5.8 C
New York
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Advertisement

Hierro [UK Release] Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24
  • Audio Codec: Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English PCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: B
  • Classification: 15
  • Discs: 1
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: July 26, 2010
  • RRP: £22.99

[amazon-product align=”right” region=”uk” tracking_id=”bluraydefinit-21″]B003PHJLEQ[/amazon-product]

Shop for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.co.uk

Shop for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.com

Overall
[Rating:3/5]
The Film
[Rating:2.5/5]

Video Quality
[Rating:3/5]

Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]

Supplemental Materials
[Rating:0.5/5]

Click thumbnails for high-resolution 1920X1080p screen captures

(Screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG  thus are meant as a general representation of the content and do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Film

[Rating:2.5/5]

The Spanish psychological thriller Hierro, the first feature film from director Gabe Ibáñez, from the producers who brought the world Pan’s Labyrinth and The Orphanage, roughly follows the same formula as the latter films. Atmospheric sounds and special effects converge to create a surreal film that teeters between horror, suspense, and mystery.

In Hierro, Maria’s (Elena Anaya) young son Diego vanishes on a ferry ride over to the island of El Hierro. No one knows if the boy has fallen overboard, been abducted or what?

A few months later, Maria gets a call to identify the body of a young boy believed to be her son. She must return to El Hierro, which sets her off on a surreal journey in search of her son, with oddly malevolent characters and eerie hallucinations that break down the boundaries between reality and fantasy. The more Maria searches, however, the more she discovers that perhaps some mysteries are truly better left unsolved. Hierro offers a marvelous twist ending that you probably won’t see coming and I won’t spoil it by saying anything more, but if you are in the mood for a good psychological thriller Hierro is  passable entertainment.

Visually, Hierro is an engaging film and Ibáñez and cinematographer Alejandro Martínez show great talent for crafting artistically stunning imagery. The film falls short on providing an engaging story, however. After a while, Hierro begins to feel less like a mystery or thriller and more like a meandering reason to put stunning images up on the screen.

Video Quality

[Rating:3/5]

Hierro was captured in HD with a Red One Camera at 2.35:1. The AVC/MPEG-4 encoding on Blu-ray is clean, at times very detailed and film-like, but the film’s gloomy, bluish-grey color palette and shadowy imagery keeps it from really leaping from the screen. Production choices aside, the image has an overall softness and sort of smoothed over quality, skin textures look a bit waxy and unnatural. Video noise levels jump in some darker scenes and look a bit harsh, but stay relatively consistent and unobtrusive throughout the presentation. Hierro does offer up some very deep, inky black levels and decent shadow details.

Audio Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

The Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack offers up a lot of moody, atmospheric effects panned through all five channels with good low frequency extension. Panning across the front is active, while dialogue remains mainly in the center and is clean and intelligible. Overall, the mix is engaging, but not very exciting. It helps to set a mood, but the surround channels are a bit too quiet at times.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:0.5/5]

Hierro arrives on Blu-ray from Optimum a barebones release with no more than a theatrical trailer as its only extra feature.

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3/5]

Hierro is a visually well-crafted film that offers a few moments of genuine thrills and suspense, but ultimately falls short of being a compelling entry into the thriller genre. Add to this the lack of extras on the Blu-ray from Optimum outside of a trailer and this can only be recommended as a slow weekend rental.

Additional Screen Captures:

[amazon-product align=”right” region=”uk” tracking_id=”bluraydefinit-21″]B003PHJLEQ[/amazon-product]

Shop for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.co.uk

Shop for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.com

Join the Discussion on Our Forum

Advertisement

Related Articles

TheaterByte’s Holiday Gift Guide for 2020

Let’s focus on the donut here: BEST Home Entertainment Holiday EVER.

The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review)

A stunning 4K Ultra HD restoration of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy arrives.

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Blu-ray Review)

An excellent entry (or farewell?) for this beloved franchise with lots of action and great animation.

Stay Connected

301FansLike
0FollowersFollow
723FollowersFollow
- Advertisement -

Notice of Compliance with FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION 16 CFR Part 255

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR part 255 guidelines, this website hereby states that it receives free discs and other theatrical or home entertainment “screeners” and access to screening links from studios and/or PR firms, and is provided with consumer electronics devices on loan from hardware manufacturers and/or PR firms respectively for the purposes of evaluating the products and its content for editorial reviews. We receive no compensation from these companies for our opinions or for the writing of reviews or editorials.
Permission is sometimes granted to companies to quote our work and editorial reviews free of charge. Our website may contain affiliate marketing links, which means we may get paid commission on sales of those products or the services we write about. Our editorial content is not influenced by advertisers or affiliate partnerships. This disclosure is provided in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR § 255.5: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Latest Articles

TheaterByte’s Holiday Gift Guide for 2020

Let’s focus on the donut here: BEST Home Entertainment Holiday EVER.

The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review)

A stunning 4K Ultra HD restoration of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy arrives.

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Blu-ray Review)

An excellent entry (or farewell?) for this beloved franchise with lots of action and great animation.

Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (Blu-ray Review)

This is an uneven but still fun to watch sequel to the 2016 smash hit zombie/action movie lands on Blu-ray with a rollicking Atmos mix.

Chernobyl (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review)

The account of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Ukraine, Soviet Union, and the subsequent health and political fallout is told in five gripping episodes.
%d bloggers like this: