Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 25th, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2012
Director: Katie Carman-Lehach
Writer: Elizabeth Lee
Cast: Elizabeth Lee, Kimani Shillingford, Abe Koogler, Ryan Clardy, Mike Quirk
DVD Release Date: September 23rd, 2014
Approximate Running Time: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Cinema Epoch
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Synopsis: Wanting get away after her husband a Wall Street financial adviser is convicted of fraud. At first she finds the serenity she is looking for at a secluded home located by a beach. Unfortunately for her things quickly take a turn for the worse, when eerie things start to occur around her and make her doubt her sanity.
This film starts off as though it is going to be a thriller where its lead character is stalked by someone, who was a victim of her husband’s fraud. Only to quickly take a more supernatural turn as the story evolves. And at the heart of these supernatural elements is this film protagonist’s guilt for not only what her husband has done, but for the death of her brother which she personally feels responsible for.
Micro budgeted films are bound to have a few areas where the strain of said budget shines through! Fortunately in regards to this film there are more positives then negatives. Visuals things range from good to very good and performance wise the weight of this film rest on the shoulders of its leading lady Elizabeth Lee (who also wrote this film’s screenplay), who gives a strong performance that leaves a lasting impression.
Unfortunately as far as thrillers go this film struggles to create any sustainable moments of tension. And when it comes to more dramatic moments, things don’t get much better. Other areas where this film does not gel include its inconsistent pacing and outside of this film’s protagonist, the remaining cast of characters are undeveloped.
Cinema Epoch presents Off Season in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s intended aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones look accurate. Details looks look sharpest during brighter moments, while some of the darker moments lack the same clarity.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio sounds clean, clear and balanced throughout.
Extras for this release include a stills gallery and a trailer for the film. Overall Off Season gets a strong audio / video presentation from Cinema Epoch.