Masters of Horror: Cigarette Burns

Masters of Horror: Cigarette Burns

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Director: John Carpenter

Cast: John Carpenter, Norman Reedus, Udo Kier, Gary Hetherington

     
 

Showtime's Masters of Horror series comes to DVD with this release featuring John Carpenter's celebrated entry Cigarette Burns. Presented in its original anamorphic 1.77:1 widescreen image, the hour-long feature has been lovingly transferred to DVD by Anchor Bay and packed with loads of extras for the genre viewer to…  See more details below

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Showtime's Masters of Horror series comes to DVD with this release featuring John Carpenter's celebrated entry Cigarette Burns. Presented in its original anamorphic 1.77:1 widescreen image, the hour-long feature has been lovingly transferred to DVD by Anchor Bay and packed with loads of extras for the genre viewer to feast upon (no doubt making up for the price point for the inclusion of just one episode). In horror circles, it's no secret that Carpenter delivers some of the most widely debated commentaries of all his peers. While some find his ramblings the product of a cranky, elder filmmaker, they tend to lose sight of just how much information he usually injects into these tracks. 2006 finds him even more comically irritable in his older years, though his thoughts in both the commentary and interview segments are insightful to his love for the film and the man himself, who always seems like he'd just rather watch basketball in his sweats than get behind the camera again. Another commentary that sheds a bit more light on the director comes with the writers' track from Drew McWeeny and Scott Swan, who discuss their excitement at working on the project and how Carpenter helped them reshape their script into something much more terrifying than what it started out as. Other extras include a behind-the-scenes montage as well as an interview with lead actor Norman Reedus. Also included are two 18-minute featurettes that focus on those that have worked with the director in the past as well as a one-on-one Carpenter interview that quizzically ends with his statement that most everything to do with Masters of Horror is unhealthy for those involved. Trailers for the rest of the series' first season are included as well, making this release truly one to look out for in this groundbreaking test of cable programming.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
For his first whack at Showtime's Masters of Horror series, John Carpenter served up another satisfying trip into insanity with Cigarette Burns, a bloody, thought-provoking piece from one of the genre's most beloved filmmakers of old. Whether knowingly or not, the hour-long entry also proves to be one of the director's most topical films, unleashed upon a world whose tolerance of horrific images shrinks less and less in the Videodrome-like world of reality television and the ever-widening Internet. With a delectable script by film buff Drew McWeeney (aka Moriarty from Ain't It Cool News) and writing partner Scott Swan, Carpenter provides a solid canvas for their deliberate tale to unfold. While somewhat slow in its early pace, the ante is successfully raised as the film progresses to its highly gruesome finale. Actors are all spot-on, with Norman Reedus holding his own against the always outrageous Udo Kier, who successfully pulls out all the delicious stops with yet another unforgettable performance. One would wish for more visual flourishes from the acclaimed director, though much of that could be attributed to the televised nature of the product. While Cigarette Burns doesn't quite tap into the heavy scare territory, its love for the gore and fascinating explorations of filmmaking taboos add up to create a solid slice of horror entertainment that has more on its mind than inventive kills and hot young starlets.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/28/2006
UPC:
0013131372397
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
NR
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
0:59:00
Sales rank:
58,004

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with director John Carpenter; Audio commentary with writers Drew McWeeny & Scott Swan; Behind the Scenes: The Making of Cigarette Burns; Working with a Master: John Carpenter; Celluloid Apocalypse: An interview with John Carpenter; On set: An interview with Norman Reedus; John Carpenter bio; Trailers; Still gallery; DVD-ROM: Screenplay; DVD-ROM: Screen saver

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Masters of Horror: Cigarette Burns
1. Main Titles [1:29]
2. Cigarette Burns [8:14]
3. Haunted [6:48]
4. Sole Survivor [10:00]
5. A Taste for Death [10:44]
6. Film Is a Weapon [9:37]
7. La Fin Absolue Dun Monde [10:32]
8. End Credits [1:24]

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Masters of Horror: Cigarette Burns 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
trendkiler More than 1 year ago
Great script, great EFX, and genuinely disturbing. Must have for fans of Norman Reedus or John Carpenter.