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Studio and Year: Anchor Bay Films - 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 94 minutes
Genre: Horror/Thriller

Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English Dolby TrueHD 7.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Gina Phillips, Jake Weber, Eamon Farren, Julia Ormond, Vincent D'Onofrio
Directed by: Jennifer Lynch
Written by: Jennifer Lynch, Damian O'Donnell
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: October 2, 2012







"People are like a puzzle box. A picture on the outside and pieces on the inside."


Film Synopsis:

Bob, a cab-driving serial killer who stalks his prey on the city streets alongside his reluctant protégé Tim, who must make a life or death choice between following in Bob's footsteps or breaking free from his captor.


My Take:

It is rare to want to see a movie again that was just "pretty good" on first viewing. Chained felt a bit sluggish and a bit empty, that is until the end when everything I saw was blown wide open and all of the characters lines, lessons and scenes now take on a new meaning. I will go back to see it from this new perspective and hope the experience is different this time. Directed and Co-Written by Jennifer Lynch (Boxing Helana), daughter of David Lynch, Chained was technically adept, visually interesting and well acted. Its story of a serial killing cab driver who takes a boy of one of his victims hostage and after over 6 years of breaking this poor kid, making him witness years of killing woman, and keeping him chained in his secluded house, decides to mentor him into his protégé. The story was similar to a film I reviewed last year called Bereavement, and it almost felt like a rip-off, thought this has a much higher pedigree. Staring Vincent D'Onofrio, as Bob, the taxi-driving serial killer, in an amazingly strong and impressively subtle performance, as well as Jake Weber (“Medium”), and Julia Ormond (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Chained's acting and production kept me more interested then did the story. I think film fans into cerebral horror, indie films and those with a stomach for realistic violence, pure evil and mental torture, might find this a bit a jewel in the rough,m all else will find it to be a jagged little pill to swallow.




Parental Guide:

The rating is for strong violence, language and sexual content



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: 80

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Video: 82

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Chained comes to Blu-ray Disc from Anchor Bay Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 21.4 Mbps and English Dolby TrueHD 7.1 sound that has an average bitrate of 2.3 Mbps

Chained wont blow you and your system away, thought its sound and video design fit the films mostly one location setting. The setting is desolate, secluded, dingy and sparse and the slightly flat and bland video works in this context. Colors do pop when we venture outside, and fine details are evident, mostly on close-ups. Thankfully black levels and shadow details are strong as this could have been the movie's Achilles heel. The Dolby TrueHD 7.1 reads more immerse than it is. This track is limited by design, and not too much in the way of dynamic peaks and deep low bass. The few opportunities the soundtrack had with a relentless low note repeated, was not mixed loud enough to show what it had going for it. Quite times are where this shined, as little nuances were audible, adding to the films creepiness.

***This is the first film I reviewed on my new system on Triad Speakers. I broke them in for 100 hours and watched a few films I was familiar with before seeing Chained.




Bonus Features:



  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Jennifer Lynch and Actor Vincent D'Onofrio

  • (HD) Mary's Murder - Alternate Unrated Version

  • (HD) Trailer

  • DVD Copy




Final Thoughts:

Chained was originally NC-17 and was edited to receive an R rating. I would have loved to see it in its uncut version, as this is one of the perks of home video. An ending I was not expecting, making me re-think the film as a whole, combined with an amazing performance from Vincent D'Onofrio, and a strong command from director Jennifer Lynch, make Chained worth a viewing to genre fans. I suggest a rental before purchase as the A/V and extras wont blow anyone away.



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Lee Weber
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Reference Review System:


JVC DLA-RS45 3D 1080p 3D High Definition Front Projector
Screen Innovations Solar HD 1.3 120" 2.40:1 CinemaScope Screen
Onkyo PR-SC5509 Pre/Pro
Sunfire Theater Grand 7201 Amplifier
Sony BDP-S790 Blu-ray Player (HDMI Audio/Video)
Triad InRoom Gold LCR's
Triad OnWall Silver Surrounds
2 Triad Silver OmniSubs
post #2 of 4
Actually reminded me (tonally) of Bill Paxton's FRAILTY. Agreed that Donofrio's performance was immensily watchable. Even his most passive facia expression spoke volumes. Ms. Lynch has a similar appreciation for the darker side that her dad has, but less obtuse than Mr. Lynch. Sure wish they released the NC-17 edition. But then...I wish Joe Dante's THE HOLE was released on video in it's intended 3D format! What the heck are the studios doing to us these days????
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Lee: First congrats on the new Triad speakers....very nice addition.


I was looking forward to this film since it's adapted from an original screen play she was given by the studios to direct. She decided to add depth to the background of the characters and flesh out (the "whys" as best as anyone can for a sexual sadist). Like you, I didn't love the movie, but appreciated for what it was...a more cerebral horror film. I rented the dvd, but am thinking about buying the blu ray to listen to the commentary track. If you get a chance go to youtube, there are several Q&A's available with Jennifer talking about the movie.

Ron
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Lee: First congrats on the new Triad speakers....very nice addition.
I was looking forward to this film since it's adapted from an original screen play she was given by the studios to direct. She decided to add depth to the background of the characters and flesh out (the "whys" as best as anyone can for a sexual sadist). Like you, I didn't love the movie, but appreciated for what it was...a more cerebral horror film. I rented the dvd, but am thinking about buying the blu ray to listen to the commentary track. If you get a chance go to youtube, there are several Q&A's available with Jennifer talking about the movie.
Ron

Thank! Quite an upgrade, my ears are in heaven.

I ended up seeing it again, as my wife loves D'Onofrio. Its a bit of a different trip the 2nd time...
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