“An effectively eerie psychological chiller” – Leonard Maltin
This gut-wrenching thriller follows a graduate student whose research summons the spirit of the dead! When Helen Lyle hears about Candyman, a slave spirit with a hook hand who is said to haunt a notorious housing project, she thinks she has a new twist for her thesis. Braving the gang-ridden territory to visit the site, Helen arrogantly assumes Candyman can’t really exist … until he appears, igniting a string of terrifying, grisly slayings. But the police don’t believe in monsters, and charge Helen with the crimes. And the only one who can set her free is Candyman.
Candyman is a movie that fans have been asking for on Blu-ray for a very long time. For a while, it was assumed that Twilight Time would release the title, as the rights were held by SONY, and TT had a deal in place, releasing titles such as the 1998 Tom Savini remake of Night of the Living Dead. But, after the response to that disc, and a few others after, Twilight Time decided that horror releases were not worth the fan scrutiny that came along with them. And I’ll be honest, horror fans are among the most demanding when it comes to physical media. They want it all, and who can blame them. Twilight Time releases are known for being relatively barebones beyond the isolated score tracks, and they’re all limited releases, so it’s good that their release never came to fruition. Now that Scream Factory has acquired the title we’re presented with not only a brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative, but we have two different similar transfers of the Theatrical Cut of the film, as well as the UNRATED cut. Couple that with the fact that it’s a two Blu-ray disc set, barely containing a massive swath of extras spread across the discs, and you have one hell of a release of a fan favorite.
Candyman is a 1992 horror film, written and directed by Bernard Rose, based on a short story called The Forbidden, by Clive Barker. Barker served as an executive producer on the production. The film stars Tony Todd as the titular character, who was the son of a slave who was tortured and killed for falling in love with a white woman. He becomes a “legend” and supposedly, if you recite his name five times into a mirror, he appears in front of you. This theory is put to the test, and Candyman is here to seduce his latest victim, who happens to be a graduate student named Helen Lyle(Virginia Madsen) who is researching urban legends in Chicago. Once the Candyman is summoned, it becomes an almost romantic game of cat and mouse, as he begs with Helen for her to become his victim. Candyman is a personal favorite of mine, as I’m sure it is for most of you, and to see it get such royal treatment warms my heart. I realize in the UK that Arrow released their own version of this movie, and I have not seen it to compare transfers or anything like that, but based on what I do know, I think the Scream Factory version has them beat on bonus content.
Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of Candyman is highly recommended. It features a full HD 1080p AVC-encoded transfer presented in 1.85:1. The audio is presented in the form of two tracks, excluding the commentaries. A DTS-HD MA 5.1 track, and an LPCM 2.0 track. The movie looks and sounds amazing. It’s honestly hard to imagine a better presentation of this cult classic. As mentioned above, these are 2K restorations from a 4K scan of the original negative, of both the Theatrical Cut, as well as the Director’s Cut, supervised by director Bernard ROse and DPAnthony B. Richmond. The release comes packed to the gills with bonus content, spread across two Blu-ray discs. The extras range from new audio commentaries, new behind the scenes documentaries, and much more. You can find a detailed listing of extras below. It had been a long time since I had seen Candyman, in spite of owning a British import, I just never got around to watching it. I am thankful that Scream Factory provided me with an excuse to revisit the film. I think I found a new appreciation for it, and enjoyed it even more than I did upon my last viewing. Something about a really good Blu-ray just helps you get in the zone, so to speak, when revisiting a classic. Scream did an excellent job with this release. And you should most definitely click this link to purchase a copy for yourself.
DISC ONE (THEATRICAL CUT):
- NEW 2K Restoration From A New 4K Scan Of The Original Negative, Supervised And Approved By Writer/Director Bernard Rose And Director Of Photography Anthony B. Richmond
- NEW Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Bernard Rose And Actor Tony Todd
- NEW Audio Commentary With Authors Stephen Jones And Kim Newman
- Audio Commentary With Director Bernard Rose, Author Clive Barker, Producer Alan Poul And Actors Tony Todd, Virginia Madsen And Kasi Lemmons
- Audio Commentary With Bernard Rose, Moderated By The Movie Crypt’s Adam Green And Joe Lynch
- “Sweets To The Sweet: The Candyman Mythos” Featuring Interviews With Writer/Director Bernard Rose, Executive Producer Clive Barker, Actors Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, And Kasi Lemmons
- “Clive Barker: Raising Hell” – An Interview With Author/Artist/Filmmaker Clive Barker
- Interview With Actor Tony Todd (2014)
- Bernard Rose’s Storyboards
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
- Still Gallery
- Screenplay (BD-ROM)
DISC TWO (UNRATED CUT):
- NEW 2K Restoration From A New 4K Scan Of The Original Negative With High Definition Inserts For The Uncut Footage From An Archival Film Print
- NEW “Be My Victim” – An Interview With Tony Todd
- NEW “It Was Always You, Helen” – An Interview With Virginia Madsen
- NEW “Reflection In The Mirror” – An Interview With Actor Kasi Lemmons
- NEW “A Kid In Candyman” – An Interview With Actor DeJuan Guy
- NEW “The Writing On The Wall: The Production Design Of Candyman” – An Interview With Production Designer Jane Ann Stewart
- NEW “Forbidden Flesh: The Makeup FX Of Candyman” – Including Interviews With Special Makeup Effects Artists Bob Keen, Gary J. Tunnicliffe And Mark Coulier
- NEW “A Story To Tell: Clive Barker’s The Forbidden” – Writer Douglas E. Winter On Clive Barker’s Seminal Books Of Blood And Candyman’s Source Story, The Forbidden
- NEW “Urban Legend: Unwrapping Candyman” – A Critical Analysis Of The Film With Writers Tananarive Due And Steven Barnes