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Mandy Blu-ray Review


“Mandy” will appeal to a certain section of horror fans.

In this 1983 set horror movie, the story revolves around the artsy Mandy and her boyfriend Red (a logger) who live a peaceful secluded life in a cabin in the forest. One day, a creepy cult group leader (Jeremiah) sees Mandy walking and his sights set on her. With the help of a group of demon bikers, the cult known as Children of the New Dawn kidnap Mandy and, well, things just get much worse from there for her and Red. After a horrifying series of events, a distraught and badly beaten Red decides to seek bloody revenge against the bikers and cult members. That’s pretty much the story in a nutshell.

If you follow the film world at all, you may have noticed that the cult horror movie “Mandy” has been hyped quite a bit as of late. However, I don’t quite get the love myself. Sure, there’s some weird elements that are fascinating to watch such as the Cheddar Goblin commercial, the beautiful and stylized color palette, the chainsaw battle, and, of course, some magical Nic Cage acting (namely the bathroom booze scene and the shirt ranting), but, aside from these select moments, the movie is strangely a bit of a slog to get through. The first hour in particular is painfully slow even with the heartfelt performances by Cage and Andrea Riseborough (Mandy). It’s not until the bloody, weapon filled revenge begins that the movie really picks up the pace .

Another strange thing about “Mandy” is how predictable it is for the most part. Amidst the quirky humor and weird moments involving everything from a tiger to an animated sequence, the story is really just a slasher revenge tale with a bit of pizzazz. Considering how many film fans were buzzing about it, I expected something with a little more depth storywise. Again, the movie is undoubtedly a visual treat, but I was left wanting more from the Panos Cosmatos and Aaron Stewart-Ahn script itself.


Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The pictures look a little blotchy unfortunately. I don’t feel like we’re getting the transfer the film deserves here.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The audio track comes alive when it needs to.

Extras: * RLJE Films trailers * 14 minutes of deleted and extended scenes * “Behind The Scenes”- A surprisingly insightful 22 minute featurette containing film clips, interviews, still images, discussions about numerous aspects of the film, script pages, set footage, etc.

October 28, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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