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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: 4K Ultra HD
  • SKU: BLU-BD-7513
  • UPC: 827058751391
  • Street Date: 01/18/22
  • PreBook Date: 12/14/21
  • Label: Blue Underground »
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run Time: 94 mins
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Audio: 5.1 SURROUND
  • Year of Production: 1978
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot: 25
  • Territory: US
  • Language: English

 

Cast & Crew

  • Actor: Cameron Mitchell
  • Actor: Pamelyn Ferdin
  • Actor: Wesley Eure
  • Actor: Nicolas Beauvy
  • Actor: Tim Donnelly
  • Actor: Aneta Corsaut
  • Actor: Marianne Walter
  • Director: Dennis Donnelly
  • Producer: Tony DiDio
  • Director: Dennis Donnelly
  • Producers: Tony DiDio

 

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The Toolbox Murders [4k UHD + Blu-ray]

Bit By Bit By Bit... He Carved A Nightmare!

The Toolbox Murders [4k UHD + Blu-ray]
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In a quiet apartment complex in Los Angeles, a deranged handyman goes on a killing spree, savagely murdering 'immoral' women with the tools of his trade - claw-hammers, screwdrivers, power drills and even a deadly nail gun! But these gruesome massacres are just the beginning of this landmark epic of violence and depravity that was vilified by critics, banned by censors, and treasured by splatter fans worldwide. This is... THE TOOLBOX MURDERS!

Cameron Mitchell (BLOOD AND BLACK LACE), Wesley Eure (LAND OF THE LOST), Aneta Corsaut (THE BLOB), Marianne Walter (adult film star Kelly Nichols) and former child actress Pamelyn Ferdin (THE BEGUILED) star in this notorious sickie. Now experience one of the most shocking exploitation films of all time at its bloody best, as THE TOOLBOX MURDERS has been newly scanned in 4K 16-bit from its uncut original negative, with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio, and gushing with new and archival Extras!

Media

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Bonus Materials

  • Ultra HD Blu-ray (2160p) and HD Blu-ray (1080p) Widescreen 1.66:1 feature presentations
  • Audio: Dolby Atmos (English); 5.1 DTS-HD (English); 1.0 DTS-HD (English)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Francais, Espanol
  • Audio Commentary #1 with Producer Tony DiDio, Director of Photography Gary Graver and Star Pamelyn Ferdin
  • NEW! Audio Commentary #2 with Film Historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
  • NEW! Drill Sergeant – Interview with Director Dennis Donnelly
  • NEW! Tools Of The Trade – Interview with Star Wesley Eure
  • NEW! Flesh And Blood – Interview with Actress Kelly Nichols
  • I Got Nailed In THE TOOLBOX MURDERS – Interview with Actress Marianne Walter
  • NEW! Slashback Memories – David Del Valle Remembers Cameron Mitchell
  • NEW! 'They Know I Have Been Sad' – Video Essay by Film Historian Amanda Reyes and Filmmaker Chris O'Neill
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Radio Spots
  • NEW! Poster & Still Gallery

Sales Points

  • For fans of MANIAC, THE PROWLER, and THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE
  • 2003 remake directed by horror legend Tobe Hooper (THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, POLTERGEIST)
  • Stars Cameron Mitchell (BLOOD AND BLACK LACE, SILENT SCREAM), Wesley Eure (LAND OF THE LOST, CHOMPS), Aneta Corsaut (THE BLOB, THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW), Marianne Walter (aka adult film star Kelly Nichols), and Pamelyn Ferdin (THE BEGUILED, CHARLOTTE'S WEB)
  • National Print Advertising and extensive Online Exposure
  • Remastered Blu-ray features 1080p HD Resolution, with Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Gushing with NEW and archival Extras
  • Limited Edition embossed slipcover (First Pressing Only)
  • UHD features 2160p Ultra HD Resolution and Dolby Vision HDR, with Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • WORLD PREMIERE! New 4K 16-Bit Restoration from the uncut original negative
  • The original exploitation classic returns on 4K Ultra High Definition Blu-ray Disc!

Press Quotes

Generates Some Genuinely Scary Moments!

     —Stephen King

The Ultimate Exploitation Sickie!

     —The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film

A Sleazy Masterpiece Of Cinematic Horrors... Sickly Disturbing And Creepy As Hell!

     —Monsters At Play

A Pleasantly Unsettling Cult Item That Rises Above Its Scurrilous Reputation!

     —Sex Gore Mutants

It is not a good movie, but a classic that fans of the genre will no doubt love.  

     —Bobby Blakey, Hollywood Matrimony

Newly scanned, the outstanding overall picture and sound quality belies the film’s age. This is probably the best The Toolbox Murders has ever looked, even in theaters.

