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Written by: on March 29th, 2010

Theatrical Release Date:
Uk, 2009
Director: Lawrence Gough
Writers: Lawrence Gough, Colin O’Donnell, Alan Pattison
Cast: Shahid Ahmed, Dean Andrews, Sufian Ashraf, Ben Batt, Linzey Cocker, Shaun Dooley, Trevor Hancock,     Kevin Harvey, Paul Howell, Neve McIntosh, Ray Nicholas, Jake Norton, Paul Opacic, Alan Pattison, Martin Pemberton, Debbie Rush, Kyle Ward

DVD released:
March 22nd, 2010
Approximate running time: 75 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 18 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Revolver Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £14.99

Synopsis: A woman tries to reconnect with her estranged daughter who is staying with her for the holidays.

After the opening set up which introduces the estranged daughter character. The tone of the film drastically changes when the neighborhood where the mother lives is put on lock down when soldiers overtake it. Who or what they are really looking is this film biggest twist. With terrorism in the headlines more than ever. This plot device is effectively pulled off. The bulk of the film centers around the mother character who is early on separated from her daughter after the arrival of the soldiers. The way in which the film shifts away from the daughter character and makes her mother the focal point of this the story at hand is this film’s strongest asset. The film does a good job building up tension as the mother character frantically tries find her daughter who she had a fight with before the arrival of the soldiers. The way the film uses its confined locations also greatly adds to the mother characters state of paranoia.

Pacing wise everything moves along quick enough and the performances are pretty good especially Neve McIntosh in the role of the mother. Once again the film takes another detour in its final act as it shifts away from the thriller about government conspiracies into a horror film with a deformed maniac. By the time film gets to its final act. The Jekyll and Hyde mixing of different genres starts to wear thin and the momentum that the second half had built is quickly undermined by the shift in tone for the final act. To make matters worse the film’s conclusion is a total let down that fails to love up to the lofty expectations of what had come before.

The DVD:

Salvage is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones look accurate. Black levels generally fare well with a few instances where the image lack clarity during darker scenes.

This release comes with two audio options, Dolby Digital 5.1 English and Dolby Digital Stereo English. Both audio mixes sound clear and balanced throughout. The differences between the two audio mixes are minimal with the Dolby Digital 5.1 English sounding more robust and taking more advantage of the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack.

Extras for this release include cast & crew interviews (44 minutes 36 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), a behind the scenes segment (10 minutes 8 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and a audio commentary with writer / director Lawrence Gough, screenwriters Colin O’Donnell, Alan Pattison and actor Shaun Dooley. The extras do a good job putting the various aspects of this production into perspective. Overall Salvage gets a strong DVD release from revolver Entertaining.

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