Blu-ray, Digital Release: Henry: The Portrait Of A Serial Killer

Digital Release Date: Dec. 6, 2016, Blu-ray Release Date: Dec. 6, 2016
Price: Blu-ray $20.96
Studio: MPI

The 1986 cult thriller Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, 30 years after its historic festival premiere, has lost none of its power to shock.PhotoELF Edits: 2009:12:08 --- Saved as: 24-Bit 98% JPEG YUV444 --- batch crop --- crop 2009:12:07 --- Batch Resized

Loosely based on the true story of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, the film stars Michael Rooker (TV’s The Walking Dead) as Henry, a psychopathic drifter who has coldly murdered a number of people for no particular reason and without any remorse. Leaving bodies in his wake, Henry makes his way to Chicago, where his he settles into the run-down apartment of his drug-dealing former prison friend and occasional roommate Otis (Tom Towles). Also moving into the space is Otis’s younger sister Becky (Tracy Arnold), who is fleeing her abusive husband. As she fends off her brother’s incestuous advances, Becky finds herself attracted to Henry – unaware that he, along with Otis, are continuing their murderous rampage.

The film’s violence, and the clinical, detached portrayal of Henry by the unforgettable Rooker, originally earned it the MPAA’s highly restrictive NC-17 rating. The response from both critics and the public was over-the-top, and the film went on to gain praise as one of the most compelling and disturbing American films of the decade.

MPI’s new Blu-ray and digital release of Henry offers a brand-new 4K scan and restoration from the 16mm original camera negatives, and a fresh 5.1 audio mix from the stereo 35mm mag reels, all approved by director John McNaughton.

Special features on the Blu-ray include the following:

-“In Defense of Henry: An Appreciation”
-“Henry vs MPAA: A Visual History”
-“Henry at the BBFC”
-“It’s Either You or Them: An Interview with Artist Joe Coleman”
-“In The Round: A Conversion with John McNaughton”
-“Portrait: The Making of Henry”
-Deleted Scenes & Outtakes
-Feature Commentary with John McNaughton
-Interview with John McNaughton, 1998
-Trailer (original)
-Trailer (30th anniversary)
-Still Gallery
-Reversible Sleeve featuring original Joe Coleman artwork


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.