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The Day Blu-ray Review

“The Day” offers nothing new.

“The Day” opens on a group of 5 post-apocalyptic survivors who decide to stop off at a house in the middle of nowhere to take shelter and to recuperate. They quickly regret their decision, however, as the house turns out to be a trap for cannibalistic humans. To make matters even worse for the group of survivors, they learn that one of their own (Mary) was formerly part of a cannibal group as well. Knowing that the cannibals are on their way to the house, the survivors reluctantly decide to partner with Mary to stop the cannibals from killing them.

A cannibal horror thriller may sound intriguing on paper, but unfortunately, “The Day” offers nothing you haven’t seen before. If you’ve watched‘The Road” and “Assault On Precinct 13” before, you’ve already seen “The Day.” Expect to see plenty clichéd dialogue and scenes about survival, making people pay violently, the necessity to work together, seeking revenge, and taking one last stand and you’ll likely roll your eyes at how uninspired the whole thing is.

On the plus side, there are a couple of solid performances to be found here. Dominic Monaghan of “Lost” and “Lord of the Rings” trilogy fame is his usual personable self, but it’s Ashley Bell who definitely steals the show as Mary (who is one of the only truly developed characters in the entire film).

Summary: See “The Road” and skip “The Day.”

Video/Audio:

The film, which is presented in 1.85:1 1080p, has a gloomy, grey cinematography style that is clearly going for a gritty, post-apocalyptic atmosphere. Even though the visuals are clearly derivative of “The Road,” the film still looks impressive in hi-def nonetheless.

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track does a fine job of capturing everything from the softer dialogue centric moments to the moments featuring a loud score.

Extras include a DVD copy, Anchor Bay trailers (including one for “The Day”), and an enthusiastic commentary by writer Luke Passmore, director Doug Aarniokoski and producer Guy Danella. The trio chat about the house that was filmed at, the cast, behind-the-scenes information, etc.

November 27, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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