Much like the Pumpkinhead Collector’s Edition Blu-ray that I reviewed, I have already watched the movie Dolls some time ago, so I will not be going into the details of the movie. Instead, I will go through the special features and let you know whether this Blu-ray is worth your money…
Product Information DISCS: 1 RUN-TIME: 77 min ASPECT RATIO: 1.78:1 RESOLUTION: 1080p AUDIO: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 LANGUAGE: English SUBTITLES: English REGION: A RATING: R PRODUCTION DATE: 1987
First, having watched Dolls on DVD a while ago and now seeing it on Blu-ray, I can tell you it looks fantastic. It’s clear, with no apparent issues and the sound is fantastic as well, with the disc giving you two options to choose from: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0. You cannot go wrong with either, but I recommend sticking with the 2.0 option, as this is the way it was meant to be heard. The 5.1 is mainly there for anyone that wants to fill their speakers with sound.
As for the special features, you’ll be pleased, but don’t expect a ton of new stuff. A lot of the stuff is carried over from the original DVD, with only a Making Of being the new feature. For the fans of commentaries, you’ll be happy to hear there are not one, but two commentaries. The first features director Stuart Gordon and writer Ed Naha and the second with cast members Stephen Lee, Ian Patrick Wiliams, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon and Carrie Lorraine. Any lack of information in the other features, is made up for with the commentaries.
– NEW! Toys Of Terror: The Making Of Dolls – An All-New Retrospective Featuring Interviews With Director Stuart Gordon, Producer Brian Yuzna, Stars Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Ian Patrick Williams, Executive Producer Charles Band And More! (38:22) – A bunch of fun interviews, with a lots of people behind and in front of the movie Dolls. It runs almost 40 minutes and offers a good amount of information.
– Audio Commentary With Director Stuart Gordon And Writer Ed Naha
– Audio Commentary With Cast Members Stephen Lee, Ian Patrick Wiliams, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon And Carrie Lorraine
– Storyboard-To-Film Comparison (8:21) – Showing three kill scenes from the movie: Teddy’s Revenge, Rosemary’s death and the Mr. Punch transformation, with the respective storyboard displayed in the corner. It’s a neat little special feature that runs about 8 minutes.
– Theatrical Trailer (2:32) – A classic 80s trailer that spoils the entire movie.
I cannot see why any fan of 80s horror films wouldn’t want Dolls in their Blu-ray collection. Scream Factory has constructed a fine release, with lots of special features (although, the DVD already had most) and a beautiful looking transfer (something the Blu-ray easily beats the DVD on). Even if most of the features aren’t new, the film has never looked better, so I personally think this is one release you should put on your shelf, next to all your creepy dolls… uhh, I mean other Blu-rays.