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Off Season (2014/Cinema Epoch DVD)

Picture: C Sound: C- Extras: D Film: D

The Ocean Keeps No Secrets...

In the independent thriller Off Season, directed by Katie Carman-Lehach, Sylvie Stone takes refuge in an isolated beach hideaway after her husband is convicted of a sweeping act of financial fraud. A series of frightening occurrences lead her to discover she's being stalked by a mysterious presence. The film stars independent film actors Elizabeth Lee, Kimani Shillingford, Abe Koogler, Ryan Clardy, and Mike Quirk.

The film is very low budget and it looks it in the cinematography and the way that the shots are lit don't allow much scope or depth to them. The performances are nothing noteworthy and the lack of star power hurts the film too. Most importantly, the tension and creativity just isn't there especially for scenes like Sylvie's financial breakdowns that require some visual flair. All in all the film looks and feels cheap and lacks the suspense that a heist/money laundering thriller like the Wachowski's Bound pulled off so well almost two decades ago. I wouldn't be surprised if I learned that this was a student film project.

Sound and Picture are standard for what you would expect in a low budget production. The standard definition transfer captures the 16 X 9/1.78 X 1 widescreen aspect ratio of the film with a lossy 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo track. Some scenes the audio mix is lacking with music and sound effects overpowering dialogue, which is typical in a low budget production.

Extras on the disc include a Trailer and Still Gallery. No scene selection is strange on a standard disc release like this.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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