In late October, the director’s cut of Nightbreed was finally unleashed upon hungry fans. We’ve been waiting for that release for what seems like decades, and its pre-order phase was met with the appropriate internet buzz, both good and bad. Now Scream Factory are dropping another Clive Barker film upon us, and it too comes with a Director’s Cut, as well as the Theatrical Cut. Some may argue that this is the superior film of the two releases. Some, but not myself. Don’t get me wrong, I love Lord of Illusions, and especially the director’s cut, but for me, Nightbreed is the perfect monster movie. Lord of Illusions is more of a dark pulp detective movie than a horror movie, but it’s dark enough, and violent enough for it to fit nicely in that genre as well. This is a case where Barker had one vision in mind for the film, but the studio had another. Thankfully, they allowed him to bring bother versions to fruition, but only the Theatrical Cut received a theatrical exhibition. If Barker is to be believed, the main issue that the studio had with his vision for Lord of Illusion, is that they wanted a fluffier horror movie, with less emphasis on the noir elements. Barker had always intended it to be heavy with the noir, so now we have two totally different versions of the film to choose from, and both in stunning high definition with tons of bonus content, and some nifty new commissioned cover art.
“It’s creepy to the extreme! No other filmmaker gets under the skin the way Clive Barker does” – Quentin Tarantino
From best-selling author and celebrated director Clive Barker comes a supernatural thriller that rips apart the boundaries between sanity and madness, and between the art of illusion and the terrifying forces of magic.
Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap) portrays Harry D’Amour, a private detective visiting Los Angeles on a routine investigation. Harry gets more than he bargains for when he encounters Philip Swan (Kevin J. O’Connor, The Mummy), a performer whose amazing illusions captivate the world. But are they really illusions? Harry isn’t so sure as he is thrust into a nightmare of murder, deception and terrifying assaults from the dark beyond. Famke Janssen (X-Men, Taken, Hemlock Grove) and Daniel von Bargen (Crimson Tide, The Faculty) also star.
INCLUDES THEATRICAL CUT AND DIRECTOR’S CUT
Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of Clive Barker’s Lord of Illusions is gorgeous, and features a plentiful bounty of bonus content. The image quality is the best you’re going to get with a Nineties film like this, and even a bit better. Some stuff from the same era hasn’t made the HD transition quite as well, but Lord of Illusions looks better than it ever has. The sound quality is equally impressive, with crystal clarity, and an overall high bitrate which sucks you into the world of deadly illusionists and seedy detectives better than ever. The bonus content is here for your viewing pleasure, should you choose to peruse it. You get a Clive Barker audio commentary, some deleted scenes that also feature commentary from the legend himself, as well as a couple of featurettes, new interviews, image galleries, and more. Scream Factory delivers yet another impressive Collector’s Edition release of a film that fans have been begging for since the Blu-ray format won the war. Now bring us Hellraiser III, right? You can purchase a copy of this Blu-ray for yourself from Amazon by clicking here. Or, if you prefer to buy directly from Shout! Factory, you may do that here.