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Late Phases: Night Of The Lone Wolf Blu-ray Review

Late Phases Blu-ray

“Late Phases: Night of the Lone Wolf” is a solid werewolf flick.

“Late Phases: Night of the Lone Wolf” (I don’t know why they added ‘Night of the Lone Wolf’ to the title either) revolves around a blind war veteran (Ambrose) who moves into the Crescent Bay Retirement Community. On his first night there, Ambrose, his guide dog Shadow, and his neighbor are attacked by an alleged wild creature. Although Ambrose manages to escape with his life, Shadow and his neighbor are tragically killed. After that incident, Ambrose begins to explore the community and tries to investigate what actually happened. Slowly, but surely he begins to gather evidence that points to a werewolf attack, but who exactly is the human that turns into a werewolf during a full moon? Is it another retirement community member? Is it a member of the local church? Is it both? All is revealed in the end.

Despite its title and cover art, “Late Phases” is first and foremost a character piece. That may not be what some people want to hear, but don’t let that dissuade you. What werewolf scenes there are (and there are several near the end) are effectively done. Granted, the creature F/X may not be of the highest quality, but it’s always nice to see PRACTICAL makeup, costumes, and F/X.

At any rate, the werewolf scenes in “Late Phases” are not the main draw here. Sure, one can pick up “Late Phases” because it’s a werewolf flick, but, as we all know, there are plenty of awful werewolf centric stories out there. Where ‘Phases’ really stands out is with actor Nick Damici (who plays Ambrose). Not only does he sell the character, but his performance truly drives the film. The entire story is about his character’s redemption, revenge, and family, and Damici really digs into this layered character.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? Ernesto Herrera’s cinematography shines in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This track effectively handles the action and the dialogue driven scenes.

Extras:
* A “Late Phases” trailer and Dark Sky Films trailers.
* A 14 ½ minute “Making Of” that contains interviews, film clips, discussions about the script and more.
* “FX Featurette”- A lengthy half hour behind the scenes look at the practical FX creations.
* An enthusiastic solo commentary by Adrian Garcia Bogliano. He chats about films, the cast, the characters, set stories, and lots more.

Overall Thoughts: “Late Phases” is an entertaining little horror film that refreshingly focuses on character. It’s worth a watch. No more, no less.

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March 24, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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