Sunday, April 23, 2017

Five Reasons You Need Arrow's UK Phantasm Set (besides the sphere)


The upcoming Region 2 Phantasm Blu-Ray Collection by Arrow Video has a hardcover book, silver sphere replica, new artwork for each film by Gary Pullin and a gaggle of extras. And - somehow - you still need me to say why you NEED this set? Well, allow me to explain. Here are five reasons you need this release besides the sphere. The items mentioned below are all exclusive to the Arrow set, so don't go looking for them on the North American Blu-Ray collection!

1. "DEAR ANGUS" BY KRISTEN DEEM
This newly produced featurette is the most personal and intimate look at both Lawrence Rory Guy and Angus Scrimm you could hope to find anywhere. "Dear Angus" was compiled from personal photos and narrated by longtime friend and collaborator Kristen Deem. I'd strongly advise you have some tissues handy for when you watch this touching tribute. It's that good.

2. THE LOS ANGELES PREMIERE EXPERIENCE FOR PHANTASM & RAVAGER
Unable to attend the Los Angeles premieres of the first and fifth films? Not to worry! Now you can join a lovely audience of die-hard phans on these two 5.1 Surround Sound tracks as they experience Phantasm Remastered and Phantasm Ravager for the first time! Laugh, gasp and cheer along with these high energy crowds. Also includes the Q&A that followed the Remastered premiere. It'll feel just like you were there!

3. RARE PHANTASM III SET FOOTAGE W/ COMMENTARY BY MARK SHOSTROM & DEAN GATES
Phantasm III boasted some of the franchise's most imaginative and gory special effects makeups including the zombie trio, the frozen Tall Man, and Mike's bulging head sphere. This feature not only gives you a rare peak behind the curtain at how they were made, but allows you to listen in as legendary effects makers Shostrom and Gates discuss their work! A highly recommended watch!

4. "TALL TALES" FEATURETTE
Sadly, the new supplements on this collection were created after the passing of our dear Angus Scrimm. As a result, he is absent from the new documentaries. Fortunately, Arrow has assembled something for those of us still missing the Tall Man. They've cut together Scrimm's unused interview segments from the 2005 Phantasmagoria documentary into a new "Tall Tales" featurette. The newly unearthed footage has the performer discussing his villainous portrayal throughout the franchise.

5. EVEN THE OLDER EXTRAS LOOK BETTER IN BLU!
Arrow’s team have painstakingly cleaned up the set’s older supplemental material, even recreating Phantasm’s original trailers from Remastered’s source elements. And purists, fret not - they utilized shots of the original 1979 silver sphere for these vintage trailers. Phantasm’s deleted scenes have also been shown some love. In addition to their individual cleanups, they are now uniformly cropped to their intended 16x9 format, same as the film they were cut from. (Previous home video releases included this footage in 4x3 format). This new framing was personally approved by Don Coscarelli. Even the most vintage elements, like the 1979 television interview with Coscarelli and Scrimm, have been revisited and touched up for this Arrow release. You’re about to see some old supplements in a whole new way!

You can grab your copy of this set direct from Arrow Video's website here. Keep in mind that North American phans will need a Region Free Player to watch this set. It's a worthwhile investment!


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