In the last several years, companies like Scream Factory, Arrow Video, and Synapse have taken it upon themselves to fill many holes in the Blu-Ray collections of horror lovers. Recently, a new contender emerged into this arena, in the form of Lionsgate’s revived iteration of the classic Vestron Video label.
So far, Vestron has already gifted fans with the first ever Blu-Ray releases of cult classics like Waxwork, Waxwork II, Return of the Living Dead 3, and Chopping Mall. A collector’s edition of 80’s treasure The Gate is also soon on the way.
Vestron may have just outdone themselves with their latest announcement though, a box set of all 4 Wishmaster films.
Chances are, if you’re reading this site, you’re probably at least acquainted with the first Wishmaster, released in 1997. Directed by effects wizard Robert Kurtzman, Wishmaster starred Andrew Divoff as a member of an ancient race called the Djinn, sort of the evil equivalent to the classical idea of a genie.
If Divoff’s demented Djinn can somehow convince the person unfortunate enough to awaken him to make three wishes, his race will then be free to invade the Earth, and plunge humanity into eternal darkness.
Divoff is an absolute scenery-chewing delight as the villain, always happy to twist people’s greatest desires into their worst nightmares.
Also notable about Wishmaster are the multiple cameos made by genre luminaries, including Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, Robert Englund, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, and Ted Raimi.
Divoff would return in 1999 for the also quite fun Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies, which sent the Djinn to wish-heavy locales like prison and Las Vegas.
Unfortunately, the less said about Wishmaster 3 and 4, the better. Divoff declined to come back, and it’s easy to see why, since both films are mediocre at best and downright awful at worst. The fourth film even featured the hilariously stupid plot twist of the centuries-old Djinn falling in love with a human being!
Still, Wishmaster 1 and 2 alone more than make the purchase with it, at least for people who love a good amount of cheese with their horror. Vestron’s Wishmaster Blu-Ray set arrives on March 28th. Here’s the full list of extras:
Disc 1 (Wishmaster):
– Audio Commentary with director Robert Kurtzman and screenwriter Peter Atkins
– Audio Commentary with director Robert Kurtzman and stars Andrew Divoff and Tammy Lauren
– Isolated Score Selections and Audio Interview with composer Harry Manfredini
– Out of the Bottle – Interviews with director Robert Kurtzman and co-producer David Tripet
– The Magic Words – An Interview with screenwriter Peter Atkins
The Djinn and Alexandra – Interviews with stars Andrew Divoff and Tammy Lauren
– Captured Visions – An Interview with director of photography Jacques Haitkin
– Wish List – Interviews with actors Kane Hodder and Ted Raimi
– Teaser Trailer
– Theatrical Trailer
– TV Spots
– Radio Spots
– Vintage Making Of featurette
– Behind-The-Scenes Footage Compilation
– Storyboard Gallery
– Still Gallery
Disc 2 (Wishmaster 2):
– Audio Commentary with writer/director Jack Sholder
– Still Gallery
WISHMASTER 3: BEYOND THE GATES OF HELL
– Audio Commentary with director Chris Angel and cast members John Novak, Jason Connery and Louisette Geiss
– Vintage Making-of featurette (5 mins)
WISHMASTER 4: THE PROPHECY FULFILLED
– Audio commentary with director Chris Angel and cast members Michael Trucco and Jason Thompson
– Audio commentary with director Chris Angel and actor John Novak
– Wishmasterpiece Theatre featurette (7:15)
– Trailer (1:22)
Check out one of my personal favorite Wishmaster deaths below, the quite literal result of an inmate wishing his lawyer would “go f*** himself.” If you don’t think it’s funny, these movies might not be for you.