Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The New Daughter Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 22.4 GB
Film Size: 20.0 GB
Film Rating: PG-13
Region: A
The Video
The New Daughter comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video presentation. The Blu-ray release features a very strong high-def image, but does have a few weaker moments in the mix. The movie definitely looks like a new release should, featuring a very clean dirt-free image with plenty of detail.

There are a few scenes in the film that are definitely on the softer side and lack detail, but still are an improvement in overall clarity from DVD. Colors are always appealing and tend to be very rich. Black levels also stay quite solid throughout.

I found no technical issues to be present within the high-def encode, although at times felt limited by some of the effects and lighting. Overall I am very satisfied with the presentation and definitely don’t think it could have looked much better than it does now. The film’s video presentation won’t really dazzle, but it certainly is a very respectable presentation. 8/10.

The Audio
An English 5.1 PCM Uncompressed audio track is the lossless option included. Also present on this release is an English 5.1 Dolby Digital audio track. Optional subtitles include English SDH and Spanish.

The English 5.1 PCM Uncompressed audio track is fantastic and much better than I anticipated. Dialogue is presented front and center, clear as can be. What I loved most about the mix though is it’s attention to detail and a clear effort to create an immersive mix.

Audio effects can be found throughout your entire setup and used in very clever and enhancing ways. I would have to say that certain scenes definitely became much scarier than they would have been without the surround use.

Everything about the mix is great and absolutely added to my experience in enjoying the film. The movie was given life and I definitely jumped on occasion throughout the movie due to unexpected (but fitting) surround use moments. 9/10.

The Extras

Audio Commentary
With Director Luis Berdejo.

The New Daughter: Behind the Scenes (10:53) (SD)
I love behind the scenes features and this one is no different. The cast and crew first talk about the story and we get a nice amount of on-set footage throughout. It’s unfortunate that this feature is in standard definition, but it certainly is very enjoyable regardless.

Deleted Scenes (22:25) (SD)
Twenty deleted scenes are included and are presented in standard definition.

Theatrical Trailer (2:19) (HD)

The extras on this release are certainly enjoyable, but do leave me wanting a bit more. The audio commentary and behind the scenes look of the film are certainly my favorite bonus features and fans of the movie will likely enjoy them as well. Overall the extras are certainly satisfying. 4.5/10.

The Movie
The New Daughter is a film which I didn’t get a chance to see until this Blu-ray release from Starz/Anchor Bay Home Entertainment. The movie looked very appealing from the previews and I thought the cast involved would help make this a very enjoyable movie.

The film starts and we see a family moving into a home, a father who recently separated from his wife, now working as the main caretaker for his daughter and son. Kevin Costner plays the part of the father named John James. We quickly get a creepy vibe of the home and the area surrounding it, a very isolated area.

John’s son finds a gun in the piano and his daughter finds what appears to be a man-made hill in the area. Things turn from creepy to scary when the daughter (played by Ivana Baquero – Pan’s Labyrinth) begins to act strange and do strange things. Very soon the family begins to notice roars from outside the home and for a brief second we see something unexpected on the roof of the home.

If you want to find out what happens next, you will have to see the movie. Unfortunately the first half of the film is significantly better than the latter half and ultimately left me quite disappointed. The film does unravel a lot, but there is very little explanation of many things towards the end which left me unsatisfied.

The film chose to explore too many things for one movie, had they focused only one thing perhaps we would have been watching a better film. Regardless, I did find the movie worth watching. Horror fans will certainly find many likable aspects of the film despite some serious flaws throughout.

The movie isn’t one which I could see myself choosing to watch again, a lot of the movie is likable for the mystery that is there. Overall I think anyone who has even a slight interest in watching the film should definitely give it a chance, you may find that you actually like it, but like me you may also find yourself extremely disappointed when the film comes to an abrupt end. There is definitely a lot to enjoy about the film and had the quality had stayed the same throughout, it could have been one of my favorite horror films this year. 6.5/10.

The Blu-news Summary
The New Daughter is a film with a great buildup but ultimately disappointing results. The Blu-ray release is good, featuring a strong video presentation and impressive audio mix. The extras are good, but a bit lacking. Overall this release is 'Worth A Look.'

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