Hellraiser Quartet Of Torment Limited Edition Blu Ray [Blu-ray]

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Hellraiser Quartet Of Torment Limited Edition Blu Ray [Blu-ray]

Hellraiser Quartet Of Torment Limited Edition Blu Ray [Blu-ray]

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That Rat-Slice Sound - brand new appreciation of composer Christopher Young's scores for Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser Ii by Guy Adams

Being Frank: Sean Chapman on Hellbound – archival interview about the actor’s return to the role of Frank Cotton Under the Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellraiser – archival interview with the iconic actor about his first appearance as ‘Pinhead’ Brand new audio commentary featuring genre historian (and unit publicist of Hellraiser) Stephen Jones with author and film critic Kim NewmanArchival audio commentary with director Tony Randel, writer Peter Atkins and actor Ashley Laurence – This archival audio commentary from 2000 with the director, writer and lead actor Ashley Laurence is another decent one. There’s quite a bit of overlap from the prior commentary that Randel and Atkins did but this one’s a little more lively due to the inclusion of Laurence. Under the Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellbound – archival interview with the iconic actor about his second appearance as ‘Pinhead’ The Beauty of Suffering - brand new featurette exploring the Cenobites' connection to goth, fetish cultures and Bdsm A histrionic, hyperbolic quote it may be…but when it comes from the lips of one Stephen King (himself referencing it from a quote about, ironically, The Boss…Bruce Springsteen), it really shouldn’t be so easily dismissed as mere marketing fluff.

Archival on-set interview with Clive Barker – An archival 3 minute promotional piece with director Clive Barker in a similar vein to the ones included on disc 1 for the original film. He gives an overview on the film and what he was hoping to achieve with it. There’s an incredible quote where he says “You can’t make omelettes without breaking eggs and you can’t make a horror movie without breaking heads.” Mashing the worlds of body horror and sadomasochism is something that feels like it shouldn’t have worked for mainstream audiences but 11 films later, there’s something undeniably intriguing about the world of Pinhead and his fellow Cenobites. Flesh is a Trap - visual essay exploring body horror and transcendence in the work of Clive Barker by genre author Guy Adams (The World House) – NEW (18 mins) The Beauty of Suffering - featurette exploring the Cenobites' connection to goth, fetish cultures and BDSM – NEW (28 mins) Flesh is a Trap – brand new visual essay exploring body horror and transcendence in the work of Clive Barker by genre author Guy Adams (The World House)Experience the sublime agony of this quartet of torment like you never have before in all-new 4k restorations from the original camera negatives. Hell has never looked better! All the new features don’t focus on the specifics of the films, but of the broader themes and context of the franchise. And they are all well worth watching, even if at times they veer into raging pretension. Digging into some of them, the two documentaries on the Hellbound disc are possibly the best two here, the first being a loose but fun deep dive into the film by a couple of friends which sounds like the kind of conversation you wish you had down your local, whilst the second fully appreciates the work that composer Young brings to the whole series. However the new features on the first film’s disc take an interesting look into Barker and what his work meant to people and it’s a lovely approach to take rather than regurgitate the same talking heads talking about the same film again. Flesh is a Trap – A brand new 18 minute video essay from Guy Adams created exclusively for this release. Similar to his previous video essays for Arrow Video, Adams delivers another top-notch featurette that discusses Barker’s fascination with flesh and body horror in his work. The quotes from Barker were fascinating to listen to.

This release features brand new 4K restorations of all four films and is available to own in the UK on Limited Edition 4K UHD from 23rd October 2023 courtesy of Arrow Video. It is also available now on the Arrow streaming platform. And Arrow have delivered top notch restorations and a wealth of new and interesting supplementals to help ease the pain for those double and even triple dipping on these films. It’s a handsome set both on-disc and off and should make fans very happy indeed. While the final product would have likely been nothing spectacular, Yagher’s original vision for a film that revolved less around Pinhead and more around the creation of the puzzle box itself, the Lament Configuration is fascinating. After leaving the project, over twenty five minutes of his original cut were trimmed down and television director Joe Chappelle was brought in for re-shoots and to make the product more “scary” with more Pinhead, a revised ending and Yagher’s original intended story. Newly uncovered extended EPK interviews with Clive Barker and stars Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, and effects artist Bob Keen, shot during the making of Hellraiser, with a new introduction by Stephen Jones and Kim Newman The Beauty of Suffering – brand new featurette exploring the Cenobites’ connection to goth, fetish cultures and BDSMAnd so the sequel, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, was rushed into production during the finalisation of the first film and released barely twelve months after. Problems plagued the hastily assembled production, from actors refusing to return forcing script rewrites, to financial problems with production company New World Pictures, the final film is a scruffy, messy expansion of the first that still manages to offer up some stunning designs and scenes and a delicious peak into the mythos of the Cenobites and of Hell itself. After the great success of the first film, New World Pictures immediately green-lit a sequel that came out a year later, entitled Hellbound: Hellraiser II. This time, Clive Barker stepped down from the director’s chair and Tony Randell took the reins, after helping out with the production of the first film and even being an uncredited editor. Under the Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellraiser III – archival interview with the iconic actor about his third appearance as ‘Pinhead’

Power of Imagination – A brand new hour long discussion between film scholars Sorcha Ni Fhlainn & Karmel Kniprath talking about their appreciation for Hellraiser and the work of Barker. It’s a fantastic discussion, and hearing the pair talk about their love for Barker’s work, how they initially came across his written work prior to the film adaptations, the importance of Barker as a queer artist, his focus on strong, female characters and more is a great listen. A must watch extra. Books of Blood and Beyond: The Literary Works of Clive Barker – archival appreciation by horror author David Gatwalk of Barker’s written work, from The Books of Blood to The Scarlet Gospels In the 1980s, Clive Barker changed the face of horror fiction, throwing out the rules to expose new vistas of terror and beauty, expanding the horizons for every genre writer who followed him. With Hellraiser, his first feature film, he did the same for cinema. The Hellraiserseries has a history that is unlike most long running horror franchises. Originally released in the late 1980s, when the slasher genre reigned supreme and audiences had been fed a steady diet of movies like Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Halloween, Hellraisercame along and did something completely different. Under the Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellraiser – archival interview with the iconic actor about his first appearance as ‘Pinhead’

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Unbearable, isn’t it? The suffering of strangers, the agony of friends. There is a secret song at the center of the world, Joey, and its sound is like razors through flesh.” Under the Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellraiser - archival interview with the iconic actor about his first appearance as 'Pinhead' Bob Keen’s effects work here is jaw-dropping, as previously mentioned and some of the transformation sequences in the film as we see Frank return to a more humanistic form are fantastic. Christopher Young’s now-iconic score really adds to the theatrical feel of the picture and Barker’s direction is fairly excellent for a newcomer to the genre.

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