Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 17th, 2011
BluRay released: March 14th, 2011
Approximate running time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Rating: 15 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital TrueHD English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Anchor Bay Entertainment UK
Region Coding: Region B
Retail Price: £19.99
Even though things start off interesting enough. Things soon get muddled down by a incoherent screenplay that requires any viewer to take a extreme leap of faith. And while I can appreciate the supernatural angle that this film is aiming for. The overall execution of this into the story at hand leaves a lot to be desired.
Another area in which this film often comes up short. Are the performances from its cast, who while attractive to look act. They all manage to make what is already a dire plotted horror film. Somehow more excruciating to watch. Also to make matters worse. All of the characters that populate this story make it difficult to care for them. Thus making their fates all the less important. Ultimately Altitude is tediously paced horror film that is short on scares and often predictable.
Altitude comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. The transfer starts off very strong. Colors look nicely saturated and at times vibrant. Black levels look very good and details look sharp throughout. Once the film the lengthy section which takes place in limited lightning. Black levels don’t not look as strong as they did earlier in the film. And grain is more pronounced during this section of the film. There are no problems with compression and DNR is kept in check.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital TrueHD mix in English and removable English SDH subtitles have been included with this release. The audio is in great shape as dialog is always clear, everything sounds balanced and robust when it needs to be.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (2 minutes 2 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), a image gallery with original image concepts, a green screen behind the scenes demonstration segment (10 minutes 6 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), a ‘Behind the scenes’ featurette that is broken down into four segments (49 minutes 3 seconds – anamorphic widesrceen) and an audio commentary with director Kaare Andrews. This release standout extra is the audio commentary track that does a superb job covering the various aspects of this production. Overall Altitude gets a strong release from Anchor Bay Entertainment UK.
Note: Anchor Bay Entertainment UK is also releasing this film on DVD.