Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 20th, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: UK, 2010
Director: Simeon Halligan
Writer: Mat Archer, Simeon Halligan, Stephen Trimingham
Cast: Stephen Walters, Holly Weston, Sacha Dhawan, Sadie Pickering, Jonathan Readwin, Sol Heras, Colin Tierney
BluRay released: March 20th, 2012
Approximate running time: 85 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: $26.98
Content wise, Splintered takes just about every imaginable Horror film cliché and milk’s them for all that their worth. And yet the end result, is far from a smooth viewing experience. The characters are not that likable and their motivations are as convoluted as the story at hand. Sure the film does make an attempt to fill in some of the blanks via back-story. Unfortunately most of these glimpses into these characters past end up posing more question, then actually providing any concrete answers. Other areas in which this film is often lacking is its inconsistent pacing and inability to create tension or deliver any real surprises.
With that being said, the one area in which this film holds up well is its visuals, which give this film some much needed atmosphere. From a gore stand point this film is not that gruesome and when violence does erupt it often ends abrupt or obscured by the film’s shadowy cinematography.
Performance wise, the only performance that leaves any lasting impression is Holly Weston in the role of this film’s protagonist Sophie. Where the rest of the cast are rather bland in their respective performances.
Far too often lately, it is becoming harder to discern one Horror film from the next. With each new Horror film digging in their heels and going back to a well that had long since dried. And while Splintered sets itself up as something that is trying to go against the grain. The end result is a mediocre Horror film that retreads well traversed ground.
Splintered comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. Though the transfer does a job good retaining the intended look of the film. It is not without its flaws, black levels are inconsistent (which poses some issues since most of the film is dimly lit) and details are often lacking in clarity during these aforementioned darker moments. With that being said, there are no problems with compression and DNR is never too intrusive.
This release comes with two audio options, DTS-HD 5.1 mix in English and a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Both audio mixes sound clear and balanced throughout. With the superior of these two audio mixes being the DTS-HD 5.1 mix in English. This audio mix does a very good with the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack and range wise things are pretty strong throughout.
Extras for this release include 2 teasers, a trailer for the film, 9 deleted scenes – including a alternate ending and 10 ‘Behind the Scenes’ segments, ‘The Beginning’, ‘CGI’, ‘Cinematography’, ‘Design’, ‘Music’, ‘Prosthetics & Make-up’, ‘Shooting a Scene’, ‘The Designer’, ‘The Actors’ and ‘The Director’. The ‘Behind the Scenes’ segments give a well rounded look into the various aspects of this production. Rounding out the extras included with this release are trailers for other titles also available from Well Go USA. Overall Splintered gets a good release from Well Go USA.
Note: Also included with this combo release is a DVD copy that has all the contents that are included on the BluRay counterpart.