One of my favorite werewolf movies is the Canadian gem GINGER SNAPS. It’s a smartly written, wonderfully acted little horror gem with a healthy dose of dark comedy and a refreshing female-centered take on the genre. Sadly, since its initial release in 2000 (almost 15 years ago!), the US has only had a Full-Screen DVD version of the film. Canadian fans got a Special Edition DVD – which I actually picked up back in 2000 during a trip to Toronto – with a widescreen transfer and a bunch of extra features, but for whatever reason, the rightsholders here in the states never bothered to do something similar, even though the movie has become quite the cult hit. It even spawned two sequels; one of which I thought was very good (Part 2) and one that was flawed yet still entertaining (Part 3).
This is why I was so happy a few months back when Scream Factory – my current favorite boutique horror label, which I collect obsessively – announced that they would be giving GINGER SNAPS a Blu-ray upgrade this July. Even better, since it is going to be one of their “Collector’s Editions,” it will definitely have a bunch of bonus materials included. Since then, things have been quiet about the title, but Scream Factory has finally made an official announcement about the disc’s specs, and it includes all of the special features that are in store!
Streeting on July 22, 2014, GINGER SNAPS will feature a new 1080p HD transfer in its original Widescreen aspect ratio; along with a DTS-HD Master Audio track (presumably 5.1). Better yet, it will also include all of the following features:
- (NEW) Interviews with director John Fawcett, writer Karen Walton, actors Emily Perkins and Jesse Moss, Producer Steve Hoban, Make-up Effects artist Paul Jones, Composer Mike Shields and Editor Brett Sullivan
- (NEW) Women in Horror panel discussing GINGER SNAPS
- Audio Commentary with Director John Fawcett
- Audio Commentary with Writer Karen Walton
- Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by John Fawcett and Karen Walton
- The Making of GINGER SNAPS - Vintage Featurette
- Creation of the Beast
- Being John Fawcett
- Cast Auditions and Rehearsals
- Theatrical Trailers
- TV Spots
- Production Design Artwork Photo Gallery
If you ask me, that is a fantastic package, and I absolutely can’t wait to sink my teeth into it!
You can Pre-Order GINGER SNAPS on Blu-ray or DVD Here to ensure that you get the slipcover.
The full press release is included below:
SCREAM FACTORY™ PRESENTS
GINGER SNAPS (COLLECTOR’S EDITION)
ON BLU-RAY JULY 22, 2014
They don’t call it the curse for nothing.
Fifteen-year-old Brigitte Fitzgerald (Emily Perkins, Insomnia, Juno) and her nearly-sixteen-year-old sister Ginger (Katharine Isabelle, Freddy vs. Jason, See No Evil 2) are both best friends and outcasts. Obsessed with dying and bound by a childhood pact to stay together forever, they loathe their mind-numbing existence in the suburbs of Bailey Downs. One night the two girls are heading through the woods when Ginger is savagely attacked by a wild creature.
Ginger’s horrible wounds miraculously heal over, but something is not quite right about her. Ginger is irritable and in denial. But to Brigitte, it is obvious that a terrifying force has taken hold of her sister. She’s convinced that the insatiable craving her sister is experiencing can mean only one thing – Ginger is becoming something unspeakably evil and monstrous.
Also starring Mimi Rogers (Penny Dreadful), Kris Lemche (Final Destination 3) and Jesse Moss (Tucker & Dale vs. Evil), this riveting funfest was directed by John Fawcett (Orphan Black) and written by Karen Walton (Orphan Black).