Dark Was The Night

Featured In Issue 202, December 2015

WSR Score3
Basic Information on new release titles is posted as soon as titles are announced. Once reviewed, additional data is added to the database.
Image Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
(MPAA Rating):
Not Rated
(Rating Reason):
(Retail Price):
(Disc Type):
(Widescreen Edition):
(Full Screen Edition):
(Running Time In Minutes):
(Color Type):
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
(Closed Captioned):
(Regional Coding):
(Theatrical Year):
(Theatrical Release):
(Direct-To-Video Release):
(Disc Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
Jack Heller
(Screenplay/Written By):
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer):
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers):
(Academy Awards):
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio):
(Measured Disc Aspect Ratio):
(Disc Soundtrack):
DTS HD High Resolution 5.1
(Theatrical Sound):
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(DTS Bit Rate):
(Dolby Digital Bit Rate):
(Additional Languages):

Dark Was The Night takes place in Maiden Woods, a remote and quiet town of decent, hard-working people, but something stirs in the dark woods surrounding this isolated community. After a logging company decimates an area of the forest, a rash of increasingly violent and unexplainable events transpires. Sheriff Paul Shields (Durand) and his deputy (Haas) struggle to confront their own personal demons while facing down a new breed of raw terror that is possibly older than humanity itself…and much, much hungrier. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurette A Trip To Maiden Woods (HD 07:34), a Q&A with the cast (HD 08:38), and upfront previews.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed with the Red One digital camera system. The picture is stylized with a cold, desaturated appearance contrasted with bright natural hues. The night scenes are dark and shadowy and highlighted with lighting from the sheriff's parol car and flashlight. As a result of the hue variations, fleshtones vary from desaturated to natural. Blacks are at times deep, and contrast is decent. Resolution is generally good, with decent detail. While the imagery is inconsistent, the picture works for the genre. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is often dynamic sounding with all six channels energized, along with an aggressive directionalized surround field. Deep bass often rumbles throughout the soundfield, to punctuate the intensifying events leading up to the intense terror. The music uses synthesizers and drums to create an eerie sense of building mystery and terror. Unfortunately, dialogue is extremely close-miked and chesty sounding, as well as unnaturally forward, with poor spatial integration. (Gary Reber)