Monday, April 11, 2011

Mortuary (2005) / Salem Witch Trials (2002) / Salvage (2006)

Movie: 3/5
Video: 2.5/5
Audio: 4.5/5
Extras: 2/5
Overall: 4/5

Echo Bridge the Best of the Worst.

Let's break down all three movies that are listed here.


Movie: 3/5. I found this to be an entertaining little low budget horror film. However, the ending brings it down. And I mean at the last possible minute of the film before the credits kick in, it was going pretty good and then it's like; "WHY?"
Video: 3/5. The PQ is not the best, but not the worst as far as I can tell. When we see the Echo Bridge Entertainment logo on the film, I was a little worried it looked like an SD upscale until we see the establishing shot of the little girl in the backseat. I was relieved.
Sound: 5/5. The PCM audio is pretty good. Why Echo Bridge had to throw in all those extra audio tracks in beyond me. The Uncompressed PCM is great.
Extras: 4/5. There's an hour long documentary on the film and it's great to see Tobe Hooper at work. There's also a trailer in the bonus and both of these are SD upscales. And last but not least, audio commentary.

Salem Witch Trials:

Movie: 2.5/5. VERY LONG. This TV movie is about three and a half hours long and for it's time length, it's no Lord of the Rings. The Salem Witch Trials sounds great when you hear the idea of a film based on the witch trials, but this movie is nowhere as great as it seems in theory.
Video: 2.5/5. For a movie that's as longer than Lord of the Rings, it's a shame it's compressed down to a BD25 disc. The compression is visible in some scenes, but you won't notice the majority of it unless you're right in front of the TV.
Audio: 3.5/5. For having a Dolby Digital and PCM, it's pretty weak even with the PCM. When a majority of the scenes are in the church and the preacher is shouting, I'd expect more from it. It feels hushed.
Extras: 0/5. Nothing.

Movie: 3/5. Salvage is an interesting and a very short horror film. The movie clocks in at 79 minutes long. The twist is somewhat interesting but I feel there's potential that wasn't met, at least completely. It does keep you intrigued most of the time, but it will drag in some instances.
Video: 2.5/5. I feel that this presentation is somewhat soft and lacking real definition. I wouldn't say that is a 480 upscale, but maybe a 720 upscale to 1080. It just doesn't look like it's a real 1080 presentation. But, it's not as bad as something like The Howling Trilogy. It is better than the video presentation on Salem Witch Trials.
Audio: 5/5. There's a PCM and Dolby Digital audio track and the PCM sounds great. Probably the best audio presentation out of this triple feature.
Extras: 2.5/5. A trailer and a commentary.

Movie: 3 + 2.5 + 3 = 8.5/3 = 2.83. I'll round up to a 3.
Video: 3 + 2.5 + 2.5 = 8/3 = 2.67. I'll round down to a 2.5.
Audio: 5 + 3.5 + 5 = 13.5/3 = 4.5.
Extras: 4 + 2.5 = 6.5/3 = 2.17. Round down to 2.
Overall: 3 + 2.5 + 4.5 + 2 = 12 / 3 = 4.

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