Charles Band’s “Puppet Master III: Toulon’s Revenge” takes the series in an exciting new direction. Although there seem to be story contradictions, the third entry gives viewers the chance to see the events spoken of in parts one and two unfold before their very eyes. The puppets we’ve come to fear suddenly take a turn towards good as they become tools for taking out Nazi soldiers and officers. For a B-movie, the sets and locations used look and feel authentic.
In 1941, a doctor named Hess is attempting to produce a serum that will re-animate dead soldiers to march on the frontline and give cover for the live ones in battle. He hears about a puppeteer named Toulon who uses stringless puppets in his performances. Upon investigating, Hess discovers Toulon has generated a potion that brings inanimate objects to life. Toulon’s wife is killed by the Nazis and the puppeteer uses his wooden creations to exact revenge on those responsible for her death.
You can see the care and love executive producer / creator Charles Band put into transferring this film for Blu-ray. He makes sure the B-movie tone isn’t lost while cleaning up the picture and correcting coloring issues. It’s safe to say you’ve never viewed “Puppet Master III: Toulon’s Revenge” the way you will in its high-definition version.
The 5.1 surround mix is a definite improvement over the movie’s original VHS and standard DVD editions. The musical score, dialogue, and sound effects burst out at the audience from all over a home theater setting. It really helps bring the movie to life and creates a new experience for those who grew up seeing the movie.
As usual for Full Moon Blu-rays, “Puppet Master III: Toulon’s Revenge” is loaded with entertaining extras. The same special introduction from “Puppet Master II” is included with audio commentary by Director David DeCoteau and Writer C. Courtney Joyner. An original full length Videozone featuring the making of “Puppet Master III” is paired with a montage of killing scenes from the film and a rare 1997 “Puppet Master” action figure commercial. There’s also Full Moon trailers contained within.
Any fan of the Full Moon films will want to pick up the remastered “Puppet Master III: Toulon’s Revenge” Blu-ray. The movie looks better than it ever has before and is a fine example of classic visual and practical effects at their best. Although it holds some of the same bonus material as the “Puppet Master II” Blu-ray, the audio commentary and Videozone coupled with a great high-definition feature presentation make this a recommended purchase for genre fans.
For more articles by Eric Shirey, check out:
Blu-ray Review: “Puppet Master II”
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Interview with ‘Evil Bong 3-D’ Director/Producer Charles Band