Review: Resolution (Blu-ray/DVD)

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Title: Resolution
Format: Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Studio: Tribeca Film
Original MSRP: $29.95
Number of Discs: 2
Language: English
Subtitles: English
MPAA Rating: NR

Story:
Mike (Peter Cilella) receives a video from an old friend Chris (Vinny Curran), showing him off in the woods, shooting guns and talking to himself. Chris is a an addict who has destroyed all the relationships in his life and Mike sees this as his one last attempt to do something good and help his friend. Mike sets off to help his friend clean up and get him to rehab. What he finds is a place steeped in nearly every horror movie clichĂ© ever shown. But something deeper is at work here and Resolution mines the suspense for all it’s worth.

Underpinning the whole movie is the relationship between Mike and Chris and in that regard, Cilella and Curran bring a real depth to these characters and their relationship with great chemistry. There’s a surprising amount of humor here as well with a smartly written script that hits you with Indian Burial Grounds, Cults and more all with a nod and a wink. It’s enough to make the genuinely unnerving parts that much more unsettling as I found myself saying “What the [email protected]?!?” many times throughout the course of the movie.

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Easily the most meta horror-suspense movie since Cabin in the Woods, it works on so many levels, sticking with you long after the credits as you try to make sense of everything you just saw. Speaking of which, do yourself a favor and watch the alternate ending right after finishing the film, you’ll be glad you did.

Video:
Resolution is a great looking film. Shot mostly on location and within a cabin, the picture retains a nice clarity and sharpness even in low light situations… when the directors want it that way. The found footage throughout the film has a wonderfully old feel to it, not looking digitally processed at all and the movie itself has quick cuts where it looks like the film is stuck and starting to burn. It’s all seamlessly done in a way that never breaks the illusion for the viewer.

Audio:
The 5.1 surround works really well in a film like this when done right, and this one is really done right. Creepy sounds are emanating from all around you, footsteps can be heard when nobody should be there, all the requisite items needed in any horror movie are here and they’re excellent.

Bonus Features:
Three full commentary tracks accompany some of the best bonus features I’ve seen on a disc in quite some time. Along with the standard Director’s Commentary and Cast and Crew Commentary, which are both really funny in their own right, comes one of the best commentary tracks ever, the Carmel The Dog Commentary. Yes, a full 90 minute commentary. Now you’d assume at first glance that this is a simple gag that would get old really quick, but, Carmel is joined by Directors Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead for a hilarious performance that’s essential watching if you own this film.

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The commentaries are worth the price of admission alone, but Benson & Moorhead have seen fit to pack the disc with even more genuinely funny material, making it that much more worthwhile. I won’t explain each of them here as is usually done because it would spoil too much. It’s best to watch these after seeing the movie.

  • Interview with the Filmmakers (2:48)
  • Weird Extras
    • “Alternative Lifestyle” Trailer (1:40)
    • How Resolution Will Help You Have Sex (2:03)
    • Shane the Missing Character Featurette (2:41)
    • Topless Scene (:16)
    • Extended Scene: Lawyer Call (1:42)
    • Alternate Ending (5:27)
  • Trailers
    • Teaser Trailer (1:29)
    • Theatrical Trailer (1:48)
  • Outtakes and Unseen Footage
    • Behind the Scenes (22:14)
    • Extended Found Footage: 8mm (:47)
    • Extended Found Footage: Crazy Chris (1:28)
    • Extended Found Footage: Webcam Death (:44)
    • Extended Found Footage: Cult Members (2:21)
    • Outtakes (11:10)
  • Film Festival Promos (22:26)

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Conclusion:
Much like Cabin In The Woods, Resolution aims to take traditional horror-suspense tropes and turn them on their head. With a healthy mix of drama, fright, and comedy, it largely succeeds. The acting is excellent, the script is tight and the editing keeps the viewer engaged throughout.

One of the more genuinely creepy and funny films that’s come along in a long while and packaged with outstanding bonus material, you owe it to yourself to see Resolution.

Score:
9.0

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the movie using the Roxio Game Capture HD Pro screen capture feature through component cables.

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  • Justin Benson

    Dude thank you so much for taking a look AND watching/listening to all the extras. We aimed to make this worth every penny and so cool to see people enjoying all of it.

  • Aaron Moorhead

    You are damned tenacious! Thanks so much for watching! I hope the check we sent to pay you off clears the bank.

  • Wow, thanks guys! It’s great to see Directors as involved as you two are. I have to say, the Alternative Lifestyle Trailer and Alternate Ending were fantastic =)

    • ChazzH69

      Damn you Josh, I need to stop reading your reviews. Another one added to my wanted list.

      • David Lawson

        You won’t be disappointed and if you are just blame it on Justin and Aaron. Thanks Josh for the awesome review.