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The Whisperer in Darkness [Blu-ray]
(Sean Branney, 2012)
Review by Gary Tooze
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 42,590,315,156 bytes
Feature Size: 15,807,761,856 bytes
Video Bitrate: 17.01 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: July 31st, 2012
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1919 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1919 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit / DN -4dB)
Commentary: Dolby Digital Audio English 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps / DN -4dB
• Commentary by producers David Robertson, Andrew Leman and director Sean Branney
•6 Extended Deleted Scenes
• Making of Featurettes (1:48:27)
• Teaser / Two Trailers
Description: Celebrated author H.P. Lovecraft's classic tale of alien horror bursts onto the screen in the style of the classic horror films of the 1930s. Professor Albert Wilmarth investigates legends of strange creatures in the remote hills of Vermont. His inquiry reveals a terrifying glimpse of the truth that lurks behind the legends. Filmed in the style of the classic 1930s films such as Frankenstein and King Kong, The Whisperer in Darkness is a thrilling adventure of supernatural horror.
The Film: In 1931 H.P. Lovecraft wrote his classic tale of alien horror, “The Whisperer in Darkness.” Lovecraft is now considered one of America’s foremost writers of horror fiction, standing alongside the likes of Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe. His story, which blends horror and science fiction, relates the adventure of Albert Wilmarth, a folklore professor at Miskatonic University, as he investigates legends of strange creatures rumored to dwell in the most remote mountains of Vermont. Wilmarth’s investigation leads him to a discovery of horrors quite beyond anything he ever imagined, and ends in a desperate attempt to escape the remote New England hills with his life and sanity intact.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Whisperer in Darkness looks wonderful on dual-layered Blu-ray from Microcinema. Shot on digital (my assumption) the black and white image shows a fabulous style emulating vintage cinema via Mythoscope. Contrast is crisp and the waxy blurriness of the digi-cam format was far less apparent than I have seen to-date. With the massive extras rendered in HD the feature file size is on the smallish side but the 1.78:1 rendered 1080P has impressive crispness and depth. The resulting visuals are richly layered. Shadow and light work effectively to produce a pristine presentation. This Blu-ray has an extremely pleasing representation supporting the heavy style with a flawlessly clean image. Superb!
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Audio comes in the form of a modest DTS-HD Master5.1 track. It is less dynamic and more authentic 'vintage' film experience being relatively bland but there are some separations. Dialogue is wonderfully crisp, effects minimal with only a modicum of aggressive depth. Sounds clean and great! There are no subtitles but my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
We are supplied with a ton of extras from Microcinema - first-off the commentary track by producers David Robertson, Andrew Leman and director Sean Branney is quite enjoyable. I like these guys and it was superior to your normal dispatch of production details. There are also six extended and deleted scenes but a whopping 1 3/4 hours of 'making of' featurettes including a prominent 45-minute one filled with details. There are a Teaser and two trailers as well.
July 31st, 2012
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 5000 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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