No one can say that Scream Factory isn’t a sequel-friend­ly com­pa­ny. They’ve often released the sequels to famous hor­ror films even if they don’t have the orig­i­nal film in their cat­a­log: for exam­ple, they did a nice spe­cial edi­tion of Phantasm II and did stand­alone spe­cial edi­tions for Halloween II and III long before they did their com­plete Halloween col­lec­tion set. They recent­ly turned their atten­tion to the Candyman fran­chise with a blu-ray of Candyman: Farewell To The Flesh and the results fit in nice­ly alongside their sequel CanFTTF-blureper­toire.

The trans­fer offers a solid rep­re­sen­ta­tion of a moody, often dim­ly-lit film, with the high-def­i­n­i­tion video bring­ing a lit­tle added oom­ph to col­ors and details along the way. Two stereo mix­es are offered here, the orig­i­nal 2.0 ver­sion and a 5.1 remix. Both are pre­sent­ed in loss­less form. The 5.1 remix was lis­tened to for this review and it offers a nice­ly immer­sive sound­scape that uses Philip Glass’s evoca­tive musi­cal score to excel­lent effect.

Scream Factory also includes a few worth­while extras for series fans. The first is a com­men­tary track car­ried over from an ear­lier DVD ver­sion of the film. It’s a solo track with direc­tor Bill Condon and he offers an infor­mal yet infor­ma­tive stream of chat that mix­es an overview of the film with some scene-speci­fic bits. He admits he did this sequel to get out of “movie jail” after an unsuc­cess­ful debut but also talks about the nar­ra­tive ele­ments that made it worth­while, includ­ing some inter­est­ing thoughts on how the script com­ments on America’s “orig­i­nal sin” of slav­ery.

CanFTTF-04Condon also dis­cuss­es his cast mem­bers, Glass’s unique approach to film scor­ing and some unique thoughts on how the film’s social themes com­pli­cate the audience’s respon­se to its hor­ror ele­ments. All in all, it’s a thought­ful chat and one that offers some worth­while mate­ri­al to the film’s fans.

Scream Factory also pro­duced two new fea­turettes for the disc. The first is “Candyman Legacy,” a 26-min­ute chat with star Tony Todd. He is both intel­li­gent and inci­sive as he dis­cuss­es all three Candyman films, mak­ing a case for the series as a goth­ic love sto­ry. Fans of the first film will be fas­ci­nat­ed by tales of Bernard Rose’s unique direc­to­ri­al meth­ods and how Todd used the Phantom Of The Opera as a mod­el for his per­for­mance. He also dis­cuss­es Night Of The Living Dead and offers an amus­ing com­ment about the Final Destination series.

CanFTTF-05The oth­er inter­view is enti­tled “Down Memory Lane” and offers just under eleven min­utes with actress Veronica Cartwright. Despite the brief run­ning time, she cov­ers a lot: she reveals how work­ing on a t.v. movie with Condon led to her Candyman role, dis­cuss­es the chal­lenges of her character’s death scene and even touch­es on Alien and Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. Elsewhere, the disc is round­ed out with a the­atri­cal trail­er done in a roller­coast­er style and a “More From Scream Factory” trail­er col­lec­tion that includes spots for Phantom Of The Opera (1989 ver­sion), Dolls and Squirm.

All in all, this disc of Candyman: Farewell To The Flesh shows that Scream Factory con­tin­ues to car­ry the torch for hor­ror sequels, deliv­er­ing a fine lit­tle pack­age for fans of the series.

To read Schlockmania’s film review of Candyman: Farewell To The Flesh, click here.