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  • Actors: Michael Guy Allen, Meg Barrick
  • Directors: Shawn Holmes
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Monster Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Mar. 2014
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HHDZDIM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,997 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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EXCLUSIVE 2-DISC EDITION ***** "A remarkable piece of cinema" (Horror Talk), **** "Terrific... like MEMENTO" (Horror Movie Diary) Mixing horror, time-travel and dark romance into a (literally) heart-pounding-ly surreal thriller, MEMORY LANE combines the ground-breaking edginess of Christopher Nolan's MEMENTO with the indie sensibilities of Darren Aronofsky's PI. A must-see experience!

When Nick returns home to find his fiancé, Kayla, has committed suicide, the shell-shocked ex-soldier decides to take his own life as a result. In the seconds before he is resuscitated by friends, Nick experiences a series of vivid flashback's that lead him to believe that Kayla was actually murdered. Determined to discover the truth, Nick comes up with a daring plan to visit Kayla in the afterlife, the only problem is, to do it, he'll need to kill himself again, and again, and again.

Jam-packed with hours of extra features, including audition tapes, deleted scenes/alternate scenes and short films, this two-disc special edition of MEMORY LANE is a rare treat for fans of independent genre cinema and a must-have for collectors.

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"A remarkable piece of cinema" --Horror Talk

"Extraordinary - a benchmark" --Horror Fix

"Terrific, complex, intelligent… like Memento" --Horror Movie Diary --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
Nick Boxer (Michael Guy) comes home from Afghanistan and takes a radio into a bathtub. He dies and has a memory flashback, being with Kayla (Meg Barrick) his dead fiancee. This does not bode well with his wife and friends. His friends indulge Nick as he wants to play "Flatliners" at home in a bathtub, but after a few times, they are reluctant to do it. Nick believes he can save her.

The film is short. The acting was mediocre, with Nick being outright bad. The dialogue had no zip and the characters were cardboard. The film stretches to 70 minutes with the credits.

Parental Guide: Brief sex scene. No visible nudity.
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Memory Lane is a distinctly low budget affair, apparently made for just $300 so if you're expecting the gloss of Groundhog Day or Source Code then you may be disappointed. Treated on its own merits I thought it was an interesting effort, worth a look especially considering the short running time (70 mins) it certainly didn't outstay it's welcome.

The plot perhaps has more in common with Flatliners - following a brief romance our main protagonist Michael finds his girlfriend Meg dead in their bathtub, an apparent suicide. Lost in grief he attempts a suicide of his own but is saved at the brink of death by a couple of friends. In the short time while his life is hanging by a thread he has a flashback to a previous encounter with Meg and notices something that sheds new light on her death - was it a suicide after all? Michael next hatches an elaborate plan with his friends to take him to near death experiences in the hope that further visions will occur to elaborate more on what really happened.

I won't say any more about the plot so it stays a bit fresher, it does twist and turn from this point on. To be totally honest I'm not sure I could explain all of it anyway, some of it was rather lost on me partly due to the really poor audio at times (and lack of subtitles). However, there are plenty of ideas on offer here, the directing is stylish and the acting is decent enough. Perhaps these guys are ones to watch for the future (Shawn Holmes as director/co writer and Hari Sathappan as co writer) when they have more playthings at their disposal. In the meantime Memory Lane will do for starters.
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Imperfect MEMORY LANE Offers Rewards In Unlikely Places 5 Mar. 2015
By E. Lee Zimmerman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Here’s the thing about some independent filmmaking: too often than not, smaller pictures end up ‘coat-tailing’ the reputation of either other indie flicks or (more likely) more mainstream fare in order to build an audience. For example, I’ve done some reading ‘round the web on MEMORY LANE – the feature I’m about to review – and I’m seeing a fair number of critical blokes comparing it other like-minded films (that shall remain nameless). The downside to this? Well, if folks are unaware of the reference, then the critic really isn’t doing this team any favors. Also, if folks are aware but didn’t care for that film, then they’re even less likely to check out this release.

That would be a disservice, I think, because there are sequences contained within MEMORY LANE that are quite good. No, it isn’t a perfect film – such is the nature of independent tales – but it still serves as a good example of how big ideas can somehow squeeze into small packages.

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and/or characters. If you’re the type of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I’d encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you’re accepting of a few modest hints at ‘things to come,’ then read on …)

From the product packaging: “When PTSD-plagued war vet Nick returns home and finds that his finance Kayla has committed suicide, he decides to take his own life, but what he sees in flashbacks moments before he is resuscitated leads him to believe Kayla was murdered. Now Nick must travel back and forth between our world and the afterlife in a search of her killer – but to do it, he will need to die over and over again.”

