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Director: Clive Barker

Cast: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence


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This is the one that started it all -- creator/director Clive Barker's sadistic, horrific Hellraiser. Anchor Bay has done a great job at making this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer look good as new. While some imperfections abound, including a small amount of grain and dirt, overall this is a slick-looking transfer thatSee more details below


This is the one that started it all -- creator/director Clive Barker's sadistic, horrific Hellraiser. Anchor Bay has done a great job at making this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer look good as new. While some imperfections abound, including a small amount of grain and dirt, overall this is a slick-looking transfer that sports crisp color patterns and dark black levels. Also available on this disc is a full-frame presentation of the movie. The audio is presented in a newly remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround track, and both the range and fidelity of this track is impressive. The directional sounds utilized on this mix are very expansive, featuring much use of the front and rear speakers. Except for a few cases of distortion, the soundtrack is generally clear of excessive hiss. No subtitles are included on this disc. This second release of Hellraiser on DVD includes a substantial amount of extra materials. Starting off the disc is an audio commentary by writer/director Clive Barker, star Ashley Laurence, and moderator/writer Pete Atkins. This is a very jovial track with all the participants indulging in stories about the production and the story. "Resurrection" is a retrospective featurette that includes more interviews with the cast and crew discussing Hellraiser's production, as well as its place in modern horror history. Finally, there is a still gallery featuring a fair amount of pictures, as well as a theatrical trailer for the film. Those looking for a gory good time will be apt to pick up this superior DVD edition of Hellraiser.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Medieval tortures and edgy sexuality intermingle in Clive Barker's cult horror classic Hellraiser. The story follows sexy, young Kirsty (Ashley Laurence), her father (Andrew Robinson), and her stepmother (Clare Higgins) as they grapple with a quartet of bizarre demons called Cenobites who are summoned by a strange, cube-shaped puzzle box. Hellraiser features some top-notch gore, particularly the startling appearance of Kirsty's evil -- and skinless -- Uncle Frank. But the movie also creates a strange alternative universe -- about which it raises more questions than it answers, most notably concerning those demonic Cenobites, described by Barker as "ageless experts in the arts of refined pleasures and pain." The S/M-inspired look of these demons -- lead by a character known among fans as Pinhead -- is alone worth the price of admission. Anchor Bay's collectors-edition DVD includes audio commentary by the Barker and Ashley Laurence, a specially made featurette, and theatrical trailers.
All Movie Guide
Clive Barker's feature-directing debut is not only his strongest work as a filmmaker but one of the finest horror films of the 1980's. Barker's script is ambitious and carefully controlled all at once: the backstory weaves an elaborate mythology that is equal parts H.P. Lovecraft and S&M iconography but the author wisely roots these heady concepts in a scenario driven by a family unit of characters whose dysfunctional relationships give the viewer something to relate to. Barker the writer also works in a number of startling setpieces that allow Barker the director to show off a fully-formed set of filmmaking skills: highlights include the gruesome "rebirth" of Frank and the unnerving scene where reality folds in on itself as Kirsty unwittingly unleashes the Cenobites. Barker's stylish direction is aided immensely by slick lensing from Robin Vidgeon, who makes the film look much more expensive than its million-dollar budget, and the lush orchestral score by Christopher Young, which offsets the gruesome sights and sounds of the film with an almost romantic musical touch. Finally, and most importantly, the performances are fantastic: Clare Higgins is both sexy and scary as the unfaithful wife in thrall to the dark side while Sean Chapman exudes a sleazy charisma as Frank and Andy Robinson does a fine job cast against type as the nice-guy hubby caught in the middle. However, the heart of the film is Ashley Laurence's expressive turn as the daughter forced into fighting the film's evils: she does a fine job creating a character who is both sympathetic and resourceful (and she's also a great screamer). In short, Hellraiser is required viewing for fans of modern horror.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital, stereo]

Special Features

Closed Caption, movie trailer, commentary, featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Andrew Robinson Larry Cotton
Clare Higgins Julia Cotton
Ashley Laurence Kirsty Cotton
Sean Chapman Frank Cotton
Oliver Smith Frank the Monster
Robert Hines Steve
Antony Allen 1st Victim
Leon Davis Second Victim
Michael Cassidy Third Victim
Frank Baker Derelict
Kenneth Nelson Bill
Gay Baynes Evelyn
Niall Buggy Dinner Guest
Sharon Bower Nurse
Dave Atkins Moving Man
Oliver Parker Moving Man 2
Pamela Sholto Complaining Customer
Doug Bradley Lead Cenobite
Nicholas Vince Chattering Cenobite
Simon Bamford Butterball Cenobite
Grace Kirby Female Cenobite
Raul Newney Doctor

Technical Credits
Clive Barker Director,Screenwriter
Mark Armstrong Executive Producer
Michael Buchanan Production Designer
Jim Dowdall Stunts
Christopher Figg Producer
Jocelyn James Art Director
Joanna Johnston Costumes/Costume Designer
Bob Keen Special Effects
Richard Marden Editor
Selwyn Roberts Asst. Director
David Saunders Executive Producer
Sally Sutton Makeup
Robin Vidgeon Cinematographer
Christopher Webster Executive Producer
Francis Witt Musical Direction/Supervision
David Worley Cinematographer
Christopher Young Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selections
1. Program Start/Main Titles [1:54]
2. The Puzzle Box [1:49]
3. Pinhead & The Cenobites [1:46]
4. Home, Sweet Home [5:38]
5. Moving Day [3:05]
6. Love Thy Brother [4:46]
7. Blood And Rebirth [3:41]
8. Noises In The Attic [6:06]
9. Desire [2:18]
10. Dream Of Death [2:34]
11. Fatal Tempatation [5:28]
12. Flesh And Bones [4:42]
13. An Unwelcome Visitor [2:40]
14. Heaven Or Hell [1:50]
15. Close Shave [4:48]
16. Family Matters [1:15]
17. "It's Uncle Frank" [:25]
18. Opening The Portal [2:15]
19. Demon [3:29]
20. From Hell They Came [3:40]
21. Unholy Betrayal [1:19]
22. The Awful Truth [3:00]
23. Cat And Mouse [1:57]
24. Ripped To Shreds [6:00]
25. Masters Of Pleasure & Pain [3:46]
26. Wrath Of The Demon [2:34]
27. Satan Revealed [2:51]
28. End Credits [1:54]


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