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DVD Shopping Bag: The Burning Blu-ray

Is that George Costanza, with hair?!

By Robert T. Trate     May 21, 2013
Source: Mania.com

The first time I saw The Burning (1981) it was just shy of two years ago. It was a double feature at The New Beverly in Los Angeles. The film was less than perfect, appearance wise. The print was red. Quite literally, it had been burnt by the bulbs of multiple screenings. Did it ruin my overall enjoyment of the film? No. So when Shout Factory’s horror division announced that Tony Maylam’s film was getting their special Blu-ray treatment, I thought it was time to return to Camp Stonewater.


Let’s start with that transfer. The Burning has all the bright light of a crisp, clear summer’s day, a perfect transfer that is the opposite of the dark horror that follows. Here, we see the fake blood flow. The hair on Jason Alexander’s head actually looks real, because it is. All of this makes the first Weinstein film look incredible. Shout Factory has once again delivered a Blu-ray that fans of the genre will appreciate. Special features, interviews, and behind the scenes footage share a history that any film aficionado would be thankful for. However, let’s dive into the story for The Burning


As horror movies go, The Burning is your typical summer camp movie packed with gruesome deaths, a genre that has been done to death in the Friday the 13th series. The Burning, on the other hand, does have a few interesting twists. The first being that these kids had nothing to do with the birth or culmination of the killer “Cropsy" (Lou David). In fact, all of them, save one, have no connection to him. It’s an interesting twist to the story as the killer usually hunts those that either created him or are in the same line of work (camp counselors). Crospy is out for the slaughter and does not care if you are a jock, a virgin, or a pot smoking kid. You are in his sights and he is coming for you. 


Another departure from Friday the 13th and especially The Texas Chainsaw Massacre formula is that all these kids and camp counselors are likable. Sure, there are the likes of a young Jason Alexander, Holly Hunter, and Fisher Stevens in the cast, but everyone else brings a young identifiable persona to the screen. We all knew the jock who was trying to get laid, the prude who is looking for Mister Right, the horn ball who was a total dick, but always made you laugh, and last but not least, the goofy, weird kid who always stared more than he spoke to you. In short, when the carnage begins, their deaths weigh in a little bit more.


The Burning does suffer from the lack of rhyme and reason for Crospy’s killings. Most films of this nature over explain that, anyhow. One also has to wonder about the ending. Was this all a story told around the camp fire? How can our hero really be Brian Backer? There really is no one else deserving of said title. The appeal here is a fun cast, an incredible transfer, and clever special effects by Tom Savini. The Burning is a horror film like no other, which is a good thing. If there were others like it, they would probably accompany the same title with multiple Roman Numerals behind them.  

 

Top 5 Picks of the Week:
1. The Burning Blu-ray
2. National Lampoon’s Vacation Blu-ray
3. Ultimate Gangster Collection: Classics Blu-rays
4. Ultimate Gangster Collection: Modern Blu-rays
5. Lego Batman: The Movie DC Superheroes Heroes Unite

ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS

2 Days in the Valley Starring Jeff Daniels, James Spader, Greg Cruttwell and Danny Aiello

Dark Frontier Starring Aden Young, Toby Wallace and Neil Pigot

Dead Again

Donovan's Echo Starring Danny Glover and Bruce Greenwood

Fat Man & Little Boy

Gallipoli

Grand Duel Starring Lee Van Cleef, Horst Frank, Jess Hahn and Alberto Dentice

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead Starring Clive Owen, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jamie Foreman

The Last Stand [Blu-ray] Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eduardo Noriega and Peter Stormare

The Last Stand Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eduardo Noriega and Peter Stormare

The Lone Ranger: Kemo Sabe - Trusted Friend Starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels

The Lone Ranger: Who Was That Masked Man? Starring Various, Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels

Nightfall Starring Simon Yam, Nick Cheung, Shawn Dou and Mike Leeder

Nightfall [Blu-ray] Starring Simon Yam, Nick Cheung, Shawn Dou and Mike Leeder

Parker [Blu-ray] Starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez

Parker Starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez

Riot In A Woman's Prison Starring Marilu Tolo, Erna Schurer, Katia Kristine, Christine Galbo, Isabelle De Valvert Martine Brochard

Robin Hood: The Ghosts of Sherwood Starring Oliver Krekel, Tom Savini, Dave Kaufmann

SS Hell Camp Starring John Braun, Kim Gatti, Xiros Papas, Sal Boris Macha Magal

Shark Island [Blu-ray] Starring Patrick Bergin

Stand Up Guys [Blu-ray]

This Girl Is Badass [Blu-ray] Starring JeeJa Yanin

ANIME

Gaiking: The Movie Collection Starring Akira Kamiya

Gunbuster 2: The Complete Series

Howl's Moving Castle (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Jean Simmons, Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall

K-On! The Movie [Blu-ray] (2011)

K-On! The Movie [DVD]

Love Love: Complete

Lupin the 3rd: Green Vs Red

My Neighbor Totoro (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Tim Daly and Pat Carroll

Superstars Of Hentai

Tenchi Muyo!: War on Geminar, Part 1 (Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Jason Liebrecht, Jamie Marchi, Jad Saxton

Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar, Part 1 (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Jamie March, Jason Liebrecht, Jad Saxton and Morgan Garrett

Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar, Part 2 (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Jamie Marchi, Morgan Garrett, Jad Saxton

CARTOONS

All Dogs Go To Heaven The Series- Complete Season 1 (Gift Box) Starring Dom DeLuise, Sheena Easton and Steven Weber

Beavis & Butt-Head Do America

LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite Starring Clancy Brown, Troy Baker, Travis Willingham

LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite [Blu-ray] Starring Clancy Brown, Troy Baker, Travis Willingham

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Quest for the Crystal Mickey

Monsuno: Power Starring Cam Clarke and Christopher Smith

CLASSICS

Government Agents Vs Phantom Legion Starring Mary Ellen Kay, Dick Curtis and John Pickard Walter Reed

Half a Sixpence

Little Caesar [Blu-ray] Starring Edward G. Robinson and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Little Caesar [Blu-ray] Starring Edward G. Robinson and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Petrified Forest [Blu-ray] Starring Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis and Leslie Howard

Public Enemy [Blu-ray]

White Heat [Blu-ray] Starring James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'brien

COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style

Beautiful Creatures (2013) [Blu-ray] Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons

Beautiful Creatures (2013) Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons

Disorderly Orderly

National Lampoon's Vacation: 30th Anniversary [Blu-ray] Starring Beverly D'angelo, Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid

Vegas Vacation [Blu-ray] Starring Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid, Beverly D'Angelo and Ethan Embry

CRITERION COLLECTION

Medium Cool (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] Starring Robert Forster

Medium Cool (Criterion Collection) Starring Robert Forster

HORROR

The ABC's of Death COMBO [Blu-ray+DVD] Starring Erik Aude and Kyra Zagorsky

The ABC's of Death [Blu-ray] Starring Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Iván González and Kyra Zagorsky

The ABC's of Death Starring Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Iván González and Kyra Zagorsky

After Dark Originals Dark Circles

Alien Encounters Of The 4th Kind

An Irish Vampire In Hollywood

April Fool's Day

The Burning (Collector's Edition) [BluRay/DVD Combo] [Blu-ray] Starring Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Jason Alexander and Lou David

Castle Freak Starring Barbra Crampton, Jonathan Fuller Jeffrey Combs

Cold Eyes of Fear: Remastered Edition [Blu-ray] Starring Giovanna Ralli, Frank Wolff and Fernando Rey

Cold Eyes of Fear: Remastered Edition Starring Giovanna Ralli, Frank Wolff and Fernando Rey

Cool Air

Dark Dealer Starring Rocky Patterson, Vincent Gaskins, Kim Frazier, Kevin Walder, Deborah Nunez, Mark Fickert Richards Hull

Don't Let the Riverbeast Get You

Last Kind Words Starring Brad Dourif, Alexia Fast, Spencer Daniels and Sarah Steele

Mold! Starring Ardis Campbell, Lawrence Georde, Rick Haymes

Ooga Booga Starring Stacy Keach, Ciarra Carter, Wade Forrest Wilson and Maddox

The Sinful Nuns of St. Valentine: Remastered Edition [Blu-ray] Starring Francoise Prevost and Jenny Tamburi

The Sinful Nuns of St. Valentine: Remastered Edition Starring Francoise Prevost and Jenny Tamburi

Subspecies: The Blu Ray Collection Volume 1 [Blu-ray] Starring Various

Subspecies III: Bloodlust

Subspecies II: Bloodstone [Blu-ray]

Subspecies 4: Bloodstorm

Subspecies III: Bloodlust [Blu-ray]

Tales From the Darkside: Movie

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (BluRay/DVD Combo) Starring Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine and Dawn Wells

Vampire Journals

SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY/ SUPERHERO

Captain America [Blu-ray] Starring Matt Salinger, Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty and Darren McGavin

Side Effects (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) Starring Jude Law and Rooney Mara

Side Effects Starring Jude Law and Rooney Mara

Time Machine Starring Jeremy Irons, Samantha Mumba and Guy Pearce

Thor the Conqueror

TV LAND

The Aquabats! Super Show! Season One Starring Christian Jacobs, Richard Falomir and James Briggs

Blood of the Vine: Season 1

The Gene Autry Show - The Final Season Starring Gene Autry and Pat Buttram

Perception: The Complete First Season Starring Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook, Kelly Rowan

Teen Wolf: Season Two Starring Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Dylan O'Brien and Holland Roden

True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season

True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) Starring Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell and Ryan Kwanten

BOX SETS

Devil Dolls 3 Disc Box Set Starring Bentley Mitchum, Daniel Cerny, Michael Russo, Barry Lynch Tracy Scoggins

Spaghetti Westerns Unchained Starring Franco Nero, Tomas Milian, Loredana Nusciak and Marilu Tolo

Ultimate Gangsters Collection: Classics (Little Caesar / The Public Enemy / The Petrified Forest / White Heat ... Starring James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis

Ultimate Gangsters Collection (Mean Streets / The Untouchables / Goodfellas / Heat / The Departed) (Blu-ray Book... Starring Various 

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