House The Complete Collection Blu Ray and DVD review

H1The House. A place to call home. A place to go to when you need a moment to yourself. A place filled with monsters that want to kill you…Wait…what is that? This is the film series that saw a House become a series of horror comedy escapades. In House, a famous writer ends up taking on the place after the death of a relative. The House then sets out to finish him off by taking his nightmares of Vietnam and making them real. House II The Second story has an unrelated boy, coming home to his murdered families abode. He then discovers its evil secrets. House III (also know as THE HORROR STORY) is a darker blend of evil inmate and moody cop who is living in said House. When the inmate is executed by the chair, he promises to return and take revenge on the cop. Guess what…He just might. House IV sees the death of a father trigger his family moving in to his former House and the House taking them to task.

I must confess to being a fan of the House series. So here I will break down the set into BLU RAY / DVD and each film individually. I will also start by saying WELL DONE ARROW! UNCUT, GREAT SET and GREAT WORK.

H3HOUSE 5/5  (BLU RAY 5/5 DVD 5/5 )

The film is as dark and funny as I remember but it also has an amazing reflective analysis of the Vietnam war, its aftermath and affect on those involved. It uses the writing as cathasis in a very interesting and frankly funny as heck way. I was always a fan and now even more so thanks to the Blu Ray glorious restoration (Blu Ray only). The real treats are the commentary and the new doc on the making.

H4House II 3.5/5 (Blu Ray 5/5 DVD 4/5)

House returned with this slightly less than creative attempt. This is the film that forgot the horror so much and focused on the abstract and absurd black comedy of the original. It does that absurd side of it well, with gusto actually but it has a sad lack of creative zest when telling the story. It lacks an edge, it lacks a zing, it lacks a punch. The problem is it is unable to find its range or its tenor. I feel sad in some respects with this but the film actually works in the series from the point of view of versions of what the series is. This one is the lighter side, the first was the middle ground. The Blu ray looks great and the commentary is very good. It has a little extra in its doc that is a real, real delight. This is the place and the point to start with.

H7House III (THE HORROR SHOW) 4.5/5 (Blu Ray 5/5 DVD 5/5)

A real delight to be had here but remember as the previous films are the middle perfect tone one and the second is the light relief, this is the dark main. Savage and disturbing it has an amazing Lance, intense and erratic in a disturbed way.The film is also extreme and unsettled because of its lead villain and its contents. The idea from the first film that your past comes back is amplified to 11. The idea that you can never escape the horror of witnessing and being a witness to, is amplified up to 11. This is a cautionary tale of punishment and revenge. I warn you that if you know nothing be prepared. It is disturbing and just to note the film was cut on all previous releases and is finally uncut here. Commentary is great here on this and the way Cunningham keeps it light is a testament to his producing skill. I was not so taken with the other extras but the film is very much a watch on its own.

H2House IV 4/5 (Blu Ray 5/5 DVD 4/5)

The fourth in the series is not the dessert more it is the after dinner coffee and mints. Comic and black in tone on occasion but also balanced in skill. Abernathy is a director that plays the series cleverly enough. It homages, divulges detail from before and even adds texture to back story in a way. It also plays with the desert setting, dusty from the empty void of sand and bleached earth. Family is at its centre like all the others but this is about tensions in what has been done to the unit. The commentary allows Abernathy to talk to us about what he does and what he did. The doc is great and worth a watch on its own. Skillful enough to get my attention. It also grasps the reason we love the series and why we want it in or film collection.

H8So its final score?

House Collection 4.7/5 (Blu Ray 5/5 DVD 4.8/5)

Just to mention the great booklet!

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new 2K restorations of all four films
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • The House Companion limited edition 60-page book featuring new writing on the entire House franchise by researcher Simon Barber, alongside a wealth of archive material

HOUSE

  • Audio commentary with director Steve Miner, producer Sean S. Cunningham, actor William Katt and screenwriter Ethan Wiley
  • Ding Dong, You re Dead! The Making of House brand new documentary featuring interviews with Steve Miner, Sean S. Cunningham, Ethan Wiley, story creator Fred Dekker, stars William Katt, Kay Lenz, and George Wendt, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up and creature effects artists Barney Burman, Brian Wade, James Belohovek, Shannon Shea, Kirk Thatcher, and Bill Sturgeon, special paintings artists Richard Hescox and William Stout, and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder
  • Stills Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailers

HOUSE II: THE SECOND STORY

  • Audio commentary with writer-director Ethan Wiley and producer Sean S. Cunningham
  • It s Getting Weirder! The Making of House II: The Second Story brand new documentary featuring interviews with Ethan Wiley, Sean S. Cunningham, stars Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Lar Park Lincoln, and Devin DeVasquez, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up & creature effects artists Chris Walas, Mike Smithson, visual effects supervisor Hoyt Yeatman, and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder
  • Stills Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

HOUSE III: THE HORROR SHOW

  • Uncut Version, for the first time on Blu-ray!
  • Audio commentary with producer Sean S. Cunningham
  • The Show Must Go On interview with actor/stuntman Kane Hodder
  • House Mother interview with actress Rita Taggart
  • Slaughter Inc. brand new featurette with special make-up effects creators
  • Robert Kurtzman, Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Stills Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

HOUSE IV: THE REPOSSESSION

  • Audio commentary with director Lewis Abernathy
  • Home Deadly Home: The Making of House IV brand new documentary featuring interviews with director Lewis Abernathy, producer Sean S. Cunningham, stars Terri Treas and William Katt, actor/stunt coordinator Kane Hodder, and composer Harry Manfredini

 

 

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