I recently obtained the Hellraiser Trilogy Blu-ray this is a Region B Italian Release (By Koch Media) and both an Italian dubbed and original soundtrack.
Some fans of the series consider the first three instalments to be the better movies in the franchise which has racked up many sequels and prequels (to the events of Hellraiser: Bloodline) in its own anthology although sometime in the future I will review the stories and plot – here I review both the audio and video presentations on the discs.
Video is presented in widescreen 16:9 and formatted in HD (BD-25) single layer discs (one for each movie) with Full 1080p and also at 24fps. These to me are the best all three movies have ever looked the colours are balanced and correct, less flickering due to the enhanced frame rate and also bold, detail and colours. The first movie is flawless (or close to) with minimal specks and grain. The second movie is a big improvement other previous DVD releases with colours being sharper and more bold and less soft although it is still apparent – it is clear in this movie that the lighting is very different in tone to what was wanted in the first this dues ping out at you during the latter half of the movie. The third movie (in which production was taken to the the USA) has well balanced tones and a clear distinct sharpness due to the HD mastering of the picture.
All movies have an amazing 5.1 DTS mastered soundtrack and it is the best I have heard all three movies benefit from this with enhanced bass, pitch and over atmospheric detail which is again a vast improvement on all three movies. They have never sounded so good.
Despite having no special features the audio and visual presentation alone is enough for me to recommend these movies as well as the sturdy and interesting packaging. Overall highly recommended.
Paul Isaacs 2015