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Hobgoblins – Vinegar Syndrome (BluRay / DVD Combo) 
Written by: on November 16th, 2016

Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1988
Director: Rick Sloane
Writer: Rick Sloane
Cast: Tom Bartlett, Paige Sullivan, Steven Boggs, Tamara Clatterbuck, Duane Whitaker

BluRay released: October 25th, 2016
Approximate running times: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: PG
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.98

Synopsis: A security guard accidentally frees diminutive sized aliens with murderous intentions!

Hobgoblins was directed by Rick Sloane who is also responsible for cult film oddities like, Blood Theater, The Visitants and the Vice Academy film series. When it comes to the alien creatures in Hobgoblins some viewers may be overcome with a feeling of Déjà vu. Since Hobgoblins is a micro-budget take on the Gremlin films.

Hobgoblins was the subject of an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and for the majority of horror film fans this is the way they were introduced to the film. And so much of its legacy has been determined due to this films appearance on Mystery Science Theater 3000. With that being said, it is far too easy to knock this film for its flaws. Instead of embracing this film for the delirious disaster it is.

Though this film is billed as a horror film, there is actually a lot of humor intentional or otherwise to found throughout the film. With the majority of the funniest moments coming in the form of one liners. Another strength of this film is how the hobgoblins are able to make fantasies come true. These are just a few things that make this all the easier to digest.

The BluRay:

Hobgoblins comes on a 25 GB singal layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The transfer created for this release was scanned and restored from in 2k from its original 35mm camera negative. When compared to all previous home video releases, this new transfer is superior in every way.

This release comes with one audio, a DTS-HD mix in mono English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. The audio is in very good shape, dialog is clear, everything is balanced and robust when it needs too.

Extras for this release include, a reversible cover art, a trailer for the film (2 minutes 4 seconds), a featurette titled Hobgoblins Invade Comic Con (4 minutes 51 seconds), an interview with creature effects designer Kenneth J. Hall (10 minutes 58 seconds), an interview with screenwriter / director Rick Sloane titled Hobgoblins Revisited (18 minutes 55 seconds), a featurette with director & cast titled Making of a Disasterpiece (27 minutes 39 seconds) and an audio commentary with Rick Sloane.

The extra titled Hobgoblins Invade Comic Con features footage with Rick Sloane and actress Kelly Palmer from 2009 Comic Con.

Topics discussed by Kenneth J. Hall include, how he has been a fan of monster movies since childhood, the first time he met Special Effects Artist Rick Baker & what he learned from him that day, Rick Sloane and creating the creatures that appear in Hobgoblins, Mystery Science Theater and other FX related topics.

Topics discussed by Rick Sloane in the extra titled Hobgoblins Revisited include, his origins as a filmmaker, how easy it was to make movies in the 1980’s during the home video boom and his thoughts about Hobgoblins.

Topics discussed in the featurette titled Making of a Disasterpiece include, the origins of Hobgoblins, the cast & info about them, the casts initial reaction to the screenplay, no budget filmmaking and everyone thoughts about the film.

Topics discussed in an audio commentary include, shooting on location without permits, the score / music that appears in the film, what he was trying to achieve with Hobgoblins, the visuals, the creature puppets and their lack of mobility, special effects and on set memories.

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 Hobgoblins gets a definitive release from Vinegar Syndrome.

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