     —Josey, the Sudden Cat, Free Kittens Movie Guide

Finally, we find a Poster & Still Gallery that includes 111 frames. These mix ads, shots from the production, and promo materials. We get a nice compilation here.

     —Colin Jacobson, DVD Movie Guide

In closing, there is definitely enough style to make things interesting throughout, even given today’s mass market releases professing to be of the same ilk of genre and it moves along at a decent pace, so it never gets boring.

     —Exclusive Magazine

Jacob Knight of Birth.Movies.Death wrote that the film is sure to "please even the most hardcore horror hounds" with its "blitzkrieg of brutal, Biblical violence."

     —Ken, MC Bastard's Mausoleum

Blue Underground once again sets the stage for an excellent year of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases with another exceptional Dolby Vision HDR transfer, an engaging new atmos mix, and hours of new bonus features to pick through.

     —Matthew Hartman, High Def Digest

The new UHD disc offers a glorious grindhouse visual experience.

     —Evan Dossey, Midwest Film Journal

There's a reason the film has received a 4K UHD release in 2022, and thanks to a beautiful new transfer and copious new features that really are essential, fans of the movie now have another, even better edition to add to their collection. 

     —Cereal At Midnight

The immaculate image quality might indicate something that was shot yesterday, but the production design clearly gives the game away. Top marks all around.

     —Mondo Digital

Over the years, however, it has gained a cult following.

     —Bob Bloom, Reel Bob

Over the years, however, it has gained a cult following.

     —Bob Bloom, Film Yap

Now, Blue Underground has remastered this gritty little movie for a pristine UHD release.

     —Gabe Powers, Genre Grinder

The 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray offer presentations of the recent 4K restoration of the film.

     —Dr. Svet Atanasov, Blu-ray.com

Blue Underground has once again hit it out of the park with this 4K release of "The Toolbox Murders," and I personally can't wait to see what they tackle next in 4K.

     —Sam Cohen, Edge Media Network

It’s another generous effort from Blue Underground, bringing this slasher into the modern era with an impeccable 4K scan.

     —Matt Paprocki, Doblu

The Toolbox Murders is another example of 4K UHD from Blue Underground, with a new 4K transfer, a solid Dolby Atmos audio track, and a slew of new extras to go along with the extras ported over from their previous Blu-ray release; highly recommended.

     —Michael Den Boer, 10K Bullets

But these gruesome massacres are just the beginning of this landmark epic of violence and depravity that was vilified by critics, banned by censors, and treasured by splatter fans worldwide.

     —Paul Rudoff, The Raffon

I must say I highly recommend the purchase of this 4K Ultra HD + Blu-Ray of “The Toolbox Murders”.

     —Christopher Boise, Macabre Daily

All told, the new featurettes amount to about an hour and a half of extras, making this one of Blue Underground’s most jam-packed 4K UHD releases.

     —Ryne Barber, Cult Sploitation

Blue Underground has done an amazing job of restoring old classic horror films over the years, including titles such as “Dead & Buried,” “Two Evil Eyes,” “The New York Ripper,” “Maniac,” and “The House by the Cemetery,” to name but a few but many of these movies were made by male filmmakers who could be perceived as misogynist because of the large amount of violence leveled against their female protagonists.

     —James McDonald, Irish Film Critic

While the main disk is 4K Ultra, the original film was shot on 16 mm and that’s what sets the quality of the playback.

     —Carl F. Gauze, Ink 19

It looks better than ever but manages to retain rhe 70's era seediness of it all.

     —Ken, MC Bastards Mausoleum

It’s fun, it’s kinda dirty, and it’s very blood! Which is awesome.

     —Zombies Don’t Run

The movie looks and sounds better than it ever has before and there’s a host of excellent new extra features included here as well. Highly recommended!

     —Ian Jane, Rock Shock Pop

Blue Underground's brand new 4K / Blu-ray combo pack of The Toolbox Murders has never looked or sounded better on disc before.

     —David J. Moore, The Movie Elite

The final third contains surprising twists and psychodrama, and I liked the ending.

     —Kent Conrad, Cinema Sentries

There's a reason the film has received a 4K UHD release in 2022, and thanks to a beautiful new transfer and copious new features that really are essential, fans of the movie now have another, even better edition to add to their collection. 

     —Cereal At Midnight

The main reason it lands under the “Best” section, though, is due to Blue Underground’s stunning 4K restoration.

     —Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects

As for Mitchell, he’s completely off the rails in this and I loved every minute of his performance. 

     —Bands About Movies

HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATIONS!!!

