I was lucky enough to get to see “They Live” in theaters on opening week. I did not see it because I wanted to, which I did, but instead got to see it because my Mother had become a wrestling fan and one of her favorite wrestlers was the star of the movie, Roddy Piper. It was a great day for movie watching as son and Mother ate popcorn drank soda and watched Piper kick ass and not chew bubblegum. The experience made me a lifelong fan of the film and made me an even bigger fan of Keith David then I had been.
So I was really happy to see that Scream Factory was doing a special edition. Scream Factory has only been cranking out classic horror for a short period, but their track record for quality has been really high.
After watching They Live, I happy to report that the quality continues to be outstanding:
The film both looks and sounds great. Which in itself is a “special feature” since I have never viewed or owned a decent looking copy of the film. They also include a good amount of extras including:
- Audio Commentary with Writer/Director John Carpenter and Actor Roddy Piper
- Independent Thoughts – An interview with Writer/Director John Carpenter
- Man vs. Aliens – An interview with Actor Keith David
- Woman of Mystery – An interview with Actress Meg Foster
- Watch, Look, Listen: The Sights & Sounds of “They Live” – A look at the visual style, stunts and music from the film with Director of Photography Gary B. Kibbe, Stunt Coordinator Jeff Imada, and Co-Composer Alan Howarth
- Original EPK: The Making of “They Live”
- Never-Before-Seen Footage from the Commercials created for the film.
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
- Still Gallery
Now THAT is what I call a list of extras. It is real bonus stuff and does not feel like something rushed or tacked on and I guess in the end it does what good extras do, it gives you a deeper appreciation of the film. Still if all you want is a fun action packed film without all the bells and whistles. “They Live” has you covered.
Here is something I thought I would share. A friend of mine suggested that I fast forward 30 minutes into the movie and try watching it as part of an experiment to see if the shortened film holds up. I did and while it does cut out the character development, what you are left with is wall to wall action that does not lose a heck of a lot (give it a try).
So in a rush? Watch an abbreviated “They Live” or if you have all the time in the world, pour through the movie and all its extras. Either way your going to want to start your journey by ordering your copy of They Live Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray [via] Amazon.
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