TRICK ‘R TREAT COLLECTOR’S EDITION BLU-RAY REVIEW

Starring: Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker 
Written by: Michael Dougherty
Director by: Michael Dougherty
Original Year of Release: 2007
Distributor: Scream Factory
Run Time: 1hr, 22min
Rated: R

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are falling and the air is crisp and we’re all carving jack o lanterns while watching scary movies and overdosing on Halloween candy. All in all, it’s a picture perfect time for Scream Factory to release a Collector’s Edition of Trick ‘r Treat.

If you’re not familiar with this delicious and festive piece of cinema, you’re missing out. Writer/Director Michael Dougherty wisps us away through five interwoven Halloween night tales with zombies, werewolves, a serial killing principal… Oh, and let’s not forget Sam. Plus, it’s done with luscious visuals, stellar acting and storytelling, and, of course, some welcome scares.

Indeed, Trick ‘r Treat has become such a modern instant classic that one almost forgets there was never much of a theatrical release. Those of us who saw and salivated over the original trailer back in 2006 remember the hell of waiting for the film’s official drop date. By the time it finally hit DVD in 2009, we watched the movie on loops as if our lives depended on seeing it just one more time. If you are a fan of the likes of Tales From the Crypt and Creepshow, Trick ‘r Treat will carry you to another level of horror anthology bliss as it has droves of artistic mastery to support each captivating character and story. You can practically see the paint dripping from the screen.

Even more delightful than watching the movie itself is learning what went into filming and appreciating every practical effect chord of music. In the new collector’s edition special feature, “Tales of Folklore & Fright”, Michael Dougherty and his concept/storyboard artists take us through illustrated detail about how the character of Sam evolved from doodles to animated shorts to the seasonal icon he has become. They also provide an in-depth “making-of” that focuses on sets, locations, and small (but effective) special effects and puppetry. Another new special feature is “Sounds of Shock and Superstition”, which features interviews with Dougherty and composer Douglas Pipes, who crafted that incredible Halloween-ey soundtrack you now can’t get through October without.

The re-releasing of different special editions of a film like Trick ‘r Treat doesn’t bother me at all. To me, it is all about giving this gem the credit it so deserves after the disaster it endured years ago prior to its initial release. Even if there are only one or two more special features to watch, that equals one or two more bits to be giddy and excited about.

Special Features

  • NEW 2K Scan of the original film elements supervised and approved by director Michael Dougherty
  • NEW Tales of Folklore & Fright: Creating Trick ‘r Treat – including interviews with writer/director Michael Dougherty, conceptual artist Breehn Burns, and storyboard artist Simeon Wilkins.
  • NEW Tales of Mischief & Mayhem: Filming Trick ‘r Treat – in-depth interview with Michael Dougherty on the making of the film
  • NEW Sounds of Shock & Superstition: Scoring Trick ‘r Treat – including interviews with Michael Dougherty and composer Douglas Pipes
  • NEW Tales of Dread and Despair: Releasing Trick ‘r Treat – a look at the release and fandom with Michael Dougherty and writer Rob Galluzzo
  • Season’s Greetings – NEW 2K scan of the original 16mm elements – a short film by Michael Dougherty with optional commentary by Dougherty
  • NEW Storyboard and Conceptual Artwork Gallery
  • NEW Behind the Scenes Still Gallery
  • NEW Monster Mash – a story from the TRICK ‘R TREAT graphic novel
  • NEW FEARnet.com Shorts
  • Audio Commentary with director Michael Dougherty
  • Trick ‘R Treat: The Lore and Legends of Halloween featurette
  • Deleted and Alternate Scenes with optional commentary by director Michael Dougherty
  • School Bus FX Comparison
  • Theatrical Trailer

1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)/DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/English Subtitles/2007/Approximate Feature Running Time: +/- 82 Minutes

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