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Stuck (Blu-ray + DVD-Video/Image Entertainment)


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



One of the more enjoyable thrillers of late is 2007ís Stuck arriving on both DVD and Blu-ray just in time for this years Halloween.  Unlike so many films these days that try to be over the top in order to scare us, this one keeps things simple, realistic, and the result is a film that deserves more attention that it will probably get, hopefully this Blu-ray and DVD release will correct that.


Brandi (Mena Suvari in a great role) has everything going for her as she is in line for a new promotion at her retirement home, where she plays a compassionate caregiver.  One night on her way home from the club she ends up hitting a recently homeless man named Tom (Stephen Rea) and the accident soon turns into a hit and run, the only problem is that this particular accident has left Tom stuck in the windshield.  Brandi is scared, plus she is worried about this jeopardizing her newfound success, and since no one seemed to notice she drives all the way home and parks the car inside the garage with the bloody body still on her car.  The remainder of the film could have turned into this really bizarre and ridiculous horror film, but instead it becomes a really smart film that keeps a sense of realism and brings up a variety of thought-provoking ideas.


What I particular enjoyed about the film is the constant battle that wages on about doing Ďgoodí and whether doing that always leads to the right things.  Unfortunately the world we live in today is slowly turning into one that does not benefit the people who try to do the right things in life.  I applaud the films ability to not only be a taut thriller, but also a deep character study that is so rare in the film industry that itís a fresh breath of air.


For this Blu-ray release the film gets the good with a really pleasant 1.78 X 1 transfer presented in 1080p High Definition.  Colors are accurately rendered with deep blacks and true whites.  The DVD just has a flat appearance and itís easy to see the limitations not only in the resolution department, but in the overall fidelity of the picture.  Colors, contrast, and detail are highly superior on the Blu-ray.  Not only is the picture superior, but so is the audio as the Blu-ray gets a stunning DTS-HD 5.1 mix, which offers a terrific lossless audio track, there is also a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix here as well for comparison purposes, which is the same as what comes with the DVD.  In this case, the DTS-HD mix gives a greater sense of warmth, definition, and overall character to the film, especially when the soundtrack starts pumping in and other critical scenes, for instance the impact of the accident.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes sound far too flat, weak, and just donít bring a life-like and realistic presentation forward, but the DTS-HD manages this quite well.


Extras include a commentary track by director Stuart Gordon that is highly insightful and I found to be one of the more enjoyable commentary tracks in a long long time.  He is joined by writer John Strysik and Mena Suvari.  There is also a behind-the-scenes section, plus a special segment on the special effects used in the film, which again I found to be really a step above many of the cookie cutter films of late, especially in the horror genre.  There are interviews and extra footage taken from the AFI and the Dallas International Film festival as well, itís evident from these extras that everyone involved believed highly in this film and I can now see why that is the case and I stand behind this film as one of the more underrated features to come out in the last 5 years.


A worthwhile gem!  Youíre likely to get ďstuckĒ on this film!



-†† Nate Goss


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