Scream Factory Resurrects Wes Craven's Swamp Thing For Blu-ray
Scream Factory continues its quest for home video world domination with this week’s announcement of Wes Craven’s Swamp Thing, slated for a high definition debut this summer.
Scream announced Craven’s 1982 adaptation of the DC comic book via its Facebook page, additionally confirming yet-to-be-announced extra features. This release will be the 91-minute U.S. cut, not the extended international version that was originally (and accidentally) released by MGM in 2000.
As you may recall, that version created a minor stir when a mother purchased a copy of the film (which carries a PG rating) for her young son and was understandably shocked by the copious amounts of nudity throughout. As someone who owns that long since discontinued DVD, I can confirm that neither the gratuitous topless shot of Barbeau nor the bizarre naked prostitute shots at Arcane’s party add much to the mix besides throwing it out of tonal whack. I always viewed Swamp Thing as an entry-level creature feature for kids, and it should continue to be enjoyed by them.
Craven’s movie stars Dick Durock as the titular hero (with Ray Wise playing the good doctor before his accident), Louis Jordan as the smarmy Anton Arcane, and of course, Adrienne Barbeau as damsel in distress Alice Cable. Certainly not a great film but one I’ve always found enjoyable. And boy, do I love that poster!
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