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Intruders (2011) Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1  (48kHz/24-bit), Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
  • Subtitles Color: White
  • Region: A (Region-Locked)
  • Rating: R
  • Run Time: 100 Mins.
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
  • Studio: Millennium Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: July 17, 2012
  • List Price: $29.99

Overall
[Rating:3/5]
The Film
[Rating:2/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2/5]

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The Film

[Rating:2/5]

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo brings the style and atmosphere of his previous films, 28 Days Later and Intacto, to his latest psychological thriller Intruders. Propped up by a cast of strong performers, especially Clive Owen, the film sets a strong mood, sets up an interesting scenario, and is filled with a number of quality scares…if only it didn’t feel incomplete and ultimately disappointing it may have been a classic thriller.

The setup is that two children in two different countries, Mia (Ella Purnell) and Juan (Izán Corchero), are being terrorized by a mysterious faceless entity who wants to possess the youths. Meanwhile, the parents of the children (Wilson and Pilar Lopez de Ayala) are dragged into their children’s torment in fighting the faceless specter who no one else can see. The faceless terror somehow seems to be connected to a story that both children have made up in their own heads. This mysterious figure, dubbed Hollowface by Mia, becomes the bane of Mia’s father, especially when security footage from her bedroom where he faced off with the hooded creature uncovers a shocking truth.

Somewhere along the way, Intruders becomes a rather confused mess, unable to sustain its sense of terror and mood. The constant back and forth between the different countries and cities to follow the separate threads of Mia and Juan is never completely fleshed out properly enough to create a cohesive connection between the two stories and, not to give anything anyway, but the ultimate resolution to the story is a major, anticlimactic disappointment; as if the writers just threw up their hands and gave up.

Video Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

Intruders was shot on Kodak Vision2 50D 5201 and Vision3 500T 5219 Super 35mm film stock with Arricam LT cameras and Cooke S4 lenses. The use of mostly slow film stock and mostly darkly lit scenes in Intruders means that the overall contrast is somewhat narrow and the image has a soft, grainy appearance. With that being said, this AVC/MPEG-4 transfer looks filmic with little electronic noise or compression issues.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

The included Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit) soundtrack is a bit uneven. It doesn’t quite engulf the listener in the atmospherics as one would hope with a film such as this and there are some occasional discrete sound effects panned into the surrounds that seem out of place. Otherwise, the mix offers clean dialogue and good extension of low frequencies.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:2/5]

Two run-of-the-mill “making of” type featurettes in which the cast and crew wax poetic about their wonderful achievement are included.

The supplements:

  • Featurette (2.35:1; SD; 00:07:39)
  • Behind the Scenes (2.35:1; SD; 00:19:49)

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3/5]

Were it not for the excellent performance from Owen Wilson, the strong look, and effective atmosphere of Intruders, there would be no reason to watch the film. It’s a thriller that fails to deliver on its promise and may only be worth a rental on a really slow weekend.

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Download Intruders on iTunes

Shop for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.com

Overall
[Rating:3/5]
The Film
[Rating:2/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2/5]

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