Children of the Corn 1-3 Blu-ray Review

COC2The small town of Gatlin has a slumbering, gentle feel. It is like a snoozing bear and its gentle relaxed feel is disturbed by the revenge of the chilldren of the town. You see they have risen up and killed off all of those adults who sinned and fornicated their way in life. Driven by mutated faith and the unsettling ideals of religion poisioned by pride, vanity and hubris. Now Burt and his girl Vicky are on their way through America and end up on a road with a mortally wounded boy laying in the street. The closest town is Gatlin and the nightmare is about to begin….

COC5The sequel Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice takes us to a town near to Gatlin and the adoption of a group of the disturbed kids. They are looking to continue the work of the past with the new group of adults. The third installment called Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest moves the story to an urban setting. We follow Eli and Joshua as they are living with adopted parents. Mixing school life, urban worlds and the horror of past and present.

COC3Well it has vast themes and complex conversations at its heart. Yes most people wont care and will want to play the trivia game of ‘that is whats her name…the oscar winner…’ Yes Charlize is in the 3rd part, Linda Hamilton is in the first part etc. The thing I love is the sub text. Its about patricide and how children are often failed by society. It takes on the idea that the family in modern life is corrupted. We are looking for a family link and in the end find it in places of extremis. Liken it to Syria and the ISIS situation and it makes sense.

COC4So to the discs. Well Those 88 boys have done a service to the first film with a great transfer and a solid doc. The collectors notes from Waddell are the standout points and he is a great writer and person! The sequel has the standout workprint that allows film fans to understand the work of a workprint. I have seen some great features on prints not sent out in the world and this has some interesting touches. The 3rd disc has little flesh on it. I found this the least worthy. Overall the collection is primed for a place on your shelf…

CHILDREN OF THE CORN

  • 5.1 SOUNDTRACK
  • THE LIFE, LEGACY AND LEGEND OF DON BORCHERS FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY (90 MINS)
  • TRAILER
  • ENGLISH SDH SUBTITLES
  • TRAILER REEL
  • 8 PAGE COLLECTORS BOOKLET BY DR CALUM WADDELL
  • REVERSIBLE SLEEVE WITH KEYART

CHILDREN OF THE CORN 2COC1

  • ORIGINAL WORKPRINT (SOURCED FROM VHS)
  • TRAILER
  • ENGLISH SDH SUBTITLES
  • REVERSIBLE SLEEVE WITH KEYART

CHILDREN OF THE CORN 3

  • RETURN TO THE CORN FEATURETTE
  • TRAILER
  • ALTERNATE EXTENDED ENDING
  • REVERSIBLE SLEEVE WITH KEYART

 

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