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The Strangers [Blu-ray]

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Explore your worst fears imaginable with this shocking suspense thriller inspired by disturbing true events. After a 4 a.m. knock at the door and a haunting voice, Kristen McKay (Liv Tyler) and James Hoyt’s (Scott Speedman) remote getaway becomes a psychological night of terror as three masked strangers invade. Now they must go far beyond what they thought themselves capable of if they hope to survive.

A lean, briskly paced and exceptionally creepy thriller, The Strangers earns its scares the old-fashioned way: through atmosphere, sound design, and a simple yet undeniably upsetting central premise that allows for maximum tension throughout its running time. Attractive young lovers Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman are already having a bad day--she's turned down his marriage proposal--before a knock on the door in the middle of the night announces a full-fledged siege on their remote vacation home by a trio of masked assailants. The film's first third delivers the most consistent shivers as the visitors make their presence and intentions known to Tyler; the second half grows more frantic and bloody before a gruesome finale that may leave viewers either rattled to their core or bothered by its empty nihilism. Speedman is fine as the downtrodden male lead (who's seen tucking into a carton of ice cream after being rejected), but it's Tyler who impresses the most by s! houldering the lion's share of the terror. First-time writer/director Bryan Bertino impresses by forsaking the current passion for over-the-top violence (save for the finale) in favor of more traditional means of generating fear, and if his project borrows heavily from other films, most notably the French chiller Them (which shares its "inspired by a true story" origin) and Michael Haneke's Funny Games, at least he's taking from the best. The sound design is among the many technical standouts, and the unsettling score by tomandandy (The Hills Have Eyes) pleasantly evokes Ennio Morricone's fuzztone-heavy work for Dario Argento in the early '70s. On a completely unrelated note, LP fanatics should appreciate how both the film's heroes and villains share an affinity for folk and country music on vinyl. --Paul Gaita

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Elements of Terror
  • BD-Live - My Scenes Sharing

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman, Gemma Ward, Kip Weeks, Laura Margolis
    • Directors: Bryan Bertino
    • Writers: Bryan Bertino
    • Producers: Doug Davison, Roy Lee, Nathan Kahane
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
    • Subtitles: French, Spanish
    • Dubbed: French, Spanish
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: All Regions
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: R (Restricted)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2008
    • Run Time: 177 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (611 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B001D2WU8O
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,816 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "The Strangers [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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    84 of 98 people found the following review helpful By C. Thomas on October 27, 2008
    Format: DVD
    I recently had watched this movie, and I must say that without question this movie is the scariest, and creepiest movie I have ever seen. In fact it was so scarry that I slept all the lights on the last two nights, and I keep a baseball bat by my night stand.

    I am not going to recap the movie ad nauseum the way some of the other reviews here have already done, however I will give a high level perspective of why this movie is so good at being scarry.

    1. There are no ghouls, ghosts, vampires, and demons. The premise of this movie is litteraly one group of people taking advantage of other people.

    2. The costumes used by the strangers were simple, and eloquent. Exactly the kind of stuff one could pick up at any party store or costume shop. I feel as though this added a whole other level of realism to the movie.

    3. Overall creepiness of the type of harrasment the strangers inflicted on the kristen, and james.

    Some negatives that I observed about the movie:

    1. James and Kristen making some stupid decisions, that would have any person with a brain scratching their up when you have these psychopaths coming at you from all directions.

    2. The strangers violating the laws of physics by being able to subtly and quickly sneak into a space and scrawl messages across the walls, windows of a room to further torment our protaganists, and never ever be seen or heard by James and Kristen. This just doesnt seem plausible to me.

    3. The ending didnt really give me closure.

    With all that, the movie was highly effective at serving its purpose which was to freak me out, and entertain me, which it did for it's entire 80 minute running time.

