Synapse Films president Don May Jr. wrote a detailed update on the site's blog explaining that their long-awaited Blu-ray “Meltdown Edition” release of James Muro's 1987 cult classic Street Trash, originally slated for June 11th, has been delayed slightly due to technical issues in the restoration and HD remastering process.
Street Trash was transferred in high-definition from the original camera negative, which had many physical flaws to be addressed – flaws which were not visible in the earlier standard definition DVD release – and May says those issues were not addressed to his satisfaction by the authoring facility involved.
“For me personally, this project is currently in a state that I refuse to release,” he writes. “I have discussed it with my business partner, Jerry Chandler, and we both agree that the delay, to fix the issues at hand, is more important than to release a botched product to our fans, and to the marketplace, just to meet a deadline.” Their final decision was to “fix a few things manually on our own and keep the majority of Street Trash alone. I would rather release a product with a few actual film related anomalies like a few instances of dirt, etc. here and there, not an entire transfer completely botched from beginning to end by messed-up digital restoration.” The film's writer/producer Roy Frumkes (Document of the Dead) agreed with the decision.
May goes into extreme detail in his update, including comparison screenshots to illustrate the restoration errors (you'll have to look closely to spot some of them, but he provides large hi-res images). He will be providing updated release info soon, and estimates the new drop date at July 9th. The “Meltdown Edition” includes the following bonus features:
- Two Audio Commentaries Featuring Producer Roy Frumkes and Director James Muro
- The Meltdown Memoirs – Feature Length Documentary on the History and Making of Street Trash
- The Original Street Trash 16mm Short Film That Inspired the Movie
- The Original Street Trash Promotional Teaser
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Jane Arakawa Video Interview and Deleted Scenes
- Create Your Own Bottle of “Tenafly Viper” Wine with the Enclosed Label Sticker