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(aka "Lemon Tree Passage" or "The Passage")

 

directed by David Campbell
Australia 2015

 

The New South Wales urban legend of the Lemon Tree Passage - where a light that shines on drivers at night is possibly the ghost of a biker who was struck and killed by a speeding car - spurs Bogan buddies Georgie (Tim Phillipps, ANIMAL KINGDOM) and Oscar (Andrew Ryan, NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN), American siblings Amelia (OUTSOURCED's Pippa Black) and Toby (Tim Pocock, X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE), and odd girl out Maya (HOME AND AWAY's Jessica Tovey) on a ghost hunt. After a contested sighting the ghost light, the group return to the road the next night to see they can repeat the phenomenon only to experience a series of nightmarish occurrences in the surrounding woods with deaths that seem to be the work of a living had only for the bodies to inexplicably disappear, Geordie's older brother Sam (Nicholas Gunn) stalks the woods, and sensitive Maya picks up on psychic vibrations that seem to point to a different tragedy that may be the cause of the hauntings. Gone are the days of Ozploitation when horror films from Australian seemed unique even as they patterned themselves on the Hollywood mainstream. DEATH PASSAGE is a hopelessly muddled and nonsensical attempt at something akin to America's PG-13 horror films of late. The urban legend seems to have very little to do with anything that happens in the film past the first twenty minutes, and the rest appears to be a hodgepodge of incongruous elements including the character of Sam whose story seems to exist outside the rest of narrative for so long that his scenes almost feel like padding. Performances are variable but one wonders how much of this is due to the American accents used by half the cast or how much may stem from the actors' confusion over just what the film was supposed to be.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 5 February 2015 (Malaysia)

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DVD Review: Breaking Glass Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC

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Breaking Glass Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:20:12
Video

1.73:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.45 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
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.73:1

Edition Details:
� Cast Interviews (16:9; 10:46)
� Trailer (16:9; 2:00)
� The Real Death Passage Ghost (16:9; 1:11)
� Alternate Ending (16:9; 2:55)
� Rehearsals (16:9; 2:28)
� Previews

DVD Release Date: March 21st, 2017
Amaray

Chapters 10

 

 

 

Comments

Shot on the Red Epic X, LEMON TREE PASSAGE looks variable in SD due to the heavy color correction with some good close-ups, some softness from the use of backlighting, fire, and deliberate flare, and murk in the shadows of blue-filtered sequences. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is typical of the genre but intermittently effectivewith lots of whispers in the surrounds. English Closed Captioning is available. Extras include some talking heads, a short bit on the urban legend, and an alternate ending that is slightly extended.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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