     —The Movie Isle

This is a best case scenario, in which the visual experience is about as close to an original run theatrical screening as possible.

     —Gabe Powers, Genre Grinder

This is probably the best The Toolbox Murders has ever looked, even in theaters.

     —D.M. Anderson, Free Kittens Movie Guide

This release, however, surpasses them all, offering a quality presentation and a satisfying extras package. Highly recommended.

     —Tim Salmons, The Digital Bits

Now experience one of the most shocking exploitation films of all time at its bloody best, as THE TOOLBOX MURDERS has been newly scanned in 4K 16-bit from its uncut original negative, with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio, and gushing with new and archival Extras!

     —Mrparka, Screaming Toilet

While THE TOOLBOX MURDERS might not be the most highly regarded exploitation flick, Blue Underground doesn’t hold back on producing a top-notch release, most notably on the video and audio presentations.

     —Jovy Skol, Nightmarish Conjurings

It’s another generous effort from Blue Underground, bringing this slasher into the modern era with an impeccable 4K scan.

     —Matt Paprocki, Doblu

The Toolbox Murders is a mediocre slasher where the mystery element goes by the wayside halfway through (not that the identity isn’t hard to tell) but features a creepily fun performance by the great Cameron Mitchell.

     —Movie Man's Guide

Nihilistic, sleazy, wrong as fuck, and thoroughly entertaining, The Toolbox Murders is a nice thick slice of succulent grindhouse mayhem and shouldn’t be missed by any stalk n’ slay fanatic!

     —DanXIII, Horror Fuel

 — but the new 4K offering from Blue Underground will certainly please the film’s fans.

     —The Film Frenzy

Blue Underground invites you to ring in the New Year with one of the most sadistic and controversial slashers of all time.

     —Peter "Witchfinder" Hopkins, Horror Screams Video Vault

Part slasher, part queasy psychological horror, and all grimy, Dennis Donnelly’s The Toolbox Murders gets an exceptional UHD upgrade and a bevy of excellent new bonus features.

     —Budd Wilkins, Slant Magazine

Mitchell almost single-handedly elevates The Toolbox Murders above its sleazy underpinnings. 

     —Alex DiVincenzo, Broke Horror Fan

The new Blue Underground 4K of Toolbox Murders is quite the package. The picture is as good as it could be for a grainy late 70’s low budget film. 

     —Film Cultist

This release from BU is fucking perfect and a must own for genre fans. I highly recommend it.

     —Blacktooth, Horror Society

Cult classic purveyors Blue Underground work their usual magic on a notorious film getting a sparkling new home video release: The Toolbox Murders.

     —Mike Spring, Live For Film

Cult classic purveyors Blue Underground work their usual magic on a notorious film getting a sparkling new home video release: The Toolbox Murders.

     —Mike Spring, Comic Watch

A very nice grindhouse shocker that seems to have a bit for everybody: There are scenes of genuine Hitchcockian suspense, but there's also some creative and gruesome murder scenes, there are bits of sleaze but also some very unnerving acting by B movie veteran Cameron Mitchell - and it's all tied together in an engaging if not exactly high brow plot, it moves along at a steady pace, and even if the film never even tries to break the genre mold, it manages to surprise quite a few times.

     —Mike Haberfeiner, Search My Trash

I think this would look great on any collectors shelf, and has enough of a color and black level upgrade, and new special features to justify a double dip if you have a previous bluray copy, and should definitely be your go to version if you have not seen or do not already own this film.

     —Jake Parker, Modern Horrors

This 4K remaster is drop-dead gorgeous, especially in 2160p and Dolby Vision, and it's always wonderful to see that the audio options include both the original monaural audio and an Atmos remix. 

     —Adam Tyner, DVD Talk

This presentation is a knockout effort from the good people at Blue Underground.

     —Dillon Gonzales, Geek Vibes Nation

It’s just one wild, violent murder after another with characters intermittently pretending to be the protagonist, and Cameron Mitchell waiting on the sidelines to chew every bit of scenery he can get his glorious maw on.

     —Jef Burnham, Film Monthly

The highlights are the new commentaries and interviews which I found enjoyable.

     —Film Cultist

I think this would look great on any collectors shelf, and has enough of a color and black level upgrade, and new special features to justify a double dip if you have a previous bluray copy, and should definitely be your go to version if you have not seen or do not already own this film.

     —Jake Parker, Modern Horrors

The script challenges what is typically expected from the hero, villain and victim and the final shot is a gut punch.

     —ZigZag, Horror DNA

You’ll definitely want to upgrade from your old Blu-ray copy.

     —Ryne Barber, Cultsploitation

...it's a film that clearly inspired superior works in the four decades since it was released. 

     —Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

  

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