Bubba Ho-Tep is still a wonder of cinema that oozes magic, comedy, and charm some twenty-one years later. Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis are pitch-perfect in their roles which makes this horror comedy something much more endearing than what's on the surface. The new 4K picture with Dolby Vision looks excellent and the same 5.1 audio track from the previous release sounds wonderful. The bonus features are all worth watching with some never-before-seen extras along for the ride. This Limited Giftset is Highly Recommended!
The story alone is worth a dozen admission prices. But it's the genuine and straight performances from Ossie Davis and the legend Bruce Campbell that drive Bubba Ho-Tep home. Don Coscarelli (Phantasm) perfectly mixed those horror and comedy ingredients into this brilliant, yet sad story about two older gentlemen who find each other late in life and try and save the world, or at least their retirement community. Dying alone is a fear many people have, but with these two lead characters, a new lease on their lives is presented that has them adventuring the long, scary halls of their home with some memorable lines of dialogue and a killer score from Brian Tyler.
Pitching Bubba Ho-Tep to a movie studio must have been the most fun and thrilling experience. Deep in the heart of rural Texas, an elderly Elvis impersonator who claims to be the real Elvis (Bruce Campbell) befriends an elderly African American man (Ossie Davis) who is bound to a wheelchair and is convinced that his brain was swapped out with former president J.F.K.'s brain and memories. The two discover their fellow nursing home residents mysteriously dying until they uncover that an ancient Egyptian mummy is sucking their souls out of everyone's brown eye.
Now if that isn't the pitch of the century, what is everyone really doing in Hollywood? Luckily, that film got made with Bubba Ho-Tep which was not only funny, thrilling, and a ton of fun, but it also delivered on its heart and charm while those two men found peace with their new friendship. It's a heartwarming story with some fantastic performances, music, and filmmaking under its belt. Some twenty-one years later, Bubba Ho-Tep is still as magical and wonderful as it was upon its initial release.
Vital Disc Stats: The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Bubba Ho-Tep sucks its way to 4K + Blu-ray via Scream Factory with a Limited Edition Giftset. The two discs are housed inside a hard, black plastic case with a cardboard sleeve. The artwork features Bruce Campbell as Elvis from the original movie poster of the movie.
There is also an alternate slipcase that features the original artwork of the film with Elvis and Bubba Ho-Tep stomping down on the title of the film. It looks amazing.
There are two posters of the film, both of which are bigger versions of the artwork on the slipcases that measure 18x24 each.
Also included are five colored enamel pins that feature Elvis, JFK, Bubba, Elvis's sunglasses, and the title of the movie. All of the pins are located in a collector's box with a backer card.
There are only 600 sets of these available so act fast.
Bubba Ho-Tep comes with a brand new 2160p UHD 4K transfer with Dolby Vision from Scream Factory. This is a great-looking look image, which is a good upgrade from the previously released Blu-ray from a couple of years ago.
This movie was shot on 35mm so there were some considerable grain levels upon its release, as it was made to look very filmic and nostalgic, almost like something that was shot in the '70s or '80s. With this new 4K transfer with Dolby Vision, that level of grain is perfectly intact and never swarms feel artificial. Even in the darker sequences, the grain looks perfectly stable. The colors are bolder and richer this time around too. The dull colors of the retirement community that mix browns, yellows, and grays are now more nuanced in those darker interiors. Those blue plaid pants have better shades of blue thanks to the Dolby Vision this time around. The white and gold Elvis outfit towards the end of the film looks amazing that is flawlessly balanced. The black levels are now super inky with no evidence of crush or bleeding, which had some issues on previous releases. And the skin tones are natural too.
All of the Dolby Vision upticks allow for more vivid detail. The practical effects of makeup reveal wonderful closeups that show each age spot, mole, bump, facial pore, and individual hair on Elvis and JFK's heads. The wrinkles, crow's feet, and makeup applications look wonderful. The mummy itself is exquisite and showcases all its nastiness. The wider shots of nursing home walls and bathroom stalls look excellent as well, that showcase the old dirt and grime on the decaying retirement house. This is the best the film has looked at thus far and has virtually no issues.
This release comes with a DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio mix. There is no new 7.1 or Dolby Atmos option, which is unfortunate, but instead, this looks to be the same 5.1 track as the previous Blu-ray.
There are over 206 minutes of extras included here, most of which are vintage bonus features that have been imported here from previous releases. There are three extras that haven't been seen before but contain older footage. There are no new interviews here. There are also three commentary tracks, one of which is more of an interview than anything else.
This Bubba Ho-Tep Limited Collector's Edition Giftset in 4K is wonderful. The new 4K image with Dolby Vision looks absolutely stunning and the same DTS-HD 5.1 audio mix sounds great. The wealth of bonus features with some never before seen extras is always fun, especially with Bruce Campbell. The posters, alternate cardboard sleeves with different original artwork, five enamel pins with collector's box, and lobby card are all fantastic. This is the true experience of this movie. Highly Recommended!