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Toolbox Murders, The (BluRay) 
Written by: on January 6th, 2010

Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1977
Director: Dennis Donnelly
Writers: Robert Easter, Ann N. Kindberg
Cast: Cameron Mitchell, Pamelyn Ferdin, Wesley Eure, Aneta Corseaut, Marianne Walter

BluRay released: January 26th, 2010
Approximate running time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 English, DD-EX 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
BluRay Release: Blue Underground
Region Coding: Region 0
Retail Price: $29.95

Synopsis: The residents of an apartment complex are being knocked up by a psychopath.

The Toolbox Murders starts off with a flurry of murder set pieces before it settles into a more psychological driven story about a grieving father whose daughter died in a car wreck. Even though the bulk of carnage occurs in the film’s first act, the rest of the film does a good job keeping things moving along and interesting. The film’s stand out moment also happens to be one of its kill scenes. In which a young naked woman is chased around her by a masked madman who uses his nail gun as a weapon on her.

When The Toolbox Murders was first released it was considered controversial for its time. Over the years the film certainly has lost some of its bite. The most enjoyable part of this film is watching Cameron Mitchell let loose as the grieving father. Ultimately what The Toolbox Murders lacks in story and acting. It more than makes up for, as it never strays too far away from its bread and butter; bloodshed and T & A.

The BluRay:

The Toolbox Murders comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. The Toolbox Murders was previously released by Blue Underground on DVD in 2003. The transfer for this BluRay release is another winner from Blue underground who improve upon their previous release in every way. Details look razor sharp, flesh tones look healthy, colors look accurate, black levels look solid throughout and grain always looks natural.

This release comes with three audio options, a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 English, a DD-EX 5.1 English and a Dolby Digital Mono English. The film’s original mono mix has been carried over from Blue Underground’s 2003 DVD release. All three audio mixes sound clear, clean and balanced throughout. Considering that the mono limitations of this film’s original audio mix, it is not surprising that the two new mixes a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 English mix and a DD-EX 5.1 English mix don’t sound that much different with the bulk of the action coming from the center channel. Removable English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles have been included.

The bulk of the extras included on Blue Underground’s included from their previous DVD releases of The Toolbox Murders have been carried over, with only the poster & still galleries and a text bio for Cameron Mitchell, not being carried over from the previous release. Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (2 minutes 19 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), a T.V. spot (32 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and two radio spots. Other extras include an interview with actress Marianne Walter titled “I got nailed in the Toolbox Murders” (8 minutes 8 seconds – anamorphic widescreen). Some of the topics she discusses include working with Cameron Mitchell, The song that plays during her scene, her death scene and her career as an adult actress. The main extra included with this release is a informative audio commentary with producer Tony DiDio, director of photography Gary Graver and actress Pamelyn Ferdin. All of the extras are presented in a standard definition. Overall The Toolbox Murders is an exceptional BluRay release from Blue Underground.

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