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Release Date: December 27th, 2022 Movie Release Year: 1997

The Good Book (1997)

Overview -

The Good Book is an ambitious 1997 SOV thriller about a dystopian future in which an IT tech must confront a supernatural deity who wants to destroy the internet because it’s robbing people of their humanity and faith. Part cautionary tale and part theological examination, the film swings for the fences as an intense crisis of faith set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. The Blu-ray arrives with a respectable A/V package and plenty of special features for fans to dig into after the feature. Worth a Look

In the near future, the world’s population is forced to stay confined in their homes at all times. Due to the depleting ozone layer, those that venture outdoors quickly devolve into zombie-like, mutant “outsiders”. The GVC agency provides all complying citizens with their communication and entertainment needs through its government regulated internet. Joseph Cyrus is a door to door PC repairman, forced to brave the perils of the outside world in order to keep his GVC clients fully “connected”. During his travels, Joseph soon begins seeing visions of a God-like being that urges him to destroy the Internet using a homemade virus. Is Joseph losing his sanity, serving the whims of a higher power, or being tricked by the world’s greatest trickster?

The SOV feature debut from Drop Dead Films, a New Jersey based film collective formed by the innovative duo of writer / author Barry Gerdsen (The Between Time) and 3 time Emmy Award winning director / editor Matthew Giaquinto (Spider-Man, The Daily Show), The Good Book remains one of the most prophetic and imaginative, techno-horror epics to arise from the ‘90s micro-budget underground. Featuring an appearance by Bob Dorian (Evil Dead), special makeup FX by Fred Kraemer (John Wick 3, Vanilla Sky) and an energetic soundtrack featuring Saigon Kick and American Standard, The Good Book is an awe-inspiring mashup of inventive plot twists, practical splatter FX, and genuine atmospheric scares.

directed by: Matthew Giaquinto
starring: Brian Campbell, Barry Gerdsen, Chris Paine, Alan Ambron
1997 / 81 min / 1.85:1 / English DTS-HD MA 2.0

Additional info:

  • Region Free Blu-ray
  • Brand new transfer from the original master tapes
  • Audio commentary with writer / director Matthew Giaquinto & writer / producer Barry Gerdsen
  • “The Making of Drop Dead Films” -a feature length documentary chronicling the complete history of The Good Book and Drop Dead Films featuring director Matthew Giaquinto, writer Barry Gerdsen, special FX artists Paul J. Mason & Fred Kraemer, actors Brian Campbell, Chris Paine Alan Ambron, & more
  • Isolated music cues featuring an introduction by actor / composer Chris Paine
  • “Vampire Girlfriend Roommates Part 5” -full original excerpt
  • Drop Dead Films trailer vault
  • Behind the scenes production stills gallery
  • “The Between Time” -a CGI animated trailer for writer Barry Gerdsen’s debut novel with an introduction by Barry Gerdsen and animator Mike Cuales
  • “The Day I Met My Mother” -a short film by Matthew Giaquinto (1995) with optional director’s commentary
  • “Finding Destiny” -a short film by Matthew Giaquinto (2002)
  • “Bad Feelings” -a short film by Matthew Giaquinto (2002)
  • Reversible cover art
  • English SDH subtitles

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Rating Breakdown
Tech Specs & Release Details
Technical Specs:
Blu-ray Disc
Video Resolution/Codec:
1080p AVC/MPEG-4
Aspect Ratio(s):
Audio Formats:
Special Features:
Matthew Giaquinto Short Films: The Day I Met Your Mother (11mins), Finding Destiny (2mins), Bad Feelings (2mins), The Between Time Trailer Featurette (3mins), The Good Book Concept Trailer (2mins), Additional Drop Dead Films Trailers (9mins), Other Saturn's Core Releases (21mins)
Release Date:
December 27th, 2022

Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take


“Our floppies aren’t backing up!”

In the near future, Earth is suffering from an economic and environmental disaster. The GVC (Geographically Viable Control) forms living zones in America, taking over technology and all governing bodies. They advise people to “Stay inside and live solely off the internet”. Only trained employees of the GVC can be outside. Those who have lived outside have undergone massive mental and physical changes, rendering them a sort of mutant zombie creature. 

The film follows Joseph (Bryan Campbell, Joe Wilkinson), a computer service tech making house calls to those now disconnected from the internet. Driving his Mad Max-inspired car through the wasteland, Joseph blasts away outsider mutants on his way to restart modems and plug-in monitors. Lately, he's been experiencing strange visions of a man through the static of this TV. The visions intensify forcing him to meet this mysterious person (Barry Gerdsen) who claims to be an omniscient deity who has been studying humans. In short, he wants Joseph to destroy the internet with a virus “Because technology is replacing me in the hearts of men.”

