ANCHOR BAY/STARZ has released the 20th Anniversary Edition of "HEATHERS" on blu-ray. Christian Slater and Winona Ryder star in this cult classic, and arguably the best film by Director Michael Lehmann and writer Daniel Waters.
A truly, "dark" comedy, "HEATHERS" has been remastered with a 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encoding for this blu-ray release.
Winona Ryder stars as Veronica, the new girl in a private school environment, run by rapist jocks and a clique of girls, who brought together by their cruelty, beauty and name.
The clique at first gravitate towards Veronica, hoping to control her, but she's more independent than they realize, and after refusing to sleep with a college boy at the request of one of the "Heathers" she's been marked for school and social embarrassment. Veronica is conveniently saved from ridicule when the blackmailing "Heather" is killed by a poisoned drink. With the help of a new rebel at school, JD(Christian Slater) the two mask her death as a suicide. Soon enough, however, there are more deaths for Veronica to contend with, and JD may not be the right "wrong" guy for her after all.
It's a witty film, and the script by Daniel Waters is exceptional. It also helps to have a great cast, and "HEATHERS" has a terrific one, including the perfectly cast, and never-having looked better, Shannon Doherty.
Colors tend to be accurate, and even vibrant in select scenes, without a hint of oversaturation. Unfortunately, detail, though better than the previous dvd release, doesn't stand out amongst the best blu-ray releases from other studios and even in comparison to other recent STARZ blu-ray releases. While the opening sequence, during a depth-filled croquet sequence, shows great potential, the rest of the film seldom offers "jump-off-the-screen" resolution. The film's low budget may have something to do with the source material limitations, however, there are low-budget films available on blu-ray with better depth than this!
ANCHOR BAY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. Fidelity is impressive throughout, but surrounds are rarely emphasized and bass effects are virtually non-existent. Some ambient effects are pleasing, but these are few and far between. Most of the film is center channel focused. The wonderful score is boosted through all speakers, with emphasis on the front. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion. A good mix, just not a great one.
Director Michael Lehmann, producer Denise De Novi and writer Daniel Waters offer a terrific running commentary for this release. They provide plenty of stories, recounting the film's production, as well as the film's themes and information about the cast, which are quite entertaining. It's never dull and the three display real enthusiasm throughout. They're also honest, explaining what they'd do different in retrospect.
The same documentary from the previous dvd release, "SWATCH DOGS AND DIET COKE HEADS," is also offered, providing great interviews with the cast and crew. It's just too bad, that at 30 minutes, it still feels too short.