The prints is exactly the same. I took screenshots and had to carefully label them or else I wouldn't even be able to tell which shots came from which discs. Here's a couple of comparisons (Code Red on top; Mill Creek on bottom).
|Oops - One frame off there!|
But where Code Red really triumphs is the extras. Neither of the previous editions have any extras at all, not even a trailer. But Code Red has that trailer, and a whole lot more. First of all, the film has a very informative and engaging audio commentary by Pirro, star John McCafferty and co-writer Alan Gries, who mostly works as moderator. It's very upbeat, but not afraid to get critical and never lulls. Then, there's a great retrospective documentary called Revisiting Deathrow Gameshow, which features all the lead actors (except, unfortunately, Beano), lots of the crew and even the former VP of Crown International Pictures. It's over half an hour long and is a very fun look back on the shooting. And finally there's an old self-made documentary film by Pirro called Mimi Motion Picture Making from 1994. It's a 49-minute retrospective on Pirro's career discussing all of his films (including a segment on Deathrow Gameshow) with more interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. All together, it's a wonderful retrospective you're sure to enjoy even if you didn't particularly care for the movie itself.
Inn of the Damned, Zebra Force, Wheels Of Fire and Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary. Plus, like the other DVDs in the bundle, the disc opens with a trailer for Brotherhood of Death.
One last thing I should point out is that during the commentary, Pirro identifies digital changes he made to the film. He "Lucas'd it," he admits, pointing out how he added things like blood to the guillotine blade, and funny on-screen logos to a commercial that plays within the film. Blood and logos that the viewer never sees, because while the commentators are clearly watching this new version, we're watching the original theatrical version without those changes. To me, that's a very good thing, not a criticism, because while I can't judge effects I haven't seen, nobody wants CGI blood in their movies even when it was made like that in the first place. "Lucasing" a movie is pretty much universally acknowledged as a bad thing. But, for the curious, we do catch a glimpse of the sort of tinkering he's been doing thanks to a clip in that Revisiting feature:
|Original on left, retouched version on the right.|