Death Warmed Up Blu-ray

Death Warmed Up - 1984

Tucker Productions - 79 min.
DVD UPC/EAN # 5027035001517; 9418212008232; 9344256018770(AU/NZ)
Blu-ray UPC/EAN # 9344256018763(AU/NZ); 663390002865(US/CA); 3760247209587(FR); 4260403752739(DE)

Cast: Michael Hurst, Margaret Umbers, William Upjohn, David Letch, Gary Day, Norelle Scott.
Screenplay: Michael Heath, David Blyth; Photography: James Bartle; Music: Mark Nicholas; Producer: Murray Newey; Director: David Blyth.

A young man (Michael Hurst) is programmed by an evil doctor to kill his parents, which he does and is condemned to an asylum. When he gets out, many years later, he longs for revenge on the doctor, who is now the head of an "open plan" asylum on Waiheke Island. The doctor has been busy keeping the dead alive, against their wills. After much frenzied and utterly silly violence, and some even sillier explanations, everyone, except for Michael's girlfriend appears to have been killed.

Censor Rating: R 16 - Review Rating: C+

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New VHS PAL copies may be obtained from the UK for about 10# . New NTSC VHS copies may be found for under $20us. Used NTSC copies will be $10-15us. It is presented 1.33:1 with stereo 2.0.
There is an R2 PAL DVD with its original English soundtrack, but no subtitles or extras, that sells for about 8# or 10Eur.
The only R1 ntsc dvd available is within the 12 disc packs of 50 movies titled: "Night Screams"- UPC #826831070322; "Nightmare Worlds" - UPC #826831070230 or "Pure Terror" - UPC #826831070926. These 12 packs sell for $20-30us.
In 2009 an R0 PAL DVD offering became available from New Zealand sources, selling for under $15nz. This is presented 1.33:1 with 720p and a MPEG bit rate of 4 Mbps with a DD 2.0 spoken English soundtrack. It does contain a 38 minute extra of interviews by Andy Kirkwood with David Blyth and Michael Heath. There are no other extras, nor are there subtitle options.

Starting 03 April 2019, a DVD and an All-regions Blu-ray, although the box slick incorrectly saying it is Region B, became available from Australian resellers and 15 May 2019 from New Zealand resellers. The DVD contains the feature without extras. The Blu-ray is loaded with extras. In addition to the David Blyth/Michael Heath interview that was on the previous R0 PAL DVD, there is a new audio commentary track with David Blyth and Michael Heath, an interview with David Letch, deleted and missing scenes with optional audio commentary, theatrical trailer, original VHS trailers and TV spots, plus a stills image gallery. As an extra, it also has a copy of the original VHS 4:3 complete cut. The Blu-ray is presented 1.78:1 with a 5.1 Spoken English soundtrack. The extras are presented 2.0. The Blu-ray feature has optional English subtitles. The DVD is selling for about $20; the Blu-ray for about $30.

Starting 30 April 2019, the DVD and Blu-ray became available from US resellers. They will contain the same extras as the AU/NZ ones indicated above. These are All-regions discs. The DVD will sell for about $20us and Blu-ray for about $25us.

Starting 03 April 2020, the DVD and Blu-ray became available from French resellers. The Region B Blu-ray set also includes a Region 2 DVD copy of the feature with spoken English and French soundtrack and optional French subtitles. Extras include an interview with Julien Sévéon and the film, 'Nugget of Ozploitation'. The set also includes a 24 page booklet.

Starting 22 October 2021, a region B Blu-ray will be available from German resellers. It will have both a German and English spoken soundtrack. No confirmation regarding subtitles or extras as of September 12.

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.... and it's knifings, impalings, power-drill lobotomies and the pornography-of-violence all the way. Our very own movio-nasty. The type of film that leads wise-guy critics to discuss the clever special effects and mixed soundtrack as a means to dedging the issue. (Nicholas Reid - ' A Decade of New Zealand Film')

Should be seen as the third feature of a double bill ... this film wasn't released, it escaped - David Lascelles, Rough Cut - Feb. 1985.


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