Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 21st, 2013
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2012
Director: Erik Rodgers
Writer: Erik Rodgers
Cast: Sean Pritchett, Devin DiGonno, Ashby de la Plaine, Jennifer Hope, Edward Gusts, Lynne-Marie Beard
DVD Release Date: June 4th, 2013
Approximate Running Time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Cinema Epoch
Region Encoding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.98
Synopsis: A bike messenger agrees to help out an estranged family member by delivering a mysterious package that contains experimental chemicals.
From the get go Carrier lets its perspective viewers know that this is not going to be an easy ride and for those willing to pay attention to small details. To put it mildly this is a thinking ‘mans’ horror film. And in order to fully appreciate the events which unfold patience is of utmost importance.
At the heart of this film is story about a experimental serum that is supposed to modify behavior and thus eliminate in the long term ones need for pharmaceutical drugs. Unfortunately things are not always cut and dry, especially in the world of scientific research. To simply put things into perspective, this film is a tale about morality and what happens when someone tries to play god.
There is not a single area of this film that is lacking. The visuals are first rate, especially the use of dream / hallucinatory moments. Pacing is pitch perfect and the moments carnage are sufficiently bloody. Also this film’s score does a superb job reinforcing the atmospheric imagery and bleak tone of the narrative.
Though the entire are all very good in their respective roles. It is the performances of this film’s two leads Sean Pritchett in the role of the infected bike messenger named Thomas and Ashby de la Plaine in the role of Thomas’s girlfriend which give this film its center. And without a doubt the most engrossing aspect of this film is how Thomas deals with the hand he has been given and how his girlfriend who has became infected because of him deals with the same affliction.
Cinema Epoch presents Carrier in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s intended aspect ratio. This is a clean looking transfer. Details look crisp and there are no issues with compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Though limited at times ranges, this is still a very good audio mix as dialog is always clear and everything sounds balanced.
Extras include a trailer for the film, a image gallery and image gallery for other releases also available from Cinema Epoch. Overall Carrier gets a good audio / video presentation from Cinema Epoch.