'The Rocky Horror Picture Show (35th Ann. Ed.]'
(Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, et al / Blu ray / NR / (1975) 2010 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: Fasten your garter belt and come up to the lab and see what's on the slab! It's The Rocky Horror Picture Show Special Edition, a screamingly funny, sinfully twisted salute to sci-fi, horror, B-movies and rock music, all rolled into one deliciously decadent morsel.
Blu ray Verdict: I could not be more pleased with this purchase. This is truly the ultimate fan service for anyone who loved The Rocky Horror Picture Show! The 1080/24p remastering is astounding. Most of the movie looks like it was filmed this year. You can see immaculate detail. The color has been improved, and some of the costumes in the film pop out in startling fashion! Some scenes (particularly the criminologist scenes) do seem a bit soft, but for the most part the film looks perfect.
The 7.1 surround sound mix is just crazy good. The songs sound deep and sharp, and you'll notice several nuances you never heard before. I've never heard the movie sound this clear. One thing I did notice is that the songs seem louder than the rest of the film, however. Also, "Over At The Frankenstein Place" has a minor flub, as a different take of Susan Sarandon's vocals was used. It's not super-glaring, and it doesn't sound bad (despite what other reviews say) but hardcore fans will definitely notice it. The mono track is the same as the original film.
The special features, sadly, are nothing to shout about. The Blu-ray still contains both the US and UK version of the movie (the UK features the song, "Superheroes"), which is a real treat. Further, you have the option to view either version with the alternate opening.
This film was originally intended to be in black-and-white up until the "Time Warp" scene where it would burst into color (like The Wizard of Oz), but back in 1975 it was too expensive to do and it was never released this way. Now you can view it like this if you want, and it's selectable from the main menu as opposed to being an Easter Egg like the DVD version.
The packaging is just beautiful. It comes in a glossy book containing some great pictures and quotes from the film. The disc is on the inside back cover in a recess. It truly pays homage to this classic film.
As for the movie itself, well, if you're buying this set you probably already know what it is. At the time of its original release the movie was a huge critical and commercial flop. But over time it's become hugely popular and currently holds the honor of having the longest theatrical run in film history!
The film is a rock opera about two unsuspecting lovers who stumble across an old castle inhabited by a transvestite mad scientist, his servants and his creation (a blond muscle man). The songs are actually really great, and despite the loose plot, this is one of the most entertaining films of all time! Highly-recommended! [GO] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.66:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
The Midnight Experience
Rocky-oke: Sing It!
Commentary By Richard O'Brien and Patricia Quinn
Donít Dream It, Be It: The Search for the 35th Anniversary Shadowcast, Part I
An-tic-i-pation: The Search for the 35th Anniversary Shadowcast, Part II
Mick Rock (A Photographer)
Mick Rock's Picture Show (A Gallery)
Deleted Musical Scenes
Alternate Credit Ending
Rocky Horror Double Feature Video Show
Beacon Theater, New York City (10th Anniversary)
Time Warp Music Video (15th Anniversary VHS Release)
35th Anniversary Book