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Eden Lake [Blu-ray]
(James Watkins, 2008)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Optimum Releasing
Blu-ray: Optimum Home Entertainment
Region: 'B'-locked (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 19,383,439,840 bytes
Feature Size: 15,926,489,088 bytes
Video Bitrate: 19.99 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: January 19th, 2009
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2062 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2062 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
English (SDH), none
• Interviews with cast and crew (32:19 total):
• writer/director James Watkins (8:38)
• actress Kelly Reilly (7:47)
• actor Michael Fassbender (4:57)
• actor Thomas Turgoose (4:38)
• producer Christian Colson (6:49)
• Behind the scenes featurette (5:51)
• Q&A with James Watkins (16:17)
• Theatrical Trailer (1:48)
• TV spots (1:08)
Description: This decidedly British take on the likes of Michael Haneke's FUNNY GAMES and the French shocker THEM finds young teacher Jenny (KELLY REILLY – MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE) and boyfriend Steve (Michael Fassbender – HUNGER, 300) enjoying a peaceful holiday at the eponymous idyllic beauty spot. However, Jenny and Steve's tranquil break is thrown into anarchy when a group of teenagers surround their site and begin to victimise them...
This fierce, thought-provoking ‘survival horror’ movie from ‘My Little
Eye’ co-writer James Watkins sounds like a tabloid headline: Lovers’
Lakeside Hoody Horror. The romantic peace of Kelly Reilly and Michael
Fassbender’s remote idyll is shattered by a gang of kids with a loud
beat-box and a boisterous Rottweiler. Verbal confrontations escalate
into knife-wielding violence, then the couple are hunted and tortured in
the surrounding woods.
Eden Lake (as of the writing of this review without a Region 'A' North American Blu-ray release - US DVD is HERE) has modest technical stats for the transfer to 1080P but seems to hold up well enough. The image quality shows some grit and minor grain with some decent shadow-usage cinematography (one of the bigger pluses of the film). There are a few instances of depth. It's good but not reaching spectacular heights for the visuals. This Blu-ray probably isn't far off and dual-layering may not have done much more to the appearance. There isn't an abundance of distracting noise.
The DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 2062 kbps holds up as well as the image. There are some deft and sharp separations - plenty of effects to shock and discomfort you. It perhaps loses a point or two in the depth but things are reasonably consistent. It's decent but not particularly crisp. There are optional English subtitles for those you can't handle the accents and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
There are quite a lot of talking heads via, occasionally interesting, interviews - although it always felt kind of piece-meal to me. There are about 40-minutes worth including bits with writer/director James Watkins, producer Christian Colson, actress Kelly Reilly, actors Michael Fassbender + Thomas Turgoose. A slim behind the scenes featurette, a 16-minute Q&A with Watkins, trailer and TV Spot round out the supplements.
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