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Absence (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack)

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Expectant mother Liz wakes to find her nearly-to-term pregnancy has disappeared overnight. When doctors find no medical explanation for the loss, police treat Liz and her husband Rick as prime suspects in what has now become a missing child case. Only Rick and Liz s brother Evan trust her version of events.

As word spreads, the young couple is subjected to the unwanted attention of the police and prying neighbors. Evan feels for his sister and, as a film student, begins documenting her story, starting with a vacation to the mountains to relieve some of her grief.

But as Evan continues documenting their vacation, unusual patterns arise. Evan and Rick are horrified when Liz's condition visibly declines and when the trip spins out of control they realize that whatever happened with Liz and her baby isn t over. None of them are safe.

Special Features:

Director s Commentary; Making-of Featurette; Trailer

About the Actor

Erin Way (Liz) has worked alongside artists like Mark Ruffalo, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ron Howard and Joe Dante. She played Kat on the SyFy Channel series Alphas, and is a former ballet dancer. Way began acting in high school where she was home-schooled with her five siblings. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

Eric Matheny (Rick) is an actor, screenwriter and co-founder of The Acting Center of Los Angeles. Matheny's breadth of work advanced when he was cast opposite Leonardo DiCaprio as the personal physician to J. Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar (2011). Matheny was also cast in John D. Schofield's feature, Freedom for Joe (2013). He lives with his wife Lissa in Studio City.

Ryan Smale (Evan) was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. He made his film debut in Damage at the age of 20 and is co-founder of Mischievious Studios. Smale received career advice from his mother, who worked in craft services for the film industry. She was able to consult with experts in the field and pass that knowledge on to her son. Smale lives in Hollywood with his wife, Trista.

Stephanie Scholz (Megan) was born and raised in Hollywood, California. She began acting at the age of nine and graduated from Lewis Carroll Academy of the Arts. Scholz worked with Loweree and Moreno in their first short film, Climbing Mt. Evelyn. Absence is Scholz first feature film.

Product Details

  • Actors: Erin Way, Eric Matheny, Ryan Smale, Stephanie Scholz
  • Directors: Jimmy Loweree
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Flatiron Film Company
  • DVD Release Date: August 6, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BY8D99G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,410 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Absence is a suspense release that uses the found-footage technique. I give it a mild recommendation for its target audience. A woman is seven-months pregnant; then, her child suddenly disappears from her womb. Then, her family and she disappear into the woods for a vacation after this traumatic event. Much like the Blair Witch Project, viewers see the actors much, much, much more than they see any creatures or special effects in the movie. Much like in Paranormal Activity, scary events happen mostly subtly and on a small-scale. Many found-footage movies have followed this cast-centric approach recently. Perhaps, they do so for budgetary reasons. Absence is the best film of this type that Absence can be. The performances are strong. These actors can act. I was actually very impressed with the main three cast members. The dialogue is witty and realistic. If one seeks good found-footage, Absence exemplifies well-done limited-budget found-footage.
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By Josh on August 27, 2013
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I am a big horror fan, and like any horror fan, you start to get used to the rhythm of horror movies. Start with a big scare not necessarily including the main characters, introduce the leads, have lesser characters die off, big scare ending. This movie was going for something a little different. As opposed to a lot of horror movies where the drama and comedy seem like after thoughts, in Absence they were almost more the meat of the movie. Don't get me wrong, there are some really creepy moments, and the finale is satisfyingly nuts, but what I liked most was how much I found myself caring about the characters. The actress playing Liz especially is excellent and delivers some very emotionally powerful stuff. And her brother Evan had me laughing out loud and was way more genuinely funny than a lot of the cheesy humor in a lot of horror movies. When Absence was working best, it felt a lot like hanging out with friends who you really cared about. If I had one complaint, I thought it could have maybe cut back a little bit on the "this-is-found-footage-so-here-is-a-boring-shot-of-the-kitchen" type moments, but it was not too bad at all with those and certainly better than some other found footage type movies I have seen. All in all, keep an open mind about this movie as a "genre film" and you will be pleasantly surprised.
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Utilizing the increasingly popular "found footage" genre that combines elements of the thriller into a faux documentary presentation, "Absence" takes a rather slight story and serves up exactly what you might expect. I suspect that some may absolutely loathe "Absence," and I can understand their frustration. People anticipating a full-on horror show based on how the movie is portrayed in its own marketing material and description will likely be disappointed. There is some creepiness, but this presentation doesn't show you much of anything that will actually scare you. For most of its running time, it is a veritable home movie chronicling the vacation of its three central characters. I actually found the trio passably entertaining, so I didn't mind hanging out with them. But if you're looking for more in-your-face chills, this stays relatively uneventful until its final moments. The action picks up for the conclusion, but it lacked any real element of surprise. It's reasonably well made and the actors are appealing enough. It just lacks impact from a plotting standpoint. You've seen it all before and oftentimes better.

The movie starts with an intriguing premise. A young mother-to-be (Erin Way) awakens one day to discover that she is no longer with child despite having been seven months pregnant. This tease is presented quickly and the movie fast forwards as the woman, her husband (Eric Matheny) and her brother (Ryan Smale) are embarking on a get-away to escape the scrutiny, skepticism, and accusations of the local town people and the authorities. Attempting to keep things light, Smale is filming everything for a school project (a rather thin premise, to be sure, as it requires him to have the camera even at the most harrowing and inopportune moments).
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This movie was so good. I first watched it on Netflix and then just had to buy it. It is or at least starts of as a sad story about a woman who mysteriously looses her unborn child in the middle of the night, with no blood and no clues as to what could have happened. Her, her husband and brother go up and stay at a family cabin to get away from everyone (since most of the town thinks she some how got rid of her unborn baby). Her brother documents the whole thing for film class. Unfortunately they go to the worst possible place they can think of to heal. It is apparently known to have a strong ongoing history of strange lights and strange encounters. Every night the couple is visited by these lights and no one seems to remember anything about the night before. I kept wishing the brother would rewind his camera to see what was going on. The at the end something bizarre happens that climax to something much worse happening. Cannot say anything more than that without spoiling the end. I think this is a very good movie and I would watch it again and again.
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