Tuesday, May 02, 2023

Big Time Messiah

I've seen other physical media collectors discuss the subject of which movies they've bought the most copies of -- you know, upgraded from VHS to DVD to blu-ray to 4K with every weird special edition they could find. It's often movies like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre of the Evil Dead films -- they seem to get the most variants, because horror nerds are reliable suckers. (I speak for myself there, obviously.) Anyway I think the 1973 re-discovered horror gem Messiah of Evil (which I just wrote about for its 50th anniversary right here) might end up being my personal media burden to bear -- it's only been put out a few times in the past fifteen years but I've somehow managed to snap up every one of them!

And so the second I saw this morning that Radiance Films (a UK-based company) was putting out a new 4K restoration of the film in a fancy limited edition I bought it without even thinking. And if you've never seen the movie (and you have a region-free blu-ray player) this seems like a swell way to go! It's not out until October but the set is loaded with features, and I'll share them after the jump...


  • New 2023 restoration from a 4K scan of the best-surviving elements of the film from the Academy Film Archive
  • Uncompressed mono PCM audio
  • Audio commentary by critics and horror experts Kim Newman and Stephen Thrower
  • Archival interview with co-writer-director Willard Huyck by Mike White from the Projection Booth Podcast
  • A new documentary on the film with more information to be revealed
  • Visual essay on the American Gothic by critic Kat Ellinger
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Time Tomorrow
  • Limited edition 80-page booklet featuring new and archival writing
  • Limited edition of 3000 copies, presented in rigid box and full-height Scanavo packaging with removable OBI strip leaving packaging free of certificates and markings 
  • More to be confirmed!


Shawny said...

Never heard of this one. I will definitely be checking it out.

DownDownYouFool said...

Heck, yes! Just placed my order. I also own several versions of this but am always looking for just a bit more. Thanks for the heads-up!