Written by: Michael Den Boer on December 19th, 2013
BluRay released: December 10th, 2013
Approximate running time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
BluRay Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.98
Looking at the promotional materials given with The Seasoning House it is a hard film to define, since some of these promotional materials try placing this film in the horror genre and it most definitely is not a horror. There is nothing scary, at least in the traditional sense and when something ‘frightening’ does arrive onscreen a more appropriate word for these moments would be horrific. With that being said, content wise this film is best suited for the revenge thriller genre.
The film’s narrative is simple and the bulk of the events which unfold occur within one main location. And when it comes to back-story this film provides just enough, which proves fruitful later on when key moments arrive and characters pasts intersect with the present. Keeping with less is more another area where this film often excels its confinement to one main primary location. And when sunshine does manage to creep its way into this film’s narrative it has an almost dream / nightmarish quality to it.
From a visual stand point this film quickly establishes a grimy look that engulfs the viewer into the bleakness of what is unfolding onscreen. One of the more surprising aspects of this film is how well they are about to keep the cat and mouse game between a young girl who has just killed a soldier and his comrades going in such a claustrophobic location.
Performance wise the case all more then hold their own in their respective roles. With this film’s stand out performance being Rosie Day in the role of deaf girl who is given the responsibility to take care of young women being exploited as sex slaves. This film is her story and it is her character that brings everything to head when she kills one of the rapist soldiers. She makes a formidable foe as she time and again narrowly escapes those who want her dead.
Ultimately The Seasoning House is a gut wrenching journey that fans of revenge thriller genre are sure to get the most mileage out of, while just about everyone else will find this film a grueling task to get through.
The Seasoning House comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. The bulk of this film takes place in interiors and dimly lit as that. With that being said this transfer does a very good job with the black and contrast levels. Details look crisp, there are no issues with compression and DNR is kept in check.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in English and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in English and one subtitle option, English.. Dialog is come through clearly, everything sounds balanced and robust when it needs too. Also the DTS-HD audio mix does an amazing job with the more ambient aspects of this soundtrack.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (2 minutes 2 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and a ‘Making of’ featurette (15 minutes 53 seconds – anamorphic widescreen). Topics discussed include the plot, the film’s budget and working within its restrictions, the script, the cast and a lot of onset footage. Also included with this release are trailers for other titles also available from Well Go USA. Overall The Seasoning House gets a first rate release from Well Go USA.
Note: This film is also being released by Well Go USA on DVD.