ARTISAN has released a dvd double feature worth owning, just in time for Halloween, “WAXWORK” and “WAXWORK 2”. 

David Warner stars as a sinister man running a wax museum in a small town.  When a bunch of teenagers find their way into it, they find if they step too close to an exhibit, they’re transported to the horrific settings depicted. This is a setup for various individual episodes of struggles and horrors, some better than others.  While the special effects appear limited by today’s CGI standards, the various sets are often impressive. It’s obvious, so it seems, that there was a lot of care put into this film, based on the production design alone.  Zach Galligan(Gremlins) stars as the heroic boyfriend who must conquer all types of nasty villains, including the Marquis de Sade, in order to save his girlfriend(Deborah Foreman). 

The image is full-frame.  Colors tend to be subdued. However, contrast is fine, with generally decent detail in darker scenes.

ARTISAN has provided a Dolby Digital 2.0 mix.  Surround use is limited, with only a few harsh sounding effects. The film’s score, however, is complimented through all speakers with decent fidelity. Dialogue is always intelligible.

“WAXWORK 2” features Zach Galligan again. This time, Deborah Foreman is out, replaced by Monika Schnarre.  The plot is basically the same as the first film, only this time there are multiple movie plot points which the characters are thrown into.  None of them are as captivating as they were in the first film, however, the production design is still impressive.

ARTISAN has presented another full-frame image for this release.  Colors are subdued, and there’s more grain than in the first film. Contrast is fine, with good detail in darker scenes. 

The Dolby Digital 2.0 mix offers minimal surround. There is some minor separation in the front soundstage. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.