BLU-RAY REVIEW

Open House

Featured In Issue 149, July/August/September 2010

Picture3.5
Sound3
WSR Score2
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(Studio/Distributor):
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
28610
(MPAA Rating):
R
(Rating Reason):
Bloody violence, some sexuality and language
(Retail Price):
$29.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Single Layer (BD-25)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
No
(Running Time In Minutes):
87
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
Not Indicated
(Theatrical Year):
2010
(Theatrical Release):
No
(Direct-To-Video Release):
Yes
(Disc Release Date):
08/03/10
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
No
(Director):
Andrew Paquin
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(Disc Soundtrack):
DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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In "Open House," a couple on the brink of divorce attempts to sell their house on their own. They discover that one of their potential buyers isn't apt to leave. The unwanted guest begins torturing the couple from their basement, and it seems they have little hope of getting out of their marriage and their home alive. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Andrew Paquin and Actor Brian Geragty,three deleted scenes (HD 09:45), the trailer, and upfront previews.

The 1080p AVC picture was shot digitally with the Red One HD camera, but the image quality does not reflect the inherent quality that this camera is capable of. While some scenes look good, others are washed out, with poor contrast and depth. Shadow delineation is generally poor, as are black levels. Fleshtones are generally natural in appearance. Colors are a bit muted, yet the picture generally appears natural. Resolution is good, especially during close-ups of facial features and object textures. There is nothing particularly distinguished about the picture, for an overall mediocre visual experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audioô 5.1-channel soundtrack is harsh and forward sounding. The dialogue is in-your-face production and ADR derived, with poor spatial integration. The music score is slightly strident but has a wide spread across the soundstage that extends deep into the surrounds, which provides good envelopment. Deep bass is often energized in the .1 LFE channel, to provide dramatic weight to the soundtrack. The soundtrack appears to be low budget and not particularly distinguished in sonic qualities. (Gary Reber)