TALES FROM THE HOOD Review (Scream Factory Blu-Ray) - Reviews from a Dead World
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TALES FROM THE HOOD Review (Scream Factory Blu-Ray)
Film8.5
Special Features/Quality/Packaging8.5
Reader Rating0 Votes0
The Good
Four solid horror stories from black viewpoint
Great soundtrack
Hour long featurette new to this disc
Solid new transfer that looks better than Tales from the Hood ever has
The Bad
Two stories are weaker points
Transfer is a little dark, has a few spotty moments
8.5
Very Good
Verdict
Tales from the Hood is a particularly enjoyable slice of '90s horror featuring an EC Comics-style series of stories from black perspectives. Scream Factory does a great job with transfer despite some slight flaws, and the main extra is an hour-long series of interviews about the film. Own it!

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Scream Factory has released Tales from the Hood in a Collector’s Edition with all-new box art, including the original (and somewhat bland) artwork as a reversible sleeve; it also comes with a slipcover.

Before now the film has only been available as a rough DVD, and Scream Factory has done a very good job with the film’s transfer to HD. For the most part, the image looks great, with some nice color vibrance and a low presence of noticeable grain. There’s a lot of depth and clarity to the picture, and fans of the film will find that this is the best the film has looked. However, there are some flaws within the picture during specific shots – there are occasional dips in resolution, creating a blurry appearance that I have to assume is damage to the film elements considering the amount of burns present during these scenes (check out the end of “Rogue Cop Revelation” as an example). Night scenes can be a little too dark as well, with heavy shadowing obscuring some of the content. Still, these are relatively minor quibbles for a film that hasn’t been readily available in good quality, and anyone wanting a high-definition release of Tales from the Hood should be happy with this Blu-Ray.

There are two stereo DTS-HD Master Audio tracks available on this release. While there’s not too much information available on the alternate stereo track, alternating between the two gave me the conclusion that the second track is slightly more muted than the first, with less punch with the soundtrack and dialogue. I preferred the original stereo track, which sounds quite good especially when upscaled – sound effects and the effective score are often dispersed to satellite speakers. There are also English subtitles included.

Special features are mainly ported over from the previous DVD release, including a vintage featurette, audio commentary from Rusty Cundieff, and trailers and still galleries. However, the main new feature is a 56-minute making-of featurette including interviews with most of the cast and crew – Cundieff and Darin Scott are present, as well as Corbin Bernsen, Wings Hauser, and some members of the special effects team. This is a comprehensive feature, too, with the cast and crew walking through each of the four stories along with the wraparound tale. For fans of Tales from the Hood, this is an extra worth upgrading even if the transfer didn’t persuade you.

tales from the hood blu-ray
TALES FROM THE HOOD Review (Scream Factory Blu-Ray)
Film8.5
Special Features/Quality/Packaging8.5
Reader Rating0 Votes0
The Good
Four solid horror stories from black viewpoint
Great soundtrack
Hour long featurette new to this disc
Solid new transfer that looks better than Tales from the Hood ever has
The Bad
Two stories are weaker points
Transfer is a little dark, has a few spotty moments
8.5
Very Good
Verdict
Tales from the Hood is a particularly enjoyable slice of '90s horror featuring an EC Comics-style series of stories from black perspectives. Scream Factory does a great job with transfer despite some slight flaws, and the main extra is an hour-long series of interviews about the film. Own it!
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