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Blu-ray Review: Shout! Factory’s THE FOG and THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN

Shout! Factory continues to be the gift that keeps on giving for fans of genre films from the ’70s and ’80s. Last week, they unleashed upon us two iconic films, John Carpenter’s The Fog and The Incredible Melting Man.

The Fog (1980)

Easily one of the greatest horror films of all time and one that aids the claim that Jamie Lee Curtis is one of the greatest scream queens ever. Creepy imagery, fantastic performances, and superb effects work. John Carpenter was a master of this genre.

Official Synopsis:

What you can’t see won’t hurt you… it’ll kill you!

When the fog rolls in… the terror begins! This moody horror classic from master of terror John Carpenter (The Thing) and producer Debra Hill (Escape from L.A.) stars Adrienne Barbeau (Swamp Thing), Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween), Tom Atkins (Halloween III: Season Of The Witch), Hal Holbrook (Creepshow) and Janet Leigh (Psycho). Don’t get lost in the fog…

The sleepy seaside village of Antonio Bay is about to learn the true meaning of the word “vengeance.” This seemingly perfect town masks a guilty secret… a past steeped in greed and murder. Exactly 100 years ago, a ship was horribly wrecked under mysterious circumstances in a thick, eerie fog. Now, shrouded in darkness, the long-dead mariners have returned from their watery grave to exact a bloody revenge.

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary With Writer/Director John Carpenter And Writer/Producer Debra Hill
  • New Audio Commentary With Actors Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins and Production Designer Tommy Lee Wallace
  • New Interview With Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Tales From The Mist: Inside The Fog Featurette
  • Fear On Film: Inside The Fog Featurette
  • The Fog: Storyboard To Film Featurette
  • Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – A New Look At The Film’s Locations
  • Outtakes
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Photo Gallery

Rating: 5/5
Shout! Factory puts out amazing disks, and they are chock full of special features. The Fog is no exception. You’d think after over 30 years some of this supplemental footage would have been lost years ago, but it’s here and it’s all beautiful and fantastic. This is a great release and it is one that you should definitely buy.

The Incredible Melting Man (1977) 

Official Synopsis:

Colonel Steve West has just returned from an incredible history-making flight to Saturn when he is hospitalized with an ailment that baffles the entire medical community. His flesh is melting and to stay alive he must consume human flesh and blood. The infected Colonel West escapes from the doctors’ supervision and hides in the surrounding community where he begins to hunt for human flesh. Who can stop the Incredible Melting Man?

Featuring “Excellent makeup effects” (Leonard Maltin) from six-time Oscar winner Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London, Ed Wood, Men In Black) and written and directed by William Sachs (Galaxina, Exterminator 2), The Incredible Melting Man delivers the gelatinous goods while humanizing a character rapidly losing his humanity. In short: it’s bloody good!

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary By Writer/Director William Sachs
  • Interviews With Academy Award Winning Special Makeup Effects Wizards Rick Baker and Greg Cannom And Writer/Director William Sachs
  • Theatrical Trailer

Rating: 2.5/5

Not everything Shout! Factory puts out is an automatic buy unfortunately. The Incredible Melting Man, while full of special features like most Shout! Factory releases, is kind of a mystery as to why Shout! Factory bothered with putting this out. All of that being said though, one of those features is a very cool feature with Rick Baker who did the effects, which are pretty stellar in this movie.

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J.C. De Leon

J.C. De Leon

Hailing from Austin, Tx. J.C. is maybe the biggest fan of sports movies you'll ever see. He's got an affinity for great writing and two of his favorites are Aaron Sorkin and Shane Black. When he's not watching movies at home, he can be found watching movies at the Alamo Drafthouse. He occasionally tries to play video games, but he's not very good at them. Follow him on Twitter for witty tweets and pictures of his cats.