If you are looking for a last minute Christmas gift for that someone who is very “special,” then you need look no further than Arrow Video’s Dec. 13 Blu-ray collection titled Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box.
MVD Entertainment Group will be directing the domestic sales and distribution efforts for this unique collection of filmmaker Clive Barker’s 1987 film adaptation of his own short story, “The Hellbound Heart,” which was titled for the screen as simply Hellraiser. An iconic masterpiece of horror if there ever was one!
Included in the collection are new 2K restorations of Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988, directed by Tony Randel), and Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992, directed by Anthony Hickox), plus a bonus disc containing two of his short films — Salomé and The Forbidden — and the new documentary, Hellraiser: Evolutions (2015, directed by Anthony Masi).
As to bonus goodies — and there are a ton! — we begin with two commentary options for Hellraiser. The first features writer/director Clive Barker, while the second teams Barker with actress Ashley Laurence (she played the character Kirsty Cotton in all three films).
Hellraiser also has five production featurettes — “Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser,” “Being Frank: Sean Chapman on Hellraiser,” “Soundtrack Hell: The Story of the Abandoned Coil Score,” “Hellraiser: Resurrection” and “Under the Skin” — and draft versions of the original script.
Hellbound: Hellraiser II also has two separate commentary options — the first features Tony Randel and writer Peter Atkins and second features both Randel and Atkins plus Ashley Laurence. There are featurettes, on-set video sessions and behind the scenes footage.
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth has an alternate cut of the film, commentary with director Anthony Hickox and actor Doug Bradley (aka: Pinhead), archived and vintage on-set video sessions, the newly-minted featurette titled “Terri’s Tales” and never-before-seen dailies.
That’s some “stocking stuffer!”