Blu-ray Review: The Innocents – The Criterion Collection

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Distributor: The Criterion Collection

Release Date: September 23, 2014

Region: Region A

Length: 100 min

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: 1.0 LPCM English Mono (1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles: English SDH

Ratio: 2.35:1

Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Notes:This title is also available as a DVD release.

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“This Jack Clayton adaptation of The Turn of the Screw is one of the rare pictures that does justice to Henry James. It’s beautifully crafted and acted, immaculately shot (by Freddie Francis), and [is] very scary.” -Martin Scorsese (The Daily Beast)

Jack Clayton’s classic film is a rather faithful adaptation of “The Turn of the Screw” by Henry James. While James was always attracted to the ‘ghost story,’ he did not particularly admire the stereotypical schlock style that most of these tales employed. His story blurred the line between the physical…

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Blu-ray Review: I Know What You Did Last Summer

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Distributor: Mill Creek Entertainment

Release Date: September 30, 2014

Region: Region A

Length: 101 min

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD

Subtitles: None

Ratio: 2.40:1

Notes:Sony Pictures originally released a Blu-ray of this film in 2008. It has also been given a few DVD releases.

After Scream slashed its way onto cinema screens in 1996, the success of the film revitalized the horror genre…

Actually, it brought about a particular kind of horror film that this reviewer likes to call “horror-light.” It is the same formula, but it has been tweaked to better appeal to younger audiences. These films have a different aura to the horror films of previous generations. One of the better Scream-wannabes was I Know What You Did Last Summer (which was also written by Kevin Williamson). This isn’t to say that it is a masterpiece of the genre. It was…

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Blu-ray Review: Deliver Us from Evil

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Distributor: Sony Pictures

Release Date: October 28, 2014

Region: Region A

Length: 118 min

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: 5.1 English DTS-HD Master Audio

Alternate Audio:

5.1 French DTS-HD Master Audio

5.1 Spanish Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish

Ratio: 2.40:1

Notes:This Blu-ray disc comes with an Ultraviolet copy of the film. A DVD edition of the film is also available.

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“For me, [horror] is the perfect genre for a person of faith to work in. You can think about good and evil pretty openly. I always talk about it being the genre of non-denial. I like the fact that it’s a genre about confronting evil, confronting what’s frightening in the world.”-Scott Derrickson (National Catholic Register, July 1, 2014)

Scott Derrickson’s Deliver Us from Evil was inspired by “Beware the Night,” the memoir of former New York police Sgt. Ralph Sarchie…

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