Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 7th, 2017
BluRay released: April 25th, 2017
Approximate running times: 65 Minutes
Aspect Ratios: 1.66:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: LPCM Mono English
BluRay Release: Garagehouse Pictures
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $27.99
The Dismembered is a classic case of one should not judge a book by its cover. The film is an entertaining mix of atmosphere and off the wall humor. The anemic narrative keeps things simple and there is never an issue with pacing as things move along briskly. And though there are elements that one has come to expect from a Horror film, these elements are more rooted in things that go bump in the night.
From a production standpoint though there are several areas where this film’s budgetary limitations standout. Fortunately, these are just a minor setback, since the film’s heart and soul are its mischievous characters. Another strength of this film are the enthusiastic performances from the cast.
The creative force behind this oddity is Ralph S. Hirshorn and though he also has a short film to his credits. The Dismembered remains the only feature film that he has directed. And for a one-shot director he delivers an efficient film that those who enjoy bizarre cinema should thoroughly enjoy.
The Dismembered comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. For this release a 4k transfer has been created from the director’s only 16mm film print. This transfer looks very good, details generally look crisp, grain remains intact and there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a LPCM mono mix in English. There are no issues with background noise or distortion, dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced.
Extras for this release include, a trailer reel for titles previously released by Garagehouse Pictures, an essay titled Notes on The Dismembered written by Dan Buskirk, a short film also directed by Ralph S. Hirshorn titled The End of Summer (10 minutes 35 seconds, with an optional audio commentary with Ralph S. Hirshorn and moderator Andrew Repasky McEhinney) and an audio commentary for The Dismembered with Ralph S. Hirshorn and Andrew Repasky McEhinney.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary for The End of Summer include, how this film’s opening logo is an homage to Rank Organization, the opening credits, information about the Philadelphia locations featured in the film, information about the score / music that appears in the film, background information about the cast, how this film was shot over the span of about a month and other production related topics.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary for The Dismembered include, background information about the cast, the opening credits / post production, the score, locations, the visuals and how they did not have a cinematographer (only a cameraman), his cinema influences and other production related topics.
Overall The Dismembered makes its home video debut via a solid release from Garagehouse Pictures.