Vestron Video has released The Gate on Blu-Ray as part of their Collector’s Series, and I have to say that this is the best Vestron release I have seen so far. The high definition transfer results in some excellent picture quality, with very little film damage present and a nice warm color saturation. Some elements are still a bit soft, but overall The Gate looks fantastic and I think most fans will appreciate the film’s improved look. The audio is also well-done with a 2.0 DTS-HD MA track, highlighting the dialogue and the film’s score.
There are also two audio commentary tracks included with a number of important people featured; the first includes director Tibor Takacs, writer Michael Nankin, and Randall William Cook (special effects), while the second features Randall William Cook, Craig Reardon, Frank Carere, and Bill Taylor – with a heavier focus on effects work. Not only are there two commentaries, there’s also isolated film score selections featuring an extensive interview with composers Michael Hoenig and J. Peter Robinson, a neat feature in itself.
The Gate is packed with extras, though, nearly three hours of interviews not including the audio commentaries. “The Gate: Unlocked” is a 28 minute trip down memory lawne with Takacs and Randall William Cook; “Minion Maker” and “From Hell” document the special effects work on the film; “The Workman Speaks!” interviews actor Carl Kraines about his brief appearance as the Workman; and “Made in Canada” is a series of interviews with cast and crew about the making of The Gate. There’s also a 22-minute vintage behind-the-scenes look at the film, production stills, trailers, storyboard gallery, and more.
This is a huge release, with a lot of information to pick through, and fans of The Gate will be poring over this release for quite a while. Obviously, then, this is a highly recommended release for those fans, but it’s also a great pick for those who haven’t seen the film yet – if you haven’t yet, grab this release!