You may actually want to have your pause button handy instead so that you can finish reading. The horror anthology has been a staple of films at least from the days of back in the 1940s, but perhaps attained its current standing courtesy of a bunch of sixties efforts from the likes of Amicus. The kid's costumes stand out with reds and the angel white color much better than the previous release. Dougherty lets his ode to Halloween be itself, though, and that's why it's such a treat. Luckily for this Halloween season, Scream Factory gave Trick 'R Treat the Collector Edtion treatment with a new 2K scan and a giant pumpkin full of new bonus features. This is another supplement presented in high definition here that looks like it was presented in standard definition on the old release.
I'd personally argue it's the ultimate Halloween film, competing with John Carpenter's original. This is basically but for horror fans. Trick 'r Treat spins campfire tales centered on several loosely connected people throughout a small American town on Halloween, one that's decked out for the holiday season and puts on a parade-slash-party in its main downtown area. Other great instances of detail show up in the werewolf scene where guts, blood, and fur can be seen individually. Four interwoven tales set on Halloween night: a high school principal moonlights as a vicious serial killer; the quest of a young virgin Anna Paquin for that special someone takes a gruesome turn; a group of teens carries out a cruel prank with disastrous consequences; and a cantankerous old man Brian Cox battles a mischievous trick or treating demon. Additional Scenes 17:13 include several scenes cut out from the final film. The way Dougherty weaves his characters and storylines in and out of each other with ease is no easy feat, but it has that Pulp Fiction quality to it.
Each of the five segments are structured like spooky stories that'd be told over a flashlight or campfire, too. Dialogue is clear and easy to follow along with and free of any pops, cracks, hiss, and shrills. For the full analysis, read M. These do tend to crop up expectedly in some of the darker moments, but aren't consigned solely to those moments. In the old man's house, it's a decayed and muted palette where everything looks weathered and moldy. In each of the stories including the opening , we are presented with victims or victimizers that are dead-on archetypes of the horror genre; however, due to the tone and complexity of the storylines, they work better than any teen-scream gore fest. Something that brings ghouls, vampires and werewolves into the night.
The apps are synchronized with your account at Blu-ray. Amicus did their best to revive the spirit, too. Contrast balance and depth are suitable in both releases, but this new transfer sports slightly richer black elements in certain areas and appropriately lighter shadows in nighttime sequences against the rest of the lighting, and the depth created by the contrast balance ends up much more convincing in this visualization, too. The black levels are much richer and deeper as are the solid colors of gray and different blacks in this scene. When it comes to horror movie anthologies; however, there are historically and hysterically more attempts and fewer successes: Creepshowworked well. Dougherty doesn't try to shoehorn links between them all in some attempt at greater importance, leaving them as tangential connections and novelties that only serve to elevate the impact of Halloween itself, all overseen by the ominous yet nondescript Sam as an avatar and keeper, of sorts. A cursory comparison of screenshots indicates that both color timing and brightness are slightly different between the two releases, and there are some moments on this release that looked slightly more pink ish to my eyes than the Warner release compare, for example screenshot 4 of this review with screenshot 2 of the old review.
The film was originally released back in 2009 on Blu-ray, but it didn't have such a great video presentation and only came armed with one sad bonus feature. Originally filmed and screened in 2007, Trick r' Treat is a masterful delight of murder and mayhem whose four stories of human bondage and suffering are linked not only by storyline tie-ins, but by a strange masked figure of smallish proportions named Sam. What stood out most was an increase in the width of the activity in the front channels: both possess tremendous separation and responsiveness, but this Master Audio track has fuller width from each channel and, as a result, even more credible separation in creation of a surround stage. Nothing groundbreaking but does come with an optional commentary from Dougherty. Trick r' Treatstars Dylan Baker Spider-Man 2 , Anna Paquin True Blood , Brian Cox The Bourne Supremacy , Leslie Bibb, Rochelle Aytes, Tahmoh Penikett, and Quinn Lord as the mischievous Sam.
Against a lot of the darkness of the Halloween evening, different orange and yellow pumpkins, as well as the red blood that is shed everywhere, contrast nicely with every other element. This is an older commentary track, but still great. Most of the child actors do a bang-up job of representing the pranksters, tagalongs, and victims of the evening, all of whom get involved in how the film lashes out, almost in karmic fashion, at those who disrespect the intentions and balance of the holiday. The haunting score always adds to the terror and dark comedy of each situation and the Marilyn Manson song during the werewolf scene brings the bass hard. Video and Audio: By the time Trick 'r Treat was released on Blu-ray from Warner Bros. Details have been tightened as well, from the spattering of blood to the sheen of metal and the surfaces of pumpkins, while the overall grain structure has a finer, more fluid presence throughout. Again, these fail to be even listed on the packaging for this release, but don't look like they were part of the previous release.
While the stories may be separate from one another, the execution of the setting and the transitions between the segments result in Trick 'r Treat having the appearance of a cohesive narrative, which adds impact whenever those stories manage to bump into one another during the evening's activities. The newly-commissioned artwork pictured to the right is Director approved and comes to us from Devon Whitehead. A 22-year-old virgin Anna Paquin holds out for the perfect date for her Halloween festivities. In some instances, Trick 'r Treat sticks to practical, real world horror impacted by urban legends; in others, the writing delves into the supernatural world of transforming beasts and creatures risen from the dead for the stage that it's setting. Trick 'r Treat is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Scream Factory, an imprint of Shout! This is another supplement only generically referred to on the packaging for this release which doesn't look like it was part of the previous release. The tones are natural and amped up on saturation and dark tones.
This isn't listsed as new in fact, it's not even listed on either the back cover or the slipcover for this release , but it doesn't look like it was on the previous Warner Blu-ray release, at least according to Ken's. An optional commentary by Dougherty is available. There are no video issues to speak of and is the best this movie has looked thus far. Bringing you all the best reviews of high definition entertainment. Each knife slash and bone crunch has a little extra bass to it that makes it all that much more queazy to listen to.
The new scan of the film is gorgeous, as some of the appropriately dimly lit scenes are revelatory here. There's some atmospheric responsiveness to the rear channels, but for the most part it's the music -- eerie piano notes and Marilyn Manson riffs alike -- that lords over the back of the surround stage, doing so unobtrusively and with a nice degree of evenness with the effects from the front end. Note that this is another supplement which is presented in high definition on this release that looks like it had a standard definition presentation on the previous Warner Blu-ray release. Dialogue is always rendered cleanly and clearly and there are no problems with regard to age related wear and tear, distortion or other damage. New extras and specs are still in progress and will be announced later in September. They talk about the comic book aspect, the music, merging stories, horror influences and more.