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The VVitch (2015 aka The Witch/Lionsgate Blu-ray)

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

The VVitch (2015) is the debut film from Director Roger Eggers and is everything you look for in a horror film of this nature: creepy atmosphere, historical accuracy in costume and language, realistic special effects, and gorgeous cinematography. Though slow at first, the films slithers along adding more thrills as it goes against the gothic backdrop of 1630 New England. The special effects are fantastic as is the eerie score by Mark Korven. I'm sure M. Night Shymalan is wishing The Village would have turned out this good.

Exiled from a puritan community, a farmer (Ralph Ineson), his wife (Kate Dickie) and four of their children move along and make a home amidst the backdrop of a very creepy woods. When the youngest son, a baby named Samuel, suddenly vanishes on the watch of the unusual Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy), the oldest daughter who was watching the boy at the time of his disappearance and has an unclean past we aren't quite sure of. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, twin siblings Mercy (Ellie Grainger) and Jonas (Lucas Dawson) suspect Thomasin of witchcraft, all of which tests the small family and their visions - either real or imagined.

The film looks fantastic on Blu-ray disc with a 1080p high definition transfer and a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66.1 and a crisp sounding English DTS MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 track that is well-recorded and smartly mixed. Despite the fact that the film is very dark throughout, this doesn't effect the transfer which keeps the colors even and shadows crisp with nice detail. This film is definitely more effective when watched at night or in a darkened room.

An Ultraviolet copy is also included for your smartphone or tablet.

Extras include:

Audio Commentary with the Director Robert Eggers

The With: A Primal Folklore

Salem Panel Q&A

Design Gallery

The film has been a highlight at Sundance and was a hit with critics, now see it for yourself (if you haven't yet) on Blu-ray and prepare to be scared!

- James Lockhart



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