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Devil Within, The 
Written by: on April 27th, 2010

Theatrical Release Date:
USA, 2009
Director: Tom Hardy
Writer: Matt Dean
Cast: Elizabeth Di Prinzio, Sarah Kathryn Harrison, Bill Oberst Jr., Grey Damon, Elizabeth Bell, Alex Aldridge, Jamie Lea Willett, Peyten Aldridge, Jen Bailey, David Mingrino, Kurt Jenko, Maurice Webster, Brian McLaughlin, Brooke Krohn, R.J. Frost, David Light, Morgan Benoit, Leland White, Jonathan Aube, Ksenia Delaveri, Karynn Moore, Ryanne Plaisance

DVD released: June 29th, 2010
Approximate running time: 79 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Seminal Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.98

Synopsis: An unrequited love leads to a killing spree at a young woman’s eighteenth birthday party.

First off don’t let the seductive cover for this film’s DVD release mislead you. Sure the majority of the female cast are very attractive and there are even a few boobs that are exposed. And yet there is nothing remotely as erotic in this film as the aforementioned DVD cover.

So what is this film’s targeted audience. This film is equal parts horror film and teen melodrama. With the majority of the film leaning towards the later. After a initial opening sequence where a prostitute is killed by a man who we learn more about later in the film. The film quickly shifts into its teen melodrama as we are introduced to every cliched high school type persona that has appeared in countless other films. These characters are not likable and in many instances extremely annoying. Finding any sympathy for any of them, forget about it.

The single most damning thing that I had a problem with was this film’s indecision on what type of film it was trying to be and where it was trying to lead me as the viewer. By the time the carnage arrives, it is almost too little too late. The film also tries to throw some humor into the mix with varied results. The plot features a few red herrings, some more obvious than others. The film’s pacing is another problem, especially the middle of the film. The film’s opening and closing acts are handle much better. The one area where this film did impress me was its visual style.

The DVD:

The Devil Within is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. This is a solid looking progressive flagged transfer, colors look nicely saturated, flesh tones look accurate, black levels look strong and details look razor sharp throughout. There are no problems with compression and edge enhancement is kept in check.

This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio sounds clear and balanced throughout.

There is no extra content. Overall The Devil Within gets a solid audio / video presentation.

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