Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 11th, 2017
BluRay released: August 29th, 2017
Approximate running time: 113 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 Dutch, DTS-HD Stereo Dutch, DTS-HD Stereo English, Dolby Digital Stereo French
Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish
BluRay Release: Blue Underground
Region Coding: Region Free / Region Free NTSC
Retail Price: $39.98
Amsterdamned was written and directed by Dick Maas whose other notable films include, Lift and Flodder. The score for Amsterdamned was also composed by Dick Maas.
Though there have and will always be films that mix genres. Trying to pull off such a feat can often prove to be a very difficult endeavor. Case in point, a film like Amsterdamned that perfectly fuses elements from the Slasher and police procedural sub-genres.
The premise is well executed and pacing is not an issue as this move along at a break neck momentum. The characters are one-dimensional caricatures and the performances are best described as adequate. With this film’s standout performance being Huub Stapel in the role of this film’s protagonist, a hard boiled detective named Eric Visser.
Not to be overlooked when discussing this film is the role that the city of Amsterdam plays in the story at hand. And nowhere is more evident, then when it comes to this film’s visuals, which take full advantage of Amsterdam’s iconic canals. Other areas where this film excels include, it’s action set pieces and kills scenes. With this film’s standout moment being, a chase scene in speed boats in the aforementioned canals.
Amsterdamned comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The transfer for this release was sourced from a brand-new 2K restoration from the original Dutch negative, approved by Dick Maas. Colors are nicely saturated and the image clarity is very good throughout. Unfortunately, there are issues related to compression that are most noticeable during darker scenes. It should be noted that Blue Underground are aware of this issues and they are issuing a corrected version.
This release comes with four audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Dutch, a DTS-HD stereo mix in Dutch, a DTS-HD stereo mix in English and a Dolby Digital stereo mix in French. There are a wide variety of audio options included with this release and all of the audio mixes sound, clean, clear and balanced. Range wise the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack are well represented and range wise all of the audio mixes sound robust, when they need too. With the DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Dutch being the most immersive of the audio mixes included as part of this release. Included with this release are three subtitle options, English, English SDH and Spanish.
Extras for this release include, a reversible cover art, a poster & still gallery, a music for the song Amsterdamned directed by Dick Maas (3 minutes 30 seconds), Dutch trailer for the film with English subtitles (3 minutes 13 seconds), U.S. trailer for the film (1 minute 43 seconds), an interview with stunt coordinator Dickey Beer titled Damned Stuntwork (18 minutes 12 seconds, in English), an interview with actor Huub Stapel titled Tales from the Canal (8 minutes 38 seconds, in Dutch with English subtitles), an archival documentary titled The Making of Amsterdamned (36 minutes 15 seconds, in Dutch with English subtitles) and an audio commentary with screenwriter / director Dick Maas, editor Hans van Dongen and moderator David Gregory.
Topics discussed in the interview with Huub Stapel include, Dick Maas, Amsterdamned, his character, onset memories, stunts and his thoughts about the film.
The extra titled The Making of Amsterdamned contains onset footage and comments from the cast & crew.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, locations, stunts and the difficulty trying to shot them, music and the role it plays in the film and other production related topics.
Rounding out the extras is a twenty-page booklet with cast & crew information, an essay titled Canal Plus Murders: The Story of “Amsterdamned” written by Michael Gingold. Also, included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo. Overall Blue Underground gives Amsterdamned its best home video release to date.
Update: Blue Underground have issued a second pressing for Amsterdamned that corrects encoding issues that are mentioned in our review above.
For more information about replacement discs go here.
Screenshots from original pressing