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The creepy clown on the cover of the packaging gave me hope that AMUSEMENT ($27) would provide some mild scares. However, there is a reason that AMUSEMENT went the direct-to-video route, without a stopover in your local multi-plex- it is a somewhat muddled affair, that doesn’t deliver as many shocks as one would like. The premise of AMUSEMENT involves three friends who are further bound together by a childhood incident with a disturbed classmate. Years pass, the three girls grow up and go their separate ways… until they are brought back together again for someone’s amusement. AMUSEMENT mostly plays like an anthology tale, as each girl experiences their own individual terror- until they are reunited at the climax. The cast of AMUSEMENT includes Keir O'Donnell, Katheryn Winnick, Laura Breckenridge, Jessica Lucas, Tad Hilgenbrink, Reid Scott, Rena Owen, Kevin Gage, Brennan Bailey, Preston Bailey, Shauna Duggins and Fernanda Dorogi.

New Line Home Entertainment has made AMUSEMENT available on Blu-ray Disc in 2.35:1 aspect ratio presentations that have been encoded onto the disc with the VC-1 codec. The 1080p presentation is really quite good for a modestly budgeted horror outing. Image sharpness, dimensionality and detail are very strong performers, making the video presentation the best part of AMUSEMENT. Colors are rendered at a good level of saturation and are generally quite warm. Blacks are deep, whites are crisp and contrast is smooth. Shadow detail is remarkably good for a low budget affair. The elements from which AMUSEMENT have been transferred appear relatively free from blemishes. There is some grain in the image, which keeps the presentation film like.

AMUSEMENT is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. While not demo worthy, I will give AMUSEMENT credit for having a modestly effective sound design. This being a horror movie, the discrete channels are utilized for creepy sound effects placement and occasional zingers. Fidelity is just fine; sound effects are convincing enough and the musical component sounds good. The bass channel is deep enough for the material, but isn’t going to rock anyone’s world. An English Dolby Digital 5.1 channel track has also been provided, as have English and Spanish subtitles.

The basic interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, although no supplemental content has been provided, other than a Digital Copy of the film.

AMUSEMENT is a somewhat muddled horror offering that had been a pretty nice presentation on Blu-ray. Probably worth a peek… for the quality of the presentation.



Amusement [Blu-ray] (2008)


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