Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 20th, 2014
BluRay released: July 15th, 2014
Approximate running time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
BluRay Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.98
I went into this film with high hopes since it was directed by Bernard Rose who is the past has delivered several first rate Horror films like Paperhouse and Candyman.
Unfortunately this film is yet another in a long line of found footage Horror films that retread well-worn paths. The film starts with a brief scene in the police interrogation room where the detective questions the lone survivor. From there the rest of the plot is told via the found footage. In regards to the found footage the bulk of the opening act is spent showing footage of the protagonist and her boyfriend and their lives before they entered the deserted hospital.
Concept wise if you have seen one of these found footage films then you pretty much know what to expect. And though the location does lend some eerie atmosphere. The moments designed to scare are only mildly scary in execution. Also the character which populate this story are not likable, especially the protagonist. So when anything menacing starts to happen to them it is easier to cheer for their demise then for their salvation.
From top to bottom one would have to really dig deep to find anything remotely entertaining in this film. Where to start, the predictable script is filled with cringe worthy dialog, a slow moving narrative that never manages to build nay momentum and by the time the third act rolls around it is painfully clear where this is all going to end.
SX_Tape comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Black levels look consistently strong throughout and details look crisp. There are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in English and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in English. Both audio mixes sound very good. Dialog comes through clearly, everything sounds balanced and the ambient noises are well represented throughout.
Extras for this release include two trailers for the film and a fifteen minute ‘Making of’ featurette with comments from the cast and crew who discuss the plot and their thoughts on the final product. Also included with this release are trailers for other titles also available from Well Go USA. Overall SX_Tape gets a strong release from Well Go USA.
Note: This film is also being released by Well Go USA on DVD.