DIS Blu Ray Review (Unearthed Films)
DIS is a 2018 art house horror film written, produced, & directed by Adrian Corona (Nariz loca, What Is Gothic?, 8 Million Gods and a Beast, & Black Vomit). An ex-soldier named Ariel (played by: Bill Oberst Jr from Circus of the Dead, 3 From Hell, Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, The Immortal Wars 1/2, Hell’s Kitty, LG15: The Resistance , Scream Queens, Criminal Minds, & Death House) with a criminal past takes refuge in the woods. A demonic figure seeks the seed of killers & the blood of the damned to feed his mandrake garden. It’s wrong place, wrong time for the veteran when he finds an abandoned building to hide out. These two disturbed individuals are about to collide in this nightmare reality. Can he stop madness inside? or Will he finally pay for all of his sins from the past????
DIS is very easy to watch because it’s only 60 minutes so it’s a short feature. It’s broken down into 3 different chapters. At first, Ariel is a mysterious & unknown character but you get know more from his past during some flashbacks. They are done in stylized black & white so they really stand out here. The opening was brutal & it kinda teased for a whole different approach for DIS. It ended up going the opposite way of that attention grabbing origin. It goes for a more slow burn vibe & it focuses on one main role rather than a few,. The hooded villain leaves you wanting more & it makes you curious about his entire backstory before this weird event. It’s a visual nightmare that delivers creative cinematography that stays with you for days. There’s not much story for this, you use your own imagination with what you see in DIS. As always, Bill Oberst Jr gives another great performance which is hard for a movie with pretty much one role for most of the time. Proving that he is still one of the best independent actors around. There’s a few dark & bizarre moments here. DIS requires some patience from the viewer, it honestly will probably need a revisit to fully understand it but it’s definitely worth checking out. RECOMMENDED!!!!
Let’s talk about the high definition presentation & special features from Unearthed Films! This 1080p (2.35:1) transfer looks amazing on blu ray. DIS was shot digitally in Mexico. The best thing about this feature is the crazy visuals & high quality cinematography. Personally, I think this is the sharpest looking film & release from the Unearthed Films catalog so far. It has two different audio options which include English DTS-HD MA 5.1 & English PCM 2.0 on this blu ray. Both tracks are very impressive. The dialogue is clean, all the chaos is boosted, & the music is elevated here. Let’s chat about the extras. It has an almost 2 minute introduction from director Adrian Corona. He chats about his experience on the film. He brings up the main location & he says all the street art grabbed his attention for it. It has a little over 3 minutes of “Behind the Scenes” footage broken down into 3 different segments. It has a 19 minute short film called “Portrait”. I can’t really find any information about it so I am guessing it’s exclusive for this release. It’s a weird little flick with only a few characters, I really enjoyed how it ended. It’s a nice bonus to have. It has a 5 minute “Interview” with star Bill Oberst Jr that’s broken down into 5 different segments. He chats about the rough shooting conditions. He goes over the locations & props from it. He talks about what it means to him & why he got interested in the project. He brings up the horror sub-genre. It has an “Image Gallery” from the production. It has a “Trailer” for DIS. Plus it has a variety of “Trailers” from Unearthed Films which includes Atroz, Torment, Where the Dead Go to Die, Darkside of the Moon, American Guinea Pig: Song of Solomon & Sacrifice. It’s available everywhere right now, CHECK IT OUT!!!!