One of the more delight­ful dou­ble bills of the old MGM Midnight Movies line — at least for chil­dren of the ‘80s — was their dou­ble-fea­ture disc of Troll and Troll 2. The first film is a cult favorite from the Empire Pictures library while the in-name-only sequel has been rec­og­nized in recent times as one of the new bad movie clas­sics. Scream Factory has revived this dou­ble bill in HD form via a new blu-ray that not only offers both films for one price but also throws in a few inter­est­ing extras.

Troll1&2-bluA/V pre­sen­ta­tion is solid for both films here, offer­ing good lev­els of col­or and clar­i­ty for a two-films-on-one-disc pre­sen­ta­tion. Both films have 2.0 loss­less stereo sound­tracks and they offer qual­i­ty pre­sen­ta­tions of fair­ly straight­for­ward vin­tage mix­es, with the DTS treat­ment giv­ing a lit­tle extra punch to the music in each.

Original trail­ers are includ­ed for each film, both of them suit­ably wild (espe­cial­ly the Troll 2 trail­er), plus a nice lit­tle image gallery for Troll. Each film also gets its own unique large-scale extra. In the case of Troll, its a 50-min­ute mak­ing of fea­turet­te that goes deep into the film’s his­to­ry and involves direc­tor John Buechler, writer Ed Naha, exec­u­tive pro­duc­er Charles Band and scores of FX artists includ­ing Gino Crognale and John Vulich.

The fea­turet­te cov­ers a lot of inter­est­ing ground for fans: you’ll learn how and why Empire end­ed up shoot­ing Troll in Italy, how Buechler suc­cess­ful­ly pitched the idea to Band after years of strug­gling to get it made, a neat sto­ry about how Phil Fondacaro was cast, Richard Band talk­ing about his score’s cen­tral “troll song” and a ton of infor­ma­tion about the make­up effects and the old-school opti­cal and stop-motion effects. ATroll-03ny mon­ster kids who grew up watch­ing Troll will appre­ci­ate all the detail and love its gen­e­sis gets in this expan­sive fea­turet­te.

Troll 2 gets a new com­men­tary from its stars George Hardy and Deborah Reed, which sounds like it was cut togeth­er from sep­a­rate record­ing ses­sions. Hardy is a real boost­er for the film, speak­ing enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly about which sequences go over well with the film’s cult fol­low­ing and offer­ing bio­graph­i­cal info on most of his cast­mates. Reed offers a lot of detail about her sce­nes, includ­ing the chal­lenges of shoot­ing the infa­mous pop­corn scene and how she put togeth­er her own cos­tume using fam­i­ly heir­looms. Both express a gen­uine grat­i­tude for the expe­ri­ence and the late-peri­od fame it has brought them.

If you move fast and pur­chase one of the first 5000 copies of this blu-ray, you get an addi­tion­al bonus: a free DVD of Best Worst Movie, the acclaimed doc­u­men­tary about Troll 2. It’s one of the best doc­u­ments of a cult movie ever, chron­i­cling the film’s devel­op­ment as a cult movie attrac­tion and the effect it has on the film’s cast and crew mem­bers, most of whom have tried to for­get it. Along the way, it shows how all the peo­ple behind the film strug­gle with their par­tic­i­pa­tion in an iron­i­cal­ly cel­e­brat­ed film, appre­ci­at­ing the fame but hav­ing to deal how it both Troll2-04revives and casts asper­sion on their desire to work in the arts. It’s a must-see for any cult movie fan and a great bonus for those who move fast enough to get one of the­se ear­ly copies.

In short, Scream Factory has cre­at­ed a nice lit­tle update for a pair of linked cult favorites. Whether or not you get the ver­sion with Best Worst Movie includ­ed, this set offers a wor­thy upgrade for the­se films.

To read Schlockmmania’s film review of Troll, click here.

To read Schlockmmania’s film review of Troll 2, click here.