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PHANTASM RAVAGER

Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  86 minutes, audio commentary, featurette, deleted scenes, bloopers and outtakes, trailer, previews

VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition

AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA

Subtitles: English SDH

 

STUDIO: Well Go USA Entertainment/ Silver Sphere Corp

RELEASE DATE: 12-6-2016

PHANTASM RAVAGER is the final (supposedly) and fifth long-awaited entry in the PHANTASM series.  It serves as a continuation and somewhat conclusion to the series with even a nod to Roger Avary’s unproduced PHANTASM script.  Reggie (Reggie Bannister) has been wandering the desert as he comes across the guy who stole his card and he soon finds himself spilt between three different realities (the others being Reggie in an old folks mental hospital and the other being rescued in a post-apocalyptic world overtaken by the Tall Man and his giant spheres.   As an entry in the seires, it is better than PHANTASM OBLIVION, but the production values aren’t as good as the first three.  The HD Video look of the movie looks too much like video and I wish the low budget production looked more like film or they took the look in a different way in digital intermediate.  I do see this as an interesting way to end the PHANTASM series if another movie isn’t made, but I think the first three movies are stronger movies.   It is sad that PHANTASM RAVAGER was Angus Scrimm’s final appearance as the Tall Man before his death.  Watch the end credits for a cameo appearance from one of the old characters in the series and a montage of possible future adventures in addition to the copyright warning against copying mentioning the wrath of the Tall Man.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Audio commentary by director David Hartman and producer/ creator Don Coscarelli talk about the making of the movie and the locations used and how small the crew was (about five people).

 

Behind The Scenes featurette which shows some behind-the-scenes footage, clips, and interviews with Reggie Bannister, Don Coscarelli, David Hartman, and others in this brief five minute piece

 

A few deleted scenes hinting at that PHANTASM RAVAGER actually started life as a planned web series

Bloopers and outtakes reel

 

PHANTASM RAVAGER trailer and previews for TRAIN TO BUSAN, THE WAILING, and DEAD SNOW 2

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  PHANTASM RAVAGER is an interesting way to end the series even though the movie is as good as the first three in the series.  I hope it isn’t the last we see of the series even though Angus Scrimm won’t be back to play the Tall Man (due to his death after this movie was made).   This disc is a must buy for fans of the PHANTASM series.

 

This review is 12-13-2016 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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