Lady in White (1988) (Blu-ray Review)

Lady in White (1988) (Blu-ray Review)

Lady in White (1988) (Blu-ray Review)

📅26 September 2016, 14:05

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Lady in White (1988) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Frank LaLoggia
Starring: Lukas Haas, Len Cariou, Alex Rocco
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Scream Factory

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The ghosts of the dead can’t rest without the help of the living in this terrifying horror film that’s “one of the most intelligent and riveting ghost stories since Poltergeist” (LA Weekly). Starring Lukas Haas (Inception, Transcendence), Len Cariou (Blue Bloods), Alex Rocco (The Godfather) and Katherine Helmond (Soap, Who’s the Boss), Lady In White is presented here in both its original theatrical release and the never-before-released full-length director’s cut. Frankie Scarlatti (Haas) lives in a small town with a deadly secret. For a decade, a serial child killer has eluded police, and the death toll continues to rise. Then, one night Frankie gets locked in his school and witnesses the ghost of the first victim being murdered. Now, aided by the girl’s restless spirit, Frankie takes it upon himself to bring her assailant to justice. But in a town with no strangers, the killer may be closer than he knows.

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Lady in White is a slice of 80’s horror cinema I had heard a bit about over the years due to its out of print DVD but up until this release from Scream Factory I actually had never gotten the chance to see it. Now here it is on Blu-ray with not two but three different cuts of the film making it a must-own right out of the gate for anyone who already enjoys the movie or owns the old DVD. The story walks a line between kids horror and more adult type stuff involving kids. We basically have a kid trying to figure the whole thing out but that doesn’t stop the movie from showing some racism and even a violent death or two from to us. It all starts after our lead gets locked up at school after his friends play a joke on him. He first sees a ghost, he then sees a killer, the killer tries to kill him and then we are off and running with the plot. Due to the massive amount of old school green screen used in the flick the movie is often giving off this bit of a surreal feeling while you watch. That might cut into the details of the HD transfer here and there but I admit I am a fan of the atmosphere the movie brings to the table and that mixed with good ol’ fashion 80’s nostalgia with the way movies were back then might combine to make this one a winner in most people’s books.

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I often find ghost stories to be a bit hit and miss. These are types of movies where you really have no set of rules and things just go however the person behind them feel they need to go. We have modern ghost stories that really work well like The Conjuring and then we have old school horror ghost stories that work really well like another Scream Factory release, Ghost Story. Those being the measuring sticks on both sides of the spectrum I’d call The Lady in White just a bit of a mixed bag at times. Some things might not work as well but we do have times in the movie where I’d call what is going on fun if nothing else. It’s a “who don it” that might be a little too easy to figure out at times but I don’t see anyone watching this one and totally not liking what they see before them. Plus, if you don’t like one cut you do have three total to check out, along with some cool extras as well. This is another Scream Factory release that probably could have been a Collector’s Edition based off of all that comes with it on the two discs we get. While I don’t love The Lady in White I will admit that this is just the type of release we all love from Scream Factory and this is the type of stuff you expect to see finds its way to disc by them.

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Extras

Disc One
– Introduction By Frank LaLoggia
– Audio Commentary With Frank LaLoggia
– Behind-The-Scenes Footage With Introduction By Frank LaLoggia
– Deleted Scenes With Introduction By Frank LaLoggia
– Extended Behind-The-Scenes Footage – Production And Post-Production
– Promotional Short Film
– Theatrical Trailer & Alternate Trailer
– TV & Radio Spots
– Behind-The-Scenes Photo Montage
– Extended Photo Gallery
Disc 2
EXTENDED DIRECTOR’S CUT (HD, 126 min) & ORIGINAL THEATRICAL CUT (HD, 113 min)

Quality of Transfer: 88%

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