Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 26th, 2015
Theatrical Release Dates: Canada / Germany, 2001
Director: Uwe Boll
Writers: Robert Dean Klein, Uwe Boll
Cast: Patrick Muldoon, Keegan Connor Tracy, Will Sanderson, Michael Paré, Clint Howard, Anthony Harrison
DVD Release Date: January 27th, 2015
Approximate Running Time: 95 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Martini Entertainment / Olive Films
Region Encoding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.95
Synopsis: Haunted by a tragic event from his past a young man decides to go with his new girlfriend on a road trip to meet her family who live in an isolated wilderness home.
Blackwoods was directed by Uwe Boll (House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark), a name which has become synonymous with low grade B cinema.
Though early on all signs point towards this film being about a gilt ridden protagonist who is about to get his comeuppance. Only for the end result to transform into psychological thriller that heaps on the misdirection.
From the opening moments it becomes crystal clear that this film’s narrative is going to test even the most patient viewer. And nowhere is this more evident than in this film use of flashback moment which try to give more substance to the trauma from the protagonists past which drives this film’s narrative.
A few positives about this film include that at least when it comes to back-story there is more than enough information about this film’s protagonist. And the other positive being Clint Howard’s performance in the role of a sleaze motel clerk. Unfortunately that is where the positives end. With this film’s most glaring flaw being Patrick Muldoon performance in the role of this film’s protagonist. Needless to say his performance is as predictable as this film’s ending.
Martini Entertainment presents Blackwoods in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves this films intended aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, details generally look crisp and black levels fare well. Also edge enhancement varies in degree throughout.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Dialog comes through clearly, everything sounds balanced and robust when it needs too.
Extras for this release are limited to an introduction / overview of the film from director Uwe Boll (1 minutes 58 seconds) and a trailers for Blackwoods (4 minutes 38 seconds – anamorphic widescreen). Overall Martini Entertainment gives Blackwoods a strong audio / video presentation.