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The Nesting [Blu-ray]
(Armand Weston, 1981)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: William Mishkin Motion Pictures
Video: Blue Underground
Region: 'A' (B, C untested)
Disc Size: 36,241,681,802 bytes
Feature Size: 31,027,998,720 bytes
Video Bitrate: 32.99 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: June 28th, 2011
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3978 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 3978 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital EX Audio English 640 kbps 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps / DN -4dB
English (SDH), French, Spanish, none
• 12 Deleted or Extended Scenes (12:02 in 1080P!)
•English Trailer (1:55 - 1080P!)
• Spanish Trailer (1:55 - 1080P!)
• Three TV Spots (1:36- 1080P!)
•Poster and Stills Gallery
Description: Agoraphobic mystery novelist Lauren Cochran
decides to leave the city in an attempt to cure her recent
writer's block. She rents an old Victorian house in the
quiet countryside, unaware of its shocking history. As those
around her suffer increasingly violent deaths, Lauren begins
to unravel the truth: the house was once an infamous brothel
now haunted by the victims of a bloody massacre. Will her
terrifying phobia allow her to escape from THE NESTING?
Despite the fact that the movie crosses two very familiar horror storylines (the haunted house and the revenge from the grave plots), it still manages to be offbeat enough to hold my interest, and manages to have some interesting details. This is good, because the movie definitely suffers in several regards; some of the acting is quite weak, the dialogue is often clunky and some of it is quite awful, there are plot elements that are never explained (why do the ghosts go after the doctor?), and it has a big ending where none is needed. There are some nice touches, though; I love the scene where the writer is talking on the phone in the foreground while we see a central character appear in the background, listen to the conversation, and depart before she knows he's been there.
At the core of The Nesting is a semi-interesting mystery with a lot of potential for creeps. It's a ghost story for adults, peppered with violence (scythe fever!) and unhinged situations. The problem lies in the delivery. Pedestrian direction and vague script jumps do little to help the shoddy production values (ridiculous sound effects, terrible ADR recording, music from that Brady Bunch story arc in Hawaii), which are at a disadvantage from the get go. Then the padding gets piled on. Lauren gets even more annoying. The handful of capable scares are surrounded by endless monologues, delivered by characters who are slightly less interesting than a bar of soap. Those country bumpkins were right. This sure ain't the big city.Excerpt from BleeedingSkull located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Nesting appears fairly modest on Blu-ray from Blue Underground. I don't fault the appearance described as '... newly transferred in blood-curdling High Definition from the original camera negative!'. Technically it is dual-layered with a very high bitrate and probably looks as good as it can. The Nesting is a film of most production values but the digital image is clean and consistent, colors are muted but true. There is a smidgeon of depth and only one scene with prominent noise. Overall, this isn't going to look much better showing an even but unobtrusive amount of grain. It is superior to what SD could relate and the image does not excel beyond the level of the film with unnatural manipulations. I imagine this may not have even looked this good theatrically. It's hard to fine any strong complaints.
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The film doesn't really deserve this technically powerful DTS-HD Master 7.1 at 3978 kbps and there is only so much you can do mix-wise to create some intensity but while this is not bad I'd prefer the original mono track. Film from meager stock, minimal production lighting that have aged normally can seem out-of-place with an over exuberant audio track. I mostly prefer original if the glory of a remix distracts me from the film experience. The mono is flat, naturally weak and dialogue a bit scattered but its imperfections held some charm for me.
I was interested to see if any of the 12 Deleted or Extended Scenes (running a dozen minutes in 1080P!) ties pieces of the story together a bit more cohesively. I don't think so - but they were interesting to view regardless. There are also trailers, 3 TV Spots and a Poster and Stills Gallery. There isn't much to say about the film although a new interview with some of the cast might have been appropriate.
June 20th, 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.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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