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Kolobos Blu-ray Review

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“Kolobos” is obscure for a reason.

“Kolobos” begins with an unknown woman (whose identity we quickly learn) being hit by a car and hospitalized. The story then jumps to the past in which 5 people (Tom, Erica, Tina, Kyra, and Gary) of varying personalities take part in an experimental film in which all 5 applicants stay at a home where everything they do is recorded. Alas, this job turns out to be a nightmare after the group becomes locked in the house which contains death traps and, oh yea, a crazed killer. Amidst the chaos, Kyra (who has a troubled past) begins to lose it and starts to wonder what is real and what isn’t. Does she have a connection to what is happening?

When Arrow Video announced this Blu-ray release I was surprised I hadn’t heard of this horror film since it sounded like it was in my wheelhouse plot wise. Unfortunately, after watching it, it’s pretty clear why this 1999 movie never hit the mainstream. Writers Nne Ebong, Daniel Liatowitsch and Daniel Todd Ocvirk (the 2 Daniels directed the film) clearly drew their inspirations from Italian horror, gore horror, “Scream,” and arty psychological horror films, but that’s all the movie really amounts to- a collection of borrowed ideas. The odd thing is that from a horror cinema perspective, “Kolobos” actually broke new ground with its reality TV esque angle and ideas which act as a sort of precursor to films like “Saw.” However, it doesn’t lean into those original, ahead of its time elements nearly enough which is a shame because that is when the movie is at its best.

Another thing “Kolobos” has going against it is the low, low production values. The cast is amateur, the cinematography by Yoran Astrakhan is lousy, the movie looks and feels cheap and the dopey score by William Kidd sounds like something you’d hear on a movie featured in “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” Basically, the movie is really rough from many perspectives.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? The 2K restoration is grainy but it’s a quality hi-def transfer nonetheless.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA and Uncompressed 2.0. How does it sound? The 5.1 track is the way to go.

Extras:

* A booklet featuring credits, photos, and an essay by filmmaker Phillip Escott
* 2 trailers for “Kolobos.”
* “Rediscovering Kolobos”- A look at the 2018 UK premiere of the film.
* A behind-the-scenes image gallery
* “Face To Faceless: An Interview With Actor Ilia Volok”- Self-explanatory.
* “Superhelden”- A super 8 short film by Daniel Liatowitsch that was made in his youth. Optional commentary by him is also included.
* “Slice And Dice: The Music Of Kolobos”- An 8 ½ minute interview with film composer William Kidd.
* “Real World Massacre: The Making Of Kolobos”- A 22 minute extra that contains interviews with Daniel Liatowitsch, David Todd Ocvirk and Nne Ebong, film clips, photos, and more.
* Commentary by Dnaiel Liatowitsch and David Todd Ocvirk.

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February 17, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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