Otis (2008) - Uncut [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Horror
Warner Brothers || Unrated - 100 minutes - $28.99 || October 7, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-09-23


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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: Tony Krantz
Writer(s): Erik Jendresen & Thomas Schnauz (written by)
Cast: Bostin Christopher, Ashley Johnson, Daniel Stern, Illeana Douglas, Kevin Pollak


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 4.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Those hoping for a Shaun of the Dead type horror/comedy... please look somewhere else.

So what's Otis about? Well Otis (Bostin Christopher) is a huge, 300 pound pizza delivery guy that lives in his dead parent’s house - oh, and he is a serial killer. Somehow, for some unknown reason, he likes to capture young women where he keeps them in his basement and forces them to 'date' him. And by 'date', I mean talk dirty to him, join him at his football games and go to the prom with him... all in his garage. If they don't follow his fantasy, he kills them. Pretty simple formula, right? Well, apparently the previous four girls couldn't figure this out so he goes out and wrangles up a new girl - Riley (Ashley Johnson), a young blond who was nice to him when he delivered pizza to her.

From there she is forced to do anything he pleases - and she seems to figure it out, even playing along a little bit. In the mean time, her parents and brother are stuck at home with the stupid detective trying to trace his phone calls and other nonsense. As the cover art likes to mention (Revenge...family style) eventually they get wind of who kidnapped their little angel and plan on doing a little cleaning up.

Otis is unlike anything I have seen before. What was touted by numerous Internet fans as being a great film...well, it’s not. When it was originally announced for a Blu-ray and HD DVD release I was pretty excited for it and initially skipped picking up the DVD. Somewhere in this time Warner decided to can the Blu-ray and HD DVD release and a few months later just the Blu-ray showed up with a new date (it was at this time Warner was no longer producing HD DVDs). So when it finally arrived, I noticed not only did it sport some new cover art (making it look more of a horror film) but all the extras from the DVD were nixed. Ugh.

Anyway, I was not that impressed with the movie, especially after the buzz I had read. What I had hoped we be something similar to a Shaun of the Dead type merge of horror and comedy was instead a poorly written script mixed with a bad third act. The first act is great, we get introduced to our 300 pound killer and get to see some real carnage happen, and then he eventually kidnaps Riley -- or Meg as he likes to call her. From there... it just falls apart. We are forced to sit through some rather embarrassing scenes (football game, making out in a car) until she finally escapes...and then it falls from there. Ashley Johnson is by far the best aspect of this film, and she is sorely missing for the third act besides a few bit scenes here and there.

As I mentioned above, acting is what you would expect for a Direct to DVD film. Now, the film may not have an all star cast, but certainly Daniel Stern and Illeana Douglas are not D list actors. Why they accepted these roles... I have no idea. Bostin Christopher, a new comer to film, does a decent job as Otis, but once again, he is missing from the third act. Ashley Johnson is the only reason to sit through this film - she seems to understand this film is going right to DVD and her pretty face helps sooth the pain a bit.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Not a single thing. Warner dropped all of the features from the previous DVD. Missing is a commentary, alternate ending, and some featurettes.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Otis is presented in 2.4:1 on a 25GB Disc. Those hoping for a better transfer then the previous DVD may be a bit disappointed. I found this to have way to much digital noise and nearly anything that is white has a halo effect to it. Horrendous. Very few scenes even look HD thanks to the generous use of edge enhancement.

Warner's indie “Raw Feed” label has surprisingly included an English 4.1 Dolby TrueHD track and the standard English 5.1 track as well as Spanish and Portuguese 2.0 ones. While not very effective, it’s a nice change of pace to see TrueHD being include in the same sentence as Warner as they have been dropping lossless on numerous releases (Interview with a Vampire, Speed Racer, and all TV on Blu-ray releases).



.::OVERALL::.

Just skip it. It may look cute, and the price might look right, but there are far better Blu-ray films to spend $20 on.