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Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - September, 2012

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“Cold Creek Manor" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

 

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Synopsis

Cold Creek Manor is a heart-pounding thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat in tension-filled suspense. Wanting to escape city life for the saner, safer countryside, New Yorkers Cooper Tilson (Quaid), his wife Leah (Stone), and their two children move into a dilapidated old mansion still filled with the possessions of the previous family. Turning it into their dream house soon becomes a living nightmare when the previous owner (Dorff) shows up, and a series of terrifying incidents lead them on a spine-tingling search for clues to the estate's dark and lurid past.

 

 

Specifications

  • Touchstone Entertainment
  • 2012, Color, Rated R, 1Hr 49 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC/ MEPG 4
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone, Stephen Dorff, Juliette Lewis
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

 Commentary

It took awhile for this movie to get rolling, and in spite of some plot holes, it provides a few chilly moments. Quaid has been appearing in movies lately as a creepy protagonist lately, but here he portrays a new home owner up to his neck in trouble. For you Twilight fans, Kristen Stewart is here as a young teen. Overall, the plot was too slow and I found myself looking at my watch half way through the movie. Why do “city folk” insist on staying in a dangerous situation when they move to the sticks? Not good. Still, if you are desperate for something to watch on Halloween, this might work for you. Otherwise, stick to Hitchcock.

Technical

The picture fluctuates from sharp to grainy. Some crushing of detail was noticed in the twilight shots or when the camera moved into the dark basement. The evening sky also exhibited some banding, as well. Skin color ranged from too pink to jaundiced orange. The sound was enveloping, especially when in a wooded area where the birds and wind swirled around you. Dialog was always crisp and well focused.

Extras

Commentaries, deleted scenes and an alternate ending, all in glorious standard def.