Burning

Burning

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Director: Tony Maylam

Cast: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer

     
 

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MGM has done well by horror fans with this unexpected but welcome release of The Burning. Fans will be happy with the transfer for two reasons. The first is that it is an excellent-looking anamorphic transfer that captures the film's rich, colorful cinematography in high style. The other reason is that despite the R-rating on the cover, this is the fully uncutSee more details below

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MGM has done well by horror fans with this unexpected but welcome release of The Burning. Fans will be happy with the transfer for two reasons. The first is that it is an excellent-looking anamorphic transfer that captures the film's rich, colorful cinematography in high style. The other reason is that despite the R-rating on the cover, this is the fully uncut version of the film with all of Tom Savini's controversial makeup effects intact. As for the audio, the disc sticks to the film's original mono mix. A stereo remix would have been nice but the mono mix is a fairly robust and well-defined one that gets a lot of mileage out of Rick Wakeman's electronic musical score. Also, the film offers a few nice extras despite its catalog-title status. The first is a commentary track with director Tony Maylam and journalist Alan Jones. It's a chatty, likeable affair, with Maylam offering plenty of informative and unpretentious reflections on his work and Jones doing a good job of priming him to offer up interesting anecdotes. Also included is a nice little featurette entitled "Blood 'N' Fire Memories" that allows Tom Savini to discuss his memories of the film and how he achieved the its gruesome special effects. Savini is an engaging interview subject as always and fans will be pleased to see a few snippets of his on-set home videos in this piece. All in all, this is an excellent disc and a must for any horror fan interested in the history of the slasher film subgenre.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
A seminal early slasher in the history of horror, The Burning is a bloody, sex-filled summer-camp romp that dishes out the kills and the scares in healthy doses. One of the first films to carry the Miramax brand with story, screenplay, and produced-by credits going to the Weinstein brothers, the film has become not only a cult film for the genre crowd, but also a bastard piece of cinema history. Thanks to a disagreement with the producers of Friday the 13th, Part 2, makeup effects maestro Tom Savini also jumped onboard and created some of his most masterful effects on the project. With deliberant pacing and shocking scenes of full-on gore, The Burning delivers on the creep-out levels and would probably be better regarded if not for the boom of familiar flicks that came out after this release. Keep your eyes out for Jason Alexander (with hair) as one of the main horny camp counselors and a very young Holly Hunter as a camper with one line of dialogue. Infamous for its raft massacre scene, the film was severely cut for its domestic distribution and has yet to see an uncut release here in the States.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2007
UPC:
0027616085535
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:31:00

Special Features

Commentary by Director Tony Maylam and International Film Journalist Alan Jones; Blood 'N' Fire Memories

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brian Matthews Todd
Leah Ayres Michelle
Brian Backer Alfred
Larry Joshua Glazer
Jason Alexander Dave
Ned Eisenberg Eddy
Carrick Glenn Sally
Carolyn Houlihan Karen
Fisher Stevens Woodstock
Lou David Cropsy
Bonnie Deroski Marnie
Holly Hunter Sophie
Bruce Kluger Rod
Jerry McGee Intern
Mansoor Najeeullah Orderly

Technical Credits
Tony Maylam Director,Original Story
Alan Brewer Musical Direction/Supervision
Carl Clifford Asst. Director
Michael Cohl Executive Producer
André Djaoui Executive Producer
Brad Grey Original Story
Harvey Harrison Cinematographer
Peter Lawrence Screenwriter
David Rabe Screenwriter
Tom Savini Makeup Special Effects
Jack Sholder Editor
John Sholder Editor
Dany Ubaud Associate Producer
Jean Ubaud Executive Producer
Rick Wakeman Score Composer
Bob Weinstein Screenwriter
Harvey Weinstein Original Story,Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Burning
1. The Burning [5:40]
2. Monster/Main Titles [3:38]
3. Please Just Go [3:47]
4. Lost Ball [4:17]
5. Who's There? [8:40]
6. Ready, Aim... [3:46]
7. Face in the Window [4:50]
8. Lights Out [4:10]
9. Campfire Tale [3:33]
10. He's Out There [1:18]
11. A Private Swim [6:00]
12. Missing [6:59]
13. Abandoned Canoe [3:05]
14. I'll Be Right Back [1:25]
15. This a Trick? [5:45]
16. Drifting [2:37]
17. A Killer's Out There [2:32]
18. Are You In? [6:04]
19. Hunter and Hunted [5:01]
20. Don't Move/End Titles [4:40]

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