In 1986 the world had gone Halley’s Comet crazy. Thousands of people went outside at night to watch the comet pass over the earth that happened on every 76 years.
In 1984 a film by the name is ‘Night of the Comet’ was released. The premise of the movie was a comet passed over earth and turned everyone to either dust or zombies. Coincidence that the movie and real life event happened 2 years apart from each other?
Probably not, but if 'Night of the Comet' was trying to capitalise on the event of Halley’s Comet which happened two years earlier, then it didn’t need to - it is a great movie that stands on its own.
‘Night of the Comet’ stars Stars Catherine Mary Stewart and Kelli Maroney, as Regina and Samantha - two sisters that wake up the morning after a comet passes over earth.
The strange thing about 80's movies is that you can watch some of them and think it that the time period was earlier - the 80's look the the 70's and the 70's can look like the 60's.
‘Night of the Comet’ -is also no exception as the movie appears as if its shot in the 70's - the retro feel is there all the way through.
The restoration of this movie is stunning in 1080p, however, I did notice some possible celluloid scratching in places. Still for a 1984 film that is presented in it’s original aspect ratio, it is impressive to experience. What also struck me about the movie is the affective use of colour. The director has put a red lens over half the camera to give the effect a post apocalyptic blood soaked sky. There is even the use of red lights when walking through doors into hallways.
It’s important to note that the Arrow release of this includes a DVD for those that haven’t made the jump to Blu-ray just yet.
Audio : 3.5/5
The movie is presented in a Dolby 2.0 Digital Soundtrack. That’s an 80s soundtrack. Lots of ghetto boasters, radio stations and reel to reel tape. Most of the artists are unheard of. At least in Australia anyway.
Extras : 4/5
No standard trailers and still production shots here. Arrow’s ‘Night of the Comet’ Blu-ray is full of interesting and impressive extras. It is also important to note that some of the extras are identical to the Shout Factory Blu-Ray release from the USA, but still, Arrow have gone all out with the extras.
Here is what is included :