Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 6th, 2018
BluRay released: February 19th, 2018
Approximate running times: 105 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: 15 (UK)
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 Vietnamese / English, Dolby Digital Stereo Vietnamese / English
Subtitles: English, Partial English
BluRay Release: Eureka Video / Montage Pictures
Region Coding: Region B
Retail Price: £12.99 (UK)
“Linh is a docile and hardworking poor orphaned girl who comes to Sa Cat seeking a housemaid job. Sebastien Laurent is a French captain and owner of the Sa Cat rubber plantation. For years, the massive mansion is rumoured to have ghosts, particularly those of Camille – Sebastien’s late wife—and the mistreated plantation workers. Once Linh comes to Sa Cat, she begins to hear strange sounds, have frightening dreams, and witness bizarre occurrences. After some time, Linh and Captain Laurent become close to each other and develop a romance. However, their love soon awakens the vengeful souls of Sa Cat plantation.” – Synopsis provided by the Distributor
The premise for this film is superbly executed. And this film’s bookend narrative is primarily told via a long flashback, that fills in the events that lead to the murder that occurs in this film’s opening setup. There are an ample amount of twists and scares. And this film’s finale provides s satisfying conclusion to the events that have just unfolded.
Content wise, though this film has all the ingredients that have since become synonymous with the gothic horror genre. To pigeonhole this film is one genre, would be doing it a great disservice.
The cast are very good in their respective roles. With this film’s standout performance being Kate Nhung (Bitcoin Heist) in the role of Linh, a young woman who obtains employment as a housemaid. Other performances of note include, Jean-Michel Richaud in the role of Captain Sebastien Laurent and Kim Xuan in the role of Mrs. Han, the woman who reluctantly hires Linh.
Without a doubt, the visuals are this film’s greatest asset. And the visuals are overflowing with atmosphere. With this film’s standout moments visually, being the moments rooted in the supernatural. Another strength of this film, is its retro setting in French Indochina, circa 1953.
The Housemaid comes on a 50 GB dual layer (29.0 GB) BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Colors look accurate, flesh tones look natural, details look crisp and black levels look solid throughout.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Vietnamese / English and a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Vietnamese / English. Dialog comes through clearly, everything sounds balanced and the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack are well represented. Included with this release are two subtitle options, English and partial English. The first of these two subtitle options provides subtitles for all dialog in the film, while the latter of these two subtitle options only provides subtitles for dialog in Vietnamese.
Extras are limited to a trailer for the film.
Also, included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo. Overall The Housemaid gets a solid audio / video presentation from Eureka Video.