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The Cabin In The Woods [Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy]

The Cabin In The Woods [Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy]
Studio: Lions Gate
List Price: $34.99
Street Price: $19.96
Amazon.com: $16.50
Release Date: Sep 18, 2012
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Running Time: 95 minutes

4.3 Stars (out of 5) - Rated R


In this twisted thriller from Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, five friends arrive at a secluded cabin with clear instructions for their anticipated mountain getaway. But when the rigid rules are broken, punishment is swift -- and everyone will pay. Kristen Connolly, Jesse Williams, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Chris Hemsworth and Brian J. White star with Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford in this surprising spin on a classic horror setup.


Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Brian J. White, Amy Acker


Drew Goddard

Blu-ray Release Date:

September 18, 2012


English, English SDH, Spanish


Overall rating weighted as follows:

Audio 40%, Video 40%, Special Features 20%, Movie - its just our opinion so take it with a grain of salt

Audio 4.6 Stars (out of 5)

Dolby and DTS Demo Discs used as basis for comparison

● Subwoofer – 4.5 Stars

● Dialog – 5.0 Stars

● Surround Effects – 4.0 Stars

● Dynamic Range – 5.0 Stars

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1

As the movie progresses the low end activity increases. The subwoofer stays active with banging on doors, a collapsing cave, motorcycle engine, startling booms in the soundtrack, moving rooms, explosions, and several rumbles that will vibrate the couch. Dialog is handled with care and all screams and pleads for help are heard without a hitch. Surrounds draw you into the terror with sounds of creaking wood, random computer sounds, dripping water, moving rooms, ghost screams, a voice on loudspeaker, gunshots, and of course loud screams of agony.

Video 4.2 Stars (out of 5)

Spears & Munsil Benchmark Blu-ray Edition used as basis for comparison

● Color Accuracy - 4.5 Stars

● Shadow detail – 2.5 Stars

● Clarity – 4.0 Stars

● Skin tones – 5.0 Stars

● Compression – 5.0 Stars

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC, Resolution: 1080p, Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1, Original Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

The Cabin in the Woods video is way too dark. I know we’re supposed to be afraid of the darkness, but there are so many interesting things I wanted to see that were lost in the inky shadowy abyss. When we do have enough light for colors, they’re a little warm and help feature the deep green forest, pale dead skin, and deep red blood. The clarity isn’t the best, but it helps details become more noticeable like beard stubble, clothing textures, leaves on trees, winckles on faces, and lots of guts and gore.

Bonus Features 4.0 Stars (out of 5)

● It's Not What You Think: The Cabin in the Woods Bonus View content plays in a small window during movie playback.

● Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Drew Goddard and Writer/Producer Joss Whedon.

● We Are Not Who We Are: Making The Cabin in the Woods (HD; 28:33) A featurette with behind the scenes footage, interviews with cast and crew, and a discussion about how the movie came to be.

● The Secret Secret Stash (HD; 13:07) contains two brief featurettes, "Marty's Stash" and "My Name is Joss and I'll Be Your Guide". Both get into elements like production design and props.

● An Army of Nightmares: Makeup and Animatronic Effects (HD; 12:10) is a good look at the SFX that fill the movie.

● Primal Terror: Visual Effects (HD; 12:07) concentrates on elements like pre-viz, greenscreen and CGI as well as some of the practical effects.

● Wonder-Con Q&A (HD; 27:30) a question and answer session with Whedon and Goddard.

● Theatrical Trailer (HD; 2:27)

Movie – 4.0 Stars (out of 5)


Cabin in the Woods is one of the most creative and original horror films I’ve ever scene. If you like horrors films, and understand their structure this film is an instant classic for you. It pays homage to several beloved horror films, while it flips the whole genre upside down. The writing is impressively original with witty dialog and very few plot holes. The cast has good chemistry and do a fine job of bringing the twisted tail to life. There’s a good amount of action and the last 15 minutes of this movie is one of the best finales in I’ve seen in a long time. In fact I may watch it again in slow motion just to see what I missed. It’s good to see that every once in a while Hollywood makes a movie that isn’t a remake or a sequel that’s truly original and can surprise you.

Posted by The HT Guys, October 8, 2012 7:14 AM

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