Gate II picks up again with Terry, the teenage sorcerer who summons beings from the other side whose powers can be used to grant any wish. Unfortunately, before the Gate closes again, a “minion” – a tiny disciple of Satan himself – manages to slip through to our dimension. When the creature is kidnapped – all hell breaks loose. –Shoutfactory.com
Gate II holds a special place in my heart, both for nostalgic purposes, as well as the fact that I saw it projected in 35mm at Exhumed Films 24 Hour Horror-thon sitting right next to Doc Terror himself. Both of us had seen it before, but there was something magical about seeing it on the big screen, and from a film source, no less. We both knew it would eventually make it to Blu-ray, as Exhumed is a pretty good barometer for knowing which film prints are out there in the wild, obscure or otherwise. It comes as no surprise that Scream Factory was the house that did it.
The movie itself is a different beast than The Gate. It features the same elements, but goes off in its own definite direction. Rather than working on closing the gate, most of the story focuses on reaping the spoils of a magic gate, and the consequences for doing so. It makes for an entertaining ride, to say the least – and especially when those spoils begin turning into literal shit. The little demon are still cute and deadly, with even more universe building around the “gate” and the world on the other side of it. So I guess, while Gate 2 does its own thing, it still builds onto what the first movie started. It might not be as well known as the original, but it has its cult following. It’s a criminally under-seen sequel that deserves any newfound love this release creates.
The one unfortunate thing about this release is that it’s not a SF Collector’s Edition. But all that means is that there is no slipcover, and maybe not as many extras as there would have been. Otherwise Scream’s Blu ray release is fantastic. The video is presented in AVC – 1080p, in its original aspect ratio 1.85:1. The audio track is 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio. Both the looks and the sound on this release are presented without issue. The source for the video is a new 2K scan taking from the interpositive. As far as bonus content, you can see an entire listing below, but the main thing that deserves a spotlight here is the new interviews.
Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of Gate II is now available. You can purchase your own copy by visiting the Shout! Factory website.
- NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive
- NEW Return To The Nightmare – A Look Back At Gate II – Featuring Interviews With Director Tibor Takacs, Screenwriter Michael Nankin And Special Visual Effects Creator Randall William Cook
- NEW From The Depths – An Interview With Make-up Effects Artist Craig Reardon
- Theatrical Trailer
- Video Promo And Video Store Contest Promo
- Still Gallery