Anchor Bay Entertainment
Cast: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater
Extras: Theatrical trailer, Featurette
— Veronica’s father in "Heathers"
When people began pointing fingers at movie violence following the incident in Littleton, I kept waiting for someone to mention "Heathers". After all, it contains high schools students committing suicide, shooting one another, and using high explosives. But I never heard anyone accuse "Heathers" of inciting violence. This is a good thing, because we don’t want this cult-classic being pulled from the shelves. The film was recently released on DVD by Anchor Bay Entertainment and it still packs a wallop today.
The title "Heathers" refers to three girls who are the most popular students at Westerburg High School. All three girls are named… well…Heather. The Heathers are very snobby and look down on all of the other students. Veronica (Winona Ryder) is the lone member of this group who isn’t named Heather and that seems to have some sort of social conscience. Veronica is a study in duplicity. She enjoys being with the popular people, but hates what they stand for. Veronica’s vaccous and clueless parents offer no help. Things change when J.D. (Christian Slater) comes to Westerburg. J.D. is a pistol-packing rebel who wants to shake up the establishment and he realizes that Veronica can help him. J.D. sympathizes with Veronica’s dislike of the Heathers and devises a plan to rid Westerburg of the snobs. But once the plan is hatched, things begin to spiral out of control as more and more people die, and Veronica realizes that she must stop J.D. and set things right.
The Anchor Bay DVD is light years ahead of the VHS version of "Heathers" that has been around for years. The film is presented in the letterbox format of 1.85:1 and the framing appears to be very accurate. The picture is very clear and there is no grain or artifacting. However, the source print appears to be slightly dark, as some of the tones are muted. As mentioned above, the color palette on the film is carefully picked and the color correction is balanced throughout the film, allowing for the costumes to be viewed clearly.
The DVD contains two bonus features. There is a full-frame theatrical trailer, which is a hoot, but doesn’t prepare the viewer for the lengths that the film will go. There is also a featurette that contains a few minutes of interviews with Ryder and Slater, but consists mainly of full-frame scenes from the film.Anchor Bay is quickly building a reputation as THE company to resurrect films that have been denied a proper home video presentation and "Heathers" is no exception. The film hasn’t lost any of its edge and this new transfer looks great. Incidentally, there are rumors that Lehmann, Waters, and Ryder are reteaming for "Heathers 2". Could it be an assault on Yuppy society? I can’t wait.