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Insidious Blu-Ray Review

The Film: ‘Insidious’ is a quality horror film that manages to successfully blend different sub-genres together to create what is one of the scariest and most intimidating films of the past decade. One of the best aspects of the film is its stripped down and washed out visual tone which gives it a realistic look, something that only reaps the benefits of drawing the audience in. The tension building is great and well paced and the shrilling score not only compliments the scares, its just as effective as providing them with the high pitched string shrieks adding to an already unsettling atmosphere. Though the final act of the film may have been over the top for some it fits perfectly in with the style of Wan and Whannell and provides a fitting end to a terrifying film. Overall ‘Insidious’ is a must watch for any horror fan or anybody who likes to get scared as it provides everything for both audiences, however be warned the final act is a little surreal and may disappoint some people as its a departure from the incredible tension build up but I enjoyed it immensely. Watch this film!

The Features: 
  • Insidious Trailer – Exactly what it says on the tin, a film trailer for ‘Insidious’
  • Insidious Entities – A behind the scenes look at the ghosts and demons that feature in the film, the ideas & inspiration behind them, the make-up and their placement and use in the film.
  • On set with Insidious – Behind the scenes footage of the filming of ‘Insidious’
  • Horror 101: The Exclusive Seminar – Interviews with director James Wan & writer Leigh Whannell on the inspiration and motives on the genres used in the film and style.
The extras available on the Blu-ray are limited in number but are interesting in content. Trailer aside the rest of the features all offer a behind the scenes look at the making of the film with each looking at a different aspect of the film, in addition to this the bonus features are in 1080p high definition as well. The main contributors to the footage are the directer and writer/star as they offer an insight to their inspirations and ideas when creating the film and story, each extra feature offers an interesting insight to the creative processes of the main pair behind the film but it does lack in interviews with cast members. For a horror fan it was intriguing to get a glimpse into the thought processes of the incredibly creative pairing of Wan & Whannell but the features do lack in footage other than on the set of the film and they are also quite short which leaves you wanting to see a little more. An extended look behind the scenes of the film or other features which focus on areas other than on the set would have been just as interesting and help flesh out the features, but as it stands as interesting as the extras are and the fact they are also in HD, they are few in number and too short to be substantial. 
Audio & Visual: 

One of the most effective instruments in making ‘Insidious’ a scary film is its sound and piercing effects and soundtrack, so when it came to the transfer to Blu-ray it is safe to say all of those sounds are just as effective. The audio is solid throughout from the basics upwards and the higher pitch effects sound just as discomforting as they did at the cinema, arguably even more effective at home. The visuals and transfer of the film are also superb, in HD the cold tone of the film comes across excellently and adds to the overall experience of becoming engrossed in the film which in turn adds to the fear factor offered. Overall the visual is better than the audio but both are fantastic aspects of this Blu-ray release and it is well worth the investment for any horror fan.
Though the audio and visual aspect of the film warrant praise the limited number of features and the short length of those that are offered bring down the overall impact of the Blu-ray release. Had there been more features or if your not bothered about the extras then this Blu-ray release could easily be 4 instead of 3.5. However for horror fans ‘Insidious’ is a great horror film with a great Blu-ray transfer and interesting features just not enough of them.
On 01/05/2012 available at:
Play.com – £7.99 or 2 for £15
Amazon.co.uk – £7.99
Thehut.com – £10.95
HMV.com – £18.00

About Snooty Usher Dan

Favourite Film: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) Worst Film: The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007) Guilty Pleasure: Step Up 2: The Streets (The dancing is awesome ok.....)


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