Ghost Riders Blu Ray Review (MVD / Verdugo Entertainment)
Ghost Riders is a 1997 horror western produced, edited, and directed by Alan Stewart (Ghetto Blaster). Revenge is a hearty meal for phantoms of the prairie! On a dark and haunting night, all that is visible by the campfire light is the breath of vicious lawmen. The local preacher Rev. Thadeous Sutton (played by: stuntman Bill Shaw from The Dirt Bike Kid, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, Get Carter, Grimm, and Z Nation) and townspeople gather on a lonesome prairie as the lawless career of desperado Frank Clements (played by: Mike Ammons from Action U.S.A.) is about to end!!!! Ghost Riders was one of the rare 90’s low budget horror features that I’ve never seen before but I definitely remember it’s home video artwork from back in the day. I love revenge, ghost stories, horror, and westerns so the concept for this one grabbed my attention right away. Ghost Riders was decent but it wasn’t as constant as I wanted it to be. It kinda all over the place, it;s more western than horror for the most part. I will say it does have some really awesome 90’s special fx and that’s honestly the best thing about this independent horror film. It has it’s moments but the pacing for this doesn’t help it’s identity crisis when it’s going to both horror and western at different times during the production. They tried their best with their limited budget/ resources, and smaller cast when it came to the final product. Ghost Riders was still solid but I was hoping for a little more with this one considering it’s concept and fantastic artwork. This 1080p (1.78:1) transfer looked way better than expected especially for the films lower budget and resources for this independent production. I did some research on this one and compared it the past home video releases, this brand new Blu Ray blows away anything from the past when it comes to this film. The English: LPCM 2.0 Mono track is okay to be honest but it still holds up for it’s age. It has English subtitles also. It comes with a slipcover. It has a brand new exclusive “Audio Commentary” with director of photography / producer Thomas L. Calloway, writer/producer James Desmarais and moderator Steve Latshaw. “Bringing Out the Ghosts: The Making of Ghost Riders” is new exclusive mini 23 minute documentary on this forgotten 90’s horror feature. It has the archive 12 minute “Low Budget Films” with director Alan Stewart. Honestly, the extras here are better than the actual movie. It’s loaded with some really detailed information about this independent production and making low budget films in general. It has a 10 minute “Stills Gallery”, a minute “Behind the Scenes Gallery”, original “Trailer”, and a brand new “Trailer for Ghost Riders included on this home video release. Personally, I think the special features alone make this worth adding to your collection. It’s available everywhere right now, CHECK IT OUT!!!!