Monday, October 12, 2009

The Children Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 20.8 GB
Film Size: 13.7 GB
Film Rating: R
Region: Free

Video
The Children features a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation which is bland overall, but certainly an improvement from DVD. The film does sport a lower budget quality, but the transfer itself seems to be fine overall. There were no compression issues present that I noticed, and it seems fairly accurate to the source.

While the film does lack detail at times, I certainly do not believe DNR or edge enhancement is present on this release. When you film with certain conditions, lighting, and cameras, you get a certain look that may or may not translate well to Blu-ray. In this case it is definitely more on the bland side, but I wasn't disappointed either. 7/10.

Audio
A 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included and sounds decent. The track starts off a bit underwhelming, but improves in the latter half of the film. The issue I had was dialogue, which didn't always come out as clear as I had hoped. Later in the film, everything definitely picks up, surround is much more active and it just fits the film more than the beginning did. The quality is still very good overall, it's just not the perfect mix it could have been. 7/10.

Extras

Making Of The Children (19:34) (SD)
My favorite of the bonus features, which is the most in-depth about making the film. There is a great amount of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews included.

Deleted Scenes (SD)
Three deleted scenes are included in standard definition.

Working With The Children (5:03) (SD)
All about the child actors in the film.

Shooting On Location (3:42) (SD)
The Director of the film talks about the house used in the film.

Paul Hyett Talks Prosthetics (4:54) (SD)
Special Effects Makeup Designer Paul Hyett talks about the prosthetics used in the film.

Snow Set Design (6:31) (SD)
See how they created the snow environments featured in the film.

Inside Tom Shankland's On Set Lair (8:21) (SD)
Director Tom Shankland gives a tour of his humble abode.

Ghost House Micro Videos (2:56) (SD)
Clips from the four Underground Blu-ray releases, with music featured in the films I believe.

The Children Trailer (1:29) (SD)

Also From Lionsgate (HD)

Blu-news Summary
To be honest, I didn't expect much of The Children. I thought it was definitely going to be mediocre at best if not completely awful. To my surprise though, the film was definitely much better than mediocre, it was actually quite good.

The kids in this film are absolutely creepy to begin with, and it only gets better as the movie progresses. The story is so simple, and the setting is very simple as well, but perhaps that adds to the film's charm. My only complaint would have to be a semi-mediocre ending, but the majority of the film does impress. I say give the film a chance, and at least rent it.

The Blu-ray release is good, featuring a bland but improved video presentation and a decent audio mix. This Blu-ray release is 'Recommended' whether it be a rental or a purchase.

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