Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Don Coscarelli’s classic horror film, Phantasm (1979), Well Go USA Entertainment is a releasing a new limited collector’s edition Blu-ray box set this October that will feature all five films in the series, along with a life-size prop replica of the killer sentinel sphere. Brain draining murder balls aside, the heart of the new collection will be a 4K restoration of Phantasm II (1988), supervised by Coscarelli himself.
Phans have been anxiously awaiting a new collector’s set ever since the first complete Blu-ray set—featuring a 4K remastering of the first in the series—sold out quickly, leaving many out of luck. As details emerge, it’s looking like this new “Sphere Collection” will be worth the wait for those who missed out before, or (raises hand slowly) those who are keen to build up their collection and own both!
The new box set will also showcase a Dolby Atmos track for the original Phantasm, completed by Post Haste Digital, further enhancing the previous restoration that was already hot as love. All preexisting supplemental materials will be included with each film—which makes up a considerable amount of content—as well as an expanded feature-length documentary on the making of Phantasm: Ravager (2016), the last film in the series, and the final film appearance of Angus Scrimm before his death.
There will be two packaging variants of the “Sphere Collection.” Early conceptual artwork by Aaron Lea details a black marble version and a white version that replicates the sinister halls of Morningside Cemetery.
The Phantasm series focuses on Mike (A. Michael Baldwin, Kenny and Company, with stand-in James LeGros, Singles), Reggie (Reggie Bannister, The Quiet Ones) and Jody (Bill Thornbury, The Lost Empire) as they pursue the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm, Chopping Mall), who is moving from town to town and robbing graves and reanimating corpses, leaving apocalyptic desolation in his wake. Following the same characters through four decades, beginning to end, the series is a sentimental, spookfest/action hybrid that stands tall with the best of the horror genre.
The official release date for the “Sphere Collection” is October 22, 2019, just in time to get weird and surreal with Halloween.