Amusement (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Horror
Warner Brothers || R - 85 minutes - $35.99 || January 20, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-02-05


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: John Simpson
Writer(s): Jake Wade Wall (written by)
Cast: Keir O'Donnell, Katheryn Winnick, Laura Breckenridge, Jessica Lucas, Tad Hilgenbrink


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Plot Summary: They’re longtime friends on separate life paths. But they share a horrific destination when a seemingly innocent incident from their school days comes back to terrify them. Something – someone – wants payback: warped vengeance... mind-games vengeance... taunting, shredding, slashing vengeance.

A gigantic mess. That's the best way to describe the film. Originally planned for a theatrical release it was continuously delayed over and over eventually ending up on DVD and Blu-ray for a January release (why not save it until Halloween?). Newline (and now Warner) knew they had a stinker on their hands so it’s not shock to see those go direct to video.

The film tells the tale of three childhood friends, Shelby, Tabitha and Lisa in a bizarre fashion. Each one has their own "story" and eventually it all comes together at the end when they 'battle' the killer. Sounds like a good idea on paper - but what actually is presented in a complete mess.

I won't go through each story, but suffice to say, each felt like a Goosebumps book that was amped up a bit for a more mature audience. The only one that was remotely interesting was Tabitha's - and that's only because I'm astonished how bad the acting of the children were and kept wondering if they helping the "killer".

Just skip this release. The studios knew they had a dud on their hands and are trying to recoup some of the money by selling it as a scary horror film to the unsuspecting masses. No redeeming qualities, poor acting and a plot that does not make sense.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All we get is a digital copy and slip cover.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Amusement is presented in 2.35:1 (AVC) on a 25GB Disc. Just like the film I'm boggled why this got a HD release. While most of the picture looks sharp, blacks are not well maintained and contrast seems out of whack in some scenes. Average through and through.

Warner has included a lossless 5.1 TrueHD track. Talk about disappointing. Nothing here is right - dialog is way off and rears are rarely active. I made sure I switched to the TrueHD track (Warner always defaults to DD5.1) and still found it to be very flat.



.::OVERALL::.

Amusement is a giant turd of a film. I really can't give it another name because I was so damn irritated with how stupid these girls are throughout and if they actually thought this would be the big break their careers needed. With below average picture and audio and a useless Digital Copy I'd say leave this one on the shelves.