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Blood Tide

Beware, thar be sea creatures here!

Thanks to producer Nico Mastorakis (Island of Death, The Zero Boys, The Wind), Richard Jefferies, the screenwriter behind Scarecrows, The Vagrant, and Cold Creek Manor, steps behind the camera for the first time and takes viewers on yet another horror-themed tour to Mastorakis’ Greek isle stomping grounds.  Patient viewers will be rewarded with all sorts of sacrificial symbols as ancient monsters are pitted against man in the bluest of waters.

"is close to monster perfection as sea monsters and sacrificial virgin offerings are brought to life with mouthwatering results"


 

The resulting movie from the Maestro of Mediterranean Mayhem is close to monster perfection as sea monsters and sacrificial virgin offerings are brought to life with mouthwatering results.  From the creature design to the nubile flesh on display, Blood Tide is yet another stroke of B-grade genius from Mastorakis that Arrow Video, offering fans yet another title from him, makes beautiful again with their dedication to all things 4K.

Treasure hunter James Earl Jones, and a young couple, played by Mary Louise Weller and a pre-Karate Kid Martin Kove, who are there on the island looking for Kove’s lost sister, team up - along with Kove’s sister, Deborah Shelton, and discover that there is something deadly down in the depths.  Once awakened, this creature - with some nifty old school practical effects - strikes terror into the hearts of the island inhabitants and Shelton, who seems completely under its spell, is all for it, being all too curious and knowledgeable about this underwater beastie. Blood Tide

This occult title could have been a huge misstep thanks to its ultra-heavy religious background, but instead it is buoyed by an incredible set of solid performances from Jones as a drunk treasure hunter, José Ferrer as an island inhabitant full of warning and dread, and Lila Kedrova who, with just enough bubbly zip and bounce, proves blondes DO have more fun - even when they are doing aerobics on the sandy shore . . . just waiting to be gobbled up.  

Complete with a brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original camera negative, Blood Tide looks glorious in its blu-ray debut from Arrow Video.  Be thankful that no monster can eat just one virgin!

1/5 stars

Blood Tide

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Arrow Films
Available on Blu-ray
- May 26, 2020
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
English: LPCM Mono
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Terror strikes in paradise as Academy Award-winning actors James Earl Jones, José Ferrer and Lila Kedrova star in this thrilling tale of sea monsters and sacrificial virgins, from the people that brought you the notoriously gruesome Island of Death!  When treasure hunter Frye (James Earl Jones) accidentally awakens an ancient sea monster that has been lying dormant on a Greek island, the inhabitants are forced to resume the practice of sacrificing virgins in order to placate the demonic creature. Meanwhile a couple, Neil and Sherry, arrive on the island in search of Neil's missing sister, Madeline.  Written and produced by Nico Mastorakis - the man behind such genre favorites as The Zero Boys and The Wind and many others - and directed by Richard Jefferies (Scarecrows, Tron: Legacy), Blood Tide is a suspense-filled creature feature surging with blood, nudity and beach side aerobics!

Video: 

The new restoration by Arrow Films is from a 4K scan of the original negative, approved by writer-director Nico Mastorakis, and offers some great details on this island of haunts.  Shadows are deep and steely-eyed and clothes have nice textures - especially that sweater worn by Hauser.  Considering a trip to Greece in the near future?  You are going to love the backgrounds here.  Edges are strong and the colors are bold.  Black levels hold their edges, too, which is pretty important due to most of this movie occurring at night.  Saturation levels are consistently strong and the details in the backgrounds and in the clothing are strong.

Audio:

The original uncompressed mono audio track is included on this release.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • There is a brand-new audio commentary with director/co-writer Richard Jefferies.

Special Features:

If the new 4K restoration isn’t enough for you to scoop this thriller up, maybe the brand-new interview with Nico Mastorakis will be.  Since this is the first pressing of this title, there is an Illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing on the film by Mike Gingold.

  • Brand new audio commentary with director/co-writer Richard Jefferies
  • Newly-filmed interview with producer/co-writer Nico Mastorakis
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • Original Trailer
  • New 2020 Trailer

Blu-ray Rating:

  Movie 3/5 stars
  Video  4/5 stars
  Audio 3/5 stars
  Extras 3/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

3/5 stars

Blood Tide

MPAA Rating: PG-13 on appeal for crude sexual content and language.
Runtime:
82 mins
Director
: Richard Jefferies
Writer:
Richard Jefferies, Nico Mastorakis
Cast:
James Earl Jones, José Ferrer, Lila Kedrova
Genre
: Adventure | Horror
Tagline:
The myth is alive!
Memorable Movie Quote:
Theatrical Distributor:
21st Century Film Corporation
Official Site:
Release Date:
September 24, 1982
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
May 26, 2020.
Synopsis: When treasure hunter Frye (James Earl Jones) accidentally awakens an ancient sea monster that has been lying dormant on a Greek island, the inhabitants are forced to resume the practice of sacrificing virgins in order to placate the demonic creature. Meanwhile a couple, Neil and Sherry, arrive on the island in search of Neil's missing sister, Madeline.

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