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.