Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 29th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2010
Director: James Boss
Writer: Vivian Kyinn
Cast: James Boss, Gary Kohn, Michael Teh, Aurelie Kyinn, John Klemantaski, Hugh Mason, Eddie Kaulukukui, Nevin Millan, Walid Amini, Christopher Guyton, Gabriel Womack, Albert Marrero Jr., Ping Lam Siu
DVD Released: May 25th, 2010
Approximate Running Time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.98
Synopsis: In the future a deadly virus has decimated the human race. And the survivors live in cities that are surrounded by a large white wall. Which protects them from the world beyond the wall. While most survivors are content to be alive. There are a handful of survivors who long to live in the world beyond the wall.
In the realm of low budget independent cinema there are only a few instances where the Sci-Fi / Post Apocalypse genre has been pulled off convincingly. The best examples of independently made Sci-Fi / Post Apocalypse films being Mad Max, Pi and The Quiet Earth.
Plot wise White Wall does a good job setting up its interesting premise by putting text at the beginning of the film explaining the key points of the story at hand. And while the story does start off strong. it does start to lose its way quickly. The bulk of the film is spent with the lead character named Shawn Kors who searches for a outlaw named Jude Black. Along the Shawn befriends a mysterious stranger who helps him search for the aforementioned Jude Black. Also Shawn is not the only person who is looking for Jude Black. There are bounty hunters and other law enforcement who would like to get their hands on there ever elusive Jude Black. By the time the final acts rolls around and Shawn finally comes face to face with Jude Black. One last twist in through in for good measure.
Director James Boss (who also is portrays the films main character Shawn Kors) visually he creates a believe world that far exceeds this film’s limited resources. Many scenes were filmed on location in Burma. Which adds greatly to decaying world depicted in this film. Others area’s where the film also excels is its score and it’s action sequences. Unfortunately the two areas where this area is weakest. Is its inconsistent pacing and the monotone performances from the majority of the cast. When all is said and done. And the dust has settled. White Wall is an uneven film that falls short of its lofty aspirations.
Well Go USA presents White Wall in a anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors are nicely saturated, details look crisp and black levels fare well throughout. There are no problems with compression and edge enhancement is kept in check.
This release comes with two audio options, a Dolby Digital 5.1 English and a Dolby Digital Stereo English. The differences between the two audio mixes is minimal. Both audio mixes sounds clear and balanced throughout. The stereo mix is the stronger of the two audio mixes as it does a better job handling the film’s ambient sounds capes.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (2 minutes 1 second – anamorphic widescreen) and a ‘Making of’ featurette (40 minutes 46 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) with comments from cast and crew members. Topics discussed include the story, the characters, the look of the film, action choreography, locations and other production related topics. This is a well rounded discussion that gives a detailed account of the various aspects of this production. Overall White Wall gets a strong DVD release from Well Go USA.