I pretty much wait patiently every year for some good old classic cult films to be released on DVD. There's usually 2-3 good ones released every year, but what with Criterion releasing Border Radio earlier this year and now MGM issuing Night of the Comet, that makes two forgotten classics in only 3 months of 2007. Night of the Comet is pure 80s cheese, with a wildly lame soundtrack, cliched dialog and horrendously low budget special effects. In other words it's awesome. There's been rumors flying all over the net that this was going to be a full screen DVD, but thank god MGM is presenting it the way it was meant to be, in perfect anamorphic 1.85:1 Widescreen. The picture quality is probably as good if not better than the original prints, which is about all I can say for the DVD since there are no special features to speak of. But just having this on DVD is good enough for me...for now. Night of the Comet doesn't feature the underlined social commentary of Repo Man or Heathers or They Live, and it certainly isn't as violent as Dawn of the Dead or Evil Dead or Tromeo & Juliet, but it still sits perfectly in line with any of those films, with it's solid combination of humor, horror and comedy. It's about time.
Film (***1/2) - DVD (**)
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