I don’t know about you, but I love box set collections of my favorite franchises. And most of these movies we grew up on couldn’t possibly look any better than they do on Blu-Ray. I never thought we’d get a proper HALLOWEEN set considering different studios owned different entries in the series, but somehow, the fine fiends from Anchor Bay, Scream Factory and Dimension were able to work that out. A similar situation has always prevented a proper PHANTASM box set, at least here in the United States. PHANTASM 2 was a Universal Studios production, and hence they own that particular sequel.
But with the restoration of the original shepherded by J.J. Abrams, and the completion and release of PHANTASM V: RAVAGER, the stars have aligned and Well Go USA, a home distribution company that primarily handles South Korean genre films such as TRAIN TO BUSAN, have packaged all 5 films together for an epic set.
The U.S. box set arrives on April 11th. It’s currently priced at $79.99 via Amazon via this link. The Amazon listing just added a series of photos, so we now have a better look at the contents. Of note, the reversible art where you can showcase either the infamous killer ball with the number on it or the original theatrical key art. It even comes with a booklet, and a reversible poster! Have a peek below!
UPDATE: Full special features have been announced! Details below!
Well Go USA Entertainment announced today the all-new bonus materials included in the upcoming THE PHANTASM COLLECTION, scheduled to release in a limited edition, six-disc Blu-ray™ box set on April 11. In addition to the previously released archival material included in the box set, Phantasm creator Don Coscarelli has produced hours of never-before-seen material, featuring new interviews with cast and filmmakers, as well as rare archival materials.
“Well Go USA has done an outstanding job in curating the ultimate Phantasm collection. This terrific new release rivals the best Blu-ray box sets ever in its size and depth,” said Don Coscarelli. “I am so excited to share these never-before-seen features with our devoted fans, who will now be able to witness just how the Phantasm films were created in this stunning high-definition presentation.”
“This box set is the answer to every Phantasm fan’s prayers,” said Doris Pfardrescher, President & CEO,
Well Go USA Entertainment. “The filmmakers have gone above and beyond in order to create the most immersive Phantasm experience possible in one comprehensive box set.”
One of the world’s most popular franchises in the history of horror, the Phantasm film series has terrified fans for generations and this new box set features all five frightening films in the series – PHANTASM: REMASTERED (1979), PHANTASM II (1988), PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD (1994),PHANTASM IV: OBLIVION (1998) and the most recent installment PHANTASM: RAVAGER (2016).Packaging on all five films in the collection will feature reversible sleeve art, with one side highlighting the original packaging and the reverse showing new artwork uniform exclusive to the collection. In addition, the discs themselves will be BD50, which allow for less compression and a higher quality audio, as well as more space for the extensive bonus materials.
Also included with the collection is Phantasm Compendium, a 120-page book featuring exclusive interviews and rare, behind-the-scenes photos chronicling the history and impact of the franchise, plus a 21” x 27” reversible poster featuring the iconic original theatrical artwork.
The all-new bonus materials included in THE PHANTASM COLLECTION break down as follows:
Disc 1: PHANTASM
- Audio Commentary with writer/director Don Coscarelli, co-producer Paul Pepperman and visual consultant Roberto Quezada
- Additional home movie footage
Disc 3: PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD
- “Balls of Steel: Bob Ivy’s Stunt for the Ages – The Phantasm III Car Stunt” – This featurette shows the planning and behind-the-scenes footage of the dangerous stunt performed in the film and includes recently rediscovered material.
- “It’s Never Over: The Making of PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD” – This featurette includes interviews with Don Coscarelli, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury,
Gloria Lynn Henry, Stuntman Bob Ivy, director of photography Christopher Chomyn, composer/sound designer Christopher L. Stone, sphere designer/mechanical effects artist Kerry Prior, special makeup effects designer Dean Gates and Production Assistant Kristen Deem.
- Audio Commentary with writer/director Don Coscarelli and editor Norman Buckley
- Behind the Scenes Compilation
Disc 4: PHANTASM IV: OBLIVION
- “Death is No Escape: The Making of PHANTASM IV: OBLIVION” – This featurette includes interviews with Don Coscarelli, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury,
special makeup effects artist Gigi Bannister, stunt co-ordinator/actor Bob Ivy, director of photography Christopher Chomyn, composer/sound designer Christopher L. Stone, sphere designer/mechanical effects designer Kerry Prior, cameraman Justin Zaharczuk and special makeup effects artist Robert Kurtzman.
- Behind the Scenes Compilation
- Phantasm sequels Conceptual Art Gallery by Justin Zaharczuk
Disc 5: PHANTASM V: RAVAGER
- “The Making of PHANTASM V: RAVAGER” featurette
- Interview with actor A. Michael Baldwin
- Interview with actress Kat Lester
- Interview with actor Stephan Jutras
- Behind the Scenes Promo with Angus Scrimm Tribute
- Phantasm V Red Credit Sequence
Disc 6: BONUS DISC
- “Phantasm and You” – a comic recap of the first 4 films by PHANTASM V: RAVAGER director David Hartman
- Flashback Weekend Chicago Convention Panel Discussion (2008)
- Flashback Weekend Chicago Convention Cast Panel (2014)
- Flashback Weekend concert performance by Kat Lester
- 2016 Fantastic Fest Premiere and Q&A