The double-bill of When a Stranger Calls and Happy Birthday to Me from Columbia via Mill Creek, is another of those low-cost releases that some might shy away from for fear of quality.
Having checked these out, I'm finding no problems. While every bit of minus density may not have been digitally removed, strangely yielding an even more film-like look, there are no problems.
Strangely, I've always remembers When a Stranger Calls being in black & white. It isn't.
Both of these transfers have proper resolution, blacks levers seems spot on, color, density, both proper, as one would expect from Columbia releases.
WaSC, was a decent thriller for its time. The opening concept seems to have been used for the early Drew Barrymore scenes in Scream.
HBtM, another early '80s contribution to the slasher genre is also okay of its kind. One of the most interesting points would be its ad campaign, which had little to do with the actual film. It trumpeted "Six of the most bizarre murders you've ever seen!" And borrowing a bit of artful promotion from Psycho, where the concept worked, one was not to be allowed entrance during the last ten minutes. I've never figured out why anyone might wish to do so.
Both are decent genre films. Both very good looking Blu-rays, from Mill Creek. And at a street price of $9, typical Mill Creek double-bill bargains.
Image - 4
Audio - 5