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247°F Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 2:40:1
  • Video Codec: AVC MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
  • Subtitles Color: White
  • Region: A (Region-Locked)
  • Rating: R
  • Run Time: 88 Mins
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray )
  • Digital Copies: None
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: October 23rd, 2012
  • List Price: $29.98

Overall
[Rating:3.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:3.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:1.5/5]

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The Film

[Rating:3.5/5]

247°F tells the story of four friends in Jenna (Scout Taylor-Compton), Renne (Christina Ulloa), Michael (Michael Copon) and Ian (Travis Van Winkle). With Jenna attempting to cope with the sudden death of her husband, Renne decides to the best way to overcome this is a weekend getaway at a lakeside cabin! Traveling up with Renne’s boyfriend Michael, they meet up at the beautiful cabin owned by Ian’s Uncle Wade (Tyler Mane). After a night of partying, resulting in Michael becoming drunk, Jenna, Renne, and Michael decide to relax in the cabin’s sauna. Normally this might be a calming experience, only drunk Michael hit something and has locked his three friends in the sauna – with the temperature slowly rising by the minute! What results is a mostly entertaining thriller.

What helps a movie like 247°F succeed are the characters, particularly that of Jenna. Scout Taylor-Compton, while not the best actor on the planet, was one of the more consistent parts of Rob Zombie’s two Halloween films (and even makes them – well at least the first – worth watching). Here Compton is the most convincing out of all of the four friends, as the other felt very wooden as if they were reading lines off a teleprompter. Even though the  concept behind a film like this may not be the most unique (you know the situation where people are trapped with no way out) – the film works if solely because of the tenseness of the physical situation.

Video Quality

[Rating:4.5/5]

247°F debuts with a 2:40:1 framed, AVC MPEG-4 framed transfer, which offers up a fine presentation. The film’s color palette accurately captures the wide range of colors featured here. From the bright reds of the sauna, to the dark blacks of the opening night sequence, each color is represented well. Detail, as well, is quite impressive, particularly that of both facial close-ups (which result in accurate contrast levels) and texture details. All in all, minus a few scenes where low light causes a bit of trouble, this is a fine effort from the folks at Anchor Bay.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

Featuring an English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix, I found this lossless offering to be quite good. Dialogue, as one might expect, is well reproduced via the center channel. Atmosphere impressed me the most, especially how well the filmmakers utilized each and every effect. Screams ring throughout the room as the panic of being trapped sets in for our characters. It’s these moments that the LFE, thanks in part to the aforementioned effects, offers up tight, clean low-end, which adds tension to these moments. Even though some of the effects can be a bit odd at times (in particular that of a few scenes where an effect would occur, only for it to make no sense in the physical moment), I was still pleased with this Anchor Bay effort.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:1.5/5]

The included supplements are featured in High Definition:

  • Audio Commentary with Producer/Director Levan Bakhia
  • Deleted Scenes – 4:15 worth of mostly forgettable scenes are shown.

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3.5/5]

While the concept behind Fahrenheit may not be original, Scout Taylor-Compton’s performance and the tenseness of the physical situation, helps to carry the film. Anchor Bay has delivered, seemingly yet again, with a fine technical presentation. Worth a strong rental and, perhaps, a blind purchase if you find a good enough price.

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Overall
[Rating:3.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:3.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:1.5/5]

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