• Man's Best Friend (Scream Factory) Blu-ray Review + Screenshots



    Studio: Scream Factory

    Release Date: November 19th, 1993 (theatrical) / March 12th, 2019 (blu-ray)

    Run Time: 87 mins

    Region Code: A (locked)

    Picture: 1080p (1.85:1 aspect ratio)

    Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

    Subtitles: English

    Slipcover: No

    Digital Copy: No

    Starring: Ally Sheedy, Lance Henriksen, Robert Costanzo, Fredric Lehne, John Cassini, and William Sanderson

    Written by John Lafia

    Directed by John Lafia

    Rating: R (terror and violence involving a household pet)


    THE FILM

    I reviewed the film a while back. You can find the review HERE.


    THE PICTURE AND THE SOUND

    Featuring a brand new 2K scan from original film elements and presented in the film’s original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, Man’s Best Friend looks really good. Blacks are inky and deep. Colors and skin tones look great and the transfer has a film like feel to it.

    The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track sounds nice with dialogue sounding great while the film’s score comes through nicely.

    English subtitles are there for those who need them.

    THE PACKAGING


    The default cover is one of the film’s original posters. I actually like this poster better than the reverse as it sells to the film better (at least to me it does).


    The reverse cover is the one that New Line used when the film was released on VHS and Laserdisc. This cover is more generic, but it does do a pretty decent job selling the film. For some reason, this version of the poster has the word “protector” spelled wrong.


    The disc features the art as the default cover art and is REGION A (locked)


    THE FEATURES

    Audio Commentary with writer/director John Lafia

    Trailers (2m 38s, HD)

    TV Spots (50s, SD)

    Not the greatest set of features, but for a title like this, they are half bad either. Would have loved an interview with Henriksen or Sheedy, but the commentary does a good job at being the best of everything.


    OVERALL

    Man’s Best Friend was a staple in the video store days, but the film hasn’t aged all that well. That being said, there is still some fun to be had with this killer dog film. The blu-ray gives us a nice picture to look at, some pretty nice sound, but the special features are lacking. It really isn’t Scream Factory’s fault as most who were involved in the film apparently, outside of the director, don’t want to talk about the film. That is a shame as I am sure there are some good stories. If you want some 90’s horror thrills then this disc will serve those needs.

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