Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 21st, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2009
Director: Christopher Di Nunzio
Writers: Christopher Di Nunzio, Melanie Kotoch
Cast: Fiore Leo, Robert Hines, Johanna Gorton, Michael Reardon, Christina C. Crawford, Irina Peligrad, Matthew Phillion, Aurora Grabill, Slava Dorogapulko, Leighsa Burgin, Lou Fuoco, Stephanie Spry, Vincent Di Nunzio, R. Harvey Bravman
DVD released: November 10th, 2009
Approximate running time: 75 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Creepy Kid Productions
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $16.99
Synopsis: A blood sucking cult of cannibals abduct people for their yearly harvest.
A film’s poster art or trailer can be a power tool. That draws in an audience, who are on the fence about said film. On the flip side these promotional devices can also push perspective viewers away.
Going into Livestock I had certain preconceived expectations of what kind of a film I was expecting it to be. On the surface it appears to be your run of the mill horror. When it is so much more. Once you start to peel away its many layers of misdirection.
Without giving away to much about the plot. Let’s just say that the film does an exceptional job preserving it’s pivotal twist until it’s finale. Getting back to how looks can be deceiving. The film starts off mundanely enough. Even the way in which all the main players are introduced and their motivations. Are far removed from what one would normally associate with a horror film. It is not until the truth behind why this cult is harvesting bodies. That this film truly transforms into a full blown horror film.
From a production stand point. The film’s visuals do a good job setting the mood. The one area in which this film is most flawed is its pacing. There are several stretches where things drag along at a tedious pace. Thankfully these moments are far and few in between. The most surprising and durable asset this film has is its cast. Especially Fiore Leo in the role of Victor Corsi. A henchmen employed by the cult behind the abductions. Ultimately Livestock is a devious horror film that puts an inventive twist on familiar horror genre conventions.
Livestock is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. The source used for this transfer is in very good shape. Details look crisp. Colors and flesh tones look accurate.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio sounds clean and clear throughout.
This release comes with no extra content. Also there is no menu. The only contents on this disc is the film. Overall Livestock gets a good audio / video presentation.