Swamp Thing 88 Films Dual Format Review

A project in the swamps of American South needs a new agent after one is killed. So government worker Alice Cable (Adrienne Barbeau) arrives to serve as his replacement. When a secret army under the control of Anton Arcane (Louis Jourdan) find the base, it becomes a major problem. They are after a secret experiment and attack, killing everyone except Cable and leave biological scientist Alec Holland (Ray Wise) for dead.  One problem for them is he was covered in a secret formula and now is SWAMP THING.

I stand corrected over 88 Films. I said that the previous release was the best by far. This is now, officially the best release by far. Wes Craven’s comic book classic that was more adult and less children’s comic, SWAMP THING. Let me get straight to the point. I am not and never was a fan of Swampy. He was all swamp water and stinking bogs. Yes, he was also science vs nature. Dark natural urges versus love. Yes this was translated intact by the brilliant Wes Craven. All the lust, primal physical bodies and grue was translated with little lost (especially if you see that this is the European version that is uncut and contains an extra 3 minutes or so, that offended a housewife in Texas). Now remember it is stripped down, bouncing, rolling with a brash David Hess in the mix. This all zings enough for the experience to be fun.


The 1080p transfer is preferred (obvs) over the flat standard definition. It looks okay, with some issues in the colour correction and natural light. The extras however are excellent. Audio Commentary with Director Wes Craven, sees some revealing details on the films creation and inception. The moderator Sean Clark also should be noted for his skill in pushing but not to hard. From Krug to Comics explores the involvement of Mr Craven and cohorts in genre films. From start to this film. Its worth it for listening to Newman.

Now let us not forget the poster, from the original box art and poster. However my favourite extra is the lush booklet. So lovely, with photos at high def.

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

Audio Commentary by Director Wes Craven, Moderated by Sean Clark

Swamp Screen: Designing DC’s Main monster – An Interview with Production Designer Robb Wilson King

From Krug to Comics: How the Mainstream Shaped a Radical Genre Voice – Interview with Critic Kim Newman

Original Theatrical Trailer

Picture Booklet

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