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Don't Breathe Blu-ray
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Sony Pictures | 2016 | 89 min | Rated R | Nov 29, 2016
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Don't Breathe Blu-ray, Video Quality
Even as Don't Breathe is a fairly dark film, taking place primarily at night and inside a poorly lit home, there's no missing its 1080p brilliance. The digital source material dazzles even in darkness. Detail is outstanding, with complex skin features the most obvious in close-up, but the transfer picks up all sorts of wear and tear and rough edges around the home. It's impressively complex and simply so, never faltering or struggling with interference in the way of noise or other source or encode flaws. Colors are excellent as well, never desaturated but merely hiding in the darkness. Splashes of light or some of the outlier brighter daytime or exterior shots dazzle with plenty of environmental richness. Black levels, critically important to the movie's appeal, hold beautifully deep and true. Flesh tones appear natural within any lighting condition. This is a fantastic presentation from Sony.
Don't Breathe Blu-ray, Audio Quality
Don't Breathe's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack is fantastic and often sounds like one of the bigger 7.1 or Atmos/X presentations; it's really about the best-case scenario for the five-channel track. It's very fluid and clear, polished and delightful in its sonic aggression and precision. Bass is seriously rumbly and deep, balanced but very aggressive. A myriad of sound effects populate the movie. Blaring alarms, barking dogs, and gunfire present with striking attention to detail and superb aggression. The gunshots, both 9mm and (likely) .357 rounds, the latter of which blasts with a more aggressive report, are impressive, hitting hard to satisfaction within the house's relatively close confines. Music is well defined and precisely placed, even considering some of its naturally sharper cues. Music literally circles the stage for several passes at the 33 minute mark. Ten minutes later, thumping footsteps pass through the stage, seemingly above the listener; it's hard to imagine the effect sounding any more authentic with engaged overhead speakers. Dialogue is always clear and well prioritized, whether casual conversation, hushed whispers, or screams. It's a wonderful track and the perfect compliment to the movie.
From the twisted minds behind EVIL DEAD comes a new terrifying experience. Three young thieves (Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto) fight for their lives after breaking into the home of a blind man (Stephen Lang) who has a dark side.
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We're forced to care about the characters despite the fact that they are doing a bad thing. It's not right to root for burglars but 2 of the 3 have redeeming qualities, and while their choices and actions are questionable, you can't help but root for them to at least avoid the nightmare they've walked into.
The suspense is masterful in this. I know people will always cherish Alfred Hitchcock's films--and yes, they are great, and many hold up, but it's time to admit that a master can be out mastered, that those that studied him can apply not only his techniques, but others, and that is what has occurred here.
I won't say anything about the film itself except that the premise is very original and it has lots of good twists and turns. My buddy and I watched this blu-ray together and I was able to predict a few, "... wouldn't it be great if this and that happened next". Each time, for example the dog and the crawl space, just made it better and better.
Although I did have a much better ending, that several people agreed would have made this truely great. But watch it. It's a terrific little film and Stephen Lang gives an unforgettable performance.
For about an hour, "Don’t Breathe" reminded me of those low-budget, efficient thrillers because it keeps things simple: Three small-time burglars are surprised when their chosen victim, a blind war vet, turns the tables on them after they break into his house. That’s the plot. The movie is taut and genuinely chilling. And then … well, that wasn’t good enough for writer/director Fede Alvarez, who decides to add a little "Cujo" here, a little "Silence of the Lambs" there. Should have left well enough alone. Grade: B – grouchyeditor.com
It still does still fall victim to a few of the bad horror movie tropes, particularly the ending. Also, it is particularly graphic and dark at times. As is the case with most horror films, it's probably not for everyone, which would normally include me, but this time I enjoyed it. The film kept me excited and my adrenaline pumping for the whole 90 minutes.
If you like horror, this one is probably worth your time. Watch it, or don't. Do what you want.