Amityville: The Awakening Blu-ray Review

Ralph Potts reviews the latest horror story based on the haunting events that transpired in the legendary house in Amityville NY.

The Review at a Glance:
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Audio/Video total rating:
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87

Details:

Studio and Year: Lionsgate – 2017
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 87 minutes
Genre: Horror

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan, Thomas Mann, Kurtwood Smith, Taylor Spreitler
Written & Directed by: Franck Khalfoun
Music by: ROB
Region Code: A

Release Date: November 17, 2017

“Every House has a History. This one has a Legend”



My Take:

In Amityville: The Awakening, Belle (Bella Thorne) and her family move into a new house, but when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house, Belle begins to suspect her mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) isn’t telling her everything. She soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.

I am not an authority on the Amityville Horror subject, but I can say with absolute certainty that Ronald Defeo murdered his parents, and four siblings in the house in 1974, and that George and Kathy Lutz moved in during December 1975, and less than a month later moved out. Anything that happened in between is up to interpretation depending on what you opt to believe. Amityville: The Awakening takes place 40 years later, telling a new tale that spins the story about the legendary house and the purported evil that lurks within. Here we have a desperate single mother that moves her three children into the notorious, and supposedly haunted, real-life Amityville house, to try and use its dark powers to cure her comatose son. Of course, things go horribly wrong.

At 87 minutes this film simply jumps off, using the tale of the house to set up its elements of horror. The characters are painfully weak, as is the script/plot, makes for an overtly formulaic and ineffectual genre piece. I think it’s about time to let the Amityville legend rest in peace along with the real-life victims that suffered such a terrible fate so many years ago.

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Parental Guide: 

The rating is for disturbing horror violence and terror, suggestive images, brief language and thematic material.

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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Video: 88
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Amityville: The Awakening comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 24 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.2 Mbps.

This is a solid video presentation that offers lifelike refinement during close ups and discernibly crisp definition within objects during mid-level camera pans. The color range perfectly sets the film’s thematic tone and has a reserved aesthetic that rarely offers bright, eye catching hues. Rendering is clean and depth is appropriate. Fleshtones keep pace with the look of the rest of the film and have a balmy but natural texture. Spot on contrast yielded crisp, bright whites and blacks are stable but slightly elevated which leaves them appearing less dynamic and occasionally flat. I didn’t see this as a problem based upon the visual style of the film. This is a clean rendering that showed no obvious signs of video related artifacts or anomalies.

I think this is a decent lossless audio presentation that plays well to the film’s thematic tone. It effectively uses the entire sound field to elicit reaction to sounds emanating from differing vantage points, and off- screen cues. The soundtrack’s recorded elements are enhanced by its rich clarity, and punchy dynamics that resonate through the room with tangible authority. Dialog through the center channel is crystal clear and maintains a position of prominence within the front soundstage. The rear channels contain a mixture of spatial ambience as well as directional panning cues that effectively correlate with the events transpiring onscreen.

Bonus Features:

  • The Making of Amityville: The Awakening
  • Digital HD Copy

Final Thoughts:

Written and directed by Franck Khalfoun, Amityville: The Awakening is a half-baked horror film that attempts to cash in on the legendary house in Amityville NY, which has inspired a string of Hollywood productions. It comes to Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment featuring solid high definition audio/video mated with a lackluster production featurette. Those hoping for a hair-raising genre entry will be sorely disappointed with Amityville: The Awakening.

Ralph Potts
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