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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "A pince" )

 

directed by  László Illés, Vozo Zoltán Végh (co-director)
Hungary/USA/UK 2017

 

After neighbor Mr. Kranicz (Richard Rifkin, ERAGON) calls the police to break up their raucous graduation party, building owner's son Tommy (Gergo Szekér), his British girlfriend Suzie (Caroline Boulton, HERCULES), drug dealer Kolos (Takács Zalán), and pals Woo-jin (Tom Nguyen), and Ayame (Sherin Bors) decide to conduct a seance. Strange noises and Suzie's cat lead the quintet to the building's basement which has been rented by a mysterious third party and is supposed to be locked off. Venturing down below, they discover a labyrinth of catacombs that extend beneath the city where they find the eviscerated body of one of their guests (Shawn Michael Clankie) and a knife-wielding madwoman with a mannequin's features sewn over her own disfigured ones. As they flee the killer through the corridors, Tommy is convinced that she is a maniac while Suzie insists that she is a demon that they have inadvertently conjured. An attempt at exorcism fails and the survivors are cut down one-by-one by the killer who has managed to survive being torched alive without any apparent injury. An opportunity to exploit the budget-friendly scenario of college students in a claustrophobic haunted setting turns out exceedingly awful in execution with the American/British/Hungarian THE BASEMENT through a combination of thickly-accented English-language performances that frequently place emphasize on the wrong words or syllables on top of generally poor performances. A terrible script does not help with its unoriginal and uninteresting story, and the special effects never fare well when the camera lingers on them. It is hard to even label the film a time-waster as it manages to drag at just over eighty minutes and the shrill performances will have the viewer either hitting the down volume button or fast-forwarding.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 28 April 2017 (Hungary)

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DVD Review: Breaking Glass Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC

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Breaking Glass Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:21:51
Video

2.40:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.22 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 English (for foreign dialogue)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.40:1

Edition Details:
� Behind the Scenes (4:01)
� Production Diaries (11:46)
� Deleted Scenes (9:37)
� Trailer (2:32)
� Previews

DVD Release Date: September 5th, 2017
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments

Shot with a Blackmagic 4K camera and given moody grading, THE BASEMENT looks relatively slick in Breaking Glass' decent progressive, anamorphic widescreen encode, and it is hard to imagine that an HD presentation would significantly improve the experience. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is rather basic in its placement of surround jumps and directional effects, but it gets the job done. Burnt-in English subtitles are offered for foreign dialogue while the English dialogue is accompanied by Closed Captioning. Behind the scenes segments and video diary entries look at the choreography of the fight scenes, location scouting, a table reading, and the preparation of the film's special effects, while deleted scenes reveal that the film could not have been better or that much worse a few minutes longer.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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