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Wasteland 
Written by: on October 26th, 2011


Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2011
Director: Kantz
Writers: Kantz, Lucas Culshaw
Cast: Garret Sato, Derrel Maury, Janelle Velasquez, Jordan Lawson, Ira Katz, Lucky Sagiao, Jagger Chase, Salar Ghajar, Kaleti Williams, Zero Kazama

DVD released: October 11th, 2011
Approximate running time: 80 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Cinema Epoch
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.98


Synopsis: In the near future civilization is on the brink of extinction, when chemicals are unleashed into the environment causing the ecosystem to collapse.

It is not that often that you hear the words ‘a independently made post-apocalyptic film’, let’s face most independent cinema seems to be rooted in the Horror and there is a reason for this.
 
First off, to tackle a genre like post-apocalyptic film genre you need a lot more resources then your atypical independent film production has at their disposal. And while some of a film productions limited resources can be uses to their advantage, these flaws become more and more apparent, when other areas of said production are even more lacking.
 
Case in point the story at hand, it is slow moving and when any type of action or carnage erupts on the screen, these moments are far too often brief and underwhelming. Another drawback of the plot it that as it progresses it becomes far to convoluted. There are far too many characters and underdeveloped subplots in a film of this length, that by the time the films finale rolls around, it is far too little to late by then.

Unfortunately the problems don’t end there, since the performance from the entire cast are at best adequate and far too often mediocre. With some of these criticisms should fall squarely on the shoulders of the fact that all of the films dialog was recorded in post production (hence the mouths sometimes not matching up with what is being said). At least this atrociously bad ‘dubbing’ job does bring about some unintentional humorous moments. Ultimately Wasteland is an overly ambitious film that struggles to find its voice and fully realize its potential.

The DVD:

Cinema Epoch presents Wasteland in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original aspect ratio. Though colors and flesh tones look accurate, contrast and black levels are at best average. There are no problems with compression and edge enhancement varies in degree throughout.

This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Dialog comes through clearly and there are no problems with distortion. Range wise though the mix can be limited at times, the more action oriented moments are at least well represented.

Extras include a trailer for the film (1 minute 24 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and a image gallery that has music from the film playing in the background. Also included with this release is a promo image gallery of titles that are available on DVD from Cinema Epoch. Overall Wasteland gets a well rounded audio / video presentation from Cinema Epoch.

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