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Release Date: October 24th, 2023 Movie Release Year: 1968

Paramount Scares Vol. 1 - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Overview -

The mountain gets into the themed 4K UHD boxset ring with the stylish Paramount Scares Volume One. A collection of five Horror films, three previously released, one recent, and one unavailable anywhere else, the set offers Horror hounds and Terror fiends an eclectic array of genre entries, each with excellent A/V offerings, some impressive bonus features, and the set comes with some fun swag. Those looking to add a bunch of great flicks all in one go should take a gander. Recommended

Get ready for a season of haunting entertainment with PARAMOUNT SCARES VOL. 1, Paramount Home Entertainment’s inaugural, limited-edition collection of chilling films, arriving October 24, 2023. 

Fans can plumb the depths of the horror genre with this collectible box set featuring five unforgettable movies, all in eye-popping 4K Ultra HD, along with over four hours of legacy special features and exclusive collectible items.  Housed in deluxe packaging, each of the following films is presented in a special sleeve with artwork exclusive to the collection:

 

  • Rosemary’s Baby (1968)—Newly remastered on 4K Ultra HD, this iconic classic celebrates its 55th anniversary this year.  With groundbreaking camerawork and bone-chilling suspense, Rosemary’s Baby gave birth to the modern thriller.  Featuring extraordinary performances—including Ruth Gordon in an Oscar®-winning role as an eccentric neighbor—the film received extensive critical praise.  Widely considered to be one of the greatest horror films of all time, Rosemary’s Baby was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2014.

Bonus Content (on Blu-ray Disc™):

    • Rosemary's Baby - A Retrospective                                      
    • Mia and Roman                            
    • Theatrical Trailer                                         
    • 50th Anniversary "Redband" Trailer

 

  • Pet Sematary (1989)— Written for the screen by internationally renowned author Stephen King and based on his iconic bestseller, director Mary Lambert’s thrilling Pet Sematary electrified audiences upon its release in 1989, earning more than $57 million to become the highest grossing horror film of the time.  The shocking depiction of unspeakable evil was remastered in 4K under the supervision of Lambert using the original film negative.

Bonus Content (on Blu-ray Disc):

    • Commentary by director Mary Lambert                                           
    • Pet Sematary: Fear and Remembrance                                             
    • Pet Sematary: Revisitation                                                     
    • Stephen King Territory                                             
    • The Characters 
    • Filming the Horror
    • Galleries                                                       
      • Storyboards Introduction by Mary Lambert                                                    
      • Storyboards                                                 
      • Behind the Scenes                                                     
      • Marketing                                                                                                

 

  • Smile (2022)—This terrifying and inventive film from writer and director Parker Finn became a true horror phenomenon, earning more than $217 million at the global box office and becoming the #1 original horror movie of 2022.  A sequel is in development with Finn set to return as director.

Bonus Content (on 4K Ultra HD Disc):

    • Commentary by director Parker Finn      
    • Something's Wrong with Rose: Making Smile      
    • Flies on the Wall: Inside the Score                         
    • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by director Parker Finn                                    
    • Laura Hasn't Slept – Original Short with Introduction by director Parker Finn

 

 

  • Crawl (2019)—Produced by Sam Raimi and directed by Alexandre Aja, this unexpected and suspense-filled creature feature took audiences and critics by storm with its story of a father and daughter trying to survive a hurricane beneath a house filling with water…and alligators.  With a budget of $13 million, Crawl generated more than $91 million worldwide.

Bonus Content (on 4K Ultra HD Disc):

    • Intro to Alternate Opening (HD)              
    • Alternate Opening (HD)                             
    • Deleted and Extended Scenes (HD)                                                                                
    • Beneath Crawl (HD)                                   
    • Category 5 Gators: The VFX of Crawl (HD)                                        
    • Alligator Attacks (HD)    

 

  • Mystery Title—Delivering even more suspense and surprise, the fifth film in the box set is a secret.  The fan-favorite movie makes its 4K Ultra HD debut with the release of this collection.

 

The PARAMOUNT SCARES VOL. 1 Limited-Edition 4K Ultra HD Box Set also boasts collectible items, including an exclusive, full-size Fangoria magazine produced especially for the release.  This special edition of the celebrated publication—“first in fright” since 1979—features a curated selection of new and classic articles from the magazine's archives.  The set also includes a Paramount Scares enamel pin, unique stickers, and access to a Digital copy of each film.

