The Gate SteelBook

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Tibor Takacs
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In "The Gate." when best friends Glen and Terry stumble across a mysterious crystalline rock in Glen's backyard, they quickly dig up the newly sodden lawn searching for more precious stones. Instead, they unearth The Gate an underground chamber of terrifying demonic evil. The teenagers soon understand what evil they've released as they are overcome with an assortment of horrific experiences. With fiendish followers invading suburbia, it's now up to the kids to discover the secret that can lock The Gate forever . . . if it's not too late. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Tibor Takacs, Writer Michael Nankin, and Special Effects Designer & Supervisor Randall William Cook; commentary with Special Effects Designer & Supervisor Randall William Cook, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Craig Reardon, Special Effects Artist Frank Carere, and Matte Photographer Bill Taylor; isolated score and interview with Composers Michael Hoenig and J. Peter Robinson; eight featurettes: "The Gate: Unlocked" (HD 27:53), "Minion Maker" (HD 22:36), "From Hell It Came" (HD 13:13), "The Workman Speaks!" (HD 12:22), "Made In Canada" (HD 28:28), "From Hell: The Creatures & Demons Of The Gate" (HD 13:53), "The Gatekeepers" (HD 15:46) and "Making Of The Gate" (HD 22:55); teaser trailer; theatrical trailer; TV spot; storyboard gallery; behind-the-scenes still gallery and a digital copy.

The 1.85:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 4K Ultra HD HDR10 picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was photographed on 35mm film stock and sourced from a 2K Digital Intermediate. The picture exhibits generally soft imagery. The color palette is generally natural in appearance with hues that are generally well balanced in saturation. Flesh tones appear natural. Contrast is generally good with deep blacks, revealing shadows and natural white levels, Resolution is on the softer edge though generally acceptable, and at times, during outdoor scenes, good. This is a mediocre presentation that is satisfying overall. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo soundtrack is crafted with natural dialogue that has good spatial integration. The orchestral score fills the wide soundstage with a slightly compressed sound. Bass extension supports the sense of pending terror and sound effects. Overall, this is a satisfying soundtrack. (Gary Reber)