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Silver Bullet

Finally.  With this Collector’s Edition from Scream Factory, a long-requested top 10 horror film arrives on blu-ray with a cleaned-up transfer and NEW supplemental items.

"Silver Bullet provides some seriously strong bites in its transformation"


Stephen King’s Silver Bullet, starring Gary Busey, Everett McGill, Corey Haim, Anne of Green Gables’ Megan Follows, and LOST’s Terry O’Quinn is still a howling good time of canine carnage.  It is the movie in which Dino De Laurentiis takes on lycanthropy with the help of a bevy of strong character actors, including Bill Smitrovich from Life goes On.   It begins, as most things do when featuring werewolves and such nighttime creatures, with a full moon.  It is, in fact, the last full moon of the spring, arriving right before school lets out for summer vacation and, just like that, the killing begins.

Poor Arnie (James Gammon).  The sad drunk gets his head lopped off by one of these creatures just after the opening credits finish.  It is a suspenseful moment that is capped off with the slow motion toss of a blood-soaked head through the night air.  And then we settle into the “booger” antics of the wheelchair-bound Marty (Haim) and his best friend Brady Kincaid (Joe Wright) as they aim to torment Marty’s sister, Jane (Follows) with a snake. {googleads}

Welcome back to small rural town of Tarker's Mills, Maine.  A place where people care a bit too much about themselves as the shotguns, especially when the murders start happening with no suspect in sight, fly off the shelves.  Even Marty’s Uncle Red (Busey), who is sort of a mentor to Marty as he starts dealing with some pretty hairy and supernatural events, winds up getting involved in this sort of mob mentality, rendering the local sheriff and his crew pretty damn ineffective. 

Werewolves in Maine.  Who’d believe it?

Now, for you hardcore horror fans out there, Silver Bullet might not be up to snuff.  I still stand by it as the film manages to provide a solid introduction into the werewolf genre.  With decent practical effects (even if there was some major disagreement on the look and lighting of the werewolf which caused the original director, Phantasm’s Don Coscarelli, to drop out), Silver Bullet provides some seriously strong bites in its transformation. Silver Bullet

Who can forget the eye peering through the plants in the greenhouse of Milt Sturmfuller (James A. Baffico)?  Or the brutality inflicted upon Stella Randolph (Wendy Walker) after her man dumps her when he discovers that she is pregnant.  This is rough stuff and the mob that gathers in the local bar to track down the killer– none of which have been deputized – aren’t helping matters at all.  Not even Reverend Lowe (McGill) can talk sense into the armed group of vigilantes.  Trouble is bound to happen and it is brutal in its rollout.

So, yeah, werewolves, firecrackers, a drunken Busey, lynch mobs and Stephen King.  It’s all here in one neat Silver Bullet.  It’s an asskicker, idn't it?

5/5 stars

Silver Bullet

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Collector's Edition

Home Video Distributor: Shout Factory
Available on Blu-ray
- December 17, 2019
Screen Formats: 2.39:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Scream Factory proudly presents Silver Bullet on blu-ray thanks to this Collector’s Edition.  Slipcovered and full of informative special features, Stephen King’s Cycle of the Werewolf looks brand new all over again!  While it is not revealed if this is a 2K or 4K scan, it does appear to be a new transfer of the film, fixing the errors of the previous release of this title.

Video:

Silver Bullet 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. The town at night is full of depth and well-defined shadows. Black levels as solid and deep. Presented in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, the 1080 transfer looks great. 

Audio:

The howling sounds of madness and death are presented in a crisp DTS-HD Master Audio track.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • Feature commentary audio track with director Chris Addison

Special Features:

  • Fans get new commentaries and new interviews with the film’s producer, the editor, and actor Kent Broadhurst.  The rest have been ported over from previous editions.
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Producer Martha De Laurentiis
  • NEW Cutting To The Bone – An Interview With Editor Daniel Loewenthal
  • NEW A Little Private Justice – An Interview With Actor Kent Broadhurst
  • The Wolf Within – An Interview With Actor Everett McGill
  • Full Moon Fever – The Effects Of Silver Bullet – An Interview With Special Effects Artists Matthew Mungle And Michael McCracken
  • Audio Commentary With Director Daniel Attias
  • Isolated Score Selections And Audio Interview With Composer Jay Chattaway
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Radio Spot
  • Still Gallery

Blu-ray Rating:

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

Overall Blu-ray Experience

4/5 stars

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Silver Bullet

MPAA Rating: R.
Runtime:
95 mins
Director
: Daniel Attias
Writer:
Stephen King
Cast:
Gary Busey, Everett McGill, Corey Haim
Genre
: Horror
Tagline:
It started in May, in a small town. And every month after that, whenever the moon was full...it came back.
Memorable Movie Quote: "It looked like Bigfoot had used it for a toothpick!"
Theatrical Distributor:
Paramount Pictures
Official Site:
Release Date:
October 11, 1985
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
December 17, 2020.
Synopsis: A peaceful town is suddenly terrorized by a maniacal killer. The townsfolk think a madman is on the loose, but a wheelchair-bound 13-year-old (Corey Haim, The Lost Boys) knows the truth ... a werewolf is on the hunt. With the help of his Uncle Red (Gary Busey, Lethal Weapon), young Marty Coslaw sets out to stop the half-man/half-beast before he sinks his teeth into another innocent victim. Now, time is ticking ... and the full moon is about to rise.

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