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The Terror Experiment Blu-ray Review

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  • Aspect Ratio: 1:78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
  • Region: A (Region-Locked)
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
  • Run Time: 82 Mins.
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: April 10th, 2012
  • List Price: $29.98

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Overall
[Rating:2/5]
The Film
[Rating:1/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:1/5]

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The Film

[Rating:1/5]

The Terror Experiment tells the story of a toxic gas outbreak in a Federal Building in LaFayette, Louisana. This occurs after a terrorist lets the gas loose through the building’s ventilation system all because he wants to expose the Government’s biological secrets. In particular, he claims the government has a weapon that causes the victim to transform into some kind of zombie, instantly becoming overly aggressive with (surprise!) the urge to kill. Now it’s up to a few of those trapped inside, who have yet to be infected, to find some way to free themselves from this. What results is quite the cheesy film; however, unlike Metal Shifters, which clearly knows it’s a bad film, Experiment tries to play itself off as something amazing.

Wow….Where do I begin with The Terror Experiment? I had somewhat hoped that, even though the plot sounded ridiculous and overly bland, that the film wouldn’t be THIS bad. Alas, Experiment is THAT bad. The dialogue is laughable at times, while the action..well, the action doesn’t ever feel tense. There aren’t any sequences that the characters ever look like they’re in a sense of danger. I will admit there is a sense of a somewhat sensible plot here with the whole releasing of a toxic gas in hopes of learning something secret; however, the film just never delivers on anything you think it might. In fact, it never even really tries to give us the goods.

Speaking of the goods, the acting…well, the acting just isn’t good at all. Do I blame the direction? Nah, as the director seemed like he was trying to shoot something of merit. The actors, well the actors looked bored and never seemed as if they were shooting a film. It almost seemed like they were making a parody instead of a Hollywood (well B Hollywood) movie.

Video Quality

[Rating:3/5]

The 1:78:1 framed, AVC MPEG-4 encoded transfer is decent when one considers both the genre and the film’s budget. The film tends to focus on the kind of color spectrum that, we hope, would bring out terror. Blacks, grays and other dark colors dominate the transfer. Most of the colors look serviceable with average detail/clarity. They rarely do pop off the screen with any sense of solid detail, clearly showing the budget issues the producers faced. Facial close ups result in accurate flesh tones while grain levels are kept in check with a slight layer present. All in all, this is an acceptable transfer for the material at hand. It’s nothing amazing, but I never really expected all that much.

Audio Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

The film’s provided Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track fares slightly better than the film’s accompanying video. Dialogue, while a bit cheesy at times and lacking any real emotion, is well reproduced. There’s no instance of drop out. There’s a decent sense of atmosphere throughout, mainly when emergency crews are arriving on scene. The alarms and screeches caused by their trucks add a kind of real life element to the mix. LFE is mostly reserved for a few explosions found toward the end of the movie. All in all this is a decent mix for the film. Nothing great, but it does the job it needs to do.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:1/5]

The included supplements are presented in HD:

  • Audio Commentary with Executive Producer/Director George Mendeluk

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:2/5]

The Terror Experiment plays off as some kind of bad experiment. The acting is dull and the story, even though it seems like it might deliver, utterly fails. Anchor Bay’s Blu-ray (which surprised me) doesn’t deliver either. I’d say avoid this one at all costs.

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Purchase The Terror Experiment on Blu-ray at CD Universe

Shop for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.com

Overall
[Rating:2/5]
The Film
[Rating:1/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:1/5]

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