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Rigor Mortis Blu-ray Review

Rigor Mortis Blu-ray

“Rigor Mortis” is a convoluted mess.

If you can’t make heads or tails of the plot, allow me to help. At its core, “Rigor Mortis” revolves around a once successful actor who moves into a rundown apartment complex. The actor, who is in a state of depression after being separated from his family, meets a diverse group of apartment dwellers and quickly learns that the building is haunted by supernatural beings. What follows is, well, pure unadulterated chaos.

After making the rounds in the film festival circuit, “Rigor Mortis” has come to home video. Whether or not that is something to celebrate is open to debate. While director Juno Mak’s work is filled with striking visuals and memorable horror film imagery, the overstuffed film ultimately does not work as a whole.

Judging by the plot synopsis, one would think ‘Rigor’ is just a horror film on the surface, but it’s not. The film is essentially a hodgepodge of genres as the story contains ghost twins, spirits, possessions, melodrama, a vampire, a zombie, and yes, even martial arts. There’s simply too many ideas floating around and it gets in the way of both character and story (of which there is little). Sure, you have some character moments involving the actor, the old couple, the mother and son, and the bad-ass cook, but they are all overshadowed by the house of horrors.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen 1080p. How does it look? The moody cinematography by Mang-Ching Nk and the unique visual style by director Juno Mak look even more spectacular in hi-def. The visuals are unquestionably the highlight of this entire film production.

Audio Tracks: Cantonese and English 5.1 DTS-HD MA and 2.0 Stereo tracks. How do they sound? The original language track is the clear victor here as the English dub is downright atrocious.

Extras include Well Go USA and “Rigor Mortis” trailers.

Overall Thoughts: “Rigor Mortis” relies on style over substance. The visuals may be stunning, but it’s hard to care about them when you feel disconnected from the story and characters.

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June 29, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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