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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • Release Date: Dec 11 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0096RC54W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,759 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Death Valley [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]

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I always wanted to see this movie for years. I remember that infamous VHS cover art from the poster. But some of the video stores only had this movie in french. Sometimes, they would show it on the TBS SuperStation late at night but i would miss it from the beginning. Since Scream (Shout!) Factory are releasing the movie to a Blu-ray/DVD Combo. I was happy to finally watch the movie. Was i disappointed ? Nope, i did like this little thriller.

Young Billy (Peter Billingsley) is sad that his parents are divorced (Edward Herrmann and Catherine Hicks). Billy rather spin time with his father than his mother. Especially his mother going back to Arizona for an vacation, bringing his son and Billy has to meet his mother's new boyfriend (Paul Le Mat). The vacation goes well, although Billy has a tough time warming up to his mother's new boyfriend. When Billy goes to an RV that is empty in a old mining place. He finds an unusual frog pendant on the floor on the RV. But when his mother and her boyfriend stops at a resturant to eat. A mysterious waiter (Stephen McHattie) recognized the frog pendant on Billy's hand. Now this waiter is slowly stalking the family and especially Billy.

Directed by Dick Richards ("Farewell, My Lovely", "March or Die") made an better than expected little thriller. It is made watchable, thanks to a bright performance by Billingsley. Who is a natural actor, who is just as he good was he was in "Bob Clark's A Christmas Story". McHattie is also quite good as the calmest psychopath, you will ever see on a movie. The movie didn't really have an wide release, when it came out in 1982. But the movie has an loyal cult following over the years.

DVD has an fine anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer and an good digitally remastered Dolby Digital 5.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e0f6f24) out of 5 stars Long Over Looked Slasher Gem now on Blu Ray Dec 30 2006
By Slasher Diva\ Dayna Newman - Published on Amazon.com
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"Death Valley" is by far one of my favorite 80's slasher flicks,
The plot is very believable and the acting is above par with actors such as Paul Le Mat'The Burning Bed',Catherine Hicks' Childs Play',Peter Billingsley 'A Christmas story' and Stephen McHattie who is perfect as the slasher.

A mother and son go to Death Valley with The mother's new boyfriend hoping that the son and her new Beau will make nice with each other. The boy is very inquisitive and nosy resulting in him getting too close for comfort to a Serial killer who's very handy with a switchblade.

It becomes a cat and Mouse game between the two all the while he is trying to get the adults to believe him.It isn't a gore fest the kills are good,effective and the action and suspense are superb.There is a little some comic relief in the form of an obese babysitter who manages to wrangle all the kids candy and food away from him,her question of the night "Are You Going To Eat That?" am delighted that this Gem is now on not just DVD but Blu Ray.
it's a 5 Star film.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e0fa36c) out of 5 stars Pretty good movie June 21 2001
By Roy Levins - Published on Amazon.com
I don't know about most people but I tend to like this 1 star movie for once. I think its great Its not boring at any time, and its not dull its just a good movie not scary. When it was released in 1982 it received horrible reviews. Thsi is Peter Billingsley's first movie he is the kid who is in the all time favorite christmas movie " A Christmas Story" as if like nobody knew that. It has a great cast though Paul lemat, the mother from Childs Play, The guy from the quaker oats commercials,and many more. Country western movie I like those kinds of movies when they go out of the city and film in the desert I just like the movie and its not shakespeare or anything the acting is just like any regular person would act a good movie though.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e0fa3c0) out of 5 stars Long Lost Movie April 24 2002
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
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I have search high and low for a new copy of this without spending a fortune. Nonetheless, I had to go with used for a small price. The reason I like this film is I remember seeing it when I was a young kid and I like the desert, out of cities movies. This is a great family vaction slash horror flick. The acting is not so great but the story and flow of the movie keeps you going. I hope to see this one come to DVD.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e0fa708) out of 5 stars "Do you wanna play? Okay, I'll play with you" March 14 2003
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Those were the innocent words of Billy to a madman who was intent on killing him! This movie was really good and I remember seeing it when I was in junior high school. I haven't seen it since and have been searching for the video for the longest time. Yeah, it's dated 80's fare, but IGNORE that! The storyline is cool and a small boy who is smart enough to outwit the killer time and again in ANY way possible. It was like playing cat and mouse. The line quoted in the title shows that Billy believes that this maniac is just "playing" with him, unaware that his life was in danger. When he DOES realize it in the movie, he has more wits than an adult!!! This movie was cool back then and I'm SO GLAD to add it to my movie collection! It is one of those RARE thrillers that do not show a bunch of blood, gore and just a tad of nudity. Also, the scenery was LOVELY!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e0fa510) out of 5 stars Blu-ray Review: "Death Valley" Dec 7 2012
By ERSInk . com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
I don't know how the timing could be more perfect for Shout Factory to release the 1980's thriller "Death Valley" on Blu-ray. This is the film that introduced the world to little Peter "Ralphie" Billingsley of "A Christmas Story" fame. Is it destiny or great marketing foresight that brings this lesser-known gem to store shelves during the very season the actor is seen the most in?

"Death Valley" centers on a young boy named Billy who accidentally stumbles upon a murder scene while taking a road trip with his mother and her new boyfriend. He unknowingly picks up the only thing that can tie the killer to the location of the crime - a necklace dropped during the struggle with the victim. Billy's mother and her boyfriend attempt to bring the psychopath to justice before the murderer tracks the child down.

This is one of those forgotten films of the 1980s. It's not bad by any means. It just didn't make enough of an impact on moviegoers to grant it cult classic status. Many would consider it a slasher film and they have every right to. There are graphic scenes of blood and violence, but not enough to place it in a category with "Friday the 13th" or "Halloween."

The cast of "Death Valley" is relatively impressive in hindsight. Many of them hadn't hit their successful strides yet and were still on their journey to stardom. Catherine Hicks ("7th Heaven," "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home") plays Billy's mother. Veteran actor Edward Herrmann ("Gilmore Girls," "The Lost Boys") has a bit role as Billy's father. Wilfred Brimley ("The Firm," "Cocoon") plays the town sheriff.

The audio and video quality for this high-definition edition of "Death Valley" will thrill viewers. Anyone who's seen it either in the theater or on video will attest to the fact that it's never looked so great. It would've been nice to get a 5.1 surround sound mix out of the new release, but you can't win them all.

There's not much here in the way of special features for the movie. Audio commentary is provided by director Dick Richards. A theatrical trailer and TV spot that gives away entirely too much of the film's plot are also included. If I had seen this trailer before watching the movie, I would've been furious.

The "Death Valley" Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack will provide genre fans and ordinary movie viewers some thrills and entertainment. It's interesting to see Peter Billingsley perform in this type of atmosphere after spending so many years seeing him as baby-faced Ralphie in the safety of "A Christmas Story." I might have to have a "Three Degrees of 'A Christmas Story'" party this year and screen "Death Valley," "A Christmas Story" and "Black Christmas," which were both directed by Bob Clark.

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