The Fog

The Fog 
 
(John Carpenter, 1980)
 
☆☆☆☆
 
Reviewed by Dave Lancaster 
 
Summary: John Carpenter’s most atmospheric horror rolls in to breathtaking view thanks to this fantastic 4K UHD Blu-ray set. 
 
The Fog is vintage John Carpenter - an ensemble cast unlocking a mysterious and deadly mystery, a secluded location, hauntingly evocative music, glimmers of jet black humour and some genuine scares. And on this new home entertainment release, it hasn’t looked better since it was released on the big screen way back in 1980. 
 
The plot is held together by strings and the audience’s taste for pinches of salt: Antonio Bay, California has turned a hundred years old. As the residents of this small, quaint harbour town begin to celebrate, an eerie fog envelops the shore and from its midst emerge dripping, demonic spectres, victims of a century old shipwreck, seeking revenge.
 
 
What follows is a tense struggle for survival as we are granted equal screen time to a divided group of disparate characters such as the strong-willed drifter (Carpenter’s Halloween scream-queen Jamie Lee Curtis), a hideaway DJ marooned in a lighthouse radio station (Adrienne Barbeau), a no-nonsense townsman (Tom Atkins), a publicity seeking politician (Psycho’s Janet Leigh and real-life mother of Jamie Lee Curtis) and a priest with a dark family secret (Hal Holbrook). Carpenter has always had a keen eye for casting but The Fog takes some beating. 
 
Carpenter’s work behind the lens as both director, screenwriter and composer weaves together beautifully to let his audience know that we are in the hands of a cinematic craftsman who can juggle tone to cut through the fog of ordinary storytelling like a knife. 
 
 
What makes The Fog such an enticing narrative is that the fog itself becomes its own character. It dictates the narrative and ensures that the backdrop is increasingly pushed towards the viewer’s eyes to claustrophobic effect. How can you escape something that is everywhere? 
 
You really can’t ask for more but now you’ve got it with its 4K UHD Blu-ray debut from StudioCanal that offers the best available version of the film’s print plus a host of goodies including the iconic soundtrack composed by Carpenter himself.  
 
Even better than that is the limited chance to see this and other Carpenter classics restored in 4K on the big screen. Find out more details about screenings near you right here:  https://www.johncarpenter4k.co.uk/
 
The deluxe box contains the following:
 
  • 4 discs
  • (1 UHD, 1 Blu-ray feature, 1 Blu-ray extras, 1 CD Soundtrack)
  • 1 poster
  • 5 artcards
  • 48 page book
 
Collector’s edition Blu-ray extras:
 
  • Retribution: Uncovering John Carpenter’s THE FOG: A brand retrospective documentary produced by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures and featuring interviews with cinematographer Dean Cundey, production designer/editor Tommy Lee Wallace, photographer Kim Gottleib-Walker, make-up effects artist Steve Johnson, Carpenter biographer John Muir, music historian Daniel Schweiger, visual effects historian Justin Humphreys and assistant Larry Franco
  • The Shape of The Thing to Come: John Carpenter Un-filmed: A brand new featurette looking at the John Carpenter films that never were
  • Easter Egg – surprise!
  • Intro by John Carpenter – an interview with director John Carpenter originally recorded for a French DVD release in 2003
  • Scene Analysis by John Carpenter - Director John Carpenter analyses key scenes from The Fog, in an interview from 2003
  • Fear on Film: Inside the Fog (1980) - A vintage featurette which includes an interview with John Carpenter
  • The Fog: Storyboard to Film – original storyboards
  • Outtakes
  • TV Spots
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Photo gallery incl. Behind the Scenes
  • Audio Commentary with writer/director John Carpenter and writer/director Debra Hill
  • Horror's Hallowed Grounds with Sean Clark - a fun tour of the film’s locations hosted by Sean Clark
  • Audio commentary with actors Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins and production designer Tommy Lee Wallace

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