Deadly fog banks are rolling in again, as 1980’s "The Fog" makes its official debut on Blu-ray. While the new transfer of the film may seem lackluster compared to the one used for HD presentations, it doesn’t distract from enjoying this classic ghost tale of revenge.
Director John Carpenter followed up his huge horror hit "Halloween" with the story of ghosts coming back for revenge on the seaside town of Antonio Bay, after being led to their fiery deaths one hundred years earlier. A gorgeously shot film, "The Fog" features staple Carpenter actors Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Loomis, and Charles Cyphers...along with Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, and Janet Leigh. The casting of Leigh was a nice marketing ploy, yet she and daughter Jamie Lee have barely any scenes or dialogue together.
The selling point of Shout Factory’s newest cult classic Blu-ray is a brand spanking new interview with ex-horror queen Jamie Lee Curtis. In her 20-minute segment, Ms. Scream Queen discusses her 80’s status in horror. Most notably, she laughably bashes the very movie she is here to tout, "The Fog," saying it just isn’t a very good film.
The new high-definition transfer, supervised by cinematographer Dean Cundey, looks amazing in the daylight scenes, arguably too dark in the nighttime scenes, and changes aspect ratios inexplicably from scene to scene. Cundey also has a brand new interview discussing his horror film career.
Buy "The Fog" on Blu-ray for Jamie Lee’s interview only...otherwise, stick to the better-looking DVD released in 2002, featuring most of the special features found on this new Blu-ray.