Review: Static (Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD)

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Title: Static
Format: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack / DVD
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Studio: Cinedigm
Original MSRP: $29.95 (Combo Pack) / 26.95 (DVD Only)
Number of Discs: 3
Language: English
Subtitles: English
MPAA Rating: NR

Audio Review:
The audio review for this movie is available on Episode 343 of the podcast.

Story:
A writer and his wife are living at a remote house in the woods while he finishes the follow-up to his best-selling debut novel. They’ve recently lost their young son and they’re getting by as best they can. Late one night, a girl shows up at their door and their entire world changes. Her car is broken down and there’s someone out there, people in gas masks.

For anyone aware of 2008’s The Strangers the premise may sound familiar and to a certain extent, it is. We’ve all seen the suspense-horror movies with the couple trapped in a remote cabin, at the mercy of crazy, random people coming to do them harm. Static has its own take on things though and it works.

The only problem is that it can be a bit slow at times, especially in the early going as everything gets set up. It is however creepy as hell which is great. People covered head to toe and wearing gas masks, saying nothing, simply attacking is just terrifying.

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Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes, Rocky Balboa) and Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest, The L Word) work well together and their acting is great, but of course their characters fall into the all too familiar horror movie traps. Still, they’re believable as a couple and they bring a lot to the movie it’s the script unfortunately that could have used a little work.

Video:
Presented in either 3D or 2D, Static has a crisp, clean look throughout. The 3D presentation actually doesn’t add a whole lot to the proceedings. When we get past the first third of the movie and it’s night, many of the scenes tend to look flat or simply too dark. The 2D version doesn’t suffer from the darkness issues however so I’d recommend going that route.

Interestingly, the 3D disc offers both the 3D and 2D version of the movie, while a standard Blu-ray offers just the 2D version just like the DVD. Odd that it wasn’t just cut down to two discs at that point.

Audio:
Static is punctuated by long stretches of silence in the first third of the film. Character development is at the forefront here and it’s given with minimal dialogue, leaving clever editing and moody music to tell the story and set the scene. When the trouble starts, surround sound is used very effectively helping add to the tension and terror.

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Bonus Features:
Bare bones to say the least, all we get is a single commentary with the Writer, Editor and Producer.

Conclusion:
A tense thriller with some pacing issues, Static is a good movie and great for this time of year. It gets harder and harder to surprise or scare people and while it tends to fall back on standard suspense tropes every now and then, the sheer creepiness of the people in gas masks makes this one to remember.

Score:
7.5

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

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Written by Josh Langford

Josh Langford

Josh has been gaming since 1977 starting with the Atari 2600.
He currently owns 25 different consoles and 6 different handhelds (all hooked up and in working condition) including all consoles from the current generation – minus the Switch.

Josh is currently the US PR & Marketing Manager for Fountain Digital Labs and has recused himself from any involvement on PS Nation arising from posting or editing any news or reviews stemming from FDL.

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