Dolls is one of Stuart Gordon’s most ballyhooed directorial efforts, next to Re-Animator and From Beyond, of course. It was a Charles Band production, under Empire International, and produced by Brian Yuzna. It has been so long since the last time that I watched the film, that the only thing that I could remember about it, was the front cover of the VHS tape. This means that I don’t really have a DVD experience with Dolls, for which to compare the Blu-ray transfer of the film to. After revisiting the film, I can’t say that it is my favorite Gordon film, but it is highly entertaining for what it is. Dolls predates the Puppet Master series, which Band would later become known for, and is infinitely more enjoyable than any one of those films. I recently re-watched a couple of the Puppet Master movies, and none of them contain the quality of production and storytelling that Gordon’s Dolls has.
From the press release:
A precocious girl, her nasty parents, two punk-rock losers and a weak-kneed salesman inadvertently become the guests of two ghoulish senior citizens in their dark, haunted mansion. The old couple makes and collects dolls that, when not sitting still like good little mannequins, creep around in the night, offing the guests one by one! You may laugh at first, but if they turn on you, you’ll regret it…for the rest of your short life!
Scream Factory’s new Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of the film is perfect, if you are a fan. The video presentation is mostly flawless, if you can excuse a few seconds worth of dust particles and possible print damage here and there. Most of the film takes place in the dark, which gives the transfer a chance to show off the black levels, as well as the details even in a lack of solid lighting. The DTS-HD Master Audio stereo track is a fair representation of the original audio exhibition, while giving us an uncompressed and crystal clear experience for the first time on home video. The extras aren’t what I would call plentiful, but you get more than what you would have if another distro house would have licensed this title, and certainly if MGM would have released it themselves. There are a couple different audio tracks, and a Red Shirt retrospective documentary, along with some storyboard comparisons the theatrical trailer, of course, and a few little surprises, as Scream Factory often do with their Collector’s Edition releases. Even if you’re not the world’s biggest fan of Dolls, the presentation is worth the price, as well as the chance to recreate those visits to your local video store’s horror section. Purchase a copy for yourself by clicking here.
- NEW! Toys Of Terror: The Making Of Dolls – An All-New Retrospective Featuring Interviews With Director Stuart Gordon, Producer Brian Yuzna, Stars Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Ian Patrick Williams, Executive Producer Charles Band And More!
- Audio Commentary With Director Stuart Gordon And Writer Ed Naha
- Audio Commentary With Cast Members Stephen Lee, Ian Patrick Wiliams, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon And Carrie Lorraine
- Storyboard-To-Film Comparison
- Theatrical Trailer
- Photo Gallery