I have seen Ravenous at least a couple dozen times. I’ve seen it on VHS, and I’ve seen it on DVD, and now, thanks to Scream Factory, I have seen it on Blu-ray, and I couldn’t be happier. I read a scathing review of the disc before I watched it, as I’m sure some of you did, but I’ve learned that bad reviews of Scream titles are to be taken with a grain of salt. Scream have become popular now, so with all of their millions of fans, will naturally come a handful of loudmouth detractors. I watched the disc from start to finish, including all of the extras, and I can say without issue that this release is definitely a worthy upgrade to one of my favorite weird little movies. I’ve been trying to save the new Scream releases for the night before the retail date, so that my reviews will have a little more relevance, and coincide with the street date, and it was hard to hold off on this one, because I had been wanting to watch it again for a long while, before Scream announced it for Blu, even, but I managed to hold off, got into the right state-of-mind, got the family to bed, and popped it in. I think I may have liked it even more than I did before this time around, and Scream Factory’s presentation has a lot to do with that.
It’s a recipe for nonstop action and excitement when the inhabitants of an isolated military outpost go up against a marauding band of cannibals in a deadly struggle for survival! Ever watchful of the enemies who might literally tear them apart, the uneasy alliance of soldiers must fight brutal elements of the Sierra Nevada wilderness – as well as their own murderous instincts to stay alive. Directed by Antonia Bird (Priest), this white-knuckle thriller stars Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3, Prometheus), Robert Carlyle (Once Upon A Time) and David Arquette (Scream 4).
Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of Ravenous is the upgrade I’ve been waiting for. For almost the entire duration of the film, the detail levels are high, and the colors pop, even as dark as this film is. The audio blares with crystal clarity, and the extras are both entertaining and informative. I’m not sure what drugs reviewers that have given this release a bad score were on while watching the Blu-ray, but I’m going to assume that my drugs are better, because I went in with lower expectations thanks to, what would turn out to be, a nonsensical review on another site, and walked away beyond satisfied. I knew about the somewhat troubled production beforehand, but I didn’t know any specifics. The extensive new interview with Jeffrey Jones is quite informative on that, and many other subjects in regards to the production of the film. I love Jones as an actor, and regardless of how many amazing movies he has been in, he will always be Mr. “NEEED MOORE POOWERR!” to me. Jones gives an entertaining interview. There are some other extras on the disc as well, such as deleted scenes with commentary from director Anotonia Bird. Her commentary is funny as well, because in almost every deleted scene she makes a remark to the effect of “I wouldn’t have cut this scene personally, but I just put my hands up in the air and said whatever.”
As for the actual picture and sound quality of the disc, for the most part it remains consistently good, with a high level of detail. The blood and gore shines in the snow like never before. Other sites have called the transfer itself “soft” but in reality, if you’re paying attention to the quality at all, you’ll notice that only a few seconds of the transfer appear to be soft at all, and the rest is pretty well defined. It’s honestly about what you’d expect from a Blu-ray release of a late Nineties movie. A lot of people don’t realize it, but it seems like movies from the Nineties aren’t holding up quite as well as movies from the Eighties, or even the Seventies. I don’t know if it has something to do with the way Hollywood was during that era, or the popular film to use at the time, but movies from 90-99 are not making the transition to Blu-ray quite as well as movies from decades before. It’s a little bit strange, but it’s nothing to detract me from buying some of my favorite Nineties movies on Blu. It still looks and sounds better than it ever has. With that being said, I highly recommend Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of Ravenous, to both fans of the film, as well as newcomers. It is a purchase you can make with confidence, and a film that needs a spot on your shelf. Ravenous is available on Blu-ray TODAY, from Scream Factory. You can purchase your copy here.
- Commentary With Director Antonia Bird And Composer Damon Albarn
- Commentary With Screenwriter Ted Griffin And Actor Jeffrey Jones
- Commentary With Actor Robert Carlyle
- Deleted Scenes With Commentary By Antonia Bird
- New Interview With Actor Jeffrey Jones
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spot
- Two Still Galleries – Costume Design And Production Design