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Amityville Horror, The (1979) Blu-Ray
Movie Review by Herr Doktor

Amityville Horror, The (1979) The DeFeo/Lutz demonic ghost fiasco comes to life with a new facelift, and much improved soundtracks in this Blu-ray re-release. Based on Jay Anson's Amityville Horror, this movie made ghost stories cool again back in the late 70's. Rod Stiger, Margot Kidder, and James Brolin as George Lutz do a decent job as the a haunted family, and their priest who takes a royal beating from the spirits in question. Get Out indeed!!!

There are a few goodies here as I noticed a new "Jodi" scene in the form of the giant pig, as well as boasting a nice upgraded picture and sound. The outdoor scenes here really shine as Autumn comes to life without warning of the tribulations yet to come. Blacks and deeper tones like the bar scene, and black tar scenes really bring out a 1080p televisions ability to make older titles such as this come alive once again.

Video: 3 out of 5

The Amityville Horror is about 30 years old believe it or not, and while not given the attention that John Carpenter's Halloween; still manages to entertain. Some scenes are not a great upgrade from the DVD release, while some scenes will surprise you and remind you "Hey, this really is high def!"

It's obvious they worked on this film, and even added a brief scene, but it could have been better concerning the sales this film has earned over the years, and spawned (5?) sequels.

Audio: 3 out of 5

This film has never sounded better. While the rear channels are hardly given a workout, the lossless soundtrack gives you everything that was meant to be heard. The flies buzzing when the spirit confronts the Priest sound great leading up to the Get Out scene. Very Nasty!

Overall: 3 out of 5

Not a bad way to spend a few hours. The Amityville Horror was reality television 70's style, and fans ate it up. Soon afterwards came the sequels. Is it a must own like The Exorcist, or Halloween? No. But fans of the film we be pleased. Enjoy!

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