Coppola’s Dementia 13 Making Its Way to Blu-ray

Over the last couple of years there have been countless Roger Corman productions that have made their way to Blu-ray and now the latest to be upgraded is Francis Ford Coppola’s commercial debut Dementia 13. Having completed work on a picture entitled The Young Racers in Ireland, Corman discovered that he still had some of his budget remaining and so offered Coppola the chance to direct a quick thriller using actors and props from the production, a common method for Corman. Considered by some to be a prototype for the slasher cycle that would follow over a decade later, Dementia 13 slipped into obscurity for many years before being rediscovered on home video.

Blu-ray.com have revealed that, using the original 35mm negatives, the movie will be making its debut on Blu-ray on April 26th. The limited special features will be a comparison showing footage before and after the print was restored, as well as the obligatory trailer.

For more information on Dementia 13, read Dave Stewart’s Proto-Slashers article here.

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3 Responses to “ Coppola’s Dementia 13 Making Its Way to Blu-ray ”

  1. This good news. I love the opening with the rockabilly song. Someone one once told me it was by Buddy Y and the fads, but I don’t know what the tune is called.
    I don’t know if its a proto-slasher, it’s more like a crime thriller with a horror style, like Blood Simple.

  2. This is quite interesting. From 2008, Corman talking about why there was no good release of Dementia 13. It’s only about 30 seconds long, but it’s nice to see that in just three short years they’ve managed to remaster it enough for Blu-ray – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8e7d4ZlasAo

  3. Oh, it’s definitely a proto-slasher. A woman is hacked with an axe and then hung on a hook, followed by a man getting his head chopped off. Body count may be low, but it’s easily a proto.

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