Collection, The

Featured In Issue 176, April/May 2013

WSR Score3
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Marcus Dunstan
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The Collection follows a twisted madman who "collects" humans in a booby-trapped house of horrors. When Elena (Fitzpatrick) is talked into attending an underground warehouse party with her friends, she finds herself caught in a nightmarish trap where the revelers are mowed, sliced, and crushed to death by a macabre series of contraptions operated by a masked psychopath. When the grisly massacre is over, Elena is the only survivor. But before she can escape, she is locked in a trunk and transported to an unknown location. Fortunately for Elena, one man —Arkin (Stewart)—knows exactly where she's headed, having just escaped from there with his life and sanity barely intact. Elena's wealthy father hires a crack team of mercenaries to force Arkin to lead them to the killer's lair. But even these hardened warriors are not prepared for what they encounter. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director/Co-Writer Marcus Dunstan and Co-Writer Patrick Melton, five behind-the-scenes mini-featurettes (HD 19:59), three alternate deleted scenes (HD 06:09), the theatrical trailer, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.35:1 1080p AVC picture is inconsistent in quality, but at times it is richly saturated with strong primaries and naturalness. But the scenes in the deserted hotel vary in quality, at times vividly engaging and at other times murky. Contrast is generally well balanced with deep blacks and decent shadow delineation. Fleshtones for the most part are naturally hued. Resolution is quite good, with fine detail evidenced throughout. The imagery is gruesome and visually engaging, as in horrific. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is aggressively dynamic and enveloping, with directionalized surround effects. The synthesized music score is nearly constant and sets the haunting mood with deep bass extension energized in the .1 LFE channel. Dialogue is a bit low in level at times but is decent in spatial integration. Overall this is a gruesome sonic experience that is intense in its
impact. (Gary Reber)