Arrow Films

IT WILL TAKE YOU FURTHER THAN FEAR.

Of all the many slice-and-dice films that emerged in the early ‘80s, few remain as gruesomely effective as The Burning – the notorious “video nasty” now finally unleashed on Blu-ray!

When an ill-advised prank misfires, summer camp caretaker Cropsy is committed to hospital with hideous burns. Released after five years, hospital officials warn him not to blame the young campers who caused his disfigurement. But no sooner is Cropsy back on the streets than he’s headed back to camp with a rusty pair of shears in hand, determined to exact his bloody revenge.

With standout gore effects courtesy of FX legend Tom Savini, The Burning proved too shocking for UK censors upon its original video release. Now, fully uncut and in High Definition, The Burning is ready to reclaim its place as the ultimate summer camp nightmare.

Special Features

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with director Tony Maylam and critic Alan Jones
  • Audio commentary with stars Shelley Bruce and Bonnie Deroski
  • Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
  • Blood ‘n’ Fire Memories – a look at the creation of the film's make-up effects with FX artist Tom Savini
  • Slash & Cut – an interview with editor Jack Sholder
  • Cropsy Speaks – an interview with actor Lou David
  • Summer Camp Nightmare – an interview with actress Leah Ayres
  • Synthly the Best – a brand new interview with composer Rick Wakeman
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Galleries
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and new artwork by Justin Erickson
studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
91 mins approx.
Certificate:
18
Aspect Ratio:
1:85:1 Widescreen
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Brand:
Arrow Video
Director:
Tony Maylam
Actor:
Brian Matthews

Leah Ayres

Brian Backer

Larry Joshua

Jason Alexander

Ned Eisenberg
Subtitle Languages:
English SDH
Region:
2

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Arrow Films

IT WILL TAKE YOU FURTHER THAN FEAR.

Of all the many slice-and-dice films that emerged in the early ‘80s, few remain as gruesomely effective as The Burning – the notorious “video nasty” now finally unleashed on Blu-ray!

When an ill-advised prank misfires, summer camp caretaker Cropsy is committed to hospital with hideous burns. Released after five years, hospital officials warn him not to blame the young campers who caused his disfigurement. But no sooner is Cropsy back on the streets than he’s headed back to camp with a rusty pair of shears in hand, determined to exact his bloody revenge.

With standout gore effects courtesy of FX legend Tom Savini, The Burning proved too shocking for UK censors upon its original video release. Now, fully uncut and in High Definition, The Burning is ready to reclaim its place as the ultimate summer camp nightmare.

Special Features

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with director Tony Maylam and critic Alan Jones
  • Audio commentary with stars Shelley Bruce and Bonnie Deroski
  • Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
  • Blood ‘n’ Fire Memories – a look at the creation of the film's make-up effects with FX artist Tom Savini
  • Slash & Cut – an interview with editor Jack Sholder
  • Cropsy Speaks – an interview with actor Lou David
  • Summer Camp Nightmare – an interview with actress Leah Ayres
  • Synthly the Best – a brand new interview with composer Rick Wakeman
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Galleries
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and new artwork by Justin Erickson
studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
91 mins approx.
Certificate:
18
Aspect Ratio:
1:85:1 Widescreen
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Brand:
Arrow Video
Director:
Tony Maylam
Actor:
Brian Matthews

Leah Ayres

Brian Backer

Larry Joshua

Jason Alexander

Ned Eisenberg
Subtitle Languages:
English SDH
Region:
2

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‘The Burning’ is the blood-soaked daddy of Campfire carnage!

While oft disparaged as being too derivative, director Tony ‘Split Second’ Maylam’s ‘The Burning’ (1981) is arguably one of the more visibly prototypical, definitely the most pyrotechnical of the 1st especially bloody wave of post-Voorhees slashers and even today remains the most blatantly ‘influential’ resource for a good few of the myriad retrograde slashers fashioned in its wickedly exploitative wrong-headed wake. Set in the meticulously mounted murder milieu of bucolic, lakeside ‘Camp Blackfoot’, a fiendishly vengeful, fear-mongering plot by a conspiring clutch of unhappy campers hatched to scare the living Christ into sadistically cruel camp caretaker Cropsy (Lou David) takes an excruciatingly fateful turn for the nefarious, where their macabre shenanigans unexpectedly ushered in the terrible, lake-stalking, limb-lopping legend of ‘Cropsy’, that insidiously forest-foraging, raw meat purloining perpetrator of twin-bladed, body cavity calamity which also inadvertently brought out the unnecessarily censorious scissors of the British censors! Many years later, allowing more than enough time for his psychosis to acidly percolate to an apocalyptic level of maniacal hatred, a sinuous slew of sleek-limbed nubiles have noisily sojourned at a near-by camp, one fortuitously close to killer Cropsy’s hunting ground and not long after the requisite preliminary pop-topping hi jinks are dutifully completed, the sensationally sanguineous, Tom Savini wrought mayhem begins in evil earnest, being ably assisted by some expertly sinister synth vibes from prolific prog maestro Rick Wakeman, and outside of Evilspeak’s skeezey satanic Creep Coopersmith (Clint Howard), The Burning’s very own asinine dweeb Alfred (Brian Backer) is quite possibly one of 80s Slasherdom’s more eminently expendable characters! ‘The Burning’ certainly isn’t the best of its kind, but the pervasive cult of ‘Campfire Cropsy’ remains undiminished largely due to its almost autistic adherence to delirious Drive-In terror tropes, which still provided considerably grisly grist for the current crop of next-generation celluloid perpetrating Cropsyites! ‘The Burning’ is the blood-soaked daddy of Campfire carnage! Don’t even breathe!!!.......or you’re DEAD!!!’ (For any yet to see the film, close scrutiny of the youthful cast will swiftly reveal some singularly notable visages.)

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