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The Belko Experiment (2017/Orion/MGM/Fox Blu-ray)



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



James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Slither) penned this new horror/thriller, The Belko Experiment (2017), a high octane exploration of the corporate machine turned evil. The film is a mixture of The Most Dangerous Game, the Saw, Cabin in the Woods, Battle Royale, and The Purge films, set against an office-type setting (though I wouldn't really compare it to Office Space as other reviewers have.) If you're into films with ''survival of the fittest'' themes, then this is one you won't want to miss.


Despite not being the most original concept, The Belko Experiment still manages to stand on its own two feet, thanks in part to its great cast which include John Gallagher Jr. (10 Cloverfield Lane), Tony Goldwyn (Scandal), Adria Arjona (True Detective), John C. McGinley (Stan Against Evil), Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley), Sean Gunn (Ordinary World) and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy). Directed by Greg McLean (Wolf Creek), the film is pretty impressive considering its modest budget and stands the chance of becoming a cult favorite, however it didn't make many waves in the box office and opened to lukewarm reviews.


It's just another day at the offices of Belko Corp. located in the foreign country of Columbia (though many of the employees are very American)... until a coarse announcement over the loud speaker becomes a horrific game of survival when 80 employees are threatened with their lives. Chipped with tracking devices and essentially ''owned'' by the corporation, the lives of these Employees are suddenly meaningless as they are picked off one by one in horrific ways. Who will survive?


Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 (original aspect ratio 2.39:1) and an English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 track, the disc pushes the boundaries of image clarity for the aging format. Much of the film has a sterile tone for the office sequences with the stark reds of blood and gore in contrast to these other bright colors. Skin details are fine with minimal noise on the print. Overall, a nice presentation from Fox!


No digital UV copy, which is very odd.



Special Features:


Rules of the Game: The Secrets Behind The Belko Experiment


Lee Hardcastle's Survival Tips


Deleted Scenes


Gallery



I'm disappointed that Gunn didn't do a commentary track on this release as I always find his commentaries to be pretty insightful. Nevertheless, this is a good representation of the film on disc and, while not perfect, I thought the film was fun.



- James Lockhart

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