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Body Melt (1993) - Blu-ray Review

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Don’t you dare cover your eyes!  Once Body Melt begins, there is no looking away.

This is a movie concerned about the equipping the human body with the right fuel in order to make it run better.  It is also a movie about enlarged tongues and exploding boners that grow to sizes no man can endure.  OUCH.  With all this mucus, sperm, blood, and human waste, you know this is going to be one of grossest flicks you will probably ever see.  Everything and everyone winds up covered in the shit and the sick in this B-movie from down under.

"If you enjoyed Brain Dead or Bad Taste, this is your next stop.  Definitely.  The movie is funny, disgusting, and might be one of the first horror films to feature a flesh-eating placenta"


And once it gets started, that queasy feeling in your stomach never lets up.  Ever.  That’s indeed the sickening charm of Body Melt, Vinegar Syndrome’s latest rescue from the bins of trashterpeice theater.  I have to say, speaking as a survivor of a lot of horror films from the 1990s, Body Melt is easily in the higher end of those forgettable releases.  The damn thing absolutely buzzes with energy and intensity and that EDM manic soundtrack puts Trainspotting to shame. 

Written and directed by Philip Brophy, Body Melt is primarily concerned with the after (and sometimes immediate) effects of a new Vitamin Supplement manufactured by a company known as Vimuville upon the residents of Pebbles Court, Homesville.  They are guinea pigs.  They don’t know it, though, and life for them, when the vitamin packages arrive, is about to get really twisted and really short.

If you enjoyed Brain Dead or Bad Taste, this is your next stop.  Definitely.  The movie is funny, disgusting, and might be one of the first horror films to feature a flesh-eating placenta.  Once digested, bodies and faces change as people do some really strange shit, like drinking full bottles of hand soap, seeing strange visions of people, and sneezing uncontrollably until – whoops – there’s my brain. 

  

Starring soap opera actors from Melbourne and full of sidesplitting laughs, Body Melt is a damn sticky and FUN time throughout its running time.  It never takes itself seriously but the gross-out effects will have you seriously ill.  You see, these unsuspecting idiots take the supplements and then start to feel really ill.  Something is beginning to grow within them.  It begins with a defect from the health farm attempting to warn the unsuspecting people not to take the supplements mailed to them.  His warning is thwarted in a fiery crash. 

And the neighborhood is forever changed.  Only one set of friends get out in time and, thanks to some really bad directions, they wind up in the outback among a family of in-bred freaks.  This is not the health facility full of naked women they were promised.  They just wanted to donate buckets of sperm  Instead, they are held captive by a deranged man with a group of deformed kiddos tearing shit up around him. 

Body Melt (1993) - Blu-ray Review

For the simple-minded kids, these uninvited guests are their entertainment.  Let’s show them how to kill and kangaroo!  Little do the two young men know that the weird-looking dude the freaks call dad is actually one half of the team responsible for the drug in the first place.  Daddy freak is having none of the their youthful shenanigans.  Wait until you see what his family of deranged freaks do with the boys!

No one gets out of this flick alive.  Well, two people do but that doesn’t stop the movie from following through with a high death toll and a number of ghastly deaths, too.  This film is a weird one, falling into no real category but somehow remaining delicious in its handling of some pretty science fiction stuff.  Gross-out gore gets the high definition treatment with this release.

Want to lose weight?  Try Body Melt!

Body Melt (1993) - Blu-ray Review

MPAA Rating: R.
Runtime:
81 mins
Director
: Philip Brophy
Writer:
Philip Brophy, Rod Bishop
Cast:
Gerard Kennedy, Andrew Daddo, Ian Smith
Genre
: Horror | Comedy
Tagline:
A Film by Philip Brody.
Memorable Movie Quote: "The first phase is hallucinogenic... the second phase is glandular... and the third phase is... BODY MELT"
Theatrical Distributor:

Official Site:
Release Date:
October 28, 2018
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
September 25, 2018
Synopsis: Residents of the placid suburban cul-de-sac of Pebbles Court have started receiving unexpected samples of a new and experimental vitamin, manufactured by a strange health spa named Vimuville. However, shortly after adding the mysterious green powder to their diets, users begin to experience strange and increasingly macabre visions, and worse, their bodies start to mutate, ooze, and eventually melt! As visits from the coroner to the sleepy street become a nearly daily experience, Detective Sam Phillips becomes increasingly suspicious of the goings on at Vimuville, but will he be able to uncover its diabolical motives before the whole of Australia is subjected to BODY MELT?

Body Melt (1993) - Blu-ray Review

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Vinegar Syndrome
Available on Blu-ray
- September 25, 2018
Screen Formats: 1.66:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; Two-disc set; DVD copy
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Vinegar Syndrome presents Body Melt with a brand new sheen.  Get those puke buckets ready.  You might night them.  The results of their 2K restoration from an original 16mm print are noticeable.  The NEW 2K scan from the original film materials is fantastic!  The images on the 1080p transfer using the AVC MPEG-4 codec are presented in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio of its original release and absolutely explode with a crispness long since missing from the original presentations.   The tones are natural and amped up on saturation and dark tones. The Blu-ray is presented in DTS-HD 5.1 lossless Master Audio and contains a good mix of levels for multiple channels requiring no tweaking from its audience in order for dialogue to be heard.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • There are TWO commentary tracks.  The first is with writer/director/composer Philip Brophy, writer/producer Rod Bishop and producer Daniel Scharf.  The second is with Philip Brophy as he discusses the sound and score.

Special Features:

The special features include NEW looks at the movie with Philip Brophy and Rod Bishop, a new making of featurette, an interview with Neil Foley, and a peak at the effects.  This special limited edition dayglo slipcover is designed by Derek Gabryszak.  It is limited to just 2,000 units and is only available at VinegarSyndrome.com.

  • Melting Away: The Deconstruction of Body Melt
  • Body Building: The Making of Body Melt
  • Adrenal Glands
  • Making Bodies Melt: The Making of Body Melt
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
  • Stills Gallery
  • Storyboard Gallery
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

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