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The Legend of Boggy Creek
 

 

The Legend of Boggy Creek on DVD

There have been numerous versions of The Legend of Boggy Creek released on DVD over the years. Since there's a wide range in overall quality and bonus features, it's hard to know which one is the best. Some of the older ones are hard to find, and often sell for more than their original retail price, so cost is also a factor when choosing one. In the interest of documenting the intricacies of these DVDs, here is a run-down of each release.

(Note that the listed running times vary between the releases, but these are often incorrect and none of them contain any extra footage.)

Legend of Boggy Creek by Film Trauma

2014

Film Trauma

Format: fullscreen
Running Time: 90 min.

Features:

  • Digitally Re-Mastered
  • 2.0 Digital Mono
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Photo & Still Gallery
  • Radio Spot
  • Fouke Monster Info
  • Boggy Creek Info
  • Pierce Bio
  • Filmography
  • Animated Menus
  • Scene Access

This "Deluxe Collector's Edition" is the latest version to hit the market. It's definitely the best in overall quality and bonus extras.

This print is said to have "digitally remastered picture and audio taken from the best source material available," which in comparison to all other DVD versions, is certainly superior.  It's on par with the benchmark Hen's Tooth version of 2002, but the picture is a bit brighter and the audio quality is better.

If that weren't enough, this is the only DVD to offer a host of excellent bonus features such as the original theatrical trailer, a cool radio advertising spot, and an extensive photo gallery.  The menu title screen is even professional with an effect that looks like moving swamp water. Highly recommended!


Legend of Boggy Creek by Retrosploitation

2013

Retrosploitation

Format: widescreen
Running Time: 86 min.

Features:

  • 2.35:1 Telecine Print
  • Original Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Legacy of Boggy Creek Preview

This is a widescreen version offered by the company that released the deplorable, unauthorized "sequel" called Legacy of Boggy Creek

The DVD actually contains two prints, the other being a 2.35:1 Telecine print.  But it doesn't matter.  The picture quality here is the absolute worst of all the releases.  It's blurry and almost unwatchable.  And the audio is no better.  To boot,  it appears the DVD was made on CreateSpace, a do-it-yourself, on-demand site, rather than being a real manufactured disc.

 


Legend of Boggy Creek by Amazon

2012

Amazon

Format: fullscreen
Running Time: 87 min.

Features:

  • none

This version appeared on Amazon in 2012. It is actually a burned DVD-R, not a true disc. The quality is one of the worst available with the film being presented inside a thick, black frame which takes up 1/4 of the full screen image. The sound is also terrible, making this one a mystery as to why it was even released.

 


Legend of Boggy Creek by Underground Empire

2011

Underground Empire

Running Time: 91 min.
Format: widescreen

Features:

  • none

This was the first widescreen version made available on DVD.  While it does have that going for it, the quality is not good.  The picture is one of the worst quality transfers out there, and the audio is downright terrible.  These shortcomings hardly justify releasing it, regardless of the widescreen aspect.


2009

Beach Productions

Format: fullscreen
Running Time: 87 min.

Features:

  • Interactive Menus
  • Scene Access
  • Filmography
  • Production Notes
  • Photo Gallery

This is re-issue of the Sterling version with inferior packaging.

 


Legend of Boggy Creek by Cheezy Flicks

2006

Cheezy Flicks

Format: fullscreen
Running Time: 90 min.

Features:

  • none

This version is comparable to the Hen's Tooth version with perhaps a slightly inferior picture quality that is more pixelated. This is not surprising, however, since it was orignally sourced from the Hen's Tooth version. Like the Hen's Tooth release, it also lacks any sort of extras.

This DVD is the oldest one still available on the retail market.

 


Legend of Boggy Creek by Music Video Distributors

2006

Music Video Distributors / Cheezy Flicks

Format: fullscreen
Running Time: 90 min.

Features:

  • none

This is another version of the Cheezy Flicks release with an alternate cover. It appears to be the same transfer as the other Cheezy Flicks version described above.

 


Unicorn Video

2006

Unicorn Video

Format: fullscreen
Running Time: 87 min.

Features:

  • none

This is another no frills version that came out in 2006. The quality is marginal and there are no extras.

 


Legend of Boggy Creek by Hen's Tooth Video

2002

Hen's Tooth Video

Format: fullscreen
Running Time: 86 min.

Features:

  • Interactive Menus
  • Chapter Search

Prior to the Film Trauma release, Hen's Tooth was considered the benchmark of The Legend of Boggy Creek releases.  It offers good quality picture and audio which comes closest to the 2014 Film Trauma re-master.  However, when it comes to bonus extras, it is lacking when compared to the newer Film Trauma release.

 


Legend of Boggy Creek by Sterling Entertainment

2002

Sterling Entertainment

Format: fullscreen
Running Time: 87 min.

Features:

  • Interactive Menus
  • Scene Access
  • Filmography
  • Production Notes
  • Photo Gallery

This is a good version with a modest set of extras.  The picture quality is not quite as good as the Hen's Tooth transfer, but close.  However, like the Hen's Tooth version, it can't compete with the Film Trauma version in overall quality or certainly in the bonus extras department.  The extras offered here, such as Production Notes and Photo Gallery are barely worth clicking on. The film also cuts off just shy of the end.

 


Legend of Boggy Creek by Education 2000, Inc.

1988

Education 2000 (SPI)

Format: widescreen compressed to fullscreen
Running Time: 90 min.

Features:

  • none

This is the first release of The Legend of Boggy Creek on DVD back in 1988. It's hard to find these days, but not really worth the pursuit unless you are an avid collector of all the movie versions. The format is widescreen, but it's squeezed to fullscreen which distorts the images. The picture quality is extremely poor. Some of the darker scenes are hardly distinguishable.

 

 

THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK. A film by Charles B. Pierce.