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A River Of Skulls (2010/Lionsgate DVD)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: C Film: C+

After the death of her mother, everything goes wrong for Eula (Kelly Nixon), her family is split up and she is forced to make a living on her own, but making a life for a girl isn't so easy on the frontier and in the middle of a gold rush. She soon finds out all her employers want to use her, and all the men just want to abuse her in Suza Lambert Bowser's A River Of Skulls (2010).

Eula was a happy girl, that was up until her mother got sick and died. Her father became a drunkard, and sent her younger brother and sister to live their uncle and her to the workhouse. There, her employers literally treat her as a slave and work her to the bone, but then she loses her last shred of dignity when young heir who promised to marry her. Instead, he just knocks her up and married someone else. Afterwards, her baby was secretly switched by her employer with her sister's dead baby and she is forced to become a prostitute. Only after falling from grace her real friends rescue her and make her realize that life is more than money or marriage to the rich, but friends and relationship.

This was a western tragedy, where a young female is treated more like an object than a person. The moral of the film seems to be that all rich people will cheat and abuse you and no good deed goes unpunished, but then it justifies shooting the rich people afterwards.

The anamorphically enhanced image is softer than it should be, as is the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, combining to make this more difficult to enjoy than expected. Extras include making of the film, gallery and trailer.

- Ricky Chiang


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