Society: Limited Edition review

Blu-ray restoration brings the best out of this icky 1980s special effects showcase

Re-Animator producer Brian Yuzna made his directorial debut in 1989 with this enjoyably gloopy mix of satire and surreal body horror.

Between his wealthy family and beautiful girlfriend, Beverly Hills teen Bill (Billy Warlock) appears to have it all. So why has he spent his entire life feeling so cut-off from everyone around him? Why does he keep seeing weird things out of the corner of his eye? And what was really going on in the recording of his sister's coming out party that he listened to? The truth is far sicker and more perverse than Bill could ever have imagined.

From the uneven pacing to dodgy performances, it's clear from the off that Society is the work of someone finding their feet as a director. However, these issues fade away in the face of the film's sheer genre-mangling chutzpah as it hurtles towards its outrageous climax: a surreal orgy of latex and slime conjured up by special effects maestro Screaming Mad George. This final act is what lifts Society to another level and has ensured this unforgettable flick still enjoys a strong cult following.

Picture: This release is based on the 2K restoration that also served as the basis of the 2013 German Blu-ray. From rich blacks to a brilliantly gaudy colour palette and fine details, the 1.78:1-framed AVC encode is a real surprise, looking so far removed from the old UK DVD release that it's almost impossible to believe that it's the same movie.
Picture rating: 4/5

Audio: While the disc's LPCM 2.0 stereo soundtrack doesn't offer much in the way of panning effects, it still proves proficient at rendering dialogue, music and all of the squishy sound effects during the nightmarish last act.
Audio rating: 3.5/5

Extras: The Blu-ray houses a director's commentary, plus interviews with Brian Yuzna, actors Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, Ben Meyers and Tim Bartell, and special effects artists Screaming Mad George, David Grasso and Nick Benson. There's also a post-screening 2014 Q&A with the director, archive footage from the film's UK premiere, the trailer and a Screaming Mad George music video. This Limited Edition release is also bundled with a 24-page booklet and a reprint of the 2003 comic book sequel.
Extras rating: 4/5

We say: An impressive hi-def rendering of this (g)loopy cult horror-comedy with a plethora of bonus goodies

Society: Limited Edition, Arrow Video, All-region BD & R0 DVD, £18 Approx