Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 18th, 2015
BluRay released: August 24th, 2015
Approximate running times: 104 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Stereo English
BluRay Release: Olive Films
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.95
Anyone looking for or expecting a straight forward thriller should look elsewhere. And though the premise for this film is very basic, the majority of the screen time is spent indulging the various characters fantasies. These jumps between what is reality and what is fantasy can at times be jarring in their abruptness.
From a production stand point there is never a shortage of atmosphere as the visuals do a superb job setting the tone and maintaining the mounting tension which builds to a fever pitch with by the time the films finale rolls around.
Performance wise this whole film rest on the shoulders of its leading lady Alicia Silverstone (The Crush) whose character ‘The Babysitter’ is the object of desire that the majority of male characters lust after in this film. What her character lacks in depth, she more than makes up for in her role as this film’s source of eye candy.
And when it comes to the remaining cast members they are all very good in their respective roles. With this film’s standout performance coming from Ryan Slater in the role of Jimmy, a young boy on the verge of adultescence that the babysitter has been hired to watch while his parents go to a party. This character also has the most memorable moment. It is a scene where Jimmy fantasizes about his babysitter and when he gets caught looking through the key hole to the backroom she invites him to wash her back.
Based solely on premise, this film should have been so much more then what ended up onscreen. And though there are a handful of things that this film does well. There are far more things which go awry and ultimately lessen the overall impact of the story at hand..
The Babysitter comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The image looks generally crisp, black levels look very good and grain looks natural throughout. Also there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This film comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English. The audio sounds clean, clear, balanced and robust when it needs. With the film’s score benefiting most from this audio mix and the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack being well represented. Also there are no subtitle options included with this release.
This release comes with no extra content.
Overall The Babysitter gets a first rate audio / video presentation.
Note: Olive Films are also releasing this film on DVD.