Scream Factory brings a true slasher film gem to Blu-ray for fans to enjoy in high-definition. 1983’s “Sleepaway Camp” has everything one could want in a genre piece and more. Not only does the movie have one of the best surprise endings ever conceived, it also does a better job than most at establishing characters you can truly identify with emotionally.
After a tragic boating accident, Angela (Felissa Rose) is taken in by her kooky Aunt Martha (Desiree Gould) and Cousin Ricky (Jonathan Tiersten). Angela and Ricky are sent to summer camp to enjoy themselves and make new friends. Not long after arriving, a series of accidents begin occurring. Are they all mishaps or has someone returned to the camp looking for some type of retribution?
Writer / Director Robert Hiltzik has fashioned one of the finest examples of the slasher genre with “Sleepaway Camp.” All the right ingredients are here. There’s suspense, mystery, gore, and characters you actually feel sorry for. Don’t get me wrong. You also want to see several of them die as well.
The “Sleepaway Camp” Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack Collector’s Edition is presented in 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1). The Blu-ray was made from a new 2K scan of the original camera negative. The picture isn’t perfect by any means, but it’s superior in comparison to VHS copies of the film.
A DTS-HD Master Audio Mono mix assaults your ears with every beautifully over-exaggerated scream of a victim. Edward Bilous’s musical score perfectly enhances all the action and violence occurring onscreen. All the environmental sounds you could expect to hear at camp blare out at the audience.
Scream Factory packs the “Sleepaway Camp” Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack Collector’s Edition with loads of bonus material. Actors Felissa Rose and Jonathan Tierston provide new commentary for the movie. The original commentary with Director/Writer Robert Hiltzik, Felissa Rose, and Webmaster Jeff Hayes is found, too. It also features new interviews with the cast and crew, a scrapbook, Jeff Hayes’ short film entitled “Judy,” a theatrical trailer, and more.
The “Sleepaway Camp” Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack Collector’s Edition is unrated and contains bloody graphic violence, language, adult situations, and nudity. Let’s just say a lot of bloodshed takes place onscreen. A shocking scene at the end of the movie will leave a visual impression on the viewer they’ll never forget.
I can’t think of a more perfect film to sit next to your copies of “Friday the 13th” and “The Burning” on your shelves. The new Blu-ray edition of “Sleepaway Camp” is an essential piece of slasher and horror genre history. If reflected upon through the mind of someone watching it in 1983, you begin to realize just how pioneering its surprise ending was.
“Sleepaway Camp” is available now in a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack Collector’s Edition.
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