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Basket Case Blu-ray

United States
204
4
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Image Entertainment | 1982 | 91 min | Not rated | Sep 27, 2011

Basket Case (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.34:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: LPCM 2.0

Subtitles
None

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Playback
Region A, B (C untested)

Price
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Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 3.0 of 53.0
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Basket Case

 (1982)

Basket Case Blu-ray delivers great video and solid audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

Duane Bradley always carries a wicker basket with him. It contains Belial, the mutant conjoined twin that was removed from Duane's side and left for dead when they were born. The two brothers are still connected telepathically, and have come to New York City to take revenge on the surgeons who separated them.

For more about Basket Case and the Basket Case Blu-ray release, see Basket Case Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Kevin Van Hentenryck, Terri Susan Smith, Beverly Bonner, Robert Vogel, Diana Browne, Lloyd Pace
Director: Frank Henenlotter

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Basket Case Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Under the supervision of director Frank Henenlotter, Something Weird Video and Image Entertainment have produced a new high definition master of Basket Case that's quite impressive on Blu-ray, especially if you've seen any previous standard definition versions of the film. In the special features, there's a new introduction by Henenlotter, who starts off by saying, "I know what you're thinking, Basket Case in HD?" He then goes on to explain exactly how preparing the film for Blu-ray has made it look better than it ever looked theatrically. When the film was released, the 1.37:1 16mm print was blown up to 35mm and projected in widescreen 1.85:1, resulting in an image that was cropped, extremely grainy, and had lost much of its color and clarity in the blow up. Here, Henenlotter and the Blu-ray producers went back to the original 16mm negatives and made the decision to present the film in its native aspect ratio, which restores quite a lot of the picture to the top and bottom of the frame. Henenlotter also talks about the decision to keep the 16mm grain structure as is, and not try to digitally smooth it out with noise reduction techniques. The result is a 1080p/AVC- encoded transfer that's faithful to its low-budget source—grainy and never as sharp as a 35mm picture would be, but definitely true to itself. The films were made ten years apart, so it's not exactly fair to compare them, but Basket Case subjectively looks quite a bit better on Blu-ray than Wes Craven's Last House on the Left, which was also shot on 16mm. There's an often surprising level of detail in the picture—this does have the effect of making Belial look faker than ever—and color is bright and natural, with largely consistent black levels and good contrast. There are some scenes that look a bit too dark, but they were probably shot this way. The print itself is in fairly good condition—minus a few small scratches, hairs in the gate, etc.—and the encode is solid, with no overt compression issues to report.


Basket Case Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

The film features a lossless Linear PCM 2.0 track here—I didn't hear any distinct separation, so I'm assuming it's actually mono—and while this is probably the best Basket Case has ever sounded, that's really not saying much. The low-budget audio recording techniques used on the film result in an overly bright, sometimes brash and tinny quality that's characteristic of movies like this. And that really can't be changed much. That said, the presentation is by no means ear-grating, and if you know what to expect, you shouldn't be bothered by the dynamic flatness. Most importantly, dialogue is almost always easy to understand. (This is especially important because there are no subtitle options on the disc.) Gus Russo's synthesizer score is also delectably cheesy, and sounds as good here as it likely ever will.



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Basket Case Blu-ray - July 11, 2011

Image Entertainment and Something Weird have announced the Blu-ray release of Frank Henenlotter's 1982 horror classic Basket Case. The film, which stars Kevin Van Hentenryck and Beverly Bonner, will street on September 27th with a SRP of $17.97.

Basket Case Blu-ray Planned for October - February 10, 2011

Via his Facebook page, director Frank Henenlotter has revealed that he hopes that his directorial debut, the cult horror movie Basket Case, will have a Blu-ray release by October, released by Image Entertainment. The film will be remastered from the original 16mm ...


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