Let me be the first to say that I’m a big Full Moon supporter, and I am extremely excited that they have taken the jump to HD!
Taken from the DVD Jacket - Alex Whittaker and three other gifted psychics are investigating rumors that the secret of life has been discovered by master puppeteer Andre Toulon. But the psychics quickly realize Toulon’s secret of death in the form of five killer puppets.
Our puppets include - Blade, Jester, Pinhead, Ms.Leech, and Tunneler. Each of them have a unique talent.
The premise, though not original has spanned over 8 sequels, toys, posters, and even T-shirts. The Puppet Master series was a favorite of mine when I was a kid, and I swear that I’ve worn out 3 different copies of the VHS. When the dvd came out, I wasn’t as excited because it was nothing but a mere port of a vhs copy. Finally, I have a widescreen copy of this flick to enjoy.
Video - Considering that Full Moon isn’t worth what it used to be, I would not expect a pitch perfect transfer, but I am satisfied with what we got. Yes, there is dust, debris, and hairs, but what can you expect for a 20 year old reel that went straight to video? To be honest? I’m surprised Paramount gave them the reel in the first place. The black levels are nice, and this movie has never looked better.
Audio - I’m no audio expert, and I don’t have a huge surround system. There’s a 5.1 track included, and it sounds good.
Extras - Starting off, we have a 5 minute introduction from Charles Band explaining the new dvd/blu-ray. It’s actually very informative for a 5 minute interview.
Next, we have the original "No Strings Attached" feature that’s been available in every home video release to date. (This is only in 480i)
Promo for the new flick Axis of Evil.
And finally, 12 trailers for some of Full Moon’s best and most successful flicks. These are really bad quality.
All in all, I think this one is a worthy upgrade, and I can imagine that the dvd version is just as good. Anything is better than the versions available.
About Puppet Master (1989)
Starring: William Hickey, Barbara Crampton, Matt Roe, Kathryn O'Reilly, Peter Frankland, Andrew Kimbrough, Jimmie F. Skaggs, Irene Miracle, Mews Small, Paul Le Mat, Robin Frates, David Boyd, Ed Cook, Linda Cook, Tim Dornberg, Bert Rosario, Michael Laide, Andrea Henry
Director: David Schmoeller
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