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post #1 of 2 Old 09-09-2012, 07:13 AM - Thread Starter
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The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )

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Audio/Video total rating:

( Max score: 100 )

Studio and Year: Troma - 1980
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 90 minutes
Genre: Horror

Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78.1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Frederick Coffin, Nancy Hendrickson, Deborah Luce, Tiana Pierce, Michael McCleery, Beatrice Pons
Directed by: Charles Kaufman
Written by: Charles Kaufman, Warren Leight
Music by: Phil Gallo, Clem Vicari Jr.
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: September 4, 2012

"I'm so proud of my boys, they never forget their Momma!"

Film Synopsis:

Loving sons always do what their mothers tell them to... even if it s to kill! A mad matriarch and her two maniac sons kidnap and torture three women in their backwoods cabin!

My Take:

One mile from where Friday The 13th was being filmed, another independent horror film was under the lens. It was summer 1979 and the team of director Charles Kaufman, and Producer Lloyd Kaufman, Troma Entertainment co-founder, filmed Mothers Day for a measly 150k. Mothers Day is considered a Horror Cult Classic by many, including modern horror directors like Eli Roth (Hostel) and Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw 2/3/4 and Mothers Day 2010). I am a big Horror fan, and this was never one of my favorites. Most of the Comedy/Horror mixes never did it for me, and if I cant relate to any of the characters, killer or victim, then I am not into it. Mothers Day mixes that comedy/horror as well as one can but the characters that I couldn't connect to, so I took it for what it was worth, and upon this repeat viewing I was not even shocked with the films gore or torture. Wow how much we have become desensitized!

The plot is very familiar. 3 longtime college friends get together to go camping where they have no busniess camping and get taken hostage and are tortured and degraded. Of course, the survivors escape to come back for revenge against the attackers. The twist here is the attackers are two boys doing their Mother's bidding. The family is the ultimate white trash, and are the only enjoyable aspect of the flick. Brothers Ike and Addley are funny up to a point, then they become a bit annoying, however, Mother, is played to perfection by Beatrice Pons. The best moments of the flick are when she looks so joyfully proud of her boys as they do the nastiest of deeds. Mothers Day does a commendable job sucking you into a world of its own, and though laughable, does a halfway decent job riding the comedy/horror edge. Remember this is a Troma movie and you will be OK, as that alone helps you leave expectations at the door and open up to a total B-movie of gore and silliness.

Parental Guide:

The rating is for strong violence, language and sexual content

AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 74

(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Video: 88

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Mothers Day comes to Blu-ray Disc from Anchor Bay Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 23 Mbps and Dolby Digital 2.0 sound

Be warned, my copy says Dolby True HD 5.1 but the disc only contains Dolby Digital 2.0. That being said, it is also a sonic disappointment with a real lack of depth, and a very narrow sound-stage that is flat and limited. Thankfully It is passable and possibly an upgrade over previous releases considering it is lossless, but a thick and reworked 5.1 like advertised would have been a huge upgrade. From that disappointment we get a nice juicy surprise with Anchor Bay's transfer of the 35mm film; wow, what a stunning transfer. Specks, grain, some age are still evident but as its obvious the source was not scrubbed, but that is overshadowed by the stunning colors, impressive depth and details this offers. Fans will be impressed.

Bonus Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Charles Kaufman

  • Super 8 Test Footage

  • (HD) Eli Roth on Mothers Day

  • (HD) Kaufman Interview by Darren Lynn Bousman

Final Thoughts:

Anchor Bay brings horror fans 1980s Troma exploitation classic Mothers Day in HD for the for first time and the video results are spectacular. If only the audio would be its equal, then this would be the definitive edition. Fans will enjoy the extra features like the old super 8 test footage and Informative Kaufman commentary. Fans will be pleased.


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I never disliked the original but the remake was terrible. I'll probably add the original to my blu-ray horror collection.
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