OVERALL:
Recommended
Rating Breakdown
STORY
VIDEO
AUDIO
SPECIAL FEATURES
Tech Specs & Release Details
Technical Specs:
The PARAMOUNT SCARES VOL. 1 Limited-Edition
Video Resolution/Codec:
2160p/HEVC
Release Date:
October 24th, 2023

Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take

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As a collector, I do have to admit that I love themed box sets. Even if I have one or two entries in the selection, it’s hard for me not to pick up something like Paramount Scares Vol One. I didn’t need another copy of Crawl or Pet Sematary on 4K UHD, but I hadn’t picked up Smile, I didn’t pre-order the solo release of Rosemary’s Baby, and I still didn’t own a copy of the “Mystery Title” Sweeney Todd on Blu-ray. Now the whole “Mystery Title” may have been a bit of a stretch to sustain for long since as soon as someone gets a copy, the news almost immediately spills. (We were asked not to reveal the title, but since that cat’s already well out of the bag thanks to other publications, it’s a moot point now). 

I like that each film gets an exclusive custom black, silver, and red Paramount Scares-themed slipcover. I think that’s a pretty classy look while also maintaining the original insert artwork. Folks who didn’t like that new Rosemary’s Baby 4K artwork can rest easy knowing the classic poster art is represented in the insert. But slipcovers aren’t the only things you get. If you’re into collectible pins, you get one of those as well as a sheet of stickers with throwback images to each film. For my money, the highlight swag item of the set is the exclusive Fangoria magazine with some damned great articles about each film. Everything is housed together in an artful oversized box made from a hardstock cardboard so not like some of those flimsy paper cases we've seen for SteelBook sets. Now, if you’re someone who doesn’t like those boxes, you can simply slide the solo discs onto your shelf without issue and store the box away (something I might do, not sure yet). 

When it comes down to collections like this I point back to my previous comments of value. I didn’t own three of these movies yet, so I felt like it was a nice pickup. However, if you already own everything except for the exclusive Sweeney Todd and don’t want to repurchase everything else, I imagine it won’t be long for Tim Burton's ghastly gory musical to slice up its own solo release. Waiting sucks, I know. 

As far as themed box sets go, this is a pretty solid start to something that I hope continues and gets even more elaborate. As the “Vol 1” implies, Vol 2 seems an inevitability. Hopefully, Paramount Home Entertainment will take note and offer up more new first-time 4K releases instead of some re-releases and one new exclusive. That's really the only sow ear I have about this set knowing full well that many are going to be quite upset they can't get their hands on Sweeney Todd without buying four other films. Paramount has plenty of new/recent and classic horror films that haven’t seen the bright rays of 4K UHD that would be excellent candidates for the next set. 

As we’ve already reviewed the films, check out our previous coverage:

Rosemary’s Baby - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Pet Sematary - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Crawl - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Smile - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Sweeney Todd - Blu-ray Review




Vital Disc Stats: The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Paramount Scares Vol One terrorizes 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a five-film 4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital set. The set consists of Rosemary’s Baby (4K & Blu-ray), Pet Semetary (4K & Blu-ray), Crawl (4K only), Smile (4K only), and the “Mystery Title” of Sweeney Todd (4K & Blu-ray). Each film gets its own case and exclusive themed slipcover and digital code - not a one-code slip for all five movies. 

NOTE - as of right now we haven’t been able to rip the 4K disc for Sweeney Todd, when we can we’ll circle back and add images and hopefully a video sample as well.

Video Review

Ranking:

As we’ve already covered four of the five films, check out the reviews linked above for all the gory 4K details.

Now for Sweeney Todd, the film sees its first 2160p Dolby Vision 4K transfer and it’s damned beautiful. Much like Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow, it’s a steely almost monochromatic color scheme that makes for an ominous and effective 4k experience. Film grain is largely retained and appropriately cinematic. The only slightly dodgy areas come up with some of the heavier CGI scene extensions, the opening credits being the main culprit in that arena. Bitrates can fluctuate a little for those moments, but when it's a live set with real people and props it doesn’t falter or slip. It’d been a while since I last looked at the Blu-ray, I never owned it, but the improvements in clarity and presentation were immediately noticeable. With Dolby Vision HDR, those deep blacks are appropriately inky and the silvery shadows and skewed colors are appropriately vivid. Blood obviously sees plenty of care and attention. Image depth – again for those live sets – is excellent with an appreciable three-dimensional feel. All around an excellent transfer for Tim Burton’s grisly ghastly tale.

