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.