Better the Devil You Know (Two-Disc Special Edition)
When Tom Anderson is visited by a deceased high school friend in a dream, she gives him only one warning. She tells him that the Four Horsemen (characters from his latest novel) are coming for him and his friends at noon. But once his friends get trapped in town with him, the battle for their future is about to begin. What they think is a dream is about to become a reality...and they are about to find out...the battle they must face has been inside of them all along. The first dream was a warning. Now, they have no choice but to face Tom's dream along with him...and survive. From writer/director Greg Augustine (The Bench, The Knights of Zodiac) comes a story about life, friendship, and revelation. Better the Devil You Know is a comedy/fantasy that will take you beyond imagination. TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION DVD INCLUDES: BEHIND-THE-SCENES DOCUMENTARY, DELETED/EXTENDED SCENES, AND ORIGINAL THEATRICAL TRAILER! OVER 90 MINUTES OF SPECIAL FEATURES ON 2 DISCS!
In this ambitious indie fantasy-comedy, three childhood friends reunite when they crash and burn in their personal lives and are forced to move back to their hometown. After one is visited by a recently deceased high-school friend in a dream and warned that the Four Horsemen will soon be coming for him and his pals, the incredulous trio soon discovers that each of its personal demons are in fact about to appear in forms all to real -- and dangerous. If they hope to make it out alive, they will have to fight for their future. --All Movie Guide
...Augment Image's 1080p/MPEG-2 transfer isn't half bad, offering those who venture into the Devil's realm an entirely passable presentation. Yes, skintones range from chalky to oversaturated, contrast is terribly inconsistent, and director Greg Augustine and principal photography director Anthony Gagnon's palette is often washed away by untempered sunlight, but most of the transfer's shortcomings are the result of Augustine's limited resources rather than some glaring technical deficiency. Colors are relatively strong and stable, black levels are quite satisfying (dare I say rich and inky on occasion), and fine detailing is far more competent than I expected. Not only do textures tend to impress, object definition is crisp and clean on the whole, and background details are unfettered. Moreover, the image isn't prone to compression mishaps or encoding issues. Errant artifacts, minor aliasing, and bursts of noise do find their way into the presentation, but rarely amount to a major distraction. All things considered, the Blu-ray edition of Better the Devil You Know features a decidedly decent transfer. Low-budget eyesores and antiquated codec notwithstanding, no one will mistake it for a DVD. --Blu-Ray.com
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There is nothing funny or remotely engaging about this film. Regardless of the film's arty ambitions as a surrealist comedy with something to say about growing up and moving on with your life, it falls flat on it's face right out of the gate and never recovers. Why? Because everything about it is just so boring and ugly. Cheap graphics, a horrible sound mix that could fight with Birdemic as being one of the worst sounding films of last year, dialogue that produces more face palms than smiles, a plot that makes no sense at all, no likable characters whatsoever, unattractive cinematography, blah blah blah. There is really little to recommend here other than for the potential viewer to avoid this film if they regard their time on this earth highly.
I am all for homegrown cinema, but low budget comedies that aren't funny are just about the worst kind of films in existence. Mr. Augustine, good luck as a filmmaker. Hopefully you make something better than this in the future.
The Four Horsemen Movie - as me and my friends like to call it. I saw Better the Devil You Know during its original theatrical run this past summer and I must say I'm happy for the experience. My ears were still ringing from Transformers 2 when I went back to see this and this was playing on the entirely opposite side of the theater next to Drag me to hell (another good film this year). I never heard of Greg Augustine before, so I opted to see Transformers 2 before going to this. I didn't know anything about the Four Horsemen at all, but the movie doesn't try and give a lesson about them, it just uses them as symbols for the inner struggles that the main characters are going through. WHich is why I thought it felt so new and brilliant. Despite being under the radar this year, Better the devil you know was funny and imaginative, it definitely surprised me with its imaginative scope for being an indie. I can't really compare this one to anything I've ever seen before, kinda like Twin Peaks meets Clerks, if I had to take a stab. But it definitely was effective and memorable. My friends and I left satisfied and we're all Augment Image devotees now. We've been through the initiation and we want more. Truly great afternoon at the movies.
Try this one if you like comedy, fantasy, or indie movies. This was on my top 5 favorite films of 2009! Buy it.
I also recommend the short films from this director for something fun to watch The Bench. - The short films of Greg Augustine
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