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Ginger Snaps Blu-ray Review

Ginger Snaps Blu-ray

Fan favorite “Ginger Snaps” gets the Scream Factory treatment.

Amidst a series of suspected murders involving dogs, a Goth teen (Ginger) is bitten by one of these “dogs.” Of course, Ginger soon learns that this was not a dog, but a werewolf. Soon, Ginger begins to change physically and mentally as she becomes a werewolf herself. Can her sister Brigitte look out for her and keep matters under control or will the ordeal spiral wildly out of control?

In its fifteenth anniversary (has it really been that long already?), “Ginger Snaps” (the first and best of the trilogy) is a Canadian cult horror-dramedy that has managed to stand the test of the time. Not only does Karen Walton’s story and script put a new spin on the werewolf genre, but it also manages to be a clever coming of age story about puberty. More than that, however, “Ginger Snaps” is a refreshing female centric tale we just don’t see enough of these days.

On the subject of the cast, the chemistry between Emily Perkins and Katharine Isabelle really sells the story. Their character dynamics and actions drive the film and without them, I’m not sure it would be remembered as fondly as it is now.

Video/Audio:

Presentation; 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? Aside from the presence of dirt specs, this hi-def transfer delivers.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? In a word, lively.

Extras:
* DVD copy.
* 2 trailers and 2 TV spots.
* Production design artwork.
* 24 ½ minutes of deleted scenes with separate optional commentary tracks by John Fawcett and Karen Walton.
* “Being John Fawcett”- Fawcett records his chat with Perkins and Isabelle.
* A standard featurette that contains film clips, interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, etc.
* “The Creation of the Beast”- The title says it all.
* “Cast Auditions And Rehearsals”- 17 minutes of various cast auditions/rehearsals.
* “Growing Pains: Puberty In Horror Films”- An interesting 27 minute roundtable discussion with female journalists and filmmakers about puberty in horror cinema.
* “Ginger Snaps: Blood, Teeth, and Fur”- Cast and crew members talk about horror, careers, “Ginger Snaps,” production stories, and more. This 66 minute extra is easily the best bonus feature on the set.
* Not one but two commentary tracks. One features director John Fawcett and the other features writer Karen Walton.

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February 7, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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