Blu-ray Review “The Apparition”

Actors: Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton
Directors: Todd Lincoln
Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Release Date: November 27, 2012
Run Time: 82 minutes

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

“The Apparition” was given virtually no chance to succeed in theaters.  It was dropped into only a few screens with little to no push.  The film has a decent cast including Ashley Greene (“The Twilight Saga”), Sebastian Stan (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) and Tom Felton (“Harry Potter” series). It is kind of sad since neither Ashley or Tom has really yet to make it on their own outside their now-ended respective franchises.  I thought this film had a few decent spooks but their is no payoff.  I feel like it plays it way to safe with its PG-13 rating and never gets a chance to reach stretch its wings out.

When frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly (Greene) and Ben (Stan) discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment. The horrifying apparition feeds on their fear and torments them no matter where they try to run. Their last hope is an expert in the supernatural, Patrick (Felton), but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force.

“The Apparition” comes in a combo pack with a Blu-ray, DVD and Ultraviolet digital streaming copy. Overall the film looks good with its 1080p transfer and its 2.4:1 aspect ratio. It is quite dark but still manages to deliver in high definition. There is also sharp DTS-HD Master Audio 5,1 track, which works with the success and gets a few good jumps. The special features are decent but not overly impressive. “The Dark Realm of Paranormal” looks into the reality behind the supernatural events. Ghost hunter Joshua P. Warren shows us real-life paranormal locations in “Haunted Asheville”. “The Experiment of The Apparition” shows how Warren attempts to show where the movie and the real-life horror meet. Lastly the film’s stars take a look at the experiment from the film in “The Apparition: A Cinematic Specter”.

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