Idle Hands (1999) (Umbrella Entertainment Blu-ray Review)

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Idle Hands (1999) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Rodmen Flender
Starring: Devin Sawa, Seth Green, Jessica Alba
Rated: MA/Region B/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available From Umbrella Entertainment

Seventeen-year-old slacker Anton Tobias wakes up one Halloween morning to discover that both of his parents have been turned into two headless Halloween decorations. After speaking to his equally irresponsible friends, Mick and Pnub, he discovers that his right hand has a bloodthirsty mind of its own and is hell-bent on wreaking havoc whether he likes it or not.

You might not believe this, but one of the very first horror movies I owned on DVD when I got a DVD player was this very film, Idle Hands. Of course, teenage me was all about that Jessica Alba and I do find this to be one her most enjoyable performances. For many of us I think this might have been the movie that let us know who she was, but how is the film? Well, let’s take another look at it here from Umbrella Entertainment. As we left the 90’s and headed into the first decade of the 2000’s, teen comedy and teen horror was all the rage. So it was only natural when the two were added together with very typical elements to make Idle Hands. Our lead had a bad hand, two dead friends, and he’s going to manage them all just to win the heart of everyone’s crush at school, who just so happens to be played by the above mentioned, Jessica Alba, as she was just starting her rise of appearing on every teen’s wall and helping some boys become men, if you get what I mean. Really the movie is eye candy and it really shows here on Blu-ray, but in the post-Scream error of horror you really did end up with much of the same old song and dance. This film doesn’t escape that, but at the same time remained enjoyable enough.

That doesn’t mean that the film isn’t at least fun in most spots because it does manage to tickle the funny bone more than once, all the while capturing the spirit and fun of teen comedy films and horror comedy films. Maybe it isn’t done in the best way it could be done, but it is still very watchable and packs some eye candy and some blood and boobs on top. The disc also packs a near flawless transfer that even with the darkness brings out the best of the film. If you like the film you will love the Blu-ray’s look. Also, if you already have the American Image release from back in the day you’ll be happy to know that not only does the transfer match up, but this version actually packs some extras on it making it an overall better presentation than we have had the chance to see before.


– Director and Cast Commentary
– Deleted Scene
– Making of Featurette
– Theatrical Trailer
– Storyboard Comparisons

Quality of Transfer: 95%




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Chuck Conry

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