It’s newborn and … It’s Alive … and murder is what it knows best! A proud couple’s bundle of joy is really a newborn terror in filmmaker Larry Cohen’s cautionary cult hit that tapped into environmental fears. The horror grows when multiple child monsters rampage in the first sequel It Lives Again as two brave parents try to stop them by becoming the bait for their spree. The now global mutants are rounded up and relocated to a far-flung island in It’s Alive III: Island of the Alive. Will a parent’s greatest nightmare become the world’s gravest fear? Find out … if you dare.
It’s Alive is a Larry Cohen film released in 1974 about a couple who give birth to a deformed and possibly demonic baby, murdering folks straight from the womb. It spawned two sequels, and even a remake. Scream Factory have released the original trilogy in a box set, so fans everywhere can either revisit the saga, or be exposed to it for the first time. Personally I had only ever seen the original and the remake. The second and third films were both new to me. After spending some time viewing them, I have a definite favorite of the bunch, though I feel like the first film is the better film.
Whereas the first movie is the more serious of the trilogy, with each sequel the stories become more comical, and as a result, more fun. The first movie ponders the morality of executing these babies. On the one hand, they’re evil, and murdering people. On the other, they are babies. It’s a darker movie, and it takes itself much more seriously. The second film retains some of that, but feels a little goofier. It’s a nice blend of the original seriousness, and the goofy fun of the third film. The third film is my favorite of the three. The babies have become an epidemic, and they are quarantined on an uncharted island away from anyone to murder. The babies are no longer babies anymore, so now they can do some real damage. Most of the movie takes place on the island itself, and the violence and gore has been dialed up to eleven. Overall, I had a lot of fun revisiting the first film, and it was definitely nice to finally catch the sequels.
Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of the movies is as good as it gets. All three film are presented in a full HD 1080p transfer, in 1.85:1, with 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio tracks. The films look gorgeous on the format, with no noticeable examples of excessive digital scrubbing, nor any notable amount of print damage. The audio was more than serviceable, with no instances of distortion. You can hear everything loud and clear. All three films are presented with new 2K scans of original film elements. The discs come with a few extras, ranging from commentaries to galleries. A full listing of special features can be seen below.
Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of the It’s Alive Trilogy box set is highly recommended for fans of the series, and horror fans in general. You may purchase a copy of your own by visiting the Shout! Factory website.