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My Bloody Valentine: Collector's Edition (1980)

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My Bloody Valentine

If stripteases in mining gear, hearts boiling alongside hot dogs, or dead women tumbling around in dryers aren’t your cup of tea then, well, I do believe there might be something wrong with you.  My Bloody Valentine, being made in the wake of John Carpenter's Halloween EXPLOSION, is Canuxploitation at its finest and its furious and this February the damn thing has life again thanks to Scream Factory.  

"Long-rumored to exist and delayed near the point of exhaustion (for its many, many fans), the uncensored version of My Bloody Valentine is finally upon us"


Directed by George Mihalka and written by John Beaird, My Bloody Valentine has an interesting history thanks to the heavy hand of US censors.  Deemed too bloody and far too obscene, the film has been released in many different versions and formats. Unfortunately, not many people have seen the film as its filmmakers originally intended.  Until now!

From the film’s dark beginning down in the mines to its bloody end, My Bloody Valentine absolutely delivers the gory goods as one town is rocked and shocked by a killer in mining gear who really hates flowers, jewelry, and chocolates.  And now, thanks to this Collector's Edition, the real version can be seen.

Long-rumored to exist and delayed near the point of exhaustion (for its many, many fans), the uncensored version of My Bloody Valentine is finally upon us.  Scream Factory, giving fans of this Canadian slasher both the theatrical and the uncut version in glorious 4K, has done it again. Truthfully, the film FINALLY feels complete and, ultimately, makes for a much better viewing.  For cult cinema enthusiasts like myself, the results - thanks to Scream Factory’s attention to details - are a glorious AND bloody good time.

My Bloody Valentine is a twisting 20-year tale about a valentine’s day massacre thanks to unchecked methane levels that keep partygoers on their tippy-toes with nervous anticipation.  And it is all thanks to Mayor Hanniger (Larry Reynolds) who, after listening to the excited teenagers in the town, decides to reinstate the Valentine’s Day Dance. I mean, the crazed cannibal is in an asylum after all.  They should be safe, right? RIGHT. My Bloody Valentine

Local teen sweethearts T.J. and Sarah, along with their friend Axel, are among the excited high schoolers that are ready for the dance AND for the boxes of candy.  The streamers! The sparkles! The neon lights on the dance floor! YES. But, when a REAL HEART arrives with a very strange warning attached to it, the town and those excited teenagers are shushed into silence.  Someone is going to lose their heart . . . all over again!

Filmed in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia and starring Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck, Cynthia Dale, Don Francks, Keith Knight, and Peter Cowper as Harry Warden/The Miner, My Bloody Valentine is a holiday-centered slasher that makes the absolute perfect gift for Valentine’s Day.  Say 'I Love You' with this movie, now back in circulation with a new sheen.  

Swinging away like there is no tomorrow (and for some, there isn’t), The Miner is back!

5/5 stars

My Bloody Valentine

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Remastered Collector's Edition

Home Video Distributor: Shout Factory
Available on Blu-ray
- February 11, 2020
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; Two-disc set
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Scream Factory proudly presents My Bloody Valentine on blu-ray thanks to this Collector’s Edition.  The release is in sparkling 4K and has both the Unrated and the Theatrical Version of the film.  It is a difference of about 8 minutes and the uncut scenes are marvelously handled, edited back into the film flawlessly.  Slipcovered and full of informative special features, the film looks brand new all over again!  

Video:

My Bloody Valentine gets to be brand-new all over again. Maybe now it will find the right audience. The new scan of the original film is crisp and bright, adding a lot of pop to the scenic locations used throughout this hair-raising tale of werewolves. Colors absolutely pop. Locales, both at night and during the day, are vibrant with so much RED being everywhere. The town at night is full of depth and well-defined shadows. Black levels are solid and deep. Presented in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, the 1080 transfer looks great. 

Audio:

The sounds of madness, cannibalism, and heartbreak are presented in a crisp DTS-HD Master Audio track.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • None, but with so many NEW and INFORMATIVE supplemental features, it is not missed.

Special Features:

The Valentine’s Day treat comes fully loaded with so many goodies about the making of the film, including interviews with the film’s actors

DISC ONE: THEATRICAL VERSION

  • NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
  • NEW An Anemic Valentine – An Interview With Director George Mihalka
  • NEW From The Heart – An Interview With Actor Paul Kelman
  • NEW Friends Of Mine – An Interview With Actress Lori Hallier
  • NEW Axel, Be My Valentine – An Interview With Actor Neil Affleck
  • NEW Becoming Sylvia – An Interview With Actress Helene Udy
  • NEW The Secret Keeper – An Interview With Actor Rob Stein
  • NEW Broken Hearts And Broken Bones – An Interview With Special Makeup Effects Designeer Tom Burman
  • NEW Holes In The Heart – A Look At The Difference Between The Theatrical Version And The Uncut Version
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Original TV Spots
  • Original Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery

DISC TWO: UNCUT VERSION

  • NEW 4K Scan Of The Uncut Original Camera Negative
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Director George Mihalka
  • MY BLOODY VALENTINE 35th Anniversary Cast Reunion Panel At The Bay Of Blood Convention In Florida Featuring Director George Mihalka, Cast Members Lori Hallier, Helene Udy, Rob Stein, Peter Cowper, Thomas Kovacs, Jim Murchison, Alf Humphreys, And Hosted By Brian Singleton
  • Thomas Kovacs Performs “The Ballad Of Harry Warden” At The Bay Of Blood Convention With Peter Cowper And Jim Murchison

Blu-ray Rating:

  Movie 5/5 stars
  Video  5/5 stars
  Audio 5/5 stars
  Extras 5/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

5/5 stars

My Bloody Valentine

MPAA Rating: R.
Runtime:
90 mins
Director
: George Mihalka
Writer:
John Beaird
Cast:
Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck
Genre
: Horror
Tagline:
Sarah, be My Bloody Valentine!
Memorable Movie Quote: "Sarah, be my bloody Valentine! Daddy's gone away, Harry Warden made you pay..."
Theatrical Distributor:
Paramount Pictures
Official Site:
Release Date:
May 10, 2019
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
February 11, 1981.
Synopsis:

On Valentine's Day, someone always loses their heart. Twenty years ago, this small town lost more than that. When supervisors abandoned their posts to attend the town's annual holiday dance, a tragedy claimed the lives of five miners. The sole survivor, Harry Warden, was institutionalized, but returned for a vengeful massacre on the disaster's first anniversary.

Nineteen years later, the town is gearing up for another Valentine's Day party. Teen sweethearts T.J. and Sarah, along with their friend Axel, are among the excited partygoers. But when a box of candy containing an eerie warning and blood-soaked heart arrive, the townsfolk realize that romance is as good as dead. And so are they ...

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