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Splintered Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1(48kHz/16-bit), English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Subtitles: N/A
  • Region: ABC (Region-Free)
  • Rating: NR
  • Discs: 2 (1 x Blu-ray + 1 x DVD)
  • Run Time: 85 Mins.
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • Blu-ray Release Date: March 20, 2012
  • List Price: $26.98

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

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The Film

[Rating:3/5]

In a decidedly British twist on a familiar horror sub-genre, Splintered finds a group of five daft, pot smoking, beer drinking (Coors Light, really? Come on Brits!) teens trawling the woods for a beast that has been making the headlines. Goth girl Sophie (Holly Weston), apparently fascinated with mythical beasts due to an implied run in from her past (artfully done flashbacks convey the story) leads her friends on this fact finding mission – videocamera and all. Anyone can guess what happens next. The friends go from hunters to hunted in the dark and dappled moonlit forest, the implication being that they’ve been targeted by a werewolf – oh, so British.

While Splintered looks nicely filmed – dark and moody – there’s nothing here at all that smacks of originality. The teens are completely one dimensional, even the lead, Sophie, who, of course, has the troubled past and the “dark” aura. The others range from the spoiled rich guy, the jock, the quiet nerd with a crush on Sophie, and the clueless BFF. Sigh. How many more of these “idiots wandering through the woods and getting hacked up” films must we endure? At least come up with something inventive to keep us interested.

Video Quality

[Rating:4/5]

Despite the mid-rate encodement on a BD-25, Splintered actually looks pretty good, even if just a tad soft in this AVC/MPEG-4 1080p/24 encodement. Blacks are rather deep even as shadows are nicely detailed. Foregrounds are textured while detail extends pretty far into the background.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

There is a solid DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz/16-bit) soundtrack provided for Splintered that has a good bit of ambience and atmospheric sounds in the surround channels, and every so often something more aggressive and discrete than that. Dynamics are good and dialogue is clean.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:3/5]

The HD extras offers a decent look into the film’s production plus deleted footage.

The supplements:

  • Behind the Scenes:
    • The Beginning
    • CGI
    • Cinematography
    • Design
    • Music
    • Prosthetics & Make-up
    • Shooting a Scene
    • The Designer
    • The Actors
    • The Director
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Teaser 1
  • Teaser 2
  • Trailer
  • DVD

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3.5/5]

While Splintered does offer some thrills and strong production values, its completely derivative story makes it far too predictable to sustain the scares over the entire run of the film. Added to its thinly fleshed out characters, this makes for a disappointing horror/thriller.

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Purchase Splintered on Blu-ray Combo Pack at CD Universe

Shop for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.com

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

[amazon-product]B006UTDGYW[/amazon-product]

Purchase Splintered on Blu-ray Combo Pack at CD Universe

Shop for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.com

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

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