Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 23rd, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1980
Director: George Bowers
Writers: William Bleich, Mark Tenser
Cast: Trish Van Devere, Joseph Cotten, David Gautreaux, Donald Hotton, Med Flory, Donald Petrie, Christopher McDonald, Perry Lang, Allison Balson
BluRay released: May 30th, 2017
Approximate running time: 99 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $32.98
Synopsis: Looking to get away from her stressful life, a woman moves into a house owned by her recently deceased aunt. Shortly after her arrival a series of unexplained events unfold and to make matters worse the locales treat her as an outsider.
The Hearse is a supernatural horror film that revolves around a woman, who resembles her deceased aunt who was having an affair with the devil. And as this film’s narrative evolves, she starts to question her own state of mind. With the persecution from the locales being one of the driving forces behind her growing state of paranoia.
And though the premise retreads familiar ground. The end result is a well-executed narrative that does a superb job building up the tension to a boiling point. Another strength of the narrative is that is gives just the right of amount of back-story and pacing is never an issue as things move along briskly.
Performance wise the entire cast are very good in their respective roles. With this film’s standout performance being David Gautreaux (Star Trek: The Motion Picture) in the role of Tom Sullivan aka The Devil, a mysterious man who has ties to the protagonists deceased aunt. Another performance of note is Trish Van Devere (The Changeling) in the role of this film’s protagonist a woman named Jane Hardy.
From a production standpoint, there are no an area where this film does not deliver. With one of its greatest strengths being its atmospheric visuals. The most memorable moments include, the scenes where the driver of a hearse terrorizes Jane. And The scene where Jane discovers the identity of Tom Sullivan.
The Hearse comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The transfer for this release was newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm original camera negative. And when compared to previous home video releases, this new transfer is superior in every way.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. The audio sounds, clean, clear and balanced throughout.
Extras for this release include, a reversible cover art, promotional still gallery with music from the film playing in the background, a T.V. spot (30 seconds) and a trailer for the film (2 minutes 27 seconds) and an interview with actor David Gautreaux titled Satan Get Behind Thee (20 minutes 38 seconds).
Topics discussed in the interview with David Gautreaux include, Omen 3 and how that film lead to him being cast in The Hearst, how his religious upbringing helped him prepare for his role, director George Bowers, background information about the love scene, actress Trish Van Devere, actor Joseph Cotton and his thoughts about 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. Overall The Hearse gets a solid release from Vinegar Syndrome.
NOTE: The first 1,000 copies sold through VinegarSyndrome.com will include a double thick embossed limited edition o-card designed by Chris Garofalo.