Ti West's Satanic Panic throwback film The House of the Devil is one of my favorite horror films of the year. I really dug it when I caught it at Fantastic Fest, but subsequent viewings have particularly enamored me to the flick, which is why I'm torn about the details surrounding the DVD and Blu-ray release of the film on February 2nd, 2010 from Dark Sky Films. Why? Just take a look at the specs for the respective discs, thanks to Fangoria:

DVD:
- Audio commentary by writer/director/editor West and actress Donahue
- Audio commentary by West, producers Larry Fessenden and Peter Phok and sound designer Graham Reznick
- "In the HOUSE OF THE DEVIL" featurette
- "Behind the HOUSE OF THE DEVIL" featurette
- Deleted scenes
- Theatrical trailer

That's a solid list of features for fans, particularly in the commentary department. Now contrast the above with what the Blu-ray will be (lightly) packing:

- Audio commentary by writer/director/editor West and actress Donahue
- "In the HOUSE OF THE DEVIL" featurette
- Theatrical trailer

Really, Dark Sky Films? Has no one handed you a calendar lately? I know that the hook to The House of the Devil is its throwback to an era gone by, but you're really going to load the DVD with more features than the high definition Blu-ray, which will also most assuredly cost more? That boggles my mind, which is a shame because I really do love the movie.

categories Horror