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Hollywood is the land where two wrongs do make a right, or at least a sequel… that is, if the first wrong made money. WRONG TURN 2: DEAD END ($30) is the kind of shameless direct-to-video sequel made on a shoestring that is almost guaranteed to make money in DVD and/or Blu-ray sales. Taking place several years after the events of the first film, WRONG TURN 2: DEAD END and returns audience to the hills of West Virginia, otherwise known as the land of cannibalistic inbred mutant mountain men, where more generic characters find themselves on the menu. Despite the tendency to rehash elements from other similar horror films, WRONG TURN 2: DEAD END does up the ante considerably, and proves itself to be a serviceable genre offering with some interesting elements that die hard gore hounds are certain to eat up. In this outing, a reality television show takes its contestants off in the woods to test their survival skills; however, it isn’t long before said contestants encounter and entire family of inbred cannibal mutants… who are more than happy to meat them. As expected, there is plenty of mayhem, gore and a high body count before the end credits role. The cast of WRONG TURN 2: DEAD END includes Erica Leerhsen, Henry Rollins, Texas Battle, Aleksa Palladino, Daniella Alonso, Steve Braun, Matthew Currie Holmes, Crystal Lowe, Kimberly Caldwell, Wayne Robson, Ken Kirzinger, Rorelee Tio, Jeff Scrutton, Ashlea Earl and Clint Carleton.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has made WRONG TURN 2: DEAD END available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. Despite a shoestring budget, WRONG TURN 2: DEAD END sports a better-looking 1080p presentation than its predecessor. Still, the picture is softer than higher end productions, but it looks pretty good for what it is. Colors fluctuate with the available light source determining how well saturated colors will ultimately be. Blacks and whites are accurately represented. Contrast is a bit iffy in places, but otherwise, fine. Shadow detail fails to impress, as there is a prevailing murkiness to darker sequences. The elements from which WRONG TURN 2: DEAD END are mastered do not exhibit any significant flaws. There is a digital quality to the image, which is probably the result of postproduction processing to smooth out the footage.

WRONG TURN 2: DEAD END is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. The sound design smacks of direct-to-video production technique and is more front-loaded than the movie’s cinematic predecessor. Ambience and musical fill are the elements that are usually directed to the rear channels. The forward channels have some good separations on active sound effects, as well as strong music integration. Fidelity is strong with the sound effects being very convincing. The bass channel gets the job done. Dialogue is cleanly reproduced and is always easy to understand. 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 are two running Audio Commentaries; the first is with director Joe Lynch, plus actors Henry Rollins and Erica Leerhsen, while the second features writers Turi Meyer and Al Septien. Featurettes include Making Gore Look Good (twelve minutes), More Blood, More Guts: The Making Of Wrong Turn 2 (ten minutes) and On Location With P-Nut (two minutes).

Raging gore hounds will be licking their plates clean with WRONG TURN 2: DEAD END. For a direct-to-video release, the Blu-ray presentation is quite serviceable.



Wrong Turn 2 - Dead End [Blu-ray] (2007)


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