Monday, July 25, 2022

Bloody Muscle Body Builder In Hell: Collector's Edition – Visual Vengeance (Blu-ray)

Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 1995
Director: Shinichi Fukazawa
Writer: Shinichi Fukazawa
Cast: Shinichi Fukazawa, Masaaki Kai, Masahiro Kai, Aki Tama Mai, Asako Nosaka

Release Date: July 26th, 2022
Approximate Running Time: 63 Minutes 11 Seconds
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: NR
Sound: DTS-HD Stereo Japanese, Dolby Digital Stereo Japanese
Subtitles: English
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.95

"Trapped inside a haunted house, a body builder must survive a blood soaked night of insanity to save himself and his friends from a demonic ghost that is hell-bent on revenge." - synopsis provided by the distributor

Video: 3.5/5

Here’s the information provided about the transfer, "Archival 1995 SD master from original tapes."

Bloody Muscle Body Builder In Hell comes on a 25 GB single layer Blu-ray.

Disc Size: 20 GB

Feature: 15.1 GB

Considering the source used for this transfer, the result is a transfer that actually looks very good. Colors fare well, the image generally looks crisp, and black levels are adequate. That said, there are some mild compression related issues.

Audio: 3.75/5

This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD stereo mix in Japanese and a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Japanese. For this review, I only listened to the DTS-HD stereo track. The audio sounds clean, clear and balanced. Included with this release are removable English subtitles.

Extras:

Extras for this release include an image gallery, a behind the scenes photo gallery, original trailer #1 (45 seconds, Dolby Digital stereo Japanese with Japanese text, no subtitles), original trailer #2 (1 minute 416 seconds, Dolby Digital stereo Japanese with Japanese text, no subtitles), special effects video (2 minutes 6 seconds, no sound), outtakes (2 minutes 24 seconds, no sound), an interview with director Shinichi Fukazawa (4 minutes 8 seconds, Dolby Digital stereo Japanese with non-removable English subtitles), an audio commentary with Japanese film historian James Harper, an audio commentary with filmmakers Adam Green (Hatchet, Frozen) and Joe Lynch (Shudder’s Creepshow, Mayhem), reversibale cover art featuring original Japanese home video art, ‘Stick your own’ video store sticker sheet, vintage style laminated video store rental card, a folded mini-poster, a four-page leaflet with a essay titled Spawn of the Dead: The Roots of Shinichi Fukazawa’s Bloody Muscle Body Builder In Hell written by Matt Desiderio, and a limited-edition slipcover (first pressing only).

Other extras include trailers for Slaughter Day, Moonchild, and The Necro Files.

Summary:

The narrative revolves around three characters who decide to spend the night in a house inhabited by a demon. From there, there is a series of violent attacks by zombies. At just over one hour, there is not much backstory or story. Fortunately, Bloody Muscle Body Builder is a film that’s all about gore set pieces, and in this regard, it delivers in spades.

Content-wise, Bloody Muscle Body Builder proudly wears its influences. Most notably, The Evil Dead. Also, tonally, Bloody Muscle Body Builder does a reasonably good job of mixing horror and humor. That said, Bloody Muscle Body Builder is more silly than scary.

Bloody Muscle Body Builder has all the hallmarks that are synonymous with low-budget horror films, like wooden acting and crude-looking special effects. Fortunately, these things work in Bloody Muscle Body Builder’s favor. Ultimately, Bloody Muscle Body Builder is a very entertaining film that is a lot of fun.

Bloody Muscle Body Builder is one of the first releases from Visual Vengeance, a new label dedicated to shooting video horror cinema. These collector's editions present the films in their best possible audio/video presentations and come with a ridiculous amount of extra content. Bloody Muscle Body Builder get a first-rate release from Visual Vengeance, recommended.








Written by Michael Den Boer

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