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(aka "Haunted Peak")

Directed by Guillermo del Toro
USA 2015

 

From the imagination of Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, The Shape of Water) comes Crimson Peak, a lavish, stunningly realized journey into the dark heart of Gothic romance...

Beginning in Buffalo, New York, during the 1880s, Crimson Peak stars Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) as Edith Cushing, an aspiring writer who is haunted by the death of her mother. Edith s falls in love with seductive stranger Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston, Avengers Assemble), who whisks her off to Allerdale Hall, his baronial, yet dilapidated English mansion built upon a mountain of blood-red clay. Here Edith meets Lucille (Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life), Thomas s sister who at times seems hostile and jealous. As Edith struggles to feel at home in the imposing residence, she gradually uncovers a horrendous family secret and encounters supernatural forces that will help her discover the terrible truth behind Crimson Peak.

Boasting incredibly intricate and ornate production design and a rich visual style, del Toro's film is a grandiose, boldly baroque triumph of Gothic decadence, which expertly combines and contrasts the sublimely beautiful with the shockingly grotesque. Crimson Peak is presented here in sumptuous special packaging, with a wealth of extra features, affording unprecedented insight in to the making of this modern Gothic classic.

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Theatrical Release: September 25th, 2015

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Review: Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:58:42.365        
Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,155,112,312 bytes

Feature: 28,620,964,032 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.55 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 6044 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 6044 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS Audio English 384 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 384 kbps / 24-bit
Descriptive Audio for the visually impaired:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surrounds

Subtitles English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Arrow

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,155,112,312 bytes

Feature: 28,620,964,032 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.55 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary by co-writer and director Guillermo Del Toro
• The House is Alive: Constructing Crimson Peak, a newly edited, feature-length documentary with cast and crew interviews and extensive behind the scenes footage (50:01)
• Previously unseen Spanish language interview with Guillermo Del Toro (8:36)
• The Gothic Corridor (4:07), The Scullery (4:25), The Red Clay Mines (5:19), The Limbo Fog Set (5:43); four featurettes exploring different aspects of Allerdale Hall
• A Primer on Gothic Romance, the director and stars talk about the key traits of Gothic romance. (5:37)
• The Light and Dark of Crimson Peak, the cast and crew talk about the film s use of color (7:54)
• Hand Tailored Gothic, a featurette on the film s striking costumes (8:59)
• A Living Thing, a look at the design, modeling and construction of the Allerdale Hall sets (12:12)
• Beware of Crimson Peak, a walking tour around Allerdale Hall with Tom Hiddleston (7:52)
• Crimson Phantoms, a featurette on the film s amazing ghosts (7:03)
• Kim Newman on Crimson Peak and the Tradition of Gothic Romance, a newly filmed interview with author and critic (17:37)
• Violence and Beauty in Guillermo Del Toro s Gothic Fairy Tale Films, a new video essay by the writer Kat Ellinger (23:37)
• Image Gallery (Production - 3:00 / Behind the Scenes - 2:50)
• Original trailers and TV spots (International - 2:28,2:36, TV Spots X 2 - 1:05 )
Double-sided, fold-out poster
Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions
Limited edition packaging newly designed by Crimson Peak concept artist Guy Davis
Limited edition 80-page, hard-bound book featuring new writing by David Jenkins and Simon Abrams, an archival interview with Guillermo del Toro, and original conceptual design illustrations by artists Guy Davis and Oscar Chichoni


Blu-ray Release Date:
January 14th, 2019
Custom Blu-ray packaging (see below)

Chapters 13

 

 

Comments:

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

Arrow bring Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak to a new Special Edition Blu-ray package. It's on a dual-layered disc in 1080P with a supportive bitrate. It is in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Aside from a competent HD transfer - the film benefits greatly from the cinematography of Dan Laustsen, production design of Thomas E. Sanders, the art direction of Brandt Gordon and the vision of Guillermo del Toro. Colors are wonderfully represented as 'gothic' era with bold maroons and subtle primary colors. There is excellent contrast, depth and an impressive appearance in-motion. really, I can see now flaws with this HD transfer. It is frequently mesmerizing on my system.

Arrow use a very robust (6044 kbps) DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (24-bit) track that becomes almost a big a part of the presentation as the impressive visuals. Effects can be subtle rushing to loud crescendos while the score by Fernando Velแzquez (Devil, The Orphanage) rises and falls with the film's tension and mysterious beauty.  The surround lossless has plentiful separation and a 2.0 stereo lossless is offered as well as a Dolby descriptive audio for the visually impaired. The audio quality is very strong, clean and highly impacting. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles on this Region FREE
Blu-ray.

Arrow totally stack the
Blu-ray including a brilliant audio commentary by co-writer and director Guillermo Del Toro who delves into extensive details including purposely reserving the color red for the ghosts. He is incredibly articulate and informative explaining minute details of the production and why those choices were made as well as analyses of the narrative. It is exceptionally valuable in further appreciating Crimson Peak. There is also the 50-minute The House is Alive: Constructing Crimson Peak documentary with cast and crew interviews and extensive behind the scenes footage. Arrow include a 9-minute previously unseen Spanish language interview with Guillermo Del Toro. There are four featurettes exploring different aspects of Allerdale Hall; Gothic Corridor (4:07), The Scullery (4:25), The Red Clay Mines (5:19), The Limbo Fog Set (5:43). Del Toro provides a short Primer on Gothic Romance, talking about the key traits of Gothic romance genre. The Light and Dark of Crimson Peak spends 8-minutes with the cast and crew talk about the film's use of color. Hand Tailored Gothic is a 9-minute featurette on the film's striking costumes with designer Kate Hawley. A Living Thing is a 12-minute look at the design, modeling and construction of the Allerdale Hall sets. Beware of Crimson Peak, is an 8-minute walking tour around Allerdale Hall with Tom Hiddleston. Crimson Phantoms is a 7-minute featurette on the Crimson Peak's impressive ghost visuals. I enjoyed 18-minutes with Kim Newman on Crimson Peak and the Tradition of Gothic Romance; a newly filmed interview with author and critic as well as Violence and Beauty in Guillermo Del Toro's Gothic Fairy Tale Films, a new 24-minute video essay by the Kat Ellinger discussing De Toro as a frequent Gothic-genre filmmaker with examples from vintage era films. There are two image galleries with stills in a slideshow plus 2 original trailers and two TV spots. The package has a double-sided, fold-out poster, a six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions, limited edition packaging newly designed by Crimson Peak concept artist Guy Davis and is a limited edition with an 80-page, hard-bound book featuring new writing by David Jenkins and Simon Abrams, an archival interview with Guillermo del Toro, and original conceptual design illustrations by artists Guy Davis and Oscar Chichoni.

My appreciation for Crimson Peak rose substantially with both Del Toro's exceptionally detailed and informative commentary and the exquisite appearance in 1080P along with the powerhouse lossless audio transferred by Arrow. This is a far better film that I would have given credit and am thrilled with this extensive package. Arrow deserve mucho-kudos for putting this
Blu-ray set together (one of the most complete of the early year) an we give it our highest recommendation! 'Wow' is right.

Gary Tooze

 


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