Memories of Murder : Limited Edition Blu-ray Boxset

On July 11th, 2018, La Rabbia Studio released Memories of Murder on blu-ray. It’s the first time the film has been released on blu-ray (to my knowledge). Until now, there was only a DVD edition, long out-of-print. Two editions are now available and being an admirer of Bong Joon-Ho’s masterpiece, I pre-ordered the limited edition back in April.

The packaging is minimalist and elegant. The black background really compliments the red blood spatter. The title is written in a white typewriter font. The back is plain. Upon opening the boxset, you discover two items inside : a thick book and a digibook.

The design of the digibook is very similar to the outer box with some variations. The background is bright white and the title is written on a golden banner. There are some hangul symbols which probably spell the title in Korean (don’t quote me on that, I barely know the hangul alphabet). The back of the digibook describes the content that can be found on the three discs which this edition contains. I haven’t dived into the special features at the time I am writing those lines but the most interesting one seems to be an hour-long (exclusive) documentary produced in 2017. There are other numerous features : a making-of from 2003, featurettes, deleted scenes etc… And, of course, the digibook comes with a booklet with information on the film.

The thick book included in the boxset is quite the collector piece : it is the complete storyboard, translated into french. Below are a few pictures of the inside, to give you a glimpse of the art style. This item is the reason why I think people who do not understand french should purchase the digibook alone instead of this limited edition. I think it’s fantastic that they offer us the opportunity to read the entire storyboard and not just random excerpts.

As a bonus, below is a gallery showing you the DVD edition that was the only available copy of the film until today (the last two are the blu-ray and DVD, side by side)

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📚 Goosebumps Project #1

As many horror fans, my love for the genre started back in my childhood (I’m a 90’s kid) with books and programs like Goosebumps, Tales From The Cryptkeeper, Creepy Crawlers, The X-Files etc…

I recently started a little project : I am trying to find the books that made an impression on me as a child. I am in the process of slowly but surely reconstructing my personal childhood library. Since those were among my absolute favourite books, I decided to start with the Goosebumps original series. To make things more interesting, I am solely focusing on the original editions of the series, published between 1995 and 2001. The French publication differs from the US publication as Goosebumps 2000 was integrated in the original series. The numbers are also different as well as the order of publication. For instance, the first book published in France is The Mummy’s Tomb which is Goosebumps #5.

These are the first books I found at a thrift store. They were 1€ a piece so I couldn’t resist and purchased all the ones they had on the shelf. I am not trying to find first editions as it would be way too complicated but these are all part of the publication time frame I am focusing on.

Here is a list I compiled of all the titles shown above. The list shows the French title and number as well as the original American title and number corresponding for each book.

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📼 A Nightmare on Elm Street VHS Boxset

In my previous article, I showed you in details my Friday the 13th VHS boxset. This time, we are going to take a look at another VHS boxset which includes the first three Nightmare on Elm Street films. From the information written on the back of each VHS, it seems this boxset was released around 1998. It was edited by TF1 Vidéo and Mad Movies, a horror magazine which also released several VHS and DVD editions of various horror and cult films. This magazine is still in print though it differs from its original form.

The design is very simple. On the front, you see Freddy on a black background with Freddy written in bold green letters. The series is known as Freddy in France instead of A Nightmare on Elm Street. On the back, there are small pictures of each covers and there is a synopsis for every film included in the set. As you can see on the third picture above, the VHS are bright yellow.

 

The gallery above shows you the front and back of each VHS. I especially love the design with the original poster and the Mad Movies banner above it. As you know if you are familiar with the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, the posters for Freddy’s Revenge and Dream Warriors have little to do with the movies themselves.

I didn’t find strange things in this boxset compared to the Friday the 13th one but this is a great retro item that I enjoy displaying in my collection.

📼 Friday The 13th VHS Boxset

With two movies left to review as part of my Friday the 13th marathon, I thought I’d take a break to show something different (but related to Friday the 13th). The underlying reason for this little intermission is that I don’t own a copy of Jason Goes To Hell and haven’t found one for a decent price yet.

A few years ago, I made the acquisition of a Friday the 13th VHS boxset. I keep it as decoration and only dived into it recently. I found a couple of neat little things I thought might interest you. Note that this is a French boxset, another reason why I wanted to write about it as maybe some of you might be interested in seeing foreign editions.

The boxset itself displays artworks from both The Final Chapter (on the sides) and Jason takes Manhattan (on the top and front). Since Jason Goes To Hell and Jason X are not included, I assume this boxset was released between 1989 and 1993.

As you can see on the two pictures above, the boxset goes up to the eighth film in the franchise but there are only seven tapes. For an unknown and strange reason, the first film is not included. The boxset starts at Friday the 13th Part II. It’s not difficult to imagine why they chose to ignore the first film : no Jason = no Friday the 13th. I personally find it extremely weird to ignore a film that started a long-lasting franchise in a boxset that is designed to be a complete franchise set. French people are weird (trust me, I know, I’m French). And they didn’t stop there !

Before going into further details on two of the tapes, above is a gallery of all seven tapes, front and back. I like the consistency in the title displayed above each poster. And who can resist those beautiful classic movie posters. Not to sound cliché and old, but they don’t make them as good as this nowadays.

Now, let’s take a look at the first two tapes : Friday the 13th Part II and Friday the 13th Part III. Below the title Vendredi 13 (the french translation of Friday the 13th), there is a subtitle which reads “le tueur du vendredi” (which translates to “the friday killer”). They probably added subtitles to the first entries to match the later films which all have subtitles, starting with The Final Chapter. But this is not what surprised me. Take a closer look at the second picture above. Do you see it ? They used the exact same subtitle for both movies ! You can’t distinguish them unless you look at the back and look at the screenshots or read the synopsis. This is simply insane that nobody ever noticed that both movies have the exact same title.

This time, let’s take a look at the Jason Lives tape (pictures above). The original title of the sixth installment is Friday the 13th Part VI : Jason Lives. For some reason, they decided to translate the subtitle to Jason, le mort vivant which means Jason, the undead. They want to change the title ? Fine. But then, why put Jason Vit a.k.a Jason Lives on the lower part of the poster, on the tombstone ? It’s like the dude in charge couldn’t make up his mind and was like “I wanna change the title because fuck them, I’ll do what I want but I don’t want to ignore it so I’ll just put them all on the cover”.

I really love my Friday the 13th boxset not in spite of all the nonsense I pointed out but because of it all. For all of us who started watching films during the VHS era, these objects hold a special place in our hearts. I hope you enjoyed this article as I have a few more in mind.