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The Resident Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
  • Region: A (Region-Locked)
  • Rating: R
  • Discs: 1
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • List Price: $29.97

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

Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]

Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]

Supplemental Materials
[Rating:0.5/5]

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(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]

Ladies beware! Renting an apartment in New York City can be downright dangerous! At least that what this latest Hilary Swank film could be torn from the lead on the local nightly news could lead one to expect. Swank is certainly a great actress, but for every gem in her repertoire, she probably has two or three misses, and The Resident probably ranks as a miss.

Swank plays ER doctor Juliet Deverau, recently broken up with her longtime boyfriend and looking for a new apartment. When she answers a call from landlord Max (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), she finds a Brooklyn apartment that seems too good to be true. It’s spacious, has a great view, is cheap to rent, and Max is gorgeous and very helpful. Well, Juliet moves in, but soon she starts getting a weird feeling that something strange is going on. It’s with good reason; after a brief intimate encounter with Max, the wonderful landlord, he develops an unhealthy obsession with Juliet, spying on her, and sneaking into her apartment at nights.

This creepy, paint-by-numbers thriller pretty much spells it all out once we know that Max is a peeping tom prowling around Juliet’s apartment at night, which comes pretty soon into the, leaving nothing to the imagination and really bringing nothing incredibly shocking to this genre.

Video Quality

[Rating:4/5]

The Resident is supplied with a strong AVC/MPEG-4 encodement framed at 2.35:1. The midtones are rich and shots of the New York City skyline at night sparkle like gems. Blacks are inky, but there is some crush in the very many dark scenes. It doesn’t take too much away from the great detail and overall filmic quality of the image, however.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

This really has an involving soundtrack, one typical of what you’d expect from a suspense thriller such as The Resident. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack makes extensive use of the surround channels for lots of atmospheric noises, creaking sounds, and jumps. The front has a good spread as well and its all anchored by a pretty hefty amount of low frequencies. The one problem is that high frequencies seem just a bit tweaked.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:0.5/5]

I guess this film wasn’t worth the effort to put any extras on the release because the only thing provided is the theatrical trailer (1.78:1; 480i/60).

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3/5]

The Resident is another miss for the amazingly talented Hilary Swank. If it weren’t for her incredible acting skills, this film wouldn’t be half as tolerable to watch as it is.

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

Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]

Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]

Supplemental Materials
[Rating:0.5/5]

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