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Antebellum 4K UHD Review

“Antebellum” is a relevant horror film.

“Antebellum” is the type of movie that is difficult to review because I don’t want to give anything away. It’s best seen knowing as little as possible due to how the story unfolds. What I can say is that it follows an enslaved Black woman (Eden) at a Confederate run slave plantation and a modern day author (Veronica) both played by the multi-talented Janelle Monáe (who is excellent here). Are they the same woman? Is this a time travel story? Is this an alternate universe? Is this a generational tale? Or is it something else entirely? You’ll have to see for yourself, but things definitely are not what they seem.

“Antebellum” was initially bound for theaters in the U.S. but it was released on VOD and now home video instead (although it did play overseas). Sadly, the film largely went under the radar and was strangely dismissed by critics, but it deserves to find new life as it’s a refreshingly original movie with something to say. Again, without delving into any spoilers, “Antebellum” is best described as a twisty horror film about racism, the past, and white supremacy from the minds of writers/directors Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz (both of whom have a bright future in the industry). It also plays like a mystery movie in that you’re not really sure what is going on until clues and answers start popping up (right up until the very end). However one classifies it, there’s no doubt that this is a horror film that is sadly all too relevant (which is scary in and out of itself) in its exploration of race throughout the ages.

As intense and provoking as “Antebellum” is, it’s not perfect. The end (while impactful) is a real rush job. You’re left wishing Bush and Renz would have explored the premise a bit more (vague I know). A bit too much time was devoted to Veronica’s social life when more scenes dedicated to the overall plot would have benefited the story as a whole.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 2160p. How does it look? The very visual “Antebellum” looks stunning in 2160p.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? You can’t ask for a more dynamic track.


Extras:
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* “Antebellum” theatrical trailer
* 8 minutes of deleted scenes
* “Opening Antebellum”- A featurette on the impressive opening shot.
* “A Hint Of Horror: The Clues Of Antebellum”- This extra covers the meticulous details and mysterious nature of the film.
* “The History In Front Of Us: Deconstructing Antebellum”- An in-depth 66 minute 2 parter that covers themes, story and tone discussions, film clips, the visuals, and set footage.

November 27, 2020 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , ,

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