Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 5th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2007
Director: Eben McGarr
Writer: Eben McGarr
Cast: Leslie Andrews, John McGarr, Charlie Trepany, Ian Villalobos, Katherine Macanufo, Graham Denman, Stephen Geoffreys, Chris W. King
DVD released: August 25th, 2009
Approximate running time: 79 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Synapse Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
This opening sequence perfectly encapsulates Izzy’s nihilistic outlook on life. What follows is a series of scenes that alternate between filling in Izzy’s back-story, moments with her younger brother and a lot more killing. Many of the killings and the torturing that leads up to these killings are a bit too much. This excessive approach to the killings / torturing takes any impact these scenes would have had if handle with more care. None of the performances in this film have any lasting impact making it hard to car for anyone in the film (even Izzy’s victims). Ultimately Sick Girl is a forgettable film that never fully realizes it’s potential.
Synapse Films presents Sick Girl in an anamorphic widescreen that frames the image in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. This is a clean looking transfer that does a good job retaining the visual style of the film.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio fares slightly better than the transfer as dialog is clear and the music and effects sound robust throughout.
Extras for this release include a teaser and a trailer for the film, a blooper / outtakes reel, a ten minute interview with Stephen Geoffreys (who appears briefly in the film) and a twelve minute segment titled “Death By..” in which the star of the film Leslie Andrews discusses her photography where designs or recreates crime scene photos. Rounding out the extra content is mock Public Service Announcement with Izzy (The Sick Girl) who goes on a killing rampage at a movie theater. Overall Sick Girl gets a well rounded DVD from Synapse Films that is highlighted by the “Death By…” segment.