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directed by Kipp Tribble and Derik Wingo
USA 2011

 

Jack Samms (Patrick Barnitt, SE7EN) comes home one night and is surprised by masked assailant Trick (Johnny Alonso, SERIAL MOM) who reveals that his wife Rona (Sunny Doench, A DARKER REALITY) and her lover Sean Justice (Kevin Sorbo, KULL THE CONQUEROR) have been buried alive with only seventy-five minutes of oxygen (and he's got a live video feed to prove it). Jack appeals to his business partner Garrison (Bruce Davison, X-MEN) to get him the ransom money, but he may not be able to get in time. Beat cops Scott and Epperson (co-directors Kipp Tribble and Derik Wingo) are drawn into the case when they answer a call from Sean's landlady who has discovered that his apartment has been broken into. When they discover photos of Rona - recognizable as a TV commercial and B-movie actress - in Sean's apartment, Jack becomes the prime suspect in their disappearance. Meanwhile, Rona and Sean attempt to dig their way out of their premature grave.

The second feature directorial effort for both actor Kipp Tribble and make-up effects artist Derik Wingo, COFFIN is definitely Redbox(tm) filler but not without interest. The set-up is a bit painful thanks to a SAW-esque manipulative villain who mistakes shouting for menace ("I'm a man who puts people in situations, and it's how they react to those situations that's key! And this is your situation...") and an uninteresting protagonist; but once you realize that the film is going to be a more conventional thriller rather than another "torture porn" cash-in, you're in for a fairly diverting thriller. The film picks up half-way through by complicating the plot for both Jack and Trick, and thankfully takes a different twist than the one I was expecting (and I have to wonder if I should give the writers/directors credit for subtly misdirecting the viewer to expect a more intelligence-insulting reversal). Although things do tie together, the script isn't as smart as if thinks it is (but it does provide a satisfying coda). Davison is professional as usual in his limited screentime (even Sorbo is decent, except when tackling MACBETH), but the rest of the central and supporting cast is uneven (fairing better in action than exposition). The Red One photography is fairly slick and sometimes inventive, and the production values seem solid (suggesting that the filmmaking duo might achieve something more interesting with a better script).

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 14 August 2012 (USA)

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DVD Review: MTI Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC

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MTI Home Video

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:25:33
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.92 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 5.1; English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English SDH, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: MTI Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by directors Kipp Tribble and Derik Wingo
• Behind the Scenes (4:3; 16:29)
• Patrick Burnitt's Video Diary (4:3; 31:29)
• Trailer (16:9; 1:23)
• Cast Bios
• Trailers for ATTACK OF THE HERBALS, GODFORSAKEN, A BEER TALE, and SAFEHOUSE

DVD Release Date: 14 August 2012
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Chapters 12

 

Comments

MTI's progressive, dual-layer, anamorphic, high-bitrate transfer of this Red One-lensed feature is more than satisfactory. IMDb states a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, but the image does not seem to be missing anything from the sides in two- and three-shots. With 2.35:1 matting, hairlines are sometimes cropped in medium shots, but that may be an attempt at "edgy" framing (the end credits are definitely matted to 2.35:1). The 5.1 mix is fairly slick for a DTV feature (a 2.0 stereo downmix is also included). The optional English SDH subtitles follow the dialogue verbatim (apart from a couple rare spelling and grammatical errors).

Co-directors Tribble and Wingo provide an audio commentary and make light of their supporting roles, as well as discussing the challenges of filming the coffin scenes (they only had Kevin Sorbo for two days so he and Sunny Doench spent much of that shooting time in the confined setting). A behind the scenes video is a bit more focused than the commentary on how the project came together and how the coffin scenes were shot. Audio and video quality vary between interviews, but there is some amusing clips of Bruce Davison between takes. Actor Patrick Barnitt's video diary is a half-hour assemblage of behind the scenes footage with sparse commentary by the actor as well as some interview snippets from the other cast and crew members. The film's trailer and trailers for other MTI releases is also included.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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