Society (1989) (Blu-ray)

Society (1989) (Blu-ray)

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It is a matter of good breeding. Really.

After producing Stuart Gordon's hit Re-Animator, Brian Yuzna (Bride of Re-Animator, Return of the Living Dead III) turned his hand to directing with 1989's Society, and gave birth to one of the ickiest, most original body horror shockers of all time.

Teenager Bill Whitney (Billy Warlock) has always felt like the odd one out in his wealthy, upper-class Beverly Hills family. For some reason, he just doesn't seem to fit in. But his sense of alienation takes a sinister turn when he hears an audio recording of his sister's coming-out party, which seems to implicate his family and others in a bizarre, ritualistic orgy. And then there are the strange things he's been seeing - glimpses of people with their bodies contorted impossibly out of shape... Is Bill going mad or is there something seriously amiss in his neighborhood?

Packing stomach-churning grue and thought-provoking social commentary in equal measure, Society is a biting horror satire which culminates in one of the most gag-inducing "climaxes"' in all of horror history.

Special Features

  • Newly remastered 2K digital transfer of the film, approved by director Brian Yuzna
  • Original Stereo 2.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary by Yuzna
  • Governor of Society - a brand new interview with Yuzna
  • The Masters of the Hunt - a brand new featurette including interviews with stars Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, Ben Meyerson and Tim Bartell
  • The Champion of the Shunt - new featurette with FX artists Screaming Mad George, David Grasso and Nick Benson
  • 2014 Q&A with Yuzna, recorded at Celluloid Screams Festival
  • Brian Yuzna in conversation backstage at the Society world premiere
  • 'Persecution Mania' - Screaming Mad George music video
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Nick Percival

Details

  • Year: 1989
  • Format: Blu-ray, Colour
  • Language: English (LPCM Stereo 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English SDH
  • Region: B
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Classification: 18
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • More info: External

Review

Society gets an impressive transfer to Blu-ray from Arrow Films... It's no wonder this film is looked at with such introspection and wide following since its release. This film has a lot to say. The Arrow Blu-ray package is their usual superlative effort. It's stacked for a film highly worthy of re-visitation... Absolutely recommended! - 5/5