THE FEATURES ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is a nice gathering of old friends, as the three relive the shooting of Serial Mom. Everything is sweet and nice as it should be.
The Making of Serial Mom (6m 6s, SD)
A vintage featurette made during production.
Serial Mom: Surreal Moments (29m 6s, SD, 1.33:1)
This is the making of that appeared on the Universal disc and, while it is a bit dated, offers up some nice info about the making of the film.
The Kings of Gore: Hershel Gordon Lewis and David Friedman (11m 26s, SD, 1.33:1)
A nice, brief look back at the first gore film, Blood Feast, which is shown in the film. Lewis and Friedman even show up to tell some stories.
Theatrical Trailer (2m 28s, SD, 1.33:1)
Commentary with John Waters (found in the set-up menu)
Waters is one of the best speakers out there and this commentary is no different. He goes through the trials and tribulations of shooting Serial Mom as well as the fight to even get the film released. I am a firm believer that Waters could read me my date of death and how and I would still be riveted.
Commentary with John Waters and Kathleen Turner
While the solo Waters track was a bit more technical, this track is two friends watching the film they made years ago, for the first time in a long time. The two swap stories and wonder off topic more than once, but we don’t care because the track is that good.
THE PACKAGING ⭐⭐⭐1/2
If there is one area that Scream and Shout! Factory really shine, it is with the packaging. They always include the original artwork and most of the time commission an artist to give them a new cover that they can use for the slip cover.
The disc is REGION A (locked)
THE PICTURE ⭐⭐⭐
transfer could have been better, but it is good for what it is.
THE SOUND ⭐⭐⭐
THE FILM ⭐⭐⭐
Kathleen Turner gives one of her best performances as the titular character, who kills for the smallest things like wearing white after Labor Day, which is something that I have never understood. (The wearing white after Labor Day, not the murder.) Waters gives Turner a lot to work with and Turner makes the character her own. The turning off and on of the picture wife/mother is done to perfection and there are big laughs to be had.
Waters' favorite subject is true crime. He reads all the time and used to go to trials but stopped because he became too famous and didn't want someone's sentence to get longer because he was there. Many laughs come from the skewering of different facts from different famous cases and the fact that we love celebrities, no matter what they have done, more than our own families. There are even some things in the film that Waters' would go on to predict like the slow police chase.
I wish that Waters' would make more films. Even though his films can be crude, there is something about them that are enduring. His films are never mean-spirited, even when his characters are. Waters likes to look at the extremes and we always like joining him for the ride.
The blu-ray from Scream Factory is pretty nice. The picture quality may not be the best, but it is better than many would think. The sound is really nice and the special features are entertaining. This is a definite pick up for fans of Waters or those who can’t get enough of 90’s cinema.