Creepshow is still a haunting and super fun horror anthology film some 40 years later. The stories, performances, and carnage are all fantastic. And seeing it in glorious 4K with Dolby Vision and HDR is a dream come true. Not to mention the amazing Dolby Atmos audio track is phenomenal. The bonus features are all worth watching and pitch-perfect. This is Highly Recommended. Scream Factory knocked it out of the park with this 4K presentation.
Creepshow has it all in its few short stories of horror. Monsters, madmen, meteorites, death, carnage, and even Stephen King who is getting directed by George A. Romero. This horror anthology is based on horror comic books from the 1950s. so some of the humor and scares can feel a tiny bit kooky. But for some odd reason, they hold up after all these years in some sort of terrifying way. Plus it's great to see some of cinema's greatest actors put on a fantastic show in these short films. It's obvious that horror has changed over decades, but there is something quite stylized, nostalgic, and horrifying about the original Creepshow film that continues to last and entertain new generations.
Vital Disc Stats: The Ultra HD Blu-ray
Creepshow rattles its way to 4K + Blu-ray via Scream Factory. This new set has two discs that are housed inside a hard, black plastic case with a cardboard sleeve. The discs have artwork on them featuring the reversible sides of the case artwork. One side comes with the comic book illustrations of the film, while the other side employs the original movie poster. There is no booklet or digital code here.
Creepshow arrives with a 2160p UHD 4K transfer from Scream Factory. This is a brand new 2023 4K scan of the original camera negative with Dolby Vision/HDR enhancements. The previous Blu-ray collector's edition was created from an older 4K scan, so this current 4K version is the definitive way to watch. Even in the bonus features, the Director of Photography discusses this new transfer and how it's the ultimate way to view the film.
This new transfer has a warmer palette than the previous 1080p HD version. Colors pop a bit more in each lighting condition. Those greens are more nuanced with the Dolby Vision/HDR and the grey wool jacket along with the mass amounts of red blood look incredible now. The colors aren't as pale as they were on the last release. Blue skies are a bit lighter and the darker, earthier tones are richer. Black levels are inky and the skin tones are leveled up in brightness. This is a natural and organic image, much more so than the Blu-ray release.
The detail is sharper this time around. The film grain settles down with this 4K presentation where close-ups of people's faces don't swarm with noise or grain. It's a much crisper and cleaner image. Other practical effects, individual hairs, makeup, and gory wounds look amazing here. There is no complaint with any video problem to speak of. This is the ultimate way to view the movie.
This new 4K release brings a new Dolby Atmos track to the mix that sounds impressive for a movie that is over 40 years old. Sound effects are robust and louder than expected. Those ghastly noises and sounds of violence and horror pack a punch. Haunting effects come through the surround speakers often and with ferocity. Smaller ambient noises are crisp and clean as well. The music sounds off perfectly with that iconic score that gives every note some weight with that low end of the bass. Those rumbles are smooth and never overbearing. The dialogue is clean and easy to follow. The height speakers allow for a few elements of carnage and music as well. This Dolby Atmos audio track was a pleasant surprise that should satisfy those vintage horror movie buffs.
There are over two hours' worth of extras here in addition to the three commentary tracks located on the 4K Disc. The rest of the bonus materials can be found on the Blu-ray copy. There are NO new extras made for this specific release, but all the previous material from that Collectors Edition Blu-ray has been imported over.
Creepshow is still one of the great founding fathers of horror in the '80s. That anthology horror genre wouldn't be complete or really wouldn't have started to take off without Creepshow. These short films continue to scare and haunt anyone who watches them. It holds up after four decades with no signs of slowing down. The new 4K image with Dolby Vision and HDR looks impeccable and the new Dolby Atmos tracks are out of this world. There are some wonderful bonus features to boot. Highly Recommended!