Bait 3D

Featured In Issue 172, December 2012

3D Picture4.5
WSR Score3
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Anchor Bay Entertainment
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Bloody violence, some grisly images and language
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Kimble Rendall
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"Bait 3D" tells the story of a group of survivors in a sleepy beach town who suddenly find themselves trapped inside a submerged supermarket, following a freak tsunami. As they try to escape to safety, they soon discover that there is a predator among them more deadly than the threat of drowning—vicious great white sharks lurking in the water, hungry for fresh meat. As the bloodthirsty sharks begin to pick the survivors off one by one, the group realizes that they must work together to find a way out without being eaten alive. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a storyboard gallery.

The 1080p MVC 3D picture was photographed digitally in native 3D. The sense of natural depth and perspective, as well as scale and dimensionality, is impressive. The store scale with rows of long shelving and the packaged and canned goods are effectively shapely to convey a sense of realism. Underwater shots are articulated and dimensional as well. While the 3D is focused on presenting a positive parallax view, at times negative parallax is used to intensify the horrific segments, with bodies and sharps jumping out of the screen. The 3D effect really enhances the sense of natural depth and scale, with virtually no ghosting crosstalk artifacts to mar the imagery. Color fidelity is excellent, as well as brightness with well balanced contrast and deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Hues are nicely saturated with warm, vibrant tones. Fleshtones appear perfectly natural. Resolution is excellent as well with revealing detail, especially in close-ups of facial feature, hair, clothing, and object texture. This is an effective 3D presentation that is the preferred viewing experience. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby® TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack adheres to the Dolby theatrical standard with the added two channels to the back. This is problematic for systems in which the surrounds in a 5.1-channel presentation are already positioned toward the back and not at 90 degrees relative to the primary listening position. Thus, with loudspeakers added to the 90-degree position requires some rewiring to allocate channels appropriately to adhere to the Dolby theatrical standard. As for the soundtrack, the sound is dynamic, with effectively rendered low-level ambient atmospherics and a variety of special effect sounds that dimensionalize the soundfield and provide enhanced dynamic impact of the more intense scenes. Atmospherics are prominent, especially the sounds of dripping inside the flooded store. Deep bass is extended in the .1 LFE channel at times to sub-25 Hz frequencies, such as during the tidal wave onslaught of the tsunami. The orchestral music score is projected widely and deeply across the soundstage, extending to the surrounds, for a holosonic® enveloping experience. Dialogue sounds natural and at times is well integrated spatially. The dynamics and subtle ambient qualities are impressively executed, and the sonic results are delightful. (Gary Reber)