THE FINAL DESTINATION will be available on Blu-ray disc on Tuesday. Shot in breathtaking 3D, the fourth installment of the horror franchise offers two pairs of 3D glasses, as well as two alternate endings, and some other cool features that set it apart from the normal DVD release. A special preview of the new NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET film is included with the Blu-ray disc as well. Of course a 2D version of the film is included as well. But that's no fun. You want to experience this film in all of it's 3D glory and gory. The opening scene of the disaster at the race track is a real classic with cars and tires flying right at the viewer.
The third film in the series also involved a cool special effect allowing the viewer to play "God" and decide who lives and who dies with alternative versions of bad events for the characters. If you can get past your guilt feelings, you might just have a little fun with that DVD as well. But I've always been a sucker for 3D. And the 3D effects in this new film go a few steps better than the old classic 1953 HOUSE OF WAX by a long ways. This new film is a must have item.
As cool as the FINAL DESTINATION series has been, it's highly likely that this film is the end of the thrill ride. Producer Craig Perry feels that this series has lived out it's useful life, and he just hates to see this series degenerate into the pure schlock stage such as grade Z horror crap films like LEPRECHAUN 4. But the cool special effect of 3D gives this series one grand last hurrah, although many critics actually panned this film. But heck, horror fans like me love this series regardless of what the critics say.
Part of the problem with a film series like this is that it keeps costing more to produce as well as the bar keeps getting raised for where to carry the series. This latest installment cost a cool $40 million to produce. Not Chump change by any means. But it did bring in a decent $183.2 million worldwide, which was a decent return. So at what point does turning a profit intersect with milking a series one film too far. That's where the headspace of Craig Perry is right now. He's satisfied where this series has traveled. So this might well be the end of the line. Well, okay, THE FINAL DESTINATION(I had to go there, right?).
The bottom line: Cool and recommended. ***three stars out of four! Buy it on Blu-ray.