And I’ll leave it there because whoever wrote the blurb on the case’s back referenced some other films. While I don’t entirely disagree with the comparisons, I will add that I think one significant reference missed (which may even be more appropriate to MEMORY LANE’s story) is JACOB’S LADDER. But I digress …

Essentially, what you have at the core of a film like MEMORY LANE is storytelling trickery not unlike what’s been employed in programs like THE TWILIGHT ZONE, THE OUTER LIMITS, and similar anthology formats: there’s the use of some equipment that possibly allows the bridging from one time frame to another, and the conflict arises when the participant (Nick) realizes that these puzzle pieces don’t quite fit together the way they were experienced by him. The result? He embarks on a quest (with the help of friends) to resolve the discrepancies, and this leads him to conclude that he missed something. Can he correct it? Or will understanding simply lead to a different conclusion?

It’s the tinkering with fate that should be MEMORY LANE’s high points, but – so far as this critic is concerned – it really wasn’t. Instead, the pieces that writer/director Shawn Holmes assembles of a fractured relationship between Nick and Kayla give this disjointed tale its emotional core. Theirs is a relationship that unfolds via these existential flashbacks, and instead of drawing me further into the mystery I honestly wanted to spend time getting to know these two people. Come the film’s conclusion, I honestly cared less and less about the ‘temporal mechanics’ mostly because I didn’t see how Nick could do anything with those moments spent in some quasi-parallel reality; instead, I just wanted to see more of him, Kayla, and their love.

Also, Holmes manages to bring some of the film’s best segments to life with some pretty daring cinematography. Sure, the camera may herk and jerk a bit too much for some audiences, but Holmes gets more mileage out of what must clearly be single-camera shots because that ‘eye’ is always on the move, always searching out something more, something different to capture in the frame. (There’s one sequence that results in obvious lighting differences because of it; but that’s a small blemish when compared with the more positive aspects of fleshing out scene construction.) It’s almost like you’re a fly on the wall, and – instead of staying perfectly still – you’re always in pursuit of a better angle from which to eavesdrop upon these characters and their doings.

It ain’t perfect. MEMORY LANE is, unquestionably, the kind of small flick that does well on the festival circuit. Mainstream audiences rarely want to work that hard to put it all together. Still, it showed promise, and maybe that speaks louder than a flawed sound mix.

MEMORY LANE (2012) is produced by 553AM Creative Group. DVD distribution is being handled by the reliable Wild Eye Releasing. As for the technical specifications? Go into this film with the realization that it’s essentially a low budget attempt at feature storytelling, and you probably won’t be distracted by the quality of the sights and sounds: most are good, but some could’ve used better takes (or, at least, a better sound mix). Lastly, if you’re looking for special features, then you do have a director’s commentary, some deleted scenes, short films, and a good solid handful of other materials.

(MILDLY) RECOMMENDED. Sadly, MEMORY LANE is plagued largely by some minor production quirks that kept me from enjoying it more. Also, it feels more derivative than it should in a few key sequences, and this produced the end result of instead reminding me where I’d seen some of it before, taking me out of its moments instead of pulling me in. Still, as is often the case with budding auteurs, I’d encourage writer/director Shawn Holmes to keep honing his craft; there’s more ‘right’ with this than there is ‘wrong,’ and achieving a better storytelling balance should produce stronger rewards next time ‘round.

In the interests of fairness, I’m pleased to disclose that the fine folks at Wild Eye Releasing provided me with a DVD copy of MEMORY LANE by request for the expressed purposes of completing this review; and their contribution to me in no way, shape, or form influenced my opinion of it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
YOU'RE OK. I'M NOT OKAY. 24 Aug. 2014
By THE MOVIE GUY - Published on Amazon.com
Nick Boxer (Michael Guy) comes home from Afghanistan and takes a radio into a bathtub. He dies and has a memory flashback, being with Kayla (Meg Barrick) his dead fiancee. This does not bode well with his wife and friends. His friends indulge Nick as he wants to play "Flatliners" at home in a bathtub, but after a few times, they are reluctant to do it. Nick believes he can save her.

The film is short. The acting was mediocre, with Nick being outright bad. The dialogue had no zip and the characters were cardboard. The film stretches to 70 minutes with the credits.

Parental Guide: Brief sex scene. No visible nudity.
Low-budget sci-fi, surprisingly good 26 Mar. 2015
By The Movie Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
“Memory Lane” is notable more for the fact that is was made on such a minuscule budget than for its content, probably the lowest-budgeted science fiction film ever made. Director Shawn Holmes is reminiscent of 1950s director Ed Wood, who made feature films on shoestring budgets. The big difference is that Holmes’ film is pretty good.

After his return from Afghanistan, soldier Nick Boxer falls in love with Kayla, whose suicide he prevented… perhaps. When he finds her body in the bathtub with her wrists slashed, Nick undertakes his own suicide but is rescued by friends. After being revived, he determines to figure out the circumstances of Kayla’s suicide, but it involves more near-death experiences. Without the money for special effects, Holmes focuses on a tight script with unforeseen twists, in-depth characterization, and excellent cinematography and editing.

Bonus features on the DVD release include director’s commentary, deleted scenes, short films, and screen tests.
Five Stars 31 July 2015
By S. Bowler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
very good
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