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CANDYMAN Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review

CandyMan Collector's Edition Blu-ray Review

The Movie

Synopsis

Skeptical graduate student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) befriends Anne-Marie McCoy (Vanessa Williams) while researching superstitions in a housing project on Chicago’s Near North Side. From Anne-Marie, Helen learns about the Candyman (Tony Todd), a knife-wielding figure of urban legend that some of her neighbors believe to be responsible for a recent murder. After a mysterious man matching the Candyman’s description begins stalking her, Helen comes to fear that the legend may be all too real.

Directed By: Bernard Rose

Written By: Clive Barker & Bernard Rose

Starring: Virginia Madsen (Helen Lyle), Tony Todd (The Candyman), Xander Berkeley (Trevor Lyle), Kasi Lemmons (Bernadette ‘Bernie’ Walsh), Vanessa Williams (Anne-Marie McCoy), DeJuan Guy (Jake), Marianna Elliott (Clara), Ted Raimi (Billy), and more.

Genre: Horror & Thriller

Rating: R

Runtime: Approx. 99 Minutes

Blu-ray Details

Audio

  • 1080P High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Video

  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features

Disc One: Theatrical Cut

  • New 2K Restoration From a new 4k Scan of the original negative, Supervised and Approved by Writer/Director Bernard Rose and Director of Photography Anthony B. Richmond
  • New Audio COmmentary with Bernard Rose and Actor Tony Todd
  • New Audio Commentary with Authors Stephen Jones and Kim Newman
  • Audio Commentary with Bernard Rose, Author Clive Barker, Producer Alan Poul and Actors Tony Todd, Virginia Madsen, and Kasi Lemmons
  • “Sweet To the Sweet: The Candyman Mythos”
  • “Clive Barker: Raising Hell”
  • Bernard Rose’s Storyboards
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery

Disc Two: Unrated Cut

  • New 2k Restoration from a New 4k Scan of the original negative with unrated HD inserts from a rare print
  • New “Be My Victim”- An Interview with Tony Todd
  • New “It Was Always You, Helen”- An Interview with Virginia Madsen
  • New “The Writing on the Wall: The Production Design of Candyman”- An interview with Production Designer Jane Ann Stewart
  • New “Forbidden Flesh: The Makeup FX of Candyman”- Including interviews with Special Makeup Effects Artist Bob Keen, Gary J. Tunnicliffe, and Mark Coulier
  • New “A Story to Tell: Clive Barker’s The Forbidden“- Writer Douglas E. Winter on Clive Barker’s Seminal Books of Blood and Candyman‘s Source Story, The Forbidden
  • New “Urban Legend: Unwrapping Candyman

My Thoughts

I give Candyman a B-.

Candyman follows a graduate student, Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) who is researching the Legend of Candyman for a thesis in Cabrini-Green, a public housing development on Chicago’s Near North Side.  The Candyman Legend comes to life when Lyle begins to fear it as a man begins to stalk her who resembles Candyman to the T.

I absolutely loved this film when I was younger but for some odd reason, this time around it fell flat.  I thought maybe because I’ve seen it a million times (sense of excitement is gone because I know what is going to happen) but that can’t be the case as I’ve seen Hellraiser a million time as well and still watch it as if it was the first.  I have no idea what changed from the 90s to now.  I did watch the Director’s Cut.  I usually watch the Theatrical version so maybe that has something to do with it.

What I did like about the film.  Virginia Madsen is absolutely stunning in this film.  Her blue eyes pierced the screen with every scene she was in.  I loved the score.  Helen’s Theme (which can be heard throughout the film) by Philip Glass is melodic and has a sense of sadness to it which added an eerie mood to the film. It kind of reminded me of Hellraiser as well.  I love the story of Candyman and how he became who he became.  The one thing I really liked about Candyman is Tony Todd’s voice.  His deep voice made the character believable along with the backstory.  I also like horror films from the 80s & 90s. Even the 70s because they don’t have the need to put attention on the jump scares (with loud noises) like films do today.

Catch Candyman Collector’s Edition out on Blu-ray November 20th!

 

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