Phantasm: 5 Movie DVD Collection
Original Year of Release: 1979
Original Year of Release: 1988
Phantasm 3: Lord of the Dead
Original Year of Release: 1994
Phantasm 4: Oblivion
Original Year of Release: 1998
All Directed by Don Coscarelli
Phantasm 5: Ravager
Original Year of Release: 2016
Directed by David Hartman
Courtesy of Well Go USA
DVD Set Release Date: September 12, 2017
Two of my favorite horror films growing up were PHANTASM and PHANTASM II. I watched them both at least a couple of times a month, and they are still on my Top 25 list today. So when I heard Well Go USA was releasing the whole PHANTASM set, I knew I instantly I wanted to give it a look. I’d never seen anything past part 2, so I was eager to see where the franchise went afterwards.
Interestingly, the PHANTASM series did not go in the direction I thought it was headed. This is not a bad thing at all, and I’m happy to report I enjoyed the later three films just as much as I enjoyed the originals. Even the transition of directors for part Five (Ravager) was still just fine. I was worried the film might not have the same feel, but director David Hartman does a great job of capturing the tone and atmosphere of the previous four movies.
As a result, Well Go’s PHANTASM 5 MOVIE DVD COLLECTION is an absolute must-have for horror fans that missed out on the Blu-ray run.
If you are not familiar with the PHANTASM series, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of IMDB.com:
A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a lethal arsenal of terrible weapons with him.
Each PHANTASM film is shot well and looks hideously great onscreen. I am truly impressed with how foreboding directors Coscarelli and Hartman make these films feel; the tension and suspense just ooze off the screen, which is a big part of why I liked them so much back in the day. PHANTASM is the epitome of horror, and each subsequent film only compounds the reputation.
The acting is great, and again, I am impressed with how the directors managed to keep the same actors in place to reprise their characters, year after year. The original film came out almost 40 years ago, but both A. Michael Baldwin and Reggie Bannister stayed through all five films. This continuity is a true testament to the franchise, and it is, again, a major factor in what makes the series so good.
The special effects in each film are fantastic, and there’s plenty of carnage to please even the staunchest of gore-hounds. Both directors will make your stomach churn with some of the best eye-popping death scenes you’ve ever seen. I will not go into detail, but I will say that those infamous silver orbs are not to be trifled with.
Well Go’s PHANTASM 5 MOVIE DVD COLLECTION is a major win for me, and I definitely recommend it. I personally would prefer Blu-ray, but this set is an excellent follow-up if you missed out on the other. In addition to the films, you’ll get some nice Special Features, such as:
(Standard Definition (1.78:1)/Dolby Digital Audio 5.1, Mono and Stereo / 1978 / Color / R /90 minutes)
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Don Coscarelli, Michael Baldwin (Mike), Angus Scrimm (The Tall Man), and Bill Thornbury (Jody)
Graveyard Carz Episode
Interviews from 1979 with DOn Coscarelli and Angus Scrimm
-PHANTASM II: THE BALL IS BACK
(Standard Definition (1.85:1)/Dolby Digital Audio 5.1 and Stereo / 1988 / Color / R / 95 minutes)
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Don Coscarelli and Stars Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister
The Ball is Back: The Making of PHANTASM II
TV Spots and Trailers
-PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD
(Standard Definition (1.78:1)/Dolby Digital Audio 5.1 / 1993 / Color / R / 91 minutes)
Audio Commentary with Director Don Coscarelli and Editor Norman Buckley
Balls of Steel: Bob Ivy’s Stunt for the Ages
-PHANTASM IV: OBLIVION
(Standard Definition (1.78:1)/Dolby Digital Audio 5.1 / 1998 / Color / R / 90 minutes)
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Don Coscarelli and Stars Reggie Bannister and Angus Scrimm
Behind the Scenes
-PHANTASM V: RAVAGER
(Standard Definition (1.78:1)/Dolby Digital Audio 5.1 / 2016 / Color / NR / 86 minutes)
Audio Commentary with Director David Hartman and Writer/Producer Don Coscarelli
Behind the Scenes
Phuntasm: Bloopers and Outtakes
The PHANTASM 5 MOVIE DVD COLLECTION is available now.