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Otherworld, The – Severin Films (BluRay) 
Written by: on October 16th, 2017

Theatrical Release Date: France, 2013
Director: Richard Stanley
Writers: Scarlett Amaris, Richard Stanley
Cast: Richard Stanley, Scarlett Amaris

BluRay released: August 29th, 2017
Approximate running times: 105 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: NR
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 English / French, DTS-HD Stereo English / French
Subtitles: English
BluRay Release: Severin Films
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $24.95

“Hidden deep within the French Pyrenees is an area known as ‘The Zone’, where a shocking convergence of ancient occult legacies may have formed a portal to other dimensions.”Synopsis provided by the Distributor

Though Richard Stanley is mostly known for directing Hardware and Dust Devil. The bulk of his output as a filmmaker is in the documentary genre.

This brings us to The Other World, a documentary where the subject matter and the filmmaker are intertwined. And content wise, The Other World is an engrossing tale that explores, the occult, spirituality, conspiracy theories and other unexplained phenomena’s.

From a production stand point this documentary is a perfect fusion of imagery and recollections of those who have experienced ‘The Zone’. Another strength of this documentary is that how Richard Stanley serves as a guide to the mysteries that are explored.

The BluRay:

The Other World comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Colors look accurate and details look sharp.

This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in English / French and a DTS-HD stereo mix in English / French. Both audio mixes sound clear and balanced. With the DTS-HD 5.1 sounding slightly more robust. Included with this release are removable English subtitles.

Extras for this release include, a trailer for the film (2 minutes 58 seconds, in English / French with English subtitles), two deleted scenes (5 minutes 53 seconds, in French with English subtitles / 4 minutes 22 seconds, in French with English subtitles) and a featurette titled The Other Side of the Mirror (33 minutes 50 seconds).

Also included with this release is a DVD that has the following documentaries directed by Richard Stanley, Voice of the Moon (32 minutes 28 seconds, in Dari with English subtitles), The White Darkness (48 minutes 22 seconds, in French with English subtitles) and The Secret Glory (96 minutes 57 seconds, in English / German with English subtitles).

The documentary titled Voice of the Moon is an in-depth look about the Afghanistan / Russian war of the early 1990’s.

The documentary titled The White Darkness is an in-depth look about voodoo in Haiti.

The documentary titled The Secret Glory is an in-depth look into the life of Nazi Otto Rahn and his search for the Holy Grail.

Extras for this disc include, an introduction for Voice of the Moon (13 minutes 55 seconds), an introduction for The White Darkness (10 minutes 19 seconds) and an introduction for The Secret Glory (10 minutes 20 seconds). And all three of these documentaries comes with audio commentary tracks with Richard Stanley.

It should be noted that the DVD included as part of this Blu-ray release is limited to 2,500 copies and that this bonus disc is not included as part of their stand-alone DVD release.

Overall Severin Films gives The Other World an exceptional release that comes with a wealth of insightful extra content, highly recommended.

Note: This film is also being released by Severin Films on DVD.

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