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Afflicted (Blu-ray) Official AVSForum Review



This terrifying horror thriller follows two best friends who set out on the trip of a lifetime. Their journey, documented every step of the way, soon takes a dark and unexpected turn after an encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris leaves one of them mysteriously afflicted.




The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )

Film:

Extras:

Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )

87



Details:

Studio and Year: Sony Pictures - 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 86 minutes
Genre: Horror/Action

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Derek Lee, Clif Prowse, Baya Rehaz, Benjamin Zeitoun, Zach Gray
Written & Directed by: Derek Lee & Clif Prowse
Music by: Edo Van Breemen
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: July 1, 2014


"Captured. On film."


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Best friends Derek and Clif set out on the trip of a lifetime. Their plan: to travel to the ends of the earth, see the world, and live life to the fullest. But the trip soon takes a dark and bloody turn. Just days in, after a brief encounter with a beautiful woman, one of the men shows signs of a mysterious affliction which gradually takes over his entire body and being. Now, thousands of miles from home in a foreign land, they must race to uncover the source before it consumes him completely. Footage meant to be travel memories may now become evidence of one of the most shocking discoveries captured on film and perhaps will be their postcard home….

I am admittedly a fan of the found footage horror genre. As such when I saw the press announcement for Afflicted I was interested. I hadn’t heard of the film but after reading just a little about it I figured it was worth checking out. Shot on a shoestring budget of three hundred thousand dollars by first time filmmakers and life-long pals Derek Lee and Clif Prowse (who also star in it) Afflicted breaths fresh air into the genre. Not so much because it eschews some of the clichés we often find in such films but because it intelligently shapes the story and characters. It sidesteps the typical supernatural trappings and instead builds first from the bond of friendship between Derek/Clif, then guides you on their trip down the rabbit hole.

It doesn’t go for cheap jump scares but draws you in from a personal perspective as you initially share in and empathize with their plight. As things escalate there is a seamless transference from drama to what I would define as drama/horror/action. From there the continuity of what made the early parts of the story dramatically engaging remain intact while being underscored by the elements of horror and action. The blend works surprisingly well and kept my wife and I locked in from beginning to end. Part of this is owed to the affable likeability of both Lee and Prowse who really give solid performances. The remainder rests in their apt direction and strong choices they made with respect to taking full advantage of their limited resources.

While Afflicted obviously makes use of hand held camera work etc. their implementation is far less “shaky cam” problematic than other films that I have seen. Kudos to young filmmakers Derek Lee and Clif Prowse. I found their feature film debut to be refreshingly entertaining, well executed and a welcomed addition to a genre that needed a boost.


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The rating is for disturbing bloody violence and language.


AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**



Audio: 86
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA


Video: 88
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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Afflicted comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 23 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.3 Mbps.

Being a found footage “documentary” as seen through the eyes of a “video camera”, this film uses both hand held and stationary camera perspectives often switching back and forth. As such many times the video rarely resembles high definition/film although this is intentional and adheres to the thematic tone set by the filmmakers. Conversely there are a handful of shots that look very good and reveal discerning levels of detail and dimension. When appropriate colors are natural, contrast is well balanced and black levels are notable. Shadow detail is quite good as depth of field in the plethora of low level sequences is gratifying. I had no complaints with the stylized video quality which contributed to the source material.

The lossless audio presentation had no trouble conveying the predominantly front loaded elements present in the soundtrack recording. Dialogue reproduction was strong with clear intonation and fair room penetration. The mix did a nice job of handling the various directional cues associated with the hand held camera’s perspective and near field simulation. There is some off camera and atmosphere creating sounds mixed to various points in the sound field and the effect is seamlessly blended. Dynamic range, clarity and bass definition was excellent. This is a solid overall presentation that I had a spooky good with.


Bonus Features:
  • (HD) Afflicted: Behind the scenes – 4 minute featurette
  • (HD) Anatomy of a scene: The window jump – 2 minutes
  • (HD) 3 deleted scenes
  • Ultraviolet Digital Copy





Final Thoughts:

The brainchild of first time filmmakers Derek Lee & Clif Prowse, Afflicted is a refreshingly entertaining, well executed and welcomed addition to the found footage horror genre. It comes to Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring complimentary high definition audio/video and barebones supplemental package that consists of a few deleted scenes and two brief production featurettes. I really enjoyed Afflicted and recommend it for genre fans looking for spooky good time on movie night.





