When Final Destination hit theaters in 2000, director James Wong (“The One”) or anyone else probably wouldn’t have guessed that post-millennial death-will-take-you horror would become one of the biggest brands in the genre -Movies would count. By 2011, the series had five orgies that grossed a whopping $666 million. Kind of fitting. In home cinema, however, the mega-popular splatter saga was criminally neglected.
The Blu-ray first edition of “Final Destination” has been out of print for many years, and some of the sequels followed suit – on DVD as well as on Blu-ray. Fans of the entertaining battle records had to switch to alternatives, such as offers on the third market or the still available Mediabook Collection, which costs a whopping 189.99 euros. But now Rental Warner is finally doing the right thing!
» “Final Destination” Mediabook Collection at MediaMarkt*
“Final Destination 1-5” will be released on December 1, 2022 as an unabridged complete box set on DVD and Blu-ray – for the first time at an affordable price. The DVD version is already available for 25.99 euros, the HD version on Blu-ray is only slightly more expensive at 31.99 euros.
» “Final Destination” Collection at MediaMarkt: DVD* / Blu ray*
Both sets contain all films in full length. Accordingly, the collection also appears with an FSK 18 release (the first two parts are from 16, parts 3-5 from 18). Alternatively, the films are of course also available as a stream, for example on Amazon Prime Video:
» Dhe “Final Destination” films on Amazon Prime Video*
Basically, the plot of “Final Destination” can be summarized quickly – and that of all films. Because each of them revolves around a person who sees a disaster before it happens. This is how she manages to save a group of people – at least for the time being. But once death has you on its list, there’s no escaping it.
It begins with a plane crash in the first film, followed by a mass crash on the highway in Final Destination 2, a derailing roller coaster in Final Destination 3, and a NASCAR car race disaster in Final Destination 4, and finally from a collapsing bridge in Final Destination 5.
Sure, some characters like the survivor Clear Rivers (Ali Larter) or Tony Todd’s ominous William Bludworth, who always stands by the potential victims with advice and action and provides plenty of chilling atmosphere, return again and again. However, the complexity of the content of the series is limited. In addition to the many Easter eggs and cross-references that exist between the films, this is about one thing above all: people who bite the dust in the most creative way possible.
Friends of the currently so popular art house horror (from “It Follows” to “Hereditary”) should not get their money’s worth here. But if you like to use genre fare to turn your head off and have no problem with liters of blood, chopped off limbs and intestines, you get the “Final Destination” collection A total of nine hours of splatter horror, which is incredibly entertaining due to the numerous creative kills alone – and always makes you happy.
By the way: After “Final Destination 6” was already under discussion a few years ago, before it ultimately came to nothing, work on a sixth film has started again. Also on board is “Spider-Man: No Way Home”-maker Jon Watts, who probably wants to deviate a little from the well-known formula with the film. It remains to be seen whether the project will ultimately be implemented at all…
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