Blu-ray Review “The Victim”

Directed by: Michael Biehn
Starring: Michael Biehn, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Ryan Honey, Denny Kirkwood, Danielle Harris
MPAA Rating: R
Distributed by: Anchor Bay
Running Time: 83 minutes

Film: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2.5 out of 5 stars

This film is really the Michael Biehn show. He not only stars, he also wrote and directed this and even co-produced with his wife, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn under BlancBiehn Productions. I have been tracking this film for a little over a year now and let me tell you, I was left very satisifed. The film is very intelligent and sharp. It passes back and forth in time without getting confusing, while releasing little bits of critical plot. It also packs a hell of an ending as well. Michael Biehn really did a great job in this film, as did Jennifer Blanc-Biehn. Really top notch performances all around. The film also was really smartly shot and really keep you interest the entire time.

When two best friends, Annie (Jennifer Blanc-Biehn) and Mary (Danielle Harris) go out on a date with two Sheriff’s Deputies (Ryan Honey, Denny Kirkwood), there life’s will never be the same. When Annie’s witness a violent act at the hands of two, she barely escapes and hides from them with the help of Kyle (Michael Biehn), a recluse living in the middle of the woods. Kyle’s solitary life is turned upside down into chaos after helping Annie.. It is up to both of them to expose the corrupt cops and put this to an end. But who is the real Victim here?

I have always been a fan of Biehn since “The Terminator” and “Aliens”, I mean who isn’t. But he is really kicking some ass in the last few years with this film and even “The Divide”. He’s been putting out some really good shit. I really hope he plans to step behind the camera again but he is definitely one of the few actors, who is able to wear all these different types of hats and still make the film kick-ass. You can tell that a lot of love and labor went into this film for sure and I think that is why it succeed so well. This will entertain a wide variety of genre fans from thriller to horror. Don’t miss this for sure.

When it comes to Anchor Bay’s Blu-ray presentation it definitely upholds the Grindhouse-esque look and feel. The 1080p transfer delivers a very sharp and crisp video, which is presented within its widescreen 1.78:1 aspect ratio. The audio comes packed with an impressive Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track, which really captures the suspense and thrilling aspects of the film. With the special features, I was really hoping for a little more to be honest. There is a very entertaining and informative commentary with writer/director/actor Michael Biehn and his wife producer/actor Jennifer Blanc. After interviewing this duo, I really appreciated this track much more, since I truly understand how much they put into this film. The other extra on the disc is “The Victim: Behind the Scenes”, it covers the production side of the film with some cast/crew interviews.  It is overall decent but I wish it was a little longer.

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