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COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Scream Factory’s The Amityville Horror Trilogy Blu-Ray Review

Updated: 08/19/2014 10:59 AM
Created: 10/04/2013 6:16 PM KSTP.com
By: Aaron Chalich

Shout Factory/Scream Factory has just released a boxed set called “The Amityville Horror Trilogy Deluxe Collector’s Edition.” 

This is a must have for any horror fan. This is one of the most terrifying and scariest movie collections ever.

In “The Amityville Horror Trilogy” you get “The Amityville Horror,” “Amityville II: The Possession,” and “Amityville 3-D.”  This is the first time that “Amityville 3-D” has been released in its original 3-D format. 

All three movies are very creepy and extremely scary. Each film is on a separate disc and is filled with bonus features.

The quality of the films is spectacular and crystal clear. These are the best prints for each film I have ever seen.  

In my opinion “The Amityville Horror” is probably one of the scariest films I have seen, and it is based on a true story. There is a real house and horrible things actually did take place in it, and that is why I think it is so scary. 

All three movies take place in the Amityville house, and they all pretty much have a common theme. A new family buys the house for really cheap, and then all of a sudden strange things start happening and the spirits inside the house try to drive the people away.

“The Amityville Horror” was released in 1979 and stars James Brolin, Margot Kidder, and Rod Steiger.  It is about a young family who buys a house for a very low price that’s almost too good to be true; and then not too long after they move in strange things start happening. The couple discovers a secret room underneath the house and soon learns what is really going on.  I don’t want to give too much away about the plot, but it’s pretty creepy.  It is also based on a true story.

“Amityville II: The Possession” was released in 1982 and stars James Olson, Burt Young, Rutanya Alda, Andrew Prine, Jack Magner and Diane Franklin. It is about another family who buys the Amityville house, and as soon as they move in strange things start to happen once again. The oldest son actually becomes possessed by one of the evil spirits and terrorizes the family members. 

“Amityville 3-D” was released in 1983 and stars Tony Roberts, Tess Harper and Candy Clark.  A journalist (Tony Roberts)buys the Amityville house to try and discredit the reputation of the house being evil and to also write a new book on the house. Not long after the journalist moves, a well is discovered in the basement of the house and terrifying things start to happen once again.

I really enjoyed “Amityville 3-D” a lot because the 3-D was awesome. It was so much fun watching the film because I had never had the chance to see it in 3-D. 1983 was a huge year for 3-D movies, and some of the big horror films released their third movie in 3-D like “Jaws 3-D and “Friday the 13th Part III 3-D.” 

In order to watch “Amityville 3-D” Blu-ray, you will need a fully capable 3-D HD TV, 3-D Blu-ray player or PS3, and 3-D glasses, which are not included.

The bonus features in “The Amityville Horror Trilogy” are absolutely amazing and will blow you away. I thoroughly enjoyed them, and I know every horror fan will as well.

The bonus features include:
The Amityville Horror
 - Haunted Melodies : New interview with composer Lalo Schifrin
 - For God’s Sake, Get Out!: Documentary with actors James Brolin and Margot Kidder
 - Audio commentary by Dr. Hans Holzer, PH.D in Parapsychology (Author of Murder in Amityville)
 - Original Theatrical Trailer
 - TV Spot
 - Radio Spots

Amityville II: The Possession
 - The Possession of Damiani: Interview with director Damiano Damiani
 - Adapting Amityville: New interview with screenwriter Tommy Lee Wallace
- Family Matters: New interview with actress Diane Franklin
- A Mother’s Burden: New interview with actress Rutanya Alda
- Father Tom’s Memories: New interview with actor Andrew Prine
- New interview with ghost hunter/author Alexandra Holzer (Growing Up Haunted: A Ghostly Memoir)
- New audio commentary with ghost hunter/author Alexandra Holzer (Growing Up Haunted: A Ghostly Memoir)
 - Original Theatrical Trailer

Amityville 3-D
 - 2D and Blu-ray 3D presentation of the film
- A Chilly Reception: A new interview with actress Candy Clark
- Original Theatrical Trailer

Overall, I really enjoyed Shout Factory/Scream Factory’s “The Amityville Horror Trilogy” Deluxe Collector’s Edition a lot. In my opinion this set is perfect. The video quality of all three films is amazing and to see “Amityville 3-D” in 3-D is great. I thought the stories in all three movies were really scary and creepy. “Amityville 3-D” did seem a little silly sometimes, but it still had some good scares in it. The bonus features were mind blowing and were very entertaining to watch. I highly recommend that you pick up this amazing box set. Like I said earlier, this is a must have in every horror fan’s collection.

Aaron Chalich is a columnist with KSTP.com writing about entertainment news.

Photo courtesy of Shout Factory

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