P2 (2007) [HD DVD]

Genre(s): Horror / Thriller
Starz! Encore || R - 98 minutes - $26.99 ||
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 0000-00-00


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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: Franck Khalfoun
Writer(s): Alexandre Aja & Gregory Levasseur (story), Franck Khalfoun & Alexandre Aja & Gregory Levasseur (screenplay)
Cast: Wes Bentley, Rachel Nichols


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • A New Level of Terror: The Making of P2
  • Tension Nouveau: Presenting Franck Khalfoun
  • Designing Terror
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital Plus 5.1)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

Here at MovieMansGuide we typically only review titles available on DVD and Blu-ray - but we made an exception for P2. Recently, a few copies of P2 on HD DVD were leaked out into the world baffling HD DVD fans everywhere. After numerous attempts to authenticate their stories it was discovered Summit did in fact press the title and when Toshiba pulled the plug on HD DVD - Summit did the same for the release. The copies, already produced, wrapped and stickered were stuck in boxes and forgotten for months. Only a few days ago did the title show up again - on the website DV&A. After some questions regarding its authenticity (and to make sure it wasn't a listing error), the owner assured all of us that the title was in fact real and they purchased every single copy that Summit produced. Brad from DV&A was gracious enough to rush me a copy of the film for review so please check them out if you wish to purchase this very unique HD DVD title (http://www.dvaspecial.com/Welcome/P2-A-New-Level-of-Terror-New-HD-DVD).

It's Christmas Eve and Angela Bridges (Rachel Nichols) is working late - anxious to finish her work to go meet her family for dinner. Since she is one of the few people left in the building she winds up entering the dark parking garage alone. After several failed attempts to get her car started, she seeks the help of a security guard - Thomas (Wes Bentley).

When he is not able to get her car fixed she opts to call a taxi service and wait in the lobby. Unfortunately, she is now locked inside of the building and the taxi driver storms off into the night impatient to wait on her. As she makes her way back down to the parking garage yet again she gets attacked and awakes to find herself not only chained to a table but also receiving a sexy outfit change. After a revelation that Thomas wants to be her boyfriend she tries to make an escape - only to find herself essentially stuck in the parking garage.

Now, after all the negative remarks I had read on the film I initially sat down ready to watch a poorly conceived horror film that would fit in perfectly with my HD DVD copy of Pulse. But after watching the film... I was actually pretty impressed. While the story is pretty cut and dry, I enjoyed the performance of Wes Bentley and Rachel Nichols. Both seemed to know their parts fairly well and Wes was absolutely brutal in some of the things he managed to pull off. Clearly there was a lot of thought put into how the film would remain suspenseful with only two characters and a very limited setting.

My only negative to film would be the simple fact that Angela just wasn't very bright. Numerous times she had the opportunity to escape or harm Thomas, but instead she chose to flee into one dead end after the other. In a giant dark parking garage she never thought to grab one of the many Fire Extinguishers and smack him over the head with it? Or what about just taking a chair and smashing through the glass windows at the front reception desk? While she tends to conform to the "damsel in distress" mode the first hour or so, she finally gets her act together and starts defending herself a bit more until the final conclusion.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Director Franck Khalfoun and Producers Alexandre Aja & Gregory Levasseur - While not a very interesting track, we still get numerous bits of information like how the film was shot in a limited amount of time and their disgust over how the film was marketed. Worth a listen for fans, otherwise skip it.

A New Level of Terror - The Making of P2 (~12 Minutes), Tension Nouveau: Presenting Franck Khalfoun (~3 Minutes) and Designing Terror (~5 Minutes)

- - Sadly all three of these "features" are poorly done and could have been combined into one general feature. Instead they broke them up and whats left is a few small nuggets of information regarding the film. Skip them.

Also included is the Theatrical Trailer (HD).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

P2 mysteriously arrives on HD DVD featuring a (VC1) on 30GB Disc. For this review I compared my rental copy of P2 on DVD against the HD DVD release to see if there were any noticeable differences between the two. My conclusion - Very much so. While this is a very dark film to begin with, the HD DVD features a very nice transfer that produces very dark blacks while the DVD version tends to be a bit greyer. While there are a few speckles here and there, overall this is leaps and bounds better than the previous DVD version.

Summit has included a Dolby Digital 5.1 Plus track for this release. While I would have preferred a TrueHD track, the DD+ is still very nice and has some great ambiance noise to it. In a direct comparison with the DVD I felt the HD DVD edged it out but was not as impressed as I was with the picture quality.



.::OVERALL::.

P2 will most likely go down as the last commercially available HD DVD for purchase so for some, the title may be of interest to them. Horror fans will probably get a kick out of the film, but most will disregard it. If you enjoyed P2 on DVD, the HD DVD version is a recommended purchase.

As I noted above, P2 on HD DVD (http://www.dvaspecial.com/Welcome/P2-A-New-Level-of-Terror-New-HD-DVD) is exclusively available only from DV&A for a limited time (until supplies run out). They purchased the entire run of P2 directly from Summit and you will not be able to purchase this title at any retail store still carrying HD DVD.

I would like to again thank Brad from DV&A for personally rushing me a copy of P2 HD DVD for review.