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While She Was Out [Blu-ray]
(Susan Montford, 2008)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Insight Film Studios
Video: Starz / Anchor Bay
Region: 'A'-locked (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 18,033,276,480 bytes
Feature Size: 17,987,217,408 bytes
Video Bitrate: 26.01 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: December 8th, 2009
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: VC-1 Video
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
English (SDH), none (unaccessible)
Description: A suburban housewife (Basinger) is forced to fend for herself when she becomes stranded in a desolate forest with four murderous thugs. What starts off as a quick trip to the mall ends in the woods with a fight for her life. All she has is a toolbox and her will to survive.
Maybe it was the agoraphobic in Kim Basinger that sparked this empty
husk of a survival thriller about a woman forced to leave her upscale
suburban home for the mall on Christmas Eve as a means of escaping an
abusive husband, only to run afoul of parking lot toughs. An early,
lengthy scene of Basinger's Della wandering in visible distress around
the crowded mall and stumbling through easy social tests like a
coffee-shop order and a stop-and-chat with a college chum effectively
conveys battered wife fatigue and was presumably aided by the actress's
ability to draw on the habitual skittishness of a lifelong anxiety
sufferer. But the movie goes downhill from there, as Della returns to
the lot where she's accosted by one of the most implausible street gangs
ever seen in a non-comedy.
I don't have the DVD to compare but this is a limited 1080P transfer from Anchor Bay. It's single-layered with the feature taking of less than 18 Gig supported by a middling bitrate. It actually doesn't look bad with some decent detail in close-ups. It's mostly noise I see in monochromatic darkness and no textured grain to give us that healthy Blu-ray feel. Colors are acceptable if not stellar and contrast is good. It's a shortish, one dimensional film - but I admittedly enjoyed seeing Kimmie take on the tuffs. This Blu-ray gives an okay presentation but with limited critical rating - we can be sure it probably won't be looking much better anytime soon.
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Nothing lossless but there is some buoyancy in the standard Dolby 5.1 track. It could definitely been more robust to heighten the suspense and thriller aspects. The effect sounds are not overly crisp and there is little in the way of range or depth - as one might find in an HD audio rendering. My software says there are English subtitle options but I couldn't access them and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked disc.
Nothing at all - not even a menu - sure the film may not warrant a commentary but something - a trailer - would have given me something to talk about here.
November 25th, 2009
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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Gary W. Tooze