No Man's Land: The Rise of Reeker (Blu-ray) (2008)
Main Menu Audio & Animation-Montage from film, with original score
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-(11:21) Standard def., 16x9, 1.78:1.
Featurette-Making Of-(5:12) The Production Team, 16x9, 1.78:1.
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-(1:48) What Scares the Cast and Crew? 169, 1.78:1.
Theatrical Trailer-(2:00) Reeker, 16x9, 1.78:1. Inferior quality.
Theatrical Trailer-(1:39) The Rise of Reeker, 1080p, 16x9,1.78:1.
Theatrical Trailer-(2:42) Vicky Christina Barcelona, 4x3, 1.78:1
Theatrical Trailer-(1:34) Foreign Exchange, 4x3, 1.78:1
Theatrical Trailer-(1:56) Easy Virtue, 16x9, 2.351
Theatrical Trailer-(1:56) The Good Student, 16x9, 1.78:1
|Year Of Production||2008|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Dave Payne|
Michael Robert Brandon
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Auto Pan & Scan Encoded||English dts 5.1 (1920Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, Essential prologue sequence.|
The film itself may be "B" grade, but the image isn't. The Rise of Reeker is given a very fine 1080p high definition transfer, one that adds greatly to the "enjoyment" of the film.
The film presented in a 16x9 enhanced transfer at the ratio of 1.78:1, the original having been 1.85:1.
The makers have chosen a subdued palette, giving quite a washed-out, sun-drenched look to much of the action, perfectly suited to the desert location.
Browns are emphasized, with the prologue sequence so limited in its colour that it almost looks like sepia.
The image is generally sharp, with good detail in most scenes, especially the close-ups.
Skin tones do suffer as a consequence of the subdued colour.
There are numerous darker scenes, such as the septic tank episode, and detail is at times lost in these sequences.
There is some low level noise, and very slight edge enhancement, but these are only minor problems.
Although not up to the standard of the best Blu-ray releases, on a fifty-five inch screen this low budget effort looked pretty good.
There are no subtitles.
There is one audio stream, DTS encoded at 2.00 Mbps.
The audio on this film is of very good quality, showing no sign of budget restrictions.
The dialogue is sharp and clear, with every syllable intelligible even amidst the macabre mayhem.
There were no sync problems.
The surround channels are utilised extensively, supplying the desert ambience and often startling special effects.
There is often frantic movement across the fronts, and The Reeker himself has a fine time rampaging around the entire sound field.
Particularly effective use is made of the rear channels.
Dramatic use is also made of the LFE channel, both for the music and adding general threatening undercurrent to scenes meant to instil horror in the audience.
The aforementioned music, by the same Dave Payne, is unexceptional and predictable, but the full six channel reproduction gives it quite an impact.
As befits this type of film, turn up the sound and this soundtrack delivers the shocks and jolts the director intended.
|Surround Channel Use|
The release comes with what appears to be a fair bag of extras, but in fact there is very little substance or, for that matter, quantity.
An attractive main page, in full brilliant 1080p, has a montage of key action sequences from the film. In fact, too much of the content is revealed here. Audio provides Payne's original music from the film.
Options presented are :
Scene Selection : Select this option and a single strip of twelve thumbnails - no animation - pops up at the top of the menu screen.
Special Features : See below for details.
Dynamic HD - Live : These additional features are accessible for players with BD-Live (Profile 2.0).
Trailers : Four theatrical trailers - see below for details.
Featurettes : These three featurettes are all presented in standard definition, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio. All are 16x9 transfers presented at the ratio of 1.78:1.
Behind the Scenes : (11:21)
Hosted by writer director David Payne and his spouse, producer Linda Payne, various members of cast and crew congratulate themselves on the fruit of their labours. Be warned that this feature does contain spoilers. Cast and crew discuss characterisation, the hardships of the Californian desert location, the mechanics of the special effects , in particular the major explosions of the movie. Not bad, and fast paced. Poor quality image, particularly the snippets from the film itself.
Production Team : (5:12)
Members of the technical team (Surprise!) tell us what they do. "I make pictures happen !" Very lame stuff.
What Scares the Cast and Crew? (1:48)
This is even worse. Spiders, rodents ... who cares?
Original Theatrical Trailers :
The two "Reeker" trailers are presented.
The original in presented in standard definition, 16x9 enhanced at 1.78:1 with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio. The image is grainy. (2:00)
The sequel/prequel is presented in high definition, 1080p, with DTS 2.0 audio. (1:39)
Four trailers of unrelated films are offered, all presented in standard definition with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio.
The trailers are for :
Vicky Christina Barcelona (2:42) : Presented at 1.78:1, in a 4x3 transfer.
Foreign Exchange (1:34) : Presented at 1.78:1, in a 4x3 transfer.
Easy Virtue (1:56) : Presented at 2.35:1, in a 16x9 transfer.
The Good Student (1:56) : Presented at 1.78:1, in a 16x9 transfer
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
|DVD||SONY BLU RAY BDP-S350, using HDMI output|
|Display||Samsung LA55A950D1F : 55 inch LCD HD. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.|
|Speakers||VAF DC-X fronts; VAF DC-6 center; VAF DC-2 rears; LFE-07subwoofer (80W X 2)|