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Directed by Jack Heller
USA 2014


Maiden Woods is a remote and quiet town of decent, hard-working people, but something stirs in the dark woods surrounding this isolated community. After a logging company decimates an area of the forest, a rash of increasingly violent and unexplainable events transpires. Sheriff Paul Shields (Kevin Durand) and his deputy (Lukas Haas) struggle to confront their own personal demons while facing down a new breed of raw terror that is possibly older than humanity itself… and much, much hungrier.


There’s certainly talent in Jack Heller’s fright film “Dark Was the Night,” beginning with its cast. The busy TV actor Kevin Durand (“The Strain” on FX, “Vikings” on History) — here playing a small-town New York sheriff contending with a supernatural monster of Native American legend — conveys tender sorrow and steely resolve with understated dexterity.

The seasoned actor Lukas Haas, as his deputy, has an easy, wide-eyed naturalism, while Bianca Kajlich (from “Undateable” on NBC) has an earthy dignity as Durand’s estranged wife.

The film’s cinematographer, Ryan Samul, employing a cool, desaturated palette, manages to transform upscale Southampton, N.Y., into a wintry and remote upstate hamlet.

Excerpt from the NY Times located HERE


Theatrical Release: October 16th, 2014 (Screamfest Horror Film Festival)

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Review: Image Entertainment - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Image Entertainment - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:38:32.156    

Disc Size: 21,513,909,546 bytes

Feature Size: 18,704,117,760 bytes

Average Bitrate: 19.98 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

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



DTS-HD Master Audio English 3918 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3918 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.4:1

Disc Size: 17,565,884,258 bytes

Feature Size: 17,106,757,632 bytes

Average Bitrate: 21.95 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• Behind the Scenes: A Trip to Maiden Woods (7:34)
• Q+A with the Cast of Dark was the Night (8:39)

Blu-ray Release Date: November 3rd, 2015
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Chapters: 9




NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were obtained directly from the Blu-ray disc.

This Image Entertainment 1080P of Dark Was the Night is on a single-layered Blu-ray with a reasonable bitrate. The image has some strong detail - notable ion the films close-ups and the intentional desaturated look is well supported in 1080P . It is in the 2.4:1 aspect ratio and has some blue-leaning but I was pleased with the presentation which seemed consistent and far in advance of SD.

Audio comes in a very strong DTS-Master 5.1 surround (24-bit) track in the original English language. It has some strong separations and intense depth notable in the score by Darren Morze (The Vanishing of Sidney Hall).  There are optional English subtitles (see sample below) on Image Entertainment's Region 'A' Blu-ray.    

Image Entertainment has given us a short video; Behind the Scenes: A Trip to Maiden Woods with footage of the shoot plus an 8-minute Q+A with the cast of Dark was the Night answering questions.

I really enjoyed Dark Was the Night . I think a lot f critics missed the homage aspects. This was very similar to a 50's 'B' creature-feature with a lot of build, secluded location, and you rarely see the monster till the conclusion. There is a side-story of the Sherriff missing his child but I was enamored with the small town feel, the evolving mystery and the one-dimensional characters.  I've watched Dark Was the Night a few times and I never tire of it. This is a keeper film-on-Blu-ray, imo.

Colin Zavitz






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