|The Fog: Special Edition (1980)
|Release Date:||August 27, 2002|
|Running Time:||1 hour 30 minutes|
Widescreen anamorphic and full-frame formats
Commentary track by director John Carpenter and producer Debra Hill
New documentary "Tales from the Mist: Inside The Fog"
Original 1980 documentary: "Fear on Film: Inside The Fog"
Theatrical trailers and TV spots
Storyboard to film comparison
Liner notes by John Carpenter.
|Video Format:||Widescreen (2.35:1)
English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
|Subtitles:||English, Spanish, French.
|Casing:||1-Disc Keep Case
MGM did a nice job with the transfer. Especially nice job with the delineation of dark and light colors. The film's scariest scenes take place in the fog-enshrouded town at night. The scene in which Adrienne Barbeau fights off the ghosts atop her lighthouse is a standout.
John Carpenter's electronic music works well in his films. While not up to par with his scores for "Halloween" or "Assault on Precinct 13," his music is still very good. In addition to the music, "The Fog" features a large number of sound effects designed to make you jump out of your skin. Most scares are emphasized with a musical cue, followed by the wet sounds of flesh ripping. Adrienne Barbeau's throaty voice sounds as sexy as ever. The 5.1 remastered track is superior to the 2.0 mono.
Good use of images and music from the film. Easy to navigate. Nothing special though.
Very nice extras. The commentary track by Carpenter and Hill gives some good insights into the mechanics of low-budget filmmaking. They describe how they had to spend a few hundred thousand dollars to re-shoot many scenes in order to make the film work. Originally, there was much less gore. The success of the David Cronenberg's gory "Scanners" causes studio pressure on Carpenter to bloody up his movie.
The advertising gallery includes three theatrical trailers, three TV spots and a poster and memorabilia gallery. There is also a publicity photo gallery and a behind-the-scenes gallery.
The outtakes are funny if you like scenes of actors flubbing their lines. I like that kind of stuff, so I enjoyed the five-minute montage of screw-ups. The storyboard comparison covers the first ghost attack on a trawler.
The Final Word:
Fans of the director will eat this one up. "The Fog" isn't his best work, but fans will enjoy the commentary track with both Carpenter and his long time business partner Debra Hill.