Sunday, January 06, 2013
Happy Stranger Double Feature
Sony Pictures' deal with Mill Creek has led to a few misses - such as that HOSTEL Double Feature that plays the wrong audio over the single included ending - but this is a pleasant surprise! And yes, just in case anyone's unsure, that's the 1976 original version of WHEN A STRANGER CALLS, even if they're trying to modernize those on-set photos so hard it'll give you eye cancer.
What's most surprising is that HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME - other than them not using the original badass poster, I mean - had its soundtrack edited for the 2004 DVD, and yet the original score has returned for its High Definition home video debut. Music editing is one of those things that always makes me wince a little and then try to move on - I get it, music rights are just that fucking expensive - but hearing these gaffes corrected always warms the cockles of my black, shriveled heart.
If you want a copy, you're going to have to swap your dashing fez and monacle combo for your filthy "ironic" trucker cap and make your way to the nearest Wal-Mart. It's a surprise in-store exclusive until April, and as it's selling for $5 out of the gate, it can't be one that's making anyone a small fortune.