  • Rosemary’s Baby: 4/5 
  • Pet Sematary: 4/5
  • Crawl: 5/5
  • Smile: 4/4
  • Sweeney Todd: 4.5/5

Audio Review

Ranking:

Likewise for the audio, the five films we’ve already reviewed, there’s nothing different there so check out those previously linked selections. 

As for Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd, the 4K sticks to the same Dolby TrueHD 5.1 without upgrading for a larger object-focused mix. To be clear, this 5.1 track is still a beast of its own never failing to set up a beautiful fully immersive soundscape. The vocals for the cast come through loud and clear without issue. The staging for background effects and the musical orchestrations are still lovely. I can’t deny I wouldn’t be curious to hear an Atmos track for this one, but I’m not at all disappointed with what’s here. To be fair, this isn’t my favorite musical ever, but it’s a ghastly ghoulishly fun show and makes for a heck of a cinematic experience.

  • Rosemary’s Baby: 4/5 
  • Pet Sematary: 4/5
  • Crawl: 4.5/5
  • Smile: 4.5/5
  • Sweeney Todd: 4.5/5

Special Features

Ranking:

Bonus features are a bit all over as the set doesn’t bring anything new to mix. Everything that’s here in these discs is what we’ve seen before already. Sweeney Todd even recycles the old Blu-ray rather than put any of the extras on the 4K disc. That said, as a whole there are a lot of interesting extras to dive into and combining all efforts you have several hours of horror extra features to devour. Click on the review links above for more details on those. On top of this you have the swag items in the box. While pins and stickers aren't much on the informational side, that Fangoria magazine has been pretty damn fun to pick through. 

Rosemary's Baby:

  • Mia and Roman
  • A Retrospective 
  • Trailers 

Pet Sematary 

  • Pet Sematary: Revisitation 
  • Pet Sematary: Fear and Remembrance
  • Still Galleries 
    • Storyboards Introduction
    • Storyboards
    • Behind the Scenes
    • Marketing
  • Audio Commentary
  • Stephen King Territory 
  • The Characters 
  • Filming the Horror

Crawl

  • Alternate Motion Comic Opening
  • Intro to the Alternate Opening
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Beneath Crawl
  • Category 5 Gators: The FVX of Crawl
  • Alligator Attacks

Smile

  • Audio Commentary - Director Parker Finn 
  • Something's Wrong With Rose 
  • Flies On The Wall
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Laura Hasn't Slept 

Sweeney Todd

  • Burton + Depp + Carter = Todd
  • Sweeney Todd is Alive: The Real History of the Demon Barber
  • Musical Mayhem: Sondheim's Sweeney Todd 
  • Sweeney's London 
  • Grand Guignol: A Theatrical Tradition
  • Designs for a Demon Barber
  • A Bloody Business 
  • Moviefone Unscripted 
  • Sweeney Todd Press Conference, November 2007 
  • Razor's Refrain
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer 

Call me a sucker but I like themed box sets like Paramount Scares Vol One. I don’t deny the frustration with exclusive titles and releases like what we’ve had with three Columbia Classics sets now, but what’s here is pretty great. It helps that since four of the five films are already available, fans only have to wait for one title to get that solo release and I imagine that wait won’t be too long. So then it comes down to the value of the swag items. Overall I’m not huge on swag, it can be fun, but I don’t ever use the stickers and I’m not into pins. However booklets or exclusive magazines with interesting articles and essays - that I can get behind! I also like the look of the box and I thought the exclusive slipcovers for each film were pretty stylish. I do hope this set sells well enough for a Paramount Scares Vol Two - but if that set should come, I hope there are more new first-time releases so Horror fans don’t have to straddle the line of rebuying titles just to get one or a couple of new titles for the 4K collection. As a whole, I’m calling this one Recommended, especially if you don’t own most of the films already.