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Urban Explorers [UK Release] 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/24-bit), LPCM 2.0 Stereo (48kHz/24-bit)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: B (Region-Locked)
  • Certification: 18
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
  • Run time: 88 Mins.
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: March 5, 2012
  • RRP: £19.99

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Overall
[Rating:3/5]
The Film
[Rating:1/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:0/5]

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The Film

[Rating:1/5]

To call Urban Explorers a derivative horror/thriller would be an audacious understatement. One could rattle off a list of films in the genres that this film borrows from, not the least of which are The Descent, Hostel, and Saw. That, however, is the least of Urban Explorers‘ problems. The hole-riddled plot and absolutely painful story development make this one of the most ridiculous and least thrilling horror films ever put to film.

First, let’s start with the setup: a group of international, twenty-something thrill seekers in Berlin hire a guide to lead them into the city’s unexplored underground tunnels. When he takes a tumble and breaks his leg, two of them take off back to civilization seeking help while the other two – a guy and his girlfriend – stay behind. They thus run into a scary man tunnel dweller who at first helps carry the injured guide to safety, but then turns into a violent psychopath who terrorizes them.

Need we even bother mentioning the first set of problems with this, mainly that these idiots head down into this practically endless maze of tunnels with no gear outside of a few flashlights and one thin climbing rope? Um, duh?! How about the fact that, the filmmakers just conveniently forget about two whole characters for the entire second half of the film? That’s correct, you never see the two ladies who ran for help again. Unbelievable. Oh, is that a spoiler? Trust me, it doesn’t matter with this nonsensical tripe.

Video Quality

[Rating:4/5]

The AVC/MPEG-4 1080p encodement looks rather sharp and has has very strong details that extend well into the backgrounds. Closeups are nicely textured as well. There is a good amount of shadow detail in the rather dark overall imagery even as blacks are deep and inky, but there is the slightest bit of banding noticeable every so often that keeps this from being absolutely reference material.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

The lossless soundtrack in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit) is good, but it could have been a lot better. While there is some use of the surround channels to convey the cavernous atmospherics of the underground tunnels with long reverberation trails and the drip-drop of water, the effects are slight at best. Dialogue is clean, however, and dynamics relatively good, but low frequencies could have been a bit meatier.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:0/5]

We get nil added on to this Blu-ray release of Urban Explorers from Anchor Bay, not even a trailer.

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:2.5/5]

Two words: skip it.

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Overall
[Rating:3/5]
The Film
[Rating:1/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:0/5]

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