I expected. Yes...it's a slasher flick but it's also a good film.
As for the film itself the packaging is nice. Standard stuff but good quality nonetheless. The Blu Ray is the 35th Anniversary Edition but that is interesting in itself for the differences in the way the film is presented.
The 4K edition though is where this shines.
I've a few older films released on 4K and to be honest the presentation is a bit of a mess. They often look worse than their Blu Ray counterparts with every problem with the original negative magnified by the greater resolution.
This film is, I think, a showcase of how it should be done. Whoever prepared this film either loved the film or was given the time and resources to do a good job.
It's not a perfect picture. It is after all 40 years old and not on the best quality film stock to begin with, so it has all the shortcomings that implies.
It is however hard to imagine this film ever looking any better than this. With a fresh print and a really good cinema I don't think it could have looked as good at the time was released as it does now.
Highly recommended. What a 4K release of an old film should be.