1999’s ‘Candyman: Day of the Dead’ Available on Blu-ray

The 1999 horror thriller Candyman: Day of the Dead, the third installment in the original “Candyman” series, is available on  Blu-ray (plus digital) from Lionsgate in the “Vestron Video Collector’s Series.”

Based on the characters created by horror writer Clive Barker, this film stars Donna D’Errico (“Baywatch,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “9-1-1”), Robert O’Reilly (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”), and Tony Todd (Candyman, The Crow, “The Flash”). 
 
In the film, the Candyman is back. As the Day of the Dead celebration approaches the barrio of East Los Angeles, the tortured ghost is intent upon bringing his family together in a bloody reunion beyond the grave. Challenged to confront the horrifying legend of her ancestor, Caroline (Donna D’Errico, “Baywatch”) must come face to face with the monster who has destroyed her past — and now wants to steal her future. 

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Special features include audio commentary with director-cowriter Turi Meyer and producer-cowriter Al Septien; isolated score selections featuring an audio interview with composer Adam Gorgoni; interviews with actor Tony Todd, special prosthetic effects designer Gary J. Tunnicliffe, director of photography Michael Wojciechowski and production designer Marc Greville-Masson; English and German trailers; a home video promo; a home video trailer; and a still gallery.

The series was recently rebooted with a sequel to the original cowritten by Jordan Peele.

Scream Factory Sets ‘Candyman’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray for Nov. 20

Shout! Factory will release a two-disc Blu-ray collector’s edition of 1992 cult hit Candyman Nov. 20 through the indie distributor’s Scream Factory horror imprint.

The thriller follows a graduate student (Virginia Madsen ) whose research summons a legendary spirit (Tony Todd) who haunts a notorious housing project. Written and directed by Bernard Rose, executive produced by Clive Barker, and with music by Philip Glass, Candyman also stars Xander Berkeley and Kasi Lemmon.

The Blu-ray set includes both the theatrical and unrated cuts of the film, with a new 2K restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative. The new scenes for the uncut version are high-definition inserts sourced from an archival film print.

New bonus material with the theatrical cut includes audio commentary with Rose and Todd, and another commentary with authors and horror experts Stephen Jones and Kim Newman. The theatrical cut also includes two previously released commentaries.

Additional new extras include the featurette “A Story to Tell: Clive Barker’s ‘The Forbidden,’” with writer Douglas E. Winter discussing Clive Barker’s seminal Books of Blood and Candyman’s source story, “The Forbidden”; and “Urban Legend: Unwrapping Candyman,” a critical analysis of the film with writers Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes.

The Blu-ray also includes new interviews with Todd, Madsen, actors Kasi Lemmons and DeJuan Guy, production designer Jane Ann Stewart, and the film’s makeup artists.

Legacy extras include “Sweets to the Sweet: The Candyman Mythos” featuring filmmaker and cast interviews; 2014 interviews with Barker and Todd; storyboards; and promotional material. The Blu-ray also includes a BD-ROM screenplay.