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Better than expected,
This review is from: All The Boys Love Mandy Lane [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
`All the Boys Love Mandy Lane' is a teen slasher film in the style of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th and Scream and is about a girl named Mandy Lane (Amber Heard) who becomes something of a hottie over the summer break. All the guys want to be with her and all the girls want to be her. Then one weekend a group of horny teens head to one of their parents' ranch and are then picked off one by one by someone in the darkness.
I watched this film with low expectations as a majority of these types of films tend to be rubbish, but I was pleasantly surprised that this was actually quite different. The basic formula is the same as other slashers where scantily clad teens run about and getting killed off in various brutal ways by an unknown killer, but the thing that stood out in this movie was the ending which really was an excellent twist and quite a shock. The killings aren't all that original and there aren't that many of them either. In fact, the first person doesn't actually get killed until over 30 minutes into the film, which I felt built up the tension and the story a lot rather than just jumping straight into the murders. The killer is really obvious and if you don't get it within the first few scenes, you must really not be paying attention. It's not that important though as the suspense and surprises more than make up for that.
One thing I strongly advise though is NOT to buy this on Blu Ray as the picture quality is absolutely terrible - at times even worse than some bad quality standard DVDs.
Overall this is a watchable, enjoyable and typical teen slasher flick that is one of the better ones that have been released over the past few years and has some believable performances from the cast (after watching the interview with Heard, she must be a good actor as she seems quite intelligent in the film!) and a good story that is very easy to get into. Probably worth a rent rather than a buy as it isn't one I'd watch again, at least for a long while. This definitely has the potential to be a cult hit, I just hope that they don't follow this on with numerous unnecessary sequels.
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Initial post: 25 May 2011 09:12:18 BDT
"One thing I strongly advise though is NOT to buy this on Blu Ray as the picture quality is absolutely terrible - at times even worse than some bad quality standard DVDs."...???
You gotta be kidding...i have watched this movie yesterday (on a PROPERLY CALIBRATED full-HD Panasonic plasma) and while it's true that the video quality isn't top notch for a BRD, it's not even remotely so bad as you wrote (in fact it's quite good indeed) and however it's MUCH better that a DVD. Keep in mind that the photography of this movie is very particular, for example the colors (often oversaturated) and contrast (there is some black crush in dark scenes) have been heavily manipulated, the picture can be "soft" sometimes (but the detail is anyway much better than that of an upscaled DVD), there is visible "grain" and sometimes the film looks almost "dated", but that was done on purpose to emulate the look of old slasher movies (as it was done for the excellent remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" with Jessica Biel). It's true that this movie can be "weird looking", but this BRD edition is simply true to the original film (as it should be: "High Definition" is a misleading term, it should have been called "High Fidelity": not every movie could or should look like Avatar or a Pixar cartoon ok?). The picture quality is quite pleasing, i would rate it 3.5 stars (and it's MUCH better than any DVD). And the English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 audio track is even better, a solid 4 stars for me.
I wouldn't rate this movie more than 3 stars, but, if someone wants to buy it, i would strongly suggest to purchase the BRD edition.
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