Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 25th, 2018
BluRay released: February 27th, 2018
Approximate running times: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 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
“An alien craft carrying a being with foxlike features has landed in the middle of rural England. After brutally murdering a young couple, the being animates himself into the body of the man he killed, adopting the name Anders. Upon being discovered by a reclusive lesbian couple, who mistake him for an injured drifter, they invite him to recover in their isolated home, unaware of his innate bloodlust…” – Synopsis provided by the Distributor
Prey was directed by Norman J. Warren whose other notable films include, Satan’s Slave, Terror, Spaced Out and Inseminoid. Key collaborators on Prey include, composer Ivor Slaney (Spaceways, Deathship).
What starts off as a Sci-Fi film, quickly evolves into a melodrama, only to shift one more time and evolve into a horror film for its final act. The premise is well executed and the film has a very satisfying finale. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the majority of the moments that fall in between.
With that being said, this is a film that ultimately relies on atmosphere and in this regard, this film delivers in spades. And nowhere is more evident, then when it comes to Barry Stokes emotionless performance in the role of Anders, an alien from another planet, who has been sent to earth to look for a food supply.
Besides the few minor roles, that help propel this film’s narrative forward. This film also features two female characters, who live on a secluded estate. And before Anders arrival, they have lived an isolated existence. With Anders arrival leading to friction between these two characters.
Without a doubt this film’s strongest performance is Sally Faulkner (Vampyres, Jaguar Lives!) in the role of Josephine. It is her character who had exerted control over Jessica and Anders intrusion into their worlds fuels her jealously. Cast in the role of Jessica is Glory Annen (Felicity) who provides this film with some much needed eye candy.
Prey comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The transfer for this release was scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm original camera negative. Colors are nicely saturated, flesh tones look accurate, details look crisp and black levels remain strong throughout. Grain looks natural, there are no issues with compression and when compared to previous home video releases for this film, 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 is in great shape, dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced. Range wise the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack are well represented and the score sounds appropriately robust.
Extras for this release include, a reversible cover art, a trailer for the film (1 minute 1 second), an interview with director Norman J. Warren titled Directing the Prey (21 minutes 57 seconds), an interview with actress Sally Faulkner titled Becoming the Prey (13 minutes 56 seconds), an interview with producer Terry Marcel titled Producing the Prey (7 minutes 17 seconds) and an audio commentary track with Norman J. Warren.
Topics discussed in the interview with Norman J. Warren include, the origins of Prey, how the film was shot in 10 days, why he agreed to make the film despite there being no finished screenplay, producer Terry Marcel, the cast, locations / Shepperton Studios, onset memories, cinematographer Derek V. Browne, editor Alan Jones, composer Ivor Slaney and his thoughts about the film.
Topics discussed in the interview with Sally Faulkner include, what made her decided to make this film, her thoughts about her character, onset memories, Norman J. Warren and her thoughts about the film.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, low budget filmmaking, the cast, production related topics, the screenplay 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 Prey gets a solid release from Vinegar Syndrome, highly recommended.
Note: This special limited edition embossed package (designed by Derek Gabryszak) is limited to just 1,500 units!