Children of the Corn (1984) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Horror
Anchor Bay || R - 93 minutes - $29.97 || August 25, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-07-14


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Fritz Kiersch
Writer(s): Stephen King (short story); George Goldsmith (screenplay)
Cast: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton


Theatrical Release Date: March 9, 1984


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • 4 Featurettes
  • Trivia Track
  • Galleries
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • BD-Live


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Loosely based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, the film starts out with narration by a young boy named Job (Robby Kiger). Job essentially tells the story of what happened three years ago when some of the kids in the small town of Gatlin decided to kill any and all adults because a young preacher boy named Isaac came to town and told them they had to.

Flash forward three years - a young couple; Burton (Horton) and Vicky (Hamilton) are driving along when they accidentally hit a young boy who was standing in the middle of the road. When they examine the body they notice he had his throat cut and decide to toss him in the trunk and search for help. When they stumble upon the small town of Gatlin they notice something is wrong as the ghost town is littered with corn husks and there is nowhere in sight. Eventually, the couple begins to solve the mystery of where all the adults went and who walks in the cornfield...

It’s been years since I've last seen the film yet it still manages to hold a grip on me in the creepiness department. The acting of the children is exceptionally powerful like John Franklin (Isaac in the film) who has a very loud and booming voice sounding like a thirty-year old man. Even the red-headed Courtney Gains (Malachai) strikes fear in the adults as one of the 'older' children who are essentially second in command. While the adults are no slouches either, Hamilton does very little in the film besides getting captured while Burton runs around like an idiot when they should have just left and driven to the other town a mere 19 miles away.

A small remark - the ending in very, very cheesy and includes some of (not even sure this is a word) the most 80ish graphics I have ever seen. It literally looks like someone took a highlighter and rubbed it over the scenes in question.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary Track by Director Fritz Kiersch, Producer Terrence Kirby, John Franklin (Isaac) and Courtney Gains (Malachai)

Harvesting Horror: Children of the Corn (35 Minutes; SD) - While feeling a bit dated, this goes into really great detail on how the script was adapted, how the Director came on board (always be nice to that odd guy as he may be your boss someday!) and how the two "evil" children were cast.

Exclusive to the Blu-ray include:

Featurettes: Welcome to Gatlin (16 Minutes), Stephen King on a Shoestring (11 Minutes) and It was the Eighties! (14 Minutes) – Three, brand new featurettes presented in HD remain exclusive to this Blu-ray and tell a decent amount of new information not available in the previous features. Fans of the film will enjoy them, but if you didn't really care for it I'd advise you to skip them.

Also included are various galleries, a trailer, a trivia/fact track and BD-Live.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Children of the Corn is presented in 1.85:1 on a 50GB Disc. I'm a bit shocked to say this, but this is one fine looking transfer! For a film that is 25 years old, shot on a small budget, and not being a huge cult hit, Anchor Bay really did a bang-up job with this release. The first few minute look like something out of a film only a few years old. When you first see the "CHILDREN OF THE CORN" title card make sure to pause and look at the small details that come out only on Blu-ray. My only concern was several scenes looked very soft and fuzzy.

Anchor Bay has included an English TrueHD track for this release. Well, it certainly sounds better than previous DVD editions but don't expect miracles. The track mainly focuses on the front speakers while the rears get a few blips and bleeps every once a while.



.::OVERALL::.

The film holds up well 25 years later but the younger generation may not be wowed by the special effects or the slow pace of the story. Anchor Bay has provided not only new, High-Def special features, but a transfer on an older title that other small studios would be envious of.