Violent lap dances, horrific sex scenes, betrayal, greasy strip clubs… sleazy and at times repulsive seduction… Showgirls is the ultimate mainstream exploitation film and Umbrella Entertainment have now brought this trash-fest monster of a film to us all in Hi-Def.
I have already reviewed this title (but could go on and on about it forever) so for those of you who haven’t read my review of Umbrella’s DVD release of Showgirls you can do so here.
So how does the Blu-Ray compare to the DVD release?
Presented in a 2.35:1 / 16:9 widescreen print the film looks stunning. The image is far more crisp and the colors are far more lurid and garish – especially Berkley’s trashy makeup and nails. I observed no artifacts but the garish costumes and makeup colors (or maybe just breasts) could have drawn my eyes away from any miniscule flaws. All the neon, costumes and dance sequences are greatly enhanced by the 1080p Hi-def and it just feels so Vegasy – loads of sparkly glitz and glam.
I’m pretty bad at judging audio but I definitely noticed an improvement with this release. The film is presented in an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track and the music – especially during the dance scenes – had my speakers rattling, and although the dialogue seemed quite low compared to this, overall it was a marked improvement from the DVD’s Dolby 2.0 soundtrack.
It’s a bit of a shame that there’s no extras on this release considering there are other releases of the film that contain commentaries and other features, although admittedly none of those extras are affiliated with any of those involved in the film. But hey the Showgirls (VIP Limited Edition) comes with shot glasses, a deck of Showgirls cards and a game called “Pin the Pasties on the Showgirl” – a crude version of “Pin the Tail on the Donkey”. The Umbrella DVD comes with a trailer so you’re not missing out on much if you don’t want to upgrade to the Blu-ray release.
Image and sound wise this release is a vast improvement from the DVD release but ultimately if image and sound isn’t worth the purchase price then stick with the DVD. Hopefully one day us Showgirls fans are treated with an upgrade of this Blu-ray that features a commentary from either Berkley or Verhoeven. Please pretty please!