Director: Steve Miner, Ethan Wiley, James Isaac
Writer: Ethan Wiley, Allyn Warner, Leslie Bohem, Geoff Miller, Deirdre Higgins
Starring: William Katt, Arye Gross, Lance Henriksen, Dedee Pfeiffer, Brion James
Running Time: TBC
BBFC Certificate: 18
You’re in for a real treat this time, all four bonkers House movies in one big pile of sheer madness, if you weren’t insane before… you soon will be. A lot of work has gone into this gem, with special features galore. Included in the limited edition contents is a brand new 2K restoration of all four films, high definition Blu-ray (1080p) and standard definition DVD presentations with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing. The House Companion- limited edition 60-page book featuring new writing on the entire House collection by researcher Simon Barber, alongside a wealth of archive material.
First up is House, where all the insanity starts, when a writer wants some quiet, he gets quite the opposite, as the House has a few tricks up its sleeve. There’s a ghost in the closet, and another with a gun that won’t die even when chopped into bits and to top it off there’s a parallel dimension in the bathroom cupboard.
House has a great steaming pile of extras including; audio commentary with director Steve Miner, producer Sean S. Cunningham, actor William Katt and Screenwriter Etan Wiley.Ding Dong, You’re Dead! The making of House- brand new documentary featuring interviews with Steve Miner, Sean S. Cunningham, Ethan Wiley, story creator Fred Dekker, stars William Katt, Kay Lenz and George Wendt, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up and creature effects artists Barney Burman, Brian Wade, James Stout and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder. Phew and still not finished, there’s a stills Gallery and theatrical trailers too.
In House II: The Second Story a zombie cowboy rides into town and the house in this one is so wacky it has a dinosaur park in the dining room. I can hardly take it in what’s going on here, there’s a baby dinosaur and a dog caterpillar and when they hold a Halloween party the parallel dimensions go off the Richter scale.
House II has a load of extras too, including audio commentary with writer-director Ethan and producer Sean. It’s Getting Weirder! The Making of House II: the Second Story-brand new documentary featuring interviews with Etan, Sean, stars Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Lar Park Lincoln and Devin DeVasquez, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up & creature effects artists Chris Walas, Mike Smithson, visual effects supervisor Hoyt Yeatman and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder. With more stills and theatrical trailer.
House III: The Horror Show, just doesn’t let up, leaping from a happy family BBQ to a hatchet death, decapitation, body in a grinder, deep fried body parts, strangulation, butchered cops and a maniac on the loose…and just in the first fifteen minutes, no I’m not joking.
This is the uncut Version of House III for the first time on Blu-ray! With audio commentary with producer Sean, The show Must Go On – interview with actor/stuntman Kane Hodder. House Mother – interview with actress Rita Taggart, Slaughter Inc. – brand new featurette with special make-up effects creators Robert Kurtzman, Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger. With behind-the-Scenes Footage, Stills Gallery and Theatrical Trailer.
In House IV: The Repossession a mysterious Native American arrives on the scene, he obviously knows a few of the houses’ secrets. Chaos ensues when the houses’ guardian is killed leaving the younger brother to mess with things he shouldn’t. You won’t need to buy pizza when you watch this one, it’s already included.
The extras keep on coming with an audio commentary by director Lewis Abernathy, stills gallery and theatrical trailer. Home Deadly Home: The making of House IV – brand new documentary featuring interviews with director Lewis Abernathy, producer Sean, stars Terri Treas and William Katt, actor/stunt coordinator Kane Hodder and composer Harry Manfredini.
Arrow Video presents House: The Complete Collection on Dual Format 27th March. The discs I reviewed were top notch with fine picture and sound quality, and they include a house full of special features. I reviewed the discs alone, but sadly did not get a chance to review the limited edition 60-page book, however I can say, if it’s to Arrow Videos’ usual high standards, it will be outstanding. This little beauty contains four discs jammed full of outrageous horror, with tons of specials and stunning artwork, so come on, this is a must have for your collection, it’s worth it just for the first House, but you get all four… WOW.