Wednesday, July 13, 2011

COMING SOON: Basketcase. on Bluray!

LOOK AT IT! It's so goddamn beautiful.

Yeah, this movie is so awesome.

From the Press Release: In 1982 a low budget horror film raised its twisted head and created a buzz with a strange mix of comedy, gore, sleaze and heartfelt pathos. On September 27th, Image Entertainment and Something Weird proudly join forces to unleash Basket Case in a brand new HD transfer supervised by writer/director Frank Henenlotter. The Blu-ray™ has an SRP of $17.97 with a pre-book of August 30th and also contains a basket full of bonus features including an all-new video introduction by the director, commentary tracks and outtakes. 
Carrying a mysterious wicker basket wherever he goes, Duane Bradley checks into a flea-bag hotel in New York’s Times Square. What’s in the basket, you ask? Why, it’s Duane’s hideously misshapen Siamese twin brother, Belial, who seems to wield some sort of odd control over his more normal looking brother. Together, they’re in town to hunt down and wreak havoc on the sick surgeons who separated them, but this isn’t your normal revenge flick.

With memorably gruesome scenes and some seriously disturbing stop-motion animation, Basket Case is one of the most beloved, cheerfully demented cult classics of all time. Many discovered it in the days of VHS, but now Basket Case is reborn and remastered on Blu-ray™ for a new generation of twisted fans to enjoy. Open the basket if you dare!

Special Features
  • New Full-Frame HD Transfer Preserving the Original 16mm Camera Ratio
  • New Video Introduction by Director Frank Henenlotter
  • Audio Commentary by Director Frank Henenlotter, Producer Edgar Ievins, and Actress Beverly Bonner
  • Rare Outtakes and Behind-the-Scenes Footage from the Director’s Personal Collection
  • Two Theatrical Trailers plus TV Spot
  • 2001 Video Short: In Search of the Hotel Broslin
  • Two Rare Basket Case Radio Spots
  • Gallery of Basket Case Exploitation Art and Behind-the-Scene Photoss

I have the 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD put out from Something Weird Video and it looks like its the same thing, special features and all. Except here there's a new video introduction by Frank Henenlotter and of's HD! Bad thing here it's Full Frame. No 16:9 widescreen for EVERYONE THAT HAS A TV. My DVD is Full Frame too so I guess that doesn't surprise me but still...we're in the new age here people.

I don't know anything about film transfers or any of that shit but does the above "New Full-Frame HD Transfer Preserving the Original 16mm Camera Ratio" mean that it was meant for full frame presentation? If that's the case then I'm fine with the full frame over widescreen.

But regardless of the aspect ratio...this still is an amazing movie and an amazing Bluray set. Get it. You just can't beat this in HD.


  1. That would mean that is how it was intended. One of my all time favorites.

  2. A great one on Blu-Ray. Sweet, I'll have to tell my friends with Blu-Ray players.