Blu-ray Review “eXistenZ”

Starring: Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ian Holm, Willem Dafoe, Don McKellar, Callum Keith Rennie
Director: David Cronenberg
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Miramax Echo Bridge
Release Date: December 4, 2012
Run Time: 97 minutes

Film: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3 out of 5 stars

“eXistenZ” is one of the most unrated film of the 90’s and got completely blindsided due to “The Matrix”, which was released the same year.  This film has never been released as a single disc Blu-ray before, so I am very excited to get it and spread the word. It was released by Echo Bridge earlier this year in “Miramax Triple Feature” with Malevolent / B. Monkey.  But has anyone even heard of those others? I saw this film in theaters back in 1999 and it instantly becoming a favorite of mine. Thanks Echo Bridge for finally giving this film the love it deserves with improved audio, video and even special features!

Official Synopsis: During the first closed-door demonstration of an amazing new virtual reality game called eXistenZ, the system’s brilliant designer, Allegra Geller (Leigh), is violently attacked by a crazed assassin intent on killing her and destroying her creation. Forced into hiding, Allegra enlists a young assistant (Law) to help her in testing the damaged system…by convincing him to join her inside eXistenZ. The action explodes as their world’s real-life dangers begin to merge with the fantasy of the game.

This time around Echo Bridge did this film upright delivering it in full high-definition 1080p transfer. The audio tracks are improved upon from the “Miramax Triple Feature: eXistenZ / Malevolent / B. Monkey” release. This time around they include both an DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, which to be honest both sound great. Lastly this time around there is some decent special features included.  It is nothing earth-shattering but it is extras nonetheless.  Included are three interviews with Jude Law, Willem Dafoe and the film’s Special Effects Supervisor.


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