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The Barber (2014/Arc Blu-ray)

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

He was seeking revenge... he found TRUE EVIL!

Scott Glenn gives a haunting turn in Basil Owies' The Barber, and no we don't mean Sweeney Todd!

What's scary is that The Barber could easily be true in as a serial killer goes in hiding in a small town under the guise of a barber after 30 years of flying under the radar. The film tries hard to channel David Fincher in terms of filmmaking style and editing but doesn't quite reach those heights. (Sorry, guys) In any event, the independent production isn't a bad watch and features some decent acting from primarily unknowns. The film also stars Stephen Tobolowsky, Chris Coy, and Kristen Hager.

Eugene Van Wingerdt (Scott Glenn) lives a quiet life as a small town barber and has seemed to overcome his demons. He's taken a troubled youth under his wing to apprentice as he rubs elbows with the local Police Chief (Tobolowsky). One night after enjoying his evening meal at his favorite restaurant, Eugene is accosted by John (Coy), a shadowy drifter who claims to know Eugene's hidden past.

No matter how much Eugene protests and attempts to maintain his innocence, John doesn't let up. John knows the deep dark secret that Eugene has managed to keep hidden for decades - Eugene is really a reclusive serial killer from Chicago who would burry young women and leave them to suffocate. John doesn't want to expose Eugene, he wants to learn from the man and become a sharpened killer himself. Sounds like an episode of Forensic Files, huh?

It turns out Eugene isn't the only one with a dark secret when John is in fact, a Chicago Police Officer whose late Father was the original detective working the case and was driven to suicide. John is out for revenge and is willing to tread a thin line of right and wrong to bring the real killer to light, the one he knows lives in Eugene's dark heart. As John worms his way into Eugene's life, fellow Chicago Police Officer Audrey Bennet (Kristen Hager), John's former lover, threatens to derail his entire plan as she works to save John from an even darker fate.

The presentation on the disc is top notch with a sharp 1080p high definition transfer with an MPEG-4 AVC codec, mastered in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1. The sound is a powerful, lossless English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix in 48 kHz. There are also optional subtitles on the disc. Extras include Deleted and Alternate Scenes and an Alternate Ending.

All in all, The Barber is better than you might expect, save some predictable plot twists in the final act. I would suggest it if you are a crime fan, especially if you like Scott Glenn as he really outshines his fellow actors here.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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