serialmom
Beverly (Turner) is the perfect happy homemaker. Along with her doting husband Eugene (Sam Waterston) and two children, Misty (Ricki Lake) and Chip (Matthew Lillard), she lives a life straight out of Good Housekeeping. But this nuclear family just might explode when Beverly’s fascination with serial killers collides with her ever-so-proper code of ethics: transforming her from middle class mom to mass murderer! Soon, the bodies begin to pile up… and suburbia faces a horror even worse than wearing white after Labor Day.

serialmombluStudio: Shout! Factory
Year: 1994
Release Date: May 9, 2017
Run time: 95 minutes
Rating: PG

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1/2.39:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD
Region: A

Beverly R. Sutphin (Turner) appears to be your normal wife and mom with 2 teenage children. But she has a very dark side, when anyone offends what she considers proper behavior. The first incident we see is her talking very dirty to a neighbor, and we don’t know why. But we see a mental flashback and realize it is because that lady had stolen a supermarket parking spot that Beverly was about to take.

But that is very mild compared to the later incidents. Things as simple as failing to rewind a VCR tape brought back to the rental store, or a person failing to wear seat belts, or a teacher saying something negative about one of her children, all reasons in Beverly’s twisted mind to kill them. The final scene plays out in the courtroom, where Beverly chooses to act as her own attorney, and in a mock trial for the movie wins a ‘not guilty’ verdict.

Movie Content: 6/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1.85:1/2.39:1 aspect ratio. “Serial Mom” is another comedy film that I have not seen in many years. ‘Serial Mom’ receives a nice upgrade on Blu-ray which will please long time fans. The image has been cleaned up quite a bit bringing out some of the details that were missing before in the film. Colors stand out more now with reds, blue’s, and greens popping more. I found details to be much better showing more definition in the picture.
Video Quality: 9/10

The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. ‘Serial Mom’ takes overall advantage of the DTS-HD track with some subtle ambiance sound. With ‘Serial Mom’ being a mid-90’s comedy film, a lot of the experience is still front and center. When there are action scenes, they really take advantage of the soundfield.
Audio Quality: 8/10

Special Features

  • An exclusive conversation with Director John Waters, actress Kathleen Turner and actress Mink Stole.
  • Serial Mom: Surreal Moments – featuring interviews with Waters, Stole, Actress Patricia Hearst, actress Ricki Lake, actor Matthew Lillard, casting director Pat Moran, production designer Vincent Pirano & more!
  • Feature commentary with Waters and Turner
  • Feature commentary with Waters
  • The Making Of Serial Mom – original promotional featurette
  • The Kings Of Gore: Herschel Gordon Lewis and David Friedman featurette
  • Original theatrical trailer

Special Features: 7/10

Final Thoughts:

‘Serial Mom’ is one of the most twisted comedies to come out in the 90s. Ironically, I think it’s also John Waters’ most mainstream movie, even given the material, which suggests he should make more movies like this.
Overall Rating: 6/10