British Readers! Do you know your ABC’s of Death? If not, then you will! Monster Pictures has released the ambitious and shocking 26-part anthology film to the United Kingdom on DVD and Blu-ray! This marks the first time the film, produced by Drafthouse Films and Timpson Films, has been released on either format in Britain, and the disc certainly does not disappoint.
Featuring segments from Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), Simon Rumley (Red, White and Blue), Adam Wingard (V/H/S/2), Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun), Xavier Gens (Frontieres), Ben Wheatley (Kill List) and Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl), The ABC’s of Death features 26 international filmmakers with complete creative freedom, assigned with a letter of the alphabet from which they must craft a short film relating to death. The result is a shocking, twisted, funny and imaginative smorgasbord of cinematic madness; a groundbreaking if varied dive into high-concept, low-budget filmmaking. The film has been stirring up buzz and drawing up conversations between genre films around the world, and finally, the UK can join in on the fray now that the film is available on High Definition, courtesy of Monster Pictures.
So, what is to be said about this particular release? Obviously, in an anthology film such as this, the video quality varies quite a bit from segment to segment. That’s part of its inherent premise, so to criticize the film on that basis would be improper. Of course not just the video quality varies, but also the cinematography, which is all part of the rich box if delights that makes up this unique film. Some segments look razor sharp, while others look fuzzy and even noisy, depending on the equipment used to film them. The audio quality is as variable as the video, which is again to be expected and not really a criticism. Dialogue is mostly clear and easy to understand, regardless of the language.
This release of ABC’s of Death, like its US counterpart, also comes with a treasure-trove of extra features. What’s included are six filmmaker commentaries for segments A, B, C, D, F, H; and nine “making of” featurettes for segments H, I, J, P, R, T, V, W, Z. Also transferred over by Monster Pictures are outtakes; A Look at The ABC’s of Death from AXS TV; and trailers.
UK genre fans, this is not a disc to be missed, and with the sequel on the way, The ABC’s of Death is already becoming one of the most talked about anthologies of 2013. Whether or not to serve as a appetizer for the features of these talented filmmakers or to see an eclectic and uncompromising trip down the rabbit hole of horror, make sure you pick up Monster Pictures’ release of The ABC’s of Death!
For more from Monster Pictures and The ABC’s of Death, keep one good eye here on DiaboliqueMagazine.com! And for exclusive interviews with ABC’s contributors Adam Wingard and Jason Eisener, make sure to pick up a copy of Diabolique #17, which will be available soon![Special Thanks to Dima Ballin for his contribution to this piece – Ed.]
– By Ken W. Hanley
Ken W. Hanley is the Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine, as well as a contributing writer for Diabolique Magazine and Fangoria Magazine. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on several screenplays spanning over different genres and subject matter, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.