Take-Home Horror: 31 (2016)

Hey there, Creepy Peeps! Welcome to a new (well, everything is new on this blog right now) segment for DVD/Blu-ray reviews. More specifically, I’m going to review the special features and such on horror DVD and Blu-ray releases – and maybe some collector editions down the line.

The way I figure it, we all like to grow and add to our horror collection and nothing is worse than spending an extra $10 on a Blu-ray when you get the same exact features on the DVD. Keep in mind these are NOT movie reviews; however, if I have reviewed the film in question, I will link the video at the end.

For this inaugural post, I thought I would cover Rob Zombie’s 31 (2016) as it is nearing Halloween.

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So, I purchased the Blu-ray copy of 31 almost as soon as it was available (I loved the movie). For some reason, I always associate Blu-ray with more features when it’s usually more about picture quality. In the Blu-ray release, you get the director commentary, as well as Josh Hasty's In Hell Everybody Loves Popcorn: The Making of 31.

Rob Zombie’s Director Commentary

I’ve always loved watching films with the commentary on; it’s fascinating to hearing all the insider bits and pieces of filmmaking. And when Rob Zombie does a commentary, you want to listen! Zombie is so detailed and precise with every aspect of his films, it’s truly a learning experience to listen to his commentaries.


In Hell Everybody Loves Popcorn: The Making of 31

As far as Making Of documentaries, Hasty’s is in my Top Five. Once again, you get to experience Rob Zombie’s directorial style firsthand, as well as hear from the actors and crew of the film. The only thing that’s a little disappointing is the alternate version of this documentary. So, in a release of 31 on iTunes, an extended version of The Making of 31 was released (and it’s over four hours long). Now, I did download the iTunes copy of 31 just for the extended version of the documentary and it’s amazing. I only wish it could have been released on the Blu-ray, as well.

Final Verdict

So, if you’re a super Rob Zombie fan and like to get the most out of your viewing experience of his films, I highly recommend getting the iTunes version if only for that extended Making Of. It’s well worth the money. But, if you’re a more casual viewer, the DVD will do you just fine!

Vicky Cirello