The Original “Basket Case” was shot on a low-budget and in 16mm it starts off where the original left us after a quick recap it (with a blow-up version of the original print) we go from 16mm to 35mm! And the two brothers Duane and Belial are very much alive.
Rather than rehashing the first movie Frank Henenlotter opts for a different tone and take much akin to Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead 2” he in injects a firm dose of overt dark humour and comedy with dashes of trashy surrealism. The dynamic of the brothers in many ways takes a role reversal with Belial the one who is looking succeeding in finding a partner who is called Eve. Duane on the other hand is one who is the “outsider” but remains loyal to his brother and the people who have taken him in. It a in many ways a “family” movie as a opposed to the tragedy dynamic in first. The two brother’s worlds are opened up with hilarious consequences and ironic homage ending to the first move.
Second Sight have done a brilliant job with the full 35mm presentation of the movie with colours and tone being detailed, deep and rich really showing of the extensive Belial upgrade and prosthetic make-up effects. There are the accusation specs of grain and dark other than that a brilliant presentation.
I watched this on my HD TV and in comparison to the previous DVD releases this is a big improvement most notable colour detail, image quality this an fantastic presentation.
I am glad Second Sight like with Arrow’s release of “Basket Case” kept to the roots of its original audio which is 2 channel stereo presentation which is clear, crisp with no audible problems such as distortion or hiss which is very good.
I giddy a wildly bizarre sequel that goes that despite being darkly comic still goes into areas of social commentary with the focus being expanding on the brothers interpersonal difficulties escalate in a wacky and wild finale.