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You know, there really is something to be said for the education one acquires from watching too many horror movies. After sitting through opuses like THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and THE HILLS HAVE EYES, I know enough to stay on the well traveled main highway in the rural parts of the United StatesÖ and never, ever take the back roads through the woods in these places. This brings us to WRONG TURN ($30), a film where the central characters obviously missed Horror Movies 101, and therefore, wind up the main course on the menu of cannibalistic inbred mutant mountain men. Now for anyone who has shared my education in the horror genre, WRONG TURN is going to see very familiar, serving up the expected shocks and body parts, in all the expected places, with only the names of the generic characters and the locales being different from the films that inspired this flick.

To give WRONG TURN credit, the filmís regurgitated plot does string together a number of gruesome set pieces (ala Stan Winston) that will appeal to gore hounds. Additionally, the film does build a nice level of tension in between the butchering and eating of characters. Running a tight eighty-four minutes, WRONG TURN delivers exactly what fans of this sub-genre have come to expect, without adding anything new to the mix. The cast of WRONG TURN features Desmond Harrington, Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jeremy Sisto, Kevin Zegers, Lindy Booth, Julian Richings, Gary Robbins, Tyler Garling, Wayne Robson, Yvonne Gaudry and Joel Harris.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has made WRONG TURN available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. WRONG TURN features a merely serviceable 1080p presentation that fails to impress in any way visually. Considering that the film was shot on a small budget, it is quite possible that the film was shot in a slightly diffuse fashion to hide some iffy production values. Of course, low budget can also equate to very grainy film stocks, which wind up getting too much DNR from overzealous video technicians. But then again, the material isnít pretty, so less than razor sharp gore may be a good thing for those with weaker stomachs. Colors favor a more muted pallet, which sees kind of dull for this type of material. Blacks look fine, as do the white. Contrast is more than adequate. Shadow detail it a tad lacking. The elements from which WRONG TURN have been mastered donít display significant flaws.

WRONG TURN is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. The sound is certainly a big improvement over the video component and comes across in a jarringly effective fashion. The outlying channels are effectively used for active effects, plus there are plenty of creepy little effects across the soundstage to amp up the level of tension. Fidelity is excellent, with the sound effects coming across in an exceedingly convincing manner, plus the filmís music has a full-bodied and sometimes bombastic sound. Dialogue is completely understandable. The bass channel delivers the requisite punch, without ever sounding overblown. A Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 track and a French 5.1 track have also been included. Subtitles are available in English and Spanish.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the disc's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some extras. Starting things off is a running Audio Commentary with director Rob Schmidt, plus actors Desmond Harrington and Eliza Dushku. Featurettes include Fresh Meat: The Wounds Of Wrong Turn (nine minutes), The Making Of Wrong Turn (four minutes), Eliza Dushku: Babe In The Woods (four minutes) and Stan Winston: Monster Mogul (five minutes). Deleted Scenes and a Theatrical Trailer close out the extras.

WRONG TURN regurgitates plot elements from older horror movie, but does offer some stuff for gore hounds. The Blu-ray fails to impress visually, but does better with the sonics.



Wrong Turn [Blu-ray] (2003)


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