Blu-ray Review “Tusk”

tuskStarring: Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez
Director: Kevin Smith
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Lionsgate
Release Date: December 30, 2014
Running Time: 102 minutes

Film: 3 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 4 out of 5 stars

When you heard about a premise like “Tusk”, you just shake you head and saw ‘What the fuck?”. Well after seeing the film twice, I am no less left with that exact same question. I have a feeling down the line this is going to become quite the cult classic. I mean literally it is about a guy who turn another guy into a freaking walrus. I mean is just crazy enough to interest anyone, who loves the horror genre.

Official Premise: A podcaster (Long) looking for a juicy story is plunged into an unpredictable, unsettling and absurd nightmare after he travels to the backwoods of Canada to meet an eccentric recluse (Parks) with a lifetime of adventures-and a disturbing fondness for walruses.

Since the film comes from Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Mallrats) and was spawn from a podcast discussion, this crazy idea makes much more sense. It stars Michael Parks (“Django Unchained”), who honestly deserves an Oscar for this role, Justin Long (“Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story”), Haley Joel Osment (“The Sixth Sense”) and there is also a surprise appearance from Johnny Depp (if you can recognize him).

Lionsgate is releasing this film as a combo pack with a Blu-ray plus Digital HD included. The special features included are some deleted scenes, multiple “making of” featurettes looking that the behind-the-scenes and also a retrospective on Kevin Smith’s career. There is also a audio commentary with Kevin Smith, which is a worth checking out alone. Lastly there is the original podcast that inspired the film.


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