The 1988 science fiction/horror film "The Brain" while not being a good movie is still very entertaining. The basic plot involves a television host Dr. Blakely played by legendary actor David Gale (Re-Animator) who hosts a sort of self help show to assist with independent thinking. It turns out however that he is using a creature called The Brain to brainwash and exert mind control over his viewers. The plot is actually interesting but the film is undermined at every turn by a minuscule budget and ham fisted directorial choices along with goofy creature effects. Even though it is a bad movie in my opinion, it transcends its ineptness to become something truly entertaining and unintentionally hilarious. This is due to everyone involved tried to make the best film that they could but failed.
"The Brain" makes its long overdue blu-ray debut courtesy of Scream Factory. Prior to this release the film was only available on VHS and laserdisc as of 1989 and on DVD in the UK as of 2011. Rather than just using an outdated master, Scream Factory went all in on this release in which they did a 4K transfer from the original camera negative. Presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio utilizing the AVC codec at an average bit rate of 35, the film truly looks spectacular. Detail is superb and contrast along with black levels look accurate. Most people used to seeing "The Brain" on crummy VHS will feel like they are seeing it for the first time upon seeing it in restored high definition. (I did confirm with Scream Factory directly that despite the blu-ray itself stating it is a 2K scan from the only surviving film elements, that this was an error and they did go ahead with a full 4K scan of the original camera negative as stated on their web site.)
Sound is presented in 2 channel master audio sounding a bit thin with some hiss at times. This seems to be a result of how the audio was recorded and not a fault of the blu-ray itself. English subtitles are included for the hearing impaired.
While not being a collector's edition, Scream Factory loaded their release of "The Brain" with not one, not two, but three commentary tracks along with some cool interviews. Full specs are as follows pulled from Scream Factory's site:
NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Negative
NEW Audio Commentary With Director Ed Hunt
NEW Audio Commentary With Composer Paul Zaza
NEW Audio Commentary With Actor Tom Bresnahan
NEW Canada On The Mind – An Interview With Actress Cynthia Preston (11 minutes)
NEW From Monster Kid To Monster Man – An Interview With Actor George Buza (12 minutes)
NEW Brain Art – An Interview With Assistant Art Director Michael Borthwick (13 minutes)
NEW Food For Thought: A Love Letter To The Brain (11 minutes)
"The Brain" will not be for everyone but for those with a penchant for so bad it's great cinema, it is a true cult classic in that regard. Scream Factory gives it a terrific blu-ray release with a bunch of cool extras that makes the disc highly recommended.