DEMONS & DEMONS 2 Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbooks From Synapse Films!

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Lamberto Bava (son of Italian horror godfather Mario Bava)’s splatter-fest DEMONS is one of the most seminal Italian splatter films of the 80s. Goblin member Claudio Simonetti’s score is full of metal hair rage, Sergio Stivaletti’s special FX makeup is the gooiest & grossest of all time; it’s an insane neon nightmare from start to finish. While it’s meta sequel DEMONS 2 isn’t at the same level is predecessor is, it’s still admirably gonzo and inherently weird.

Both have seen countless releases on every format thus far, but from the looks of it, Synapse Films have created definitive releases. Available for Pre-Order only through Synapse directly, DEMONS and DEMONS 2 are being released as Limited Edition Steelbooks, limited to a strict, one pressing 3,000 copies. These will run you $45.95 shipped, and you’ll receive yours around the tentative street date of October 29th.

Don May of Synapse wrote up a nice long blog post about the Limited Edition ordeal (read that here), which should answer some questions about the steep price and limited status. According to the post, there are no current plans for a standard release, but that could change in the future. For those none too crazy about the steel packaging (including myself), this feels like an alienating practice and a bit of a letdown for those who’ve been craving for an HD fix of these films. I purposely avoided the Arrow Video releases once I caught wind that Synapse were planning to release it themselves using their AV wizardry. I’m a loyal customer like that, but I’m not feeling that loyalty reciprocated back.

Here’s the full specs and features for the discs, and frankly it sounds amazing. I adore these films and knew Synapse would make this a home run of a release, but this limited practice boutique labels have adopted doesn’t sit too well with me. Sound off in the comments and let us know if you’ll be ordering immediately, or if you have some reservations regarding the price as well.

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  • Limited Edition (3000 units from synapse-films.com) Steelbook Featuring All-New Artwork from Wes Benscoter
  • Each Steelbook is Blu-ray packaging sized, and will be a “Combo Pack” containing both a Blu-ray (BD-50) and a DVD (DVD-9) of the feature and extras.
  • Unlike previous releases, we have the original Italian Language Stereo mix, the “International” stereo alternate dub mix and the original U.S. mono soundtrack!
  • Audio Commentary Track with Cast & Crew Featuring Recollections from Director Lamberto Bava, Make-up Effects Artist Sergio Stivaletti, Musician Claudio Simonetti and actress Geretta Geretta.
  • Removable English Subtitles for both the U.S. Language Dub Version, as well as the Original Italian Version.
  • Collectible Reproduction of the Original Metropol Theatre Ticket seen in the Film.
  • The transfer is from a new HD scan of the original 35mm negative, in 1080p/23.98fps 1.66:1 aspect ratio [not the same muted colors and weak black levels as previous released versions].
  • All audio tracks will be encoded in DTS-HD MA.
  • Featurettes (from Calum Waddell’s HIGH RISING PRODUCTIONS Company) include:
  • PROFONDO JONES – THE CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE – Interview with Alan Jones
  • CARNAGE AT THE CINEMA – LAMBERTO BAVA AND HIS SPLATTER MASTERPIECE – 30 Minute Interview with Director Lamberto Bava
  • MONSTROUS MEMORIES WITH LUIGI COZZI – 30 Minute Interview
  • SPLATTER STUNT ROCK – Interview with Stunt Man Ottaviano Dell’Acqua
  • DARIO AND HIS DEMONS – PRODUCING MONSTER MAYHEM – All-New Exclusive Interview with Producer Dario Argento.

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  • Limited Edition (3000 units from synapse-films.com) Steelbook Featuring All-New Artwork from Wes Benscoter
  • Each Steelbook is Blu-ray packaging sized, and will be a “Combo Pack” containing both a Blu-ray (BD-50) and a DVD (DVD-9) of the feature and extras.
  • Contains the Original Italian Language Mix and the Original English Soundtrack.
  • Removable English Subtitles for both the English and Italian Versions.
  • The transfer is from a new HD scan of the original 35mm negative, in 1080p/23.98fps 1.66:1 aspect ratio [not the same muted colors and weak black levels as previous released versions].
  • All audio tracks will be encoded in DTS-HD MA.
  • Featurettes (from Calum Waddell’s HIGH RISING PRODUCTIONS Company) include:
  • SCREAMING FOR A SEQUEL – THE DELIRIOUS LEGACY OF DEMONS 2 – Interview with Lamberto Bava
  • THE DEMONS GENERATION – ROY BAVA DISCUSSES A LEGACY IN LACERATIONS – Assistant Director Roy Bava Speaks About His Experiences on DEMONS and DEMONS 2
  • A SOUNDTRACK FOR SPLATTER – Composer Simon Boswell Discusses His Genre Music Making Career.
  • DEMONIC INFLUENCES – FEDERICO ZAMPAGLIONE SPEAKS – Interview Segment

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