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The Limehouse Golem Blu-ray Review


“The Limehouse Golem” is a competent under the radar British mystery period piece.

Based on the novel “Dan Leno And The Limehouse Golem,” this 1880 Victorian London set British murder-mystery film revolves around a musical performer (Lizzie) who has been accused of poisoning her husband and a set of murders by the serial killer known as the Limehouse Golem (which may or may not be related). Inspector Kildare of Scotland Yard has been assigned to the case and begins to question suspects as well as Lizzie herself. Can Kildare find out who is responsible? Can he save Lizzie from being hung if she is indeed innocent All is revealed in the end.

After a whirlwind dialogue filled start that doesn’t seem to slow down, director Juan Carlos Medina’s film eventually settles into a competently made, well acted, and involving (if not flawed) little murder mystery about death, innocence, judgment, rumors, and reputations. While the film is guilty of being a bit repetitious as it juggles back and forth between flashbacks to Lizzie’s past and the present with Kildare questioning Lizzie and suspects, you’ll still be locked in as you know that time is of the essence in this story. On the subject of time running out, the script by Jane Goldman may rely a bit too heavily on the outcome (which may feel like a cheat to some), but regardless, it earns the ending. You want to see how it all plays out which is the sign of a quality movie.

As is the case with almost any film, the cast elevates the material even more. The always reliable Bill Nighy plays it straight here and he’s dynamic as a tortured, dedicated, and sensitive investigator. Olivia Cooke (who I have been a fan of since season 1 of “Bates Motel”) steals the show as the mysterious Lizzie. The rest of the supporting cast such as Douglas Booth, Sam Reid, Eddie Marsan and Maria Valverde are essential to the film’s overall success as well.


Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? The often dark cinematography (which is clearly trying to hide a lower budget) looks a bit too dark at times, but the hi-def transfer is still solid nonetheless.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? I doubt anyone will be bowled over by this track as it lacks punch, but it still does the job.

Extras: RLJ Entertainment trailers, photo gallery, 3 featurettes revolving around the cast, locations, cinematography/production design, and a standard making of bonus feature that contains film clips, interviews, discussions about the novel and film adaptation, and more.

October 31, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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