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A Cure For Wellness (2017/Fox Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B+/B Sound: B+/B Extras: B Film: B

Director Gore Verbinski is arguably one of the best visual storytellers in Hollywood, whom doesn't get as much credit as he deserves. After making his mark with the American remake of The Ring (2002), he went on to make the first three Pirates films, the animated Johnny Depp vehicle Rango (2011) and the box office flop The Lone Ranger (2013). Now, Verbinski is back to his thriller/suspense roots with A Cure For Wellness (2017). Similar in some regards to Scorsese's Shutter Island (2010), Cure has strikingly good visual style and some interesting performances but a narrative that's a bit lacking.

The film has a solid cast which includes Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Mia Goth (Everest), Celia Imrie (Highlander), and Ivo Nandi (Sons of Anarchy).

An ambitious young executive named Lockhart (DeHaan) is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. While the property is beautiful and full of patients, Lockhart quickly notices that things aren't quite as they seem and encounters a young girl named Hannah (Mia Goth) who is oddly similar in appearance to a porcelain piece that his elderly mother gave him. After a freak car accident, Lockhart finds himself waking up in a bed and treated like a patient and things start to get more and more bizarre from there.

This is arguably one of the best looking Blu-ray discs I've seen lately with great character detail and vivid colors that compliment the film's green toned color correction well. Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a great sounding DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 7.1 lossless track, this film would be a great candidate for 4K UHD and plays very effectively here too. Along with this is a DVD copy of the film in standard definition and an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track. The comparisons between both discs are pretty drastic, with the HD version obviously the victor.

A digital UV copy is also included.

Special Features...

- Deleted Sequence: "It's Wonderful Here"

- Meditations - Featurette

- Water is the Cure

- Air is the Cure

- Earth is the Cure

- The Score

- Original Trailers including a Theatrical trailer, Red Band trailer, and an International trailer

During its initial theatrical run, A Cure For Wellness was sandwiched between too many other bigger budgeted films and got kind of lost in the mix. Now that it's on disc with this fantastic looking transfer, there's little to complain about this release.

- James Lockhart



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