Release Date: October 30, 2018
Released By: Image Entertainment
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Ned Dennehy, Olwen Fouéré, Richard Brake, and Bill Duke
Run Time: 121 Minutes
“In the Pacific Northwest in 1983, outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with deadly fire.”
Mandy. Wow, where do I even start? haha Mandy is a throwback to old school 80’s Horror Thriller Suspense movies, and a wacky one at that. This movie follows the story of Red Miller (played by Nicolas Cage) and his wife Mandy Bloom, as they live a very happy, quiet, and secluded life together in the woods. Everything seems perfect until a large sadistic cult comes across Mandy one day. The cult leader, Jeremiah Sand, becomes obsessed with her, kidnaps her, and then tortures her until she dies in front of Red. If you thought this movie was wacky already, from this point forward it intensifies by 100. Red sees…Red and decides to avenge Mandy by hunting down this cult and killing every last one of them involved in the murder. This movie is a wild ride due to it’s over the top acting, intense action & kill sequences, vivid colors, and a hardcore soundtrack. I’m not usually the biggest fan of Nicolas Cage but he definitely put his all into this role. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still very “Nicolas Cage” in this film but it’s well placed if that makes sense haha I enjoyed the film for what it was but it’s definitely one that you have to be in the mood for before watching. If you’re a fan of trippy old school Horror movies, I think this one would be a good watch for you.
Picture & Audio Quality:
Mandy’s Picture Quality on the Bluray was actually really nice. There were times where everything looked nice a crisp, and you could see some really good detail on outfits. Other times, the film had a grainy look but I believe it was supposed to be that way, to match up with the time period it’s trying to relate with. The really deep purple and red colors (as well as many others) looked really nice as well. The Audio sounded great on this release as well. The mix of creepy sound effects used during battle scenes, and the heavy metal soundtrack, work really well with each other.
There aren’t all that many Special Features included on this release but I was very happy when I saw that there was a Behind The Scenes Featurette. This movie was so bizarre that I really wanted to get an idea of what was going on in mindset of the cast and crew. The Behind The Scenes Featurette didn’t disappoint, and gave me exactly what I was hoping for. It was also nice to check out some of the Deleted & Extended Scenes as well.
Behind the Scenes – Featurette
Deleted & Extended Scenes
Optional English SDH, Spanish, and French subtitles for the main feature
7 Out Of 10 Stars