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Nesting, The (BluRay) 
Written by: on June 15th, 2011

Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1981
Director: Armand Weston
Writers: Daria Price, Armand Weston
Cast: Robin Groves, Christopher Loomis, Michael David Lally, John Carradine, Gloria Grahame

BluRay released: June 28th, 2011
Approximate running times: 103 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Rating: R
Sound: DTS-HD 7.1 English, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Ex English, Dolby Digital Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
BluRay Release: Blue Underground
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.98

Synopsis: An author who is suffering from agoraphobia decides to stay at a old Victorian home in the middle of nowhere. Shortly after her arrival weird things start to happen and those who come in contact with her start turning up dead.

The Nesting was co-written and directed by Armand Weston, a filmmaker most known for his work with in the adult film industry directing such films like The Defiance of the Good and Expose me Lovely. The cinematographer on The Nesting would also feature another adult film industry regular cinematographer Joao Fernandes, who’s diverse resume as cinematographer includes the following films, Deep Throat, The Devil in Miss Jones, Darktown Strutters, Through the Looking Glass and The Prowler. A few other titles that The Nesting is also known under include Massacre Mansion and Phobia.

The best horror film’s draw you into the nightmare they are trying to create. And while even some of the more renowned horror films are far from flawless cinematic experiences. The one thing that these more revered horror films have going for them, that the horror films that have fallen into obscurity don’t. They have an inane ability to overcome their flaws and even make you believe what is going on, no matter how implausible the premise may be.
From a premise stand point, The Nesting has a strong foundation. The plot revolves around a woman named Lauren, who suffers from agoraphobia ( a panic disorder) and a creepy dilapidated house where years before there was a massacre that took place there. And while the opening setup focuses more on this Lauren’s agoraphobia. Once she gets settled in the Victorian home which the bulk of the film takes place in. The narrative shifts its focus more towards a haunted house theme horror film. Also without giving to much more about the plot away, let’s just say that the film does a good job tying these two narratives together.

From a production stand point the one area in which this film excels the most are its atmospheric visuals. Another area in which this film delivers are its kill scenes which are all sufficiently gory. Unfortunately there are a handful of areas in which this production is lacking, the pacing is often lethargic and the special effects often draw attention to themselves.

Performance wise while there are a few weak links, the majority of the cast are more than adequate in their respective roles. With this film’s stand out performance coming from Robin Groves (Silver Bullet) in the role of Lauren. She gives a convincing performance of a woman of the verge of a breakdown. Ultimately The Nesting is a well made horror film that has languished for far too long in obscurity.

The BluRay:

The Nesting comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. Colors look nicely saturated, black levels look consistently strong and details generally look crisp throughout. There are no problems with compression or DNR. Overall this is another strong transfer from Blue Underground and it is safe to say that this release is the best that this film has ever looked on home video.
This release comes with three audio options, a DTS-HD 7.1 mix in English, a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Ex mix in English and a Dolby Digital Mono mix in English. There are no issues with any of the three audio mixes as they all sound clean, clear and balanced. Personally I found the Dolby Digital mono mix to be the most satisfying of the three, even though the other two audio mixes do a reasonably good job with channel separation. This release comes with three subtitle options, English SDH, French and Spanish.

Extras for this release include a extensive poster & still gallery, three T.V. spots, a trailer for the film (1 minute 55 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), a Spanish language trailer for the film (1 minute 55 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and eight deleted & extended scenes (12 minutes 2  seconds – anamorphic widescreen). And while some may be disappointed that these deleted / extended scenes have not been added back into the film. Their lack of inclusion does not hamper the plot in anyway, in fact one could easily argue that they would only further hamper the pacing of the film. Also it should be noted that these deleted / extended scenes are not too far removed quality wiser when compared to the transfer used for the main feature. Overall The Nesting gets a superb release from Blue Underground.

Note: Blue Underground are also releasing The Nesting on DVD.

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