Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 16th, 2015
BluRay released: March 1oth, 2015
Approximate running times: 82 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free / Region Free NTSC
Retail Price: $24.98
Synopsis: Four campers meet a sadistic killer in the woods. Shortly thereafter the police start investigating what is going on in the woods when missing person’s reports start coming in. Will the four campers survive their excursion into the woods or will they all suffer the fate that befell all those who dared to go into the woods?
Writing a plot synopsis for this film is not as easy as it would appear to be. First off this film suffers from a serious case of Tourette’s as the narrative lacks any structure and just when things look like they might make sense or be going somewhere they get even more bizarre. Even worse is how director James Bryan pads the films with endless nature shots or how he drags out the scene where the sheriff discovers and searches the killers’ home. The film feels a lot longer than its eighty two minutes length.
The films John Carpenter like score was composed by H. Kingsley Thurher. The films end title music is the best part of the film. If you are looking for acting look elsewhere and even the voice actors who were used for the films audio dubbing are equally horrible. The gore was not as bloody as I expected going into this film and the FX is downright laughable. This film was made during a time when just about any film like it instantly found an audience and now looking at it thirty three years later its flaws are more noticeable than ever. One thing that should be taken into account when watching this film is that it was shot for a mere $12,000 and that in of itself is an impressive feat. Overall Don’t Go in the Woods… Alone! is best enjoyed after downing a bottle of Wild Turkey.
Don’t go in the Woods… Alone! comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. This release just like the recent UK Blu-Ray release from 88 Films was sourced from a brand new Brand New 2K transfer of the full uncut version of the film that was overseen and approved by director James Bryan. And to the naked eye the differences between these two transfers is going to be minuscule.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English. When compared to 88 Films Blu-Ray release the audio for this release is on par with that release.
Extras for this release include, a copy of the screenplay, a press & art gallery, a production stills gallery, a trailer for the film (1 minute 7 seconds), a trio of television interviews with director James Bryan and Tom Drury (14 minutes 12 seconds), a documentary titled ‘The Making of Don’t Go in the Woods’ (56 minutes 46 seconds), a featurette titled ‘Autograph Signing Party’ (29 minutes 27s seconds) where a puppet named Splinter interviews cast & crew and three audio commentaries, the first audio commentary with James Bryan, the second audio commentary is with Deron Miller of CKY, actress Mary Gail Artz and James Bryan and the third audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues!
The majority of the extras have been ported over from Code Red’s 2006 DVD release. Extras new to this release include, a copy of the screenplay, the featurette titled ‘Autograph Signing Party’ and the audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues!
Topics discussed during the T.V. interviews and ‘Making of’ documentary give a well-rounded overview of what is was like to work on this film. Also all the participants are candid in their comments and they all obviously enjoyed working on the film. The audio commentary with James Bryan is the more technical of the two and he has plenty of interesting stories about the making of this film, while the other audio commentary with Deron Miller of CKY, actress Mary Gail Artz and James Bryan is a more laid back affair. With that being said, this second audio commentary does include some info about the film not include in any of the other extras. The featurette with the puppet named Splinter is a tongue and cheek extra that pokes fun at the film. The audio commentary The Hysteria Continues! And for those who have not experienced any of their previous audio commentaries. They are usually a satisfying mix of information about the film and humor at the expense of the film.
Also included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo release. Overall Don’t go in the Woods… Alone! gets a solid release from Vinegar Syndrome.