Rocky Horror Picture Show Blu-ray Review
Fasten your garter belt and come up to the lab and see what’s on the slab! It’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show Special Edition, a screamingly funny, sinfully twisted salute to sci-fi, horror, B-movies and rock music, all rolled into one deliciously decadent morsel. And now there’s even more to make you shiver with antici…pation: two additional musical numbers, “Once In A While” and “Superheroes”, never seen theatrically or available on video! The madcap, musical mayhem begins when rain-soaked Brad and Janet take refuge in the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite mad scientist from outer space who is about to unveil his greatest creation – and have a bit of fun with his reluctant guests! Join Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon and rock star Meat Loaf in the most popular cult classic of all time.
Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 7.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50
That is the motto of the hedonistic main character and self-proclaimed “Sweet Transvestite”, Frank N. Furter, (the incredible and unabashed Tim Curry), in the cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. What started out as a Broadway play in England became, (after we here in the States warmed up to it a bit), a widely-loved and highly re-created piece of glitz, glam and transvestites that parodies the worlds of science fiction and horror.
Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon star as Brad and Janet, a newly engaged couple who end up at Dr. Furter’s mansion after their car gets a flat tire. They just want to use the phone to call for help. They don’t realize that as soon as they step through the door, their lives will be changed forever!
Richard O’Brien, who wrote the screenplay, the script and the music for the film, stars as Riff Raff, Dr. Furter’s assistant and “handyman”. He and the rest of the group harbor a deeper secret that will evolve into the science fiction-like conclusion of the film.
Magenta, (played by Patricia Quinn), is the mansion’s maid and Riff Raff’s sister, with whom she shares an unusually close bond. She also shares her bedroom with Columbia.
Columbia, (Nell Campbell), is a groupie to the clan and was apparently brought to the mansion by, and had a former relationship with, Dr. Furter. She was also involved with Eddie, (Meat Loaf), an ex-delivery boy who has been frozen somewhere in the mansion after a portion of his brain was harvested for Dr. Furter’s human creation, Rocky Horror.
Rocky, (Peter Hinwood), is Dr. Furter’s creation and his embodiment of all that he believes to be masculine and muscular. Furter will stop at nothing to protect his prized creation. Rocky is mute, save for his brief participation in musical numbers. He allows himself to be seduced later on by the no-longer-as-uptight Janet, much to the chagrin of everyone.
Dr. Scott, (Jonathan Adams), is Eddie’s uncle and Brad and Janet’s former teacher. He shows up at the mansion when he realizes that Eddie has gone missing and suspects that this is where he may have ended up. Unfortunately, he’s a bit too late. The group believes in pleasure to the highest ilk, from pansexuality to lavish musical numbers, anything and everything goes. And we get to learn about these events through the narrator, the criminologist, played by Charles Gray.
The soundtrack is filled with catchy, high-powered gems. “Time Warp” will have you dancing right along, the criminologist giving you the steps as you go. “Hot Patootie” is Eddie’s only number but a toe-tapper nonetheless. In “Rose Tint My World”, Frank puts on a floor show and here we see the final stages of the transformation of Brad and Janet. Dr. Scott even allows himself to loosen up! “Science Fiction, Double Feature”, the film’s opener, lists some of the classic horror and science fiction films that, no doubt, helped to influence this production. There are many more delightful tunes in this film that will hook you, even if the story seems a bit ridiculous and the “special effects” seem a tad dated. This is playing dress up at its best!
Movie Content: 10/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1.66:1 aspect ratio. For a film that is 35 years old, 20th Century FOX does a good job at cleaning things up and bringing parts of this excellent masterpiece to life. This is a film that has a lot of dark scenes which when on DVD the blacks looked crushed. The blacks have a nice inky look and feel to them. The color palette is dull as I had expected for the age of the film. Details are better than they have ever been providing various sense of depth which was lacking in previous versions of the film on DVD.
Video Quality: 9/10
The audio mix is presented in DTS HD 7.1 Master Audio lossless track. I was very surprised at how loud and booming the 7.1 audio mix is in the soundfield when there is audio from the soundtrack. The soundfield is immersive at all times no matter if it is the soundtrack, special effects or dialogue. Dialogue is also well placed in the center channel sounding crisp and clear. If you own this on DVD, I highly suggest upgrading your DVD to this Blu-ray version.
Audio Quality: 10/10
The Midnight Experience
Vintage Callback Track (Unrated)
The Late Night, Double Feature, Picture-in-Picture Show
The Search for the 35th Anniversary Shadowcast
Rocky-Oke: Sing It! [HD]
Commentary with Richard O’Brien and Patricia Quinn
Play with Alternate Black and White Opening [HD]
Mick Rock (A Photographer) (1080i, 3:36)
Mick Rock’s Picture Show [HD]
Deleted Musical Scenes
Alternate Credit Ending
Retrospective Documentary Rocky Horror Double Feature Video Show
Footage from Beacon Theater 10th Anniversary showing
The Time Warp Music Video
Poster Gallery [HD]
Special Features: 10/10
This classic still captures the imagination, just as it did for a whole generation years ago. It’s probably still playing in a movie house somewhere in the world! The cast is wonderful, each one bringing something unique to his/her role. Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick went on to bigger and better things, but it’s Tim Curry’s performance that totally steals the show!
Overall Rating: 9.5/10