Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray of Poltergeist III comes with new artwork with reversible original cover art, as well as a slipbox cover. The extras and quality are relatively the same in comparison to their release of Poltergeist II (review here), so you can keep that in mind when mulling over the purchase decision.
Video is presented in 1.85:1 aspect ratio with a new 2k scan of the interpositive, and the image is very close to the same quality as presented on the Poltergeist II Blu-Ray. There’s a healthy grain presence that does not detract from the film as well as nice color saturation that highlights some of the spirit realm scenes within the film; with that said, Poltergeist III doesn’t have the same colorful palette as Poltergeist II so the saturated colors are less noticeable here. Still, this is a nice presentation of the film and there are no real flaws here. Audio comes in either 5.1 DTS-HD or 2.0, and both sound great with even dialogue delivery and good music volume. Subtitles are also included.
There are two audio commentaries on the disc; one from director Gary Sherman, who often discusses the more technical aspects behind the film’s production, and one from Poltergeist website webmaster David Furtney, who again is relatively quiet throughout the film with occasional interruptions to give information on particular scenes. This latter commentary is a good way to watch Poltergeist III, because it doesn’t really break the flow of the film besides pop-up commentary at times.
Three new featurettes round out the new material on the disc. The first is an interview with screenwriter Brian Taggert, who discusses his role writing the script as well as some of his criticisms with the film itself. The next is an interview with actress Nancy Allen (Pat), who seems to have really enjoyed her work on the film and even talks about Heather O’Rourke at one point. Finally, an interview with special effects artist John Caglione Jr. rounds out the new extras, adding about 45 minutes of bonus content to this collector’s edition.
Also included is the famous alternate ending, albeit without sound. Scream Factory has added subtitles to the track from the script to indicate the dialogue that would be spoken. It’s a good edition that documents perhaps a better finale than what the original theatrical cut provides. Also, trailers, TV spots, galleries, and the full Poltergeist III script are included.
Again, this is a great release for Poltergeist III and, paired with Poltergeist II: The Other Side, makes for a good-looking double feature on the shelf.