Trapped in his monstrous physical form, Alec Holland retained his intellect, emotions, and capacity to love. That love appears in the form of Abigail Arcane (Heather Locklear), step-daughter to the world’s maddest scientist, Dr. Anton Arcane. Abby owns a plant store, and is more comfortable talking to her plants than to men in the local singles bar. When she meets Swampy she sees beyond the horror of his physical form and falls in love with Alec Holland. Swamp Thing has to single-handedly battle the evil Dr. Arcane, his security forces, and his army of mutant creatures in order to rescue Abby.
I am a fan of the DC Comics character Swamp Thing, and I am a fan of Jim Wynorski. So, when the two come together, could it get any better? Still residing in the swamp, Doc Holland AKA Swamp Thing has to rescue his new love interest Heather Locklear, from her crazy stepdad and mad scientist Dr Arcane. Arcane is using the science that created Swamp Thing in order to create an army of disgusting monsters, seemingly for world domination or some such nonsense.
I love The Return of Swamp Thing, more so than even the original. Being a fan of Wynorski, the completionist in me has to catch them all, but the bonus here is that Return of Swamp Thing is actually a good movie, with plenty of great-looking practical effects, and an entertaining-but-corny story. The acting is way better than one would think, at least for the main players, and even when it goes over-the-top. Of course the villain is the embodiment of a comic book villain, as it’s technically a comic book movie. You don’t watch The Return of Swamp Thing for complex 3D characters, so at least the titular character is interesting and somewhat fleshed out.
The MVD Rewind Blu-ray release of the film met my expectations. It’s what I would imagine viewing it in 35mm would look like. There are imperfections, blemishes and of course grain – not enough to obscure the view, mind you – all of which add to the charm of this already entertaining and nostalgic movie. Featuring an AVC-encoded 1080p new 2K transfer, presented in 1.85:1, and a DTS – HD MA 5.1 track, as well as a LPCM 2.0 track. The release comes with a wealth of new bonus content, ranging from commentaries to retrospecitve interviews/documentaries. If this is an example of what we can expect from MVD’s Rewind line the I gleefully anticipate all future releases.