    I highly recommend this movie, and am only giving this movie 4 stars instead of 5 for the reasons I state above.
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    43 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Steven Adam Renkovish on November 7, 2008
    Format: DVD
    This atmospheric - and undeniably horrifying - directorial debut from Bryan Bertino gave me the chills unlike any other film that I have seen in a long while.

    I won't go into the story, because most of you already know it, but I will tell you this: if you are as jumpy and as easily frightened as I am, do NOT watch this one alone. I made the mistake of doing that the first time, and I couldn't finish it. I had to rent it later on, and watch it with a room full of people in order to see the entire film. The thing that makes the film so effective is simply this: this could happen to anybody. Anybody could break into your home and terrorize you for no reason.

    The direction is strong, and Liv Tyler does an excellent job. You can tell that it was definitely inspired by Haneke's FUNNY GAMES, but it's not a rip-off by any means. Bryan Bertino has done an excellent job with his first film, and I look forward to his next film.
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    18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By wolfgang731 on October 30, 2008
    Format: DVD
    Alright, alright, so it isn't groundbreaking or revolutionary. Who really cares and why is this a bone of contention for so many? Most, if not all, of the stuff Hollywood churns out on a weekly basis is hardly fresh, yet it doesn't keep hordes of people from fawning over them like they were the second coming. Was "Dark Knight" (which I loved) new and novel? I don't think so. How about "Incredible Hulk or any other sequel, remake or movie born from any other source material, such as videogames or musicals? The over-hyped "No Country For Old Men" treads down one of the most worn out paths in all of film, yet it won an Oscar for best picture. The list is endless, so please let's put that argument of originality to rest already. If someone manages to create a wholly new cinematic experience, then I say bravo and I'll be anxious as all hell to see it, but let's face it, at this stage of the game, I'm not holding my breath like I used to. Let's face it, people, this is 2008 and there's nothing new under the sun, anymore. Either you borrow from existing sources or fuse as many disparate ideas as possible with the hopes of achieving something radical and invigorating. More often than not you end up with a dud. A perfect example, MNS too-dreadful-for-words,, "The Happening." Avenging trees and horror do not mix. Onto "The Strangers,." which I loved. I thought it was concise, brutal, harrowing and taut and it was all pulled off expertly by those involved. The camerawork was fantastic and the way the interiors were filmed, with deep pockets of shadows everywhere, turned an otherwise nice country house into an ominous and terrifying trap.Read more ›
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mad Collector on November 11, 2008
    Format: Blu-ray
    This film has some very creepy elements. The idea of a couple being randomly stalked by masked thrill-killers in a secluded home just screams horror! And the fact that it seems so random makes it all the more unnerving. Liv Tyler does a good turn as the female lead. And the behind-the-scenes feature is worth a look. All in all, not a bad flick to watch on an eerily quiet evening.
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    74 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Grey on June 1, 2009
    Format: DVD
    Not a terrible setup. Masked psychos terrorize a couple late one night in a large house nestled in the corner of a small, rich suburb. A bit slow to start and the characters aren't anything close to interesting, but the setup is decent and the atmosphere is good.

    Problem? Everyone's a moron.

    If you're a home intruder and the people at home have a gun, you're not going to keep attacking. No you're going to run the **** away and go to some other house some other night. If you're the guy being intruded upon and are sitting in the corner one night with a gun you're not going to go outside and play Elmer Fudd. No, you're going to sit in that corner and stay awake until morning when the suburb will be active. If you're the intruder watching the guy play Elmer Fudd with a shotgun you're not going to bull-rush him and succeed. No, you're going to be blown the **** away. And if you're some guy who just had his windshield smashed before your eyes and sees signs of an obvious break-in you're not going to quietly sneak inside to investigate. No, you're going to drive away and call the cops.

    The suspension of disbelief is just too much in this film. It's a battle of who wants to be killed more and who's more inept at taking an advantage. And when a victor emerges it's hard to care, not only because all the characters are boring as cardboard, but because they just succeeded winning the Darwin Award of the night in a rather fierce competition.
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