Scream Factory continues its campaign to preserve the overlooked classics of horror with its high-definition release of “Ginger Snaps” Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack Special Edition. On the surface, the movie is a wonderful addition to the werewolf sub-genre that is rarely toyed with. Dig deeper and you find commentary on the difficulties girls face as they journey into womanhood. It should be required viewing for every male so they can form a sense of empathy for their female friends and family.
Brigitte (Emily Perkins) and Ginger Fitzgerald (Katharine Isabelle) are sisters and the best of friends. They’re also the town outcasts and parade their obsession with death in front of their classmates, teachers, and family. As they walk home one evening, Ginger is attacked by a ravenous beast.
Her wounds heal at an astounding rate and she soon realizes that her body is undergoing two very extraordinary changes. One is fairly normal for all teenage girls: the arrival of her menstrual cycle. The second change is an ever-accelerating transformation into a werewolf. Can Brigitte save Ginger from her insatiable bloodlust before she fully turns into a voracious creature of the night?
“Ginger Snaps” Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack Special Edition is presented in 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1) accompanied by 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo Sound. The video perfectly captures an independent flavor through autumn hues and a grainy “real” film look absent in many movies today. Viewers will find themselves surrounded by the frightening sounds of growling beasts and other eerie disturbances.
As is usual with most Scream Factory releases, “Ginger Snaps” Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack Special Edition comes loaded with an exhaustive amount of bonus material. New interviews with actors Emily Perkins and Jess Moss, Make-up Effects Artist Paul Jones, Composer Mike Shields, and more can be found. Audio commentaries with Director John Fawcett and Writer Karen Walton are included. We also get deleted scenes with optional commentary by John Fawcett and Karen Walton, cast auditions and rehearsals, a theatrical trailer, and TV spots. A “Creation of the Beast” featurette and video presentation of the “New Women in Horror Panel Discussing ‘Ginger Snaps’” rounds out a robust batch of great extras.
The version of the movie featured on the “Ginger Snaps” Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack Special Edition is Unrated. There’s a lot of graphic violence and gore in this fine example of a Lycanthropy-centered film. I would consider it to be “R” rated because of strong language, adult situations, and scenes of female werewolf nudity. Ginger’s hairy upper torso makes a cameo appearance during the movie’s exciting and emotional conclusion.
“Ginger Snaps” Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack Special Edition is an essential addition to every werewolf fan’s home entertainment library. Rarely does a horror movie come along that infuses such immense chills and thrills while so beautifully capturing the pain and awkwardness we all feel journeying from childhood to adulthood. In my humble (yeah, right) opinion, this is the wolf-woman equivalent of the touching-yet-disturbing vampire tale “Let the Right One In” if fused together with the wit of “Heathers.”
“Ginger Snaps” Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack Special Edition is available right now here.