I Spit On Your Grave, the 2010 remake that shocked moviegoers with its limited unrated release, is out on DVD and Blu-ray as of February 8th, thanks to Anchor Bay Entertainment.
I Spit On Your Grave is a remake of the 1978 classic film of the same name. Unlike the original, the new film has been embraced by mainstream and genre critics alike.
The film follows the gruesome experience of Jennifer Hills (Sarah Butler), a writer who rents a secluded cabin in the country to write her latest novel. However, her evening is disrupted by a group of locals who break in, assault, and leave Jennifer for dead. After the incident, she comes back with a powerful vengeance – repaying the heinous crimes in the most outrageous form.
An extremely controversial production, this is a hard watch. With everything from rape to brutal torture, the unrated release was the only way this could be released properly. With such unlikeable characters, the comeback of Jennifer is a satisfying one. Butler’s performance throughout is a bulldozer of emotion. This is a portfolio of each type of character a woman could play. Anger, sadness, retribution, intelligence – she has it all.
The cast includes Jeff Branson (“The Young and the Restless”), Daniel Franzese (Mean Girls), Rodney Eastman (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 and 4), Chad Lindberg (“Supernatural”), Tracey Walter (Erin Brockovich), and Andrew Howard (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen).
The DVD and Blu-ray release is unrated, but watch out for multiple rape scenes, gore, and violence of all kinds.
Both discs’ 2.35:1 format is very satisfying. Very clean other than some problematic blacks. Overall the picture is strong. During the short shots through the camcorder, the scan lines are applied well. An effective use of the Blu-ray definition difference.
The Blu-ray comes with 5.1. Dolby TrueHD audio. It gets each sound through the speakers – each floorboard creak, throat clearing, birds tweeting, etc. The dialogue is faint sometimes, but that happens in horror films. There are English SDH subtitles that easily fix that problem when risen. The DVD’s 5.1. Dolby Digital sound also effectively utilizes each speaker with the same dialogue problems.
There are no Blu-ray exclusives – the bonus features are the same on each disc. These include:
- Audio Commentary with Director Steven R. Monroe and Producer Lisa Hansen
- The Revenge of Jennifer Hills: Remaking a Cult Icon
- Deleted Scenes
- Radio Spot
- Teaser Trailer
- Theatrical Trailer
The commentary is interesting with more behind-the-scenes insight than the featurette included in the menu. Monroe and Hansen explain locations, casting, as well as point out little quirks of the film such as the gas tank’s price being a nod to the original.
I Spit On Your Grave is a great remake. It successfully brings the original to modern eyes with memorable performances and satisfying kills.
Read about the release date event during which the cast and crew from the film signed DVDs and Blu-rays at the Dark Delicacies bookstore in Burbank, CA here.
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