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Movie Renter's Guide - November, 2008

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"The Strangers" (Blu-ray)

movie-november-2008-the-strangers.jpgSynopsis

Kristen McCay (Tyler) and James Hoyt (Speedman) head for Jim's summer home after a party.

The mood is not good, and they settle down to discuss their issues.

Beginning with a knock on the door, the evening turns much for the worse as Kristen and James are terrorized by strangers wearing masks.

They arm themselves with his father's shotgun and try to escape, but the "strangers" are there to stay. Their intentions are extremely unpleasant.

 

 

Specifications

  • Rogue Pictures
  • 2008, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 31 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman
  • Directed by Bryan Bertino
    Rating
  • Entertainment:
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  • Extras:
  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

Although the lead-in tries to make a case for this "based on a true story" film unique, and respresentative of the violence occurring every year, the plot has been beaten to death over the years with the "face at the window, at night, while you are home alone" kind of action. It's an Indie film all the way.

Technical

The low frequencies at the beginning were so intense, I had to turn off the subwoofer. Someone in production went way overboard on the volume control. Lighting is poor. Good production staff can make a scene look dark without having it appear muddy.

Extras

Deleted Scenes and The Elements of Terror. This is also a BD Live disc (let's you access the Internet for bonus content).