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Best Blu-ray Releases of 2015: The Collections Edition

5. The Larry Fessenden Collection (Scream Factory/IFC)

Scream Factory had an incredibly impressive year, both on their own and from their partnership with IFC. Through all those great releases one truly stood out for me and that was The Larry Fessenden Collection (my review). Even if the name Larry Fessenden doesn’t ring familiar to you, you’ve likely seen him if you’re a horror fan. A true jack-of-all-trades, Fessenden has basically worked every job imaginable on a film set. The set gives us 4 directorial efforts from Fessenden – No Telling, Habit, Wendigo, and The Last Winter.

The films start at the beginning of Fessenden’s career and end with one of his most recent releases. Watching the films in order of which they were released allows you to see the progression of an extraordinary talent. When I first got this set I wasn’t familiar with Fessenden’s work and this served as the perfect introduction. In addition to the four features the set is packed with special features, including a number of short films. If you want to dive into the mind of Larry Fessenden this collection is the way to go.

Larry Fessenden Collection

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  • Shay Lauderdale

    I have collected all of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies on VHS & DVD…….I have yet to try for the Blu-Ray set yet because I don’t think you can get all of his movies on BR yet.

    I have them all on DVD except for his TV Series. I have all of his early work on a DVD box set that I found in a bargain bin at like Cracker Barrel or the Dollar Store!!!!!????? For Shame! At least it was super cheap to buy……

    He is my fav director of all time now & forever. Rebecca will always be my fav movie ever as well. I grew up an only child with my Aunt who was handicap & had to wear braces on her legs. So I would sit with her & learn about all of the great classic movies. Like Betty Davis, the Thin Man Series, Film Noir, etc………….I highly recommend Psycho & every single one of his movies.

    • Chrissie-Watkins

      I love Rebecca. Strangers on a Train, Lifeboat, The Trouble With Harry, love them all. But Rear Window, in my opinion, is one of the most perfect films ever made.

  • The hell? I somehow completely missed this Hellraiser release. Sad face. As far as Fulci/Argento I own all the films on DVD and am holding out for more feature packed releases…it’s only a matter of time right?

  • Nocturnaloner

    People who think that streaming is the way to go also think that convenience is the most important thing, about everything. If you’ve only watched a movie on a tablet, you haven’t watched it. Over-compressed streams from services that ALWAYS glitch during playback will never, ever be a substitute for owning a movie on disc, ever. Also, news flash: If you have to sign in to watch, play, or listen to something, you don’t own it. By the time this generation wakes up to the fact that corporations own their media ‘collections’, it’ll be too late.

    • James Allard

      Sad, but true. I was given a subscription for Netflix this year, and while it is indeed the thought that counts, the occasional stutter is annoying, and worse is the often near-bootleg quality of the visual. Overall, not unlike the main drawback of television as a medium, it reduces the experience to something that can be continually interrupted.

      The continuous interruption is truly the main drawback. Listening to a piece of music only to have someone burst in, or start clearing their throat etc to catch your attention while reading is enough to make one become a tad irritable…

      reaching for the ax,
      slowly standing,
      my baritone starting its rumble deep in my chest…
      whatever can it be…

      • Nocturnaloner

        Good points, James. Some of that continuous interruption has to do with the commitment of the viewer, and their respect for the movie. Put down your phones for an hour and a half once in a while. It’s good for you.

  • WindowsIsDead

    Since there is International release, why not add the German TCM Collector’s Edition? I know that’s basically the same one released last year, but it does have its differences. Including but not limited to a new artwork by Jason Edmiston. I think it at least deserved an honorable mention because it is a damn fine box!

    And boy that Hellraiser box makes me want it for the package alone

  • I was drawn to this article for more information on the Hellraiser box set, but my heart has fallen. For a box set to truly pull its weight, it should have the full series – not only the good ones, not only the bestsellers. The latter three Hellraisers don’t need as much attention as the first three or even the middle, but they should be present.

  • Mark Nye

    Ive got the scarlet boxset, and it really is worth it!! It’s the best transfer of the films I’ve ever seen, and ice barely scratched the extras yet, watching the edited version of the leviathan documentary on disc 1. But it really should have beaten out battles without…
    Yeees it doesn’t have all 9 films, but fingers crossed they’ll do other scarlet box sets with the other films. We all know some are sub par quality but they are still good films (except revelations, *shudder*).
    The scarlet box is definitely the best set I’ve got all year.

    • Chris Coffel

      It was really a toss up. Both are truly incredible sets.

      • Mark Nye

        Scarlet boxset edges it for me 🙂
        Think that’s because I was not a fan of proxy war or police tactics, no matter how many times I watched them I just couldn’t get on with them. They to me are like That annoying cousin that everyone loves but me haha 🙂

    • LRF

      I was pretty disappointed with the misframing of Hellraiser III. It’s my least favorite of the three, but I still wanted a good version of it.

  • Chris Coffel

    Two reasons why this specific release didn’t make this list – this list is only for sets containing three of more films and unfortunately I didn’t pick this release up so I couldn’t judge it. This was released by Turbine Media I believe though and I did pick up their fantastic mediabook release of TCM this year.

    • WindowsIsDead

      That actually makes a lot of sense. I overlooked the fact that the box sets were actual collections with the whole or part of franchises, being more than one film. So I apologize for my misunderstanding

      And yes, Turbine does a good job there, also great pick nevertheless!

      • Chris Coffel

        No worries, it’s all good 🙂
        Yeah, Turbine is great. I picked up a few of their steelbooks last year as well. Lots of good stuff from them.

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