I’ve been informed that both Ghoulies and Ghoulies 2 will be getting a much deserved special edition Blu Ray release in Australia by Glass Doll Films. Per schedule; Ghoulies will be released in July with Ghoulies 2 escaping one month later in August!
The interesting piece of information is that Glass Doll Films commissioned the fantastic commentary from the recent 101 Films release (which 101 Films rather lazily gave no credit for). As I said in a previous post, I wasn’t sure where it came from and as it wasn’t advertised as new, I initially thought it was the commentary previously seen on the Scream Factory release. Upon listening to the track it was evident from the start that this was a much more lively and interesting commentary than the dire Scream Factory one.
The track itself was recorded in Bucharest as well as the intro also seen on 101’s release. But Glass Doll Films also shot a lengthy interview with Luca Bercovici which will be included on their release along with the rest of their commissioned extras. Apparaently 101 Films were not interested in waiting for the rest of these features – which goes some way to explain the lack of effort with both their Ghoulies releases.
Glass Doll Films have also asked for some materials from my collection to help with the release – which not only am I very honoured, but it seems that once again those good folks down under are going the extra mile to give fans the final word on both Ghoulies and Ghoulies 2!
I shall update with new information when it becomes available on this exciting release!
Meanwhile check out their online store and check back for more info!
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The British cult horror label 101 Films have just released Ghoulies and Ghoulies II onto UK Blu Ray and DVD. So let’s get down to business.
Both Ghoulies and Ghoulies II are exactly the same transfers and soundtracks seen on Scream Factory’s US double feature previously – although I did notice a tad more bottom end on the DTS soundtracks. Both films look as good as they ever have (and are ever likely to be). Ghoulies II went straight to video in the UK. But I’d bet this BD trumps the first Ghoulies theatrical release.
Both are beautifully packaged Amaray cases sporting the originally conceived US art (before the toilet) on Ghoulies – which would later be adapted into the Ghoulies go to College video release back in the 90’s. Ghoulies II comes with the classic US poster art we all know and love.
Ghoulies carries over the same commentary from the Scream Factory release but neglects to include any other of the features. An EXCLUSIVE introduction from Luca Bercovici softens the blow but it’s so mercilessly short, it’s almost just another extra to be listed on the back of the box.
EDIT: By much surprise I recently realised that the commentary on Ghoulies is a brand new recording for this release. It’s a hell of a lot better than the Scream Factory version – probably as Bercovici has someone to bounce off of. Lots of new info makes this disc a must have for Ghoulies fans!
Ghoulies II is as barebones as the old dude who fell into the vat of acid in the opening scenes. Even the disc menu seems to suggest a lack of interest too! As it not only doesn’t match the first film – it’s also annoyingly short. Yes it would’ve been great to see an uncut version of Ghoulies II – seeing as the deleted scenes were present on the Scream Factory disc. But either a lack of imagination OR most likely rights issues prevented that from happening.
Ultimately if you don’t own the Scream Factory disc these are still well worth picking up! The cover art for both movies is worth the bargain price alone. Plus 101 Films has given Ghoulies Movies a promo code you can use at checkout to grab 10% off their order when you follow the link below!!
Grab 101’s Ghoulies before the 23rd of April to get your discount.
PROMO CODE: 43AP3GHOUL
Here’s a great photo from the set of Ghoulies (1985).
Mr John Buechler with one of the “Fish Ghoulie” puppets. Ghoulies has often been criticised for the hokey puppets, but the amount of detail on this puppet is amazing. Plus, you can’t deny that the look of these creatures is wholly original and organic.
Final extras for Ghoulies from 101 Films have been announced. The commentary from the Scream Factory release has been carried over, plus an exclusive introduction by Director Luca Bercovici will be included too!
Order your copy from the 101 Films store, or your usual retailer.
101 Films has released the artwork for their upcoming Ghoulies 1 & 2 blu rays coming March 11!
No word on extras yet. But Zavvi is releasing a limited double set of both films in June.
Available to Pre-order from Amazon.
I’m not sure what’s more interesting about this photo? The fact that Mr John Buechler is on the set of Ghoulies IV? Or the striking visual of Buechler in his underwear(?) and a bum bag (or fanny pack for you crazy Americans!) to boot!? Regardless, it’s rather comforting to see JCB hugging one of the lamented part 4 Ghoulies! Almost as if it has the blessing from the Ghoulie Master himself, haha!