Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 13th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: UK, 2009
Director: Huw Bowen
Writers: Huw Bowen, Paul Hardy
Cast: Abigail Tarttelin, Alan Convy, Damian Hayes
DVD released: June 14th, 2011
Approximate running time: 86 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Cinema Epoch
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.98
Forget everything that you have come to except from independently made Sci-Fi films. And while the majority these films rarely succeed due to their meager resources. Every now and then comes along a film that is just audacious enough that it is difficult not to get caught up in the story at hand. This brings us to Triple Hit (or as it was original known as Schrödinger’s Girl).
This film’s premise lends itself to an unlimited amount of possibilities. And the end result is a well constructed narrative in which three universes that ultimately collided. The film starts off very strong, with an opening setup which sets into motion where everyone is and what their motivations are? This opening setup also does fantastic job bringing each of the three universes to life.
By the time the film’s middle act rolls around things do slightly to go awry, with the drawback from this portion of the film being that its tends to focus too much on how cool it is to slide through walls and to one universe to the next. Thankfully things start shaping up by the third act, which does a reasonably good job keeping the viewer on their toes.
Trying to convincingly pull off a character in any given film, can be a difficult. For this film many of the actors are given the task of portraying three characters. And while the majority of these performances work within the confines of the story at hand. There is one or should I say three performances in this film, that prove to be problematic and all three of these performances come from this films leading lady Abigail Tarttelin. There are many things farfetched in this film and yet I found myself more forgiven of these things then her performance.
From a production standpoint the special effects look crude and they often call attention to themselves (think BBC Sci-Fi series like Doctor Who and Red Dwarf). Visuals the film fare much better, with each of the three parallel universes sporting a unique visuals style that sets it apart from the other universes. Ultimately Triple Hit is a fast paced Sci-Fi thriller that comes damn close to realizing everyone of its ambitions.
Cinema Epoch presents Triple Hit in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original 2.35:1 ‘scope’ aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones look accurate and black levels fare well. There are no problems with compression and edge enhancement is minimal.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. There are no problems with background noise or distortion, everything sounds and dialog comes through clearly. Range wise this audio mix does sound rather limited at times.
Extras for this release include a stills gallery with music from the film playing in the background and a trailer for the film (1 minute 34 seconds – anamorphic widescreen). Also included with this release is a promo image gallery of titles that are available on DVD from Cinema Epoch. Overall Triple Hit gets a good audio / video presentation.