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Ralph, based on the trailer I would not rent the movie. However, considering you saw and reviewed the movie and recommend it I will give it a spin.
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Thanks for including the trailer with this, looks like a full film length story of something from one of the V/H/S shorts. Added!
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I just watched this movie. I'd give it 5/10. It wasn't great.
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I thought Cloverfield was better
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Thanks Ralph! Will check this out.
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Thanks Ralph! Will check this out.

Greetings,

Sure thing Todd! Be sure to post back once you've seen it as I would be curious to hear your thoughts.


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Thanks for including the trailer with this, looks like a full film length story of something from one of the V/H/S shorts. Added!
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I saw it last week and thought it was great.
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Ralph, based on the trailer I would not rent the movie. However, considering you saw and reviewed the movie and recommend it I will give it a spin.
Greetings,

Thanks for the vote of confidence asere.

Be sure to post back once you've seen it and let us know your thoughts..


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Hadn't heard of this before your review but now I'm interested to check it out.


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I have always been a fan of these types of movies: blairwitch, cloverfield, and chronicle are some of my favorites.

How would you rate them in comparison to those films Ralph?
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It's different than Cloverfield which would make it difficult for comparison. It would have to say it more closely resembles Chronicle although again the subject matter is different. Blair Witch is kind of in a league of its own as the sort of genre original. I like them all and would include Afflicted in the group. Hope that helps...


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It's different than Cloverfield which would make it difficult for comparison. It would have to say it more closely resembles Chronicle although again the subject matter is different. Blair Witch is kind of in a league of its own as the sort of genre original. I like them all and would include Afflicted in the group. Hope that helps...





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Thanks! I will definitely give it a go.
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Great review once again, Ralph! Really interested in checking this out. Thanks to Mattopotamus for reminding me of Chronicle...read good things and forgot all about that one, which I will have to check out a-sap!
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Thanks Taranteacher.

I hope you enjoy this one and Chronicle which I reviewed here as well:

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Thanks for the vote of confidence asere.

Be sure to post back once you've seen it and let us know your thoughts..


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Ralph, I thought the movie had potential at first but I was actually bored towards the middle. The story got a little crazy especially with that mystery woman. I won't say more to not spoil it for others but I thought it was just an ok one time rental movie.
I think movies that are shot to look like real footage are getting old IMO however, in speaking of a different movie I did enjoy Devil's Due even though it was shot to look like real footage the story was enjoyable and much better audio.
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I rented this movie on DVD (RB didn't have BD version) and I thought it was a decent movie! Then again I enjoy horror flicks and I enjoy found footage films like this (VHS/2).
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Got a chance to watch this and found it quite enjoyable. I was quite impressed by the two main characters writing and directing the movie, and I was certainly impressed by their performances as actors. For first time filmmakers, they did an amazing job with that shoestring budget.

I don't particularly mind the 'found footage' genre (I enjoyed Chronicle for what it was too), but I REALLY despise shaky-cam abuse. I find it acceptable for fast movement, i.e. fight/flight scenes etc. but I cannot stand it when directors abuse it for whatever reason where 2 people engaged in quiet conversation are bouncing all over the screen like the cameraman had 48 cups of coffee too many (Bourne Identity).

Fortunately, excessive shaky-cam abuse wasn't something that was constantly slapping me in the face with this movie.

Thanks for bringing this one to my attention Ralph (never heard of it before reading your review). For folks who haven't seen it and are horror/drama fans (and don't absolutely hate found footage films), I'd suggest at least a rental.


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Data-Bass.com has measured the bass content in Afflicted. Check out the results and vote on how well you think its bass was executed.
I completetely disagree with Data Bass and agree with you Nube. The film had absolutely no bass whatsoever. It was definitely Afflicted on the sound part.
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I waited a while to see this film. Personally, I have had my fill of "found footage" movies. It seems that every other movie being made is of this type. The RT score of 79 is why I eventually rented.

However, there were, surprisingly, a number of original ideas in this movie, and it all came together well.

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Might be considerate to use Spoiler tags to avoid giving just about everything away for folks who haven't yet seen the movie.


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