Saturday, 20 September 2014

"Night of the Comet" - UK BD/DVD review.

Arrow films were nice enough to furnish me with a BD of their forthcoming release of “Night of the Comet”, which is being released in a BD/DVD combo pack this month.
Borrowing a few ideas from the sci-fi films of the 1950s, “Night of the Comet” stars prolific 80s comedy actress Catherine Mary Stewart (“Weekend at Bernies”, “Last Starfighter” and “Adventures in Babysitting” to name but a few) as 18 year old Regina, who’s stuck in her dead end job, working at the local cinema, whilst the rest of the world is out waiting for the spectacular light show from a passing comet.
Falling asleep in the projection booth with her boyfriend, they wake up at the end of the screening to find everyone has already left, the comet has passed and there’s nothing outside but piles of dust everywhere…
Yes it seems that radiation from the comet has had an adverse effect on earths population, turning most of them into dust and the others into blood thirsty ghouls, as her boyfriend finds out when he steps outside to see whats happening. Only a handful of “ordinary” folk still remain, who were shielded from the comets rays somehow.
Fortunately, Regi’s sister Samantha (Kelli Maroney – "Chopping Mall") happens to be one of them, and together with fellow survivor Hector (played by a pre-Star Trek Robert Beltran) the group try to look for other survivors, whilst dodging the zombies and groups of villainous government soldiers, who are looking to capture fellow survivors for their own nefarious ends…
Filmed back in 1984, the film was, I believe, inspired by the arrival of Halley’s Comet, which was due to pass by the earth in 1986 and is very much one for lovers of campy sci-fi, b-movie comedies, being a campy homage to the sci-fi disaster films of the 50s.
I remember reviewing the previous UK DVD release of this by Studio Canal back in 2010 and was very disappointed to find it was completely devoid of extras. So I was delighted to see that Arrow had done their usual sterling job of providing plenty of special features for this release.
The case includes both Blu Ray and DVD releases of the film, both of which contain the following extras…
3x Audio commentary tracks. The first with writer/director Thom Eberhardt. The second with stars Kelli Maroney and Catherine Mary Stewart and the third with production designer John Muto
4x Interview features. Valley Girls at the End of the World, with Kelli Maroney and Catherine Mary Stewart.  The Last Man on Earth,  with actor Robert Beltran. End of the World Blues with co-star Star Mary Woronov and Curse of the Comet, with special make-up effects creator David B. Miller
Also included is the Original Theatrical Trailer and the case contains a Collector’s booklet, featuring new writing on the film by James Oliver illustrated with original archive stills and posters and the sleeve has reversible artwork, containing the original theatrical poster art and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin.
The film is released in the UK September 22nd
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