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Shelter [Blu-ray]


(Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein, 2010)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: NALA Films

Video: Icon Home Entertainment



Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:52:31.244 

Disc Size: 30,654,938,782 bytes

Feature Size: 28,602,187,776 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.99 Mbps

Chapters: 13

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: August 2nd, 2010



Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 4143 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4143 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)



English (SDH), none



• Interviews with Julianne Moore (3:53 in 576i - PAL), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (4:19 in 576i - PAL), directors Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein (9:01 in 576i - PAL)





Description: A female forensic psychiatrist discovers that all of one of her patient's multiple personalities are murder victims. She will have to find out what's happening before her time is finished.


Julianne Moore is a psychiatrist trying to unravel the multiple personalities of her new patient, a young drifter called Adam, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers. People start turning up dead, and Rhys Meyers has a whiff of the supernatural about him.



The Film:

Dr. Cara Jessup (Julianne Moore) has made a career from debunking the notion of multiple personality disorders and has testified in court to that effect, resulting in many murderers being executed for crimes their supposed alter-egos perpetrated. That is until her father introduces her to his new patient Adam (Jonathan Rhys Meyers, using a full repertoire of clichéd American accents) who will test her rational mind to the limit as he appears to embody the persona’s of people who have died mysteriously.

Excerpt from Love Horror located HERE

Shrink Julianne Moore dismisses multiple personality disorder as a myth, but her father introduces her to a young patient with such an extreme form of the condition that he takes on different, genuine disabilities with each alter ego. It is a psychological suspense thriller of two halves and the film has a real feeling of schizophrenia, not just from Meyer's lead character but it's direction from Swedish duo Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein, the first half is tense and gripping, the second half becomes more action and fabled story telling.

Julianne Moore and Jonathon Rhys Meyers are both very commendable in this movie and deliver very believable performances for a film that demands you make a lot of allowances in terms of realism. There is a lot of development in the first half of the movie that might make the film seem quite slow for some viewers. When the mystery is revealed it is surprising but even given the careful build up you might still have to make an effort to suspend your disbelief.

Excerpt from Horror Asylum located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Shelter has some surprising depth and acceptable detail supported by healthy contrast. It's dual-layered with a strong bitrate and aside from a few overly-exuberant colors - I'd say this is a rather impressive appearance. There isn't an abundance of gloss and skin tones seem true. I didn't notice a preponderance of noise and this Blu-ray is much better than I was expecting from this less-lauded film. This 1080p rendition probably does an excellent job of recreating the theatrical image. I don't see an demonstrative flaws. It gave me a solid visual presentation.
















Audio :

A barely used powerhouse lossless audio track in the form of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 4143 kbps. There are only a few lonely instances where the track's ability is utilized and it comes through is spades with creepy bass and a supportive, mysterious, score by John Frizzell. There are optional English subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.


Extras :

About 15-minutes worth of interviews with Julianne Moore (3:53 in 576i - PAL), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (4:19 in 576i - PAL), and directors Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein. Nothing overly relevant but I was keen to hear the directors take on the story migration to the screen - although they seem a might testy.



I could watch anything with Julianne Moore. Sure there is some incongruence in the story here but I still think Shelter has a few worthy positives. It definitely falls short of expectations but that doesn't mean it's a total write-off. The Blu-ray is not a bad a/v transfer at all and one of the best attributes of the UK edition is the price - they are kind of giving this away. I think there are plenty of people who will find some value for what they are asking. Keep your expectations in-check and you'll be fine... you might even find yourself enthralled if you give over to it. As you can surmise - that's a very modest recommendation.

Gary Tooze

July 25th, 2011


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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