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directed by Nick Robertson

Australia 2015

 

Man's best friend turns against him when a horde of bloodthirsty wild dogs descends upon a family's farmhouse. In a remote stretch of the Australian Outback, a sheep rancher, his veterinarian wife, and their two teenage children live in bucolic isolation—until a horrifying night when a pack of fang-bearing, four-legged rabid beasts besiege their home. With no one around to help them, the family must band together to survive—or else become canine kibble. Generating a steadily mounting sense of dread, The Pack cleverly toys with genre conventions before it goes in for the kill.

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On a remote farm in Southern Australia, hardened farmer Adam Wilson, discovers the last of his livestock have been mauled to death by a pack of wild dogs. His dreams of keeping the family business going are shattered, but nothing can prepare him for what will happen next.

As night falls the feral pack of dogs begin to circle the farmhouse. With a taste for fresh blood, they launch their attack, stopping at nothing to get inside the house. Will Adam and his family make it out alive? Or will they fall victim to...THE PACK!

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Theatrical Release: August 5th, 2015

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DVD Review: Arrow - Region 2 - PAL

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Arrow

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:24:13 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.79 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

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Audio English 2.0
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Arrow

Aspect Ratio:
2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Making of (7:34)

DVD Release Date: March 7th, 2016
Standard Keepcase inside a cardboard slipcase

Chapters 16

 

 

 

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Firstly, this is not to be confused with the 2010 French horror La Meute. The Australian horror The Pack has some good atmosphere although suffers from being a shade direction-less. The first half thriller-build is encouraging and I liked the plot simplicity. I appreciated the cinematography although the budget limitations show in the lack of visual detail of the pooch attacks (not unlike 50's creature-features.) Logic dictates an alternate decision process by the protagonist family, but the aura will carry it for some.

Arrow's Region 2 DVD is single-layered, anamorphic and does a decent job for SD. Darker scenes show some lack of detail and there is the expected softness when we've become used to HD. There isn't a lot of depth but the visuals are, predictably, super clean. I had no issues with the image presentation. I appreciated the lossy Dolby audio and score flourishes by Tom Schutzinger. It supported the film's tension quite well. There are no subtitles offered on the PAL DVD.

Only a shortish, standard, making of as a supplement with some of the filmmakers and cast giving, innocuous, input.

I guess few films can exist on rich atmosphere for the entire running time. And while The Pack wasn't particuarly remarkable I was engaged enough to watch it to completion. Aside from the intriguing wild-dog central theme a secondary element, perhaps of family cohesiveness, might have befitted the proceedings. It's not something I would strongly recommend but it did have some appealing points, enough that I might give it a re-spin eventually.   

  - Gary Tooze

 


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