Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - July, 2013


"The Host" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook



A parasitic alien race has invaded Earth, taking over most of humankind, but a few have survived and are constantly running for their lives.  One human, Melanie Stryder, is somehow, we don't know why, mentally stronger than billions of other humans.  She attempts to escape capture, nearly dies, but is saved by the aliens and taken over by the one known as The Wanderer, or Wanda as the lowly humans call her.  Wanda is able to see and feel Melanie's memories as well as hear her voice.  She feels for Melanie's plight and after fighting eachother's thoughts, they start to work together to escape.  They find her brother and boyfriend hiding out in one of the last human settlements, hidden in a mountain.  All would be swell, except for the Soul Seeker, who is hell-bent on using the Wanderer/Melanie to locate the last of the humans.


  • Universal
  • Color, 2013, Rated PG-13, 2 hours 5 minutes
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • MPEG 4/ 1080p
  • 2.40:1 aspect ratio
  • Starring : William Hurt, Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger
  • Directed by: Andrew Niccol
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild


Oh Stephenie Meyer.  I don't know what your life has been like, but it no doubt had some affect on your creative work and for that I just shake my head.  The fact that she includes another drama-filled love triangle surrounding an emotionless girl ala Bella/Edward/Jacob is laughable at best.  There was perhaps a minute or two of back footage showing the human characters falling in love, but where and how the human boy, Ian falls in love with the alien Wanderer is completely absent.  The concept of an alien parasitic race invading our bodies and taking over the planet is perfectly sound in the sci-fi world, but if they are so peaceful and never want to hurt anyone, then why is there an entire police force in charge of hunting down the remaining humans? It was really all about the love story, to which there was none, therefore there was no movie to watch and a waste of 2 hours of my life.  Damn you Stephenie Meyer.


The technical side is where The Host shines.  The image transfer is impeccable with amazing detail, color, and contrast.  I saw no fault with the video quality. I enjoyed the music in the movie and it was represented with a nice encompassing atmosphere. Surrounds were used well and the LFE was clean and defined. 


Audio Commentary, a couple deleted scenes and a short, 8-minute behind-the-scenes.