Blu-ray Review “Prom Night: Special Edition (1980)”

promnightStarring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Leslie Nielsen, Jeff Wincott, Anne-Marie Martin, Robert A. Silverman, Mary Beth Rubens
Director: Paul Lynch
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Synapse Films
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Run Time: 92 minutes

Film: 4 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Who doesn’t remember the classic 80’s tagline “If you’re not back by midnight, you won’t be coming home!” That is honestly something that films today lack, which is a solid memorable tagline! Synapse is behind this brand-new 2K high definition transfer which was taken from the original 35mm camera negative. Plus who doesn’t love seeing Jamie Lee Curtis in a bra in HD? ūüėČ They give this film a lot of love and it has never looked better. The film also still holds up today and hopefully will wipe the horrible remake from our memory. A must for any horror fan and perfectly times for the Halloween season.

Official Premise: Jamie Lee Curtis (“Halloween”) and Leslie Nielsen (“The Naked Gun”) star in this celebrated slasher horror classic. Four Hamilton High seniors are hiding a terrible secret. What happened to Robin Hammond six years ago was a game that turned into a horrible tragedy, and someone saw what they did… someone waiting for gruesome revenge! Wearing a black hood and wielding an axe, a killer brutally slaughters the teenagers one by one at their high school prom. As the spotlight falls on the newly crowned prom king and queen, the psychopath will show everyone his new favorite game to play…

The Special Edition Blu-ray release for “Prom Night” comes with a great Blu-ray presentation. The 1080p transfer for this film with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio is really outstanding. You can see that a lot of time and effort went into this restoration.¬†Synapse Films also includes a solid brand¬†new 5.1 DTS-HD MA surround track. It works well with the suspense and the film’s score. Also included with this Blu-ray is the original 2.0 Mono track, but the new track is personally my choice here.

The special features are fantastic like the film. There is over 10¬†minutes of additional¬†footage from¬†the original NBC TV Broadcast. There is a brand new 40+¬†minute behind the scenes¬†featurette called “The Horrors of Hamilton High: The Making of Prom Night” with select cast and crew interviews. There is a decent commentary track with¬†Director Paul Lynch & Screenwriter William Gray. Lastly there are Never-Before-Seen Outtakes From Prom Night and a Motion Still Gallery that are both Exclusive to Blu-ray along with the¬†Original Theatrical Trailer & Television Spots, rounding out these great extras.

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