"If Only Peter Cottontail Was This Dirty."
NOTE: This is an official release, but burned onto a BD-R for the public.
Easter Casket tells the story of Asher (Josh Eal, Bath Salt Zombies); a religious warrior of God who must fight to save the world from the demonic possession of Cottontail (voiced by director Dustin Mills). Asher's mission leads him to protect Aubrie (Erin R. Ryan, Skinless) who is in grave danger as her friend and higher ups have all ready been killed by Cottontail.
For being a small indie production, I enjoyed how wacky as hell it was. It may feel all over the place with following Father Asher and his quest to find Cottontail. Plus, we don't really get much of our villain until the last half of the film. However, the craziness of Cottontail is enjoyable whenever he is on screen and director Dustin Mills does a good job giving him a voice. I give the film 3/5.
Presented in 1080p with an MPEG-4/AVC transfer, shot in HD, I feel a bit conflicted about the presentation of the film. Bit rates stay around the single digits and low teens, the transfer is good. There is some pixelation and macro-blocking in a few shots. Especially when Father Asher is fighting an army of hatched chicks. Also, when scanning files on my computer, the film has a small size of 7.05GB for the film. Do not let this dissuade you, I give the visual presentation 3/5.
For the film, we have English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo. For being a basic stereo soundtrack for the film, it gets the job done. No complaints regarding it. 4/5.
Packed full of extras; we have a ton crammed onto the disc. We have an hour-forty-five minutes of behind the scenes footage that is presented in 480i. Oddly, this behind the scenes footage rings in at over 9GB in size which is odd considering the film in HD is only 7.05 GB. We also have a commentary track along with subtitled trivia track that goes on throughout the film. Also, we have two introductions that you can have before the movie starts; one by the director and the other by Cottontail. And finally, we have deleted scenes.
This release is packed with extras that are enjoyable. The 105 minute B-T-S footage is a good insight on how movies are made. Considering how packed the disc is, I give the bonus portions 5/5.
This release is out of print and only fifty copies were made. I picked it up on pre-order for $23 shipped. It is presented on a BD-R like previous films I have reviewed like Psycho Street and Hometown. I would like to see Cottontail return, if Dustin decides to make another one. I give this Blu-ray a 4/5.