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Bluebeard (2017/Well Go Blu-ray w/DVD)

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

A small town doctor accidentally learns of a secret, that one of his patients might be a serial killer that has been the urban legend in the unsolved murder cases in town... who just so happens to be his landlord/neighbor. As he discovers dismembered body parts are hidden all around his home, he must find proof that his landlord is the serial killer without him suspecting him ...or he may become the next victim in Soo yeon-Lee's Bluebeard (2017).

A small town doctor finds out while his landlord is sedated as his patient, talks in his sleep ...on where he hid dismembered body parts all around town. And his landlord's son is a butcher, a perfect cover for dismembering bodies. As he searches for the evidence (and body parts), the doctor become lost in a haze of hallucination of dead bodies and past sins. Suffering post depression and on drugs, he become paranoid when he suspects his landlord suspect him and there is a conspiracy against him, but even under the influence of drugs and illusions ...there are somethings that he did see and that really did happen.

This was a suspense mystery thriller, what if someone close to you was a serial killer and you just didn't know it? It could be just the old man right next door to you. And while you have witnessed things, no one would believe you. It plays off of perspective of an over-stressed doctor who is suffering post depression after his divorce, and the audience could not tell if it was actually happening or if it was one of the doctor's delusions. But in the end (SPOILER!!!), the killer was very real and was just too good to get caught.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High definition image on the Blu-ray is detailed and warm for an HD shoot and fits the genre, though the anamorphically enhanced DVD version is not as impressive and weaker. As for sound we get a DTS: X 11.1 lossless mix (DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 7.1 for older systems) that overdoes it at the expense of stability, articulation and realistic soundfield. It can sound good, but the mixers did not understand 12-track sound and/or something got lost in the Blu-ray transfer. The lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 on the DVD has the same issues, but worse and weaker as a mixdown a few generations down. Extras include trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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