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The Strangers: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review


“The Strangers” is one of the best horror films of the past twenty years.

With “The Strangers: Prey At Night” having been released earlier this year (don’t bother with this sequel), Scream Factory has wisely released a new tenth anniversary collector’s edition Blu-ray set that contains both the theatrical and unrated cuts of the film. So, how does the original 2008 film stack up ten years? Spoiler alert- quite well.

For those that haven’t seen “The Strangers,” it revolves around a couple (Kristen and James) that staying at a summer home. This outing is no picnic, however, as James had proposed to Kristen and she refused. Devastated, James plans on leaving in the morning, but before morning comes, the two are preyed upon by 3 masked strangers who make their night a living hell.

I’ve said it before and I’ll likely say it again, writer/director Bryan Bertino’s “The Strangers” is a horror film done right. It’s simple, it’s atmospheric, it’s filled with unbearable tension that keeps building and building, and, above all, it’s scary. To me, there are very few modern films that I would even consider scary. As a reviewer, I have seen A LOT so very few horror films actually send chills down my spine. Plus, I have found that the news is frequently more terrifying than anything on the big screen these days. With that said, this small and intimate horror film works because there’s a sense of realism here. Senseless violence taking place during a home invasion is certainly something that could happen to anyone.

Even though Bertino’s work is largely why the film is a success, stars Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman do a fine job of making the movie even more effective as we (the audience) go on this terrifying journey with them. The 3 strangers (played by Gemma Ward, Kip Weeks and Laura Margolis) also deserve praise for their creepy and believable performances.


Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? Both cuts of the film received new HD masters and both look good. A much better transfer than the last Blu-ray release.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A perfectly effective 5.1 track.

Extras: * Trailer and 3 TV spots for “The Strangers” * 5 minutes of deleted scenes * “Strangers at the Door”- A featurette that contains cast and crew interviews, set footage, discussions about the film, and film clips. * “The Elements Of Terror”- Another featurette about this “terror” film * A still gallery * 4 new interviews with Bryan Bertino, Kip Weeks, Laura Margolis and editor Kevin Greuert. The Bertino interview is the most insightful of the lot.

July 1, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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