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Where the Dead Go to Die Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1:78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080i/60 (29.970Hz)
  • Audio Codec: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Subtitles: N/A
  • Region: A (B? C?)
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 95 Mins.
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
  • Studio: MVD Visual
  • Blu-ray Release Date: February 21, 2012
  • List Price: $19.95

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Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:4/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:3/5]

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(All TheaterByte screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG at 100% quality setting and are meant as a general representation of the content. They do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Film

[Rating:4/5]

Brace yourself horror fans, this is one long, dark, demented journey through evil. A computer animated horror film, Where the Dead Go to Die can only really be described as an almost surreal mind-trip into the bizarre, violent, and downright vile side of humanity with no subject too taboo to touch upon. I offer that, were this live action, it might have garnered far more controversy around it than it has.

The story revolves around a group of troubled kids in the same neighborhood who are all led on a strange and violent journey through different dimensions on the night of a lunar eclipse by a talking dog named Labby. One boy is convinced of the demonic fetus growing in his mother’s womb, a boy meets girl who is being sexually molested by her father, and we travel through the mind of a junkie who steals memories.

Where the Dead Go to Die is defined by an experimental, almost surreal style of animation that is evocative, grotesque, and totally unhinged. It should definitely appeal to the violent horror fetishists and cult-film fanatics out there who are the main target of Unearthed Films.

Video Quality

[Rating:4.5/5]

The 1080i/60 AVC/MPEG-4 encodement of this computer animated film actually looks really good, all things considered. This isn’t some sort of Pixar blockbuster and the animation itself isn’t extremely high quality, but it gets the job done and I don’t see any real issues from the transfer or compression getting in the way. Colors are pretty vibrant when need be, blacks are deep, and there’s not much noise to be seen.

Audio Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

The audio department is where this release is truly lacking. Granted, this is a low budget release, so lossy Dolby Digital isn’t wholly unexpected, but it drags down the rain soaked atmospheric effects a lot, making them sound far too unnatural and pushed. Dialogue also has some slight clipping, which becomes a bit annoying after a while.

Supplemental Material

[Rating:3/5]

There’s a series of extras that includes a mixtures of promos, extra footage and some behind-the-scenes type stuff, all in the unusual 720p/24 resolution plus an audio commentary with the filmmaker.

The supplements:

  • Audio Commentary with Jimmy Screamerclauz
  • Deleted Footage Montage
  • Recording Liquid Memories
  • Kinect Motion Capture Madness
  • Ice Cream Sunday w/ optional audio commentary
  • TNI Tour Promo Cartoon
  • Dogshit 5 Minute Promo Reel
  • Masks that the Monsters Wear Teaser Trailer
  • Liquid Memories Teaser Trailer

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:4/5]

A demented ride through the darker side of the human psyche that is definitely not for the faint of heart, Where the Dead Go to Die is the stuff nightmares are made of and it just may linger on in your subconscious long after the viewing is over. Recommended for cult film aficionados.

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Purchase Where the Dead Go to Die on Blu-ray at CD Universe

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Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:4/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:3/5]

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