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Cabin In The Woods
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A rambunctious group of five college friends steal away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated country cabin, only to be attacked by horrific supernatural creatures in a night of endless terror and bloodshed. Sound familiar? Just wait. As the teens begin to exhibit standard horror movie behavior, a group of technicians in a control room are scrutinizing, and sometimes even controlling, every move the terrified kids make! With their efforts continually thwarted by the all powerful eye in the sky, do they have any chance of escape.
An affectionate, extremely knowing spoof that also manages to be a full-blooded, rip-snorting scary movie, this Joss Whedon production should have horror fans levitating off of their seats with bliss. Kicking off with the best title card of the year, the film follows a standard assortment of college kids (jock, stoner, cheerleader, bookish Final Girl, etc.) as they head to the creepy, cobwebby location of the title. Meanwhile, a pair of blasé white-collar drones (the wonderful Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford) trudge through what appears to be just another day in the office. These plotlines are not altogether unrelated. Those averse to spoilers can be forgiven for applying earmuffs from here on out, but one of the beauties of Whedon and Drew Goddard's script is how it manages to continually up the ante, revealing the basics of its plot in the very first scene and then proceeding to run amuck within the boundaries it so gleefully establishes. (If you think you've got it figured out, just wait five minutes.) Although scoring major points for ambition, debuting director Goddard does occasionally struggle with the film's swings between laughs and screams, with a couple of promisingly scary scenes blunted by badly cued punch lines. In addition, as with many Whedon projects, some viewers may find this teetering on the edge of glibness, with every character sporting a full arsenal of almost too-clever wisecracks at the ready. Any such nitpicking, however, should be obliterated by Cabin's completely hellzapoppin' final act, which mashes-up seemingly every supernatural trope in existence into a coherent, outrageously plasma-soaked validation of the genre. In conclusion, if you have any interest in horror movies at all, you gotta see this. --Andrew Wright
• We Are Not Who We Are: Making the Cabin in the Woods
• The Secret Secret Stash:
• Marty's Stash
• Hi, My name is Joss and I'll be your guide
• Wonder-Con Q&A
• An Army of Nightmares: Make-Up & Animatronic Effects
• Primal Terror: Visual Effects
• It's Not What You Think: The Cabin In The Woods Bonus View Mode
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This is a horror comedy that takes horror and cabin in the woods-type film tropes and turns them on their heads. With a Rubik's Cube of a movie poster, you know right off the bat that not everything is as it seems. The movie is completely self-aware, and everything that is said and done and who was cast was all done on purpose and to make a statement. The story doesn't follow what you'd typically expect in this type of film so you never really know what's about to happen and it keeps you on your toes.
And then there's the ending, which we will not talk about other than to say they had the courage to take it there. Let's just leave it at that. They took it there, and it was glorious.
The Cabin In The Woods is a fun and scary movie, and I think I need to rewatch it again. Recommended.
The set comes on 2 discs (Blu-Ray and 4K Ultra HD) along with a digital copy code and slipcover.
Right off the bat, I have to say Lionsgate does some nice stuff by including all of the special features on the 4K disc. This one also happens to be a 100GB disc; I wish others would follow!
Their titles also seem to sell VERY cheap. This one was picked up for under 8 bucks which made it an easy upgrade from the Blu-Ray.
The 4K disc itself was watched on the LG OLED 65" C6 using the OPPO 203 4K ULTRAHD PLAYER.
VIDEO QUALITY: Not so hot. A small bit better than the 1080p, and definitely still good, but this isn't a night and day difference. I wouldn't upgrade on this alone. There is a visible grain but it's more structured on the 4K. For being such a dark movie, the grain isn't bad at all.
HDR: Fortunately the HDR does some really nice stuff.. but also some bad stuff. I viewed this using the DOLBYVISION HDR on the disc; HDR10 might be a little different. The HDR looked great, especially on the OLED at night, with lots of bright highlights throughout, making a nice contrast with the dark movie.Unfortunately, the HDR (or the video quality?) result in some blacks looking more like a dark grey. Rather than disappearing on the OLED, they light up like an LCD TV. For those on an LCD/LED TV you probably won't notice it, but OLED users will. It's not throughout, which is the odd part, and at most times it's only on the video itself (not the 'black bars') but at other times even the black bars become grey.
AUDIO: I watched this using the "Late night viewing" mode along with headphones, so I can't comment too much on the rest. I do hear the ATMOS track is amazing though!
EXTRAS: As mentioned, the extras are on the 4K disc itself.. and they're pretty good! Lots of neat behind the scenes stuff, especially for the makeup/monsters.
OVERALL: The video is a bit of a mixed bag. It's a little sharper but the black levels aren't so great and the sharpness isn't amazing. The audio upgrade is supposedly very good if you have an ATMOS system. I guess it all comes down to the current price and whether you own it.
Don't own the Blu-Ray? Get the 4K.
Own the Blu-Ray? If you have either an ATMOS system or can find it for under 10-bucks, go for it. Any more than 10 bucks (and if you don't have atmos) stick with the Blu-Ray.
There is a difference between this version and the 2K bluray but it's not night and day. There's an uptick in details though the stylistic film grain is ever present. HDR, more notably Dolby Vision provides a depth and contrast which is definitely welcomed as this film is mainly dark.
The Dolby Atmos track additional height channels provide more spaciousness but it's not until the of film, when all hell breaks loose, that the pin point accuracy, thunderous soundtrack comes alive.
If you liked the film and have the equipment (4K HDR TV (preferably with Dolby Vision) and Dolby Atmos speakers) then it well worth the purchase.
It's quirky, for sure, but it's an enjoyable parody of the horror genre's standard offering. I was sufficiently entertained even being really averse to movies of this ilk. The ending wasn't as "OMG" as I was led to believe, it is an interesting twist though, I loved the elevator scene, and I actually found myself wishing they'd studied or developed some of the seen but not really utilized characters.
For the type of movie it is, it's a 4/5 with a hearty laugh or five thrown in for a tip.
Whether you're into horror movies or not, if you're looking for some mindless gore, minor tension, and a lot of good natured spins on the "teenage vacation to hell" recipe, this will do you for a watch.