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directed by Edward Boase (as Ed Boase)
UK 2014

 

This British "found footage" feature boasts one creepy image, but it's an eighty minute slog to get to it. Whereas the otherwise overrated OCULUS was at its most unsettling when relating the history of its cursed mirror through vocal accounts rather than flashbacks, the titular object here is just a mirror that pops up under the search term "paranormal" and bought off eBay by sole bidders Steve (Nate Fallows, VIKING QUEST) and flatmate couple Jemma (Jemma Dallender, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2) and Matt (Joshua Dickinson) to take on the James Randi million dollar challenge for proof of the paranormal. Arming themselves with cameras and positioning another in front of the mirror to record overnight, they capture nothing out of the usual over the first few nights but what they do not see only encourages Steve (the punchable character of the "found footage" genre who shoves his camera in peoples faces and makes jokes to lighten the mood with the opposite result). When Matt starts up his childhood habit of sleepwalking and the mirror camera starts mysteriously shutting itself off, Steve outfits him with a body camera (a GoPro strapped to his chest) to record his nightly activities. Matt becomes increasingly cagey about sharing the footage from the GoPro as he wakes each morning agitated with worsening bloodshot eyes. The vandalizing of their apartment in which every glass object is shattered except for the mirror has Steve convinced that Matt's behavior is being caused by the mirror, but Jemma fears more for her boyfriend's sanity when he starts sleepwalking while carrying knives from the butcher's block. Failing to create any sense of urgency with improvised arguments and Night Vision POV wanderings, the film tries out some graphic gore before the de rigueur finale.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 8 September 2014 (UK)

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DVD Review: Omnibus Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC

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Omnibus Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:26:30
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.29 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 2.0 stero
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Omnibus Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
� Start-up Trailers

DVD Release Date: May 3rd, 2016
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

 

 

Comments

Omnibus' single-layer DVD presents a serviceable progressive, anamorphic transfer of the film and not much else (the moiré patterns evident throughout seem to be part of the original slapdash HD videography rather than the compression, but it is in keeping with the film's look). Audio is Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo only, but stereo is presumably the original mix since the UK edition is similarly equipped. English closed captions are included.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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