I had never seen all the Sleepaway Camp films until I bought this box set. I didn’t even know they attempted to make a part four. Though I do know they are working on another part four right now. Anyway, I had seen the original a couple of months ago and I really liked it, and when I heard they were making a box set I knew I had to get it, plus since they were adding the fourth disc featuring footage from the fourth unfinished movie.
The DVD of Sleepaway Camp is just like the single release DVD that was released a year ago. The only difference is that it has a different cover art on the disc. The picture quality isn’t all that bad. It’s pretty clear, but I noticed some grain in a few places. It is presented in a widescreen 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The sound on it is pretty good considering that it’s in mono. But it doesn’t turn anyone away from this DVD.
For the special features, like I said above this DVD is identical to the single release. We get the trailer and we get the audio commentary. I found the commentary to be pretty interesting and informative. I would have liked for them to add more to this release, but it’s still is a good DVD.
Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers
The picture quality on this DVD is pretty good as well. It does have a little bit of grain just like the Sleepaway camp DVD has, but it still nice and clear throughout the entire film. There aren’t very many dark scenes, so we’re able to see what’s going on throughout the entire movie. It is also presented in a widescreen 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The sound on this one is also just like that of Sleepaway Camp. It is presented with a mono soundtrack.
This DVD has more extras than Sleepaway Camp had. We get a teaser trailer for Sleepaway Camp 3, a theatrical trailer for Sleepaway Camp 2, still galleries and audio commentary. I enjoyed all those features as well. We also get a Behind the Scenes feature, but I found it a bit boring. It is informative, but it’s just the director talking while we’re looking behind the scenes.
Sleepaway Camp 3: Teenage Wasteland
This movie is also presented in a widescreen 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The picture quality on this DVD is good throughout the film, but at the end it messes up. In the dark scene at the end I really couldn’t see what was going on. When the characters that are still alive enter the cabin, I couldn’t see what they were screaming at. And when someone gets murdered in there, I didn’t even know what happened until after it happened. As for the sound quality, just like the other two it’s presented with a mono soundtrack.
The extras on this DVD are pretty much like the extras on Sleepaway Camp 2. We get an audio commentary, Trailer, Still Gallery, Behind the Scenes footage, and Deleted Scenes with additional gore footage. I thought the Behind the Scenes on this one as well seemed lacking. As for the deleted scenes and the gore footage they took out, I think it would have helped the film out quite a bit if it was still in the movie.
Sleepaway Camp 4: The Survivor
This movie is presented in a Full Screen 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The picture quality isn’t bad considering it’s not really a movie, but just a bunch of footage for when they were preparing to make a movie. It’s more of just behind the scenes footage while they were making this movie. It would show the main character messing up and having to start over again. The only special feature we get for this one is a trailer which is mostly made up of other Sleepaway Camp films, and features a few new scenes.
Overall, I really did enjoy this box set. It also comes with a fourteen page collector’s booklet which is called the Sleepaway Camp: Camp Diary. That is really just a read on all of the Sleepaway Camp films, and I found it to be pretty interesting. They also said that if you get this box set from Best Buy, you get the fourth disc, well I didn’t get mine from Best Buy and I got a fourth disc. You’ll just have to make sure it says that there are four discs in this set when you pick up your copy. This DVD is really a Survival Kit. I hadn’t seen all of the Sleepaway Camp movies before now and now that I’ve seen them in this special box set, I am a Sleepaway Camp fan. Anchor Bay has proven time and time again why they are the best when it comes to releasing out favorites on DVD. Other companies should take note and do the same. If you’re a Sleepaway Camp fan, you’ll want to get this box set, and if you’re just a horror fan you’ll want to get this box set, even if it’s just to see the fourth disc. There are only 30,000 copies made in this Limited Edition set, so hurry up and get you a copy because once they’re gone, you won’t have a Survival Kit to help you make it through your camping trip at Sleepaway Camp. I give this DVD box set a 10 out of 10.