DICK MAAS' PAIR OF KILLER ELEVATOR FLICKS COME TO BLU-RAY FROM BLUE UNDERGROUND!
I've been meaning to see THE LIFT, ever since I read a review for it over at BadMovies.Org so many years ago! And now that I can watch it in glorious high-definition, along with its remake, I can't even begin to explain how oddly excited I am at the prospect of finally watching both films! Curious? Then read on to get the full details on this Dick Maas' double feature!
THE LIFT (1983)
Synopsis: There is something very wrong with the elevator in a stylish office high-rise. The passengers never end up on the floor of their choice. They end up dead! When Felix, an inquisitive repairman, investigates the faulty deathtrap, he discovers that something other than malfunctioning machinery is to blame. Some dark, distorted power has gained control of the elevator for its own evil design. After his horrifying discovery is given the shaft by the authorities, he joins a nosy female journalist to battle the unholy force inside THE LIFT!
Huub Stapel (AMSTERDAMNED) and Willeke van Ammelrooy (ANTONIA'S LINE) star in this chilling cult classic from Writer/Director Dick Maas (SAINT), who also composed the score and later helmed the 2001 English-language remake, DOWN (aka THE SHAFT). Long unavailable on U.S. home video, Blue Underground now proudly presents THE LIFT in a brand-new 2K restoration from the original negative, approved by Dick Maas!
Rated R | Color | 95 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.66:1)
Audio - Dutch DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & 2.0 and English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0.
- Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Dick Maas and Editor Hans van Donge!
- Going Up - An Interview with Star Huub Stapel!
- Long Distance - A Short Film by Dick Maas (2003, 4 Minutes).
- Dutch Trailer
- U.S. Trailer
- Poster & Still Gallery
- Collectible Booklet with new essay by writer and filmmaker Chris Alexander!
DOWN (A.K.A. THE SHAFT - 2001)
Synopsis: When the express elevators in New York City's 102-story Millennium Building start to malfunction, elevator mechanics Mark (James Marshall of TWIN PEAKS) and Jeff (Eric Thal of THE PUPPET MASTERS) are sent to find the cause. After a series of gruesome and deadly accidents occur, Mark joins forces with spunky reporter Jennifer (Naomi Watts of THE RING), who's on the hunt for a juicy story.
As the death toll rises and the building is sealed off amid claims of terrorism, Mark and Jennifer attempt to unravel the horrifying secret behind the mysterious behavior of the bloodthirsty lift before it takes them and the entire city DOWN!
Michael Ironside (SCANNERS), Edward Herrmann (THE LOST BOYS), Dan Hedaya (COMMANDO), and Ron Perlman (HELLBOY) co-star in this big-budget remake of THE LIFT helmed by original Writer/Director Dick Maas (AMSTERDAMNED). Previously released on home video in a cropped full-frame transfer as THE SHAFT, Blue Underground is now proud to present DOWN in a brand-new widescreen 2K restoration from the original negative, approved by Dick Maas!
Rated R | Color | 111 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - English & French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0
- Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Dick Maas and Stunt Coordinator Willem de Beukelaer!
- The Making Of DOWN
- Behind-the-Scenes Footage [Blu-ray Exclusive]
- Theatrical Trailer
- Teaser Trailers
- Poster & Still Gallery
- Collectible Booklet with new essay by author Michael Gingold!