'The Crazies' Comes To DVD & Blu-ray June 29 (Trailer)
June 20th, 2010 9:04am EDT
Something strange is happening in the picture-perfect Midwestern town of Ogden Marsh. One by one, the inhabitants are transforming into mindless killers…and no one is immune. On June 29th, Anchor Bay Entertainment will unleash "The Crazies" on DVD and Blu-ray. A terrifying reinvention of the George A. Romero classic, the Overture Films release shocked audiences with its nightmarish vision of the American Dream gone horribly wrong, as a husband and wife find themselves battling for survival as their friends and family descend into homicidal madness. Directed by Breck Eisner and starring Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson and Danielle Panabaker, "The Crazies" are ready to overtake America all over again! In addition, the film marks the first time an Anchor Bay Entertainment title will be available day-and-date for digital download via iTunes.
"The Crazies" DVD and Blu-ray feature more than 90 minutes of bonus features, including several behind-the-scenes featurettes, storyboards, theatrical trailers, TV spots, and much, much more. Look carefully and you might even find an Easter Egg! The Blu-ray edition also contains a bonus disc with a digital copy of the film. Among the featurettes are a tribute to the original film's creator George Romero and an insider's glimpse into the startling special makeup effects created by makeup wizard Robert Hall.
When a mysterious toxin accidentally enters the water supply, one by one the townspeople fall victim to an uncontrollable urge for sadistic violence and horrific bloodshed. In an attempt to contain the epidemic, the military steps in, using deadly force to close off access into and out of town, but also abandoning the few healthy citizens to the escalating carnage. For Sheriff Dutton (Olyphant), his pregnant wife Judy (Mitchell), medical assistant Becca (Panabaker) and deputy Russell (Anderson), Ogden Marsh is now a bloody arena bordered by wheat fields and farms. Unable to trust former neighbors and friends, targeted by the authorities and terrified of contracting the illness themselves, they are forced to band together, in a desperate attempt to escape both their murderous neighbors -- and their government captors.
Fangoria Magazine called "The Crazies" "A fast-moving, exciting thrill ride that builds to a flat-out apocalyptic conclusion," while Colin Covert of the Minneapolis Star Tribune declared it "a slick fearjerker." BoxOffice Magazine said "This shocker will have horror fans jumping out of their seats," while Marshall Fine from The Huffington Post bluntly warned the film "will scare the crap out of you."
"The Crazies" standard definition DVD and Blu-ray exhaustively chronicles the film's creation, including an audio commentary from director Eisner; the behind-the-scenes featurettes "Behind The Scenes with Director Breck Eisner," Paranormal Pandemics, "The George A. Romero Template," "Visual Effects in Motion," and "Make-up Mastermind: Rob Hall in Action;" The Crazies Motion Comic Episodes 1 and 2; The Crazies Motion Comic Trailer; Storyboards: Building A Scene; and a Behind The Scenes Photo Gallery.