Bad Moon fits into that cat­e­go­ry of major stu­dio hor­ror films that almost entire­ly built its fan­base via home video: Warner Brothers essen­tial­ly aban­doned it via a small release, leav­ing most hor­ror enthu­si­asts to dis­cov­er it via DVD.  Scream Factory picked it up for a high-def­i­n­i­tion update and the results are like­ly to please those home BadMoon-bluvideo fans, offer­ing a sur­pris­ing­ly ambi­tious pack­age for this over­looked title.

Both the the­atri­cal ver­sion and a director’s cut are includ­ed here, both encod­ed sep­a­rate­ly.  Both look good, with impres­sive lev­els of detail and col­or.  The director’s cut gets the big­ger encode here and it’s actu­al­ly short­er than the the­atri­cal ver­sion, with direc­tor Eric Red prun­ing some VFX he didn’t like.  Both 5.1 and 2.0 loss­less stereo mix­es are includ­ed for each ver­sion: the 5.1 tracks were used for the pur­pos­es of this review and they are punchy mix­es full of sur­round-speak­er activ­i­ty.

This disc also has a sur­pris­ing stack of extras includ­ed…

Commentaries: The first of two is a solo track by writer/director Red.  It’s a script­ed com­men­tary that is detailed and tech­ni­cal­ly-ori­ent­ed, includ­ing a lot of details on how par­tic­u­lar sequences were staged and pre­cise info on both stunts and spe­cial effects.  He also gets into the pros and cons of the expe­ri­ence and how his ver­sion of the sto­ry dif­fers from the nov­el that inspired it.  It’s a good lis­ten for aspir­ing film­mak­ers.

The sec­ond com­men­tary track brings back Red and adds Michael Pare as well as web crit­ic John Fallon, who mod­er­ates here.  Unfortunately, Fallon is an over­bear­ing host, crack­ing a bunch of bad jokes laced with a forced lev­el of pro­fan­i­ty that sug­gests he’s try­ing to be an Andrew Dice Clay-style per­son­al­i­ty.  Thankfully, the oth­er par­tic­i­pants are more inter­est­ing, with Pare enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly dis­cussing the film from an actor’s per­spec­tive and Red dish­ing about the stu­dio side of things.

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Nature Of The Beast (35:17): a well-made fea­turet­te about the film that includes Red and Pare as well as FX design­er Steve Johnson and actor Mason Gamble.  Red cov­ers a lot of mate­ri­al includ­ed in his com­men­tary but you also get inter­est­ing details on the hard work involved in get­ting a per­for­mance from a trained dog, lots from Johnson on the make­up FX, stunt­man Ken Kirzinger dis­cussing the chal­lenges of doing stunts wear­ing a huge mechan­i­cal head and the rat­ings and stu­dio pol­i­tics issues that trou­bled the film.

Unrated Opening Sequence (6:07): tak­en from a VHS source, this offers an ear­lier ver­sion of the pre-cred­its teaser that real­ly amps up the sex and gore con­tent.

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Additional Extras: a trail­er and three sets of sto­ry­boards that cov­er the trans­for­ma­tion scene, the finale and the Thor/Ted stare­down sequence.

To read Schlockmania’s film review of Bad Moon, click here.