Children Of The Corn: 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD Review

by AVForums
Movies & TV Review

Children Of The Corn: 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD Review
SRP: £19.98

Picture

I had high hopes for the newly-mastered High Definition transfer... and for the most part I was quite impressed. Watching the movie projected onto a 90” screen showed a decent amount of detail present, even if the image appears a little soft. Video noise is mostly kept in check, but there are times when the image looks really rough. Check out around the 00:30:26 mark, as the old guy turns away from the cornfield. All detail is lost as the picture takes on a severely washed out appearance, losing any semblance of clarity or definition. The same type of transformation-for-the-worst takes place at 00:45:14 as Burt and Vicky search the house for someone to help them. Strangely, things looked quite a bit worse on my 36” Toshiba TV, where grain seemed ever present, robbing the image of detail. Skin tones, in particular, suffer variable quality - sometimes appearing true-to-life, then looking pasty and pale.

Whichever way you look at it image quality is not up to what we have come to expect from most modern DVD releases, but given the likely condition of the aging original master print I was reasonably impressed... at least when viewing from a projected, and progressive scan, image.
Children Of The Corn: 20th Anniversary Special Edition

Sound

I was also reasonably impressed with what has been achieved audio wise. The original stereo track remains, but is joined by a 448Kbps Dolby Digital affair that is surprisingly competent. Yes, it's a little bass light when compared to the likes of Fellowship Of The Ring or The Fast And The Furious... but this was made twenty years ago using hardware unlikely to have been state of the art even then, and on a budget of tuppence ha'penny - or one million three hundred thousand dollars if you're American! And then, $400,000 went to Stephen King.

There's a surprising amount of ambience created by the well-used rear channels and one or two “gulp” type moments. Overall, the movie's aged and budget roots are clear to see, or rather hear, but a lot of work has been undertaken with this Divimax release - full marks for what's been achieved.
Children Of The Corn: 20th Anniversary Special Edition

Extras

The Audio Commentary featuring Director Fritz Kiersch, Producer Terrence Kirby and Actors John Franklin and Courtney Gains is a reasonably informative and, like any good horror flick, often humorous affair. One of my favourite scenes from the movie - where Linda Hamilton performs a song and dance for birthday boy Burt - is mentioned in the commentary, and surprise, surprise Ms. Hamilton really didn't want to do the scene! She does look clunky and self aware... and so real!

Harvesting Horror: Children Of The Corn is a 36 minute feature where Fritz Kiersch and cast (Linda Hamilton and Peter Horton aside) discuss the trials and tribulations, as well as joy, that were experienced during the shoot. This is advertised as a new documentary - and boy is it scary... seeing those kids from 1984, well, I felt older with every passing second!

Rounding off supplemental features is an original Trailer, Still Galleries and the screenplay from the movie, in PDF format.I found these extras an enjoyable, and interesting, way of passing the time. I did wonder, though... if you're a hardcore Corn fan - would you be left wanting more?
Children Of The Corn: 20th Anniversary Special Edition
This movie has spawned six sequels... so it must have appeal. For me it's old style horror on a budget, and despite the enthusiasm that the cast and crew show throughout the extras, I can only think that its cult status has been achieved by appealing to a youthful audience that can identify with the main thrust of the movie - i.e. “Let's get rid of those meddling adults!”

Having said that, if you are a fan you'll probably enjoy the image and audio quality on offer here. If you haven't seen the movie, then why not dip your toe in the DVD purchasing water and see if you become a Corn fan?!

Scores

Movie

.
.
.
.
.
5

Picture Quality

.
.
.
.
.
5

Sound Quality

.
.
.
.
6

Extras

.
.
.
.
.
5

Overall

.
.
.
.
.
5
5
AVForumsSCORE
OUT OF
10

Our Review Ethos

Read about our review ethos and the meaning of our review badges.

To comment on what you've read here, click the Discussion tab and post a reply.

Related Content

Desperate Measures DVD Review
  • By Casimir Harlow
  • Published
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III DVD Review
  • By Chris McEneany
  • Published
Wake Wood DVD Review
  • By Chris McEneany
  • Published
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II DVD Review
  • By Chris McEneany
  • Published

Latest Headlines

Netflix reveals how viewing metrics determines a show's success
  • By Andy Bassett
  • Published
Discovery launches dplay AVOD service in UK and Ireland
  • By Andy Bassett
  • Published
Use of EU satellite decoders to become an offence after Brexit
  • By Andy Bassett
  • Published
New Nvidia Shield devices 25 percent faster and add Dolby Vision
  • By Andy Bassett
  • Published
Netflix gets subscriber boost ahead of rival's challenge
  • By Andy Bassett
  • Published
Top Bottom