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Check out our review of this horror story about an archaeological team that attempts to unlock the secrets of a lost pyramid only to find themselves hunted by an insidious creature.

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



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



Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox - 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 89 minutes
Genre: Horror

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, English/French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Denis O’Hare, Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley
Directed by: Gregory Levasseur
Music by: Nima Fakhrar
Written by: Daniel Meersand & Nick Simon
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: May 5, 2015

"The curse is real"

My Take:

The age-old wonders of the world have long cursed explorers who’ve dared to unlock their mysteries. But a team of archaeologists gets more than they bargained for when they discover a lost pyramid unlike any other in the Egyptian desert. As they begin to uncover its horrifying secrets, they realize they’re being relentlessly hunted by an ancient evil more nightmarish than anything they could have imagined. From producer Alexandre Aja, director of The Hills Have Eyes, comes a pulse-pounding journey into true terror.

No need to dissect the plot for the The Pyramid as it adheres to the type of horror clichéd formula that we have all seen before. The surface level story and atypical characters are tossed like a salad and served up to what awaits in the darkened bowels of the ancient pyramid. Using the found footage hybrid (meaning a blend of “seen through the camera” footage and standard) style, very little works to evoke any semblance of fright or goose bump raising chills. The effects are on the low budget side and the direction is anything but creative. What you are left with is late night cable TV fodder that will more than likely put viewers to sleep.

Parental Guide:

The rating is for some horror violence and bloody image.

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
  • DSU Rating * (non-rated element): NA

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

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The Pyramid comes to Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 36 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.6 Mbps.

Being a found footage “documentary” as seen through the eyes of a “video camera” this film uses both hand held and mounted 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 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 is excellent. This is a solid overall presentation that mated well with the video presentation.

Bonus Features:
  • (HD) Extended ending
  • (HD) Fear – Audience reactions to The Pyramid in theaters
  • (HD) Space Archaeology – 2 minute featurette
  • (HD) Egyptian myth – 2 minute featurette
  • (HD) Partners – 1 minute featurette on the director Gregory Levasseur & producer Alexandre Aja
  • (HD) Gallery
  • (HD) Theatrical trailer
  • Digital HD Copy

Final Thoughts:

The Pyramid is a lazily written, paint by the numbers genre entry that is sure to leave those hankering for a spooky good time sorely disappointed. It comes to Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring solid technical merits mated with a lackluster supplemental set. The Pyramid is a “yawn” and best avoided for true horror film fans.

Ralph Potts
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