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Blu-Ray Review: Clive Barker’s Cult Classic ‘NIGHTBREED’ 4K UHD Collector’s Edition

For decades, Clive Barker’s NIGHTBREED has continued to captivate the imaginations of horror fans around the globe. Premiering in 1990, there was no other film quite like it at the time or since, for that matter. A financial and critical flop when it was initially released, the film has garnered a cult-like following in the years since its release. For the uninitiated, the film is based on Barker’s spell-binding novel, ‘Cabal,’ and features a fantastic cast that includes the tremendous Craig Sheffer (Hellraiser: Inferno), Anne Bobby (Born on the Fourth of July), Charles Haid (Hill Street Blues) and the legendary David Cronenberg. Rounding out the iconic project is an ethereal soundtrack crafted by award-winning composer Danny Elfman.

In August 2023, Scream Factory breathes new life into the film with their ‘NIGHTBREED’ Collector’s Edition 4K UHD release. This new, gorgeously packaged collector’s edition contains four discs (Blu-ray, DVD, and bonus discs) spread across two standard blue cases. The set also includes an eye-catching 38-page color photo booklet with an essay on the history of the film by Mark Alan Miller. This highly anticipated release also features a new 4K scan of the best-surviving film elements from the “Theatrical Cut.” As a long-time fan and avid physical media collector, this upgraded release convinced me to jump from the previously released versions. The painstakingly restored version of the film features exceptional audio and video presentation, giving the film (not to mention the nightmarish monsters of Midian) a whole new life. It truly springs from the screen like never before. While many of the unique features on this release are sourced from pre-existing materials, having them all in one set is a plus.

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DISC 1: 4K UHD (Theatrical Cut)

  • NEW 2023 4K scan of the best surviving film elements
  • In Dolby Vision (HDR-10 Compatible)
  • Audio Commentary with film critics Adrian J. Smith and David Flint


DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0. 5.1

DISC 2: Blu-Ray (Theatrical Cut)

  • NEW 2023 4K scan of the best surviving film elements
  • Audio Commentary with film critics Adrian J. Smith and David Flint
  • Memories of Midian – an interview with actor Nicholas Vince
  • Walking the Line Between Heaven and Hell – interview with critic Kat Ellinger
  • Speaking Up for the Monsters – an interview with critic Kim Newman
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, 5.1

DISC 3: Blu-Ray (Director’s Cut)

  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Clive Barker and restoration producer Mark Allan Miller
  • Tribes of the Moon: The Making of NIGHTBREED – a 72-minute documentary on the production
  • Making Monsters – a look at the special makeup effects
  • Fire! Fights! Stunts!  – a look at the second unit shoot


  • DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, 5.1


DISC 4 – Bonus Disc (Blu-Ray):

Special Features:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Monster Prosthetics Masterclass
  • Cutting Compromise
  • The Painted Landscape
  • Matte Painting Tests
  • Makeup Tests
  • Stop Motion Lost Footage
  • Rehearsal Test
  • Still Galleries – sketches, deleted scene photos, poster and pre-production, on-the-set images.