Made during the apex of SOV filmmaking, The Good Book tackles cyber paranoia and the misguided souls of humanity who destroyed Mother Earth. The only feature from director Matthew Giaquinto sets itself up like any good cyber-thriller with a state-controlled media corporation satisfying paranoid citizens in their homes while mutant zombie creatures run amok outside. When our fearless IT tech has a crisis of faith thanks to his meeting with an unknown deity he reveals to a co-worker that he has a virus that could bring down GVC permanently and reset civilization.

Featuring an impressive display of editing techniques and narrative gusto, The Good Book is punching above its weight constantly. Between the camera movement, scene blocking, and early digital editing effects it’s an amazing display of knowledge from the filmmakers. With better tools, this could’ve been another cyberpunk underdog like Hardware. Performances are all fairly wooden with non-professional actors simply regurgitating the dialogue. The cast is committed to their roles with Barry Gerdsen simply having a blast as the deity with Fabio’s hair. 

The Good Book reaches for philosophical arguments about faith and humanity but never loses sight of the mutant nightmare violence. Thankfully Gianquinto infuses plenty of humor into the film to alleviate tension. My favorite scene is when Joseph catches up with the latest installment of the highly successful film franchise Vampire Girlfriend Roommates. It’s good to know there can be quality content even within a government-controlled media state.  

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray
The Good Book
arrives on Blu-ray thanks to Saturn’s Core and OCN Distribution. The disc is housed in a transparent keepcase with reversible artwork. Loading the disc presents the Saturn’s Core logo before landing on the Main Menu screen with scenes from the film playing against typical navigation options. 

Video Review


The Good Book arrives on Blu-ray in an AVC-encoded 1080p image in the film’s original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. As expected there is a generous amount of analog fuzz which provides very little detail. Colors are muddy with primaries showing no strength beyond their use in broad set pieces like the red vagina portal through which the deity passes. A smoothness filter is applied here removing any facial textures or costuming particulars. Black levels are solid, but unfortunately, most of the film constantly disappears into poorly lit scenes. Even in a dark room, my LG OLED couldn’t help me. 

Audio Review


Audio for the feature comes from a single 2.0 DTS-HD mix. Dialogue is clear and clean though it uses post-recorded tracks for most of the exchanges. Effects and music are pronounced but never overpower the texture. Echo is prominent when on-camera microphones are utilized. Overall a satisfying audio mix for the feature.  

Special Features


This release of The Good Book is chocked full of bonus features allowing fans to dig further into the world run by GVC. Obviously, you’ll want to start with the full cut of Vampire Girlfriend Roommates Part 5 before moving through the other offerings. The 53-minute making-of featurette is a fascinating look at the production and recommended viewing after the credits roll. 

  • Audio Commentary with Director Matthew Giaquinto and Writer/Producer Barry Gerdsen
  • The Making of The Good Book (HD 53:10) Matthew Giaquinto and Barry Gerdsen discuss the production of the film with the cast and crew members. 
  • Isolated Music Cues with Introduction by Composer Chris Paine. (HD 19:18)
  • Behind the Scenes Photos (HD 7:44)
  • Vampire Girlfriend Roommates Part 5: Full Original Excerpt (HD 3:05)
  • Matthew Giaquinto Short Films:
  • The Day I Met My Mother (1995) (HD 11:47) -with optional commentary by Matthew Giaquinto and Barry Gerdsen
  • Finding Destiny (2002) (HD 2:16)
  • Bad Feelings (2002) (HD 2:12)
  • The Between Time (HD 3:43) A CG animated trailer for Berry Gerdsen’s debut novel from 1999. 
  • Trailers:
    • The Good Book Proof of Concept Trailer (HD 2:04)
    • Additional Drop Dead Films Trailers (HD 9:51)
    • Other Saturn’s Core Releases (HD 21:41)

Final Thoughts

The mid-’90s was a wellspring for techno-paranoia and The Good Book leaves no question about the consequences of losing your humanity as you give in to the digital overlords. Ambitious and full of interesting ideas, the film is a tense affair up until the credits roll. Not everything works here, but Giaquinto is committed to getting his point across even when the budget doesn’t allow it. The Blu-ray from Saturn’s Core delivers a respectable presentation given the film’s source material. The DTS 2.0 track is clear and there are enough bonus features for eager fans to explore. Worth a Look