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Digging Up The Marrow (Blu-ray) Official AVS Forum Review




Check out our review of Digging up the marrow, the faux documentary by and staring writer/director Adam Green. His documentary exploring genre based monster art takes an odd turn when the filmmakers are contacted by a man who claims he can prove that monsters are indeed real.




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

Film:

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Audio/Video total rating:
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82



Details:

Studio and Year: Image Entertainment - 2014
MPAA Rating: NR
Feature running time: 88 minutes
Genre: Horror

Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Ray Wise, Adam Green, Will Barratt, Rileah Vanderbilt, Josh Ethier, Kane Hodder
Directed by: Adam Green
Music by: Bear McCreary
Written by: Adam Green
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: March 24, 2015



"It's not found footage. It's footage footage."


My Take:

Digging up The Marrow is a faux-documentary that follows Adam Green and his cinematographer Will Barratt as they meet a strange fan who has been sending them mail. The mail claims this man (Ray Wise) can prove monsters are real and has found them. He explains that they live in "The Marrow", an underground serious of tunnels full of monsters and odd-deformities. First thing that came to my mind was Clive Barker's Nightbreed and its underground city of monsters called Midian. Yes it conjurers thoughts of that as well as other fake horror documentaries, but Adam and his crew sell the drama well (even though Adam is a questionable actor), including spending a lot of time in their production house in Hollywood and bringing us into their lives.

Adam Green has made a few decent films, one Being 2010's Frozen which I happened to enjoy quite a bit. He is also responsible for the Hatchet series and the FearNet show Holliston (named after his home town that is a mere 12 miles from me). As I was doing little research into Writer/Director Adam Green I read a quote from him that stood out as I watched Digging up The Marrow. "Remember, at the end of the day we're not curing cancer. We're just making life more entertaining before we get cancer."

It strangely lightened my mood and lowered my expectations, really letting me just soak in and enjoy this bare budget twelve man crew indie flick without a microscope over every nuance. I am glad I went in to like that because I found 90 minutes of fun, though not a great movie by any means. The Monsters designed by artist Alex Pardee were really cool, though used sparsely, and prolific character actor actor Ray Wise was fun to watch here. I think genre fans will enjoy this one as I sure did, however, I do feel like with a little more time and budget this could have been a really good horror film, not just a fun OK one.

Parental Guide:
Frighting and Intense Scenes, language and brief violence.


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
(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: 84
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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Digging up The Marrow comes to Blu-ray Disc from Image Entertainment featuring 1.78:1 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 31.2 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD MA MA 5.1 sound that has an average bitrate of 3.4 Mbps.[/b]

Digging up The Marrow is not going to knock anyone's socks off with its technical specs, nor does it intend or need to. It is worthy of HD and delivers when it needs to, which are the night scenes in the woods waiting at the entrance to the Marrow. Black levels are stable and shadow details seem right on for the environment. Daytime shots are colorful with a natural look and a decent amount of visible details. Audio-wise dialogue and surround channels are mixed well and mood was conjured up when needed.




Bonus Features:
  • Audio Commentary with Adam Green, Alex Pardee, Will Barrett and Ray Wise
  • (HD) Extended and Deleted Scenes
  • (HD) Monsters of The Marrow


Final Thoughts:

This is entertainment not a world saving event, and writer/director Adam Green delivers us a fun little genre movie that is another love letter to the horror world he grew loving. Digging up The Marrow is worth a viewing as I enjoyed it and think you will too if you go in with the right expectations. The monsters of the Marrow documentary was a cool look into the origins of the idea for the film and is worth its short run-time after the feature.





Lee Weber
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I just got done watching this a hour or two ago. I enjoyed it for what it was. Some pretty scary parts here and there. I would recommend a viewing.
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I, too, enjoyed Frozen quite a bit, so this sounds like something I'd be interested in...

Thanks Lee, I wouldnt have heard of this one if not for your review
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