Blu-ray Review: Valentine (Collector’s Edition)

All holidays deserve their own horror film. You should be able to go to the Blu-ray cabinet and see the year laid out with movies that celebrate the special days and bank holidays with a cynical eye and buckets of blood. We’re not just talking Halloween. You should be able to cover the calendar from New Year’s Evil to Black Christmas. This is a great way to not get caught up in the hype of the day and going along with the cheap decorations spread around the office by the cute supervisors in district sales. It also reminds us that holidays aren’t great for everyone. Take for instance St. Valentine’s Day. It’s all about love. Expectations have been set by florists, candymakers and Hallmark. We’re supposed to be out with that special someone (or someones if you’re in a poly situation). But what if your spouse has served you with divorce papers earlier in the week. Are you really looking to get caught up in the spirit of Valentine’s Day? Or do you need a little entertainment that reminds you that there can be a dark side to the holiday. Valentine: Collector’s Edition is the perfect reason to buy that big heart box full of chocolate and eat it all by yourself – popping a treat every time a victim is claimed.

Director Jamie Blanks had stuck a hit in the teen slasher craze at the end of the ’90s with Urban Legend and was now giving a shot at killing college graduates that were already being bled dry by student loans. The film is interesting since all the women in the film have a true connection as friends instead of just being the killer’s “type.” You do your best to think which among these junior high mean girls was ready to snuff out their old yearbook pals. Ultimately Valentine does its job of making a viewer not regret having a date that evening. Because there’s a chance that your date will have someone from their past hunt them down with a bow and arrow. Who wants to get in the middle of that? Now it’s time for more chocolate and a repeat viewing of Valentine: Collector’s Edition.

The video is 2.35:1 anamorphic. The 2K scan shows off the sleek production design. The audio is DTS-HD 5.1. You’ll hear the arrow whistle around the room as it hits Cupid’s target. The movie is subtitled.

Audio Commentary with Director Jamie Blanks And Filmmaker Don Coscarelli, moderated By Author Peter Bracke is a treat since Don is the guy behind Phantasm.

Thrill Of The Drill – An Interview With Actress Denise Richards (9:41) catches up with the former Bond gal. She was offered the film without auditioning.

The Final Girl – An Interview With Actress Marley Shelton (13:54) talks about how she learned about the horror genre while taking a class at UCLA. She was thrilled to be the final girl in a slasher flick.

Shot Through The Heart – An Interview With Actress Jessica Cauffiel (23:03) has her remember the struggling New York days. She was in the Urban Legend sequel and finally worked with the original’s director in this film. She was happy the director let her create the part.

Writing Valentine – An Interview With Co-writers Gretchen J. Berg And Aaron Harberts (64:33) lets them talk about how they became a screenwriting team at Northwestern. They talk of the development of the script and getting the project to a studio.

Editing Valentine– An Interview With Editor Steve Mirkovich (27:50) is about how he started cutting on John Carpenter’s Big Trouble In Little China.

Scoring Valentine – An Interview With Composer Don Davis (11:53) dips into the music to accompany a holiday killer. Davis enjoys getting to experiment with music and sounds on a horror flick.

Never-Before-Seen Behind-The-Scenes Footage From Director Jamie Blanks’ Personal Archive (114:21) goes from the latest version of the mask showing up at the office to the set fun.

Audio Commentary with Director Jamie Blanks covers stuff that’s also in his previous commentary with Don.

Vintage “Making Of” Featurette Featuring Cast And Crew (8:18) sets up the day as about love with the slasher included.

Extended Interviews And Behind-The-Scenes Footage From The Electronic Press Kit (17:21) is more chatting with the stars.

Deleted Scenes Including Extended Death Scenes (8:40) are rescued from the Avid. There’s bonus footage of the loser kid walking in on his mom getting freaky with a guy before the dance.

Music Video (2:53) is metallic party beats.

Teaser Trailer (0:40) teases us with a woman picking petals off a daisy only to get a big surprise. It has an AOL Keyword!

Theatrical Trailer (1:27) has more petal picking with clips from the film.

TV Spots (1:23) promises that love will hurt.

Still Gallery (4:12) has a lot of production pics.

Hidden Easter Egg is a secret.

Scream Factory presents Valentine: Collector’s Edition. Directed by Jamie Blanks. Screenplay by: Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts, Donna Powers & Wayne Powers. Starring: David Boreanaz, Denise Richards, Marley Shelton, Jessica Capshaw, Jessica Cauffiel & Katherine Heigl. Rated: R. Running Time: 96 minutes. Released: February 12, 2019.

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